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TMO Background Mode Encore: Former Apple Senior Director Michael Gartenberg
Mar 13th, 2017 3:31 PM

Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont dig deep into password managers, how they work, and why you need one.

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.


Hosted by Charlotte Henry from The Mac Observer.


Charlotte Henry and her guests bring focus — and a little something extra — to discussions about digital media in today's world.

Podcast Archives

  1. Mar. 13th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Encore: Former Apple Senior Director Michael Gartenberg

    Michael Gartenberg is currently the analyst in residence for Before that, he spent three years as Apple's Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to Senior VP Phil Schiller. In his second appearance on Background Mode, we caught up on the latest news and things we couldn't get to last summer. Michael told me about the nuances of being an Apple marketing manager and Apple's different marketing groups. He explained how one just has to already know what to do as an Apple employee. Then he discussed his fondness for the iPhone SE and delved into its sales numbers and merits. Finally, we moved on Apple's October 2016 "Hello Again" event, explored the new MacBook Pro, computer touch philosophy and the Microsoft Surface Studio impact. Michael tells a joke.

  2. Mar. 13th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Why iOS 10.3 Isn’t Going to Trash Your iPhone’s Data – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-13

    Is iOS 10.3 going to destroy all the data on your iPhone? Spoiler: No, it isn't. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain what's really going on with the transition to APFS in iOS 10.3, plus Jeff goes out on a limb and says the iPhone 8 will have a flat display with curved edges, just like the iPhone 7.

  3. Mar. 12th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    More Mac Tips Than You Can Shake a Stick At – Mac Geek Gab 648

    Manage your 3rd-party external "Retina" display, use custom icons for each mounted volume, use private browsing to keep your various Google accounts from conflicting, and move your Dock to make better use of your screen real estate. Folks, that's just the tips section of this week's episode. Listen for much, much more!

  4. Mar. 10th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Understanding Retina and HiDPI Resolutions for Mere Mortals- TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-10

    Retina and HiDPI displays, scaling, resolution... It all gets confusing pretty quickly, so Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain what they mean and how they impact what you see on screen. Dave also explains WiFi throughput terms and dives into the Tough Bar MacBook Pro's wireless network antennas.

  5. Mar. 9th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Privacy and Encryption, HP’s Push for Apple’s Pro Customers – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-09

    FBI Director James Comey absolute privacy doesn't exist in the United States. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what that means for privacy and security through encryption, plus John tells us why HP is targeting Apple's Pro users with its new computers.

  6. Mar. 8th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Bob’s Productivity Book, CIA iPhone Hacks, the Home Hub We Want – ACM 401

    Bob LeVitus joins Bryan and Jeff to talk about his new book, Working Smarter for Mac Users. They talk about why Bob wrote it and the things Bryan learned from editing it. They also talk about the CIA iPhone hacks leaked to Wikileaks and the home automation hub they wish they could buy.

  7. Mar. 8th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Wikileaks, CIA, and iPhone Hacks – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-08

    With the Wikileaks report out saying the CIA developed hacking tools to get into our iPhones, John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's security measures for our mobile devices. They also look at the negative message Apple is sending customers by not giving us solid information about the Mac, and Kelly Guimont drops by for a few minutes, too.

  8. Mar. 7th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Ron Johnson on Steve Jobs, iPhone Numbers, Sonos PLAYBASE – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-07

    Former Apple executive Ron Johnson recently shared some insight into Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on how Steve Jobs worked through new ideas before accepting them, plus they look at Apple's iPhone numbers and the new Sonos PLAYBASE.

  9. Mar. 6th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Six Colors Editor-in-Chief Jason Snell

    Jason Snell is one of the best known Apple technical journalists. He's the Editor-in-Chief of the Apple focused website Six Colors, and he told me the intriguing story about how that name came to be. Previously he was Senior VP and editorial director at IDG, publishers of Macworld, PCWorld, and TechHive. Jason always knew he wanted to be a journalist, and he told me the story about, as a kid, standing on his back porch in a rainstorm and pretending to do a live TV weather report. In 1991, he created InterText, one of the first online fiction magazines. Today, Jason writes and podcasts about everything Apple. In our show, Jason shared his thoughts about many of the most timely and pressing topics related to Apple today: the Mac and iPad futures and the Apple TV.

  10. Mar. 6th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New Mobile Battery Tech, Upgrading Old Macs – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-06

    Rechargeable battery technology may be getting a much needed boostfrom the same man who invented the tech in our iPhone batteries. Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to tak about what may be in store for future mobile device batteries, plus they share some tips on extending the life of our old Macs.

  11. Mar. 5th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Hello, Sailor. Nothing Happens Here – Mac Geek Gab 647

    Ever get the spinning beach ball at the top of your screen? John and Dave can help with that. After all, they come together each week to solve your Mac questions and problems. Other topics include selecting your sending address from Mail, controlling when iCloud Photos get sent to the cloud, deleting stubborn files, and more!

  12. Mar. 3rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone 8, Lightning, and Hey Siri on the Mac – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-03

    We're learning more about what to expect when Apple ships the iPhone 8 this fall, and it's looking like we won't have to give up our Lightning ports after all. John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to look at Lightning and USB-C, plus Touch ID and finger print sensors embedded in the display. Jeff Butts also shares a tip on using "Hey, Siri" on your Mac.

  13. Mar. 2nd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Avoiding Microsoft Office in 2017 and Apple’s View of the Mac – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-02

    John Martellaro joins guest-host Bryan Chaffin to talk about whether having or not having Microsoft Office on your Mac is a relevant question in 2017. They also try and consider the state of the Mac product line from Apple's viewpoint, and how the company might look at the importance of new hardware.

  14. Mar. 1st, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Rumors and Manufacturing, Tim Cook’s Pipeline, and $AAPL – ACM 400

    In this 400th episode of Apple Context Machine, John Kheit joins Bryan Chaffin to discuss rumors of iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8, Apple manufacturing, Tim Cook's claim that Apple cares about pro users and creative pros in particular, the company's supposed pipeline, and $AAPL's record high valuation. Oh...and Nickleback.

  15. Mar. 1st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Working Smarter for Mac Users Preview with Bob “Dr Mac” LeVitus – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-01

    Working Smarter for Mac Users is the latest book from Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus, so he's joining Jeff Gamet to give us a preview before it launches this Friday. Bob also shares a couple tips to help improve your Mac productivity.

  16. Feb. 28th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple and the Future of the iPhone’s Lightning Port – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-28

    The iPhone's Lightning port may be a thing of the past, or at least that's what one report claims. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the future of the Lightning port, plus they share their thoughts on what Apple Watch Steve Jobs would've worn.

  17. Feb. 27th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with CNET Senior Editor & TV Reviewer David Katzmaier

    David Katzmaier is a CNET Senior Editor and TV reviewer, something he's been doing for most of his career. He started at a small review website in New York and, later, a friend went to CNET and brought David on board where he's been since about 2000. David is an expert on TV technology, and so we delved into the Retina effect, generic High Dynamic Range (HDR), Dolby Vision, 10-bit color, TV brightness levels, color gamuts, Hybrid Log Gamma, edge lighting (with light guides) vs. local dimming, the pros and cons of OLED vs. LCD, H.265 compression, 120 Hz refresh sample and hold, 4K streaming standards and the best time of year to buy a new TV. Phew! If you're into UHD/TV tech, you'll love this grand tour of today's state-of the-art.

  18. Feb. 27th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Why Apple Might Discontinue the Mac Pro – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-27

    Apple's Mac Pro has gone nearly four years without an update, leave plenty of people wondering if its a dead product. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the reasons why Apple might considering discontinuing the Mac Pro, although Bryan questions if that would be a smart move.

  19. Feb. 26th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    How do I choose a UPS? – Mac Geek Gab 646

    Spring is almost here for the northern hemisphere, and that means it's almost lightning season. It's time to talk UPSs and battery backups. Listen as John and Dave talk through all the permutations you'll need to know to choose the right UPS for your setup. On top of that, a few things in Cool Stuff Found, solving mailbox syncing problems, and a deep discussion about how to rip movies and then to get them onto your iPhone or iPad!

  20. Feb. 24th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Amazon’s Echo First Amendment Rights Fight – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-24

    Amazon thinks smart home devices shouldn't be used for government surveillance, and is going to court to keep Echo Alexa requests out of police hands. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Amazon's argument and the impact in-home listening products are having on freedom of speech and privacy.