How to Control MacBook Volume When Connected to External Display

When I plug my Mac into a DisplayPort or HMDI monitor that has built-in speakers, Mac’s volume controls become disabled. Not being able to control my monitor’s sound has annoyed me for years, but I’ve never looked for a solution. When upgrading to the new MacBook Pro M1, I hoped Apple would have fixed the issue. Unfortunately, the problem still happened, so I when searching for a solution.

I came across several articles that were outdated and recommended Soundflower. I kept searching for a better solution and came across MonitorControl. After a quick install, I found MonitorControl to be a great solution to my problem. MonitorControl has tons of options, such as controlling the brightness of your monitor and keyboard shortcuts. I can now control the volume and mute from my Logitech MX mouse. Read More

Learn A New Language With Toucan

Recently I discovered a new extension called Toucan that helps you learn a new language while you browse the web. Once you install Toucan, you will go through their onboarding experience that will ask you what language you want to learn and it will teach you how the extension works. Now when you visit any website, it will replace certain words with the language you are trying to learn. Words that have been converted by Toucan will be highlighted to make them stand out. You can also hover over them to see the word in your native language. Wikipedia articles are a great way to test out Toucan.

Toucan currently supports Chrome but the team is working on a Firefox and Safari version. Toucan will teach you Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, and more languages coming soon! Personally, I have always wanted to learn Spanish. What language would you like to learn?