Name's Ali Razzouk (@MachOSX). This is my personal blog. Daily ramblings, programming, & generally stuff I'm working on.
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My views towards Android have slowly changed over the past couple of weeks. I’m beginning to like what Google’s doing with it. I feel excited to download Android Studio (was using Eclipse before, a total nightmare) right now & start working on an Android port of Scapes.

Without further ado, the rumors are true.

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What is “Saffron”? People have seen me using this name online & asked me what it was.

Let me take you back in time. We started working on a new, top secret project codenamed “Saffron” on August 1, 2013. At the time, no articles like this one had been written, & Facebook hadn’t yet announced that it was buying WhatsApp for $19 billion. We knew mobile messaging was going to be really big. We just had no idea it would happen this soon. Today, I’m very pleased to announce that Scapehouse is starting a private beta preview of “Scapes”, a new breed of messenger. HOLD IT! Don’t give me that “oh-man-another-messenger” face just yet. Scapes challenges some of the core fundamentals of messaging since the very concept of instant messaging went mainstream about 15 years ago. I’m not talking about more stickers, bigger group chats, games, or holographic video calling. We are redefining what a messenger can do.* This will also be the first ever messenger to come out of the UAE & the Middle East in general.

If you:

  1. Live in the UAE & can travel to Dubai…
  2. Have an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch running iOS 6 or 7…
  3. Are interested in being among the first to try out this amazing new technology (bugs & crashes included)…

then apply as a tester by joining this Facebook group. You must also be using a UAE mobile number. We can only pick a limited number of people at the moment, so bear with us. :)

If you’re a journalist interested in talking to us about this, contact Diana via Twitter or email (ladyianova at icloud dot com).

One more thing…

If you do get an invitation, I strongly advise that you bring along at least one person you text frequently (& owns an iOS device). It would be pointless if you had no one to talk to! Helpful test subjects will be rewarded when Scapes ships.

* Patent pending.

Special announcement soon!

Be ready. This will be one of the coolest things you’ll see in 2014.

Overslept & woke up 2 minutes before my programming final was to begin. Finished with 30 minutes to spare. Today was a good day.

I have to study for a final on Saturday, but I just can’t pull myself away from my code. :(

http://cyph0n.tumblr.com/post/72786216100/machosx-cyph0n-machosx-i-published →

machosx:

cyph0n:

machosx:

I published MetroMate for Android on January 1. For some reason, I didn’t tell people till today. So go get it on Google Play!

Congratulations man! I tweeted it out a few days back but I guess another one wouldn’t hurt. Too bad I don’t have many…

Finally got the hang of this.

cyph0n:

machosx:

I published MetroMate for Android on January 1. For some reason, I didn’t tell people till today. So go get it on Google Play!

Congratulations man! I tweeted it out a few days back but I guess another one wouldn’t hurt. Too bad I don’t have many followers.

How the hell do you reply on Tumblr? I can’t figure it out. :D
Thanks, mate! Really appreciate the love. :)

I published MetroMate for Android on January 1. For some reason, I didn’t tell people till today. So go get it on Google Play!

Spent the #evening BBQing around a fire in the #desert. @akay64 @f_9997

Spent the #evening BBQing around a fire in the #desert. @akay64 @f_9997

Ahhh! Feels good to be done with everything. Now, I can focus all my energy & attention back on Saffron. Words cannot describe how excited I am about this product! :D