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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US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB