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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

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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

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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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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 20 2012 / 24 Nissan, 5772

More marvelous accessories, for iPad and beyond

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Perhaps one sign of a truly worthwhile product - to this reviewer, at least - is when one goes scurrying back to the office, after hours, for fear the item may be lost.

That's what happened to your columnist the other evening, as I drove some nine miles (in about 15 minutes towards the end of rush hour) to find my pair of STREET by 50 in-ear wired headphones, list price $119.95. The "50" is rapper 50 Cent, also known as Curtis James Jackson III. The "street" part likely refers to the section of Queens, New York, in which Mr. Jackson was raised. I found the headphones, and I'm very glad I did.

Even if you never listen to a note of rap, these in-ear headphones are priceless. The sound reproduction is incredible: rich bass, high treble notes, ultra-clear sound overall. They feature flat cables, which cuts down on tangles, and a controller/microphone for use with Apple's iPhone and similar devices.

While the list price may be a bit more than you (or I) may be accustomed to paying for "buds," as they're often called, let me assure you that every penny invested will deliver a good return on investment. The sound is just amazing, and something you need to hear to believe. Details are online at http://smsaudio.com/.

Into just about everyone's life a little work must fall, and for that, I was reminded of how good the ZAGG Folio iPad case-and-keyboard combo actually is. Not only is its shell (polyurethane at $99.99 or in leather for $129.99) solid, but the built-in, rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard is well spaced, eliminating some of the typing problems I encountered with other keyboards mentioned here a couple of weeks back. During one afternoon of typing, for about four hours, I had few inadvertent or unwanted keystrokes, and typing was comfortable. For these reasons, the ZAGG Folio is highly recommended. You can learn more at http://bit.ly/J0i6r8.

It looks quiet and unassuming, but the $149.99 Business Class Case from Powerbag (www.mypowerbag.com) packs a punch: charge up the supplied 600 Watt battery and you can plug in your iPhone, iPad or Blackberry for a quick charge. The case is "computer friendly," with the notebook flap folding for airport x-rays without having to remove the computer. I might prefer another color than "steal me black," but the value of having extra "juice" when needed compensates for any fashion deficiencies.

Off the road, the PowerSlice from Fuse (www.fuseplusyou.com) is a $39.99 wonder that'll give you as many as four connectors for chargeable devices such as a BlackBerry, a smartphone and an iPod or iPhone. One connector is supplied with the "base" unit; others are $9.99 each. It's a great idea for a multi-device household, or for the user with several different items to keep charged. Very smart, in my opinion!

And here are a couple of mobile applications worth considering. One is iA Writer, a so-called "focused" writing application, because, its makers say, once the program is opened, "all you can do is write." It's great for that, and you can save or send documents as text files usable by just about any of the "big" word processing programs. It's what I used for that four-hour typing marathon, and I was very pleased with the results. It really is the digital equivalent of the old blank-sheet-of-paper-in-the-typewriter. For just 99-cents in the iTunes App Store, it's the bargain of a lifetime.

For those working with paper-based documents and the new iPad, with its 5 Megapixel camera, the $6.99 Readdle Scanner Pro 4.0 may be a temptation: it'll photograph documents, one page at a time, and save them as PDF files. That's fine, but what I'm waiting for is scanning and reliable optical character recognition. That's not here yet, sad to say.

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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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