Tag Archives: iOS

Selfie Stickers Update Version 1.1: Hunting the bugs

It’s a fact that nearly no apps – even seemingly simple ones such as Selfie Stickers – are bug-free when they are first released. Thankfully, it’s possible to release updates that fix these issues and that’s exactly what I’ve done this week. The free update brings my iPhone app Selfie Stickers to version 1.1. Here’s the changelog:

+ Added haptic feedback (iPhone 7 & 7 Plus only)
+ Added preliminary VoiceOver support
+ Added French localization
* Changed the App Store name to “Selfie Stickers for iMessage”
* Fixed a bug that caused new stickers to not appear in the list until the app was re-opened
* Fixed a bug that caused stickers not to be sent due to incorrect scaling
* Fixed missing translations for photo library access
* Miscellaneous fixes and optimizations

As you might have noticed, I have changed the name of the app from “Selfie Stickers for Messages” to “Selfie Stickers for iMessage”. This makes it more obvious that you can only use the app with iMessage and not with other messaging apps. I’ve also added French localization and VoiceOver support as well as a touch of Haptic Feedback (pun intended).

You can head over to the Updates tab of the App Store app to download the update. Alternatively, tap here to download the app for free from the App Store.

My first iPhone app: Selfie Stickers for Messages

Selfie Stickers for Messages App Icon. Shows an emoji of a person who is taking a selfie. Only the right arm and smartphone are visible.After a few weeks of quiet research and development (no pun intended), I have launched my first app on the Apple App Store!

It’s called “Selfie Stickers for Messages”.

Quoting the App Store description:

Add a personal touch to any messages you send or receive with – wait for it – your own face! Selfie Stickers allows you to easily create your own stickers out of your selfies and other photos!

It’s as simple as 1-2-3:
1. Tap to take a selfie or select an existing one from your photo library
2. Crop the image to get the subject centered (a circular mask will be applied afterwards)
3. Done! Peel your facial expression of amazement away and stick it onto any message of your choice. Or tap to send the sticker as a photo for others to re-use!

Are you excited to try the new sticker feature in iOS 10’s Messages app?
Don’t like the existing, pre-built and emotionless stickers?
This app was made for you. It works with any picture you take and with all the photos you already have in your camera roll.

Turn that frown upside-down and send all the facial expressions your selfie camera can capture to your friends today!

Stay tuned for more features as I continue to enhance Selfie Stickers.

You can find it on the App Store for free:

Download Selfie Stickers for Messages on the Apple App Store

It was a fun challenge and a refreshing departure from StarGame development and I hope you enjoy it as well. StarGame is also coming to the App Store pretty soon, so stay tuned for that!

UPDATED July 27: How to get DOSPAD on iOS – with or without a jailbreak

Another nerdy post! Yeha! Header image credit goes to TouchArcade.

Hot on the heels of my last post that focused on adding small tweaks to stock iOS 9 using modified iTunes Backups, here is a post about a previously jailbreak-only application running on normal iOS: DOSPAD. (A limited version of DOSPAD called iDos is available on the AppStore. This post is about the fully featured emulator.)

In case you’re wondering out loud, “Why would you want an MS-DOS emulator on your iPhone/iPad?”: Check out this YouTube video (Mac OS 8 on iPhone) and this article on TouchArcade (classic DOS games on iPad) for inspiration. DOSPAD is obviously more fun on iPad because of the added real estate and features, but it works on iPhone as well.

To follow through with this tutorial, you either need:

How to tweak your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch without jailbreaking


Howdy!

This is a very nerdy and complex post about how to modify your mobile Apple device using custom iTunes backups. This is especially relevant in a time when there’s no jailbreak and thus no way to break out of Apple’s restrictive App Store ecosystem to truly customize your device.

This post was made due to a request on Reddit. It is intended for medium to very tech-savy users though I will try to explain most things in layman terms. Please note that in case you (or I) screw up, you can always use the original backup of your device to undo any changes you made and get things working again.

Please read how to make an iTunes backup of an iDevice and how to restore an iDevice from a backup before attempting any of the below.

What you will need:

  • iDevice (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch).
  • USB cable to connect your device to your computer.
  • A Mac or Windows computer that meets the system requirements here.
  • An internet connection.
  • iTunes application installed on your computer.

Continue reading How to tweak your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch without jailbreaking

I’m making an iOS game: StarGame

Index:
How it all got started
“The game didn’t recognize any user input whatsoever”
Fast forward to half a year ago, …
Introducing StarGame for iOS.

To read more about my personal story of becoming a geek and iOS jailbreaker, this post might be interesting to you: Me, iDevices and Jailbreaking.

How it all got started


The project began about two years ago: as I was teaching myself how to program in Java, I decided to make a simple computer game to gain some actual coding experience. Its initial name was “SpaceGame”; I uploaded the very first teasers to my YouTube channel on the 13th of December 2013: Continue reading I’m making an iOS game: StarGame

[discussion / concept] Hiding stock apps on iOS

At the end of last week, I asked myself the following question:

Why is there no way to delete stock Apple apps on iOS?

That seems like a good idea, right? It would free up some disk space and de-clutter the home screen.

The answer is pretty simple: without its stock apps, iOS wouldn’t work well. Sure, you could live without Compass, iBooks, Tips, Passbook/Wallet and you-name-it. But when it gets to things like Calendar, Mail, Safari or Clock, uninstalling those would break lots of features across iOS. No iCloud calendar whatsoever (even third-party Calendar apps rely on the stock app for iCloud calendars). No emails via the share sheet. No web browsing, even in many third-party apps. No alarms or timers with Siri.

The list goes on. Even just uninstalling the Stocks or Weather apps would make Notification Center, Calendar and Siri unstable, as there are stock (no pun intended) Weather and Stocks widgets in NC and weather info in Calendar and Siri. Continue reading [discussion / concept] Hiding stock apps on iOS

[UPDATED for iOS 9 10/21] A running list of 80+ awesome Jailbreak Tweaks I use on my iPhone

In response to the overwhelming interest in my first list, I've been busy updating it to accomodate recent changes.
The list is updated about once per week.
Since I no longer own an iPad, iPad-only tweaks are no longer on the list. You can still download the outdated list with the iPad tweaks here.

This updated list includes over 80 great jailbreak tweaks that make my iPhone perfect. What’s even more remarkable than just the number of tweaks is that there is zero lag on my iPhone 5S, with a staggering  88 tweaks installed (as of Friday, October 16th).

The list now includes notes about iOS 9 compatibility. Luckily, nearly half of the tweaks on the list work on iOS 9! Huge thanks to the developers!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LIST
(.pdf, 90 kb)

Also worth reading: “Me, iDevices and Jailbreaking” – a very personal post about my “tech childhood”.

Some items on the list aren’t currently installed on my phone but are very noteworthy, which is why they are still on the list.
Items marked in yellow have either been updated recently or are new on the list.

Feel like something is missing from the list that I should try?
Feel free to tell everyone in the comments, on Twitter / Facebook (or even Reddit!).