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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 August 29, 2008 / 28 Menachem-Av 5768

Life in 3G

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Apple Inc.'s iPhone 3G has done for mobile communication what Michael Phelps has done for swimming - impressed a style so deeply on global consciousness that it'll be difficult to imagine other options, at least for a while.


After five weeks or thereabouts with the 3G model, I'm still impressed: this is a powerful little device, capable of doing a heck of a lot of things, and it does this in a small, sleek package that's easy to operate.


The continued enthusiasm for the iPhone should signal something to device makers all over. Call if a modified "Field of Dreams" approach: if you built it right, the customers will come.


Among the nice features of the new device is its ability to load third-party applications, which makes the iPhone more like a miniature computer than just a phone. The applications vary in price from free to just under $1,000, though the latter is an anomaly. Most iPhone programs are quite reasonably priced.


The delivery system for these apps is quite smart: you buy them through Apple's iTunes store, which then stores the programs on your computer and loads them on your iPhone.


One very useful application is "Mobile News," a free newsreader from the Associated Press wire service. This will give you a quick read on the latest headlines and, if you enter a desired ZIP Code, a feed of state news.


Other applications are a bit more specialized: those of a theological inclination will appreciate BibleXPress, which stores the texts of various Bible translations on the iPhone, and makes them accessible without a live Internet connection. This saves battery power and makes the text more accessible in more places. Three major English-language translations, and one in Spanish, are currently supplied; the program's author says he'll attempt to add more in the future.


Among the many nice attributes of the program is an easy way to make the type larger - just swipe two fingers apart on the screen display and the lettering enlarges. Those readers who wear progressive lenses will appreciate that feature. The $30 cost covers the licensing fees for some of the translations, and it's cheaper than buying the four Bibles in printed versions.


I'm also jazzed about the "Remote" application, which lets the iPhone serve as a remote control for an Apple TV or a Mac running iTunes. Yes, you can do the same thing with the remotes Apple ships with the product, but this is a nice touch. Ditto for Facebook's iPhone application, which is about to get a refresh: it's a handy way to stay on top of your social network while on the go.


There is the question of iPhone audio - do you really want to share your music with your neighbors on the Metro in the morning? I'm very, very high on the super.fi 4vi headphones from Ultimate Ears, the firm just acquired by Logitech. The sound quality - and noise isolation - is amazing. You can truly "drop out" from the world around you with these headphones and just enjoy the music or video on your iPhone. I'm using them as I write this and it's just heavenly.


At $149.99, these headphones are almost as costly as the iPhone itself, but a few minutes with them will convince you that they are essential for long road trips. The headphones will also let you place and receive voice calls, and with very good quality. Look at it this way: the price is probably less than you'd spent on a fine in the District of Columbia for driving and using your phone without a headset.


You can learn about this product at http://www.ultimateears.com/, and it's a firm well worth checking out.

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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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