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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.


Comcast Expanding Data Caps: How You Can Respond

Comcast is rolling out data caps to more of its cable Internet customers. Josh Centers lists your options for dealing with them.

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