August 27th, 2014

How To Fix That Annoying Whatsapp Crashing Bug In iOS 8


If you, like me, decided to throw caution to the wind and installed the iOS 8 beta, you will have almost certainly noticed that WhatsApp is a complete buggy mess. 

The issue appears to revolve around certain combinations of letters appearing in messages. There are a few different methods to fix it, but this is one the one that worked for me.

Courtesy of iGeekBlog, follow the steps below (I did this on a Mac):

  • Download iExplorer and SQLite Database Browser.

  • Connect your iPhone to the computer, open iExplorer. 

  • On the sidebar, navigate to /Apps/Whatsapp/, open the Documents folder and locate the ChatStorage.sqlite file. Drag it to your desktop.

  • Open this ChatStorage.sqlite file in SQLite Database Browser, click the Execute SQL tab and enter the following code:

    update ZWAMESSAGE
    set ZTEXT = replace( ZTEXT, ‘ff’, ‘f f’)
    where ZWAMESSAGE.ZTEXT like ‘%ff%’;
    update ZWAMESSAGE
    set ZTEXT = replace( ZTEXT, ‘fi’, ‘f i’)
    where ZWAMESSAGE.ZTEXT like ‘%fi%’;
    update ZWAMESSAGE
    set ZTEXT = replace( ZTEXT, ‘fl’, ‘f l’)
    where ZWAMESSAGE.ZTEXT like ‘%fl%’;

  • Click on Execute query and hit the save icon.

  • Reopen iExplorer and navigate to /Apps/Whatsapp/Documents. Drag ChatStorage.sqlite from the desktop into iExplorer and click on Replace when prompted.

Once you’ve done this, the app should open and let you view messages without an issue. This solution puts a space between each of the letter combinations that cause the error. While you’ll get slightly janky messages with spaces in them, it’s worth putting up with until iOS 8 goes public.

Hope this helps!

November 5th, 2013

First Day With The Nexus 5


Having been an iPhone user since 2007, Android always left me feeling a bit cold, mainly due to the lack of polish in Android apps. That’s changed somewhat over the years, with Google starting to take big steps to surpass its mobile rival.

When Google finally confirmed the Nexus 5, I immediately decided to buy it. It’s my first Android device since the Galaxy SIII — a device that worked well but was a total nightmare to hold. I received my new Nexus yesterday and have spent a day customizing and getting to grips with Google’s new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

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October 9th, 2013


I just realised I didn’t update people on where I went after I left The Verge — let me rectify that. 

I’m proud to share that I am now Associate European Editor at Engadget, working to build UK content and bring more relevant news, reports and features to the site. It’s a pretty awesome team and I’m already enjoying sitting around the Engadget table. There’s a lot coming, I’m excited to share it with you all.

October 9th, 2013

Packing Up My Desk

Monday was my last official day at The Verge after six months and over 300 posts. While I am (and have been) spending some quality time with my family — as we cling on the the last of an unexpectedly decent British summer — I’m very eager to share news of my next steps, but must keep that excitement on hold for now.

I can be contacted via my personal email address until that time.

There’s a hole in my face.

[Funny thing was when I washed my mouth out, water came squirting out my cheek.]
April 4th, 2010

There’s a hole in my face.

[Funny thing was when I washed my mouth out, water came squirting out my cheek.]