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  • 677: Software Club: Fantastical

    Sun 5:00pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    In this episode of the Software Club, David and Stephen talk about Fantastical and how it compares to Apple's default Calendar application. Michael Simmons then joins them to discuss Fantastical's history and the changes he's seen in the Apple software…
  • 676: Workflows with Kaitlin Salzke

    Jan 22, 2023, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Kaitlin Salzke is an accountant, student and programmer who has built a library of OmniFocus automations. This week she joins David and Stephen to talk about using Javascript for automation, working on a PC during the week and pushing the boundaries of what…
  • 675: Cruisin' with CarPlay

    Jan 15, 2023, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Gone are the days of using tapes, CDs and iPods in cars. Apple has taken center stage in most new cars sold as the iPhone replaced all of those older media sources in the car. This week, David and Stephen pack up and go on a tour of CarPlay.
  • 674: Workflows with Shawn Blanc

    Jan 8, 2023, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Shawn Blanc left his job back in 2011 to become a full-time writer. Twelve years later, he's the mastermind behind sites like The Focus Course and The Sweet Setup and more. Stephen and David ask him about that journey and how he's grown his operation from a…
  • 673: Apple's New Freeform App

    Jan 1, 2023, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    It's not every day that Apple releases a new productivity app, but with iOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura 13.1, the company launched Freeform, an infinite canvas app for sketching, organizing and sharing information. David and Stephen have been using it extensively…
  • 672: Tech That Worked in 2022

    Dec 25, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Stephen and David reflect on the apps and services they've relied on for the past year, and one of them makes a rash vow about new Macs.
  • 671: Out of the Water

    Dec 18, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    On this feedback episode, Stephen and David reflect on the first year of the MacSparky Labs, discuss the recent Eufy camera news and answer a bunch of listener questions.
  • 670: Workflows with Francesco D'Alessio

    Dec 11, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Francesco D'Alessio joins the show to discuss his work as a productivity YouTuber and writer, as well as the role of AI in software.
  • 669: Drowning Out the Noise, with Charlie Chapman

    Dec 4, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Charlie Chapman is the developer behind Dark Noise and the host of the Launched podcast. This week, he talks with David and Stephen about his experience as an iOS developer and what it's like when Apple adds OS features that compete with something you've…
  • 668: Workflows with Tim Stringer

    Nov 27, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    OmniFocus expert Tim Stringer drops by the show to catch David and Stephen up on his businesses, his use of multiple Macs and how OmniFocus 4 is shaping up while in beta.
  • 667: Revisiting Apple Reminders & Notes

    Nov 20, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Apple's Notes and Reminders apps have come a long way since their introductions years ago. This week, Stephen and David look at their history, discuss their current iterations and make some requests for the future.
  • 666: The 2022 MPU Gift Guide

    Nov 13, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Believe it or not, it is time for the annual MPU Holiday Gift Guide once again!
  • 665: Covered in Paper Cuts

    Nov 6, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    On this feedback episode, the guys revisit backup tools, talk about keyboard shortcuts and discuss a bunch of listener emails.
  • 664: macOS Ventura & iPadOS 16

    Sun 5:00pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Apple has shipped significant updates to its operating systems, so this week, David and Stephen explore the features each brings to the table, getting deep into macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16.1.
  • 663: HomeKit Check-In

    Oct 23, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    With Matter on the horizon, there has never been a better time to get into home automation. On this episode, Stephen and David talk about how their HomeKit setups have evolved over time and what they hope Apple and others can add to the smart home in the…
  • 662: Navigating Apple Maps

    Oct 16, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Apple Maps has matured from its rocky start back a decade ago into a robust alternative to Google Maps. This week, David and Stephen go on a roadtrip through the service's history, features and more.
  • 661: Our Desks & Bags

    Oct 9, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    With David settling in at his new studio, the guys take some time to talk about their desk setups, what's in their bags and what they carry with them daily.
  • 660: App Updates for iOS 16 & The Apple Watch Ultra

    Oct 2, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David and Stephen share some of the treats they've found as apps are getting updated for iOS 16. Then, they talk through their first impressions of the Apple Watch Ultra.
  • 659: Workflows with Alex Cox

    Sep 25, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Alex Cox drops by the show to update Stephen and David on their new indie life, including Apple silicon hardware, collaboration tools and the new iPhone 14 Pro.
  • 658: Every Letter is Precious

    Sep 18, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    In this feedback episode, David and Stephen revisit iOS 16 and the M2 MacBook Air, then dive into some listener questions and talk about the state of voice dictation.
  • 657: New Hardware & iOS 16

    Sep 8, 2022, 7:15 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Apple has announced its slate of iPhones and Apple Watches for the year and has major software releases right around the corner. This week, David and Stephen discuss the company's announcements and review iOS 16.
  • 656: The Fundamentals are Timeless, with Stephen Millard

    Sep 4, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Automation wizard Stephen Millard joins David and Stephen to discuss Shortcuts, Alfred workflows and a whole host of other automation tools across Apple's platforms.
  • 655: Streaming Check-in with Julia Alexander

    Aug 28, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Julia Alexander drops by to discuss the world of streaming services, and how Apple stands apart from its competitors in the space. Also discussed: the sad lack of modern orange notebooks, the importance of the Apple Watch and some of Julia's go-to apps.
  • 654: Data Storage in 2022

    Aug 21, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    File storage is both more accessible and more complicated than ever. This week, David and Stephen address storage mediums, syncing services, backup strategies and a lot more.
  • 653: Workflows with Chris Christensen

    Aug 14, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Chris Christensen is a web developer, writer and traveler with roots in 90s Apple. This week, he joins David and Stephen to discuss his work, navigating the world and a lot more.
  • 652: Where Does the iPad Fit?

    Aug 7, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Apple refers to the iPad as a magical pane of glass that becomes whatever you need of it. This week, David and Stephen discuss some apps and accessories that help the iPad reach that potential.
  • 651: 3,041 Press Releases

    5:00pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    In this feedback episode, Stephen talks David through his workflows of the Apple History Calendar, and then the guys talk about the current state of Apple's beta software. They also tackle some listener feedback and check in on the new version of Alfred.
  • 650: Craft Deep Drive

    Jul 24, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David shares his impressions of the M2 MacBook Air, then he and Stephen talk through Craft. While it can be used for simple note taking, it also packs a lot of powerful personal knowledge management tools for users who need them.
  • 649: Workflows with William Gallagher

    Jul 17, 2022, 5:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    William Gallagher has written using a Mac for decades. This week, he joins Stephen and David to discuss his work and how he gets words on the page.
  • 648: Software Club: Apollo for Reddit

    Jul 10, 2022, 5:15 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    This week, Stephen and David talk about Reddit and a third-party client named Apollo, which brings a world-class Reddit experience to iPhone users. Then, they are joined by its developer Christian Selig to discuss the app's origins, working with the Reddit API…