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 December 14, 2012 / 1 Teves, 5773

Tech year's good, bad, and, well, confusing

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Herewith, the first of some last-minute gift ideas, suggestions and strategies ...

START WITH MUSIC - I'm a big fan of gifting music, especially gift cards for Apple Inc.'s iTunes service or Amazon.com's MP3 music store. The Apple gift cards are widely available in many retail outlets, including Target stores and others. Amazon.com will sell you "virtual" gift cards you can send via e-mail or Facebook, or "real" ones they'll deliver via a courier.

You could also offer a gift subscription to a music service such as Pandora or Slacker, which delivers a lot of music for the money. These are online services compatible with many different mobile devices and desktop systems; Pandora compatibility is also found in some car audio systems and the Sonos (www.sonos.com) line of Internet-friendly audio systems.

CONTINUE WITH BACKUP - One of the interesting things about the digital age is that while we may have lost some of the paper in our lives (a subject I hope to explore here early next year), we still need the information. Here, having a good backup hard drive is essential. It may not be the "sexiest" holiday gift, but thoughtful recipients will appreciate it, especially when they need to recover crucial data.

My personal last-minute shopping place for such items is either Costco (www.costco.com) or a brick-and-mortar store such as Staples (www.staples.com). Both should have a good selection of Western Digital and/or Seagate external hard disc drives, ranging from under $140 for a 3 Terabyte drive on up. Again, there's little glamour, but data protection is important.

For more portable (and, of necessity) selective storage, I like the Victorinox Swiss Army 8 Gbyte Jetsetter Flash Drive, a $39.95 product designed for Mac users and available at the Apple Store. The manufacturer says you can "encrypt files, securely store personal information and browse the Internet in Swiss Army style, without leaving traces of browsing history, files or cookies." Plus, there's a scissors, nail file with screwdriver end, a tweezers, a key ring, a ballpoint pen and a "clamshell opener," great for opening those hermetically sealed plastic packages.

Higher-capacity versions of the product are available, with additional tools. I'm just glad to have the 8 GB model in my pocket.

GO MOBILE FOR DATA - The AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi Liberate is a $199.99 device that'll serve as a wireless "hotspot" for as many as 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices: notebook computers, tablets, phones, whatever. Made by Novatel Wireless, the cost drops to $49.99 if you sign up for a two-year AT&T mobile data plan, which starts at $60 per month.

I'm not thrilled with the data plan pricing, but if you travel around the country (or work locally where you'd like a secure, private, Internet connection), this device is a great product offering powerful service, a touch-screen, color display for settings and information, and up to 11 hours of use. Not everyone will need this, but if you know someone who does, they might bless you for this gift.

ADD THE NET TO YOUR TV - If you don't have the latest-latest HDTV, but want to access the Internet and streaming services, check out the under-$50 SmartStick HDTV enhancer from FAVI Entertainment. Plug it into an HDMI port on the TV and you can grab movies, music, apps and games via the device's Android OS and your wireless home network. There's an optional wireless keyboard available for $39.99, but it's of the tiny, hand-held variety.

This is another good idea, I think, and perhaps even a useful stocking stuffer.

Need more ideas? Come back next week.

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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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