Programmer, Author, Podcaster Rosemary Orchard - TMO BGM Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Rosemary Orchard on Background Mode

Rosemary Orchard describes herself as a geek, nerd, and programmer. She works full time as a developer of web applications, but her real loves are automation and productivity. She’s also a book author and podcaster.

Rosemary told me the story about how she started with computers and programming. After a bad experience with a Toshiba notebook and Windows Vista, she bought a MacBook Air for her university work—and loved it. At this point, she was still pursing human languages, but in time gravitated towards, instead, creating computer software that would make peoples lives easier. And she never looked back. We talked about her Web app development, her books (one on Shortcuts) and finished with how she learned to podcast. Today she does two. You’ll enjoy hearing how Rosemary’s career has developed.

Podcast App Pocket Casts Moves to a Subscription

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Popular podcast app Pocket Casts is now free with an optional US$0.99/month or US$10/year subscription. The previous price was a one-time fee of US$3.99. Pocket Casts CEO Owen Grover told TechCrunch: “We understood pretty clearly that we were limiting our reach and limiting the number of users that could enjoy the quality and power of the app and the platform. It felt penny wise and pound foolish to continue to collect a few dollars at the top … We have the benefit of these owners who are supporting us in a way that allows us to grow our audience, habituate new listeners and deliver a pretty terrific user experience.” App Store: Pocket Casts – Free

Acronym Soup – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 776

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Acronym Soup – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 776

Is Wireless USB as S.M.A.R.T. as NVMe? As users of today’s tech, we sure use a lot of acronyms, don’t we? Listen as Dave and John help you wade through the soup and make sense of not only all the acronyms, but the tech that they describe, too! Press play and enjoy, friends!

The How To Start A Podcast Tutorial Bundle: $19

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a deal on a set of tutorials called the How to Start a Podcast Bundle. Produced by Lewis Howes, Alex Blumberg, John Lee Dumas, Anna Sussman, and Julia DeWitt, this bundle includes 4 training courses, 57 lessons, and 22 hours of content. It’s just $19 through our deal.

Today at Apple Podcast Session Coming to Chicago

· Charlotte Henry · News

Image of a Today at Apple event.

The Apple Store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois will host a new Today at Apple session this month aimed at getting people podcasting.

Spreaker Studio Adds Siri Shortcuts to App

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Spreaker Studio has added Siri Shortcuts to its app. The Spreaker Studio app transforms mobile devices into fully-equipped audio studios, offers anyone an easy way to broadcast from live events, share original music, create an audio blog or podcast series and connect with the world over shared passions. In addition to the ability to pre-record podcasts or broadcast live, users can add music and sound effects, interact with audiences via live chatbot and share across Facebook and Twitter. With the capabilities of iOS 12, Spreaker Studio now supports creation of user-generated commands and includes two ready-to-use shortcuts for hands-free podcast creation: “Record Audio,” which triggers capture, and “Broadcast Live,” which triggers simultaneous capture and publication of content. Users also benefit from the pairing of Siri Suggestions and Shortcuts in iOS 12, which enables Siri to learn users’ frequent in-app actions to predict and proactively prompt them in the future. App Store: Spreaker Studio – Free

Spreaker Studio Adds Siri Shortcuts to App

TMO Background Mode Interview with Early Apple Podcaster Victor Cajiao

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Victor Cajiao on Background Mode

Victor Cajiao was born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in the U.S. and became well known in the Apple world for several different podcasts. He’s an Apple tech geek as well as a musician (saxophone) and hobby photographer. Victor told me the story about how he came to the U.S. via a special initiative started by President Kennedy. The fascinating story continues as he eventually worked his way into a job with AT&T rising to the level of IT Technical Director. He also told me the story about how he fell in love with the Mac and then launched his podcast, The Typical Mac User. Victor recently retired from AT&T after 26 years and now travels the U.S. in his Airstream trailer. Recently, he’s been sighted at Macstock, doing terrific demos of Mac technologies.

Farrago from Rogue Amoeba: Soundboards and Audio Clips for Your Podcasts and More

· Dave Hamilton · Product News

Farrago screenshot with Mac Geek Gab set showing

Rogue Amoeba, known well for the many audio tools they make to help podcasters and more, today released Farrago. Built to allow podcasters (and beyond) to quickly play sound bites, audio effects, theme music, and more during live shows or live-to-“tape” recordings, Farrago has an elegant grid-based interface to allow quick and easy access to everything.

Podcasters: Replace Skype with Discord for Better Audio Quality and Web-Based Interviews

· Dave Hamilton · Deep Dive

Discord's Audio is way better than Skype's for podcasting

After 12 years of using Skype for our podcasts, we switched to Discord in November and haven’t looked back. With better audio quality and the ability to have interview guests participate entirely in their web browsers, Discord is a much better solution for today’s podcaster. We’ll show you how to get going.

Adam Curry's Podcaster Pro Aims to be All-in-One Podcasting Solution

· Dave Hamilton · Product News

3D rendering of Adam Curry's Podcaster Pro

With features like noise gates, compressors, dual mic inputs, and multiple virtual USB audio devices, the Podcaster Pro aims to solve all the common (and some uncommon!) needs that podcasters have both in their main studios as well as on-the-road.

Podcasters: How to Log Chapter Timestamps with Keyboard Maestro

· Dave Hamilton · How-To

Many podcasters – and especially podcast listeners – have come to appreciate having chapters in podcast episodes. Putting chapters into a show can be a real chore for podcasters, though, especially for a show that’s recorded live. For all the podcasts I host, I employ a few Keyboard Maestro macros that, used together, allow me to have an internal clock running that simply pastes the existing timestamp wherever my cursor is. Here’s how I do it… and a download link to the macros I’ve already created for you!