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  • The Slippery Slope of Internet Privacy

    Tue 8:04pm By David Sparks
    The U.S. Senate has now voted to remove prior regulations prohibiting Internet Service Providers (ISPs)–the folks you pay for your home Internet pipe–from selling your browsing and Internet data to others for fun and profit. This is pretty terrible news if…
  • The New APFS File System

    Mon 6:14pm By David Sparks
    Today's iOS 10.3 update to the iPhone adds the brand-new Apple File System (APFS) to your iOS devices.The APFS system was announced last year WWDC. It replaces the now 30-year-old hierarchical filing system (HFS, later updated to HFS+) that, until today, was…
  • MPU 370 - Sal Soghoian Talks Automation

    Mon 2:00pm By David Sparks
    This week we're joined by long time Automation evangelist and former Apple Automation head, Sal Soghoian. This is a very special episode of the Mac Power Users where we discuss the current state of automation technologies on the Mac and iOS and where we'd like…
  • Sponsor: Daylite - Announcing Team View for Mac

    Mon 1:21pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by Daylite, the CRM & Project Management app for teams on Mac, iPhone & iPad. New in Daylite is Team View for Mac. Team View gives business owners and managers a quick overview of their team’s workload. You can see…
  • Time for an iCloud Security Tuneup

    Fri 1:27pm By David Sparks
    Depending on who you believe, hackers have either compromised 600 million iCloud accounts or they have just a few and are trying shake Apple down for $150,000. Sometimes, humans are the worst. Either way, either today (or this weekend) would be a great time…
  • Free Agents 17 – Stop Digging

    Mar 24, 2017, 12:28 am By David Sparks
    On the latest episode of Free Agents, we discuss firing clients. Not all clients are good clients. If you don't manage the herd, you could lose the farm. This is why it's important to consider the right time, and right way, to fire a client. We discuss…
  • The Case For and Against Apple's Purchase of Workflow

    Mar 22, 2017, 10:02 pm By David Sparks
    There was a bit of surprising news today out of TechCrunch from Matthew Panzarino. It looks like Apple bought Workflow, which is–in my opinion–the single most useful utility application on the iPhone or iPad. I love Workflow so much that I made a MacSparky…
  • Interact Scratchpad for Mac

    Mar 22, 2017, 12:00 pm By David Sparks
    Today Agile Tortoise released a new Mac App, Interact Scratchpad (website)(Mac App store). One of the best features on the Interact for iOS app is the scratchpad, where you can paste any address-related clump of text and the application sorts it out for you.…
  • MPU 369 – Music Workflows with Michael Whalen

    Mar 22, 2017, 10:00 am By David Sparks
    This week on the Mac Power Users, Emmy award winning composer and artist Michael Whalen joins us to talk about his 68+ Macs and how he's been making music with Apple technology since 1984.
  • Random Thoughts on the New Apple Products

    Mar 22, 2017, 1:30 am By David Sparks
    Today Apple announced several new products...The New 9.7 Inch iPadJust last week I wrote about the need for an "ePad". The new lower priced iPad makes a lot of sense for schools and other buyers on a budget. It is $70 less, a little thicker, and probably a…
  • Sponsor: OmniFocus

    Mar 20, 2017, 1:31 pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by OmniFocus from the Omni Group. Last week I just spent several days at the American Bar Association conference where I talked to a lot of lawyers using OmniFocus to hold things together. That shouldn't surprise you though.…
  • Intelligent Assistant Competition on iPhone

    Mar 18, 2017, 11:37 am By David Sparks
    There have been a few interesting moves in the intellegent assitant space on the iPhone as of late.Microsoft’s Cortana App got a significant update. I like the new design a lot better. It’s simpler and feels more native to iPhone than it’s prior…
  • Apple and Education

    Mar 15, 2017, 10:16 am By David Sparks
    Future Source Consulting did a study of the most popular operating systems in education K–12. According to their report Apple is at an all-time low with Mac OS accounting for 5% and iOS at 14%. The big winner is Chrome OS, that has grown to 58%. That makes…
  • MPU 368 – Living in a Tin Foil Hat World

    Mar 15, 2017, 9:55 am By David Sparks
    Security and data privacy is a growing concern in our society. In this week's episode we put on our tin foil hats and discuss some of the best practices that can be implemented today for protecting your data from prying eyes.
  • Jonathan Zdziarski at Apple

    Mar 14, 2017, 3:58 pm By David Sparks
    Jonathan Zdziarski is a well respected security and privacy expert. Now he works for Apple. Jonathan's explanation of why he took the gig pushes all my buttons.…
  • Latest Apple Park Video

    Mar 14, 2017, 12:46 pm By David Sparks
    I remember the first time I visited Infinite Loop, where I expected to see something like the Wonka Chocolate Factory but instead got a series of business offices, not so unlike my own. "This is it?" I thought. Well that was a long time ago and now it looks…
  • Sponsor: MailButler for Business

    Mar 13, 2017, 9:00 am By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by MailButler. MailButler has just added a new Business subscription plan that includes several features to ensure complete control over email flow for your team. This includes several new features including:Advanced…
  • iPhone 8 Speculation

    Mar 12, 2017, 7:56 pm By David Sparks
    Later this year we're going to get the next iPhone. There's been a lot of rumors about this new one with talk of an edge-to-edge (possibly OLED) screen, embedded touch IT, and even maybe wireless charging. Chance Miller at 9to5 Mac did a nice job pulling…
  • Home Screens – Bill Wilkins

    Mar 10, 2017, 10:00 am By David Sparks
    I love meeting new and interesting geeks. One such person is my friend Bill Willkins. Bill Started out a “farm boy” in from Durham North Carolina but eventually found his way to England and now Switzerland. Bill’s now 75 but still works as a European…
  • "A genius is the one most like himself."

    Mar 9, 2017, 4:10 pm By David Sparks
    Ricky Dover, Jr. tweeted Thelonious Monk's bandstand notes from 1960. Great stuff … for anybody. You dig?