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.
Apple is announcing new laptops tomorrow - that's straight from Apple, not a rumor - but before we cover the event (check our Web site on Tuesday!), we have a lot of news and information in this issue. Speaking of laptops, Apple has instituted a repair program for MacBook Pro models containing certain Nvidia chips. The company also changed its App Store customer review policy to reduce ill-informed posts. Changing gears, Rich Mogull takes us on a fascinating tour of how mobile phones - including the iPhone - accomplish some of their magic. Plus, Doug McLean looks at news of upcoming Mac compatibility for Netflix's streaming video service and how that field is starting to get crowded, Adam writes about submitting bug reports and getting impressive turnaround from a developer, and Glenn Fleishman reports on a recent outage of our Web server despite having multiple backups and contingency plans. We also note the releases of MozyPro, Apple Security Update 2008-007, 1Password 2.9, Opera 9.6, and Radioshift 1.1. Finally, don't miss the opportunity to win a copy of PDFpen 4 in this week's DealBITS drawing!
Apple seems to have embraced a form of openness in its invitation to media and analysts for a corporate campus event 14-Oct-08. "The spotlight turns to notebooks."Show full article
The 50 percent discount on all Take Control ebooks to celebrate our 5th anniversary runs through the end of the day on 14-Oct-08, so if you haven't taken advantage of it already, now's your chance.Show full article
Want a copy of SmileOnMyMac's useful PDF manipulation software PDFpen 4, which now has OCR capabilities and can import Word documents? Enter this week's DealBITS drawing!Show full article
Apple has instituted a repair program to fix MacBook Pro models that exhibit video problems due to faulty Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics cards.Show full article
Mozy (now part of EMC) has been, for a couple of years, one of the least-expensive ways to back up your Mac online. Now the service has expanded to include a version for businesses with additional features (and, naturally, higher prices).Show full article
This week Netflix announced that it would offer Mac support for their popular Watch Instantly feature by the end of 2008. The announcement came on the heals of three other big Netflix-related news items. Here's a look at all four.Show full article
Find yourself using customer reviews to assist in your online shopping decisions? Ever wonder how reliable they are? Last week Apple announced a significant change to the way its App Store customers review products. Here we take a look at the change and what it means.Show full article
Adam compares the responses he gets when reporting serious bugs from a pair of companies that produce high-end PDF manipulation tools.Show full article
An inexplicable error took us offline for a few hours Tuesday. We're back, mystified, and working to figure out what happened. How can a previously reliable system and two backups all fail? Show full article
We seldom think about how our mobile phones actually work, but Rich Mogull pulls back the covers and peels away the jargon to explain why text messages work when voice calls are dropped, why your battery lasts longer in some places than in others, why you're not allowed to use phones on airplanes, why you can be notified of a voicemail message when your phone never rang, and more.Show full article
Notable software releases so far this week include Apple's Security Update 2008-007, 1Password 2.9, Opera 9.6, and Radioshift 1.1.Show full article