In this issue

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 Dec.30, 2011 / 4 Teves 5772

The tech year we're leaving behind

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Almost nothing that happened in 2011 in the tech world was as it was expected, perhaps more so than any year your columnist can recall. As with so many people in so many spheres, I believe the tech community will not beg for a repeat of the year now ending.

Even still, there were some wonderful advances, of which several deserve special recognition:

HARDWARE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR: Apple, Inc.'s iPhone 4S -- While the number "5" appears chiefly on the on-screen telephone dialpad, this new addition to the iPhone family raises the bar for smartphones. Not only is "Siri," the voice-response service that's very good, an innovation others will try to duplicate, but also the vastly improved built-in camera, the addition of full HD video recording and the doubling of available memory to a whopping 64 Gbytes -- all these add up to the single most impressive smartphone on the market today. And unlike any competing Android-based model, you don't have to recharge an iPhone 4S every 30 minutes or so. (I exaggerate, but not greatly; Android phones are huge battery killers, in my experience.)

That Apple was able to bring the iPhone 4S to the Sprint network is another plus, giving users of almost every major mobile carrier (except T-Mobile) an iPhone of their very own, if they so desire.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR, ALMOST: Amazon.com's Kindle Fire tablet, which at $199 boasts a smaller price, and smaller screen size, than Apple's iPad 2, released earlier in the year. I was somewhat underwhelmed by the Kindle Fire when it first arrived: the interface is a bit clunky, in my opinion, and not all Android apps worked on the device. But Amazon says it's updated the Kindle Fire's operating system to handle some issues; unfortunately, I can't verify this since my review unit went home a while ago.

Still, Amazon deserves plaudits for attempting something innovative in the tablet space; if enough people buy it to make a dent in the multiple millions of iPads sold (and used) out there, it could be something. Even Google itself is said to have its own "highest quality" tablet in the works for sometime in 2012. (Of course, Hewlett Packard thought their TouchPad tablet would upset the, ahem, apple cart, but it turned out to be a $1 billion mistake.)

But the fact remains: the aforementioned iPad dominates the tablet market. Now there's a chance that Microsoft Corp.'s upcoming Windows 8 operating system, due in a super-tablet-friendly version, could take a swipe at the iPad, but, then, some of us exhibited a similar kind of "irrational exuberance" after the first three weeks of the 2011 Washington Redskins season.

SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR, PART I: Glo Bible Premium (http://www.globible.com/), which truly brings the Scriptures alive for users of Microsoft Windows-running PCs, Apple Macintosh computers and iPhone and iPad devices. This is not the kind of software some scholars might gravitate towards, but rather it's the kind of program which allows readers to experience one of the most important books of Western civilization, the Bible, in a comfortable way. The list price of $89.99 has been cut to $39.99, a 55-percent discount, but only, the publishers say, "while supplies last." If you're interested, you'd want to order quickly.

SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR, PART II: Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, for Mac and Windows users, $79.99 from http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-elements.html, and possibly less expensive elsewhere.

I don't know of a better, more comprehensive and more widely useful piece of software for the "active amateur" photographer who wants to organize, share and edit their photos with more than the "standard" approaches available. Elements 10 is a great product at a very good price, and one that has stood the test of the marketplace over time.

Here's hoping that 2012 will bring not only some new and dynamic tech products, but also some good news on the economic front that would allow more consumers to participate in their use.

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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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