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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

The cutting edge in HDTV

By Marshall Brain

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) This year I was able to attend CES 2008, also known as the Consumer Electronics Show. CES is the place where every electronics manufacturer in the world comes to show their stuff to the U.S. Market. By attending CES, you get to see everything that is available, plus a lot of stuff that will become available over the coming year.

To say that CES is gigantic is an understatement. It fills the 80-acre Las Vegas Convention Center, and then spills over into several other venues. It easily covers more than 100 acres. To put that into perspective, imagine the biggest Super Wal-Mart you've ever seen. That's about four acres. Now imagine 25 of those huge spaces filled to the gills with the latest electronic stuff from the thousands of companies. That is CES.

One of the biggest product categories this year is HDTV. And that makes sense - An HDTV is a big-ticket item and millions of them will be sold in the United States this year. Every manufacturer you've ever heard of was at CES with dozens of HDTV models: Toshiba, Hitachi, Sharp, Sanyo, HP, Samsung, Sony, LG, Olevia, Panasonic, Polaroid, Westinghouse and 100 other companies.

The really funny thing about looking at hundreds of new HDTVs from all these companies is that the message is clear: Last year's stuff is no good. You need to buy the latest, greatest stuff if you want to be a cool, hip HDTV owner. So let's explore what the ultimate HDTV looks like today.

First of all, any cool HDTV must have 1080p resolution. This measurement tells you how many dots (or pixels) there are on the HDTV's screen. 1,920 x 1,080 dots is the most possible with HDTV, and a 1080p screen has that many dots. Many (probably most) of the HDTVs that you see in the showroom right now only have 1,366 x 768 pixels.

Next you need to think about the refresh rate. Most HDTVs in the showroom refresh the screen 60 times per second (also known as 60 hertz). The latest HDTVs refresh 120 times a second. To do this, the HDTV looks at the video signal coming in, which is refreshing at 60 hertz. It then looks at two of the images 1/60th of a second apart, and the HDTV creates a new frame between them and displays it. The TV essentially invents every other frame to display 120 frames per second. It really is quite amazing that TVs now have enough computing power to do that, but they do.

Next you have to consider the contrast ratio. Most HDTVs in the showroom today have a contrast ratio of something like 2,000:1 or 4,000:1. The latest HDTVs have a contrast ratio greater than 10,000:1. A high contrast ratio means whiter whites, blacker blacks and more vibrant colors in between.

The latest TVs have narrow bezels. The bezel is the frame around the screen itself. Less than an inch of bezel is now considered to be cool. A width greater than 1 inch is passe. The size of the bezel has a practical benefit too - a bigger screen can fit into a smaller space. The same thing goes for the TV's thickness. Some "flat screens" are as much as 6 inches thick. The latest screens are 2 inches thick or less.

Finally, your TV needs to have three or four HDMI connectors, and they must be version 1.3 of HDMI to be cool.

So there you have it: the latest, coolest HDTVs are 1080p, 120 hertz, high contrast ratio, narrow bezel and 2 inches thick with four HDMI version 1.3 connectors.

As I say, this is the message that manufacturers are pushing this year. But the fact is, unless you are comparing them side by side, 1,366x768 pixels really looks pretty good and there is not a huge difference between that and 1,920 x 1,080. The same goes for a 3,000:1 contrast ratio and 60 hertz. So the choice is yours. You can buy the latest, greatest HDTV, or you can save a thousand dollars or two by buying last year's technology. It will still look good.

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Previously:


Redefining the CD
How the HDMI cable scam works
How glow-in-the-dark toys work
How the subprime mortgage crisis works
How gift cards work
How Tasers work
How giant TV screens work
How foreclosure works
How Air Force One works
How wildfire fighting works
How vitamins work
How ejection seats work
How reattaching limbs works
How hot air balloons work
How paparazzi work
How counterfeiting works
How CDs work
How the Edsel worked
How Stinger missiles work
How hybrid cars work
How sharks work
How mosquitoes work
How diesel engines work
How water towers work
How the Dawn mission works
How Kassam rockets work
How the North American Eagle works
Why aren't we flying to work?
How tofu and soy milk work
How Colony Collapse Disorder works
How airbags work
How the U.S. income tax works
How gum works
How caffeine works
How Daylight Saving Time works
How a cruise missile works
How snow making works

© 2007, How Stuff Works Inc. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

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