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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 10, 2012 / 22 Menachem-Av, 5772

Zooka Speaker Bar Set to be a Winner

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was either physicist Niels Bohr or baseball's Yogi Berra - take your pick - who declared, "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." That said, I'm going to make a prediction anyway: the Zooka Speaker Bar, price $99, will be a runaway hit this holiday season.

You can't order one just yet, but the device should soon be available via the maker's website, www.carbonaudioinc.com, and in Apple, Inc.'s retail stores this fall. If they're smart, both Amazon.com and BestBuy will snap this up as well.

Here's why I'm bullish on Zooka: you can cradle an iPad in (from the very first generation to the very latest) and not only can the Zooka act as a stand, you'll also get amazing stereo sound, via a Bluetooth connection. Pair it with an iPhone (or, I would imagine, any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone), and the Zooka becomes a speakerphone along with the stereo sound capabilities.

Have a laptop? The Zooka Sound Bar will fit nicely on the top of most portable's display panels and, again, you're in audio heaven.

Setting up and using the device is exceptionally easy: charge it via a USB cable (supplied) and it'll deliver about 8 hours of battery life. Pair it with the intended Bluetooth device and, presto!, you're ready to go. There's a small metal peg which screws into the back of the device to provide the "stand up" feature.

Now, I know the whole idea behind iPhones, iPods and iPads is to make your entertainment personal: that's why there's headphones and earbuds for the Metro, and why you wouldn't want to crank up the Zooka Sound Bar underground. But at home, in the office (and that's a real office, not a cubicle), and for presentations around a (small) conference table, as well as at parties, this could be quite popular.

And while the sound is very attractive, so is the design, which will be available in a rainbow of colors. At a list price of $99, it's the kind of item many can pick up on a whim, I'm guessing. When they do, they'll be pleasantly surprised with what they hear.

As I said, predictions are difficult things. But I feel rather confident in saying the Zooka Sound Bar will be a holiday-time hit; you might want to order, or pre-order, early.

Once again, let me say this is another of the reasons why portable technology and entertainment are merging more and more these days. I really believe that the greatest technology revolution of 2012 will be less blending of devices and content. Whether it's music, movies, or TV shows, having needs available where one wants when one wants is going to be, if it isn't already, the next big thing.

Those of us watching the 2012 Olympic Games will have sensed this already through seemingly endless airings of Comcast's commercials for its Xfinity service, touting the ability to watch shows anywhere, or answer your home phone in the park, and so forth. Other service providers aren't holding back: Verizon's FiOS subscribers can access HBO programming on their portable devices, and the Aereo service described here recently will be in the Washington, D.C., metro area before you know it.

And if time shifting is your thing, check out the G2 Reporter radio from Eton Corp., http://bit.ly/OQCsq5, marketed under the Grundig brand name. This is a portable stereo radio, which delivers AM, FM and shortwave bands. Digital tuning is standard, along with the ability to pre-program desired stations. Power comes from a rechargeable (via USB) battery.

What makes this product worth the $150 list price (shaved to under $110 at Amazon.com), in my view, is that it'll record radio programs for you, storing them on the internal 4GB of memory that comes with the unit. There's also a slot for a microSD memory card that'll boost storage by as much as 16GB. A built-in microphone can record conversations or lectures.

File transfer to a computer is accomplished either via the memory card or a USB connection. The G3 Reporter isn't pocket-sized, but it does deliver a lot of performance for a decent price.

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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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