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Dr. Amy Fast on Background Mode
TDO 2017-04-07: Social Media Privacy Settlement
Apr 7th, 2017 1:15 PM

Amy Fast is a high school principal in the McMinnville School District in Oregon. She holds a Ed.D. degree. Previously, she’s been an elementary teacher,...

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. Apr. 7th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Social Media Privacy Settlement, Apple’s Clips App – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-07

    The big social media networks settled a lawsuit over taking our phone's contacts without our knowledge, but it isn't costing them much. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at the settlement and companies stepping into our privacy, plus they talk about Apple's new Clips app.

  2. Apr. 6th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Pebble Watches Aren’t Dead Yet, Whole-home VPN – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-06

    Good news, Pebble owners, your smartwatch isn't a paperweight just yet. Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Fitbit making it possible to side load apps onto Pebble smartwatches, plus they explain whole-home VPN protection.

  3. Apr. 5th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    The Mystery of New Mac Pros, Apple and Politics, and Robot Welfare – ACM 405

    Apple kind of announced a new Mac Pro and professional display, but Bryan and Jeff want to know how we got here. They also take another look at how politics increasingly intersect with a tech giant like Apple, and discuss our robot welfare future.

  4. Apr. 5th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s New Display Plans, Broadcom’s WiFi Chip Security Flaw – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-05

    Along with the promise of new a new Mac Pro yesterday, Apple also said it's going to get back into the pro display business, too. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's plans, plus they look at Broadcom's WiFi chip security flaw.

  5. Apr. 4th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Surprise Mac Pro Announcements – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-04

    Apple gave the Mac Pro a minor processor and GPU refresh after only three years, but also surprised us by talking about the plans for its pro-level desktop computer. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts and reactions to Apple's out of character announcements.

  6. Apr. 3rd, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Medical Epidemiologist Dr. Steven Lamm

    Dr. Steven Lamm is a medical epidemiologist. He studies epidemics, diseases that occur much more frequently than would be expected, their causes and control. Dr. Lamm is the son of a professor, and that caused him to want to make his own unique contribution to society. He started with the idea that chemistry and biophysics would give him all he needed to know about disease at the molecular level. But the micro view didn't work. So he moved from the microscope to the macroscope as he was getting his M.D. degree. He's an expert in the mathematical analysis of risk assessment for various agents, like arsenic, in the environment. We had a wide-ranging chat about his research, but don't miss the part about his fascinating investment in Google Maps back in its infancy.

  7. Apr. 3rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Smile’s Greg Scown Discusses TextExpander and Subscription Software – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-03

    It's been about a year since Smile introduced its subscription licensing model for TextExpander, so I invited company co-founder Greg Scown back on the show to talk about how that's working out. Dave Hamilton joins us to round out the discussion.

  8. Apr. 2nd, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Four New Things You’ll Learn Today – Mac Geek Gab 651

    Quick Tips about VPN, Sierra’s storage, Universal Clipboard, and Wi-Fi priority are just the start to the show. From there we talk about using Flash on your iPhone or iPad (it’s true!), portable VPN options, accessing a file server with iOS and much more. Download or just press play right here and enjoy. You’ll learn at least four new things, we guarantee it!

  9. Mar. 31st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Under the Hood with APFS – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-31

    APFS is part of macOS Sierra 10.12.4, but what does that mean for average users? Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's working and what isn't, APFS performance compared to HFS+, and more.

  10. Mar. 30th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Internet Privacy and VPNs – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-30

    The Federal law allowing ISPs to sell our browser history without our consent passed both the House and Senate and is on its way to the White House. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what that means for our privacy and they explain why you might want to use a VPN.

  11. Mar. 29th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    The ISP Coup, an Apple VPN, and Samsung’s Bixby Gambit – ACM 404

    ISPs performed a coup against consumers, and they did so in collusion with one of America's major political parties. Bryan and Jeff are two tense geeks about it. Their solution would be for Apple to launch a VPN integrated into Apple's products. And then there's Samsung's Galaxy S8 and that company's delusions of software relevance. Oh, and Bixby, which could eventually succeed in making Samsung relevant.

  12. Mar. 29th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Debunking iPhone 8 Touch ID Switch Rumor – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-29

    There's a new report claiming Apple is moving the Touch ID fingerprint scanner to the back of the iPhone 8. Kelly Guimont and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to talk about why they think the report is wrong, plus they have some thoughts on Samsung selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

  13. Mar. 28th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s New APFS File System, Developers Respond to App Store Reviews – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-28

    Say hello to APFS, Apple's new file system for macOS and iOS that rolled out as part of yesterday's operating system updates. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain what APFS is and how it impacts users, along with why we don't need to be afraid of the change. They also offer up their thoughts on Apple finally letting developers respond to App Store reviews.

  14. Mar. 27th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Microsoft Chief Creative Architect Ben Rudolph

    Ben Rudolph is a Microsoft Chief Creative Architect. That means he's responsible for consumer, retail marketing. In Ben's words, "his team ... builds the experience that turns shoppers ... into fans of Microsoft. That involves everything about how the Microsoft brand shows up to consumers in the retail environment." That may not have been of interest to Apple fans just a few years ago, but the arrival of CEO Satya Nadella has changed all that. Ben and I chatted about his early career interest in being a physician and the path that led him, instead to Microsoft. Then we got into the Microsoft's Surface Studio that sent shock waves through the Apple community last year. We also discussed the refreshing new corporate mission of Microsoft under Mr. Nadella. This interview will take Apple fans where they've never gone before.

  15. Mar. 27th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    UK Anti-encryption Push, Woz at Startup World Cup – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-27

    There's a new government call to for tech companies to let law enforcement bypass our security and encryption, but this time it's from the United Kingdom. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to look at the ramifications if the U.K. forces the issue, plus Bryan fills us in on Steve Wozniak's presentation at Startup World Cup.

  16. Mar. 26th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Are You Secure with Your Security? – Mac Geek Gab 650

    Security is on the brain this week! Learn how to secure your iCloud account and also learn how to secure your entire home network from your ISP's prying eyes! Dave and John also help you determine what devices and processes are using your network, and what the difference is between WPA2 Personal and Enterprise. All of this and more in this week's Mac Geek Gab. Press play and enjoy!

  17. Mar. 24th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    App Store Quality Issues, Change Your iCloud Password – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-24

    Apple's App Store has loads of apps, but that doesn't mean they're all great or easy to find. Dave Hamilton and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to discuss the quality issues they're seeing on the App Store, plus they explain why changing your iCloud password right now is a good idea.

  18. Mar. 23rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Buys Workflow, iTunes First-run Movie Rentals – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-23

    Apple just bought the iPhone and iPad automation app Workflow. Jeff Butts and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what the Workflow purchase means for iOS, plus they look at Apple's push to offer rentals for movies that are still showing in theaters.

  19. Mar. 22nd, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Loves Outdated Tech and Gives up on Social Media, Plus Electrified LEGO – ACM 403

    Apple appears to be increasingly comfy offering yesterday's technology at today's prices, and Bryan and Jeff are all cranky about it. They also talk about Brixo, chrome-plated and electrified LEGO bricks, and Apple's new Clips app and what it means for social media. Oh, and Jeff had to edit out an F-bomb because Bryan got all ranty.

  20. Mar. 22nd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s New iPad, Extortionists Threaten iCloud – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-22

    Apple introduced a new iPad and updated the iPhone SE yesterday, and today is dealing with hackers threatening to trash millions of iCloud accounts. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's latest gear and lament the slow demise of the iPad mini, and to talk about how trying to extort money out of the company is a pretty bad idea.