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Electronic Arts has announced a third expansion pack for The Sims, The Sims: Hot Date, which will be released for the PC this Fall. The expansion pack will introduce dating to the popular \"virtual dollhouse\" game as well as new characters, interests, romance objects, and an all-new Downtown area filled with restaurants, shops and parks. Aspyr Media, the Mac game publisher that is still porting the second expansion pack for The SimsHouse Partyto the Mac, has yet to make an official announcement regarding a Mac version of The Sims: Hot Date.
Infogrames, whose labels include Mac game publisher MacSoft, has acquired the rights to publish games for the Mac, PC, and next-generation consoles based on Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The company currently has four Terminator related games in development; the first is expected to be released in Spring 2002.
DockLock 1.0.1, Frank Vercuesse\'s freeware and open source utility for restoring Dock orientation and pinning settings at login time, has been updated with some minor improvements.
db Reports, a report writing application with which users can extract, format and print data from one of various data sources, has been updated to version 2.5b3. The new release includes ODBC compatibility, fixes a bug with semi-colons, and adds an \"auto-size\" checkbox to the expressions function. [Classic, Carbon]
On the news that it will discontinue Power Macintosh G4 Cube production for the time being, Apple\'s stock is down 65 cents to $23.19, a drop of 2.73 percent. The stock is well off its 52-week high of $64.12. Meanwhile, ON24 has an interview with an analyst recommending that investors buy Apple stock on weakness from the Cube announcement.
Computer Systems Odessa plans to introduce a new line of productivity software titles, based on its diagramming application, ConceptDraw, at this month\'s Macworld Expo in New York. These apps will include several editions of ConceptDraw software (Standard, Professional, Educational and Medical Editions), ConceptDraw Server and two new applications - ConceptDraw Presentation and ConceptDraw MindMap. OS X and classic versions are planned. CS-Odessa will be in booth #1563 on the Javits show floor.
The Aberdeen American News reports that South Dakota\'s Governer has announced 16,000 new computer purchases for the state\'s schools. These include 15,000 Gateway systems and 1,040 Macs. The report claims that each Gateway system cost $510, while each Mac (presumably iMacs) cost $475 each.
MacPopUp 2.5 is the latest release of a cross-platform messaging application that is now compatible with Mac OS X. The new release allows users to utilize LAN messaging and access to the Internet without switching the TCP/IP settings. Classic and Carbon versions are available for download after completing a short survey.
More afternoon tech news: Open-source advocates try to outflank Microsoft\'s .NET initiative, MSN users suffer sporadic service, Compaq reshapes its global-services division to mimic IBM, a Japanese hacker may expose security issues in Microsoft\'s web server software, Windows users will be able to beta test the AOL 7.0 beta on Friday, while the Mac version remains at 5.0, and AOL-Time Warner hires a new executive vice president.
We\'ve obtained a picture of Apple\'s new advertisements currently on display in New York City. The new posters, being displayed in subway stations and bus stops, are a precursor to the Macworld Expo being held from July 17-20.
PicturePlay 1.1.1, Crescendo Software\'s $10 REALBasic utility for image compositing, has been updated to add support for Classic Mac OS as well as numerous bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
MacRPM is a new utility hosted by Source Forge Software that can display information about RedHat Package Manager files commonly used for packaging Linux software. The tool is being released in open-source form.
Afternoon tech news: IBM has called Microsoft\'s attacks on the open-source community \"arrogance\" with a futile and counterproductive nature; AOL Time Warner is seeking regulatory approval to offer high-speed Internet services after striking deals with Juno and EarthLink; Slashdot.org\'s parent company VA Linux is in some financial trouble, laying off 35 percent of its staff and abandoning the hardware business.
Microsoft today announced the availability of its Word + Entourage 2001 SE (Special Edition), a limited-time bundle of its popular word-processing application and integrated e-mail/PIM application for $150. Upgrades to Office 10 for Mac OS X, once it\'s available, will be $150. Microsoft is also offering (unspecified) upgrades to the full version of its Office 2001 suite for customers who purchase the promo bundle. The English version of the promo bundle is expected to reach stores next week, and the French is expected the week of Aug. 6.
Quickie 1.0 is a $18 shareware \"application for quickly transferring pictures to web pages. It allows the user options for formatting the output html as the user sees fit. It creates not only an index page (with thumbnails for all the images), but also creates html pages for all of the individual images.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Giles Williams has updatd YaxJournal 0.1, an off-line client for the online journal service LiveJournal as well as JewelToy 1.1.2, the \"fiendishly addictive puzzle game.\" [YJ: 236KB; JT: 231KB]
After a short suspension of Apple Demo Days, a MacNN reader notes a new round of in-store events timed to coincide with Macworld Expo New York: \"Apple and MarketSource are conducting In-Store Events (Demo Days) in New York City to coincide with MacWorld. †We will be conducting these events at, †CompUSA, Circuit City, The Wiz, RCS, Datavision and J&R\'s.\"
osx.macnn.com has news of the release of new open-source OS X drivers Lucent\'s WaveLan\'s card, allowing users to use the AirPort compatible cards under OS X. Other reports include an application that provides SSL support to the built-in ftp server in OS X.
Canto has released a new version of its media asset management application, Cumulus 5.0.10, which supports the mpeg2 video and mp3 audio formats; improves metadata tag reading; offers better compatibility with popular applications such as Freehand and InDesign; includes performance improvements logging-in to the Cumulus Server; and cataloging AFP volumes. Cumulus 5.1 Vault, an option that offer enhanced security for the Workgroup and Enterprise Editions, is now OS X native and also bring other enhancements. It is a free upgrade to existing users.
New OS X drivers for Lucent\'s WaveLan cards are available for OS X, according to a post in our forums: \"Drivers for Wavelan cards (and possibly others) have finally arrived thanks to the efforts of open source!! I now have my lombard powerbook wirelessly connected to my basestation.....\" A full set of instructions for installation and use is provided in our forums.
EasyDB 2.0d9 is a set of (developmental) classes for database management in REALBasic that simplify database application development as well as provide additional methods for programmers.
Secure FTP Wrapper 1.0 is a Java-based program that offers ftp servers copmatibility with Glub Tech\'s Secure FTP client: \"[it] has many benefits over its competition. The wrapper is easier to setup, maintain, and since it is written in Java it is inherently more secure (no buffer overruns).\"
Intech\'s high-performance drive utility, Hard Disk SpeedTools 3.3, improves performance and compatibility with FireWire drives, adds support for all CastleWood \"branded\" ATAPI and FireWire Orb 5.7GB products, and includes drive \"Sleep\" support to HDST FireWire drivers (as well as FireWire drive spin down on system shutdown). [form]
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AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU