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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.

 
 
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New Shrine of Apple Site Showcases Apple Products

The new Shrine of Apple Web site offers a gorgeous, multimedia experience surrounding Apple products. The collection is small but growing, you can add your own reminiscences, and the site in general is a treat to use.Show full article

Convince Your Printer It Has More Toner

The toner in your printer may not be as empty as it says it is. Here’s a quick tip for eking out a few more prints before you need to change toner cartridges.Show full article

Appalicious Makes the Mac App Store Useful

The Mac App Store has a gazillion apps. Which ones are interesting to you? Which ones are on sale? Apple’s own App Store application won’t tell you. The new Appalicious from ProVUE will.Show full article

Lion Provides First Steps Toward Power Savings

Apple’s new operating system comes with what looks like a hodgepodge of new features that, on the surface, look like arbitrary breaks with long-standing desktop traditions. Taken together, however, they could represent the first step towards significantly longer lived laptops and more efficient desktops.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5 September 2011

Notable software releases this week include Mailplane 2.5.1, Nisus Writer Express 3.4, Boot Camp Update 3.2 and 3.3 for Windows, Skype 5.3.9.1093, Default Folder X 4.4.4, Airfoil 4.5.7, SpamSieve 2.8.7, Art Text 2.4, iMac Graphic FW Update 3.0, Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.8, Firefox 6.0.1, Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.1, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.5, and Simon 3.2.Show full article

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