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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.

 
 

OmniFocus 1.10.3

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Focusing on resolving some compatibility issues with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, The Omni Group has released version 1.10.3 of its OmniFocus task management app. The maintenance update fixes some integration issues with Apple Mail on Mountain Lion, ensures that OmniFocus works correctly with MailTags 3.1 and later, squashes a bug with the “allowed mail senders” scripting property, and fixes a regression with the Japanese localization that made the Help menu item non-functional. While iCal Sync isn’t available when running on Mountain Lion, Calendar export in the Sync preferences will still work. ($79.99 new, free update, 22.4 MB, release notes)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>