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  • 570: Mac Security

    Sun 6:00pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    From the beginning, Mac OS X was designed with security and privacy in mind, but over the years Apple has worked to make both the Mac's software and hardware more even more so. This week, Stephen and David cover what's what when it comes to Mac security.
  • 569: Contextual Computing

    Jan 3, 2021, 6:15 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    This week, David walks Stephen through his concept of contextual computing, and why it's a lot easier to get started with than it sounds.
  • 568: Looking Toward 2021

    Dec 27, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    At the end of an unprecedented year, Stephen and David take some time to reflect on what it's meant for an Apple user, and what they'd like to see out of 2021 in terms of tech.
  • 567: The M1 Honeymoon Continues

    Dec 20, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    In this feedback episode, Stephen and David revisit bookmarks and Mail, M1 Macs and 32-bit apps, note taking and keyboards.
  • 566: Paperless Strikes Back

    Dec 13, 2020, 5:45 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Stephen and David talk through paperless tools, apps, and workflows in 2020. Also, David's released his new Paperless Field Guide.
  • 565: The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

    Dec 6, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    If you're shopping for a nerd in your life, David and Stephen are here to help.
  • 564: Taking Pictures and Enriching Lives with Austin Mann

    Nov 29, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David and Stephen talk with photographer Austin Mann about his work and his annual iPhone camera reviews, including what sets the iPhone 12 Pro Max apart from Apple's other new phones.
  • 563: macOS Big Sur

    Nov 22, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    macOS Big Sur brings with it a new design and updated features. This week, Stephen and David wade in to macOS 11, before giving their impressions of the M1-powered MacBook Air.
  • 562: The First Apple Silicon Macs

    6:00pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    This week, David and Stephen are joined by Kurt Knight, Senior Director, Platform Product Marketing at Apple to talk about the M1 chip and macOS Big Sur. After that, the guys talk about this first wave of new Macs.
  • 561: iPad Check-In with Federico Viticci

    Nov 8, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    MacStories Founder Federico Viticci joins David to talk about the iPad and its ecosystem of apps for power users. As the iPad itself becomes more capable, what users can do with it continues to expand, but as the guys discuss, there are still pain points.
  • 560: Workflows with Luc Beaudoin

    Nov 1, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Stephen and David are joined by Luc Beaudoin, a cognitive scientist, author and developer of the Mac app Hook. He explains how we typically gather, process and use data, and how our computing devices can assist — and detract — in that work.
  • 559: Research Apps

    Oct 25, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    A few new research applications have popped over the last year, joining some true Mac legends. To see what is what, David went on a quest, and has returned to share with Stephen the wisdom he gained while exploring.
  • 558: Apple Hardware Season, with Zac Hall

    Oct 18, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Zac Hall from 9to5Mac and Space Explored joins David and Stephen to talk about the state of the Apple Watch's software and hardware, as well as Apple's new iPhones.
  • 557: Grading the Intel Era

    Oct 11, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    With Apple Silicon Macs coming soon, Stephen plays a montage for David that recaps the Intel era, featuring its highs and lows.
  • 556: Video Conferencing Deep Dive, with Liana Lehua

    Oct 4, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Liana Lehua joins in this week to share the best workflows and gear for improving video conferencing and home audio and video. Liana and David also discuss business apps, widgets, and revisit the iPad vs. MacBook question.
  • 555: iOS 14 Extravaganza

    Sep 27, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    iOS 14 is here, bringing new features like widgets, the App Library, increased privacy and a lot more. This week, David and Stephen review the release and talk about how Apple could take some of these features farther in the future.
  • 554: Read-it-later Services

    Sep 20, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Read-it-later services can be a great way to save and enjoy an article later, away from the noise of social media or an overflowing RSS client. This week, David and Stephen talk about some of the popular choices, and how to keep them from becoming just another…
  • 553: Sparky's Wrong ... Again

    Sep 13, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    On this feedback episode, Stephen and David talk more about HomeKit, Dropbox, photo management and much, much more.
  • 552: HomeKit in 2020, with Mikah Sargent

    Sep 6, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Since its introduction, HomeKit has steadily grown into a wide-reaching ecosystem for smart home devices. This week, Stephen and David talk with Mikah Sargent about HomeKit hardware and software, as well as ways to extend what Apple allows it to do in its…
  • 551: Writing Music for the Picture Business, with David Metzger

    Aug 30, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David and Stephen are joined by orchestrator and composer David Metzger, whose resume includes *Frozen,* *Muppets Most Wanted,* *The Avengers,* *Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2* and more. He shares his setup, which includes multiple Macs networked together,…
  • 550: The World of RSS

    Aug 23, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    RSS can bring news, blog posts and even podcasts to you, without needing to visit a bunch of different website. This week, Stephen and David talk about the rise of numerous RSS services and apps they've seen over the last few years, and share how this web…
  • 549: Brett Terpstra's New Robe

    Aug 16, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Brett Terpstra returns to the show to talk about the Touch Bar, regular expressions, Markdown and what Apple Silicon Macs will mean for macOS applications and utilities.
  • 548: Jumping Into Markdown

    Aug 9, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    From jotting quick notes to writing for the web, Markdown has become a very popular choice for formatting plain text. It's syntax is human-readable and easy to learn. This week, David and Stephen teach Markdown 101 covering the more complex things the language…
  • 547: Of a Certain Age, with Jim Metzendorf

    Aug 2, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    This week, the editor of Mac Power Users, Jim Metzendorf, talks to Stephen and David about his background in audio and photography, and how the gear and workflows have changed in those fields over the years.
  • 546: The Best Listeners

    Jul 26, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    On this feedback show, David and Stephen go through some listener email, revisit notes apps and discuss remote troubleshooting iOS devices.
  • 545: State of the Apple Watch

    Jul 19, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    The Apple Watch has undergone massive changes since its introduction in 2014. This week, Stephen and David review some of that history, then launch into a conversation of the platform's strengths and weaknesses and how they use their Watches.
  • 544: The Notes Roundup

    Jul 12, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    The market for note taking applications is huge. There are options that just deal in plain-text, apps that serve as "everything buckets," and still others focused on automation. This week, David and Stephen cover some of the better options out there and share…
  • 543: A Developer's Summer, with Underscore David Smith

    Jul 5, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    This week, Underscore David Smith joins the show to talk about what life as a developer is like between WWDC and the fall when new versions of Apple's operating system ship.
  • 542: Beta Tales

    Jun 28, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    It's beta season, and David and Stephen have reported for duty with reports of new features and general thoughts on macOS Big Sur, iOS and iPadOS 14 as well as watchOS 7. Plus, a brief announcement about something coming in July.
  • 541: WWDC 2020

    Jun 22, 2020, 10:30 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Recorded just a few hours after the WWDC keynote, Stephen and David share their reactions to iOS 14, macOS Big Sur, and the Mac's transition to Apple-designed processors.