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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.

 
 

PCalc 4

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TLA Systems has released PCalc 4, rewritten from the ground up to resemble its iOS sibling. The latest version of the powerful Mac calculator includes a number of new features, such as the capability to show multiple lines on the display; a “ticker tape” option to show a history of recent calculations; editable user functions and conversions that sync to iOS and other Macs via iCloud; smart searching for conversions, constants, and functions; enhanced AppleScript support; and more. PCalc 4 requires OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and is a free update for both Mac App Store users and those who purchased PCalc 3 from Kagi after 1 April 2013. It’s now being sold exclusively through the Mac App Store. ($9.99 new on the Mac App Store, free update)


 

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