Apple CEO Tim Cook

Petition Apple to Pay For iPhone Touch Disease

Now, Apple–You know this isn’t right. You’re about to alienate a whole lot of people with this latest nonsense (remember the #applescript thing this week?) They all bought your phone and it’s clearly broken–it’s not their fault so don’t charge them for something that they didn’t cause, didn’t build or have any control over. Do the right thing and fix your phone on your dime. Sign this petition to help show Apple that these kinds of tactics are not right. #apple #iphone

Save Applescript

Sign our petition to save Applescript and Scripting Technologies in Mac OS X

Save Applescript

Please consider signing our petition to save Applescript.

In an article posted here, reports are coming in that Apple may consider removing scripting technologies such as UNIX CLI (shell, python, ruby, perl), System Services, Apple Events (JavaScript, AppleScript, AppleScriptObj-C, Scripting Bridge), Automator, Apple Configurator (AppleScript, Automator), and Application scripting support in Photos, iWork, Finder, Mail, and other Apple applications from future versions of the Mac OS. Removing these vital functions of the OS will affect thousands of users who rely on scripting to automate their work on a daily basis, such as graphic designers and scientists.

I personally rely on a myriad of scripts to automate routine functions at my job as a graphic designer and would be lost without these time-saving scripts.

Only Apple can decide to make this technology stay in the operating system and I hope that you will sign and share this with anyone you know who relies on Applescript and scripting technologies on Mac OS X.

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How to reenable the boot chime on the 2016 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook Pro (or f-major tone) that has been a staple of the Macintosh since 1998. Apple also removed quite of the other iconic features that has made the Mac identifiable including USB ports, the glowing Apple logo and physical function keys, which were replaced by the fancy new Touch Bar.

To reenable the iconic MacBook startup chime, head to the Terminal, located in the Applications —> Utilities folder and type in this line (and then enter in your admin password):

sudo nvram BootAudio=%01

Hit return and you should now hear the tone at every startup. To turn it off, type in this line:

sudo nvram BootAudio=%00

Republic Wireless: The Start of Something Really Good.

Republic Wireless

Republic Wireless is the king of low-cost service and low-cost phones

I started hearing about Republic Wireless about a year ago or so–the promise of a new, low-cost cell phone that you own and pay very little on thanks to rebate plans and wi-fi bonded calling. Too good to be true, I used to say.

About a month ago, with our impending move to a small island in Florida, I finally caved in and said “yes” to my 2 teenage girls’ dreams to own their own cellphone. When the cries came in over and over, the first thing I thought about was “How am I going to pay for 2 more AT&T cellphones?” With the data, taxes, fees and rental of new phones, I figured that wasn’t an option. I remembered services like Republic Wireless from articles I have stumbled on and I figured to at least do some research.

What is Republic WIreless you ask? Here’s the gist: Low-cost phones that you buy outright–no renting from Verizon or AT&T for exorbitant fees. Low-cost plans each month–no contracts with these people whatsoever. You simply pick out your favorite Android phone (sorry, no iPhones welcome thanks to Apple’s closed-minded policies and procedures) and you now own that phone as long as you want. From there, choose a data plan and move on with life. Get ready for the best part–I just recieved my first bill from Republic. Since my girls didn’t use all of the 1GB I prepaid for, I got a refund of $10. Since I came late to the party, my plan doesn’t offer the refunding that they enjoy. My total phone bill this last month with the 3 of us? I paid $70.03 for the 3 phones. Don’t forget, I got a refund which brought that number to where it is.

You’re probably not convinced yet. Here’s some more bullet points–these phones that you buy from RW are “hybrid” phones. That means they are PRIMARILY built to work on wi-fi FIRST and then use the cellular signal when wi-fi disappears. So, most teenagers these days have 90-95% wi-fi signal around them at all times–wny not use that free signal to make phone calls instead of paying AT&T or Verizon to make real cellular calls? I average close to 95-97% daily wi-fi coverage as well. This is why RW doesn’t charge the rates for cellular service that AT&T and Verizon do–since you use very little cellular data, they can afford to drop the rates on cell service.

How about tethering your signal to wi-fi devices around you for free? Check. How about buying more data if you run out right from your phone? Check. How about software that shows you how much of your precious data that you have used? Check. How about making a call when there is NO cell service but PERFECT wi-fi service? Check. You’re going to hear a lot about wi-fi calling in the next few months–it’s simply the no-brainer way to work when you are near wi-fi and don’t want to pay AT&T prices for data. If you can get over T-Mobile and Sprint coverage, then give these guys a spin.

As far as the overall experience with RW so far, I have to say I’m overall pleased–my teenage daughters’ phones came and since I wasn’t in the same state with them, they actually figured out how to unbox them and set them up themselves. Since they have had these 2 phones, I have not had ONE single issue with the phones or service–if they want to make a call at home, it just goes over wi-fi as advertised–if we are driving around, the phones use a combination of Spring and T-Mobile service. Not as strong as AT&T or Verizon, but, I can’t complain about their signal on the small island here. They are on wi-fi 90% of the time anyway!

What’s the downside? I had a small one during my switch to RW from AT&T this last week. My brand-new Moto G4 that I purchased from RW was perfect for about 3 days–no complaints whatsoever. I even made a 1.5 hour phone call to a mortgage banker and it was wi-fi the entire time to her cellphone–I couldn’t have made that call in the house with AT&T–you have to go to the end of the driveway (and pray) to get a signal for AT&T or Verizon here. That right there paid for itself.

Things got crazy on the 4th day–the day my number ported from AT&T–the screen started freaking out like a ghost was pressing the screen, the programs would crash, the phone would reboot constantly for no reason. I ended up factory wiping the phone a total of 8 times to try to solve it–even right now it’s still crashing every few minutes. I assumed I got a bad phone and opened a ticket with RW. I had a nice fellow assure me it’s fine and we can monitor the situation overnight. I did that and nobody really got back to me the next morning. Or afternoon. Or evening. So, I took to Twitter and begged for a new phone–this one is clearly not right. An hour later, I had the e-mail saying they are sending a new phone. That was a GOOD move, RW. This is why I’m writing this review right now.

I’ll tell you point-blank–dump the contracts from these blood-sucking phone companies and at least try RW. You have a trial period where you can send the phone back if you don’t like it–I’m sure you will like the experience–it’s a no-brainer from the money side. We are all around wi-fi most of our lives–use that to make phone calls–it just doesn’t get better than that. Yes, you pay for the phone up front–but–you own it. No contracts, no rental fees, no damage penalties.

i loved RW before I had a phone with them and now that they came through and fixed an obvious lemon-phone issue without any qualms, I love them even more now. They are refreshing and progressive and I give 2 full thumbs up!

Will the 2016 MacBook Pro feature an OLED touchpad?

Will the unannounced 2016 Apple MacBook Pro feature an OLED touchpad? Rumors and photos seem to point in that direction.

It’s all in the photos

New Macbook Pro OLED Touchpad

Supposed new Macbook Pro OLED Touchpad leaked images

Well, these photos from Cult of Mac certainly seem to verify that Apple is cooking up a strange new contraption above the normal row of number keys on the MacBook Pro keyboard. What the photos seem to show is a new blank space above the keyboard number keys, normally where the function keys reside. The photos were apparently smuggled from a manufacturer in China, which has been known to leak unannounced Apple products in the past. Multiple reports are also saying that this is indeed the next MacBook Pro.

What can this new OLED touchpad do?

This new row would seemingly contain a touch-sensitive surface, capable of showing icons and graphics, which would most likely be able to change depending on context. An example of a keyboard with OLED keys can be seen in the image to the rightOLED Keyboard. These keys can change graphics depending on the software and situation. This will be a radical departure from the standard “F-keys” that appear on most every laptop computer on the planet, including laptops from Apple. These F-keys may be able to change their state depending on the software program a user is running, or, even alert you to incoming e-mail, news or weather conditions.

When is the 2016 MacBook Pro coming to the market?

The unannounced MacBook Pro with the rumored OLED touchbar has been pegged for a late 2016 release, which is usually in time for a holiday release to maximize profits for Apple. This new OLED touchpad is also a cool and unique feature on the venerable MacBook Pro line. Keep watching Capital Mac Service for updates on this exciting new product that may be dropping later this year!