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

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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

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

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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

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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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 28, 2008 / 21 Adar II 5768

Reacquaintance with the iPhone

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It had been a few months, about five, since I last used Apple Inc.'s iPhone, and I'd begun to forget how nice it was to have one.


The iPhone, as noted in this space last summer, is what I believe all handheld phones/digital assistants will become: something with a big screen, a simple interface, and plenty of capabilities. Buttons will go away; onscreen icons are now in.


Recently, I acquired a new iPhone for work, and it's been delightful getting reacquainted. Along the way, I found a few neat accessories, and await even more capabilities.


Available now in 8 Gigabyte ($399) and 16 GB ($499) models, the iPhone works, marvelously, with AT&T's cellular network. It'll also access Wi-Fi to go out to the Internet and snag e-mail and the like. There's even an iTunes store for iPhone users where you can buy songs on the go and sync them back to a desktop computer.


As a business phone, the iPhone is a very good performer. Sound quality is excellent, and with a pair of TuneBuds Mobile, $39.99 from Griffin Technology, I was able to enjoy that sound privately. The TuneBuds are, in my view, a bit better sound-wise than the supplied iPhone "earbuds" from Apple; others may prefer the Apple product.


The iPhone's interface is easy to navigate, just select a desired program with your finger. That digit is also the way to type and send e-mail, quickly and without much hassle. As before, I adapted almost instantly, and having this device, even during meetings, allows me to answer urgent e-mails without missing a beat, and without the "obviousness" of using some other phones.


One of the more encouraging aspects of iPhone development is Apple's recent announcement of ways for third-party developers to bring their software to the device, as well as the promise, by June or thereabouts, of even better integration with Microsoft Exchange, the dominant corporate e-mail standard. For now, setting up an Exchange account using the IMAP protocol works just fine.


Some might be concerned about keeping the iPhone safe, and for this I turned to Griffin's iClear case, which is made from the same polycarbonate, the firm says, that is used in visors on astronaut helmets. For a not-out-of-the-world price, $24.99, you get the case, a belt clip, armband and a static-clinging screen protector. Not a bad deal.


Constant use seems to make its demands on the iPhone's battery, something I solve by keeping the device docked to a computer at home, for continuous charging, and by using Griffin's PowerJolt adapter, which sells for $19.99. Not only does the device provide an extra USB-style sync cable, but the car-lighter adapter has a tiny LED light that indicates when charging is complete. Unlike some systems, you can continue to use the iPhone for calls while plugged in via the PowerJolt.


Among the neat ways I'm using the iPhone is to keep track of connections on Facebook, the ever-growing social networking site. There's a version of Facebook for the iPhone, and you can even place its own icon on the phone's display. The same goes for the New English Translation of the Bible, an Internet-developed version more popularly known as the NET Bible. Log your iPhone on to www.enetbible.com, and you have free access to a very good translation in a handheld-friendly format.


All this is without the promised software development that's coming. Once that arrives, again in a couple of months, the iPhone will likely cement its position as the preeminent handheld communications device available today. The transition to the "enterprise" is moving along nicely, which will only please any number of corporate users who will marvel at the amount of productivity they can fit in the palm of their hand.

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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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