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TDO 2017-01-23: Sprint Buys Tidal, Apple Watch Bio Sensors
Jan 23rd, 2017 12:55 PM

Andrew Orr joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Security Friday news, tips for secure payment options, and some new shortcuts.

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. Jan. 23rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Sprint’s Tidal Purchase, Apple Watch as a Medical Sensor – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-23

    Sprint now owns 33% of Tidal, and its cell service subscribers are going to get some exclusive content out of the deal. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to sort out what the deal means, plus John explains how our Apple Watches could eventually become our personal medical monitors.

  2. Jan. 22nd, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Speeding Up a Sluggish Mac and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 641

    Cool Stuff Found today contains lots of things you suggested after listening to recent shows, including tools to help your Mac sleep, help you manage your keyboard shortcuts and macros, privately sync your notes, auto-file your Mail, and free backup storage! Then its on to sharing your tips and answering your questions. Want to learn how to factory reset your AirPods, enable band-steering on your router, or have Siri search Google instead of Bing? Let's go!

  3. Jan. 20th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s OS Strategy, Netflix on the TV App – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-20

    It's time for Apple to rethink it's operating system strategy, according to TMO's own John Martellaro. John, along with Dave Hamilton, join Jeff Gamet today to talk about how Apple could look at its mobile and desktop operating systems in the future, plus they share their thoughts on Netflix's feeble showing in the TV app.

  4. Jan. 19th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    State of the App Store, Net Neutrality – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-19

    How we use iPhone apps and Apple's App Store has changed over the years, so today John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the impact that's had on their app choices. They also share their thoughts on the possibility of the end of net neutrality in the U.S.

  5. Jan. 18th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    FCC Net Neutrality, Backdoor Hacks, and New Apple Products – ACM 394

    Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made a plea for the incoming administration to protect Net Neutrality. Bryan and Jeff discuss whether that plea is likely to fall on deaf ears [spoiler: yes, it will]. They also discuss the implications of the Cellebrite hack, and the fact that Apple released two product updates this week.

  6. Jan. 18th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Verizon Nabs Note 7 Calls, Goodbye AT&T 2G – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-18

    Still using a Galaxy Note 7? Verizon is getting agressive about trying to stop you. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Verizon intercepting Galaxy Note 7 calls, plus they look at AT&T shutting down their 2G wireless network.

  7. Jan. 17th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Managing Photos, Fixing Your Apple Watch & Resolving Network Issues – Mac Geek Gab 640

    Migrating Photos to a new Mac, managing and syncing your family's photos, speeding up iOS Spotlight searches, fixing an unresponsive Digital Crown on your Apple Watch and resolving website loading delays are just some of the things you'll learn from your two favorite geeks in this week's show! Listen as Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun answer your questions and solve your problems.

  8. Jan. 17th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Vine’s Demise, Avoiding Weak Passwords – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-17

    The video sharing social network Vine shut down today, and is being reborn as a Twitter feature. Bryan Chaffin and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of social networks, plus they dive into the importance of strong passwords.

  9. Jan. 16th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Innovation Fellow for the TechCongress Dr. Chris Soghoian

    Dr. Chris Soghoian is an expert on the technology and politics of privacy. Most recently he's been the Principal Technologist with the ACLU. In 2017, he's one of three Innovation Fellows for the TechCongress where he'll assist in federal policymaking. Chris earned his Ph.D. with a research focus on the role internet and telephone companies play in enabling government surveillance, and he's also known for his work with the FTC and the Do Not Track initiative. Chris started life as a tech geek, and computers were always a part of his life. That led to an undergraduate degree in computer science. Then he interned at Apple and IBM. But a significant event changed his direction in life, and he gained a newfound appreciation for attorneys. Chris makes some interesting observations about today's assaults on our privacy.

  10. Jan. 16th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Listener Comments on Consumer Reports, Apple Music Goes Pop Culture – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-16

    TDO listeners have plenty to say about how Consumer Reports rates laptops, so today dive into their comments. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to respond to listener comments, plus they share their thoughts on Apple Music becoming a pop culture nexus.

  11. Jan. 13th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Consumer Reports Loves the Mac Again, Bigger Apple TV Apps – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-13

    Consumer Reports changed its tune and now recommends Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pro. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not we should trust Consumer Reports computer reviews, plus they share their thoughts on the big app size increase for Apple TV.

  12. Jan. 12th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s TV Series Hunt, Pennies in Macs – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-12

    Apple is out shopping for original TV shows for Apple Music, so John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what impact that's going to have on the company. They also talk about the future of Apple TV, mysterious coins showing up inside some Macs.

  13. Jan. 11th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple TV and Amazon Prime TV, iPad Rumors, Apple Departures – ACM 393

    Nvidia is adding Amazon Prime TV to its Shield TV settop box, leaving Apple TV as one of the only devices that doesn't support the #2 streaming service. Bryan and Jeff think Apple needs to fix this. They also look at some sketchy iPad rumors and talk about key departures from Apple's executive ranks.

  14. Jan. 11th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Loses More Key Employees, Killing Unlimited Data Plans – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-11

    Apple keeps losing key people to other companies, most recently Tesla. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at whether or not Apple's employees leaving is a sign the company has lost focus, plus they have some thoughts on AT&T and Verizon pushing more customers out of unlimited data plans.

  15. Jan. 10th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CES 2017 Smart Home, IoT, More – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-10

    Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the smart home and IoT gear they saw at CES 2017. They also dive into storage and smart fitness tech, too.

  16. Jan. 9th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Moving Photos, Fixing Mail, Securing Your Network & More – Mac Geek Gab 639

    Back from CES, your two favorite geeks have some fun stuff to report about and all of your questions to answer. The latter include things like fixing Mail.app's CPU-hogging, which hibernatemode to use for your MacBook, and much, much more. Press play and enjoy!

  17. Jan. 9th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Producer Rod Roddenberry

    Rod Roddenberry is a media producer. The son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, he's following in his father's footsteps. It all started when Steve Jobs gave Gene Roddenberry an original Macintosh in 1984, and the young Rod started experimenting with MacPaint. Ever since then, Rod has been an Apple enthusiast. Today, Rod is carrying on his father's work as a producer, the chief executive of Roddenberry Entertainment and the founder of the Roddenberry Foundation. And he's currently working with the CBS All Access Star Trek: Discovery. Rod's foundation funds small grants focused on early-stage unconventional ideas that can disrupt and serve the greater good for mankind. Rod and I chatted about all this plus his passion for preserving the Earth's oceans.  We covered a lot of ground in this fascinating interview. You won't want to miss it.

  18. Jan. 9th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CES 2017 Wrap Up – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-09

    With CES 2017 behind us, Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what stood out for them. They look at health and fitness, televisions, and more.

  19. Jan. 6th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CES 2017 Wireless Earpods and Drone Blocking – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-06

    ShowStoppers at CES 2017 had loads of cool tech, which means there's more for Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, and John F. Braun to share with Jeff Gamet. They look at wireless earpods, drone and cellphone blocking, and smart lights.

  20. Jan. 5th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CES 2017 Wireless Charging, Sober Sensors, and More – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-05

    Pepcom at CES 2017 was packed with cool tech gear, so Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, and John F. Braun join Jeff Gamet look at some of the products they liked. There's an Apple Watch band that knows if you're drunk, ubiquitous wireless charging, and more.