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.
Other articles in the series Apple's Troubles with Backdated Stock Options
- Apple's Former Top Lawyer Settles Options Charges (14 Aug 08)
- Backdating Investigation on Apple Shares Ends (09 Jul 08)
- My Real Breakfast with Fake Steve Jobs (24 Oct 07)
- Former Apple Employees Charged in Stock Option Backdating (30 Apr 07)
- Apple Releases Stock Option Backdating Report (08 Jan 07)
- Apple Reports on Options Backdating Problems (09 Oct 06)
September is here, and Apple is in a release frenzy! Last week's "Let's Rock" event brought forth new iPod nano and iPod touch models (plus a single configuration of the iPod classic) as well as iTunes 8, which adds a new Genius music-recommendation feature. Genius works on the new iPods and also the iPhone following Friday's update to iPhone 2.1 software. Speaking of iTunes 8, Adam discovers that each podcast to which you subscribe can finally have its own settings. No Apple event is complete without numbers, so Adam runs down the figures provided by Steve Jobs to note some interesting growth on Apple's books. In other news, Joe Kissell updates his monster list of Mac backup software, Apple's executives may finally be done with the backdating scandal thanks to a recent settlement, and we cover the changes in today's release of Mac OS X 10.5.5. In this week's TidBITS Watchlist, we note the releases of NetworkLocation 3.0, Spring Cleaning 10, Front Row 2.1.6, and HP Printer Driver 1.1.1.
Apple fixes mostly minor bugs with Mac OS X 10.5.5 for client and server, as well as squashing a host of small security flaws. Security Update 2008-006 is also available as a standalone alone update for Mac OS X 10.4.11.Show full article
Apple has released iPhone 2.1, a sweeping software update that brings many welcome bug fixes and performance improvements to the iPhone.Show full article
A preliminary settlement has been reached over lawsuits accusing Apple executives of various inappropriate acts related to the backdating of stock options. This may be the end, at last, of this ugly chapter in the company's financial history.Show full article
New and updated backup programs have been coming out of the woodwork, and Joe Kissell recently updated his online list to reflect the latest truth.Show full article
Okay, Einstein, let's see what you think is worth hearing. Huh. Well, that's actually pretty smart. Apple adds intelligence to building playlists that match up disparate interests in iTunes with its Genius feature. iTunes 8 sports a new interface for organizing and viewing music, and the iTunes Store brings high-definition television shows - and the return of TV shows from NBC.Show full article
With iTunes 8, Apple has at long last enabled us to set per-podcast download and retention settings, rather than treat all podcasts the same.Show full article
To absolutely no one's surprise, Apple has announced a new iPod lineup, featuring improved versions of the iPod classic, iPod nano, and iPod touch. Read on for our take on the cool new features (and those that weren't present).Show full article
The best parts of Apple events for some of us are when Steve runs the numbers: how many iPods have been sold, how many songs are in the iTunes Store, and how something new (like App Store downloads) has blown away expectations. Here's the current list.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include NetworkLocation 3.0, Spring Cleaning 10, Front Row 2.1.6, and HP Printer Driver 1.1.1.Show full article
The iPod touch, iPod classic, and iTunes 8, as well as the iPhone, are on readers' minds this week following Apple's latest announcements. Other topics include setting up a RAID under Leopard, cleaning the Mighty Mouse trackball, working with Spotlight, finding a replacement for ThinkTank or More, and continued annoyances with MobileMe.Show full article