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TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-27: HealthKit for Diagnosis, Roku vs Apple TV
Sep 27th, 2016 2:12 PM

Sometimes the best thing you can do is to not overthink a solution… and sometimes it happens anyway! Join your two favorite geeks to learn about...

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 question 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.

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.

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.

Podcast Archives

  1. Sep. 27th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-27: HealthKit for Diagnosis, Roku vs Apple TV

    Apple wants HealthKit to track your overall health and become a diagnosis tool. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss whether or not Apple is ready to expand HealthKit, and they also look at the state of Apple TV compared to Roku's latest home entertainment appliance offerings.Bonus: Bryan lost his Apple Watch battery life bet with John.

  2. Sep. 26th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Founder & President of Bombich Software, Mike Bombich

    Mike Bombich is the founder and president of Bombich Software, the developer of Carbon Copy Cloner. It's a backup app for the Mac that has saved the day for many users. He started his career at Bowling Green State University studying aquatic ecology. But he also took computer science classes thinking that one day he would do scientific simulations of ecological systems. Soon, Mike discovered that he had a strong interest the software development process itself. Later, Mike worked for a tech support organization and discovered the real need for software that could back up the new Mac OS X launched in 2001. He created CCC. That got the attention of Apple and landed him a job working on technical solutions for professionals. Mike tells the story about how this app changed his life.

  3. Sep. 26th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-26: macOS Sierra PDF Issues, Apple ID Two-Factor Authentication

    Worried about viewing PDF documents in macOS Sierra? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what we know now about potential data loss in PDFs, plus they dive into two-factor authentication for Apple IDs and why that matters for HomeKit and Apple Watch users.

  4. Sep. 25th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 624: Sierra, APFS, Wi-Fi and Personal Servers

    Today it's all about answering your questions! Ok, maybe one tip, but it's high time your questions got answered, and your two favorite geeks are just the right guys to do it! First it's two macOS Sierra questions, then it's onto APFS and the future of backups, including a query about choosing an external backup drive. This plus perhaps the aforementioned tip might just round out the show... or there might be more about Photos and HDR. Listen and find out!

  5. Sep. 23rd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-23: Apple, AI, and Buying Tuplejump

    Apple is diving deeper into the world of artificial intelligence with its recent Tuplejump purchase. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's AI efforts, balancing privacy with data collection, and how Apple's HomeKit is still frustrating.

  6. Sep. 22nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-22: The State of Apple Car, Apple’s Bag Patent

    Apple's car project is still something of a mystery, and that's leading to all kinds of speculation. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at reports that Apple wanted to buy a high end car maker, plus they have some thoughts on Apple's paper bag patent.

  7. Sep. 21st, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 377: Apple’s iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

    Bryan and Jeff talk about iPhone 7, whether or not it's a must-have upgrade, and even what constitutes a must-have upgrade any more. They also talk about their immediate impressions of Apple Watch Series 2 after spending a day with the new models.  All this and more.

  8. Sep. 21st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-21: Upgrading to macOS Sierra

    With macOS Sierra out the big question is whether or not you should upgrade now. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at who should install Sierra now and who should wait, how to check for compatibility issues, their data backup routines, and more.

  9. Sep. 20th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-20: macOS Sierra Launch Day, ProDOS gets an Update

    Heads up, everyone! It's macOS Sierra release day. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about the new Mac operating system, issues with incompatible software, and some best practices ahead of installing the upgrade. They also note a just released update for ProDOS on the Apple II and IIGS. Seriously.

  10. Sep. 19th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with MyMac Founder and Publisher Tim Robertson

    Tim Robertson is the founder and publisher of MyMac. He's one of the pioneers in our business. Tim tells the story about how, in 1995, he was more or less a jock, but realized that his daughter was going to need to know about computers. After some research, he bought an Apple Performa 410. Learning how to use this computer, and wanting to be a writer, launched Tim into a lifelong love affair with Apple and publishing. Like many, he started writing about what he learned. But at that time, one had to create digital publications with Doc Maker, downloadable from a BBS. Soon thereafter, he was on the internet with the now legendary Mymac.com and a team of contributors. Come listen as we chat about the remarkable evolution of Tim's publishing career.

  11. Sep. 19th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-19: The iPhone 7 First Impressions

    to share their thoughts and first impressions on Apple's latest smartphone. John also talks about what went right—and wrong—with his iPhone trade in at the Apple Store.

  12. Sep. 18th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 623: macOS Sierra Tips and Tricks and More!

    macOS Sierra is almost upon us, and there are already some great tips and tricks to share. Some follow-up from our recent deep dive into Backups is included, too, as well as lengthy discussion about Amazon's Alexa vs. HomeKit!

  13. Sep. 16th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-16: The iPhone 7 Plus Teardown, Listener Comments

    What's inside an iPhone 7 Plus? A lot, it turns out, including space for a headphone jack. Jim Tanous from TekRevue joins Jeff Gamet to dive inside Apple's latest iPhone model, plus they respond to listener comments.

  14. Sep. 15th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-15: The iPhone 7 Launch Famine, watchOS 3 Standout Features

    Good luck walking into a store tomorrow and buying a new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus because they're already pretty much completely sold out. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple product launch strategies and controlling inventory to drive up hype. They also share some watchOS 3 standout features—both good and annoying.

  15. Sep. 14th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-14: iOS 10 Messages and Stickers, Wireless Earbuds

    With iOS 10 out and on people's iPhones and iPads it's time to dive into some features. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to look at Messages and Sticker Packs, and to talk about why Jeff decided to make his own. They also talk about wireless earbuds and Apple dropping the headphone jack from the iPhone 7.

  16. Sep. 13th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-13: iOS 10 Launch Day, Financing Your iPhone 7

    It's iOS 10 launch day and there's plenty to talk about in Apple's newest iPhone and iPad operating system. Dave Hamilton and TekRevue's Jim Tanous join Jeff Gamet to talk about iOS 10's new features and what they're finding handy, plus they look at the different options for financing a new iPhone 7.

  17. Sep. 12th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Kanopi Studios WordPress Developer Julie Kuehl

    Julie Kuehl is an expert WordPress developer for Kanopi Studios. But there's much more. She built her first website in 1994. She's studied economics, statistics and web design. She's written for publications like MyMac, Tech Lounge and The Mac Observer. She's a popular speaker at conferences. She hosts the SciFi Tech Talk podcast. She's into cars (Mustang), motorcycles (Harley-Davidson) and holds several black belts in Karate, primarily Soto Kan. She's taught Martial Arts to police officers in Japan and learned Japanese in the process. Join me and Julie as we geek out and trade stories on our Martial Arts experiences, our first exposure to Unix and web servers in the 1990s, our car loves (more stories: Corvettes, Route 66), SciFi, and her own SciFi podcast. I was wowed. You will be too.

  18. Sep. 12th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-12: Apple Car Layoffs, Why the Media Loves Hating Apple

    Apple seems to be shaking up its secret car project, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss what the reported car project layoffs likely mean, plus John explains why the media loves spinning Apple in a negative light.

  19. Sep. 11th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 622 – Cool Stuff Found & Media Management Holy Grail

    Lots of great Cool Stuff Found has come in lately, and today we share it with you. Then it's time to talk the holy grail of media library management. It promises to be a wild show, folks. Download and enjoy!

  20. Sep. 9th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-09: The Day the iPhone got Faster than the MacBook

    Benchmark tests show the Apple's brand new iPhone 7 Plus A10 processer is faster than the 2016 MacBook. Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit join Jeff Gamet to look at what those performance tests mean, why it's a big deal that an iPhone can be faster than a MacBook, and what would happen if Apple put its own processors in the Mac lineup.