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Latest Episodes

#557: Grading the Intel Era

October 11th, 2020 · 87 minutes

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

October 4th, 2020 · 93 minutes

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

September 27th, 2020 · 95 minutes

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

September 20th, 2020 · 99 minutes

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 thing to check. Then, a recap of Apple’s recent media event.

#553: Sparky's Wrong ... Again

September 13th, 2020 · 85 minutes

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

September 6th, 2020 · 114 minutes

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 default app.

#551: Writing Music for the Picture Business, with David Metzger

August 30th, 2020 · 98 minutes

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, numerous music applications and (eventually) a full-blown orchestra.

#550: The World of RSS

August 23rd, 2020 · 82 minutes

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 technology makes their lives better.

#549: Brett Terpstra's New Robe

August 16th, 2020 · 77 minutes

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

August 9th, 2020 · 73 minutes

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 can do.