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Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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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

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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 Feb. 22, 2008 / 16 Adar I 5768

Apple changes entertainment, again

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Starting at $229, the new-and-truly-improved Apple TV, re-released last month, is a device that could change the entertainment world, again.


Apple TV's first incarnation, as a wireless entertainment system tied to Apple's iTunes software and a computer running same, drew some interest, but also a lot of yawns. People didn't want their computers doing double duty as entertainment servers. Instead, they wanted to be able to download music, pictures, video and movies to the device and work with them directly. Apple changed the product to do this, and the result is stunning.


I have a 42-inch Sony high-definition LCD television set with an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) interface, in fact two of them. That's the type of television for which Apple TV is designed: widescreen, with HDMI. The prices of such sets is dropping in advance of the 2009 jump to digital over-the-air broadcasting, so it's likely you'll have such a set someday soon.


Apple kindly sent along the 160 Gigabyte hard disk version of Apple TV, which retails for $329; spend $100 less and you get a 50 Gigabyte hard drive. On the larger model, the cost-per-gigabyte of storage drops from $4.58 on the 50 GB model to $2.05 on the larger drive. Using an iTunes-equipped computer, you can select the media, including photos from Apple's iPhoto application, a Windows-based PC, or from online photo-sharing services such as Flickr and Apple's .Mac (STET) Web Galleries.


Right now, I've filled up approximately 20 Gigabytes with my own content, and could easily add a lot more. But the storage is also meant to handle TV episodes and movies that you buy or rent online using an iTunes account. This, along with connections to your computer for multimedia transfers, require that you have wireless networking at home, or an Ethernet network. Movie purchases and rentals work best via a high-speed Internet connection.


With everything in place, my wife and I decided to rent the high-definition version of "Live Free or Die Hard." You do this by logging in to an iTunes account and browsing through the available films; searching is also possible using the tiny, functional remote that comes with the unit.


Thanks to our Verizon FiOS connection and a wireless router, the rental downloaded in under five minutes and played in perfect HD, with very good sound, Dolby Digital 5.1, to be precise. Rentals of "new releases" generally cost $4.99 for the high-def version, $3.99 for standard definition. So-called "library" films cost $1 less in each format to rent. All rentals are available for viewing for 24 hours after download. Many movies can be purchased for $14.99 and stored on the hard drive.


I also transferred a bunch of photos and a shelf-load of music to the device. It's neat - there's no other word for it - to see sharp, stunning digital images on a huge screen, in a slideshow that includes all sorts of transitions and can be accompanied by the music you select. Travelogues will never be the same.


Also available is the popular YouTube video library, which is searchable via the Apple TC device. It's an incredible time waster. You can also access all sorts of video podcasts for free, including the National Geographic "Atmospheres" series, via iTunes. I'm told that the unit is always "on" to allow it to "talk" to the wireless network and receive software updates. My "inner BGE customer," however, would like to see a power off switch somewhere. But that's my only quibble: setup, wireless networking and usage are all flawless.


Using Apple TV makes me very glad I don't own stock in a video rental chain. This is the beginning of a great new future for entertainment at home, and is worth investigating.

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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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