Donny Khalaf

Archive for September, 2013|Monthly archive page

Tips to optimize iPhone/iPad battery life with iOS 7

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on September 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

With the recent launch of iOS 7 a lot of new functions could drain our battery on an iPhone/iPad. I found a nice tip on my blog who is a Geek and an owner that want to share tips. I have tested it on my family’s iOS devices and it appears to make a big differences. Hope this will find you well.

18 Tips to optimize iPhone battery life with iOS 7


Donny 🙂



Want to edit Microsoft Office documents on your iPad or Android?

In Tablet, Technology on September 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Look no farther…

Teachers who wanted to work with Microsoft Office documents on their iPad/iPad mini and Android tablet might be interested to know that the Google Ouickoffice app allow you to do it. The best part is Free and ready to download via App Store for iPad or Google Play for Android tablet.

With Quickoffice, you can edit Microsoft Office documents. It also integrates seamlessly with Google Drive storage so you can access your files from anywhere with WiFi access and/or 3G if your iPad supports it.

If you have Google Account, you’re ready to start. If not, you can create a free Google account. It is worth taking a look and the best part, it is free.

You can get the new Quickoffice app for Android and iOS on Google Play and in the App Store.


Donny 🙂

Wondering if you are planning to update your iPhone to iOS 7…

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on September 20, 2013 at 10:23 am
Image representing Apple as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

I have numerous of staff asking me about the iOS 7 update. I have upgraded my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini to iOS 7 at home. So far, it is really different and very modern than the previous iOS. It been two days and I am still learning on new stuff and trick on iOS 7. I also upgrade my son’s iPhone 4S as well. Here is my recommendation on which to upgrade below:

iPhone 4S to 5

iPad 3 to 4

iPad Mini

I have receive several blogs regarding iPhone 4 and iPad 2. They stated it is slow so I am not able to verify it. I have an iPad 2 but haven’t upgrade yet. I will attempt to upgrade to iOS 7 on my iPAD 2 when time is right. If you want to get a feedback regarding the iOS 7, here is the link: What’s right (and wrong) with iOS 7. Another interesting finding is that new iWork (Pages, Numbers, and Keynotes which cost $9.99 each) that was rumor to be included with iOS 7. It is true only if you purchase a new iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S. It did not include when you upgrade your older devices. If you feel like you are ready to upgrade to iOS 7 now, I strongly suggest you to upgrade after 7pm knowing that you will not need to use the phone. It takes about 3 to 7 hours to upgrade. However, if you wait after 2 to 4 weeks, it will be lot quicker to upgrade.


Donny 🙂

Bundled Content Deal by SymbalooEDU and other partners…

In Technology, Website on September 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Here is what I found:

Bundled Content Deal

SymbalooEDU, along with partners Edbacker, Mackin, Gynzy, Capstone Interactive, and Discovery Education, are bringing free and valuable educational resources and Web 2.0 tools for teachers and students. Use the TCEA code “StartTCEA2013” and get instant access to all of these bundled resources for your classroom, including:

  • A free trial of SymbalooEDU premium for six months
  • Three free units from Discovery Education’s STEMCamp
  • A free MackinVIA account and free ebooks (valued at up to $1,200)
  • 30-day free trial of unlimited access of 3,000 Capstone Interactive eBooks and 30-day free trial of the PebbleGo databases
  • Free and unlimited access to more than 200 interactive tools for your whiteboard until January 1

This offer is valid until September 27.

Nice Offer!

Donny 🙂

The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c: What you need to know… Part 2

In SmartPhone, Technology on September 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I found a better link to explain more in detail about the difference between two new iPhone and a comparison to iPhone 5.

Here is the link to access to the information that will help you to determine the best choice when buying a phone.


Donny 🙂

New iPhone 5S and 5C…. What’s the different?

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on September 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I have received emails and questions in person about my opinion with the new iPhone 5S and 5C. It has been released to the public today with two new iPhone models (5S and 5C) and iOS 7.

iPhone 5C is replacing the iPhone 5. The overall different between 5C and 5 is the cosmetic. You get the chance to pick the color of the iPhone 5C. Keep in mind if you have iPhone 5 and has case for it, it will not fit on iPhone 5C. It also has a new New backside illumination sensor for better FaceTime experience. Other than that, it is pretty much the same as the iPhone 5.

iPhone 5S is the newest model which has the same size as the iPhone 5 but with several upgrade and fingerprint sensor. It is approximately 20% faster speed than the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C. The fingerprint sensor allows you to use your finger to verify who you are instead of using password. It is more secure and less inconvenience when typing in the password. It has a better flash mode to produce better picture quality than iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C. Another advantage of recording video is the slow-motion capability which allow you to make slow-motion video.

Overall, in my opinion, if you use your iPhone all day long by getting on the internet and multicasting with different apps – plus willing to shell out $100, iPhone 5S is the one. Otherwise, pick iPhone 5C. If that is for me, I will pick iPhone 5C.

iOS 7 will be coming out on September 18th and will work with iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S. It will also works with iPad Mini, iPad 2, 3, and 4 as well as iTouch 5th generation. It has major retrofit operating system and look very different than what you currently use. I’m pretty exciting and can’t wait to upgrade my devices. For more information about iOS 7, click on this link to learn more about iOS 7. On September 18th, you can go to Settings then General then Software Update to upgrade free of charge. It will be massive so be expecting up to an hour or longer depending on your internet speed to download and upgrade. Make sure that your device is plugged in and fully charge.

I hope this will find you well to decide if you want to upgrade and to purchase a new iPhone based on your preference.


Donny 🙂

Online Audio Converter

In Technology, Website on September 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I want to thank the music teacher at my campus who provide me a cool tool for audio conversion. It is completely internet based and is free to use. It will allow you to convert any audio format to mp3, wav, ogg, and wma.

Here is the link: Online Audio Converter


Donny 🙂

iPAD and Guided Reading….

In Tablet, Technology on September 3, 2013 at 8:01 am

Many teachers have been using iPads to develop reading in the classroom. This post looks at how they can be integrated into guided reading, however the apps we recommend are versatile enough to be used across many teaching reading contexts.

To check more information about iPad and Guided Reading, click on the link below:

iPad and Guided Reading

It is worth looking into.


Donny 🙂