Facebook has released Conceal, a set of Java APIs for fast encryption and data authentication. Conceal was developed to encrypt large data files (e.g., SD cards) on Android. With the release, Facebook targets older Android devices with less memory and slower processors. Facebook currently deploys Conceal to help protect users' private data and is now launching its functionality to the developer community.
Remember when Mark Zuckerberg blamed the problematic old Facebook mobile app--dubbed "freakishly slow" by some--on "betting too much on HTML 5?" So does backend-as-a-service (BAAS) provider Sencha, and to rebut Zuckerberg's assertion that using HTML5 was "one of [Facebook's] biggest mistakes," Sencha built its own mobile webapp, Fastbook, to demonstrate that HTML5 is ready for prime time.
Mobile Backend-as-a-Service provider AnyPresence has launched its 5th generation product at APIWorld, San Francisco, already garnering industry praise and winning the DataWeek/APIWorld prize for Top Innovator at the conference. Susan Miller, Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer at AnyPresence, spoke with ProgrammableWeb about how the new product will change the way API developers work.