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TidBITS#978/11-May-09

Amazon’s Kindle DX ebook reader was last week’s big news, and Adam offers a look at what’s new, along with thoughts about what sort of content the Kindle is best suited to provide. Also this week, Mark Anbinder returns with coverage of FileMaker’s new Bento app for the iPhone, Doug McLean explains a new Apple policy regarding water-damaged iPhones, and Neale Monks eulogizes AppleLust founder David Schultz. For something a little different, Doug also looks at an innovative tool created by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to display their massive permanent collection on the Web. In the world of software releases, we look briefly at Fireworks CS4 10.0.3 Updater, Apple’s Xserve LOM Firmware Update 1.2, BBEdit 9.2, OmniFocus 1.6.1, SousChef 1.2, Apple’s iMac EFI Firmware Update 1.4, and Tweetie 1.1. Don’t miss entering this week’s DealBITS drawing for a free copy of the iTunes synchronization program SuperSync!

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

FileMaker Reaches iPhone with $4.99 Bento App

Want to keep track of your golf scores, your vintage vinyl album collection, or your shopping list while on the go? FileMaker, Inc. has just released Bento for iPhone and iPod touch, a handheld version of the company's affordable Mac database application that works on its own or syncs with your desktop databases.

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Kindle DX Offers Larger Screen, Native PDF Support

Amazon has announced the Kindle DX, a large-screen version of the company's ebook reading device. Along with the bigger screen, the Kindle DX offers native PDF support, which could significantly increase the amount and type of content available. Adam runs down the specs and muses on how the Kindle DX could change the game for ebook readers.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 11-May-09

In this week's TidBITS Talk discussions, readers continue to chat about using IMAP with Gmail and Apple Mail, note that iPhoto's Maximum export setting still significantly compresses images, and cover ways to clean a DVD drive for burning discs. Also, is using a GPS device (or other gadget) a crutch that's making us rely too much on technology?