We’re writing today with a heavy heart to announce the sunsetting of the Fabric App.
Fabric has been a labor of love for us for the last four years. We’ve devoted all our time and energy into making the product we think should exist in the world. In the process, we believe we’ve pushed the boundaries on what technology should accomplish for users, and the experiences that personal data is capable of powering. However, we have been pushing against headwinds in the industry which make it unsustainable to stay afloat while standing by our principles.
We understand that this news is disappointing to a lot of you, as it is to us. In some ways, anything short of forever is unacceptable for something like an app for your memories. That said, we are making sure that your stories can be exported to another platform, or just to your hard drive. …
Today we’re officially introducing the Fabric Data Exporter.
We believe that you should be in control of the data you add to Fabric, and that it is yours to port to a different service if needed. Historically, we have supported our users doing this on an ad-hoc basis, but today we are introducing a robust tool to export your entire history on Fabric.
The export includes a .json file of your moments, along with any media you have uploaded. When needed, these files are zipped to reduce the download size.
We are working on ways to improve this tool, and are taking user feedback into account. That said, this tool is a first step toward data portability, which is something we have been striving toward.
We want to bring your attention to a vulnerability that’s been reported to us by a security researcher. We fixed the vulnerability as soon as it was verified, and we have found no evidence of it having been used by anyone other than the researcher.
The researcher discovered a misconfiguration that could enable them to page through the list of Fabric users. For almost all users, the private data that was vulnerable was limited to Fabric users’ names and email addresses. For a small number of beta users, phone numbers may also have been susceptible.
No passwords, location data, or other sensitive data was vulnerable. …
Today, we’re excited to announce the latest evolution of Fabric! You can get it on the App Store.
We started Fabric with a bold mission: to help people remember more of their life stories. We believe everyone’s story is important, and everyone should be able to reconnect with the uniquely meaningful experiences in their lives. With today’s announcements, we make it effortless for even the busiest among us to be able to remember, reflect on, and share the moments that matter.
One of the defining things about the mobile universe as compared to its predecessors is that it can be centered around you and the world around you. This involves the places you go, the people you spend time with, and the stories you share with them. …
Back when we, the Fabric founders, worked on the early Facebook Platform team, ca. 2010, we were really excited to contribute to and launch the Facebook login feature on third party websites and apps.
It took away the burdensome process of creating an account on every new service we encountered as users.
But with the increasing popularity of 2-factor authentication systems in the last few years, using Facebook login on third party mobile apps, such as Fabric, can often get tricky and confusing.
In some cases, you may be able to log in without issues. However, in others, in particular when your alternate method of authentication is Facebook’s own Code Generator, you may well have to jump through hoops. In those problematic cases, you will need to begin by providing your Facebook login credentials, and that’s when things may get complicated. …
As many of you have already learned, Facebook announced at the beginning of the month the shutdown of a few acquired properties, most notably our beloved Moves iOS app. All Moves data will be permanently deleted on July 31st.
All is not yet lost, however, as you can now use our Fabric Moves web importer to save your location history today! Or do it directly from the Fabric iOS app. See the iOS app instructions at the bottom of this post if you need them.
Where one story ends, another often begins. …
Our lives are a collection of extraordinary narratives.
First, there’s the self-centered and straightforward story of yourself. It has one single protagonist who knows every part. Or more accurately, if it weren’t for the limitations of our carbon brains, you would be able to go back to any single moment in time and reminisce about not only the main parts of the plot, but also the various emotion-evoking minutia. …