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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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Apple to Release iPhone on June 29th

Through a trio of commercials, Apple has revealed that Friday, June 29th will be the release date of the iPhone. The ads demonstrated some of the iPhone's unique combination of capabilities, including watching video, a "glass" (key-free) keyboard, rich email, and integration with Google Maps and local results (see "iPhone Seeks to Redefine the Mobile Phone," 2007-01-15) Show full article

Apple TV Gains 160 GB Drive, YouTube Downloads

Call me a rainmaker. Just a few days after I sent my latest book ("The Apple TV Pocket Guide") to be printed, Apple announced upgrades to the Apple TVShow full article

Two Small Security Updates

Apple last week released two security updates, version 1.1 of Security Update 2007-005 (see "Security Update 2007-005 Released," 2007-05-28) and Security Update (QuickTime 7.1.6)Show full article

DealBITS Drawing: BeLight Software's Live Interior 3D

I imagine that for all of us, there are things we'd really like to do, but somehow have never found the opportunity. For me, one of those things is to create a 3D model of rooms in our house for the purpose of playing with furniture placement, remodeling plans, or honestly, just the fun of having a digital model of a real-world houseShow full article

iTunes 7.2 Enables DRM-Free Music

Apple has released iTunes 7.2, which is notable for only one thing - the fact that it now lets you preview and purchase "iTunes Plus" music that is both higher in quality and free of Apple's FairPlay digital rights managementShow full article

I Want My *TV: Comparing Video Acquisition Methods

We're in the middle of a sea change in how we acquire and watch video, whether serialized television shows, must-see sporting events, blockbuster movies, quirky documentaries, or even homemade video clipsShow full article

Take Control News/04-Jun-07

Two New Ebooks Improve Your TV Experience -- Whether the video you see on your TV screen is too blurry, too jagged, too small, too old, too new, too boring, too weird, or just too much, you can make it better with the advice in two new ebooksShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/04-Jun-07

Over-the-air HDTV -- A reader provides recommendations for receiving high-definition television programming using an antenna. (1 message) Scroll Wheel Tips -- Adam's article on scroll wheel uses brings up a question of direction: should scrolling down advance video content (as it does by scrolling text content), or should it rewind the content? (6 messages) Methods of geotagging photos -- Jeff's review of Geophoto brings up a recommendation for HoudahGeo, a similar utility for assigning geographical data to photosShow full article

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