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 2017-05-24: Apple's new Swift Curriculum

1:23 PM May. 24th, 2017 | 00:24:09 - Download: MP3 Version (AAC Version Coming Soon)

Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what may be in store for the MacBook Pro in 2018, plus they talk about Apple’s target audience for the iPad Pro and the tablet’s place in the educational market.

Podcast Archives

  1. May. 24th, 2017
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    Apple Wants you to Know Swift, Smarthome Fatigue – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-24

    Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to discuss Apple's Swift education strategy, plus they talk about smart home fatigue.

  2. May. 23rd, 2017
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    IKEA Says Hello to HomeKit, Apple’s Diversity Boss, Huawei Targets the MacBook – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-23

    HomeKit compatible products are about to become easier to find and more affordable thanks to IKEA. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about IKEA's place in the smart home market, plus they noteDenise Young Smith's new position at Apple, and Huawei's new laptop that targets the MacBook.

  3. May. 22nd, 2017
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    Ford’s Interest in Autonomous Cars, iOS 11 Wish List – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-22

    The car market just took an interesting turn because Ford's new CEO was running the company's autonomous vehicle division. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss how what that means for the car industry and the other companies with autonomous vehicle aspirations. They also share some thoughts on what Apple may have planned for its iOS 11 announcements at next month's Worldwide Developer Conference.

  4. May. 19th, 2017
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    Trusting Siri, Apple’s Diabetes Wristband – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-19

    In machines we trust, or maybe not. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about how people may perceive the information artificial intelligence systems like Siri will give us as they get smarter. They also have some thoughts on Apple's potential impact on the medical industry.

  5. May. 18th, 2017
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    Chat Tipping in China, Thoughts on Apple Park – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-18

    Apple has reportedly blocked in-app tipping in Chinese chat apps, and Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join guest-host Bryan Chaffin to talk about it. They also talk about John Martellaro's thesis that Apple Park celebrates the employee.

  6. May. 17th, 2017
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    Siri the Cyber Security Guard – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-17

    As artificial intelligence systems improve, voice assistants like Siri make take a more active role in protecting our computers and our online activity. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Siri may play a bigger part in our personal cyber security, and whether or not that's something we want.

  7. May. 16th, 2017
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    iPad mini on Life Support, Michael Lombardo at Apple – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-16

    A new report is in line with our belief that the iPad mini is in its final days. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the pending demise of Apple's smallest iPad model, and on the company's tablet strategy in general. They also look at what Michael Lombardo potentially joining the company could mean for its original TV show and movie plans.

  8. May. 15th, 2017
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    The Day the Music Died, Hello Alexa Calling – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-15

    The internet is up in arms over the news that MP3 patent licensing has come to an end. Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to explain why that's not the end of the work, or even something to worry about. They also explain why people may be overreacting to the ability to use Alexa Calling to contact anyone who enables the service.

  9. May. 12th, 2017
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    The Dangers of Voice Assistants in Our Homes – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-12

    Apple, Amazon, and Google want voice assistants to be a bigger part of our lives. Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the social and privacy implications as voice assistant appliances become more deeply intertwined in our lives.

  10. May. 11th, 2017
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    iPhone 8 3D Cameras, iPhone and Social Platforms – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-11

    Apple has a supplier for 3D cameras for the iPhone 8, and the question is exactly how will they be used. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate what Apple intends to do with 3D on the new iPhone, plus they look at how the iPhone's hardware features may be more important than its software.

  11. May. 10th, 2017
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    Microsoft Invoke and Smart Home Fatigue – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-10

    Microsoft has its own Amazon Echo competitor coming, and it's called Invoke. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their reactions to Microsoft's new Cortana-based product, voice assistants, smart home fatigue, and more.

  12. May. 9th, 2017
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    Amazon’s Echo Show, FBI’s iPhone Hack Price Tag – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-09

    Amazon unveiled its Echo Show, and it has a display. Bryan Chaffin and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share their reactions to Amazon's newest Alexa device. They also have some thoughts on the unintended confirmation that the FBI paid $900,000 for the San Bernardino iPhone hack, plus Bryan coins "I'm gonna up that up."

  13. May. 8th, 2017
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    Siri Assistant Displays, Handbrake Malware – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-08

    A Siri appliance needs a display, or so says Apple's Phil Schiller. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about voice assistants and how they feel about including a display. They also look at the recent malware attack on Handbrake.

  14. May. 5th, 2017
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    iPad’s Downward Trend, Fitbit’s Wearable Decline – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-05

    iPad sales are on the decline, and John Martellaro thinks that fits into Apple's master plan. John, along with Bryan Chaffin, join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's long term iPad plans, plus they have something to say about Fitbit losing its place as the top wearables device maker.

  15. May. 4th, 2017
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    Apple’s Developer Job Stats, iPhone 8 Function Bar – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-04

    Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company has created about 2 million developer jobs. John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to dive into those numbers, plus they look at a rendering of what may be the function bar area on this fall's iPhone 8.

  16. May. 3rd, 2017
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    Apple’s Q2 Earnings Report, Microsoft Surface Laptop – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-03

    Apple reported some big numbers during its second quarter earnings report yesterday, and raised a few questions, too. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet look share their reactions to Apple's iPhone and iPad sales, plus they have some thoughts on Microsoft's just announced Surface Laptop, too.

  17. May. 2nd, 2017
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    Microsoft gets Serious About the Education Market – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-02

    Microsoft wants a bigger piece of the education market, and the company's just announced new products mean the game is on for Apple and Google, too. Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet look at Microsoft's new education strategy and what it means for the fight to win students.

  18. May. 1st, 2017
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    Textalyzer’s Privacy Threat, Wi-Fi Security Tip – TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-01

    Tragedies can lead to a push for new laws, but sometimes that legislation leads to unintended consequences. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet share their thoughts on Textalyzer and giving police access to our smartphone activity for accident investigations. Dave also has a tip for easily improving Wi-Fi network security.

  19. Apr. 28th, 2017
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    Will Apple Compete with Alexa and the Qualcomm Royalty Battle – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-28

    Will Apple release an Alexa-like device as a Siri-powered hub? Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Dave Hamilton to discuss how wrong the latter two are. They also chew over Apple's escalating royalty battle with Qualcomm.

  20. Apr. 27th, 2017
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    Apple Wireless Charging and Mixing Hollywood into Apple Music – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-27

    Apple has a new patent application dealing with wireless charging, and Jeff Butts and Bryan Chaffin join guest-host Dave Hamilton to discuss what that might mean. They also talk about Apple executive Jimmy Iovine's efforts to bring Hollywood into Apple Music.