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Apple Doesn't Get The iMessage
Mar 12th, 2020 1:41 PM

Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a reported Apple Arcade shakeup, and the future of the service.

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. Mar. 12th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Doesn’t Get The iMessage – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-12

    Charlotte Henry joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's (lacking) Messages app and what rumors say could make it an Apple-level product in iOS 14.

  2. Mar. 11th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Forgotten Apple Watch Features – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-11

    John Martellaro joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Apple Watch features that tend to be forgotten when it's considered a health tracker.

  3. Mar. 10th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Working In A New Location – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-10

    Dave Hamilton joins Kelly to discuss tips and tricks for working in a location which isn't your usual workspace. Apps, best practices, and more!

  4. Mar. 9th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    Founding Director, End Climate Silence Dr. Genevieve Guenther — TMO BGM Interview

    Dr. Genevieve Guenther is a scholar and author. She is affiliate faculty at the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School in New York and the founder and director of End Climate Silence, an activist organization helping the news media cover the climate crisis.How should climate scientists use effective language skills and storytelling to convey scientific research? How can they speak effectively to both fellow scientists and the lay public? How can they avoid what's called semantic ambiguity so that their choice of words isn't twisted by deniers? How can the media learn to couch severe climate change events in proper science context while not appearing unduly biased? Dr. Genevieve Guenther chats with me on all this and more in a most engaging and informative discusion.

  5. Mar. 9th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Handset Depreciation, TV+ Reviews – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-09

    Charlotte Henry joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss trade-in values of various smartphones, and a new wave of reviews for Apple TV+ shows.

  6. Mar. 9th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    To RAID or Not (to RAID)? – Mac Geek Gab 805

    Do you close your Terminal sessions correctly? Does iStat Menus work after you migrate? Are you getting Notes to launch as fast as possible? You'll be able to answer "yes" to all three of these things after just the first few minutes of this week's show. Stick around and learn about taming CarPlay, sharing Calendars, using a VPN with your Apple TV and much more. You'll definitely hit your quota of learning at least five new things with John and Dave this week.

  7. Mar. 6th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Security Friday – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-05

    Andrew Orr joins host Kelly Guimont for Security Friday! Hardware flaws, This Week in Who Has Your Data, and the latest in ending encryption.

  8. Mar. 5th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone Photography, Device Disinfection – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-05

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss disinfecting (not just cleaning!) your devices, and Andrew's tips for iPhone photography.

  9. Mar. 4th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple vs (Non-Computer) Viruses – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-04

    John Martellaro joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's next moves regarding gathering thousands of people in San Jose (for WWDC) or not, and manufacturing logistics vs the current state of affairs.

  10. Mar. 3rd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    ARM Inside, NSA-brand Malware – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-03

    Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss malware bought and reused by the NSA, and the future of Mac processors.

  11. Mar. 2nd, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    PCMag Lead Mobile Analyst Sascha Segan – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Sascha Segan is's Lead Mobile Analyst. He has reviewed more than 1,100 smartphones, tablets and other gadgets in more than 15 years with PCMag. Sascha is also a multiple award-winning travel writer.We chatted about how he got started in computing, and it was a familiar story. "...published the high school newspaper, literary magazine and foreign language magazine on an SE/30." Along the way, Sascha discovered that he loved helping people and showing them how tech works. We talked about the future of foldable smartphones, how the butterfly MBP keyboard drove him to Windows, a (presumed) Apple iPhone/iPad event on March 31, and what's in store for the 5G iPhone 12. Sascha understands 5G and phones deeply, and so this was a very informative show.

  12. Mar. 2nd, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Notes and Evernote – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-02

    Bob "Dr Mac" LeVitus chats with host Kelly Guimont about Apple's Notes app, how it has evolved, and if it's an alternative to Evernote.

  13. Mar. 2nd, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    What’s Different About Mexican Power? – Mac Geek Gab 804

    Dave's back from Mexico where the power is definitely the same. Yep, certianly. Or is it? He and John talk that through. Mostly, though, the show focuses on you: your questions, your tips, your thoughts, and your answers! Learn how to "right-size" Finder columns, use the keyboard to navigate System Preferences, re-enable your Mac's startup chime, manage Photos backups, boot a new Mac from an old one, and more! Press play to learn at least five new things!

  14. Feb. 28th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPads, Trackpads, China, and Censorship – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-28

    This week we saw rumors of Apple releasing an iPad keyboard with a trackpad, and news that Apple will be requiring paid game developers to comply with Chinese censorship laws. Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join Dave Hamilton to sift through it all for you before the weekend. Press play and enjoy!

  15. Feb. 27th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Kelly and Peter Cohen – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-27

    Kelly sits down with Peter Cohen to discuss the Mac App Store as a way to get apps, Twitter polls, and how the App Store ranks as a service.

  16. Feb. 26th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Kelly and Brent Simmons – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-26

    Kelly sits down (on a sunny day) to chat with Brent Simmons about the history of NetNewsWire, his approach to the design of the app, and why he *really* writes software.

  17. Feb. 25th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Kelly and Ian Betteridge – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-25

    Today Kelly sits down with Ian Betteridge to discuss the current state of design at Apple and how it stacks up against the competition.

  18. Feb. 24th, 2020
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Editor-in-Chief Bryan Chaffin (#2) – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Bryan Chaffin is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of The Mac Observer. He is also our Editor-in-Chief. He's been working lately as co-author of a new edition of iPad For Dummies, and so I enlisted him to discuss the future of the iPad.We chatted about how the iPad has made enormous gains in CPU and graphics power over the last 10 years. But iOS and then iPadOS not so much. In the early days Apple wasn't quite sure where the iPad would go, and that's perhaps a factor in its development. We examined how multi-tasking has been implemented, the prospects for larger displays, home screen operations, consumption vs. productivity, the stagnation of sales, and whether there needs to be a new product between the iPad and Mac. Bryan resurrects the notorious concept of the ::gasp:: toaster-fridge. There's much more.

  19. Feb. 24th, 2020
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Favorite Steve Jobs Memories, Location Data Clipboard Leak – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-24

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join guest-host Bryan Chaffin to celebrate Steve Jobs's birthday with some of their favorite memories. They also discuss a report that location data can be leaked through the Clipboard in iOS.

  20. Feb. 24th, 2020
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Taming System Preferences, Podcasts, Email, and More – Mac Geek Gab 803

    Sometimes things just get out of hand with your devices and need to be wrangled back into line. Today's targets: System Preferences, the Podcasts app, IMAP email, and much more. Plus, some early replies on our search for the best way to tame our episode watch lists are already in, too! Listen as John and Dave talk through all of this, add some Cool Stuff Found, and more.