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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Will Apple Compete with Alexa and the Qualcomm Royalty Battle - TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-28 1:54 PM Oct. 26th, 2016

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...

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  1. Oct. 26th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-26: AAPl Q4 Earnings, Microsoft’s Surface Studio

    Apple's fourth quarter earnings report numbers came out yesterday, and some say they look good while other say they look bad. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their perspectives on how Apple is performing, plus they offer up their reactions to Microsoft's just announced Surface Studio ahead of tomorrow's new Mac launch event.

  2. Oct. 25th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-25: iMessage Wish List, Original iPod Music Collection

    Give us enough time with an app we really like and we'll find something to improve. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's iMessage platform and Messages app, and Bryan has some interface improvements he'd like to see. They also look at the CD collection Apple gave the media with the original iPod, and Jeff notes Apple's Apple ID Two-Factor authentication setup bug seems to be fixed.

  3. Oct. 24th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-24: DDOS Attacks, Internet of Things, and HomeKit Security

    Last Friday we all learned first hand what happens when hackers decide to target DNS hosts with a distributed Denial of Service attack. Dave Hamilton and The Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at Friday's attack and how the Internet of Things played a major role in the incident. They also talk about how HomeKit devices may also be susceptible to hackers.

  4. Oct. 21st, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-21: iPhone 7 Fire, Microsoft Surface on the Rise

    An iPhone 7 in Australia caught on fire in a car, and now the media is comparing the incident to Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 debacle. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what happened, and to sort out whether or not it's appropriate to compare this iPhone 7 to the Note 7 fires. They also compare Microsoft Surface sales to the current state of the iPad.

  5. Oct. 20th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-20: Apple’s ‘hello again’ Media Event Predictions

    Apple is hosting a media event on Thursday, October 27th, titled "hello again." Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not we'll finally see a refresh to the aging Mac Pro. They also offer up predictions on what else may or may not get announced, and generally hammer on Bryan for his Mac Pro hopes.

  6. Oct. 19th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-19: iPhone 7 Mystery Chip, Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

    Apple's iPhone 7 has a mystery chip inside and John Martellaro thinks he knows what it may be doing. John, along with Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the iPhone 7 and privacy, along with how the mystery chip may be ensuring our data stays encrypted. They also compare Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot.

  7. Oct. 18th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-18: Siri Falls Behind, MacBook Pro Refresh Delays

    Siri seems to be lagging behind in the voice interface game, or at least that's what some analysts think. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the current state of Siri and the limitations they've encountered. They also take a look at what may be holding up the release of new MacBook Pro models.

  8. Oct. 17th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-17: Apple Car gets a New Focus, Apple’s Cashless Society

    Apple's car projects looks like it's heading down a different path. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at how Bob Mansfield is refocusing the company's car project and discussing what they expect will happen next. They also offer up their thoughts on Tim Cook's plans to bring us into a cashless society.

  9. Oct. 14th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-14: Nike+ Apple Watch, Google’s Voting Aid

    Good news athletes, the Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2 will be available on October 28th. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about why they might–or might not–want the special edition Apple Watch model, plus Bryan finds a way to use Google to keep track of who's on this November's ballot.

  10. Oct. 13th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-13: Social Networks and Police Surveillance

    Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social networks have been giving Geofeedia access to user's posts that's being used for police surveillance. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what Geofeedia was collecting, how it was being used by law enforcement, and the ethical issues social networks face when giving companies our publicly available data.

  11. Oct. 12th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-12: Amazon Music Unlimited, AI Morality

    Amazon is expanding its streaming music offerings with Amazon Music Unlimited. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on AMU and how it fits into Amazon's plans. They also loop back to Monday's show to look at the moral implications of deeper human relationships with artificial intelligences.

  12. Oct. 11th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-11: Dash’s App Store Death, UK Apple Watch Ban

    Dash is gone from the Mac and iOS App Stores, and the story behind why is a big bucket of drama. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what transpired to get Dash banned from the App Store and cost the developer his account. They also offer up their thoughts on the UK Prime Minister banning the Apple Watch from Cabinet meetings.

  13. Oct. 10th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-10: Samsung’s Ongoing Note 7 Fire Issues, Robot Sex

    Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 battery problem isn't going away and some replacement units are catching on fire, too. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss Samsung's burning product failure, plus John schools Jeff on the perils of robot sex.

  14. Oct. 7th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-07: DJ Remixes on Apple Music, Listener Comments

    The streaming music market just changed because now Apple Music and Spotify can give us DJ remixes. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the implications bringing remixes to the two big music services will have on the market and on SoundCloud. They also respond to listener comments from Wednesday's discussion on Yahoo helping intelligence agencies scan our email.

  15. Oct. 6th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-06: Samsung Buys Viv AI Platform

    Say what? Samsung bought the Viv artificial intelligence platform designed by the creators of Siri. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about how Samsung could use Viv, and what impact it will have on competing platforms. They also look at Facebook's Secret Conversation encryption for Messenger chats.

  16. Oct. 5th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-05: Yahoo’s Secret Email Scanning

    A new report says Yahoo! was secretly scanning user's email at the request of U.S. intelligence agencies. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not that was appropriate and to look at what we should expect for privacy in our email.