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  • The Focused 2020 Wall Calendar Still Available

    Thu 10:31am By David Sparks
    Speaking of December, it’s not too late to get yourself the 2020 Focused Wall calendar. Mine is shipping to me right now and I can’t wait to get it hung in my studio.
  • The Official MacSparky Yule Playlist

    Wed 9:38pm By David Sparks
    It is hard to believe December is already upon us. I’ve been refining my jazz holiday Apple Music playlist, appropriately called “Yule”. If you want some holiday cheer and you subscribe to Apple Music, here you go. In my opinion, this playlist is best…
  • Mac Power Users 512: Ask the Genius

    Mon 11:00am By David Sparks
    On this week’s episode of Mac Power Users, Stephen steps behind the Genius Bar (or into the Genius Grove, as it were) to provide tips for troubleshooting Macs, iOS devices and iCloud. Then, we talk about the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and how someone should…
  • Give Yourself the Gift of Automation with TextExpander

    Nov 29, 2019, 2:30 pm By David Sparks
    Today people are starting to think about holiday gifts but why don’t you give yourself a gift this year. The gift of automation. One of the easiest ways to get started with automation is by getting TextExpander installed on your Mac, iPad, and iPhone.…
  • Some Nice Black Friday Deals

    Nov 29, 2019, 1:29 pm By David Sparks
    I’ve stumbled across several Black Friday deals that I think MacSparky readers may like:The Sweet Setup has discounted a package of all their tech courses.MacStock passes will be $100 Off on cyber Monday with this link.There are several good deals on Bridge…
  • Digging the Cellular Apple Watch

    Nov 28, 2019, 1:30 pm By David Sparks
    I’m on vacation this week (Aloha!) and as a result, spending a lot of my time doing things – like swimming in the ocean and jumping out of airplanes – that aren’t very friendly to iPhones.This week I’ve come to appreciate the cellular radio in my…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Nov 28, 2019, 12:41 pm By David Sparks
    Happy Thanksgiving to my geek family. In the United States, we all like to take a moment on this day (between eating turkey and taking naps) to reflect on things we are thankful for. My friends in this community are very high on my list. I wish you and yours…
  • SuperDuper is Catalina Friendly

    Nov 27, 2019, 12:53 pm By David Sparks
    Dave Nanian, of Shirt Pocket Software recently announced that his well-respected backup utility, SuperDuper, is good-to-go on Catalina. I always appreciate Dave’s blog posts concerning updates. He has a new post concerning this update and it helps to get the…
  • Focused 87: Nerds Like Us, with Myke Hurley

    Nov 27, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Relay co-founder Myke Hurley joins Mike and me on the latest episode of Focused to talk about the power of yearly themes, becoming more intentional, and working with other humans. This episode of Focused is sponsored by: Squarespace: Make your next move.…
  • iOS 13: Maybe Too Much Awesome?

    Nov 26, 2019, 2:07 pm By David Sparks
    We’re now seeing reports of Apple trying to slow things down in future software releases to avoid the bugs and multiple patches we’ve been getting with iOS 13 and macOS Catalina. This signals a pendulum shift we’ve seen many times before between…
  • Mac Power Users 511: 2019 Developer Roundtable

    Nov 25, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    Ken Case of the Omni Group, Greg Scown of Smile, and Dave Teare of AgileBits join us on the latest episode of Mac Power Users to talk about Apple's year and the changes it brought for developers. Then, a conversation about app subscriptions, venture…
  • Automators 37: Mac Maintenance and Management Magic

    Nov 22, 2019, 8:30 pm By David Sparks
    In the latest episode of Automators, Rosemary and I set our sights on Mac maintenance and how to automate it, from clearing your trash to managing duplicates and even handling those pesky .ics files. Nothing is safe from our automation!This episode…
  • The New MacBook Pro Keyboard Initial Impressions and Thoughts

    Nov 18, 2019, 5:14 pm By David Sparks
    I had the opportunity to spend some time typing on the new MacBook Pro Keyboard. As someone that uses the iMac Magic Keyboard on a daily basis, I can report that it feels identical, with slightly less travel. The initial tear down reports they are built…
  • Mac Power Users 510: The 2019 Holiday Gift Guide 

    Nov 18, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    It's that time again: the annual MPU Holiday Gift Guide has returned on the latest episode of Mac Power Users.This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by:Squarespace: Make your next move. Enter offer code MPU at checkout to get 10% off your first…
  • PowerPhotos 1.7 Update

    Nov 14, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    I'm hard at work on the new Photos Field Guide but wanted to share one bit that I'll be covering concerning PowerPhotos. This Mac app solves a bunch of problems for Apple Photos power users. They recently released an update to version 1.7 that adds Catalina…
  • Tame Your Email with SaneBox (Sponsor)

    Nov 13, 2019, 5:12 pm By David Sparks
    This week MacSparky is sponsored by SaneBox, the email service that can help you get control of your inbox. For a lot of folks, email is a constant pain, and it doesn’t need to be. With SaneBox, you add a powerful set of email tools that can work in just…
  • The New MacBook Pro

    Nov 13, 2019, 12:13 pm By David Sparks
    Today Apple announced the release of a new 16 inch MacBook Pro. The new laptop has a better (and slightly bigger) screen, better video card, and much higher top-end specs (up to 8-core processor, 64 GB of memory, and 8 TB of storage). Overall, it is a…
  • Focused 86: Rest Is a Weapon

    Nov 13, 2019, 11:00 am By David Sparks
    On the latest episode of Focused, Mike and I tackle sleep, napping, and how important they are to focus. This episode of Focused is sponsored by:Squarespace: Make your next move. Enter offer code FOCUSED at checkout to get 10% off your first…
  • I’ve Been Writing this Blog for Over 10 Years But There is One Thing I Have Never Made Clear …

    Nov 12, 2019, 8:19 pm By David Sparks
    Han shot first.
  • “Sounds Like a Bug”

    Nov 12, 2019, 3:22 pm By David Sparks
    There is a story developing today around the Facebook iOS Application. Web Designer Joshua Maddox reports reports via Twitter discovering the Facebook app was turning on the camera with no indication to the user. Maddox reports duplicating the bug on multiple…