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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UK Anti-encryption Push, Woz at Startup World Cup - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-27 2:03 PM Mar. 3rd, 2017

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...

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  1. Mar. 3rd, 2017
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    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.

  2. Mar. 2nd, 2017
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    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.

  3. Mar. 1st, 2017
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    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.

  4. Feb. 28th, 2017
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    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.

  5. Feb. 27th, 2017
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    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.

  6. Feb. 24th, 2017
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    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.

  7. Feb. 23rd, 2017
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    iPhone 8 3D Cameras, iMazing Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-23

    Word on the street says the iPhone 8 is packing a front-facing 3D camera for facial recognition. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to talk about the camera and what they think could really be in store for it. Jeff B also has some tips on using iMazing with your iPhone and Mac.

  8. Feb. 22nd, 2017
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    What Apple TV Could’ve Been – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-22

    There's a new set top box coming that shows what Apple TV could've been. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to take a look at Caavo and its promise to unify our TV viewing experience.

  9. Feb. 21st, 2017
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    New iPad Pro and iPhone SE Report – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-21

    A report claims Apple will introduce new iPads and an updated iPhone SE in March. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what Apple may have in store for the iPad Pro lineup, plus they share their thoughts on an updated iPhone SE.

  10. Feb. 20th, 2017
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    Apple’s Facial Recognition Plans, the AI Race – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-20

    Apple buying RealFace has people talking even more about using facial recognition to unlock our iPhones. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's potential plans and what they think the company has in store for facial recognition technology. They also look at Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa and the race for mainstream artificial intelligence.

  11. Feb. 17th, 2017
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    iPhone 8 Biometric Sensors, FCC and Smartphone Radio Chips – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-17

    New reports say Apple won't include a Home button on the iPhone 8 this fall. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to look at what that means for Touch ID and biometric authentication on the new phone, plus they offer up their thoughts on an FCC request for smartphone makers to enable the FM radio chips in smartphones.

  12. Feb. 16th, 2017
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    4K Apple TV, WWDC 2017 – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-16

    Apple may finally release a 4K Apple TV this year. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what we know about Apple's plans and if 4K support is enough to keep Apple TV relevant. They also look at Apple's new San Jose venue for this year's Worldwide Developer Conference.

  13. Feb. 15th, 2017
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    Right to Repair Laws, Apple Design Critics – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-15

    Apple doesn't make it easy for people to get parts for do-it-yourself repairs, and some states want to change that. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not companies should be required to make device parts available outside of authorized repair centers, plus they look at a claim Apple is actually pretty crappy ad designing products.

  14. Feb. 14th, 2017
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    Apple Music’s Reality TV Plans – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-14

    Apple is making a push into original video content for Apple Music with Planet of the Apps and other shows. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at how reality TV fits in with Apple's plans. They also look at the state of personal privacy with smart TVs and more.

  15. Feb. 13th, 2017
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    The State of Apple Pay – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-13

    Some big retailers don't seem interested in Apple Pay, and Apple is having a fight over adoption in Australia. Adam Christianson from the Maccast and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of Apple Pay and talk about what they see in the future for contactless payment systems.

  16. Feb. 10th, 2017
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    iPhone Iris Scanner, Smart TV Privacy Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-10

    Reports say the next iPhone will include an iris scanner for authentication, much like the current Touch ID sensor. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's authentication technology plans (spoiler: Jeff thinks it isn't iris scanning), plus John has some tips on protecting our privacy from smart TVs.