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December 2, 2014

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 February 29, 2008 / 23 Adar, 5768

A centro for GSM users

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Palm Centro, first introduced about four months ago in a then-exclusive deal with Sprint, is branching out in life. Now, you can get one at your local AT&T store, again for $99.99, with a two-year contract. When your reviewer first examined the Centro three months ago, I speculated that a GSM-based unit would be of interest. Now it's possible to test that theory, since AT&T's wireless network is based on the Global Standard for Mobile, or GSM, used worldwide by many carriers. A GSM phone should function as easily in Sweden as it does in Springfield.


As with the Sprint version, there's some extra multimedia available, which gives the phone something in the way of competition with Apple's wildly successful iPhone. The Centro's screen is smaller than the iPhone's, 320-by-320 pixels versus 320-by-480 for the iPhone. But it's not unreadable or unusable for video. You don't get the same experience as the iPhone, which can switch from portrait to landscape mode automatically, something unnecessary in the Centro's square display, I guess. However, it's good enough for many applications, such as the mobile TV service AT&T offers for an extra $9.99 per month.


Like the other version, the Centro offers a 1.3 megapixel camera, something I believe is essential for a mobile phone these days. That's about one-third less resolution than the iPhone, but it's sufficient for many purposes; if the subject is in sufficient focus, for example, a newspaper should be able to use a 1.3 megapixel camera's photo in print.


Multimedia and photos are nice touches, but the main purpose of any phone, of course, must be for voice and, increasingly, data calls. On these points the Centro scores quite well.


The AT&T network is getting better all the time; in and around Washington, D.C., I've had few problems making or receiving calls. A highlight came in the Ft. McHenry Tunnel under Baltimore Harbor, which, apparently, is wired for cellular service. Thee Centro performed there admirably.


Data is, as mentioned, a growing element of cell phone usage. Here, the Centro and AT&T do not disappoint. Using Palm's Blazer Web browser, I could retrieve most Web pages easily, as well as access my e-mail using Web portals. For an additional $9.99 per month - a price AT&T seems to like - one can also utilize a GPS navigation feature that includes turn-by-turn voice directions. I would imagine this being particularly interesting to those who travel frequently in the U.S. and don't want to schlep, or rent, a GPS device for their cars.


There are three stand-alone e-mail options for the Centro, including AT&T's own e-mail software, XpressMail, Good Mobile Messaging, and the Palm VersaMail e-mail client. My personal preference has been to use the Palm software, but all three seem good options alongside Web-based e-mail.


Those who are Palm devotees will find the usual array of Palm software, including that for contacts and calendar management. These elements can sync with Windows and Mac computers, a not-unimportant asset for the mobile worker. After all, what good is being a road warrior if you can't easily take your information with you?


And how is typing on the small, QWERTY-esque keyboard of the Centro? Not bad at all, thanks for asking. It's not as thumb-friendly as your average Research In Motion BlackBerry, but it's not bad, and the notion of using a separate key to invoke the numeric keypad, the only way to type numbers, quickly becomes second nature.


In terms of price, performance and portability, then, the Centro from Palm is a winning product. Many users already know its interface, and the price — $349 without a new contract, $99.99 with a two-year pact -- is reasonable. I liked the Centro before, and now am more enthusiastic since is arrival on the GSM platform, which makes it a world phone.

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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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