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  • Incomparable - The Extra Terrestrial

    Thu 12:33pm By David Sparks
    There something about E.T. that goes straight to my heart every time I watch it. Years ago, I told Jason Snell that if The Incomparable podcast ever covers E.T., I would be happy to join in as resident fanboy. This week I obliged.
  • Apple News - Worth a Second Look

    Wed 1:38pm By David Sparks
    Without thinking too much about it, I’ve switched over to Apple News as nearly my exclusive source for news over the past six months. The iOS 10 Apple News re-design works for me. As a frequent user of the iPad and iPhone I like the way Apple News fits into…
  • MPU 360: Workflows with Charles Perry

    Wed 2:08am By David Sparks
    This week Charles Perry, one of the organizers of the Release Notes conference, joins us to talk about turning his passion into a business, then a podcast, then a successful conference and the tools and logistics behind all of it.Sponsors include:Ministry of…
  • Terminology 4.0 - A Word Tool

    Mon 3:30pm By David Sparks
    I spend a lot of time working with words so I am always looking for apps that can help me out. Terminology (Website) (App Store) is one of those apps. Terminology's been in active development since 2010 and this week Agile Tortoise, the developer, released…
  • Sponsor: CardioBot Heart Rate and Activity Monitor

    Mon 12:11pm By David Sparks
    Something you may not realize if you are wearing an Apple Watch is that it is checking your heart rate every 4 minutes during the day. (It’s much more frequent when you are working out.) Your heart rate data is really useful to understanding your overall…
  • Free Agents 12 with Katie Floyd

    Jan 13, 2017, 1:41 pm By David Sparks
    The latest Free Agents episode is available for download. Very recently my pal Katie Floyd, left her law firm and went out on her own. We ask Katie about making the move, her workspace and work habits, and the issues of adding support staff and partners…
  • Discounted Productivity Apps and Services

    Jan 13, 2017, 12:13 am By David Sparks
    SaneBox has partnered up with several productivity apps and services to offer some nice discounts. There’s no purchase required. It’s just a group of services offering a discount. For example, you can get six months of free 1Password or 30% off…
  • iOS Automation and Evolution

    Jan 12, 2017, 6:25 pm By David Sparks
    Sal Soghoian leaving Apple was bad news for those of us interested in automation. If that cloud has a silver lining, however, it’s that we get to hear more of Sal’s thoughts about automation on Apple platforms. Recently, Sal published this piece on…
  • MPU 359: Big Questions

    Jan 9, 2017, 12:00 pm By David Sparks
    The Mac Power Users has a pretty big audience. As a result, Katie and I get a lot of email asking questions. We thought it’d be fun to do a show answering some of the most common questions. So we did. This episode covers backing up photos, task overload,…
  • Sponsor – Agenda Minder

    Jan 9, 2017, 10:30 am By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by Agenda Minder. We all spend time complaining about meetings but not enough of us do anything to make them better. Agenda Minder is a Mac app that lets you pull meetings in from your calendar and organize them. You can…
  • Where’s iPod?

    Jan 6, 2017, 4:00 pm By David Sparks
    Do you remember when the iPod was the most important Apple product? Not anymore.I spent a little time at the Apple Store recently and just for giggles started looking for the iPods. It turns out the entire iPod line gets one-half of one shelf. Looking around…
  • Finding a Missing AirPod

    Jan 6, 2017, 3:21 pm By David Sparks
    A listener sent me a link to a new iPhone application, Finder for AirPods. It’s an interesting idea. It measures the signal strength to the AirPod as a sort of homing beacon to help you find a lost AirPod.I decided to take one for the team and I spent four…
  • Thinking About Touch Screen Macs

    Jan 5, 2017, 4:58 pm By David Sparks
    I've been thinking more lately about touch screen Macs. There's lots of talk in the community about how Microsoft has added touch screen to Windows and it's now time for Apple to follow suit. Just a few days ago, I was sent a link for the Air Bar, which is a…
  • Rogue One Soundtrack Analysis

    Jan 5, 2017, 4:44 pm By David Sparks
    I was very interested in the Rogue One soundtrack in that it is the first Star Wars film music not written by John Williams. Michael Giacchino did a great job. I didn't realize exactly how great of a job he did until I listened to this episode of Star Wars…
  • Apple TV Party Game Pick: Fibbage

    Jan 3, 2017, 12:07 pm By David Sparks
    I spent New Years Eve with a pile of family members and we decided to spend some of that time lying to one another with Fibbage on the Apple TV. Fibbage is an Apple TV gameshow-type app. Participants play along using their iPhones or iPads not through a…
  • iOS 10.3 Rumors

    Jan 2, 2017, 4:00 pm By David Sparks
    The rumor sites are starting to show evidence of an increasing iOS 10.3 beta size inside Apple. The only feature we’ve had any whisper of so far is “Theatre Mode” which is maybe a dark mode? There were a lot of rumors of a dark mode last year. Either…
  • MPU 358 – Gabe Weatherhead Returns

    Jan 2, 2017, 2:00 pm By David Sparks
    Gabe Weatherhead is one of my favorite nerds. He’s smart and always has a few good ideas about getting the most out of his Mac. He joined us this week on the Mac Power Users to discuss OmniFocus Automation, follow-up on DEVONThink, address privacy and cloud…
  • Sponsor: PowerPhotos – The Ultimate Toolbox for Photos on the Mac

    Jan 2, 2017, 12:22 pm By David Sparks
    I’m pleased to welcome a new sponsor to MacSparky, PowerPhotos. There has been a lot of action in photo management on the Mac in the past few years and PowerPhotos is that powerful utility we’ve all been waiting for. If you have photos scattered across…
  • ComicBookFonts Annual Sale Today

    Jan 1, 2017, 1:40 pm By David Sparks
    If you've ever wanted to add some whimsical fonts to your library, there probably isn't any better place than ComicBookFonts.com. This is a resource for professional comic artists and there is a dizzying array of fonts available. I purchased their Hedge…
  • Productive App for Habit Tracking

    Jan 1, 2017, 12:49 pm By David Sparks
    Happy New Year. If you’ve been thinking about changing some habits as we head into 2017, why not game the system with an app? I have fallen off the wagon with habit tracking so I looked at a lot of the popular habit tracking apps before settling on…