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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. 25, 2011 / 21 Adar I, 5771

Does the world need Google TV? Perhaps

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A marriage of TV and the Internet may seem an odd pairing, but it's already happening in many ways. You can look up TV show listings online through a variety of sources; with some, you can program a digital video recorder, or DVR, to capture the program of your choice.

Many of today's TV makers - Samsung, LG and Vizio among them - offer various wireless Internet connection options, bringing "widgets" that display news, weather, stock prices or family photos onscreen with the press of a remote control. These "dongles" also allow connectivity with video or audio services such as Hulu Plus, Netflix and Pandora Radio.

But what if you want more, if you want to become one with the universe through that big, honking 46-inch LCD hanging on the wall? For you, the answer might be another box to connect to your TV, the Logitech Revue, a $299.99 device that promises the world on your flat-screen.

Or, at least, a fair chunk of the Internet world, provided you (a) have the aforementioned flat-screen, with an HDMI interface, and (b) have a wireless connection to your home's broadband Internet service. (I suppose you could try and use a neighbor's unsecured Wi-Fi connection, but that could get dicey.)

In return for a fair chunk of change - add $150 if you want to do video calling - and a few minutes of setup time, you get a somewhat-enhanced TV experience and some nice Internet features. But there are limitations to what you can do, and this is clearly a product for "bleeding edge," and not even "leading edge" users.

Let's start with some of the very positive things Logitech has provided here. The first is a relatively easy setup process, and, very thoughtfully, HDMI "pass-through" connectivity. The cable that normally goes from your cable box/DVR to the TV must now "pass through" that signal using the Revue. The plus here is one less HDMI port being needed on your TV.

Setup, once I made sure the HDMI cables were properly seated at all points, was relatively fast. Even though the TiVO HD XL is not the Revue's favorite DVR, it now works quite comfortably with that device. The Revue didn't initially find my wireless home network, but with relatively little prodding, it did, and it connected flawlessly.

From there, getting things such as programming information, opening a Google-based Web browser and surfing the Net were all easily done. Ancillary services such as You Tube, Netflix and Amazon's Video on Demand were all available.

Google TV, the umbrella under which the Revue operates, claims to offer a lot of extra services for users of DISH Network services and equipment. My cable TV is provided by Verizon FiOS, and the TiVO box is about as far as I go in pushing the DVR envelope, so I can't have the advanced searching/recording features promised for DISH users.

Such is life, I suppose, and one can hope (and expect) that the coming months will see the Revue's features branch out to other platforms. For now, the Revue's usefulness is in organizing broadcast video and Internet offerings. Set a "bookmark" for CNN or for www.washingtontimes.com and it's one click to get there, whether it's video or the Web. Want to check e-mail while watching "SportsCenter"? press a button on the supplied keyboard/remote control and the video window shrinks, the sound remains and you can e-mail easily.

As suggested, there are limitations: hit a YouTube site while watching live TV and you'll mess up both; I had to restart the Revue and my TV for things to return to normal. I haven't tried Adobe Flash-based sites on this; they should work, but I'm a bit anxious. There also seems to be no easy way to enlarge text onscreen. That's challenging, even on a 46-inch display.

Time has not yet allowed a test of video-based chatting, using a $149.99-list price camera add-on that promises HD video chats. This may be a redeeming feature, but if it won't support non-Logitech networks, its usefulness will be more limited.

In short, these really are early days for Google TV and certainly for the Logitech product. I'm willing to take this device "on faith" for now and expect more in the future. Those more cautious will want to wait, and review their Revue buying decision later.

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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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