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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 December 28, 2012 / 15 Teves, 5773

More-or-less fearless tech predictions for 2013

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Three weeks ago, your columnist noted some of the "good" that came along in the tech world in 2012. With very little to lose -- you don't think I'm wagering actual cash money here, do you? -- here are some more-or-less fearless predictions for 2013:

GOOGLE ASCENDANT -- Depending on one's position, this is either a good or bad thing, but it's clear Google Inc. is neither going away nor retreating. Reports indicate that the firm will release a smartphone, designed by its Motorola subsidiary, that will go toe-to-toe with Apple, Inc.'s iPhone 5 and other models.

Google's cloud-based productivity applications, as noted in this space a month ago, are also on the ascent. "The New York Times" reported Dec. 26 companies such as Hoffman-LaRoche, Shaw Industries and federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of the Interior are signing up for Google's $50-per-user office suite, instead of trying to figure out Microsoft Corp.'s many-layered pricing for its Office productivity suite. In the case of Shaw Industries, the report noted, the fact that Warren Buffet, chairman of Shaw's corporate parent Berkshire Hathaway, is a close friend of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates made little difference.

While I doubt that the entire federal government will switch, en masse, to Google, that it's made inroads at Interior, with a reported 90,000 users there -- a $4.5 million "win," if you're keeping score -- is significant. Continued inroads into what was once pretty much Microsoft's exclusive federal realm may spell trouble for the Redmond, Wash.-based company, particularly if users remain cool to current and future Microsoft upgrades.

APPLE SECURE -- There's been some talk of rivals taking successful potshots at Apple's positions in the smartphone and tablet markets, and while there is some justification, the fact remains that, so far, the iPhone 5 is the standard-setter for the smartphone category. Thin, capable, with stunning photographic capabilities, iPhone and its operating system dominate the field.

The iPad still has sold more tablets cumulatively than all the competition combined, and it seems poised for continued success. The iPad mini is very nice, but still seems a tad overpriced to me. If they dropped those prices by $100 per model (and offered iTunes credit to earlier purchasers), it would not only be a publicity coup, but also one heck of a shot across the competition's bow.

Apple's star continues to rise in desktop and notebook computing. Its products simply work better, and more reliably, than the competition's, and the 2012 version of Mac OS X, dubbed "Mountain Lion," is rather solid. For those who want dependable computing and a wide range of creative options, the Mac seems to be the best way to go.

STREAMING SUPREME -- As I began writing, Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 61, was streaming from Amazon.com's Cloud Player to my Sonos device; now, I'm listening to "The Best of Simon & Garfunkel" via the same setup. I could switch to Pandora, Rdio or MOG just as easily, or dial in radio stations from New York, Nashville or Arlington, Virginia, all over the Internet.

In my car, with a connected smartphone and the right data plan, I could ditch regular radio for Pandora or other streaming, too. The same would apply to my iPhone while riding on the Metro, or, for that matter, the MegaBus or Amtrak.

Streaming media will, I believe, change the way we consume entertainment and some forms of information. If it allows users to do an "end run" around those overpriced cable bundles, so much the better. If the old mantra of "information wants to be free" actually means something, perhaps it is that "media wants to be free," and as a media consumer, I should be able to watch Fox News or Food Network or ESPN anywhere I want to do so.

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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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