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Its the sound made by the viewing lens changing. If you watch the intro carefully, you'll see that the "zoom" changes in conjunction with the sound. Apart from being a cool effect, I doubt it has any deeper meaning.
It's a snapshot of part of a silicon wafer used to make microprocessors. You take a wafer and split it into a bunch of squares once you've printed a chipset onto it. Then you package each one into one of those black plastic cases with pins (called a package in industry jargon).
I think it goes with the mechanical theme for the intro - when they change zoom level they accompany it with a 'snick' sound and show the edge of the new lens crossing the screen. To zoom in more there are multiple lenses to slide in, so multiple 'snicks'. This is similar to how you change magnification level with a microscope. It's very hard to smoothly ...
It's the replica of the Royal Coat of Arms as part of a panel called Industries of the British Empire sculpted by Carl Paul Jennewein at the British Empire Building in Rockefeller Center, 620 5th Avenue.
Further to other answers, another reason the intro could change is due to holdover episodes. This is when some episodes in one production run are kept back and broadcast during the next season. This happened with season 20 of The Simpsons - that season marked a shift to HD and widescreen, and with that came a new intro. However there were 9 episodes held ...
TV-shows sometimes have mid-season breaks (I don't know why, but that seems to be what they do). White Collar seasons 2 and 3 did just that, as you can see on the Wikipedia Episode list. I would say that is the most likely cause, and should mean the Intro changed from Episodes 9 to 10 in Season 2, and 10 to 11 in Season 3.
This is just a possible guess, but it's likely it has something to do with the process needed to create the plot recap and the title sequences. I imagine the cost-analysis showed that it wasn't worth it to recreate those from the original film source (they'd have to re-edit, re-cut, re-mix the audio, etc.). They also didn't do anything with the audio when ...
In fact, from what I have seen, that blinking effect comes from the globe that shows up between the map shots at the scene. It keeps spinning during the whole opening, and its rings move making that blinking sound. In the internet, they call it the Astrolabe (had to link because the image is too big): Game of Thrones Astrolabe It seems to not have ...
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