Congressman Bob Goodlatte has introduced the \"Anti-Spamming Act of 2001,\" which would allow the Government to press charges against individuals, and fine them $15,000 and up for the distribution or publication of software that could potentially used for mass, unsolicited e-mail.
Over the weekend we noted reader reports of problems with Apple\'s firmware updates from Friday, an iMac price-war in the UK, and the release of ScreenCatcher 2.3.3. osx.macnn.com covered the release of Mac OS X and related news.
Late last week, The Omni Group named the four titles that it will be bringing to Mac OS X; Blizzard Entertainment was awarded Game of the Year for Diablo II by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences; Westlake Interactive indicated that Mac users will be able to play third-party levels created by users in Tomb Raider: Chronicles; Westlake also committed to supporting Creative\'s SoundBlaster! Live for the Mac in a number of upcoming Mac games including Tomb Raider: Chronicles and Escape from Monkey Island; and Blizzard Entertainment released the first screenshot showing the 800 x 600 resolution being used in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, marking the first time that the Diablo series offers a screen size beyond 640 x 480.
Though not universal, several readers have noted that their Macs no longer recognize their non-factory RAM after updating their firmware with Apple\'s latest firmware updates released last Friday: [reader 1] My PowerBook is now missing 128mg of RAM that was running fine until firmware \'upgrade\' - Apple \'Support\' says that 3rd party memory is/may not work with firmware 4.1.8 and users should contact memory vendors regarding problem. Apple will NOT help or assist in restoring prior firmware. [reader 2] My iMac is no longer recognizing my extra 128 MB RAM. I suspect Apple will do something to correct this, but I don\'t know how long we\'ll have to wait for [reader 3] After I applied this update, my iMac won\'t recognize the 256MB module that I had added a few months ago. The computer will not boot if that module is installed; all it does is beep, and flash the power light alternately yellow and green. The iMac will now only recognize the factory installed memory.
Ryan Rempel has posted instructions for installing OS X on the 7300 and 9600 series Macs. Ryan also notes that he is working on updating his L2CacheConfig utility, but has \"run into some problems with it. So it will probably be at least a week before it is ready. (The \"Public Beta\" version of L2CacheConfig will not work with OS X Final).\"
Apple has posted an overview of AppleScript in Mac OS X, saying that \"customers who have automated workflows can be assured that their investment in AppleScript will continue to deliver with Mac OS X. As with any project of this scope, there\'s still much to do, but we are excited about the future. We look forward to expanding AppleScript\'s abilities to incorporate many of the new features integrated into this UNIX-based OS.\" Apple is encouraging customer feedback at OSX_AppleScript_feedback@apple.com
Dennis Callahan writes that removing his Adaptec SCSI card 2906 allowed him to install OS X, after he encountered several problems with the process: \"it appears to be working fine. For all of those who have had a hang before the install...make sure there is no 3rd party SCSI card in the system.\"
Chaotic Software has released WebTimer for Mac OS X [218 KB], which allows users to automatically download a Web page at specified intervals, ideal for grabbing images from a Web cam, for example. Like the OS 8/9 version, WebTimer for Mac OS X is free. Additionally, Chaotic has posted BioAssistant 1.7.1 [768 KB] for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, which allows users to determine probe Melting Points, Molecular Weights, Hybridization, and other information.
On-Core has released AudioCD Player Docking 1.0 [172 KB] and Volume Docking 1.0 [48 KB], two OS X applications that allow users to control audio CD play back and system volume from the dock, similar to the respective Classic Mac OS control strip modules. Both products are free.
RealView 2.7 is an update to the shareware $25 text and image viewer that allows users to \"open files of any size, view its content in different modes, change its appearance, perform on-the-fly conversions, search it and save it.\" The new version offers several interface and feature enhancements.
Clifford Norton sent in a note about iTunes\' functionality under OS X: \"An interesting note about iTunes (OS X); it now functions properly with included OS X screen saver and Energy Saver C/P. Previously (OS 9.1), the monitor would stay on and the hard drive would not (obviously) spin down. Now, with iTunes in foreground, playing MP3\'s, with visuals on the screen saver activates and the monitor blackens as scheduled in the Energy Saver C/P.\"
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Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z