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Dishing Tech is a unique tech blog that offers news, how to's, tips, tweaks on pretty much anything tech related. We Dish out the latest news on gadgets and hardware. Provide Mac and iDevice reviews as well as provide tutorials on hacking, jailbreaking, internet security and visualisation.

21 March 2012

Installing WhatsApp, Android & Android Apps on PC

There is only one option to install WhatsApp through a PC at the moment and that is through an Android Emulator in a PC environment. Not only can you install WhatsApp, you can install any Android app through the online app stores within the emulator itself. You don't even need an Android Phone! YouWave is one of the best emulators there is, so I will be using that for the tutorial below. 

I also made a YouTube video (step numbers are different to that of the written tutorial) at the end of this article that shows you how to install it for those who are more visually inclined. I think it is a great idea to have this installed as a backup. If you were phoneness or without a phone without WhatsApp on for a period of time you still will be able to connect with your WhatsApp friends / family through YouWave.

Note: I am using Windows 7 (64 Bit) on a separate NTFS partition in Bootcamp on my Mac. I also have the same Windows 7 (64 Bit) in an Parallels Desktop virtual machine environment. You could try to run this in VMware, I doubt it will work but no harm in trying!

Also, you cannot have two devices registered with the same phone number. The latest one you authenticate with will deregister it with your first device.

Also check out my Installing WhatsApp on Mac or PC Doable? article if you are keen to make an Adium plugin or develop a native app.

How to Install Android, Android Apps with WhatsApp as an Example

Step 1: Check to see you have the minimum system requirements:

• Intel Pentium 1.6GHz CPU 
• 500MB disk space 
• Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit) 
• Internet connection 
• Cellular coverage with a phone that can receive SMS (for WhatsApp) / X or
• A Phone and a phone number you can call if SMS verification failed / X

Note: I do believe that it is technically possible to register WhatsApp with a landline home phone through phone verification.

Step 2: Be aware of the product limitations:

X Some Android Apps have ARM native code which require phone hardware and Flash for them to run. They will not work in an emulation environment 

X YouWave cannot be installed inside host machines, only on guest machines. It is not recommended that you install YouWave on a host machine unless you have VirtualBox uninstalled 

 If you are upgrading your version of YouWave, you should save your Android device ID. How to do this see here.

Note: Because WhatsApp uses your phone number as part of your Jabber ID that enables you to verify your device, you could essentially hijack peoples conversations without them knowing. This is by using the same phone number that was registered in the first instance. 

Step 3: Download one of these:

I recommend that you install the trial version and if it suits you pay for the full version, unless you can't afford it.

Step 4: Install it in Windows

Step 5: If you installed the trial or the full paid version go to Step 10

Step 6: Logout of Windows

Step 7: Move the patch file to C:\Program Files (x86)\YouWave_Android

Step 8: Right click and run as administrator

Step 9: Run the patch and click apply

Step 10: Run the YouWave Program

Step 11: Click View > Online Content (See Below)

Step 11: Online Content Button
Step 12: Double click an Online App (WhatsApp in this case) to install or double click to browse the stores (See image below)

Step 12: WhatsApp Install Button

Step 13: After installing (if you installed an app) go to View > Apps

Step 14: Double click to launch the desired app (if not WhatsApp)

Step 15: If you installed something other than WhatsApp you are finished at this step

Step 16: Double Click WhatsApp (See Below)

Step 16: Click WhatsApp twice

Step 17: Click Agree & Continue (Watch Video Below @1:31 to see detailed instructions)

Tip: Using keyboard arrows and clicking enter is easier than clicking with mouse

Step 18: Enter your country code (see here if you do not know, Australia is 61)

Step 19: Enter your phone number as an example: +61 452 432 422 enter this 452432422

Step 20: Check your number to see if it looks right, then proceed. WhatsApp will send you an SMS from +44 7624 803 777

Step 21: If WhatsApp does not send you an SMS within 5 mins, click the call me button

Step 22: Enter the 3 digit number you hear or type the 3 digit number you got sent via SMS, then a name you want everyone to see you as and.....

You are done :) Now you can type messages and receive them on your PC. However, as I said before it is not the most ideal option as you can't have your computer on you all the time like a phone and using WhatsApp in YouWave will deauthenticate WhatsApp on your phone, reducing functionality. 

Video Tutorial

• You will have to add existing contacts manually through YouWave Android

• Group Chats show if you have used WhatsApp before

• You're conversations will not be transferred over to your android emulator 

• A native app would be best, however this is the best option (at the moment to get WhatsApp on your PC)

• Remember, you can install other apps, games and utilities through this method

• Would be a good way to emulate the Android experience for someone who is thinking of making the switch from iPhone / Nokia / Blackberry for example to Android OS

• You could download Android Developer SDK and use that as an emulator as an alternative. But it does not work out of the box. Additional downloads are needed and the files are quite large as well. But it would probably be more responsive than YouWave but can't say for certain as I have not tried or researched into it.

• Another option is that you could use BlueStacks which is another Android OS emulator.

19 March 2012

Apple Store. Why u no Employ the Best People?

Before I start, I would like to express my poorly and grammatically incorrectly worded title, perhaps you will understand the reasons behind it as you read below. About a year a go I applied for the Apple Store retail position, lets just say in a Queensland store. We got invited to a 30+ group interview which was interesting. Clapped at us excessively when we walked in, which was awkward. They showed us some apple history, dazzled us with some statistics and heard how awesome it was to work for Apple Inc (AAPL).

Did some role play with selling a product and presenting a package for a certain stereotypical customer. Lots of ass kissing from potential employees at why they love apple so much. I also had to sign a confidentiality agreement not to disclose what happened in the group interview. I am quite the tech savvy guy, I have a number of years experience with apple hardware and software for 5 years now. I didn't get the job, fair enough. I do not mind.

After a year, I find out that a girl I dated a few times got a job there at that particular store. While I am happy for her, I am bitter of Apple because:

She is from a foreign country and speaks english poorly and is a quiet speaker. It was quite frustrating trying to listen and digest what she was saying at times. Although she does have extensive experience in retail clothing stores, she's a bit ignorant and not open to new ideas or technology. For instance, I suggested that she get WhatsApp because it is better than SMS, I then got this reply:
it's very interesting, but to b honest i'm a little concerned about sharing info through the app, such as the 'cloud' apple has, alot of people like itto have their info stored there, but i'm a little old fashioned. i always end up with heaps of credit at the end of the month plus the unlimited msgs benefit so i guess i'll continue doing it this way. it's a great app though
I will leave it at that, clearly the Apple Store staff are not HR personnel but they collectively, have a huge say in who gets to work there. Basically it is a we like that person the most, as opposed to the best person for the position. All of the bright lights, shiny things, smiles and claps make people feel good inside and Apple being the money making machine it is, would continue to do so even if they have average staff. 

Last Words
If you were unsuccessful in getting an Apple Store job, don't feel to bad. There is a huge amount of people that apply and to get to an interview stage is quite an achievement. I have heard it is harder to get a job there, than being accepted into Stanford University. Besides, you are probably more qualified and better than the actual person who got the job!

Has anyone else been in a similar situation? Share it below, in the comment section.

The 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2011 - 2012

Here at DishingTech blog posts can be a bit hit and miss, mostly miss. Partially because we are not writing content that appeals to a specific audience or on the other hand, because the content is not as far reaching. Also, google rankings and Search Engine Optimisation could be, and will be improved. As far as site averages, we average around 530 page views per day which equates to around 16,000 page views a month. Largely due to my cross posting on my YouTube videos.

So here is The 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2011 - 2012

5. iWifihack Scam [1,754 Views] 
8. 06.15.00 GPS Fix [712 Views]

Making sense of it
The most popular blog post ties in with my most popular youtube video to date. Google search and Youtube were my most popular sources of traffic. So no surprises there. However, number 2 traffic was mostly generated through Google search. Number 3 I am quite surprised with. It ranks at No. 10 in Google search front page with the keyword 'whatsapp for mac'. It is clearly where most of my keyword traffic has been generating from as below shows:

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