iPhone 5c: C Stands for?

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Long before its release, rumors about a supposedly affordable iPhone which will compete with dominating inexpensive Android phones had been circulating all over the tech world. True enough, the speculation turn into reality after the release of the iPhone 5c. But what does “c” stand for?

C is for Candy

The latest iPhone 5c commercial advertised worldwide highlights this product’s available candy colours, making it appear as if “c” in 5c stands for colourful. Since this model offers exciting hues including white, pink, yellow, green, and blue, it’s indeed vibrant looking even when naked or paired with matching similarly lively cases. Even the screen and wallpaper are candy coloured.

C is for Cheap

Starting at USD $99 at postpaid contract price (the 16 GB version); this is definitely the cheapest iPhone to date. But amidst a thrilling price, cheap may remarkably refer to its design as well. The colourful casing is made of plastic, making it leagues behind the durable and notable titanium alloy iPhone case. Despite being supported by a steel frame, the polycarbonate case still makes it susceptible to cracking and breaking like any other common plastic product.

C equals Cons

Despite numerous pros, “c” is still equivalent to cons.

But before that, here are positive features you can expect from the 5c:

  • iOS7. See previous post ____ for more on this OS.
  • Several iPhone 5 features including an A6 chip, retina display with 326 ppi, iSight camera with 8MP, and 720p quality FaceTime video camera
  • Longer battery hours; it promises 10 hours of talk time

Now for the cons:

  • Plastic case; need we say more?
  • The new fingerprint sensor scanning breakthrough technology present in the iPhone 5s which was announced alongside the 5c is missing
  • Quite heavy and thick at 4.65 ounces in weight and 0.35 inches in size
  • Limited storage; no option to upgrade up to 64GB and can only accommodate 16GB and 32GB
  • No dark colours so if you’re not fond of bright hues, you won’t be thrilled with this piece

C for Collapse  

Collapse, a rough synonym of flop may well define this iPhone’s fate. Most analysts predict that it won’t be long before this model tumbles down the drain of oblivion even though Apple rarely shows its sales record for the public eye. Various sources back up this claim including news authorities like the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, citing Pegatron’s insider scoops. The latter is Apple’s supplier for the iPhone 5c’s plastic case.

C – Conclusion

The iPhone 5c is colourful, cheap, comes with pros as well as cons, and may soon collapse. But as always, the final verdict will depend on you, the consumers.

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iPhone 5s Stand Out Features

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There’s always a new iPhone every year so everyone who owns a discontinued model or is considering switching from a different OS would wonder what makes the latest iPhone model different from previous ones. In this case, we are talking about the iPhone 5s. What makes it unique? What makes it stand out? Here are some of the reasons why:

Super Fast

If the A6 chip is fast, the A7 present in the iPhone 5s is twice faster in terms of CPU performance. It’s also the very first smart phone in the world to boast of a 64-bit processor, making its speed comparable to desktop computers. Coupled with the iOS7, which was specifically designed to be compatible only with 64-bit, you get the fastest phone to date.

Similarly Fast LTE

If LTE is currently the fastest Internet network on mobile, wait till you hear that the iPhone 5s has 13 bands to boot. That’s the most any smart phone can ever have.


Since the iOS7 was introduced earlier, let’s get acquainted with it even more. This operating system features all new technologies including the Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor, AirDrop (for file sharing), Control Center, and multitasking. This can be considered the most advanced OS as of the moment.


Going back to the A7, it works with the OpenGL ES version 3.0, enabling the phone to display detailed graphics and vivid visual effects equivalent to computers and gaming consoles.


Not only is the new and improved iSight camera faster in all features including auto focus, photo capture, and video frame rates due to the A7’s power, it also comes with the following new features and improvements:

  • larger sensor, larger pixels, and larger aperture
  • 10 photos per second captured under the burst mode
  • true tone flash – over 1000 tones are used to provide perfect lighting
  • auto image stabilization – stabilizes shaky movements on videos
  • slow motion video – you can shoot up to 720p at 120 frames per second and create a slo-mo vid for fun
  • captured images can be cropped into square, making them social media sharing ready (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • panorama mode – it’s nothing new really, but is still available only with Apple


iSight isn’t the only tool improved. The FaceTime HD camera now has larger pixels and improved backside illumination sensor.


The M7 coprocessor works hand in hand with the A7. It minimizes usage of the processor in order to save battery. When your phone turns idle, network pinging is also reduced for greater efficiency.


The most daring colors ever produced. It includes the highly publicized gold as well as silver and the most popular among the three, the space gray.


The iPhone 5s offers even more such as free apps, over 900,000 selections on the app store, iCloud services, AppleCare+ (extended warranty), and so on. The features discussed above, however, are enough to make the iPhone 5s stand out in the mobile world.

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How iOS7 Benefits Business

Despite several complaints about the iOS7, this latest Apple operating system offers numerous features to beat.

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iOS7 Features

Just to give a run down, here are the most outstanding details:

  • Control Center – makes apps and controls very accessible in seconds; enabling you to multitask
  • AirDrop – the most convenient way to share files via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • New Notification Center – you’ll love “today” and how it shows you everything you need to know – today – including the weather, important events, schedule, and more; “all and missed” on the other hand reminds you of all else you weren’t able to attend to such as missed calls, shared files, and many more
  • Smart Updates – automatic updates are performed efficiently so your phone battery isn’t drained when completing the process
  • Zooming – imagine dizzying zoom; you can do that with all of the phone’s content
  • iTunes Radio (US) – the tuner automatically serves music based on your preferences and listening history
  • Find My iPhone – this will make anyone think twice before stealing an iPhone
  • iCloud Keychain (coming soon) – saves login info securely
  • iOS in the Car (coming soon) – integrates the phone within your car’s dashboard for safer driving while using your gadget
  • iCloud photo sharing – uses cloud technology to share photos; accessible anywhere using any gadget with web connection
  • Siri – searches Wikipedia and Twitter now
  • App Store – a kid’s only section is now present plus the Apps Near Me suggests apps relevant to your location
  • New and improved camera
  • Hidden Features – try to find one; I’m sure you can!

iOS7 for Business

But is the iOS7 built for the consuming public only? Definitely not! The iOS7 is for business too! Here are some of the reasons why:


Devices utilized for business including iPhones, iPads, or Mac computers are exposed to security dangers especially when pertinent business information are stored on such tools. But with the iOS7 and its varied security features, your business files are protected.

A finger activated lock combined with a pass code prevents unauthorized usage in case you misplace your device. If your gadget gets lost or stolen, labeling it as “lost” through your account online will render the device useless. The Find my iPhone feature listed above works for iPhones but for all other iOS7 compatible devices, once it’s reported as lost, the screen is locked to a message saying it’s been lost with your contact number displayed.

Access to a business’ VPN or virtual private network can also be limited to apps distributed by the company alone and restricts an employee’s personal apps from gaining access to the VPN through an iOS VPN feature, thereby, preventing sensitive enterprise information from leaving the company premises after users leave the work floor. This option is available through the Per App VPN feature native to the iOS7.

Even third-party apps and its contents are automatically protected once programmed with the network.

A business app’s license can also be recycled and reassigned to another employee in case of resignation or termination. This also prevents any former employee from gaining access to company files when they’re no longer part of it.


Connection to all company related apps is also made possible through one single pass code through the Enterprise Single Sign-on feature, making it easier to login without the need to enter multiple passwords.

Earlier, the AirDrop was mentioned. This makes it easier to share work related files. And when used in conjunction with Apple’s cloud services, mobile employees can send reports and participate with meetings even while on the go.

iWork apps are now free for download, competing with Microsoft’s own business apps that are already available for free.


The iOS7 wasn’t exclusively designed for consumers. The features listed above prove that this OS benefits business too.

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Turn Your iPhone Into a Universal Remote Control

In recent times the idea of using an iPhone or iPod touch as a universal remote is more prominent. There are many apps available in the app store, which can be downloaded to the iPhone’s to make them work like a universal remote control. One can control audio, lights, video, shades, DirecTV, Dish Network Digital Video Recorder’s, HDTV, X-BOX 360, Apple TV and many other things directly from their iPhone or iPad devices. Here are some of the remote control apps, which the users may take advantage of!

NFC iPhone:

Apple’s patent provided a method for controlling a number of devices with the help of NFC enabled iPhone. When the NFC enabled iPhone is connected to an NFC capable device, the iPhone will be given the parameters of the controllable things on another device.

Creston Mobile Pro:

Creston integrated with Apple to create a perfect home and office automation system. The users can connect their iPhone and iPod devices to the home network to manage their iTunes library and enjoy their favorite music throughout the home. Creston Mobile Pro app transforms the iPhone into a virtual touch panel, so that the user can control his/her home and office systems from anywhere using Wi-Fi or 3G.

I-Master Control Pro:

This app can be downloaded directly from iTunes app store which can be used to control the home theatre system. An automation controller is required to control the devices, which are expensive and are sold separately. The control systems or controllers receive Wi-Fi signals from the app and sends Infra-Red signals to the devices. The functionality is similar to the Creston home automation system with added customized programming.

RedEye Remote Control app:

This is a free app which is available with the purchase of a RedEye remote control system that works with Android devices to control home theatre system and other related devices. The database provides a number of remote control codes for various devices. Once the app is installed on the iPhone device, the mobile devices send control signals through Wi-Fi to the RedEye station, which in turn sends standard Infra Red signals to the devices which are to be controlled.

Control FX:

This app allows the iPhone to become a great home controller. The technology supports a wide range of AV, lightning and automation products via IP system library, IR and RS-232, which provide full control of the home. Control FX is available through a dealer network of experienced installers. The users can control their television, sky-HD, play station and other media servers with the help of Control FX technology.

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Technology in Education: Student Engagement Through iPods

iPods In SchoolsI love talking with people of a certain age who have never taught in a classroom. The conversation generally starts with a line something like this: “You teach high school? I don’t know how you do it!” Once that fact has been established, my conversation mate generally meanders through all of the ills that have befallen our public schools in the past decade, me murmuring my own opinions about my profession from time to time (which are generally countered with a “Well, back in my day… ” dismissal). We come to an end of our chat with my new acquaintance sighing and then summing up the vast problems of adolescents today by saying something along the lines of “Kids just aren’t the same these days.”

While I smile politely through most of the conversation, secretly (or not so secretly) disagreeing with many statements, I do tend to agree with that final statement: kids just AREN’T the same these days. It is almost dizzying to think of how much our world has changed in just the past decade (use the size of a cell phone as a measuring stick if necessary). How could we expect our youths to stay the same? Theirs is a world of texting, tweeting, Googling, and Facebooking, and none of these things were common knowledge (much less common verbs!) when I was in high school, even though that was only a short ten years ago. Instead of bemoaning that the students of today aren’t responding to the standard method of delivering instruction, we should meet them on their own playing field, integrating technology into our everyday practice. With this thought in mind, I structured my classroom around the use of iPods, and I quickly learned that dedicated educators have the opportunity of harnessing so much educational potential through one tiny device.

I became the shepardess of thirty iPod Touches as a sort of fluke; I was a young English teacher, and my school district had just received a grant to place these devices in English, Math, and Science classes that were preparing for our state’s standardized tests. The cart resembled R2-D2 from Star Wars, and it had a slot for each numbered iPod that came complete with a cord that connected it to the cart itself; this allowed for mass charging and syncing of the iPods. Inside the cart, I found that I was also furnished with a Macbook, a digital presenter, and a wireless hotspot.

Instead of the excitement I’m sure I was meant to feel (oh the entitlement of being one of the first teachers in the district to be part of this new wave in education!), I was completely freaked out. Nothing in my limited teaching experience thus far, not to mention my education courses in college, had prepared me for managing or using iPods with my students. What in the heck was I supposed to do with these things? Weren’t they just for listening to music and playing the occasional game? What was I supposed to do if a student walked out with one? For that matter, what was stopping them from coming in after hours and wheeling out the entire cart? I was besieged by thoughts of mass educational failure, followed by the inevitable termination of my teaching position, and I counted myself as very unlucky indeed to be chosen for such an “honor.”

I eventually overcame my terror and created a system where each student was assigned an iPod by his or her seat in the classroom. Students and parents signed a waiver at the beginning of the school year that had them acknowledge that they would be responsible for half of the iPod’s cost if theirs was to go missing or become damaged beyond normal wear and tear. Each desk was furnished with an iPod “parking space,” which was simply a laminated piece of paper that had the outline of an iPod that included the iPod number assigned to that desk and the rules for using the iPods; when the iPods were not in use, students were to turn them face-down in their parking space. Students were to pick up their assigned iPods from the cart when first entering the classroom and return them during clean-up time, about three minutes prior to the bell ringing. Because I was teaching five separate sections of tenth and eleventh graders throughout the day, this system made management of the devices easy and also prevented students from simply playing with their iPods when instruction was occurring.

My first foray into using the iPods was very simplistic, but it eventually grew into an effective research project. By simply using the Safari application, I had students look up various facts about our next author and answer questions on a worksheet. This first project turned out to be a little too basic (and a little too much like looking up facts in a textbook), so we added another element to our next project. When we were beginning our unit on Zora Neale Hurston, I created a modified webquest by simply looking up informative websites and saving the links to my PortaPortal website. I then created a shortcut on the iPods to my PortaPortal site. Students were placed into groups and assigned the job of creating “Farcebook” profile pages that had to include posts, biographical information, and friends that would have been included if Zora Neale Hurston had had a social networking site like Facebook. Different variations of this project became a regular event in my classroom because my students felt like they weren’t doing “real research” because of the format of the final product, and they were much more amenable to finding the information using the iPods than they had been when doing a similar project using printed materials.

After that initial success, I began to investigate more specialized apps. I soon found that some simple (and free!) games from the App Store could be used as quick and efficient bell ringers (or warm-ups). Right before our standardized tests, my remediation students began using Miss Spell’s Class for the first five minutes of class every other day to review commonly misspelled words. Students would record their scores on index cards that I would collect for participation credit at the end of class. We would also often start class with Chicktionary, a game that requires letters to be rearranged to spell different words; I would ask students to write down one word from their game that they weren’t familiar with and then use their dictionary app to find the definition. Depending on the amount of time we had in class, I could extend this activity so that students had to use that word in a sentence or quiz a partner on the meaning of the word. We also made use of the Grammar Up app as a way of reviewing concepts prior to an assessment.

For my more advanced students, I started a class blog that allowed us to create “silent discussions” where students could use their iPods to respond to discussion questions. I would post a question on the site before class began, and students would respond in class by commenting on the post and then responding to posts from their classmates. I molded this activity in several different ways, including having students use certain sentence structures in their comments (i.e. you must use a compound sentence in your post) and also having them post their own questions for the class to “silently” discuss. This activity became a favorite of my students because it allowed the quiet students (who wouldn’t speak at all in regular discussions but often had wonderful ideas) to express themselves, and it was also fun to see just how long a class of twenty-five tenth graders could sit in a room together and be verbally silent while they were interacting with each other on their devices.

I also utilized the iPods as an easy way to differentiate instruction. My eleventh grade remediation class had students with who received special education assistance as well as students who were just shy of cutting it in the regular level course. Because of this wide array of ability levels, it was often difficult to deal with behavior management, as students would either be bored because instruction was too slow for them or begin acting out as a mask for not grasping the concepts as quickly as the others. By putting an audio copy of the books that we were reading in class on each iPod and creating reading guides that highlighted concepts that we had discussed as a class, students could work at their own pace while I circulated throughout the room and provided assistance to individuals. The reading guides eventually turned into an Easter egg hunt of sorts, with questions such as “After reading Chapter 2, look back at page 5 and copy the example of personification used there.”

In addition to the techniques I described in detail above, I implemented the iPods in a myriad other ways. Google Docs helped me to create simple multiple choice (and even short answer) assessments that could be completed on the iPods; these gave me an instant picture of how students were doing with concepts that we were discussing in class. iBooks’ PDF feature allowed me to upload copies of my PowerPoint presentations so students who were absent could come in and copy notes quickly. The pre-loaded camera app allowed my students to take pictures and videos of group projects. The QR Code reader allowed me to create scavenger hunts where students would scan the codes, be sent to sites or videos, and answer questions for a project. The best part was, I was only on the tip of the iceberg; I can’t even begin to imagine what these devices could do in other disciplines and grade levels.

Now, with all this said, I am not saying that the iPod Touch is the final word in student engagement; in fact, by the time that this article is read, this piece of technology may be completely outdated. iPads, Android devices, and other devices have just as much potential; I have just spoken from my work with the technology that was made available to me. The point that should be drawn from my experience is that as educators, we must also be innovators; we can’t stick to the same classroom strategies and expect that engagement will come naturally. The classroom must morph and change with the rest of the world.

If a reader is looking for a place to start with technology in the classroom, I hope that this article has provided some useful tips as well as a little inspiration. However, I am also hopeful that this article becomes outdated quickly as teachers continue to develop fresh approaches. Using the media that students are already comfortable with to engage those young minds in the important work of the classroom just makes sense.

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