Taskmasters: how Israeli intelligence officers helped inspire the look of iOS 7

by Casey Newton


Dan Seifert / The Verge

Dan Seifert / The Verge

 I tell the crazy story of Any.do, which starts with a sex doll, heads into Israel's version of the National Security Agency, and winds up impressing the folks at Apple as they start redesigning iOS. My favorite part of this story was learning about Unit 200, the Israeli NSA:

Inside Israel, the prowess of Unit 8200 is the stuff of legend. "These guys specialize at finding the needle in the haystack," says Shochat. "And they're taught that they can do anything — that's part of their training. At 18 years old, they say to their commanding officer that they need a supercomputer, and within 20 minutes they will have a supercomputer at their disposal. These guys are working with a data center exabytes in size, when they're 18, on mission-critical projects."