In this issue

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 March 24, 2006 / 24 Adar, 5766

Coming, a hi-fi revolution

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Apple Computer's iPod Hi-Fi is a $349 "boom box" of a stereo that may leave some folks scratching their heads. For $200 less, one can get pretty good sound - not exactly the same as the Apple unit, but rather close - from a Logitech mm50 unit, which is smaller and much more portable. Spend between $15 and $30, depending on where you shop, and there are cables that'll connect an iPod to a home stereo system via RCA-style cables.

So what do I need to spend all that money for?

Sound is one thing: the iPod Hi-Fi does sound, well, like a high-fidelity unit. The sound can fill a room or even over-fill it, if you crank up the volume sufficiently. It is rich, the bass is deep and the treble trills quite nicely. Some who've heard my evaluation unit complained about a lack of "midrange" sound; I didn't notice any.

Compactness is another plus, albeit a relative one. The iPod Hi-Fi is, indeed, the size of a small portable stereo, and it is somewhat portable, as six "D" cell batteries can replace plug-in power. You could set this up in a bedroom, drop in an iPod that has a built-in clock and, presto, you've got an alarm that'll wake not only you but probably the folks down the block. Plugged into the wall, by the way, you'll also recharge that iPod.

And while some critics have bemoaned the lack of a built-in radio tuner, there's more than one way to compensate, it turns out. Within that "compensation," though, are the seeds of what is truly revolutionary, or perhaps better stated, evolutionary about this product.

Check out the back of the iPod Hi-Fi and you'll see a "line in" jack which would handle your typical audio cable. But it's also equipped to handle digital audio cables (and, yes, Apple has one from Belkin for sale). Both the new MacBook Pro notebook and Mac mini desktop computers have similar digital audio ports. Connect one of these computers to the iPod Hi-Fi and not only can you play your iTunes library, it'll sound amazing. As would, I imagine, broadband-based radio.

Now you can guess where this is going: I can imagine the iPod Hi-Fi as the first of several products, presumably from Apple but perhaps from others, that will take this digital audio output and make it a huge part of home entertainment. If, as I suspect, Apple keeps bringing out items for the home that capitalize on digital audio connections, then it may not be too far off when a real revolution in home entertainment truly takes place.

For now, users will have to be content with life at the "bleeding edge" of technology. The digital audio cables can be temperamental and connectors can snap easily. There are limits to what you can, and can't, connect right now. As mentioned, this stuff isn't cheap.

But early adopters can have the satisfaction of something approaching utterly pure sound. The rest of us have, perhaps, something to look forward to in the years ahead. The iPod Hi-Fi is in Apple retail stores and other locations; details are also at http://www.apple.com.

ONE MORE MAC NOTE: Microsoft has release a very important update for its Office 3004 for Macintosh suite that'll bring Entourage, the firm's rather nice personal information manager/e-mail client into line with Spotlight, the OS X Tiger search system, as well as "Sync Services," an OS X feature that can keep everything up to date among different computers that you use. Details at http://www.microsoft.com/mac/, and it's worth finding.

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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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