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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 Feb. 4, 2011 / 30 Shevat, 5771

Media keep converging, along with technology

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The rapid-fire events of the past two weeks, first in Tunisia, then in Egypt, next in - where? - give some indication of the need to stay in touch via technology.

As I write, Google has announced a way for people in Egypt to send Twitter messages without a direct connection to the microblogging site, using voice mail and transcription. The turning "on" and "off" of mobile phone service in Egypt is another sign of the importance of technological communications in getting the straight story from the streets to a global audience.

This kind of convergence, of news flowing through new technology to a distant audience, is perhaps as old as Samuel F.B. Morse, whose invention of the telegraph changed the reporting of the Civil War some 150 years ago. Since then, it seems, whenever a new technology arrives, it's used to help convey current events to a waiting world.

Just as important is the consuming end of things: if someone is producing content and you can't access it, that content isn't of much use. Both the BBC's World Service and Al Jazeera English relied heavily on the Internet to reach American audiences, even if the former airs on many cable networks and some local over-the-air stations. Al Jazeera's English service is carried on a digital over-the-air channel in Northern Virginia, but the Internet appears to have been its largest distribution method so far.

It's also a safe bet that Twitter-following software brought news to lots of people, as well as constant refreshing of Web pages for major news outlets. The difference this time is that there are so many mobile devices on which to receive the news: iPads and a few other tablet computers, and smartphones of various types. Want the latest from Cairo? Well, there really is an app for that - several, in fact.

My own quest to keep on top of things led me to keep trying with the two computers, and built-in (or attached) video tuners. The over-the-air Al Jazeera English programming came in fine via the Elgato Eye TV device described here last week. The Acer Z5700 desktop computer was also tested, again, with less success. I've tried two different commercial antennas; nothing's really outpulled a $10 set of "rabbit ears," although another manufacturer is going to try.

This begs a question, of course, one of several: the same "pipe" that brings high-speed Internet to my computer also brings digital-quality television to the family room. And while I could hook up a cable box to the computer/TV tuner combo (and have), it seems an unnecessary encumbrance. Why can't I get it all, on one cable, into one device? I'm paying enough for it, I'd say, and a modest $10 or so per month extra (i.e., the "rent" of one of those cable boxes), should cover things.

Another part of the equation is controlling all the various input sources. Towards that end, a Santa Clara, Calif., outfit called Peel, will soon bring out a "universal" remote control that runs on an Apple iPod Touch or iPhone, and soon on Android-based smartphones and iPads. The idea is that the device will "learn" your various home-viewing hardware, content and tastes, and serve up content - an episode of "Jersey Shore," say - instead of "Channel 440, 8:00 p.m." and so forth. A few swipes of the finger or taps on the screen and you're watching your broadcast or cable program, controlling a video disc player, or tuning in on an Apple TV or Roku device.

At a recent Capitol Hill demo, Peel president Bala Krishnan said the device would also control all those Internet applications built into my Samsung TV. Information on the product is available at www.peel.com.

The Peel system works though a combination of Wi-Fi and infrared control frequencies, and it will be interesting to see if it works. If it does, and if I can get a handle on all that content, then perhaps life will be better!

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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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