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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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Beware the Morphing Flashback Malware

The Flashback malware, which has evolved significantly since its discovery in September 2011, now uses sufficiently subtle infection methods that non-technical users could easily fall prey to it. Worse, neither Apple’s XProtect malware detection system nor the forthcoming Gatekeeper in Mountain Lion can stop the current Flashback variant. Show full article

Fixing Find My Mac

Find My Mac was unavailable on Michael Cohen’s iMac ever since the feature was first introduced — until he found the easy fix.Show full article

Puzzling Through Mac Replacement Possibilities

The details vary from person to person, but the basics are the same: When and how should one replace a dying Mac, given limited resources? Steve McCabe ponders his situation, proposing a variety of approaches and inviting readers to participate in the thought experiment.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27 February 2012

Notable software releases this week include iMac Wi-Fi Update 1.0; Firmware Updates for iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro; ScreenFlow 3.0.5; Camino 2.1.1; and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.7.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 27 February 2012

Two quick bits for you this week — Serenity Caldwell’s highlights of new features in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion over at Macworld, and Chris Foresman’s article at Ars Technica about the new Mastered for iTunes section of the iTunes Store.Show full article

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