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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Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe