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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 Sept. 12, 2007 / 29 Elul, 5767

IPhone -- Promise or Pariah?

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The easiest thing to imagine about Apple, Inc.'s IPhone after last week's price cut and end user backlash is that it's some sort of fad. The device, one non-technical critic, Joe Nocera in The New York Times, averred isn't that great of a phone or e-mail device, even if it's OK as a music player.

As this is written, I've finished off a rather nice dinner, prepared by using a recipe from Cooking Light magazine I found online. I used the IPhone in the kitchen as I was cooking, and was able to read the instructions very easily. The meal came out great, by the way.

Yes, you can view a recipe on a Treo or even a regular cell phone, but the IPhone's Web experience is, by and large, the same as you'd find on a desktop or notebook computer using a Web browser. An Internet page there looks the same on the phone as it does on a regular computer. No big deal, perhaps, except, of course, that you can carry the IPhone in your shirt pocket, and thus can access the Web just about anywhere.

Not every Web page works in the same manner as on a regular computer; there's a number - don't ask me the percentage - that function differently and are a bit difficult to read on the IPhone. This also is another wake-up call for all of us who want to see your businesses or organizations well represented online. Mobile users are going to drive the next wave of Web development, so get with the program and develop sites that can work on a handheld as well as on a desktop.

That still begs the question of the overall IPhone experience. For me, it still remains a good one, and the recent repositioning of the product line is a plus. The 4 Gigabyte model is no more; only 8GB models will be available, and at $399, versus an original list price of $599. Those who purchased the higher-priced 8GB units immediately before the Sept. 5 price cut (or, more precisely, within 14 days of that date) get a full refund. Earlier buyers get a $100 Apple store credit, good online or at the firm's retail outlets.

I've been using the IPhone for about six weeks, and it performs superbly in most situations. Voice quality is as good as any AT&T (nee Cingular) network phone that I've used. Data speeds could be better over the AT&T network, but they're not impossible for e-mail operations. Web browsing is definitely better over the phone's built-in WiFi connection, when such are available. But it's still better than many other handhelds - not to mention any other "plain" cell phone - that I've seen.

The $129 IPhone Bluetooth Headset, as Apple calls it, may seem a bit pricey, but still represents what I believe is a decent value. The headset is very, very light, and that's a good thing. Talk time is good, as is standby time; a single button controls on/off functions as well as call answering and hangup. The unit comes with two sets of cords to simultaneously recharge the phone and headset, a very nice touch. I heartily recommend it, especially when on the go.

I still believe that, someday, all handheld devices will emulate the superior fingers-not-a-stylus-or-tiny-keyboard interface of the IPhone. Someday, they'll probably have the range of applications and features the IPhone has today. And someday accessories will be as well coordinated as Apple has done. Instead of waiting, however, the IPhone, at its new price, is now perhaps the most compelling handheld available anywhere today.

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