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A New Digital Pen From Logitech

Logitech announced today it has upgraded its digital pen, the io Pen, with the io2 Digital Writing System, which features “a refined, slimmer digital pen design — thanks to the shrinking of internal technology — along with more paper options and enhanced handwriting recognition that is now part of the core offering”.

The Logitech io2 Digital Writing System will be available beginning in late September through retailers in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. The suggested retail price in the U.S. is $200. Logitech launched the io Pen early last year and then about a year ago upgraded its software to include handwriting recognition.

Maybe this kind of thing is catching on. A computer products distributor, Synnex Corp, said last month it planned to release a wireless computer pen that would let “users write notes on paper that are also simultaneously captured in digital form and can be later uploaded to a PC”, according to the East Bay Business Times.

Software: More Spam Options

 Matterform Media, who make anti-spam software for the Mac, have said that October 1 their Spamfire will be available for Windows. Matterform Media’s Spamfire for Windows is available at a suggested retail price of $39.95, which includes one year of automatic filter updates at no additional charge, and is available for immediate download from the company’s website, www.matterform.com.
Matterform also sell something called SpamVaccine, which converts email addresses on your website to something that the spammers’ little robots can’t recognise, and therefore harvest. (This is how spammers get most of their email addresses.) No mention is made of whether that will be available for Windows.

News: The Sim Franchise Rolls On

 I don’t know whether to be excited or appalled at how Electronic Arts have turned the Sim thing into such a money-making business. Purists weren’t that enamored of Sim City 4, and my computer is not really powerful enough for it to be fun, and The Sims Online has not been the great follow-up to The Sims that it was expected to be, but you’ve got to admit EA know how to keep the buzz going. Here’s their latest announcement (and note this is an announcement about something that’s going to happen two or three months down the track…)
 
 
Electronic Arts have announced plans to release this September the SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition in North America. Players can now make the biggest cities with the most comprehensive and exciting SimCity ever. SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition includes SimCity 4 and the franchise’s first expansion pack, SimCity 4 Rush Hour, that focuses on the no.1 most requested feature among fans, transportation. SimCity 4 Rush Hour also is scheduled for release September 2003. The SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition will be available for a suggested retail price of $39.99.
 
This follows on the heels of an announcement yesterday that said Electronic Arts plans to release this October The Sims Makin’ Magic, a new expansion pack to The Sims, where “Sims are granted magical powers with the ability to cast spells that are playful or deviant”. Oh my God. And if that’s not enough: The Sims Makin’ Magic will be the final edition to The Sims original series and prelude to the highly anticipated launch of The Sims 2.  The expansion pack will be available for the Halloween season and has a suggested retail price of US$29.95.