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TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-21: Upgrading to macOS Sierra
Sep 21st, 2016 2:59 PM

Charlotte Henry joins Kelly Guimont to discuss subscriber stats for Disney+ vs Apple services, bundles, and iOS using hardware security keys.

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.

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.

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. Sep. 8th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 376: Deep Dive into iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2

    Bryan and Jeff go in-depth with our hands-on experience with Apple's new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. Apple Watch Nike+, Apple Watch Edition (Ceramic), the button-less Home Button on iPhone 7, the new cameras, the bright displays...it's all in this episode of The Apple Context Machine.

  15. Sep. 8th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-08: Hands on with Apple Watch Series 2, AirPods

    TMO's Bryan Chaffin was at the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 launch event yesterday and got to get his hands on both devices as well as the AirPods. Bryan, along with John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple Watch Series 2 and how AirPods sound and work. Jeff also settles Bryan and John's Apple Watch bet.

  16. Sep. 7th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-07: Hello iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and AirPods

    Apple's "See you on the 7th" media event just wrapped up, and there were plenty of big announcements. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what stood out to them, like the new wireless AirPods, the A10 quad-core processor in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and the Apple Watch Series 2.

  17. Sep. 6th, 2016
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Thriller Novelist & Entrepreneur Joanna Penn

    Joanna Penn is a best-selling thriller novelist. She's published over 20 books and sold over 450,000 copies in 74 countries and five languages. She's most famous for her ARKANE series described by readers as 'Dan Brown meets Lara Croft.' Joanna is also an entrepreneur who teaches writers how to hone their craft. I interviewed Joanna about her past which includes a Master's degree in Theology from Oxford. Joanna spent years working on computer code before she realized that she wanted to write fiction. And she's a self-admitted techie, using a Mac and Scrivener. Today, Joanna leverages her background in theology and psychology plus extensive travel to write her thrillers. We talked about the craft of writing fiction and finished up with whether AI agents will ever put us both out of work.

  18. Sep. 6th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-06: Apple and Age Discrimination, Apple Music’s $99 Deal

    The New York Times says Apple age discriminates against potential retail store employees. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to discuss what they think may have really happened with the former Apple engineer who applied for a Genius Bar job, plus they look at Apple Music's new discount annual price deal.

  19. Sep. 4th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 621: Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting Outside The Box

    Tips, and lots of them, start today's show. Audiobooks, Finder tweaks, securing your Mac and more! Then it's time to talk about how your accounts can disappear and reappear, why your printer driver might want to listen to the network, how to view 35mm slides on your Mac and how your iPad keypad might change names! All this and much more on today's Mac Geek Gab.

  20. Sep. 2nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-02: HP Exploits Slow Mac Refresh Cycle, App Store Cleanup

    Apple's slow Mac refresh cycle is HP's opportunity. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about how HP is taking advantage of the ongoing lack of new Mac hardware, plus they share their thoughts on Apple's plan to clean house at the App Store.