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  • 555: iOS 14 Extravaganza

    Sun 6:00pm 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

    6:00pm 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.
  • 540: Subroutine in the Brain

    Jun 14, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    On this feedback episode, David and Stephen talk more about email and working from home, but also get into what it takes to make a MacSparky Field Guide and some weird problems they've recently encountered with their tech.
  • 539: Back to Email

    Jun 7, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David has finally roped Stephen into talking about email. Topics include email services, apps and strategies. Later in the show, they are joined by Rosemary Orchard and Myke Hurley to hear about two specific apps they use every day.
  • 538: I Predate the Home Computer, with James Thomson

    May 31, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    PCalc developer James Thomson joins David and Stephen to talk about his background with the Mac, and what it take to build and maintain the same application over multiple decades.
  • 537: The Photos Field Guide and Apple Photos

    May 24, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    From the early days of iPhoto to now, with Photos.app and iCloud, Apple has offered increasingly-robust photo management tools for its users. This episode, David and Stephen walk through the features and tools you should know about.
  • 536: Our Bags

    May 17, 2020, 4:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    A nerd's bag can say a lot about them. This week, David and Stephen empty theirs to talk through their choices and how they've changed over the years.
  • 535: State of the Platform: Apple Services

    May 10, 2020, 6:15 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    From iCloud to Apple TV+, Apple's range of services is broader then ever, but how do they all stack up? Is this shift to services changed how users should view the company?
  • 534: The Business of Emoji, with Jeremy Burge

    May 3, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge joins David and Stephen to talk about emoji, how they're made and why they've found such huge success. Then, he explains how tech needs change when one lives on a ⛵.
  • 533: Feeling Frisky with my Money

    Apr 26, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    On this feedback episode, David shares some about an upcoming studio move, and Stephen talks about recent experimentation with a teleprompter. Also on the docket: connected home cameras, more on working from home and the iPhone SE.
  • 532: BetterTouchTool

    Apr 19, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    BetterTouchTool takes a Mac's input devices and turns them into automation triggers. It can transform the Touch Bar into a customized set of tools and make a Trackpad or Mouse much more powerful. This week Stephen and David dive into this utility and what it…
  • 531: Teaching with GoodNotes, with David MacDonald

    Apr 12, 2020, 6:15 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Dr. David MacDonald is a musician and professor with a unique way of using the iPad, Apple TV and GoodNotes together to engage and equip his students.
  • 530: Working From Home

    Apr 5, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    All of a sudden, many people are working from their homes for the first time. This week, Stephen and David tap into their combined decade of experience to share some of what has worked well for them at home.
  • 529: State of the Mac

    Mar 29, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    For many of us, the Mac is the center of our computing lives, and it's no secret the Mac has had its up and downs over the last decade. This week, David and Stephen discuss the current hardware and software that makes up our beloved computing platform. As a…
  • 528: The Merlin Awakens

    Mar 22, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    MPU Hall of Famer Merlin Mann returns to discuss using plain text, home automation, the Apple TV and more.
  • 527: Dictation and Text Capture

    Mar 15, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Much of computing revolves around writing and text input, but most of us don't think about how to make that process more productive. This week, David and Stephen explore tools and techniques that make text easier to work with.
  • 526: I Don’t Aspire to Anything Else

    Mar 8, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    It's feedback time! David celebrates his 5th year of being independent, while Stephen has settled on an application to manage his tech history research. Then, more on Do Not Disturb and a whole bunch of listener questions.