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  • Apple Extends Repair Period for MacBook Keyboards

    5:45pm By David Sparks
    There are so many stories about keyboards going bad on MacBooks and MacBook Pros over the last few years. My 2015 12-inch MacBook is now on its third keyboard. Apple’s now announced they’ll continue to fix keyboards on several of these machines. This…
  • ​Talking iPhone on the Law Entrepreneur Podcast

    5:21pm By David Sparks
    Neil Tyra was kind enough to have me on his podcast recently where we talked about how lawyers should be better at using their iPhones and gave a few tips (for lawyers and non-lawyers alike) to help out.
  • The New MPU and Free Agents Forums

    Thu 12:23pm By David Sparks
    Today we released the brand-new Discourse-based forums for Mac Power Users and Free Agents found at talk.macpowerusers.com. I'm really excited to share this news. A lot of work went on behind the scenes to make this happen. The new forum is based on the open…
  • More Drafts Screencasts

    Thu 11:44am By David Sparks
    I've been busy in the Screencast studio lately making some new screencasts for Drafts. Here are my latest on creating your own Drafts action and using tags and workspaces. You can see them all here.
  • Smile Software Celebrating 15 Years – Sponsor

    Wed 1:45pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by Smile Software, makers of TextExpander and PDFpen. This month Smile is celebrating 15 years of bringing its productivity software to the world. They've had several products over the years and there is an excellent series of…
  • Availability-Based Scheduling with When Works

    Wed 1:07pm By David Sparks
    John Chaffee has been making calendar related apps for Apple hardware for a long time with is involvement with Now Up-To-Date several years ago and, more recently, BusyCal. So when John launches a new product, I'm always interested. His latest venture is…
  • Mac Power Users 435: Catching Up with Don McAllister

    Mon 11:00am By David Sparks
    Don McAllister returns on this week's MPU+ episode to talk about building a business around ScreenCastsOnline, building his team, delegation, project management, and more. We also talk chat travel and electric cars.…
  • Talking iPhone on the Productivity Show

    Jun 13, 2018, 2:10 pm By David Sparks
    I recently guested on The Productivity Show with Mike Schmitz where we talked in depth about how to get your work done with the iPhone. Mike’s a great host and we covered a lot of ground. 
  • Free Agents 49: Panting to the Finish Line

    Jun 13, 2018, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Family members with employment issues remind Jason about just how far he has come. I grapple with letting go of control and working with an assistant. And Jason hands in his resignation and participates in an "exit interview" with me. Join us for the latest…
  • Happy 15th, Smile Software

    Jun 12, 2018, 4:44 pm By David Sparks
    Today is the 15th Anniversary of Smile software. Smile is a great little software company that makes apps I use every day. Smile's co-founder, Greg Scown, shared some of the Smile story with Stephen Hackett over on 512 pixels and it's worth reading. With the…
  • Guesting on the Lawyerist Podcast

    Jun 12, 2018, 8:00 am By David Sparks
    I joined Sam Glover at the Lawyerist podcast to talk about getting more from your iPhone. The Lawyerist is one of the few lawyer-focused websites that is not dreadful. Indeed it is quite the opposite. On this show, we talked about the iPhone Field Guide and…
  • Track Your Time on the Mac with Timing – Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2018, 12:24 pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by Timing for Mac. Once installed, Timing watches how you use your Mac and gives you colorful, detailed reports on how you’re spending your time. …
  • Mac Power Users 434: PDF Workflows

    Jun 11, 2018, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    On this week's MPU+ episode, Katie and I talk about the state of PDFs in 2018, how the PDF format has evolved, and best practices for creating, naming, managing, and working with PDFs.…
  • How Siri Shortcuts Can Revolutionize iOS Automation

    Jun 11, 2018, 7:00 am By David Sparks
    One of the nice things about returning home from the excitement of WWDC is a chance to reflect on what Apple announced and begin thinking about how it will change things, if at all. At the top of my mind is Siri Shortcuts.…
  • Get Your Life Back with SaneBox - Sponsor

    Jun 8, 2018, 3:42 pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by SaneBox, the email service I use every day to manage my email. SaneBox acts as your own personal email assistant, sorting your inbox for you so you only see the most important emails with less important email getting…
  • Yahoo Messenger is Shutting Down.

    Jun 8, 2018, 11:06 am By David Sparks
    Yahoo is pulling the plug on Messenger. I didn’t even know that was still a thing. 
  • A Few Thoughts on WWDC 2018

    Jun 8, 2018, 2:01 am By David Sparks
    What a week!…
  • Mac Power Users 433: WWDC 2018

    Jun 5, 2018, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Katie and I are at the WWDC and this week on MPU+, we share our thoughts on WWDC 2018, including thoughts on iOS 12, macOS 10.14, tvOS, and watchOS 5.…
  • WWDC Hopes and Dreams

    Jun 4, 2018, 1:35 am By David Sparks
    I'm in San Jose this week attending some of the WWDC festivities and catching up with many friends in the Apple Community. Tonight I spent some time talking to friends about expectations and hopes for tomorrow's keynote. …
  • ​MacVoices Guesting

    Jun 2, 2018, 8:47 pm By David Sparks
    Continuing my podcast-style international book tour for the the iPhone Field Guide, last week I joined Chuck Joiner on Mac Voices to talk about the iPhone Field Guide and the challenges of eBook creation.…