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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 Oct. 12, 2007 / 30 Tishrei 5768

Two wireless wonders

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Six months ago, I had nothing but words of praise for the BlackBerry 8800 from Research in Motion, the Canadian firm which has given so much power to so many users. Now, the firm is offering, via AT&T, the 8820, which offers Wi-Fi capability along with the firm's "EDGE" wireless data and GPS/GSM cellular services.


The good news is you can use AT&T (and other) Wi-Fi "hot spots" to surf the Internet, send and receive e-mail and, I imagine, connect a computer similarly using the phone as a wireless modem. This can be helpful in many situations: Wi-Fi can be faster and better than wireless data in some circumstances, and it can certainly be less expensive to use free Wi-Fi than pay for data transfers.


The bad news is that nothing about the phone suggests that its Wi-Fi feature can be used for Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP calls, such as with the Skype service, or as rival T-Mobile does with its combination phones. Perhaps such an offering is in the words for AT&T, or perhaps a "hack" will be developed by some enterprising user. Either way, one would like to hope that the possibility would be considered. Merging VoIP with Wi-Fi calling makes sense on many levels and could push this phone (and others) into more and more places.


That question aside, there's no bad thing to say about the BlackBerry 8820. It retains everything that I loved about the 8800, and I remain particularly enamored of its case, which shuts off the phone's display when you slide it in. It's a nice, battery-saving touch.


As mentioned before, the 8800 series of BlackBerry devices lack a built-in camera, mostly to allow the device to be used in secure locations. If you can get by without that feature, and like the other elements of the BlackBerry platform, this device deserves serious consideration. It's in area AT&T stores now, I believe.


SPRINT'S DATA SAVER ... There is more than one way to skin the wireless data cat, however, and one of the more elegant is the Sierra Wireless Aircard 595U, offered in these parts by Sprint Nextel. Slip this into an available USB port, fire up the software and you're online, faster than dialup and faster than some Wi-Fi connections.


After discounts, Sprint Nextel will sell you the device for $79.95 with one of two data plans: $39.95 for up to 40 Mbytes of data transferred each month, and $59.95 for unlimited data transfers. (I'd go with the latter if I were buying.) Download speeds range between 600 Kilobits-per-second and 1.4 Megabits-per-second; upload speeds are 300 to 500 Kbps, Sprint says.


In my usage, which included jaunts around town and to Boston and Orlando, I had excellent download connections and very good speeds. I especially appreciated having the device while at Baltimore-Washington/Thurgood Marshall International Airport, where I could happily surf the Internet without paying outrageous Wi-Fi fees.


This is, of course, the lure of any wireless data add-on for a computer (AT&T has one as well). Sign up for a plan and you can log on to your home or office networks without hassle, as well as the Internet in general.


The Sprint deal strikes me as being reasonable in terms of price, and very good in terms of service. Setting up the Sierra Wireless device was easy, even on an Apple MacBook Pro — install the software, fire up the device and, presto, you're online.


Although I did not test this, there seems to be no apparent restriction on using the Sprint wireless data service with VoIP calling, which can come in handy.


If you're a road warrior, this deserves serious consideration. Details online at www.sprint.com.

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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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