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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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QuickTime 7.4 Improves Security, but Not Enough

Apple released QuickTime 7.4 to coincide with the latest update to iTunes and to provide a handful of important security fixes. However, QuickTime is still vulnerable to a new exploit discovered just before version 7.4 was released.Show full article

iMovie 7.1.1 and Front Row 2.1.2 Released

iMovie '08 and Front Row were both updated with minor bug fixes and improved compatibility, but for some reason the MacBook Air received all the attention.Show full article

Taste of Macworld Keynote Day Podcast

Get an inkling of what keynote day at Macworld Expo is like through a short audio adventure before and after the big news.Show full article

DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of the MathMagic Equation Editor

If you need to create equations for papers, reports, or publications, be sure to enter this week's DealBITS drawing to win a copy of the MathMagic equation editor.Show full article

MacBook Air Introduced as World's Thinnest Notebook

Claiming the title of "world's thinnest notebook," the MacBook Air is a sub-notebook without the cramped screen and keyboard of other models of its class. It also lacks Ethernet, FireWire, and an optical drive, making wireless Apple's preferred state for this little marvel.Show full article

iTunes Movie Rentals and Apple TV, Take 2

Apple announced movie rentals through the iTunes Store (including HD rentals), and unveiled Apple TV 2.0, a free software update that adds direct purchase or rental of media and a new interface.Show full article

Time Capsule Bundles AirPort Base Station and Backup Disk

Combining the backup power of Time Machine and 802.11n wireless networking, Apple's new Time Capsule is an AirPort Extreme Base Station with either 500 GB or 1 TB of internal hard disk storage.Show full article

Time Capsule and Its Associated Rage Factor

Don't get mad, get encapsulated: Apple's Time Capsule offers networked Time Machine backup support, but provides a stark contradiction, with Apple failing to explain why hard drives attached to an AirPort Extreme (a promised feature for Leopard) can't offer the same feature.Show full article

iPhone and iPod touch Become Self-Aware

The January '08 updates to the iPhone and iPod touch bring improved Google Maps that can pinpoint your current location automatically, Web Clips for saving portions of Web pages, a new home screen with icons that can be repositioned or assigned to up to nine home screens, and more.Show full article

More Women at Macworld Expo?

TidBITS Senior Editor Tonya Engst is shocked to have to wait in line for the bathroom at Macworld Expo. Seemingly many more women made the trek to the show this year.Show full article

Mac Industry Marching to a Different Beat

Is Apple still leading the Macintosh industry, or has the popularity of the Mac and the iPhone created a situation where independent developers can do their own thing and let Apple focus on consumer electronics and online entertainment content sales, along with maintaining the basic Mac and iPhone platforms?Show full article

Word 2008 and the Paste Plain Text Dance

Pasting plain text in Word 2008 turned out to be weirdly complicated. I found one way of doing it, though, that doesn't rely on third-party utilities, and there may be others.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/21-Jan-08

This week's discussions touch on announcements made at Macworld Expo, but also deal with warranty service, multi-function printers, the Mac mini, troubleshooting Leopard, broadband Internet access outside of DSL or cable, AVCHD video import, and more.Show full article

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