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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.

 
 

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11-Aug-08

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  • Nisus Writer Express 3.1 from Nisus Software adds to the low-end word processor a Go To Page feature, an option to control the thickness of the caret pointer, a Page Borders palette, and an option to ignore rich text formatting when opening HTML files as plain text. Numerous bugs have also been fixed, a number of which should improve performance in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. ($45 new, free upgrade, 47.2 MB)
  • iPhone 2.0.1 from Apple includes "bug fixes" - that's the extent of the release notes, although a separate document in Apple's KnowledgeBase describes the security vulnerabilities (mostly in Safari and WebKit) fixed by this update. It's available via iTunes. (Free, 242 MB)

 

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