If You Want Data, Don't Cock It Up

The Apple ID password linked to the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists was changed less than 24 hours after the government took possession of the device, senior Apple executives said Friday. If that hadn’t happened, Apple said, a backup of the information the government was seeking may have been accessible.

So it’s law enforcement’s own fault they can’t access the data, and we should now trust them with the power of a backdoor to all iPhones?

[via Buzzfeed]

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Open Letter from Tim Cook

The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers.

Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.
The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.

While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.

People ask me why I like Apple, why I buy their products. Apple is the ONLY company standing up and defending encryption.

That is why I buy Apple products.

[via Apple]

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Da Comrade! Ve Vill Drivink Anywhere In Sherp!

The SHERP is Alexei Garagashyan’s brilliant invention. It weighs just 2,866 pounds dry, so while it might only have a 44.3 horsepower 1.5 liter Kubota V1505 four-cylinder diesel linked to a five-speed manual, it will still do 28 mph on land, or 3.7 mph in water, depending on the wind. It will also crawl at up to 9.3 mph in first gear.

Sherp in water

Sherp size reference

I want one. I need this ridiculous machine in my life.

[via Jalopnik]

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Lastpass Logo Fail

New Lastpass Logo

As part of its acquisition by LogMeIn, Lastpass unveiled a new logo today.

[We] took the best of our new design — fresh, bold, simple, colorful, modern, and user-friendly — along with the modern image of logging in, and crafted our new logo and icon.

It’s not the utter pile of crap that is Uber’s new logo, but I’m still not a fan. Lastpass proclaims their logo is the modern image of logging in, but that’s precisely the problem. What was so brilliant about the old logo was it’s uniqueness. It was a simple and elegant mark, and as a piece of UI in a login field it made itself perfectly clear that it was part of Lastpass.

Sign In Field

The new mark will succeed only in creating confusion. Three dots are sure to easily blend in with a site’s existing UI, and users will not be able to recognize at-a-glance that they need to click this new logo to log in.

It only gets worse when it’s seen as a browser extension. The last logo (a star) was not only easily recognized, it was significantly larger as well. The old logo’s size was useful as its color changes between red, yellow and grey based on whether you’re signed in fully or not. The new one will make this significantly more difficult to distinguish at a glance, simply because it’s smaller.

Extension logo

The old logo was brilliant, this one is a fail and a dilution of the brand.

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