iOS 8 beta WhatsApp temporary fix

24 Jul, 2014 14:56

In iOS 8 beta 3 & 4, WhatsApp will crash when received messages / sending messages containing “ff”, “tt”, “fi” (they are called Typographic Ligatures)

Here is a quick fix. We have to change the database of WhatsApp in your phone.

  1. Download iExplorer / iTools
  2. Connect your iDevice by USB cable
  3. Launch iExplorer / iTools, then in WhatsApp’s Documents folder, export a file called ChatStorage.sqlite
  4. Download SQLite Browser / Navicat for SQLite
  5. Open ChatStorage.sqlite, execute the following query:
set ZTEXT = replace( ZTEXT, 'ff', 'f f')
where ZWAMESSAGE.ZTEXT like '%ff%';

set ZTEXT = replace( ZTEXT, 'fi', 'f i')
where ZWAMESSAGE.ZTEXT like '%fi%';

set ZTEXT = replace( ZTEXT, 'fl', 'f l')
where ZWAMESSAGE.ZTEXT like '%fl%';

  SET ZTEXT = replace( ZTEXT, 'ff', 'f f')
  SET ZTEXT = replace( ZTEXT, 'fi', 'f i')
  SET ZTEXT = replace( ZTEXT, 'fl', 'f l')

(remember to save your changes)

  1. Import the ChatStorage.sqlite back to original position via iTools / Navicat
  2. Kill WhatsApp and re-launch
  3. Crash will still happen, but it will be automatically fixed on next launch.

Hopefully WhatsApp will fix this bug soon.

iOS8 beta : Good, Buggy & Dead Apps

22 Jul, 2014 14:15

Note: It’s a long list below; use Search function (Ctrl + F) in browser

Good Apps List : No issues at all
- Puzzle & Dragons
- Clash of Clans
- Boom Beach
- Assassin Creed: Pirates
- One Piece: Treasure Cruise
- Ace Fishing (crashes when launching in 1.1.3, fixed on 1.1.4)
- Candy Crush
Instant Messaging / Social Media
- Hangouts
- WeChat
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Facebook Messenger
- Pinterest
- Facebook Page Manager
- Skype
- LinkedIn
- Google+
- Instagram
- Messages (the built-in SMS App)
- Facetime
- Google Maps
- Health (new in iOS 8)
- 1Password
- AirPort Utility
- Safari
- Google Chrome
- Nike+ Running
To be categorized
- 5-0 Radio Pro
- Adventure To Fate
- Afterlight
- Alaska Airlines
- Aliens
- Amazon
- Amex
- Apple Native Bug Reporter App (yes…)
- Argus
- Armory (World of Warcraft app)
- Authenticator (World of Warcraft Authenticator App, Yes… 3.5″ layout & still working fine)
- Bank of America
- Barclaycard
- BBC iPlayer
- BBC News
- BBC Weather
- Beats Music
- Bejeweled Blitz
- BillGuard
- Box
- British Airways
- Capital One UK
- Carrot3
- Casts
- Chase Mobile Banking
- Chess with Friends
- Chordian
- Citymapper
- Codea
- Comic Zeal
- Convert
- Corkz
- Costa Coffee
- Cubasis
- Dark Sky
- Deliveries (By syncCloud)
- Digg
- Documents
- Drafts
- Dropbox
- eBay
- ecobee
- Ecoute
- Editorial
- Epocrates
- Facebook Paper
- Feedly
- Find iPhone
- FitBit
- Flappy Bird
- Flickr
- Flipboard
- Flow
- Foursquare
- Garmin Connect (including Bluetooth syncing of activities from a watch)
- Genius (RapGenius app)
- Gmail (including notifications!)
- GoComics
- Graph Paper
- Guardian News
- Heartstone
- Hilton
- HulloMail
- iBooks
- iSamJackson
- iStudiez Pro
- iTip
- Junos Pulse
- Kevo
- Kik
- Launch Center Pro
- LDS Gospel Library
- Lync 2013
- MapMyWalk+
- Marvin
- Mr Reeder
- myAT&T (some managed to pay their bills, others see crash at launch)
- National Express Coach
- Natwest Banking App
- Natwest Business Banking App
- Nest
- NetShade
- NewEgg
- NFL Mobile
- Nike fuelband (sync over Bluetooth requires deleting and reinstalling the app)
- Notability
- Noteshelf
- Office Mobile (iPhone)
- Omnifocus
- Opentable
- OWA (Microsoft Client for business exchange email)
- Pac-Man Monsters
- Pages
- Pandora
- Paper (facebook app)
- PayPal
- PazteUp
- PcCalc
- Pebble (works fine, just need to go into settings and check that Bluetooth LE is connected and that in Bluetooth check that notifications are enabled.)
- Plants vs Zombies 2
- Pocket Informant
- Pocket NoAgenda
- Podcasts
- ProFlowers
- Pulse
- RBS Banking App
- RD Client
- Rdio
- Reeder
- Reeder 2.0
- Regal (Regal Cinema App)
- Remind 101
- RemoteLink (Chevy Onstar App)
- RSA SecurID
- Santander UK Banking
- Sky+
- Sleep Cycle
- slice
- Snapseed
- Sonos
- SpeedTest
- Stackables
- Starbucks
- Strava
- Swarm
- Tapatalk
- Target
- Target cartwheel
- The Grint app
- Thermodo
- Threema
- TI-Nspire CAS
- Transit
- Truity (Truity Credit Union App)
- Tumblr
- Ultralingua
- United Airlines
- USAA Mobile
- Verse a Day
- Verto Studio
- Viber
- Vine
- VMWare Fusion
- VSCOcam
- Wells Fargo (crashes when you attempt to do a photo check deposit)
- WeatherBug ( some users reported cannot read 10-day forecast (text is same color as background) in b1)
- Withings
- Wolfram|Alpha
- Words With Friends
- Write-on Video
- Xbox Smartglass
- Simpsons Tapped Out
- Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff
- Cookie Clicker
- World of Thingies
- WWE App (Including WWE Network stuff)
- Twitch
- Downcast
- iHeart Radio
- Farmville 2
- Denali Alaskan FCU
- Doctor Who: Legacy
- iStat
- Squarespace
- Fly Delta

Buggy Apps List : Layout issues
- Chain Chronicles (splash screen distorted)
- App Store (contents overlapping, stuck after changing account to App Store of different countries)
To be categorized
- Fidelity Mutual (works, but login information isn’t retained and it acts like every time you run the app it’s the first time)
- Writer Pro (I got a notice that iCloud won’t sync unless you’re using 10.10/iOS 8 on all devices though)
- Cabinet (I got a notice that iCloud won’t sync unless you’re using 10.10/iOS 8 on all devices though)
- Tweetbot 3 (1 user reported working on iphone (not pictures though). Others reported it crash (iphone5). Crashes on iPad)
Twitter (can’t turn off notifications or it crashes at every notification. crashes with emoji keyboard)
- kakaotalk (with glitches)
- Waze (renders the maps like non-retina, looks really bad)
- Spotify (radio stations are missing. tap the screen and one will play but you don’t see them. Have to guess in the dark)
Snapchat (logs out and force close ONLY WHEN taking a video. Receiving video and taking photos work as expected)
- OneDrive (can’t download/upload images though)
- Alien Blue (pop ups not working)

Dead Apps List : Crash frequently
Instant Messaging
- WhatsApp 2.11.8 (whenever the message has “ff”, “if” and some other key strokes, it crashes, quick fix HERE)
- Sina Weibo 4.4.0 (random crash during launch)
- LINE 4.5.0 (random crash when typing, unable to voice call – no sound)
- Ingress 1.56.3 (crashes when launching) – Ingress Twitter said they’re looking into the issue
- Jurassic Park Builder (sometimes stuck at login)
- Hong Kong MyObservatory 4.2.1 (random crash)
To be categorized
- Adobe Photoshop Touch (doesn’t load past splash screen)
- Amazon (app is buggy and some buttons refuse to be activated such as “Add to basket”)
- Animation Desk (UI is completely broken)
- AnyFont (has issues applying the certificates, probably just an iOS 8 issue that will be fixed in a bit)
- AT&T (some managed to pay their bills, others see crash at launch)
- Bejeweled
- BlackBerry Messenger BBM (crashes when bringing up keyboard)
- Camera+ (crashes AFTER taking a picture every time)
- CardStar (crashes when you click on the cards icon)
- Danske Bank (when logging in, the number keyboard doesnt properly show on screen)
- ESPN Sports Center
- Evernote
- Faithlife Study Bible
- Garmin Viago GPS app
- Golfshot GPS (crash randomly during the splash screen)
- Good for Enterprise
- Hike Messenger
- Hot or Not
- HSBC Business UK
- Infinity Blade (crashes at startup)
- Infinity Blade II (same as original)
- Infinity blade III
- iOOTP 15
- iPhoto (Replaced by photo app ?)
- LastPass (crashed upon entering master password)
- LinkedIn Pulse (crashes completely)
- LogTen Pro (doesn’t sync with iCloud)
- Musyc (having sound issues)
- Myfitnesspal (very frequent crashes)
- MyVerizon
- News Digest by Yahoo (no longer works. Immediately crashes after launch.)
- Newsify (crashes at startup) (reboot and/or remove & reinstall did not fix)
- Oceanhorn
- Pocket Casts
- PocketAgent (StateFarm App) (Crashes after it loads every time)
- QuizUp
- Runkeeper (audio and distance tracking issues)
- SketchBook Ink (crashes at startup)
- Solitaire (crashes when it becomes obvious there are only two moves left)
- Tado (app for central heating system like Nest)
- Team Viewer (though makes you enter your email/password in every time you load it, on both iPhone and iPad)
- Telldus mobile
- The Price Is Right Slots
- TiVo (like WeatherBug, several screens where text is same color as background)
- TripCase (Doesn’t work, just spins it’s wheels and never displays anything)
- UpTo (calendar app) (crashes every time)
- WIFI Calling (ios8 integrated) – (Not Working.)
- YouTube (iPad versions seems frustrating : videos don’t load, and when they do, it’s very low res. Very unstable. User input randomly blocked.)
- Zinio (cannot download content (network error message))
- Mail App (Apple) (crashes if reply all to a mail with an attachment)

Added list from:
Last Update: 28 July, 2014 with iOS 8 beta 4, iPhone 5s (A1530)

Change Mac OS X Screenshot Location

3 Apr, 2014 15:14

To change the screenshot location of Mac OS X, you can execute this command in Terminal:

defaults write location /your_desired_path/

For example, if you want to save the screenshot in Documents, use this command:

defaults write location ~/Documents/

Then, you have to restart the UI Server by:

killall SystemUIServer

If you change your mind to revert to default settings, you can execute the following:

defaults write location ~/Desktop/
killall SystemUIServer

Coin, the only card in your wallet

20 Nov, 2013 16:29

Time to say goodbye to thick wallets.

Coin is a card-shape device that replaces all your Credit, Debit & Gift Cards. It stores all the information within the device, and you can use the card exactly the same way as your current credit card. A small LED screen will allow you to view the cards stored inside, and set the active card. You may wonder if this card requires battery charging frequently? No. Battery of the first prototype lasts for 1 year.

Using Bluetooth LE, it even reminds you if Coin stays away from you for a distance with push notification on your phone. It will then deactivate itself. The retail price of Coin is US$100, now 50% off in pre-order period.

Coin is the future of cards. Agree?

1st iOS 7 compatible game controller

20 Nov, 2013 11:13

It’s a great news for hardcore mobile gamers.

Checkmate, Logitech! MOGA announces the first iOS 7 compatible game controller (the company already made some game pads for Android gamers), pricing at US$99, which will be available on Apple Store as accessories tomorrow. This controller will definitely bring gamers to a brand new gaming experience, especially in shooter games.

Moreover, the gamepad also acts as charging case, enabling longer gaming time with those battery-draining 3D games.

Microsoft Adds Facebook Login Support to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

19 Nov, 2013 10:52

Facebook Login provides a fast and secure sign up experience across web, iOS, and Android apps. Today, Microsoft is adding official support for Facebook Login in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps in partnership with Facebook. Facebook Login for Windows 8 is ready to use in production apps, while Windows Phone 8 support is being launched in beta.

For implementation details, please visit the documentation for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

iOS 7.1 beta available for Developers

19 Nov, 2013 10:37

Apple released iOS 7.1 beta (build number 11D5099e) for Developers on Nov 18, 2013.

What’s New in iOS 7.1 beta?

1. UI Improvements, especially in Notification Center
2. Dark keyboard style
3. Upload Burst Photos to Photo Stream (iPhone 5s only)
4. Toggle system font with bold text no longer requires restart
5. new “HDR Auto” mode in Camera
6. Speed improvements

What iOS 7.1 beta fixed?

1. network connection issues
2. iTunes sync issues
3. Multi-peer Connection issues
4. Timer issues
5. Optimized closing animation using pitch-to-close gesture (iPad only)

Along with iOS 7.1 beta, Xcode 5.1 also released Developer Preview (build number 5B45j), which includes iOS 7.1 beta SDK and Mac OS X 10.9 SDK.

Google blocks child abuse search results

18 Nov, 2013 19:11

Yet another good job from Google.

Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt himself took to the British press to announce that Google has made a big step in ridding its search results of links to underage sexual abuse (with some image detection assistance from Microsoft). Google hired a 200-strong team to work out a solution over the last three months and that their work has already fixed up to 100,000 potential queries. The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed the news as “significant progress.” He’s also praised Google’s previous set of measures, which displayed a warning to people attempting to search for illegal material and caused a 20 percent drop in illicit activity. For now, Google’s newest improvements are limited to English-speaking countries, including the UK and US, although the search company says it’ll roll out its adjusted search globally over the next six months, covering 158 more languages.

Google did the right thing; this search engine must not be a tool for committing crime. However, we do believe that parental control can be done in a more streamlined way: Identify the user’s age, then filter away unwanted contents.

Facebook Open Academy trains Developers

15 Nov, 2013 15:58

While books and lectures are essential, there’s nothing like real world experience, and that’s what Facebook’s Open Academy offers to budding software developers. The initiative, which debuted as a pilot program at Stanford, has now expanded to 22 universities’ computer science departments across the globe. It not only gives students a chance to work on real open source projects like Ruby On Rails and Mozilla Open Badges, it also pairs them up with mentors for guidance. Of course, we wouldn’t be surprised if Facebook’s using the program to hunt for gifted devs — or if young hopefuls see it as their entry into one of the best companies to work for. If you’d like to get involved, or bring the program to your university, check out the program’s Facebook page for contact information — but hurry, the 2014 winter session kicks off in February.

[Image credit: Facebook Open Academy]

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