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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 April 1, 2011 / 26 Adar II, 5771

It's a Pad, Pad, Pad, Pad World

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Two weeks in with the iPad 2 from Apple, Inc., and I'm still quite happy. And you, if you didn't order early, might be out of luck still, since delays are reportedly still with us. (Earlier this week some 500 Radio Shack stores, reportedly, got some to sell.)

The shortages, aggravated by parts problems after Japan's March 11 Sendai earthquake and subsequent tsunami, may be with us for a while. But the iPad 2 is worth the wait. Buying a good, used original iPad isn't a bad alternative, either.

Once you've been "tabletized," what else should you do? Well, getting applications is always a good thing, and many of these are either free or very low-cost. There's even a book for that.

"Best iPad Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders," by Peter Meyers (O'Reilly Media, $21.99) is a good introduction and overview of the field. In its 234 pages, plus a 6-page index, you'll find recommendations, and solid ones, for work-related apps, games, stuff for musicians, designers and so forth. In many categories, runners up and "honorable mentions" are awarded.

Now, any book of reviews, which, essentially, Mr. Meyers's book is, must of necessity be a subjective one. I happen to find that most of his suggestions are ones I would endorse, and, thanks in part to his work, I found a few programs that were quite indispensible. For example, public speakers will enjoy Teleprompt+, which turns the iPad's screen into a teleprompter. Text scrolls quite nicely, and you can vary the speed and other effects. At $9.99, it costs far less than the professional models often seen in Washington.

And that's the big plus of this book. Mr. Meyers has done a lot of research, and his topic list is comprehensive: the aforementioned work and play, music and design, plus shopping, science, travel, education, kid's programs, maps and still more. The book is highly readable and highly necessary.

Of course, other things will come in handy as well for the new iPad. I'm waiting for a good screen protector, the plastic film that covers the screen to keep out dust, dirt and fingerprints. Yes, the "Smart Cover" from Apple helps loads, but a totally unscratched and unmarred screen is important - especially when you're ready to sell your iPad 2 in order to afford iPad 3 more easily. One maker has promised a sample, and you'll read my test results here.

The "TimeCommand," a $99 bedside clock-and-dock for the iPad and iPhone from Stem Innovation of Florida, is an interesting idea: dock your iPad to take advantage of both recharging as well as music playing and morning wakeup. Use "AA" batteries as a backup to make sure you're up with the early risers, and you're (supposedly) good to go. You can even connect a bedside lamp to the device's electrical cord and wake up to light in the morning.

In very limited testing so far, I like the concept, but implementation is a bit tricky: the dock connection itself is mounted on a spring-backed hinge-like piece that requires a bit of dexterity to master. Along with multiple scratches to an iPad or iPhone possible, the frustration level here could be high. Not giving up yet, but it's an inauspicious start.

What I'm hoping to see more of is devices such as the TimeConnect, but perhaps with a regular FM radio built in. I'd like to charge my tablet computer overnight, but also wake me to WTOP-FM, and not something from my iTunes library.

The good news, in my opinion, is that such devices and other innovations are coming, with the pace bound to accelerate. ZeroChroma, a firm in Sykesville, Maryland (www.zerochroma.com) is promising an iPad 2 case that will double as an easel stand, with the easel part rotating for portrait or landscape display. If that product works as well as the firm's iPhone 4 case ($44.95), it'll be worth the price.

One thing about great tech products, in my view, is that they spur innovative products from other makers. I believe the jury is in on that matter when it comes to the iPad: there's innovation a-plenty.

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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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