The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-16: Apple's China R&D Center, Microsoft's iPad Pro Dig

1:50 PM Aug. 16th, 2016 | 00:23:40 - Download: MP3 Version (AAC Version Coming Soon)

John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share some tips on improving your online privacy in Mobile Safari, plus they look at HomePod’s place as a HomeKit hub.

Podcast Archives

  1. Aug. 16th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-16: Apple’s China R&D Center, Microsoft’s iPad Pro Dig

    Apple plans to open a research and development center in China before the end of the year. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explore why Apple is opening the center and how that fits into the company's plans in the country. They also look at Microsoft's clever iPad Pro slam.

  2. Aug. 15th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-15: Apple Pay’s Failing Competitors, Augmented Reality

    Contactless mobile payment platforms are pretty much a mess right now. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of Apple Pay and its competitors, and who may be the real winner in the contactless payment game. They also look at Apple's push into augmented reality.

  3. Aug. 12th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-12: Microsoft’s Leaked Encryption Key, Explaining Internet Speed Tests

    Microsoft's private encryption key for validating Windows software was accidentally leaked, so that's a problem. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explore the issues Microsoft is facing, and how the problem validates concerns over giving governments back door access into our personal data. They also explain why internet speed test results can vary so widely.

  4. Aug. 11th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-11: Reality Checking Apple’s Product Focus

    Apple seems to be making everything except new Macs, and that has some people wondering if the company has lost its focus. Bryan Chaffin and The Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's new product and product upgrade strategies and weigh in on whether or not the company is still focused.

  5. Aug. 10th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-10: Apple in the Health Market, Listener Comments

    Apple has the opportunity to be a big player in the health and fitness market. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's place in the health industry, and respond to listener comments. They also follow up on yesterday's report of an odd Apple vehicle-related patent.

  6. Aug. 9th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-09: Apple’s Big Future and New Car Patent

    We may not know what Apple has in store for the future, but Tim Cook is saying it'll be big. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's push to be more than the company selling us iPhones and Macs, plus they look at a just published Apple patent for an articulated vehicle.

  7. Aug. 8th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-08: Apple’s Strategy and Values Balancing Act, Google’s 16GB iPhone Dig

    Apple's recent Faceshift purchase shows sometimes its values conflict with its strategies. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at how that purchase is impacting Xcessity, and whether or not Apple has an obligation to continue licensing Faceshift's technology to the company. They also look at Google's excellent dig at the 16GB iPhone.

  8. Aug. 5th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-05: Apple’s Good Data Exploitation, iOS and OS X Hack Bounties

    Apple is exploiting some of our data it has collected, but in a good way. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the personal touch the Apple Store app for the iPhone and iPad now offers users, plus they share their thoughts on Apple officially announcing it's offering bounties on iOS and OS X hacks.

  9. Aug. 4th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-04: Stolen iPhone Phishing Scam, Watch the Olympics Online

    As if having your iPhone stolen isn't enough, now the bad guys are trying to get you to give up your iCloud login, too. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet look at this latest phishing scam, and to share tips on how to avoid falling victim to these schemes. They also share some tips on how to watch the Rio summer Olympics without a cable TV subscription.

  10. Aug. 3rd, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-03: iOS 10’s Squirt Gun Emoji, Instagram Stories

    Apple is replacing the pistol emoji in iOS 10 with a squirt gun. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet share their take on the squirt gun and Apple's apparent anti-gun stance, plus they look at Instagram's Snapchat copycat feature, Instagram Stories.

  11. Aug. 2nd, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-02: FBI Director Comey’s New Encryption Debate

    FBI Director James Comey says it's time to restart the debate over whether or not government agencies should have back doors into our encrypted data. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at encryption and what should be kept private and out of the government's hands. They also dive into how technology may be making people more machine like.

  12. Aug. 1st, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-01: Licensing iOS, Didi Buys Uber China

    It's time for Apple to start licensing iOS to cheap handset makers, or so says one pundit. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's business model and decisions to not license its operating systems to other companies. They also take a look at Didi buying rival car sharing service Uber China.

  13. Jul. 29th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-29: Automous Driving Apple Car, a Year with USB-C

    Apple hired QNX founder Dan Dodge to help with its Project Titan electric car project. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what that means for Apple Car and the company's autonomous driving plans. John also shares his experiences with using USB-C for the past year.

  14. Jul. 28th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-28: Apple’s Evolving Business Model, iPhone Digital Crown Patent

    John Martellaro thinks Apple's "skate where the puck is going" philosophy now includes manipulating where the puck will be. John, along with Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share discuss Apple's long term philosophy, plus they offer up their thoughts on why Apple would patent a Digital Crown for the iPhone and iPad.

  15. Jul. 27th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-27: AAPL Earnings Report, Banning Olympics Tweets

    Apple's 2016 third quarter earnings report is out, and the results both pleased and disappointed analysts. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's numbers, and offer their take on what they mean for the iPad market. They also have plenty to say about the U.S. Olympic Committee trying to control who gets to Tweet about the games.

  16. Jul. 26th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-26: Stronger iPhone Glass, Debunking iPhone 6SE

    Apple's iPhone display glass is pretty strong, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at whether or not the iPhone needs stronger glass, plus they shoot down the idea that the iPhone 7 will really be called the iPhone 6SE.

  17. Jul. 25th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-25: Bob Mansfield’s Apple Car, iPhone 7 Launch Date

    A new report claims Bob Mansfield is in charge of the Apple Car project. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Bob running Project Titan, plus they have some things to say about a report tagging September 16th as the iPhone 7 release date.

  18. Jul. 22nd, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-22: Unlocking iPhones with 3D Printed Fingers, Uber-waterproof iPhone 7

    Scientists are working with the FBI to 3D print fingers so they can unlock smartphones. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the potential privacy and security issues related to 3D printing copies of our fingers. They share their thoughts on a report claiming the iPhone 7 will sport pro-grade waterproofing.

  19. Jul. 21st, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-21: Apple Car Delays, Listener Feedback

    A new report says Apple's car won't ship until 2021, but is that a problem? Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to weigh in with their opinions, plus they respond to listener comments from yesterday's show where we discussed black box recorders in autonomous cars.

  20. Jul. 20th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-20: Autonomous Car Black Boxes, WebP in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

    Germany wants black box recorders in autonomous cars. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Germany's plans and what that means for anyone considering buying a self driving car. They also explain WebP, Google's image format Apple is supporting in the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas.