Eleven months after its last update, LaunchBar has been bumped to version 5.0.3. The new version includes a mix of new features, improvements, and bug fixes. LaunchBar now offers support for Firefox bookmark folders, improves iTunes integration, introduces support for browsing Aperture’s recent libraries, and adds more options for Address Book preferences. A pair of refinements address LaunchBar’s integrated calculator: you can now use the letter “a” to reference the last calculator result, and there’s a new rounding option, too. LaunchBar also now sports Bing, Bing Images, and Linguee search templates. Full release notes—including a slew of minor fixes—are available at Objective Development’s Web site. ($35 new, free update, 2.22 MB)
How Loud Are Your Mac's Fans?
When they get hot, Macs turn on various internal fans to keep components cool. The noise can be annoying, but just how loud is it? If you have an iOS device with a built-in microphone, you can download one of many free sound meter apps (search on
decibel in the App Store) and see if you're subjecting your ears to a truly unreasonable noise level.