Archive for November 30, 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

Redesigning the Office App Icons

Jon Friedman:

As a signal to our customers, we’ve evolved our Office icons to reflect these significant product changes. We’re thrilled to share the new icons for Office 365 with you today and tell the story behind their creation.


Our design solution was to decouple the letter and the symbol in the icons, essentially creating two panels (one for the letter and one for the symbol) that we can pair or separate. This allows us to maintain familiarity while still emphasizing simplicity inside the app.

Separating these into two panels also adds depth, which sparks opportunities in 3D contexts. Through this flexible system, we keep tradition alive while gently pushing the envelope.

Previously: Redesigning Adobe’s File Type Icon System Language.

DriveSavers Lets Consumers Retrieve Data From Locked iOS Devices

Juli Clover:

DriveSavers today announced the launch of a new consumer-facing service that’s designed to unlock iOS devices for customers who have forgotten their passcodes, been locked out after too many incorrect entry attempts, or who need to access the data on the device of a deceased family member.

DriveSavers says it is using “new proprietary technology” to recover data from a passcode-locked devices, a service that has previously been limited to law enforcement agencies and unavailable to the average consumer.


Utilizing new technology, we have a 100% success rate with unlocking and recovering data from passcode-protected smartphones of every make, model and operating system with any length passcode, including phones and tablets with more complicated passcodes of six digits or more.

Thomas Reed:

Just called @drivesavers on the phone and asked some questions about unlocking an iPhone as a “prospective customer.” Sounds like they require users to fill out a questionnaire, with things like favorite numbers, birthdays, etc. Sounds like brute forcing to me.

Given that, it seems unlikely that they can guarantee 100% success with all phones, regardless of passcode length. A long passphrase would likely be a no-go, and if you’ve got your iPhone set to erase the phone after 10 failed attempts, that ups the difficulty.

Preview Truncates Modification Dates

Peter Steinberger:

Seems like just opening a file in macOS Preview happily resets the modification date accuracy, erasing all sub second precision. APFS offers that and we rely on it to be able to accurately detect changes.

(e.g., 1543264214.151471 gets turned into 1543264214.000000)

I wonder whether this is related to the “Ask to keep changes when closing documents” setting. I have that enabled, both because it’s familiar and because it prevents Preview from overwriting the file when I make changes that I don’t intend to save. That remains a problem because Preview has been crashy ever since the PDF rewrite, so it can overwrite your document, then crash, and then you have to remember to try to restore the correct file using the versions database.

Preview aside, APFS’s nanosecond timestamps require careful consideration for apps dealing with files that sync or are indexed. There are so many cases to consider with respect to backing up and restoring, interoperating with HFS+ volumes, etc.

See also: Taking macOS to the end of time: nanoseconds count.