In late 2013, FileMaker put a stake through the heart of Bento, the company’s personal database solution for OS X. The untimely demise of a longtime favorite left a sizeable void in the Applications folders of many Mac users, but a new contender has arrived on the Mac App Store to right this injustice.
If you're a fan of digital comic books or even a casual reader, chances are you woke up this morning to an email from ComiXology detailing a mandatory password reset after discovering a database security breach.
While those of us with a sense of film history bemoan the current generation's obsession with remaking everything in sight, a far more disturbing trend has taken hold for films made well before we were born.
It’s been a long and winding road for Apple subsidiary FileMaker, but this week all roads lead to one place: FileMaker Pro 12, the company’s latest major update to their flagship database software, which aims to “instantly create stunning databases” while making the cost of admission cheaper than ever before for mobile users.
Parents are always worried about the health and welfare of their little ones, but it’s not always easy to get the right information when the kids get sick. That’s why KidsHealth has introduced a new free iPhone app that asks the simple question: Is It Contagious?
We all constantly face organizational challenges: Do I have enough ingredients at home for this cake recipe? Which mechanic worked on my car last year? What’s the status of Project X? Bento is here to help with all those tiny details. You enter basic information, and the Bento database software manages the details. Bento excels at digitizing and corralling real-world concepts, but the best part is how it manages to make the somewhat-scary concept of a database downright user-friendly. It’s been Bento’s trademark since version one was released in 2008, and this fourth iteration continues FileMaker’s tradition of a database for the rest of us.
Remember RealNetworks, the once-giant streaming company who boldly circumvented Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management to make their own media player work with iTunes files? Now they’re back with Rinse, a new effort to organize and clean up your iTunes library. Wait -- what?
Our privacy is increasingly at risk on the internet, but this week it turns out we may have yet another location to worry about: Our very pockets. As it turns out, 3G-equipped iPhones and iPads have been tracking our movements for almost a year -- but here’s how you can make the best of the situation.
In my household, we have years-old receipts stored in grocery bags, and no memory of who borrowed our favorite, not-made-anymore PlayStation games, both of which could be remedied by a database. Instead of just storing information, a true database acts on it, reminding you about deadlines, dynamically sorting contacts based on upcoming birthdays, and otherwise remixing your data. But iDatabase 1.0 does none of this. You’re better off with the grocery bag.