In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 Aug 3, 2012 / 15 Menachem-Av, 5772

Apple's Mountain Lion Upgrade Worth the $20

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In its first four days on the market, Apple Inc.'s OS X 10.8 operating system release, also called "Mountain Lion," was downloaded more than three million times, the firm announced July 30. That makes it "the most successful OS X release" of the nine major OS X versions, Apple claimed in a statement.

This is not the kind of "major" upgrade we've seen in times past, however. Yes, there are a lot of new features - Apple says more than 200 have been added - but it's not the paradigm shift of a couple of years ago that we saw with "Snow Leopard." Instead, it's a solid, useful, interesting upgrade well worth the $19.99 price tag.

Where to begin? One nice thing is the Notification Center, a little sidebar on the screen - you can slide it in and out - where all your notifications can be found, including text messages, incoming e-mail alerts (from Apple's Mail application) and the like. It's a nice feature, especially when combined with the new Messages application that lets you do what is essentially texting to your friends. It requires an e-mail address (don't ask me why), but it works, and works nicely.

Another plus is integration with Apple's iCloud service. By keeping your data and even documents stored online in its network, Apple says, "When you edit a document, the changes appear across all your devices." I haven't tried this yet, but it certainly is appealing. So far, iCloud seems to be free (for up to 10 devices, including iPhone, iPad and Windows-based PCs), but at some point there may be a price involved.

In the fall, Apple says it will add a Facebook sharing feature, letting you put stuff on the popular social media website from within "any" application. That may be a good thing; it's almost guaranteed to create more embarrassing moments for someone online.

Apple also says it's boosted the power of its Safari web browser, letting it offer more suggestions as you search the Internet from a unified web address/search bar. It will also synchronize your Web doings, if desired, across your various devices, Apple says.

There are other improvements across various applications: Mail seems a bit smoother and better organized, although I've just about despaired of any chance of seeing "read receipt" as an option in Apple's mail program. Some things are right regardless of whether anyone else thinks so, and this is one of them, even if Apple seems (uncharacteristically) tone deaf to its business-class users. On the plus side, you can select certain senders as "VIPs" by clicking a star icon next to their names. Those e-mails will get priority in future inbox refreshes.

Also new is Dictation, which will let you speak and have the Mac type. Once enabled in the system preferences, you can invoke it and use the internal microphone on a desktop iMac or Macintosh notebook. In very brief testing, it seems to work almost flawlessly.

This is a far cry from the past, when users had to "train" dictation software to recognize their voices and inflections.

Overall, David Pogue, the Mac savant whose "Missing Manual" series makes lives easier for millions, got it right: the Mountain Lion release marks the time when "the Mac became an iPad." In other words, touch and gestures and the like dominate many of the new features of Mountain Lion, along with other niceties first seen on, well, the iPad.

There's an importance, and logic, to this: with the incredible popularity of the iPad, using gestures to do things on a computing device is becoming a more usual practice for many of us. By moving this towards the desktop/notebook computing experience, Apple is pointing towards a merging of the platforms, something likely to take place in the next three to five years, I'd suspect.

If you have a Mac that's capable of running the new Mountain Lion upgrade -- Apple's website can help you figure that out -- go ahead and get the upgrade. And if you need a good Baedecker, purchase Mr. Pogue's "OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual," available as an e-book now for $27.99 from http://shop.oreilly.com, or later in August as a paperback. The author knows his subject, and users, especially insecure ones, will save a lot of grief with this book.

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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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