The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

Join Jeff Gamet each weekday as he assembles a panel of TMO staffers and contributors to talk through the stories and news of the day. Quick, informative, and entertaining. Make Daily Observations a part of your day!

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TDO 2016-12-20: AirPods review

12:51 PM Dec. 20th, 2016 | 00:22:50 - Download: MP3 Version (AAC Version Coming Soon)

John Kheit from Pop.0, Bryan Chaffin, and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not Apple should move to USB-C from Lightning for the iPhone and iPad data sync and charging port.

Podcast Archives

  1. Dec. 20th, 2016
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    AirPods Review with Michael Johnston – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-20

    Michael Johnston from The iOS Show joins Jeff Gamet to review Apple's just released AirPods wireless earpods. They dive into the setup, performance, sound quality, fit, and more to help you decide if they're worth the $159 price tag.

  2. Dec. 19th, 2016
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    AirPods Alternatives, Plastic OLED – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-19

    Apple's AirPods are in the company's retail stores, but that doesn't mean you can buy them. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the limited availability for AirPods, and offer up some alternative wireless earbud options. They also look at Plastic OLED and explain what that means for future iPhone models.

  3. Dec. 16th, 2016
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    Super Mario Run, Astra for iPhone – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-16

    Super Mario Run hit Apple's App Store yesterday, so today Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the game and whether or not it's worth the US$9.99 in-app purchase. They also talk about why Astra is an awesome iPhone app for Amazon Echo and Echo Dot owners.

  4. Dec. 15th, 2016
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    Yahoo’s Data Breach, Mac Laptop Battery Time Estimates – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-15

    Yahoo! lost over a billion user's account information in a data breach. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about what happened, and share some tips for protecting your accounts and data from hackers. They also look at some apps for showing the battery time remaining estimate on your Mac laptop.

  5. Dec. 14th, 2016
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    Apple’s Big Data Storage Deficit – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-14

    Our iPhones, iPads, and Macs can store more and more, but Apple isn't doing much to address our data storage and backup needs outside of those devices. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the issue and talk about what Apple could do to help ensure we have the storage and backup services we need.

  6. Dec. 13th, 2016
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    The Big TV App Rant – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-13

    Apple released tvOS 10.1 and iOS 10.2 yesterday with the new TV app. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain why the app is too hobbled in its current state, and discuss what needs to change before it's truly useful.

  7. Dec. 12th, 2016
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    Apple’s Ongoing AirPods Delay, Calendar’s Spam Fix – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-12

    Apple said it would ship its AirPods wireless earbuds in October, but that came and went and we still don't know when they'll hit store shelves. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what's keeping Apple from shipping AirPods, and what needs to happen if they ship in time for Christmas. They also dive into Apple's first attempt to address spam invitations in the Calendar app.

  8. Dec. 9th, 2016
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    Apple Shares AI Research, Listener Comments – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-09

    Apple is changing course and letting its engineers publish their research into artificial intelligence. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why Apple would do that, plus they respond to a listener comment questioning why Jeff is critical of HomeKit.

  9. Dec. 8th, 2016
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    Smarthome Automation for the Holidays – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-08

    The holidays are a great time for showing off your smarthome skills, so Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share some tips. They talk about Siri, Amazon Echo, IFTTT, and more.

  10. Dec. 7th, 2016
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    MacBook Pro USB-C Donglegate – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-07

    People seem pretty uptight about Apple's transition to dongle adapters for peripherals on our Macs, so Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not it's a big deal. Spoiler: They can't agree.

  11. Dec. 6th, 2016
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    Amazon Go Shopping, iPhone as a Desktop Computer – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-06

    First Amazon wanted to be your go-to online shopping destination, and now the company wants to be your local brick-and-mortar store, too. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Amazon's planned cashier-free grocery store, plus they dive into the possibility of our iPhones becoming our only computing device.

  12. Dec. 5th, 2016
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    Fake News and Snatched iPhones – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-05

    The UK police got unlocked access to a suspect's iPhone but, unlike the FBI earlier this year, they didn't have to ask Apple to hack it. Interestingly, though, the FBI did something very similar to the UK police a few years ago. Listen to hear more. Then it's on to how Apple might just be our last hope to save the integrity of the internet. John Martellaro explains!

  13. Dec. 2nd, 2016
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    Uber Sees You When You’re Sleeping…Around – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-02

    "I'll be watching you" is a line that might make Sting look a lot more prescient after you hear this episode. Uber and Waze want to know where you are even more than they used to, and Apple wants to put drones in the air over your roads and in front of your homes, at least for a little bit. It's a brave new world. Our advice: don't go outside without pants on.

  14. Dec. 1st, 2016
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    Apple’s Tribes and Cloud Services – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-01

    There is a long history of tribes discussing, analyzing and, yes, chastising Apple. That's more true today than it ever has been... or is it? How much of the past reflects in the future? Those very same tribes often talk about Apple's need to increase the amount of free iCloud storage provided to each user. Are they right? Join TDO today as John Martellaro, Adam Christianson and Dave Hamilton discuss!

  15. Nov. 30th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-30: Offline Netflix and AirPods Alternatives

    Netflix is now beginning to allow offline viewing for some content and Tim Cook suggests that he anticipates AirPods will ship in the next few weeks. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Dave Hamilton today to chat through all this... and more, including a few recommendations for AirPods alternatives that you can buy today.

  16. Nov. 29th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-29: Why the iPhone isn’t Made in the US

    There's a call for Apple to bring more of its production into the United States, but will that work for the iPhone? John Martellaro and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what could be keeping iPhone production in China.

  17. Nov. 28th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-28: 2017 iPhone Design Changes, Calendar Invitation Spam

    Apple may have some big changes in store for the 2017 iPhone model. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on a 3D camera, thinner display bezel, and removing the Home button, plus Bryan has a tip on dealing with spam invitations in the Calendar app.

  18. Nov. 23rd, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-23: Apple’s Automation Plans, Thanksgiving Tech Tips

    Apple's Craig Federighi says the company isn't abandoning automation tools on the Mac, but the way he said it wasn't reassuring. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what's in store for system-level Mac automation tools, plus Kelly has some tips for helping our less tech-savvy family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday.

  19. Nov. 22nd, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-22: Listener Comments on Apple’s WiFi Plans

    Yesterday's show about Apple dissolving its wireless networking team got lots of comments and questions from listeners, so today Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their responses to your reactions, and share their thoughts on your questions.

  20. Nov. 21st, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-21: Farewell AirPort Extreme, MacBook Pro Touch Bar First Impressions

    Apple's wireless routers look like they're headed down the same path as the now defunct Thunderbolt Display. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of Apple's WiFi router lineup, and explain why they think it's fine the AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, and Time Capsule are heading out to pasture. They also offer up their thoughts on the new Retina MacBook Pro's Touch Bar.