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OS X: External monitors are not recognized after monitor sleeps

I had a vexing issue the last few days with 1 of 3 external monitors on Mac OS X 10.11.6, where this one display would not wake up after the computer or display went to sleep. I switched around the monitors, unplugged and replugged them, and nothing seemed to help. I went to the point of disconnecting the monitor and replacing it with another extra display. This worked–to a point. Then, it happened all over again. I thought it was the port on the video card, since this is a Mac Pro with 2 cards. Eventually, any monitor plugged into this port would not wake back up after sleep.

Low and behold, I found a fast and easy solution–since it’s only been one time since the monitor has done this since I found the new trick, I can’t say for sure if it’s still a software issue, or a hardware issue, however, this trick worked to get the monitor lit up without unplugging or restarting:

1.) Go to System Preferences –> Displays
2.) Hold down the Option key and click on the “Gather Windows” button
3.) Click on “Detect Displays”

At this point, the sleeping monitor should wake right up!

How to reenable the boot chime on the 2016 MacBook Pro

2016 MacBook ProApple has decided to remove the Macintosh boot chime (or f-major tone) that has been a staple of the Macintosh since 1998. Apple also removed quite a few 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

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!

Is Google About to Release its Voice-Activated Home Product?

Google I/O 2016

Is Google going to unveil the new “Google Home” voice-controlled answer to Amazon Echo?

(WATCH GOOGLE I/O LIVE HERE) Insiders speaking on the condition of anonymity have apparently informed The New York Times that Google is about to release their own Amazon Echo competitor, nicknamed “Google Chirp”. Capital Mac Service reported on the possibility of Google building their own Google Now-based home product in an article here. The device has been tipped to be introduced at the Google I/O conference on May 18th, with a keynoted to be delivered by Sundar Pichai, the current CEO of Google. Google has declined to comment on this story.

The Google voice-activated product will most likely be called “Google Home,” as mentioned by industry insiders. The product will be released sometime in the Fall of 2016 and will most likely be built from the current technology that runs Google Now, which is Google’s competitor to Apple’s Siri digital assistant. Both Apple and Google have been absent in this emerging home-automation category as of late, with Amazon releasing the Amazon Echo (to sales of about 3 million units), a smart-home voice activated product, that allows users to issue voice commands from across the room. Some of the tasks the Amazon Echo can perform is ordering pizza and dimming smart-connected lights in the home.

Google’s entry into this new market is a bit late, however, they have exhibited success with their Google Now and Google Now on Tap products, which appear on most current Android phones. Some analysts have speculated that the device from Google will offer a look and feel to another current Google product, which is their OnHub router product. That particular product comes in a sleek tube-shaped shell, similar to the Amazon Echo product.

Google also has had great success with their HDMI streaming stick, called “Chromecast,” and their home-automation products such as the intelligent Nest thermostat and smoke detector. With these products already embedded in millions of homes, it is easy to see how Google’s poised to entrench itself deeper into the smart home of the future with the new “Google Home” product.

Google I/O will be 360-degree livestreamed live at 10:00am PDT on YouTube.

 

 

Why did Apple invest $1 billion into Chinese ridesharing service Didi Chuxing?

Apple invests 1 Billion Dollars in Didi Chuxing

Apple invests 1 Billion Dollars in Chinese ride-sharing service Didi Chuxing

Apple invests 1 Billion Dollars in Chinese ride-sharing service Didi Chuxing.

Almost out of the blue, Apple just invested $1 billion into Chinese ridesharing service called “Didi Chuxing,” which is a direct competitor to the Uber ridesharing service.

Didi Chuxing serves up some 11 million rides a day and owns about 88% of the ride sharing services in China alone. Even with those impressive numbers, the Didi Chuxing service is supposedly losing millions in a war against Uber.

Why did Apple invest $1 billion into Chinese ridesharing service Didi Chuxing?

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Supposedly, Apple CEO Tim Cook has stated that investing into this company will not only help Apple decipher how certain aspects of the Chinese market works, but bring a great return on their investment. Analysts and speculation also states that by buying into the service, it will help Apple’s efforts into possibly furthering their secretive self driving car initiative which is been said to have hired many auto engineers and tech engineers to battle companies such as Tesla. This is also the largest amount of money this Chinese company has ever received as an investment from any one company.

What’s next for Apple and Didi Chuxing?

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Why did Apple CEO Tim Cook invest $1B in Chinese ride-sharing service Didi Chuxing?

As iPhone and iPad sales began to wind down for Apple, it seems as though Tim Cook is starting to try to diversify his company’s products and services to offset a huge amount of money the iOS products bring in yearly. Apple and the government of China have gone back and forth many times, sparring over different issues which makes this particular investment notable. Some analysts seem to think that this is a token to show the Chinese government that Apple is serious about moving forward in that country. This could also indicate a move by Apple to bring components of this ride-sharing service back into the United States and compete directly with services such as Lyft and Uber.

It seems now that Apple is going to concentrate more on value added services such as Apple Pay an Apple Music and slow down their hardware aspirations for a while. With the amount of money that services such as Lyft and Uber are bringing in, Apple seems determined to get a cut of the pie. As we said in a recent article, Apple does need to diversify itself quickly to maintain their current status is one of the largest companies in the world.