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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

Which TV system for digital age?

By Steve Alexander






JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) QUESTION: If you were to start from scratch with a TV system in your home, how would you do it?


We subscribe to Comcast's very basic programming level but are considering alternatives, including smart TVs that can display programs available online through our Mac Pro laptop. We want the capability of receiving live network news broadcasts as well as a few select programs such as PBS series and perhaps a few live sports broadcasts. Is there a configuration that would meet our needs at an affordable price and that would adapt easily to coming changes?
—Dan Wascoe, Minneapolis


ANSWER: I wouldn't buy a smart TV; the Internet portion of it will be obsolete long before the TV part is. It's much more practical to use (and cheaper to upgrade) an intermediary device, such as a Wi-Fi-equipped Blu-ray player. The player will double as a disk player and as a software link between the TV and your home Wi-Fi network.

' As for which large-screen TV to buy, there are spirited arguments about whether plasma, LED or LCD technology is best. You can find comparisons of the three at on PC Magazine's website, athttp://tinyurl.com/65a3zvo.


Once you connect the TV and the Blu-ray player, link the player by Wi-Fi to a fast Internet connection. Future-proof yourself with a 10- to 15-megabit download speed. While this is fast today, it won't be once more streaming video arrives in high-definition format. Today it will be more than enough for watching TV shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu and others.


You can get broadcast TV over-the-air, although digital reception can be fickle, from cable or satellite TV (both good but not cheap) or, in a few months, from the new Aereo service. Aereo, which is both controversial and legal (based on recent court decisions), uses a bank of antennas to receive local over-the-air TV broadcasts, then streams the broadcasts over the Internet to subscribers ($8 a month for 20 viewing hours, or $12 a month for 60 hours). The service is now offered in New York and Boston, with plans for expansion in other cities.

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Previously:



The mystery of the disappearing email; reader didn't follow directions
Readers react to discount phone furor
Turning back your PC's clock from Windows 8 to Windows 7; de-hijacking your browser
T-Mobile customer was counting on discounted phone
Making files play nice with Media Player; Syncing online and local Outlook
Cellphone won't stream live sports anymore; Hotmail v. Outlook
Getting video calling to work on Facebook; Adobe Digital Editions e-reader
Wilderness Internet is costly, slow; Windows Vista Service Pack 2 problems
She can't send e-mail but still receives it; laptop loses wifi connection when asleep
Push to talk aboard ship; retrieve deleted text messages from an iPhone, when on and off
Using email to send iPad text messages; photo recovery program for camera card that has become corrupt
How to avoid getting more spam e-mail
How to solve PC problems from afar; import old e-mails into the Thunderbird e-mail program
Apple iPad ready to travel
How to add software to a diskless PC
Connecting a new PC to an older printer



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