WhatsApp hoax about voice calls

 

WhatsApp has now been flooded with this hoax message and just like any other chain letter/hoax people continue to fall victim for it. The message asks you to forward it to everyone in the contacts to get some free voice calls and this forwarding will ensure that your account is active and blah blah blah and so on.

Dear fellow WhatsApp users, if its about free calls, why don’t you make free calls using Skype, Viber or any other similar service? Just take a chill pill and relax. It’s just a fake message you’ve fallen for, have you?

The purpose of the hoax message has not yet clear except doing exactly what it asks you to prevent, yes, to make WhatsApp servers overloaded by huge number of broadcast messages.

Here’s the full text of the message I received a number of times in past few hours.  Enjoy!

✅ Hello, I. Am DAVID D. SURETECH founder of Whatsapp. this message is to inform all of our users that we have only 53million accounts available for new phones. Our servers have recently been very congested, so we asking for your help to solve this problem. We need our active users to forward this message to every single person in their contact list in order to confirm our active users that use WhatsApp. If you do not send this message to all your contacts to WhatsApp, then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts. The automatic update symbol on your SmartPhone Will appear with the transmission of this message. Your smartphone will be updated within 24 hours, and will feature a new design; a new color for the chat and the icon will change from green to azul. Whatsapp will begin to charge unless you are a frequent user. If you have at least 10 contacts send this sms and the logo will become red on your platform
to indicate that you are an active user. Tomorrow, we wil begin to take messages for whatsapp for 0.37 cents. Forward this message to more than 9 people in your contact list and the what’s app logo on your will turn blue meaning that you have
Become a free user for life.
Confirming this is the new icon WhatsApp ☑ ®
Send it to all your contacts to update the application
♻send this to 10 people
To activate the new whatsapp calling for free version 4.0.0
100% WORKING!!! I GOT THE NEW WHATSAPP NOW… With free calls!!!

WhatsApp Down

 

WhatsApp is down right now. The service went down a while ago and has been acknowledged by WhatsApp team via twitter. The tweet says that we’re having server issues, will be up shortly. This acknowledgement came around 20:18 GMT on Saturday, Feb 23 2014 and hope it actually takes a short while.

WhatsApp has been in news lately for the popular $19 billion dollar deal. Social media is now ablaze that Facebook brings some jinx to WhatsApp right after buying it 🙂

 

Chrome Cast Thumb HDMI device for your TV

 

Now you can stream YouTube, Netflix and other videos right on to your TV with this amazingly small thumb device called Chromecast. But wait, haven’t we heard of such devices before?

With Kickstart’s popular Pocket TV and a number of other Android thumb sized devices that run full Android OS on them, I think this is more of a response launch from Google. Instead of buying Google TV or other smart TV hardware, people were turning towards these other low cost alternatives when Google has decided to launch Chromecast. I myself use an amazing media box by Western Digital called WD-TV that has a 1 terabyte of storage for movies and it also streams all sorts of internet media. Continue reading “Chrome Cast Thumb HDMI device for your TV”

The dilemma of Form-R for iOS developers in Pakistan

If you are an iOS developer based in Pakistan and use your iTunes connect account for selling paid apps, you must have seen this email from apple. From now onwards you have to fill this Form R and submit it every month to receive your payments. Every month, you heard it right EVERY MONTH.

Why Form R?

Actually it has something to do with State Bank of Pakistan or some similar authority not letting the payments directly land to the developers’ account. Barclays bank is Apple’s partner bank in the country and they distribute payments to all developers every month. To process these payments now, Barclays bank needs a filled Form R from all developers every month. Big pain?

How to fill Form-R?

While I was freaking out about it, this still doesn’t seem to be that bad at all. Here is the process you have to follow:

1. Log in to your iTunes Connect account and note your payment amount and payment date. You have to send this Form R within 2 weeks of this payment date.
2. Get hold of a copy of Form R. If you have not received it from Apple, you can download Form R from www.basitali.com/downloads/docs/PKFormR.pdf
3. Print form R and print it out.
4. Provide following addresses in “Sender” field on Form R

— Apple Inc., 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014
— iTunes S.a.r.l, 31-33 rue Sainte Zithe, Luxembourg L-273, Luxembourg

5. Mention the amount you can see in iTunes Connect’s Payment section (done in step 1).
6. In the end provide your name, address, telephone number and email address in the beneficiary section. Make sure you include all this information so that Barclays bank can process your payment.
7. Sign the form
8. Put this form R in an envelop and Courier this to following address:
— Barclays Bank PLC, Pakistan, 13 – C, College Road, F- 7 Markaz, Islamabad
Hint: If you are being lazy and don’t wanna go drop it at a courier outlet, you can call Call Courier Service at 111-786-227 and they’ll come and pick the letter from you 😉

What is Form R?

As the title says, Form R is a declaration of foreign remittance receipt above Rs. 10,000 for purpose other than Export and family maintenance. Well, while it says Rs. 10,000 on the title, Apple tells us to make sure to fill the form for whatever amount is coming in. Moreover, while I could put iTunes payment under software export, the banks are actually going to differ with my opinion here. And I also like the year 1947 on the title of the form 🙂

I’m sure this is going to work out and if you follow this process every month, you’ll be receiving your payments on time every month. Please do share your experience with me whether you succeed or you have any issues. Drop me a line on @basitj.

 

Watch live Pakistan vs Ireland

Pakistan is playing a one day international cricket series in Ireland. The second ODI is currently underway. If you are looking for a live web Feed for the match you can watch it on YouTube by following this link.

http://youtu.be/gr5f7hJLuTo

Enjoy !

Google Apps for Business is no more free

I’ve been using Google Apps for business for quite some time. It’s an amazing service especially when it comes for free. This includes your own domain configured with Google mail, Google docs, Google Calendar and a number of Google services. Today we got email from Google intimating that this services is no more available for free. If you have a business and a domain name, you can still get this service for as low as $5 per user per month. You can find more details here: http://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/business/pricing.html

Existing customers like me don’t have to panic yet, though you never know how it unfolds in near future. Existing Google apps accounts will continue to function as usual.

There’s a good news for educational institutions though. If you are a university or college with a .edu domain, you can still get this amazing service for free. Get your educational institution ported over to Google Apps using this quick link.

Santa Tracker for Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone

Christmas is just around the corner and we’re sure kids are the most excited ones among all. The big question is, where is Santa Claus right now? This little app on your Windows phone can tell you Santa’s location on a neatly drawn Google map. If you have a Nokia Lumia 920 or another Windows 8 or Windows 7 phone, you can download this app from the windows marketplace.

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Hajj 2012 – Watch Live online

Hajj 2012 is here. Hajis have started walking toward the Mina camps. Today they’ll all move to Mina and then tomorrow is the actual Hajj day (Yaum-e-Arafah). A lot of Muslims around the world who could not make it to Makkah this year, want to watch the proceedings on TV live, and some times our TV channels are not helping. Here is a list of links and live-streams that you can use to watch Hajj proceedings live online right on your computer.

You can look forward to following events during the Hajj 2012 live for Saudi Arabia.

  • 24th October – Transition of all Hajis from Makkah to Mina camps
  • 25th October – Morning – Change of Kaab Cover (Ghilaf-e-Kaabah)
  • 25th October – Arafa Day ( Yaum-e-Arafah), Khutba-e-Hajj
  • 25th-26th October Night – Muzdalifah stay
  • 26th October – Hajj Tawaf, Rami, Nehr
  • 27th and 28th Ocotber – Rest of the stay at Mina camps.

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