May 20, 2013
Genetic copies of living people from embryos no longer science fiction
Jewz in the Newz by Nate Bloom :
The Kosher Gourmet by Cathy Pollak:
Jews Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame; Anton Yelchin co-stars in New "Trek" film; Kutcher (but not Kunis) visits Israel; Jewish TV Star Praises Jewish Rap Star
WARNING: This WALNUT CAKE WITH PRALINE FROSTING, perfect for afternoon coffee, is addicting
May 13, 2013
Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo: Why the giving of the document that would permanently change the world could only be done in desolation
David G. Savage:
Church-state, literally? Supreme Court weighing public school graduation in a church
May 10, 2013
Rabbi Berel Wein: Be all that you should be
May 8, 2013
Peter Ford: Why China is welcoming both Israel's Netanyahu and Palestinians' Abbas
Obama administration quietly backs out of appeal over new contraceptive mandate
At Kerry-Putin meeting, US-Russia relations thaw --- a tad
The Kosher Gourmet by Leela Cyd Ross :
Almost too pretty to eat, this colorful salad with Sicilian inspiration will tickle the taste buds and delight your visual sensibility
May 6, 2013
May 3, 2013
Kids, kittens the Same?
With employee perks at struggling Internet pioneer Yahoo! it's hard to tell
Artificial kidney offers hope to patients tethered to a dialysis machine
April 29, 2013
Poland's new Jewish museum celebrates life, doesn't revisit Holocaust
Terrorism in America: Is US missing a chance to learn from failed plots?
Boston Bomber's 'Svengali' Revealed
Tiny satellites + cellphones = cheaper 'eyes in the sky' for NASA
April 26, 2013
Clifford D. May:
Defense in the Age of Jihadist Terrorism
Sharon Palmer, R.D.:
How to feel your best -- with plenty of energy, a healthy weight and optimal mental and physical function -- without driving yourself batty
April 24, 2013
Jewish World Review
Dec. 14, 2007
/ 4 Teves 5768
More gift ideas
If you're interested in taking the plunge with special tech gifts this
year, I can recommend a rather nice cell phone to think about, as well
as a watch sure to warm a techie's heart. And there's another great
digital camera to consider.
The watch, and the phone, comes from Casio. Yes, Casio is in the phone
business, through a partnership with CDMA cell phone carrier Verizon
Wireless. The Casio G'zOne Type S Phone, a mouthful of a name
if I ever heard one, lists for $299, but you can shave $200 off the
price with a qualifying Verizon service contract.
What you get is a very rugged phone that is water and dust resistant.
Not waterproof, mind you, but it won't wilt while getting wet. On a
recent visit to Casio's publicity agency in New York, I saw one of
these phones that had gotten a tad warm. Actually, it had burned a
bit. But it still worked. This is one rugged phone.
You can shoot video and still pictures with the camera; still images
are VGA quality that means they're good enough for some purposes, but
probably not what you'd want to use for a formal portrait. I didn't
test the video quality, but I wouldn't expect much here, since the
phone is designed first to be a phone, after all.
Voice quality is very good, and you can do some level of Internet
browsing with the device. But the screen is 1.8-inches diagonally, and
you won't want to do a lot of surfing with this. It also does not
support Verizon's V-Cast music service.
But if you're working in places where it gets damp, humid or dusty,
this is you phone. The Casio features shine through in the onboard
watch/stopwatch and the rugged look.
Such Casio ruggedness extends, as might be expected, to GS-1100, a
shock-resistant, water resistant wrist-straddler that'll set you back
about $300. But it's worth every penny, in my view, not only because
it is an exceptional conversation piece, but also because it does its
jobs very, very well.
By "jobs," I mean not only the assignment of telling the time, but
also serving as a stopwatch and day/date calendar. The time function
is flawless because of the technology angle: the GS-1100 is a
radio-friendly watch that receives the signal from the Atomic Clock in
Fort Collins, Colorado, as well as similar ones in Europe and Japan.
Travel to those regions, and the watch resets itself, which I think is
There are less-expensive atomic-tuned watches, but I haven't seen any
that are as stylish and rugged as the GS-1100. It's the kind of a
product the geek in your life will most likely love.
While the Casio phone (above) isn't my favorite for photography, I do
like the well-under-$200 Fujifilm FinePix 7.2MP Digital Camera. It's
extremely pocketable, fitting in a shirt or trouser pocket with ease.
You get more than a day's shooting off a single charge of the battery,
and it uses both SecureDigital and xD cards to store images.
It was one of the cameras on my recent overseas trip, and it performed
magnificently. At home, you can use an "auction mode" to combine three
images into one picture, ideal for uploading to EBay or a similar
site. The 3x digital zoom was also quite helpful.
Controls on the camera were easy to learn and operate. Displaying
photos is easy, you can even go into a "micro thumbnail" mode to see
as many as 100 images (10 by 10) and scroll through these for quick
viewing. The camera will also play back photos in a "slideshow" format
if you desire.
It's a great starter digital camera, and a perfect compliment to a
more expensive setup. I like it, and I would recommend it highly.
Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.
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.
© 2007, News World Communications, Inc. Reprinted with permission of The Washington Times. Visit the paper at http://www.washingtontimes.com
Richard Z. Chesnoff
Frank J. Gaffney
Victor Davis Hanson
A. Barton Hinkle
Judge A. Napolitano
Cokie & Steve Roberts
Debra J. Saunders
J. D. Crowe
Ask Doctor K