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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 Sept. 8, 2010 / 29 Elul, 5770

Dude, Pimp My iStuff

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last week's announcement of more new iPod models - Nano, Shuffle and Touch - means that there will not only be new varieties of the top music-player line to deal with, but also tons of bling to attach to said items. While we're at it, let's not forget the multitude of gear for one's iPhone 4 and iPad, too.

I'll confess to being as guilty of "accessory cupidity" as the next soul. There are things one just has to have, I believe, in order to be a properly outfitted user.

Take the iPhone 4, or any iPhone model, for that matter. These are great devices, but they need protection. For my new iPhone 4, Coveroo's $34.95 "candy shell" case features the name, facsimile signature and jersey number of Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb. Yes, I got it in part to mildly annoy an officemate who is eternally loyal to the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Coveroo case - which can be customized just about every way from Sunday, it seems - offers good, lightweight protections for three of the iPhone's four sides. A visit to www.coveroo.com will supply details and endless options.

And what of the iPhone's front? It cost me $19.95 over at the Tyson's Corner mall, but a bodyguard now protects my phone's front. Or, more precisely, the BodyGuardz plastic film, which is die-cut and fits over the phone's screen perfectly. The plastic comes in "dry apply" or "liquid" versions, the latter being affixed using a spray of water. The phone is then "off limits" for 24 hours while it dries; any "bubbles" are supposed to smooth out over the next few days.

So far, I'm impressed. The whole idea of putting protection on the phone's front is to avoid any scratches on the screen while retaining the ability to use the touch screen. You can put a check next to both points with the BodyGuardz product; apart from your local mall kiosk, you can learn more at www.bodyguardz.com.

Headphones are another accessory that springs to mind when contemplating portable audio items. As I write, the incredibly good music of Diane Birch is floating into my ears courtesy of the Rdio online music service (www.rdio.com) and v-moda's Crossfade LP headphones. Now these are rather pricey "cans" at $249.99 a pair, but the sound is well worth it, not to mention the built-in iPod controller/microphone that lets you use these with an iPhone for calls. The sound is stunning, and the appearance, though a bit flashy with their chrome sides, is striking. Fantastic stuff, in my opinion.

If that price is too much for your budget, take a look at the "Reverb" headphones from Wicked Audio. "The Reverb line, inspired by city streets, infuses an urban appearance and over-the-ear design, along with enhanced bass, that delivers earth shaking sound," the maker says of the $29.99 over-the-ear headphones, which do not include a microphone or iPod controller. I won't say the sound is "earth shaking," per se, but it's very, very good and certainly represents value for money.

And for those who want earbuds, rather than headphones, check out Maximo's iMetal 595's. List price is $79.99, though I've seen them online for about $10 less. The sound is amazing, truly amazing, and the package includes four different ear tips to use in order to obtain the best bass sound. There's a built-in mic for iPhone calls, and this is one product I'd say is a "must have" for traveling types. Information is at http://bit.ly/a1tC72.

Oh, and for schlepping around an iPad in style and comfort, nothing I've seen beats the $35 "Federale" from ColcaSac.com, which is based in Salt Lake City. It snugly holds the iPad and power adapter, and looks great while doing it. It's one purchase I did not regret.

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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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