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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 19, 2007 / 29 Teves, 5767

Apple's iPhone challenge

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As announced last week, the iPhone from the company formerly known as Apple Computer - it's just Apple, Inc., now - is, I believe, a challenge both for the company and for the people who will use it, a group I hope to join, however briefly.


Based on both media reports as well as the demos shown on Apple's Web site (www.apple.com/iphone), this could be a revolutionary device - if all works as planned. I do not doubt Apple's claims, but after working with several brands of mobile phones for a while, things aren't always as they seem. There may be a bug or two, even though Apple is usually scrupulous about avoiding these on new devices.


At the top of the list of challenges for the iPhone could be the "predictive typing" found on the iPhone. Such software isn't new; it's found on handhelds using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile, on some Palm Inc programs, and in desktop software for PCs and Macs. Predictive typing means the computer can guess what you're about to type as you enter the letter: "th" is most likely to mean "the" or "this" depending on the context; a truly "smart" predictive program will figure this out and suggest the word for you.


In order to make e-mail, messaging, and other text applications work best on an iPhone, Apple will have to make sure the predictive typing works as advertised. This is something Apple can do, but it's an important hurdle. The firm claims that not only will the predictive software be stunning in terms of accuracy, but also that the device will understand when an erroneous touch on the screen has been made.


For the user, predictive typing can take a little getting used to, and it will be interesting to see how patient users will be. There's a lot this device is advertised as being able to do: full Internet browsing, e-mail, short message service (SMS) messaging, photos at 2 meagpixels, mapping and GPS, and more.


Perhaps the greatest plus of this devices is that it is powered by a mobile version of Mac OS X, the Unix-based graphical operating system which I believe is one of the best for consumer use. The operating system is rock-solid, and is only getting better as Apple prepares a new version for release sometime this year. The phone itself is a multiband GSM-band phone which should operate in just about any country on earth where there's cellular service.


Despite these good steps, there may be drawbacks for some. Critics have noted that Apple isn't allowing outside contributors to create software to run on the iPhone. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been quoted as saying he wants to make sure the phone works, as would the cellular network of iPhone retailer Cingular Wireless, reportedly soon to become AT&T Wireless. While nothing I've ever put on a Cingular-based Palm Treo has done any harm to the network, so far as I know, I guess anything could happen. But not being able to slap on a favorite program may be a bit of a disappointment, especially since the add-on software market for Palm and Windows Mobile devices is a rather robust one.


Then again, the iPod-like functionality of the iPhone can't be easily duplicated on a Palm or Windows Mobile device, however good each might be for toting songs and videos around. If the iPhone's music and video experiences are as good as the iPod's, this could push the mobile phone category into all sorts of new dimensions.


One thing worth noting: Apple will likely have the iPhone in stores on time or slightly ahead of its June 2007 launch. By contrast, I'm still waiting for a U.S. launch of Microsoft's "Origami" handheld computer, which garnered a few headlines in February 2006, but which has neither a phone nor any noticeable market share in this country.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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