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Apple-owned FileMaker has announced plans to discontinue Bento, its personal database software for OS X and iOS. The final release, Bento 4, will remain at the FileMaker Store and the Mac and iOS App Stores until the end of September. People wanting to continue using FileMaker software can upgrade to FileMaker Pro for $120.
A confession up front before we get into the review: I have never handled a personal database app before, much less Bento for iPad specifically. I've used database software in the past, of course, but always something designed for the office world. My own life is simple enough that I can keep track of things with lists and notes; a database, however streamlined, typically feels like extra work. Bento has always had a strange appeal though, so after some coaxing, I decided to try the latest update for the iPad, Bento 4.
Apple-owned FileMaker has released Bento 4 for iPad, a new version of its personal database software. Among the core changes is the ability to create personal apps customized for different tasks; elements can be dragged and dropped into place. Bento 4 also has access to a new selection of free iPad templates on the Bento Template Exchange, and 40 new themes, all of which are compatible with the third-generation iPad's Retina display. Accordingly, the rest of the app has also been scaled to Retina graphics for the first time.
Apple-owned FileMaker is announcing that Bento, one of its database apps, has topped 1 million in sales. The figure represents a combined tally for all three editions of the software, including the Mac, iPhone, and iPad releases. The first version of Bento was launched for the Mac in January 2008.
FileMaker has release The Bento Christmas Kit, a free tool for organizing Christmas plans. Included in the kit is a 30-day trial of Bento 4, as well as Cards and Labels, Party Planning and Gift List templates. Together the templates allow users to organize a number of items, including mailing addresses, gift budgeting, party lists, and more. In addition, the three templates provide full support for both iPhone and iPad versions of the Bento databasing software.
Beginning September 22nd, Telltale Games will be dropping the price on the iPad episodes of Back to the Future to $3. Back to the Future: The Game places players in the role of Marty McFly as he travels through time, and features a number of special guest appearances from Michael J. Fox, Christopher Llyod, and Claudia Wells. The promotion will run until September 30th, after which the prices will return to $7.
FileMaker has released a new set of Bento templates designed specifically for small business owners. The Bento Business Organizer is a free set of customized database templates for managing orders and inventory, tracking products, coordinating events, and more. The eight featured templates include: Contacts, Products, Sales Orders, Inventory, Projects, Events, Tasks, Voice Memos, each offering a unique set of tools for different business management functions. The Bento Business Organizer weighs in at 10.9MB and can be found on Bento's website.
Apple's FileMaker division is offering a temporary discount on upgrades to FileMaker Pro 11. Under the terms of the deal, owners of the company's Bento personal database software can upgrade to Pro 11 for $149, or 50 percent off the software's normal price. Pro differs with more control over aspects like appearance, automation and connectivity.
FileMaker has announced Bento 4, an update of the company's personal-level database software. Several significant upgrades have been made, most notably the ability to export data alongside templates, meaning that pre-populated databases can finally be loaded by other Bento users. When creating a database, people can now assign geotagging to data through a location field type.
Filemaker has announced that more than 500,000 free templates have been shared through the Bento Template Exchange since its launch in June 2009. By accessing the Bento Template Exchange users can browse through, download, and import templates from 15-different categories. The service also gives users the opportunity to upload their own templates to share with others. The Template Exchange currently includes over 700 different template that are designed for a variety of uses, ranging from sales management to teacher lesson planning and simple home inventory. In addition, templates found through the service can be used with Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad if they are synched with Bento 3.
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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