Being backwards compatible has never been more of a pain on iOS, now that Apple has dramatically revamped the visual design of the OS. But even come fall when the update drops, there will still be hundreds of millions of active iPhones and iPads running iOS 6 and prior. Is it worth supporting yesterday’s devices?
An encryption method called "perfect forward secrecy," which is known for its reliability in the security community, is rapidly gaining popularity now that government snooping abounds. Here’s how it works.
Do your eyes glaze over when people tell you how to hide your online life—in just 1,000 "easy" steps? It turns out that implementing basic encryption to keep the NSA out of your communication isn’t that hard, even if you’re not technically savvy. We set the nerds loose to teach everyone the easiest ways to encrypt everything.
Marketing today is less about ads than experiences. What if a tool could measure the impact of sponsored events on social buzz and buying? Circle Media is doing this—in a move that may make advertising both less annoying and more Big Brother.
For years Apple has relied on a "no comment" policy with reporters. In 2007 that was fine, but in an age where Google and Samsung are real competitors, Apple might need to learn to embrace the people who write about them.
A couple of months ago we talked about iWork for iCloud looking awesome at WWDC—but now things are getting weird. When Apple opened the beta to everyone, "overwhelming response" forced them to lock it down again. And the lack of collaborative editing features is a pretty obvious Achilles’ heel. Why can’t Apple’s brand new cloud office suite compete?
The revelation that the NSA is operating a massive surveillance apparatus has caused many Americans to take a closer look at how we communicate with each other. But was this news really a revelation? Not if you’re a coder.
News startup Circa is taking a programmatic approach to mobile news. FastCo.Labs talks to founding editor David Cohn about abandoning the article format and organizing stories into atomic units like events, statistics, quotes, and images which can be resurfaced, reused, and refactored.