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Apple acquires database software makers FoundationDB to speed up cloud services

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Apple has reportedly acquired database company FoundationDB, according to a new report from TechCrunch. The report cites sources and notes that the company is no longer offering downloads of its main database software product after posting the following notice to its website:

Thank you for your support of FoundationDB over the last five years. We’re grateful to have shared our vision of building the best database software and we strongly value your participation in this community. We have made the decision to evolve our company mission and, as of today, we will no longer offer downloads.

As noted in the report, Apple is likely looking to improve its cloud services with the acquisition:

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Filemaker releases new version for 2013 with HTML5 data entry, new iOS features and tightened security

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Filemaker, a subsidiary of Apple, has just announced its 2013 version of its popular database application. The new version focuses on bringing desktop database solutions to the browser. New in Filemaker ’13, projects can now be managed through a centralized web dashboard, with options for partner portals and file hosting. More importantly, data entry can now be taken in a web interface — HTML5 powered forms enable businesses to manage their deployments on any PC or Mac, as there is no longer a reliance on having the native applications installed.



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Apple’s FileMaker Inc announces 500K downloads for FileMaker Go iPhone and iPad apps

FileMaker Pro Go iconUpdate: 2013 FileMaker Developer Conference registration now open.

Apple subsidiary FileMaker Inc. announced today that its FileMaker Go iPhone and iPad apps have surpassed 500,000 downloads. FileMaker’s Vice President of Marketing and Services, Ryan Rosenberg, said the milestone “demonstrates FileMaker’s position as a leading platform for development and deployment of custom business solutions for iOS,” noting businesses are using FileMaker to “manage everything from sales contacts to medical information on iPads and iPhones.”

FileMaker Pro 12 for iPad

FileMaker Pro 12 for iPhone

FileMaker’s full press release below:

FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone Apps Surpass 500,000 Downloads
 
Demonstrates FileMaker’s leadership in creating and deploying custom iOS business solutions
 
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – December 11, 2012 – FileMaker, Inc. today announced that FileMaker Go for iPad and FileMaker Go for iPhone have surpassed 500,000 downloads from the App store. The milestone underscores the rapid growth of custom business solutions created with the FileMaker Platform and running on iOS devices.
Businesses are using the FileMaker Platform to create solutions that manage everything from sales contacts to medical information on iPads and iPhones.” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, marketing and services, FileMaker, Inc. “We are very happy to see FileMaker Go pass the half-million downloads mark. This rapid adoption demonstrates FileMaker’s position as a leading platform for development and deployment of custom business solutions for iOS.”
The two FileMaker Go apps are a core part of FileMaker’s comprehensive lineup of desktop, server and iOS software used to design, build, deploy and manage data-driven business solutions for iPad and iPhone. FileMaker solutions also run on Windows, Mac and in web browsers.
Learn how to quickly create incredible business solutions for iOS

FileMaker offers valuable resources to help businesses and developers learn how to easily create, deploy and manage custom business solutions for iOS.

·       A free 30-day trial of FileMaker Pro 12 lets everyone see how easy it is to start creating custom iOS business apps.

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker is the leader in easy-to-use database software. Millions of people, from individuals to some of the world’s largest companies, rely on FileMaker software to manage, analyze and share essential information. The company’s products are the FileMaker line – versatile database software for teams and organizations, for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad and the web – and Bento, the personal database for Mac, iPhone and iPad. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple. 
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AT&T and T-Mobile begin initiative to discourage theft by merging databases of stolen devices

AT&T and T-Mobile recently announced they would start to share a combined database of stolen mobile devices that aspires to discourage theft and shield customers.

All the major carriers, through their wireless association CTIA and the Federal Communications Commission, first revealed plans in April to merge their respective databases, but AT&T and T-Mobile were the first to do so yesterday.

CNET specifically elaborated on how the joint database works:

The database went live yesterday, and allows either AT&T or T-Mobile to block a device from being used on either network. In order to do that, the companies ban a device’s IMEI number — a unique identifier that tells networks what the device is and who owns it — and effectively stop it from being able to place calls.

In the past, stolen smartphones were blocked by eliminating the use of a SIM card. However, in the GSM world, a phone can be used with any SIM card. So, if a thief stole a device and popped in a new SIM card, it would still work. By targeting the IMEI number, that’s no longer the case.

Sprint and Verizon are expected join the initiative by November 2013.



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Apple subsidiary FileMaker releases new version of its flagship product, makes iOS version free

Apple subsidiary FileMaker has announced a new version of their flagship software product, FileMaker 12, with new database creation tools and themes. The Mac version of FileMaker 12 gain improved 64 bit support as well as wide area network support, enhance support for large databases, and add fast file and multimedia-content streaming. Database and project creation are now easier and faster with new and more intuitive themes on the Mac. The most important addition to the product is its more streamlined interface for creating interfaces that run on iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches. Additionally, a new iOS device application is available for free. The app takes many features from the desktop product but is mostly used to run Mac-created databases. The Mac and iOS apps work in tandem.

The full press release is after the break.



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Apple subsidiary FileMaker ships 1M units of Bento database software

Apple subsidiary FileMaker Inc., just announced they shipped over 1 million units of Bento, their personal database tool currently available for iPhone, iPad and Mac. Originally released in 2008, Bento is now available in seven languages with dedicated clients for iPhone and iPad ($4.99) that sync with Bento for Mac currently available on the Mac App Store for $49.99.

Vice President of Marketing and Services for FileMaker, Inc., Ryan Rosenberg said the following in a statement:

“Bento’s elegance has led to sales of more than a million units, meeting the needs of customers ranging from ranchers and mobile dentists to personal trainers and rock bands. With Bento on your iPad, iPhone, or Mac it’s easy to organize your contacts, track projects, plan events and manage just about anything.”

The full press release is available after the break.



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