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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 March 2, 2007 / 12 Adar, 5767

Blackberry Pearl, V-Moda Vibe Headphones Are Each Small Wonders

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Research in Motion's BlackBerry Pearl, a $400 list price cellphone/PDA, is smaller than older BlackBerry models, smaller than Palm Inc.'s PDA/phones. An intensive bit of work with the device convinces me I wouldn't want to see the Pearl get more than five inches away from me.


Diminutive aptly describes the Pearl, which is about the size of a small business card case, and has the feel of a TV remote, though smaller than most of those. You get full sound from the device, however, and it holds a lot, both on the SIM card provided by your wireless carrier, either Cingular/ATT Wireless or T-Mobile, and on a "microSD" memory card, which can run as high as 2 Gigabytes; a 1 GB card was installed in my test unit, giving it storage 100 times that of my first 10 Mbyte hard drive computer.


Voice quality, as mentioned, is excellent, and the phone is Bluetooth capable, which lets you use wireless headphones and the like, as well as standard wired ones. The phone is a four-band GSM/GPRS cellular phone, which means roaming should be possible in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region; I wouldn't be surprised if it worked well in places such as Turkey and Israel as well.


There are several e-mail and messaging features, including one to link the Pearl to a "BlackBerry Enterprise Server" if your organization has that software installed. But I was impressed - astonished, actually - to merely enter my e-mail address and password and then have the device set up an e-mail account; no other configuration necessary. It's also nice to be able to read Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF files on the device, though PDF files can be a bit tricky. Word documents are as clear as can be, minus fancy formatting. It's good enough to review something quickly in what would otherwise be non-productive time.


The 1.3 megapixel camera produces very sharp, clear images that can be easily exported to a desktop computer or e-mailed. Finding the pictures once you've snapped them can be a challenge, though: neither BlackBerry's desktop software, available only for Windows computers, nor Corel's PhotoAlbum 6 downloader, could find the photos on the miniSD card. It was only by going through the Windows file browser that I was able, ultimately, to find and download about 11 snaps that I wanted to keep.


Web browsing is also a bit hit-and-miss. Some sites come up nicely, such as CNN or AccuWeather; others not so well. If you need a site which doesn't display properly, you might be stuck using this device. In fairness, I should note that no cellphone/PDA combo I've yet tried, BlackBerry, Palm or Windows Mobile, has done a good job with all sites.


The BlackBerry Pearl is a great device which I'd like to hang on to: it's sleek, useful and feature-packed. Refinement in its desktop software is necessary, however, along with a tweak to the built-in Web browser. Details at www.blackberrypearl.com.


At $101 list - and available online for less - the V-Moda Vibe headphones seem an extravagance, until you slip them on. Once in your ears, the headphones are super-comfortable, and produce a sound fidelity that is amazing. Bass sounds are very rich and deep, and the overall experience rivals more expensive headphone such as the Bose QC3 on-the-ear model. If you have one of the new red Apple iPods, there's a Vibe model to match that color, too. The V-Moda folks pride themselves on designing and releasing stylish products for the fashion-conscious.


These V-Moda Vibe headphones sound better than they look, and they look very, very good. Once you sample these wonders, you'll agree that top sound isn't an extravagance, but a necessity. You can learn more at www.v-moda.com.

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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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