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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.

 
 

Dragon Dictate 2.0.3

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Nuance has released Dragon Dictate 2.0.3 to address performance problems when using the dictation software in Microsoft Word and FileMaker 11. No other changes are included, but if you like talking to either Word or FileMaker via Dragon Dictate, you're probably jonesing for this update. ($199.99 new, free update, 13.4 MB)

 

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