Kids with iPad

Limit your children on specific App on iPad


If you have children and iPad, you know how inseparable are these two. iPad can be very educational in term of developing your children’s reading, listening,reasoning and creative ability via its responsive application developed for children. On other hand, iPad can also be very addictive where a child can spend a full whole day playing games such as Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and Cut the Rope or watching all types of videos on YouTube or other video application.

Kids with iPad


Would it be wonderful if you could force you children to focus on specific apps that you want them to spend on with such as children story books or certain educational apps. Well, with the recently launched iOS 6, it is now possible. Follow the steps below. This could also be useful for parents with younger children who want to prevent them from leaving a particular app or game.

Step 1

If you have iPad 2 or 3rd Generation iPad, please update your device to iOS 6. Go to Settings > General > Software Update:

Update your iPad

If you only have iPad 1, you’re out of luck. iOS 6 is not available for iPad 1.

If you already on iOS 6, skip this step and proceed to Step 2.

Step 2

Go to Settings> General > Accessibility


Step 3

Now, select Learning > Guided Access

Turn On the Guided Access

Now, turn on the  Guided Access. You will notice the instruction on the triple-click home button. Please take note on this since you’ll use this later.

Guided Access

Step 3

You can set passcode for this guided access. If you do not wish to set up any passcode, you can skip this step. Without passcode, the guided access will be terminated immediately after the triple-click home button.

Set your Passcode

The preliminary setup is done.

Step 4

Now is the implementation part:
  • Select a specific App that you want your children to play with.
  • Launch the App
  • Triple-Click while you’re on the apps.
  • You will see similar like the screenshot below:
You’re now in Guided Access Mode
  • You can circle the area that you do not want you kids  to have access to
  • You can set the hardware buttons to “Always OFF”. This means that your children would not be able to change the volume or go back to the home screen just by touching home button once or twice as normally done.
  • To turn OFF this Guide Access, simple triple-click the home button and enter your Passcode

Happy Trying!

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How to create your own ringtones for your iPhone?


If you ever use any handphone or cellphone besides iPhone, either it is a Nokia Symbian Phone, Android Phone, Windows Mobile phone or others, then you definitely know how easy it is to assign an MP3 file as a ringtone. Once you migrated to using an iPhone, you will realized that there is now way for you to set your ringtones from your Mp3 collection. Apple disabled this feature and you will need to use the default collection ringtones pre-installed on your iPhone or you need to purchase the ringtones from iTunes Store.

In my case, my wife love her current ringtone – Ending Theme Song from the popular animation, Spirited Away (2001). She had been using this ringtones for years and unwilling to separate from this ringtones. So when she got an iPhone, she was quite disappointed to learn that she is unable to assign the MP3 file to be as her ringtones. The similar ringtones is not available in iTunes Store to be purchased, so I had to find another way for her.

Fortunately, I was able to find a way and manage to finally created the ringtone from this MP3 file. You can also do it yourself using the steps below:

p/s: Using the steps below, the length of the ringtone is maximum for 30 seconds only.

Step by Step Procedures to Create Free Ringtone on iTunes 10

1. Launch iTunes and pick a song you want to convert to ringtone

2. Right-click on the song and click “Get Info” to view the song properties

3. Select “Options” tab. Check and fill in the “Start time” and “Stop time” to extract the portion of song you want to create as ringtone. Ensure the length is not longer than 30 seconds. Otherwise, iTunes will not recognize it as a ringtone. When you are ready, click “OK” to confirm.

4. Again, right-click on the song and select “Create ACC Version”.









5. iTunes then automatically extracts the portion of song you have instructed in the previous step. The new song file is just 30-sec in length. That’s the song you work on from step 6 and onwards.



6. Next, right-click on the song and select “Show in Finder”. This will launch Finder and locate the song file you just created.

Note: For Windows user, you should choose “Show in Windows Explorer” instead.








7. Rename the file extension from “.m4a” to “.m4r”.

8. Next, go back to iTunes. Right-click on the song you have created and select “Delete”.

9. Click “Remove” to confirm the removal and then click “Keep File” when you’re prompted. This instructs iTunes to remove the song (the 30 sec version) from iTunes library and keep the actual file.

10. Go back to Finder and double-click on the ringtone file (.m4r) you have just renamed. The ringtone will automatically add it to iTunes’ ringtone library. You can now sync it to iPhone using iTunes. Enjoy your new ringtone!


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Increase Spiritual Consciousness using ‘Lift Me Up’ Apps



I know that all of us really ‘love’ our smartphone but do you realized that that engaging too much with your gadgets may draw away ourselves from remembrance of Allah, our creator. Well then, now there is an Apps for us to be more in Zikr (remembrance) to Allah with our iPhone. The developer, & has developed an amazing Apps just for this purpose.





From the writeup on their website and Facebook page, these are some features available for this Apps:

Your quick reference to uplift your soul when times get tough – and they look gorgeous too 😉


  • Selected verses from Quran and ahadeeth to soothe your hearts
  • Gorgeous artworks to soothe you even more
  • Categorized collections to cater to your different emotional needs
  • Select your own favorite collections from the compilation
  • Share the quotes via email and Twitter if you love them so much 


What is the better way to dry those teary eyes and get yourself going again than by consoling your heart with the two sources of peace — the Words of Allah as-Salaam and the words of His noble Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)? What’s more, wouldn’t it be more soothing if those great words are illustrated in uniquely gorgeous and solacing drawings?

Through The Lift Me Up Project, we aim to promote Muslims to always search peace in the treasures of the Words of our Creator and the teachings of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him), which are far more superior than any other sources on earth.

Thus in Lift Me Up iPhone app, we chose Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings (peace and blessings be upon him) which many people informed us have greatly helped them in finding solace and regaining their spiritual strength. With that in the list, our artist had produced hand-drawn doodles specifically for each quote, to aid you in immersing your soul into the pearls of wisdoms.

We pray that our humble effort will help to uplift your spirit and put the smile back on your face :)

 You can get the Apps here: 



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Tablets who visited my website



I was doing some analysis through Google Analytics on the visits I received through my website when I decide to check who are visiting website or specifically that type of device visited my website. Interestingly, iPad is the highest among all on device followed by iPhones and several Samsung Phones and Tabs.

Check it out here:

Are you one of them?



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Google Chrome for Android 4.0 Devices


If you’re favorite browser on you computer is Google Chrome, you might want to check it Google Chrome (beta) for your Android Phones or Tablet. It was introduced on 7th February early this year.

However, this Google Chrome will be only available and running on Android latest OS, Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). If you have the recently announced HTC One Series and Galaxy Nexus, both these phones are already running Android 4.0 and you can install these great browser on you phone. You can also update the previous models such as Samsung Galaxy SII & HTC Sensation XL, the new Sony Xperia S and a few more others to Android 4.0 to try out Google Chrome.

So view the great features on this Google Chrome on Android, check out the video below:

These are the features highlighted by Google on this product:

Speed With Chrome for Android, you can search, navigate and browse fast—Chrome fast. You can scroll through web pages as quickly as you can flick your finger. When searching, your top search results are loaded in the background as you type so pages appear instantly. And of course, both search and navigation can all be done quickly from the Chrome omnibox.

Simplicity Chrome for Android is designed from the ground up for mobile devices. We reimagined tabs so they fit just as naturally on a small-screen phone as they do on a larger screen tablet. You can flip or swipe between an unlimited number of tabs using intuitive gestures, as if you’re holding a deck of cards in the palm of your hands, each one a new window to the web.One of the biggest pains of mobile browsing is selecting the correct link out of several on a small-screen device. Link Preview does away with hunting and pecking for links on a web page by automatically zooming in on links to make selecting the precise one easier. And as with Chrome on desktop, we built Chrome for Android with privacy in mind from the beginning, including incognito mode for private browsing and fine-grained privacy options (tap menu icon, ‘Settings,’ and then ‘Privacy’).

Sign in You can now bring your personalized Chrome experience with you to your Android phone or tablet. If you sign in to Chrome on your Android device, you can:

  • View open tabs: Access the tabs you left open on your computer (also signed into Chrome)—picking up exactly where you left off.
  • Get smarter suggestions: If you visit a site often on your computer, you’ll also get an autocomplete suggestion for it on your mobile device, so you can spend less time typing.
  • Sync bookmarks: Conveniently access your favorite sites no matter where you are or which device you’re using.


Download Now

Unfortunately, Google Chrome is yet available in Malaysia Google Play (Android Market). It is currently available only on a few countries.

But, fortunately I was able to search the .apk file in one of the Android Forum.

You can download the .apk file here.

Enjoy! Let me know whether you manage to install it on your Android device.


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Your household wifi devices

Save data plans using MiFi (My Wi-Fi)



Nowadays, besides having a smartphones, most people will have more than two internet devices such as iPad, iPod Touch, laptops, Android Tablets which use internet very much. Normally at home you’ll be using your internet wifi, while if you’re away you smartphones and iPad will need 3G/HSDPA internet data connection in order to get your internet connection. But in other cases, some of you do not have an internet wifi at your home since some of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) such as TM Streamyx, Unifi, Wimax or others are simply not available at your areas. You’re just left with 3G services such as Celcom, Digi, Maxis, YES, P1 or U Mobile.


MiFi Device


If you have a dedicated internet data plan for each of these devices; ie. your smartphone, your Tablet and your laptop , you’ll be paying quite a hefty bills at the end of the months. So is there any way for you to save while having all these devices connected to the internet. Yes, you may use your smartphone as a wifi portable hotspot (iPhone and Android Phone have this capabilities), but this method will eat up your battery really fast if you’re not connected to the power source. So what other options do you have?

Mifi (Wifi Portable Router)

MiFi is a line of compact wireless routers produced by Novatel Wireless that act as mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. MiFi stands for ‘My Wi-Fi’. The MiFi can be connected to a mobile phone (cellular) carrier and provide internet access for up to 5 devices. The MiFi works at a distance up to 10 m (30 ft) and will provide internet or network access to any WiFi enabled peripheral device.

The first MiFi device was introduced in the U.S. in May 2009 by Novatel Wireless,[1] and Novatel owns a registered trademark on the “MiFi” brand name in the U.S.[2] The Novatel MiFi is also marketed as such in the Netherlands, Egypt, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico.[3][4][5][6] However, in the United Kingdom, mobile operator 3 owns the “MiFi” trademark and markets a similar device from Huawei under the name.[3][7]

(Source: Wikipedia)

In short, if you look at the illustration below, if you have a MiFi device, you could save a lot of bills for your several wifi enabled devices just by connecting it to you Mifi router instead of having dedicated sim card  broadband for each device.



Your household wifi devices

Options in Malaysia

So do you have this device in Malaysia. Of couse! In fact all of the major Telcos offered this device together with their broadband packages. Let check out the respective telcos below:

1. Celcom

To be entitled to this promotion, customers must subscribe to a Celcom Broadband Basic or Celcom Broadband Advance plans. An early termination fee of RM150 will be charged to customers should they terminate their service within 12 months of the service activation.

The method of the payment for Celcom Broadband MiFi Router (RM250) will only be using:

-Credit card payment ( any locally issued credit cards)

Customers will get the devices immediately, upon successful payment. The devices comes with 1 year local limited warranty. Details here.

2. Maxis

Now Maxis is giving away a Free Huawei MiFi if you subscribe for its 6GB Broadband package of 12 months. The 6GB Broadband plan goes for RM98/month but existing Maxis subscribers can get it cheaper at RM88/month. That’s a pretty decent deal to have your very own mobile WiFi hotspot as long as you are within the 3G coverage areas.

There’s a RM100 activation fee and if you terminate before the 12 months are up, there’s a RM200 penalty charge. If you need more data, you can top up more quota from RM8 for 500MB/day up to RM28 for 1GB that’s valid for 30 days. Details is here.

3. Digi and P1

They used to have special MiFi plan, but it is nol longer mentioned on their website. You can buy you own MiFi router and use any of their Broadband packages.

4. P1

Details here:

5.  YES 4G Mobile Hotspot

Details here:



5.  U Mobile Hotspot

Details here:

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IQRA’ – (cara cepat belajar membaca Al-Quran) on iPad & Android Tablet

(Warning: This is article does not intend to promote piracy. Please consider to buy the original hardcopy Iqra’ book or the VCD version for your kids. This article is intended to make easy for you usually during travel or during absence of the book for whatever reason)


Some of us might already have this hardcopy of Iqra’, ‘cara cepat belajar membaca al-quran) book for us to use as parent or teacher to teach and guide our children or students in reading the holy Al-Quran.

This Iqra’ method of teaching Al-Quran was introduced as an effort to improve the old method (al-Baghdadi) in order to achieve the goal for the kids (or adult) to be able to read Al-Quran within shorter period of time effectively. This innovative method of teaching was rooted from Indonesia and first introduced in 1998 in one of the Islamic Kindergarden in Gedo, Jogjakarta. The founder of this Iqra’ method is the late, al-Marhum Ustaz Haji As’ad Humam who had wide experience in teaching Al-Quran since 1950’s and introduced this method after a number of years in research. (Source)

Nowadays, you can find this Iqra’ book to be used widely especially in Islamic Kindergartens within the South-East Asian  region.

Now, back to my purpose of writing this article. I have been looking for good iOS or Android Apps that promote the reading Al-Quran for kids. There are a lot of related apps in the iOS Apps Store or Google Play (previously know as Android Market), but nothing is very comprehensive as the book that I mentioned above. I wish there is an app that is specifically or directly from the book above. But since there is nothing close, I decided to google around to check whether there is a digital version of it.

After searching around the web, I manage to find a very good digital version of the book. Apparently this digital version was developed by JPN Perak (Perak Education Department), which I suspect that they had earlier develop this in order to assist the teaching in the class using projectors. Let’s make du’ah for them for such a noble effort to raise the level of reading Al-Quran among the students in Malaysia.

This digital version is in Microsoft Powerpoint format. I have some difficulty to open in on iPad directly since the file itself is encrypted and password protected. Therefore, the only way to use it on iPad or Android Tablets is to convert it into a pdf format. Then you’ll be able to use it using iBook on iPad or similar program on Android Tablets.

Alhamdulillah, I manage to convert it successfully. I have uploaded both the powerpoint and pdf version into Dropbox. You can download both versions below. For the use in iPad, I would suggest that you to download first using a computer and then transfer to to iPad via iTunes. You can then open the the file on iPad using iBooks.

Microsoft Powerpoint Version (12.2 Mb)


PDF Version (26.4 Mb)



Sample of Iqra’ (pdf version) on iPad

Iqra’ on iPad

 (Warning: This is article does not intend to promote piracy. Please consider to buy the original hardcopy Iqra’ book or the VCD version for your kids. This article is intended to make easy for you usually during travel or during absence of the book for whatever reason)

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