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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 21, 2012 / 8 Teves, 5773

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

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Tick tock, baby, Christmas is hurtling towards us faster than the "fiscal cliff" deadline, and not even the (non-existent) threat of the "Mayan Apocalypse" can stop December 24 from melting into the 25th.

If, however, the Mayans actually did call that "end of the world" thing correctly, please disregard the above statement.

Assuming the world is still here on Monday next, you'll want to grab some gifts now for the techie in your life. Options may dwindle a bit as time goes on, so get a move on.

BUYING A COMPUTER - Some models are getting more and more difficult to find. If you're looking for something very specific, try to find two or three potential sources of supply, and not just one.

For example, Apple Inc.'s newest iMacs - the 21.5-inch and 27-inch desktop models - were on backorder at the company's website on the morning of December 18, 2012. The smaller model, which starts at $1,299, will be "available to ship" within "7 to 10 business days," meaning you probably won't put one under the tree. The 27-inch version appears to be even more popular: the Apple website says these will ship in January.

I'd dash over to BestBuy and perhaps a retailer such as MicroCenter, or one of the smaller Mac resellers around. One of the area's Apple Store retail outlets might have an iMac or two. But I wouldn't hold out much hope, since these items are super-popular right now.

Shoppers for Microsoft's Windows-based PCs may fare better in the shopping game: more retailers, including "big box" stores such as Costco, Sam's Club and B.J.'s, are likely to have a PC or two still, and Microsoft's own retail stores in Pentagon City and Tysons Corner should be well stocked, too. Even still, I wouldn't try to run out the clock.

Tablet buyers might also do well: I haven't heard of any great iPad shortages, and along with the Apple Store and BestBuy, wireless outlets for AT&T and Verizon Wireless should have models in hand.

MAKE A CASE - A delivery the other day brought a bunch of cases from TridentCase.com, a Southern California concern offering stylish - and often rugged - cases for tablets, smartphones and the like. Some of these include ways to attach a bicycle-mounting clip and other accessories.

I was particularly impressed with the "Kraken AMS Series" case for the iPhone 5, which includes a belt clip and a "kick stand" for viewing the screen hands-free on a desktop. The list price is $49.95, and while that's a tad more than some cases you can buy, it certainly seems to be a good value that offers solid protection.

If you want to prop up your smartphone for less scratch, head over to Target and check out the Toddy Wedge from Toddy Gear. The $14.99 beanbag-like device will prop up your device and even clean the touchscreen. The bottom exterior of the Toddy Wedge is made with microfiber material for cleaning screens without the need of fluids, the maker says, and is "available in a plethora of different colors and designs to match anyone's preference."

SHOWER POWER - And finally, for the person who truly has everything, consider the $199 Moxie Showerhead/Wireless Speaker from Kohler, the 140-year-old plumbing fixtures concern. The wireless speaker uses Bluetooth and can stream music from your smartphone or compatible MP3 player to, well, your shower.

While this may evoke thoughts of a certain story line in Woody Allen's film, "To Rome With Love," I kind of like the idea. It's nice to have WTOP-FM, for example, at hand during the morning, and with the rechargeable Moxie speaker, I could hear the news, traffic and weather more easily and at a volume that won't wake others.

Happy shopping!

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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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