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TDO 2017-05-24: Apple's new Swift Curriculum
May 24th, 2017 1:23 PM

John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest iteration of APFS and how it could affect Time Machine drives.

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Hosted by Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun.

Mac Geek Gab

Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun come together weekly to answer your questions and discuss things of interest to Apple and Mac geeks, yet present them in a way that's both entertaining and informative for the average listener.

Background Mode Podcast

Hosted by John Martellaro from The Mac Observer.

Background Mode

Join The Mac Observer's John Martellaro every week for fascinating interviews with tech industry pros and luminaries. It's more than a show about what they do; it's about who they are.

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Bryan Chaffin from The Mac Observer.

Apple Context Machine

Apple Context Machine is a weekly in-depth look at Apple and the tech world from Bryan Chaffin, editor-in-chief of The Mac Observer with special guests from the tech world.

Podcast Archives

  1. May. 24th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Wants you to Know Swift, Smarthome Fatigue – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-24

    Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to discuss Apple's Swift education strategy, plus they talk about smart home fatigue.

  2. May. 23rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    IKEA Says Hello to HomeKit, Apple’s Diversity Boss, Huawei Targets the MacBook – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-23

    HomeKit compatible products are about to become easier to find and more affordable thanks to IKEA. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about IKEA's place in the smart home market, plus they noteDenise Young Smith's new position at Apple, and Huawei's new laptop that targets the MacBook.

  3. May. 22nd, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Computer Historian and Author David Greelish

    David Greelish is an author, podcaster and personal computer historian. Back when he was in college in the mid-1980s, he got a job in one of the early computer stores that was also an Apple dealer. They sold all kinds of PCs, but David fell in love with the Mac. While he couldn't afford one, his quest continued until he was able to acquire a used Lisa (that ran Mac software). Like many of us, he fell in love with the early computer movement, and that started his obsession with computer history. He's the founder of the Historical Computer Society, the Atlanta Historical Computing Society, and was Cofounder/Director of the first Vintage Computer Festival S.E. His interviews with industry luminaries are legendary. Take a walk down computer memory lane with me and David.

  4. May. 22nd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Ford’s Interest in Autonomous Cars, iOS 11 Wish List – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-22

    The car market just took an interesting turn because Ford's new CEO was running the company's autonomous vehicle division. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss how what that means for the car industry and the other companies with autonomous vehicle aspirations. They also share some thoughts on what Apple may have planned for its iOS 11 announcements at next month's Worldwide Developer Conference.

  5. May. 21st, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Fixing Album Art, Cracked iPads, and UPnP Dangers – Mac Geek Gab 658

    Your geeks start with some tips: dealing with a bad key on your keyboard, restoring the proper album art after iCloud Music Library has done its part, and dealing with a damaged SD card. Then it's on to some questions, like whether or not UPnP is dangerous for you or what to do when you hear your Mac's fans running more frequently than you think is necessary. All this and more, just after you press play!

  6. May. 19th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Trusting Siri, Apple’s Diabetes Wristband – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-19

    In machines we trust, or maybe not. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about how people may perceive the information artificial intelligence systems like Siri will give us as they get smarter. They also have some thoughts on Apple's potential impact on the medical industry.

  7. May. 18th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Chat Tipping in China, Thoughts on Apple Park – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-18

    Apple has reportedly blocked in-app tipping in Chinese chat apps, and Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join guest-host Bryan Chaffin to talk about it. They also talk about John Martellaro's thesis that Apple Park celebrates the employee.

  8. May. 17th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    New Macs at WWDC, Apple vs Diabetes, Lattice Data – ACM 411

    This could be the year Apple breaks form and introduces new hardware at WWDC, and Bryan and Jeff explain why. They also discuss Apple's big bets on an even bigger future and the importance of AI, neural nets, and machine learning.

  9. May. 17th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Siri the Cyber Security Guard – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-17

    As artificial intelligence systems improve, voice assistants like Siri make take a more active role in protecting our computers and our online activity. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Siri may play a bigger part in our personal cyber security, and whether or not that's something we want.

  10. May. 16th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPad mini on Life Support, Michael Lombardo at Apple – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-16

    A new report is in line with our belief that the iPad mini is in its final days. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the pending demise of Apple's smallest iPad model, and on the company's tablet strategy in general. They also look at what Michael Lombardo potentially joining the company could mean for its original TV show and movie plans.

  11. May. 15th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Astrophysicist Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann

    Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. Her research specialty is black holes and gravitational waves. For as long as she can remember, she wanted to be an astrophysicist. In our interview she tells the story about, as a teenager, lying in a field under dark Montana skies and gazing at the Milky Way (the edge of our galaxy). She wondered about all those stars and planets and whether there were other civilizations out there looking up at their own starry skies. It was transformative. Today, she uses a Mac and supercomputers to study how black holes generate ripples in the fabric of spacetime and deepen our astronomical understanding and perspective. Kelly, her students and associates are also devoted Mac users, and she tells me why.

  12. May. 15th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Day the Music Died, Hello Alexa Calling – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-15

    The internet is up in arms over the news that MP3 patent licensing has come to an end. Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to explain why that's not the end of the work, or even something to worry about. They also explain why people may be overreacting to the ability to use Alexa Calling to contact anyone who enables the service.

  13. May. 14th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Guardians of the Geek Galaxy – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 657

    Ever wondered how to share iCloud contact groups amongst family and team members? Ever have to mix iOS, Android, and macOS? Ever wonder what AppTranslocation folders are? How about the best thing to put in your walls before you close them up? John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton have your answers to all of this and more.

  14. May. 12th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Dangers of Voice Assistants in Our Homes – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-12

    Apple, Amazon, and Google want voice assistants to be a bigger part of our lives. Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the social and privacy implications as voice assistant appliances become more deeply intertwined in our lives.

  15. May. 11th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone 8 3D Cameras, iPhone and Social Platforms – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-11

    Apple has a supplier for 3D cameras for the iPhone 8, and the question is exactly how will they be used. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate what Apple intends to do with 3D on the new iPhone, plus they look at how the iPhone's hardware features may be more important than its software.

  16. May. 10th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Imagining a Siri Smarthome, Apple and Sleep Tracking, and the Real iPhone 8 – ACM 410

    With Alexa Show and Microsoft Invoke, Bryan and Jeff envision the Siri smarthome of the future to make the case for an Apple Siri device. They also talk about what Apple might do with sleep tracking technology from Beddit, as well some sexy new renders of Apple's unannounced iPhone 8.

  17. May. 10th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Microsoft Invoke and Smart Home Fatigue – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-10

    Microsoft has its own Amazon Echo competitor coming, and it's called Invoke. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their reactions to Microsoft's new Cortana-based product, voice assistants, smart home fatigue, and more.

  18. May. 9th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Amazon’s Echo Show, FBI’s iPhone Hack Price Tag – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-09

    Amazon unveiled its Echo Show, and it has a display. Bryan Chaffin and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share their reactions to Amazon's newest Alexa device. They also have some thoughts on the unintended confirmation that the FBI paid $900,000 for the San Bernardino iPhone hack, plus Bryan coins "I'm gonna up that up."

  19. May. 8th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Science Writer and Editor Jennifer Ouellette

    Jennifer Ouellette is a freelance science writer, editor and book author. Her work has appeared in Physics World, Discover, New Scientist, Physics Today, Salon and Nature. In 2010, she published the book "The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse." With a degree in English literature, Jennifer didn't start out intending to be a science writer. But thanks to serendipity, she landed her first job with the American Physical Society who discovered she could write really well. The thinking was that it would be easier to teach her physics than teach physicists how to write! It opened her eyes to the field. So how does one become a famous science writer? Jennifer tells a great story.

  20. May. 8th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Siri Assistant Displays, Handbrake Malware – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-08

    A Siri appliance needs a display, or so says Apple's Phil Schiller. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about voice assistants and how they feel about including a display. They also look at the recent malware attack on Handbrake.