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  • Free agents 41 – A Walk on the Beach

    2h By David Sparks
    On the latest episode of Free Agents, I talk about a big birthday and Jason is learning the value of embracing a lull. My wife went back to work and I talk about the changes that creates in working at home and Team Sparky continues to expand.
  • Overcast versus Apple Podcasts

    Wed 11:37pm By David Sparks
    For years I've been using Overcast as my primary podcasting app. However, I have recently upgraded my car stereo to an Apple CarPlay stereo and purchased an Apple HomePod. Because of this, I was interested in using the Apple Podcasts app again, primarily…
  • Alto's Odyssey Ships

    Wed 5:17pm By David Sparks
    While I've never been a particular fan of endless runner games, Alto's Adventure really grabbed me. I'm certain it's the iPhone game I've logged the most hours playing. There is something special about it because it's fun and challenging while at the same…
  • The Physical and Fiscal Benefits of the Apple Watch

    Wed 10:45am By David Sparks
    Apple’s new Close Your Rings website is a good message and an excellent way to sell the Apple Watch. While I’m not particularly excited about any app using game theory to push my buttons, for the Health app I'm willing to make an exception. I'm more aware…
  • The Hyper-Scheduling Experiment

    Tue 11:00am By David Sparks
    For the last month, I have been conducting an experiment with more deliberate scheduling of my time. For lack of a better word, I have been calling it hyper-scheduling. …
  • The Omni Group in 2018 (Sponsor)

    Tue 10:00am By David Sparks
    This week, MacSparky is sponsored by the Omni Group. Did you know that the Omni Group is going to do some amazing work this year on all of the Omni apps that you love? Ken Case recently did his 2018 Roadmap post, and we have a lot to look forward to:…
  • MPU 418 – Workflows with Rose Orchard

    Mon 7:36pm By David Sparks
    Rose Orchard joins us this week to discuss her transition from teacher to master automator including creating workflows, maximizing efficiency on Mac and iOS. We discuss the Sonos One and the Apple HomePod, travel tips and more.…
  • Farewell Interact

    Sat 11:47am By David Sparks
    This week Greg Pierce announced the end of life for Interact, my favorite Contact management app for iPhone. Reading Greg’s post, the reason isn’t primarily financial but instead difficulties and bugs with iOS contact management frameworks. I never had…
  • The HomePod Table Tattoo

    Fri 4:01pm By David Sparks
    This story about people's HomePod leaving a ring on their table is kind of crazy. How did Apple, a company that’s been shipping home electronics since the beginning, ship something that can damage your furniture? If they did know this was possible, they…
  • OmniOutliner 3 for iOS

    Fri 2:45pm By David Sparks
    This week the Omni Group released OmniOutliner 3 for iOS. It’s a worthy update that brings a lot of new features to iOS including password protected outlines, an improved slide-in inspector, focus & section lists, printing and pdf support, and some great…
  • Putting Focus on AR Kit

    Feb 14, 2018, 11:58 am By David Sparks
    Apple’s got a new page featuring Augmented Reality iOS apps. I think that’s a good idea. When I speak with my non-geek friends about Augmented Reality, they first don’t understand what it is, and then they don’t know what it’s for. I end up rambling…
  • MPU 417: Workflows with Manton Reece

    Feb 13, 2018, 12:00 pm By David Sparks
    This week programmer and entrepreneur Manton Reece joins the Mac Power Users this week to share how he's using Apple gear to program and run his own business.…
  • HomePod as Mac Speaker

    Feb 13, 2018, 10:16 am By David Sparks
    I'm digging my HomePod. The speaker itself is excellent, and while Siri has its limitations, the features it does include are working solidly. (I do wish it could tell me my calendar appointments though.)…
  • Things and Productivity Training From Shawn Blanc

    Feb 13, 2018, 7:30 am By David Sparks
    I prefer OmniFocus but if you like Things, The Sweet Setup has a really nice course they’ve just released. I watched it and was impressed. My favorite part, however, is the additional materials where Shawn shares some of his own productivity and planning…
  • Tinderbox – Get a Discount on the Tool for Notes (Sponsor)

    Feb 12, 2018, 4:09 pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by Tinderbox, the tool for notes. Tinderbox is a Mac App that lets you collect your thoughts and slice and dice them any way your brain prefers. The application does a great job of adjusting to the way you think. With…
  • Alto's Odyssey Coming Next Week

    Feb 12, 2018, 11:43 am By David Sparks
    Alto's Adventure continues to be one of my top 5 ever iPhone games. They are releasing the sequel next week and I'll be first in line.
  • The 2018 Emoji

    Feb 8, 2018, 2:00 pm By David Sparks
    Emoji are increasingly a bigger deal to me. And I say that non-ironically. I recently sent an octogenarian client an email telling her that her corporate minutes were done and she responded by sending me a text message with a smiling face and heart eyes. That…
  • Free Agents 40 - Like Being in a Boat, with Kourosh Dini

    Feb 8, 2018, 11:43 am By David Sparks
    In the latest episode of Free Agents, Psychiatrist, writer, musician, and free agent Kourosh Dini joins us to discuss his long journey to being an independent worker, mixing his various jobs, dealing with the stress of being on your own, and much more.
  • 50 Years

    Feb 7, 2018, 9:30 am By David Sparks
    Today I celebrate my 50th birthday. I know this is a big one. Right?…
  • BBEdit 12.1

    Feb 6, 2018, 2:19 pm By David Sparks
    The wheels at Bare Bones Software just keep turning. Today they released BBEdit 12.1. My favorite new feature is the ability to open files over 1.5GB. That's right. BBEdit, largely used for development text files can now open 1.5GB files because for some…