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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 January 29, 2010 / 14 Shevat 5770

That Tablet Thingy

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Someone else said it first: Not since Moses descended from Mt. Sinai has the world been as interested in a new tablet.


A "mobile analytics" firm, Flurry, based in San Francisco, reported on January 24, 2010 that "approximately 50 devices" which could be the Apple tablet were being used on Apple's Cupertino, California, campus. According to Peter Farago, Flurry's marketing vice president, the device signatures of the units were different from Apple's iPhone, and the devices were not leaving the campus, making things seem very hush-hush. The Flurry report says the bulk of applications for the device were entertainment-centered.


While the world will know soon enough how correct such reporting is, there are two things that will, I believe, be abundantly clear about any tablet device Apple puts forth.


The first is that applications will drive the thing. The second is that content will drive the applications.


Consider the iPhone, from whose loins the tablet may spring. The 133,00 iPhone applications now available from the iTunes AppStore , launched in 2008 with just 500 programs, are truly what has propelled the device into the stratosphere. Ditto for the iPod Touch, which can run many of the same iPhone applications.


Whether its personal finance (Mint), or shopping (Grocery Gadget) or travel (TripIt), you can load something onto the iPhone that helps make life easier. I've sung Mint's praises before; it's a great way to keep on top of your bank and credit card accounts. Grocery Gadget Pro is a good shopping list program, albeit one that costs $4.99.


TripIt's free application and Web site (www.tripit.com), lets you enter your travel plans and see your schedule at a glance; it's a help when dashing through an airport and trying to find what your next flight is supposed to be. However, it doesn't automatically update when, as happened to me last week, a flight is canceled and you're rebooked. To get such updates, the TripIt folks want you to spend $70/year for their premium service, something that might make sense for truly frequent fliers.

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Ironically, I've found one of the best apps for the iPhone to be Amazon.com's Kindle software, which allows users to buy and read Kindle-formatted eBooks on the iPhone, even without owning a Kindle device. It's not perfect - there's still a need to go to, say, chapter-and-verse when reading a book set up in chapters and verses - but it's not bad overall. The irony, of course, is that the Apple tablet may encroach on Kindle e-reader sales.


Which leads to the question of content. If I can read everything, or most everything, that I want on this device, and do so easily at various type sizes, and do it affordably, Apple could have on its hands the kind of mega-hit it is accustomed to producing.


Key will be how it handles data communications. If all you can do is link to the Internet via WiFi, then its usefulness may be limited. If it also has a cellular data link, and an all-you-can-eat data plan, then so much the better; nirvana awaits.


But if the speculation is correct, that Apple CEO Steve Jobs wants to change the way we consume media, old and new, then the anticipated Apple tablet could do amazing things. If Peyton Manning were a tech CEO, he'd probably be Steve Jobs. (And if Steve Jobs were a quarterback, I'd pray that Dan Snyder signed him for the Redskins.)

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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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