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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE