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Apple vs China Over Hong Kong
Oct 11 • 26 min
Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s recent decision to pull an app used by Hong Kong protestors.
Mac Memory, Catalina’s Potential
Oct 10 • 27 min
Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the right amount of RAM in a Mac, and Catalina’s place in macOS history.
NYC And Cellebrite, Lightning Cables
Oct 9 • 22 min
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Cellebrite’s new partnership and other iPhone hacks like Lightning cables.
Credit Where Credit is Due
Oct 8 • 24 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple history and how Tim Cook may or may not be credited with change.
Apple News+ in UK, Bundle Pricing
Oct 7 • 24 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss experiences with News+, Andrew’s cancellation, and Apple offering bundles.
Tim Cook’s Cryptocurrency Comments
Oct 4 • 26 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Tim Cook’s comments about Libra and the IMF’s statement on cryptocurrency.
Tech vs Governments, Siri Learning and Unlearning
Oct 3 • 24 min
Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss apps vanishing from App Stores, and how Siri can now use third party apps.
Sign In With Apple, Managing Logins
Oct 2 • 18 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss updates to Sign In With Apple, and how to use and manage those logins.
Today in Data Breaches, “Think Different” Reminiscing
Oct 1 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Zynga breach and look back at the 1997 Think Different ad campaign.
Quick iOS 13 Messages Tips; Beginning Catalina Prep
Sep 30 • 21 min
Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss some hints for iMessage in iOS 13, and we start talking Catalina prep.
Apple Films in Theaters, iPhone Adoration
Sep 27 • 27 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a security PSA, Apple content in theaters, and Charlotte’s iOS conversion.
Corporations vs Governments, Always-On Watch Display
Sep 26 • 27 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss regulating tech companies, and Bryan’s watch display adventure.
Sharing Locationless Photos, Apple Security Flaws
Sep 25 • 21 min
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss sharing photos (but not their location data), and Apple’s OS security.
Google Play Pass, Apple Arcade Picks
Sep 24 • 25 min
Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to compare Google Play Pass to Apple Arcade, and include a few Apple Arcade picks.
Mac Pro Made in USA, Oprah’s Book Club Returns
Sep 23 • 20 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Mac Pro’s US-based manufacturing, and Oprah’s book club selection (don’t call it a comeback).
Bionic Chip Deep Dive; Happy Phonemas
Sep 20 • 27 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a closer look at the A13 Bionic chip, and the iPhone and iOS releases.
Apple’s EU Tax Case, Charlotte’s New iPhone
Sep 19 • 29 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s EU tax case as well as tips and apps for Charlotte’s new iPhone.
Legislation and Tech Conflicts, iPhone Battery Life
Sep 18 • 23 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss tech and legislation colliding in unfortunate ways, and iPhone battery life.
Apple TV+ Subscribers vs Users, Calculus of Success
Sep 17 • 29 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s eventual reporting of TV+ users, and what success looks like.
Iger Leaves Apple Board, Revolutionary iPhone Chip
Sep 16 • 23 min
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Bob Iger’s board departure, and the iPhone 11 chip Apple didn’t discuss.
iPhone Order Fever, Accessory Picks
Sep 13 • 33 min
Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iPhone ordering and ship times, and offer some picks for iPhone treats.
Apple Card 3% Club, NSA in NYT
Sep 12 • 31 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest 3% back offers on Apple Card, & a letter from the NSA in the NYT.
TV+ Details, New iPad Decisions
Sep 11 • 27 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the new details of the Apple TV+ rollout and iPad comparisons.
Apple Media Event Reactions
Sep 10 • 31 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Apple Media Event and share their reactions to the announcements.
Weaponizing security flaws, Apple Watch Slow Burn
Sep 9 • 27 min
Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iOS vulnerabilities as weapons, and the slow success of  Watch.
Apple Music on the Web, Voice Assistant Perspectives
Sep 6 • 33 min
Charlotte Henry and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the latest web interface from Apple, and voice assistant points of view.
Apple and Cryptocurrency, iPhone Eavesdropping
Sep 5 • 21 min
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s cryptocurrency comments and if your iPhone is dropping eaves or not.
New iPhone Speculation, Catalina Features
Sep 4 • 30 min
Charlotte Henry and Bob “Dr Mac” LeVitus join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the new wave of iPhone SE speculation and Catalina features.
Botnet Takedown, Apple’s AR Plans
Sep 3 • 25 min
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest botnet takedown and the new wave of Apple “headset” speculation.
iPhone Hacks, Python, Particle Debris
Aug 30 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss an iOS vulnerability, the future of Python on macOS, and Particle Debris.
Apple Repair Program Expansion, iPhone Event Invites
Aug 29 • 25 min
Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s expansion of iPhone repair programs, and iPhone event invites.
Mid-Range iPhone, Apple’s Media Moves
Aug 28 • 25 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iPhone model (perceived) gaps and Apple’s recent streaming ramp up.
Apple Card Privacy, App Store Download Stats
Aug 27 • 27 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple Card’s relative privacy and App Store download statistics.
Apple September Event Speculation
Aug 26 • 23 min
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the September Apple Event and what they hope to see besides iPhones.
Tim Cook, Taylor Swift, and Cleaning Apple Cards
Aug 23 • 26 min
Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Tim Cook’s diplomacy, Taylor Swift’s remix session, and Apple Card care.
5G and T-Mobile, iPhone Rumor Roundup
Aug 22 • 23 min
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about 5G and T-Mobile’s plans, as well as a breakdown of iPhone 11 rumors.
Sign In With Apple, Health Team Unrest
Aug 21 • 23 min
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the first Sign In With Apple sightings and strife on the Health team.
TV+ Pricing, Microsoft’s AI Hire
Aug 20 • 26 min
John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the leaked TV+ Pricing and the latest AI hire at Microsoft.
iMacs of History, The Morning Show Trailer
Aug 19 • 26 min
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iMac in a historical context, and ‘The Morning Show’ full trailer.
Apple’s Job Footprint, EU Tax Case
Aug 16 • 28 min
Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple’s job footprint report, and the latest news in the EU tax case.
Tumblr vs Facebook, Naming iPhones
Aug 15 • 26 min
John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Tumblr (under Automattic) taking on Facebook, and iPhone nomenclature.
Battery/Email PSAs, Siri Spotify Teamup
Aug 14 • 25 min
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about a couple of PSAs for Apple folks and how Siri and Spotify might team up.
Salmon Gold, Gift Card Shenanigans
Aug 13 • 22 min
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about RESOLVE and Salmon Gold, and when gift cards go wrong.
Foldable iPad Rumor, Affordable College Products
Aug 12 • 22 min
Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Martellaro and Andrew Orr to discuss rumors of a foldable iPad, including the question of what problem foldable devices solve. Andrew also has some recommendations for some affordable products for college students.
Streaming Service Pricing, Touchscreen MacBook
Aug 9 • 23 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Disney’s new streaming bundle and “adding” a touchscreen to a MacBook.
Apple Card Obtained!
Aug 8 • 25 min
Today John F Braun of Mac Geek Gab fame joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss the process of getting and managing Apple’s shiny new credit card.
Apple Laptop Ports, Bug Bounty Program
Aug 7 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about port differentials on MacBook models and Apple’s macOS bug bounty.
Apple Card Rollout, Claris Returns
Aug 6 • 22 min
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the rollout of the Apple Card, and Claris making a comeback.
MacBook Pro Changes, iPhone Design Leaks
Aug 5 • 28 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about changes to the MacBook Pro lineup, and iPhone designs vs Nexus leaks.
Suspending Siri Grading, MacBook Saga Ends
Aug 2 • 23 min
John Martellaro and Adam Christianson join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Siri’s grading program and the end of John’s MacBook repair saga.
CBS vs DirecTV, Microsoft Ad Deconstruction
Aug 1 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the evolution of the CBS/DirecTV standoff, and a new ad from Microsoft.
Stock Market School, Data Transfer Project
Jul 31 • 20 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about yesterday’s earnings report, and Apple joining the Data Transfer Project.
Capital One Breach, Interactionless iOS Bugs
Jul 30 • 21 min
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to talk about what you can do about the Capital One data breach, and iOS bugs.
Navigation HUDs and iPhone, 16” MacBook Pro Rumor Roundup – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-29
Jul 29 • 23 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join guest-host Bryan Chaffin to discuss the future of car navigation, HUDs, and iPhone. They also parse the latest rumors of a 16-inch MacBook Pro that’s supposed to hit this fall.
MacBook Saga, DirecTV and CBS Squabble
Jul 26 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the latest in John’s MacBook saga, and the CBS/DirecTV kerfuffle.
Older iOS Software Updates, TMO Picks
Jul 25 • 22 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the upcoming GPS update for older devices, and some picks for listeners.
Apple Headset Patent, Google Buying Facial Data
Jul 24 • 24 min
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of an Apple “headset” patent and Google’s offer to buy facial data.
Intel Selling Modem Biz, USB Hubs
Jul 23 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to theorize about Intel selling their modem business to Apple, and USB/USB-C hubs.
Apple Display Tech, Entry-Level iPhones
Jul 22 • 29 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about display technology in Apple devices, and an “entry level” iPhone.
Apollo Space in the News, Apple’s Russia Conundrum - TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-19
Jul 19 • 22 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join guesthost Bryan Chaffin to look at all the awesome Apollo and space content that’s available around the Moon Landing’s 50th anniversary. They also talk about a proposed law in Russia that could challenge some of Apple’s…
FaceApp Terms, Inside Podcasting Baseball
Jul 18 • 26 min
Dave Hamilton and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the current FaceApp situation, and the current podcasting landscape.
Apple’s Engineering Focus, iPod Frustration
Jul 17 • 33 min
John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s engineering focus and the use case for the “new” iPod touch.
Mesh Wi-Fi, App Store Bug
Jul 16 • 23 min
Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Dave’s mesh Wi-Fi guide with a side of Prime Day deals, and an App Store bug.
Apple’s Security Evolution, iCloud VPN
Jul 15 • 26 min
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple’s balance of security and user freedom, and a new iCloud VPN idea.
Apple’s AR Glasses, HomeKit Hardware
Jul 12 • 23 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the state of Apple’s AR “glasses” and the new wave of HomeKit hardware.
Apple’s Silent Updates, Robocall Blocking
Jul 11 • 24 min
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the state of updates from Apple, and the latest in blocking robocalls.
PSAs, Current Mac Lineup
Jul 10 • 27 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont for a few PSAs, then a discussion of the current state of Apple’s computer lineup.
New Macs, New Security Flaws
Jul 9 • 29 min
Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the new Mac laptop updates and the latest security flaw courtesy of Zoom.
DNS Over HTTPS, New iCloud Login Method
Jul 8 • 21 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk new DNS security from Mozilla, and Apple’s new login system coming to iCloud.
Catalina and the Future of Storage
Jul 3 • 29 min
Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about APFS and the new ways files will be managed by macOS in Catalina.
Tim Cook and the Wall Street Journal
Jul 2 • 22 min
John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Tim Cook disputing reports surrounding Jony Ive’s departure.
Eddy Cue Speaks, iTunes Evolution
Jul 1 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Eddy Cue’s new interview and the evolution of iTunes through the ages.
Apple’s (Design) Executive Shuffle
Jun 28 • 28 min
Dave Hamilton and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the departure of Sir Jony Ive and the new Senior VP of Operations.
Science And The Mac
Jun 27 • 22 min
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Mac’s value to scientists and the new tracking project from Mozilla.
Catalina System Volume
Jun 26 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the new macOS read-only volume and ISP budgets for lobbying lawmakers.
Spotify vs Apple
Jun 25 • 24 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a new approach to fighting robocalls and Spotify’s complaint against Apple.
Smartphone Skull Horns
Jun 24 • 21 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss new a new bill regarding user data, and that smartphone skull horn story.
Salting Passwords, Wizards Unite Gameplay
Jun 21 • 20 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about salting passwords and Andrew and Kelly’s first day playing Wizards Unite.
TV+ Cornered, Apple’s Tariff Stance
Jun 20 • 25 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about how Disney+ has cornered TV+, and about Apple’s tariff stance.
4K Blu-ray Players, Openly Operated
Jun 19 • 26 min
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a chat about John’s 4K Blu-ray player decisions, and the Openly Operated service.
Fake App Sales, Cryptocurrency From Facebook
Jun 18 • 24 min
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iOS apps running “limited” sales, and Facebook getting into cryptocurrency.
Tim Cook’s Graduation Address, Apple Wants Oscars
Jun 17 • 26 min
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Kelly Guimont to discuss Tim Cook’s Graduation address at Stanford and Apple’s formula to win Oscars.
Surveillance and the Legal System
Jun 14 • 25 min
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of surveillance and courts, and John Kheit’s take on Mac Pro punditry.
Google Likes Sign In With Apple
Jun 13 • 24 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Google approving of Sign in with Apple, and China’s attack on Telegram.
McLaren in a School Zone
Jun 12 • 31 min
John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of the new adjustments to Dropbox and desire for a Mac Pro.
macOS Catalina Moves Us From User Consent to User Intent
Jun 11 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Dave Hamilton to talk about Apple’s march forward towards security-with-flexibility in macOS Catalina. And then it’s time to look at Apple TV’s future… by the numbers.
New OS Features
Jun 10 • 27 min
Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join Kelly Guimont (and what’s left of her voice) to chat about Apple’s advertising stance and new OS features.
WWDC Day Five
Jun 7 • 33 min
For the last day of WWDC, Kelly has an interview with iOS developer Aleksey Navicov, and also chats with Rogue Amoeba’s Paul Kafasis.
WWDC Day Four
Jun 6 • 33 min
Today from the WWDC vicinity, Kelly interviews Philippe Casgrain, organizer of NSNorth, and Ken Case, CEO of Omni Group.
WWDC Day Three
Jun 5 • 26 min
Live around WWDC, Kelly sits down with developer Alex Larouche and 360 iDev organizer John Wilker to talk about the week’s announcements.
WWDC Day The Second
Jun 4 • 27 min
Kelly interviews Ish Shabazz and Kendall Gellner about yesterday’s announcements and how it affects what they are developing.
DubDub Day One
Jun 3 • 30 min
Dave and Kelly recap the first day of WWDC including the (public) keynote address and the State of the Union, new hardware, and new software.
AirPort Updates, WWDC Plans
May 31 • 24 min
Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss AirPort Base Station updates, and look ahead to WWDC plans and coverage.
Splinternet, WWDC Wishes
May 30 • 26 min
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of walled-off sections of the internet and a look ahead at WWDC.
TDO 2019-05-29: Pokemon, 4K Blu-Ray
May 29 • 27 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest in Pokemon news, and what to know about 4K Blu-Ray players.
TDO 2019-05-24: Apple Setup Calls
May 24 • 29 min
Lisa Hamilton and Bob “Dr Mac” LeVitus join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple Setup Calls for new products, and Bob’s Cricut adventures.
TDO 2019-05-23: iCloud Password Management
May 23 • 22 min
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss managing passwords in the Keychain utility, and some tips for editing photos.
TDO 2019-05-22: Ad Click Attribution
May 22 • 24 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss ad blocking in Safari and the latest report of plaintext password storage.
TDO 2019-05-21: Consumer Privacy Rollback
May 21 • 22 min
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about a social media database breach and a new wrinkle in consumer privacy.
TDO 2019-05-20: Wizards Unite
May 20 • 22 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest video about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and the Lazy Guide to Backing Up Data.