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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 January 2, 2009 / 6 Teves 5769

Coming: a micro-sized Internet gateway

By Mark Kellner

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Email this article | If it works as well in "real life" as it did last week at a lunch meeting on DC's Pennsylvania Avenue, Novatel Wireless' "MiFi" could be quite something.

The device, which may retail for around $200, or less with a carrier's subsidy, is a little shorter than an Apple iPhone and somewhat thinner. It combines mobile data communications with a tiny Wi-Fi "router" that'll share its signal with neighboring devices over 802.11b and 802.11g connections, tech speak for speeds up to 54 Megabits per second (Mbps). The mobile data can be either CDMA- or GSM-based, or, more simply, run on either Sprint's, Verizon's or AT&T's networks.

None of these firms - which have U.S.-based relationships with San Diego-based Novatel - has confirmed plans to offer the MiFi device, said Rob Hadley, a senior technical advisor to the firm, who previously was Novatel's senior vice president for worldwide sales and marketing. T-Mobile, according to Mr. Hadley, works with Novatel Wireless products in Europe, but apparently not here.

The briefing, therefore, was very much like the "concept car" demos popular at the annual auto shows in Detroit and elsewhere, although Mr. Hadley predicts MiFi will be available "within the first half of 2009," and probably closer to during the first three months of the year. And, unlike the concept cars, I was able to step in and take a "test drive," as it were.

I did that using the iPhone and it's Wi-Fi connectivity. A quick switch to that feature and the "name" of Mr. Hadley's MiFi unit popped up; connection was instantaneous and I was able to surf the Web and download e-mail with ease. If I had a Voice-over-Internet-Protocol, or VOIP, phone that used Wi-Fi, I could have made calls using that device, too. Equip a digital camera with a (homonymic, but unrelated) Eye-Fi Wireless SD card, and I could use the MiFi to send pictures from the camera to the Flickr online service, or to The Washington Times' newsroom, if I desired. There's a lot of possible uses for the product and the service it provides.

Moreover, Mr. Hadley said, the device is programmable: you (or a corporate IT department) could create various small applications for the MiFi that would have it grab e-mail overnight, and then download the items to your computer in the morning. Other apps could help those without computers receive printouts of e-mail using a Wi-Fi compatible printer.

Final pricing isn't nailed down, and wireless data tariffs haven't been confirmed. Right now, Mr. Hadley speculated the MiFi would merit a data fee of around $60 per month for as much as 5 gigabytes of data transfer, the same as many other wireless plans.

The market, however, could push for change in this regard: while most of us are happy to pay "X" dollars per month for high speed Internet at home, and another "Y" amount for smartphones that offer texting and Web browsing, adding "Z" dollars for the MiFi might be a bit much, especially at $720 or so for service each year, unless there's a compelling (read: business or tax-deductable) reason. Thus, there's some speculation that perhaps carriers will cut fees or bundle the MiFi with other services.

And if there's a fear that using the MiFi and a VOIP phone will circumvent other revenue for telcos, I'd like to suggest that the smart firms out there will realize that service revenue is service revenue. If we can get everything in one bag for one price, so much the better.

As mentioned, the MiFi demonstration was just that - a demonstration. When I get a chance to use one, you'll read about that here.

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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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