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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 June 19, 2009 / 27 Sivan 5769

A tale of two Smartphones

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Even before the confetti from the June 6 launch of Palm's Pre smartphone had been swept away, Apple, Inc., came along to pop the last remaining Pre balloon. Two days after Palm sallied forth with its presumptive "iPhone killer," Apple cut the price on a similar-memory-sized iPhone to $99, or $100 less than the Pre after a $100 rebate. Apple also announced a new revision of the iPhone's operating system, due this coming Wednesday, a free upgrade.


And, come Thursday of this week, smartphone aficionados are expected to have the iPhone 3G S with which to contend, starting with 16 Gigabytes of memory (twice the Pre's storage) at $199 and jumping to 32 GB (or, 4 times the Pre) for $299, or the Pre's list price.


Is that whimpering I hear out there?


Let's start with the software. The new iPhone 3.0 software will answer some of the complaints about the iPhone, such as lack of cutting/copying-and-pasting capabilities, lack of a horizontal layout for e-mail and typing, You'll also be able to record voice memos, connect to a Bluetooth stereo device, such as headphones (and perhaps car stereos), search the contents of your phone for a keyword or name, and have an enhanced stock tracker, if your GM shares are ever worth something.


Couple the new features with the new iPhone model, and you'll also be able to shoot and send short video clips, have a 3-megapixel camera at the ready (versus 3.2 megapixels on the Pre) and have that camera focus and zoom with a tap, among other features.


New applications coming for the iPhone include a GPS application from TomTom that should offer turn-by-turn directions, with voice prompts, as well as an optional car kit to hold the iPhone for hands-free viewing, even in landscape mode.


Now, it may seem unfair to tar Palm's Pre with the two-plus-year-old iPhone's brush: the Pre is brand-spanking new and the iPhone's been out there. But Palm's new CEO, Jon Rubenstein, is an Apple veteran, after all; he was on the iPod development team. And the world has seen what Apple has done with both the iPhone and the iPod, as well as with the App Store, which has made it easy to purchase iPhone/iPod apps via iTunes.


The success of the App Store model speaks to why T-Mobile's Android phone using the Google-developed operating system, as well as Research in Motion's BlackBerry platform both have similar "stores" out there in cyberspace, each launching with more than the handful of applications Palm deigned to bless the Pre with at its launch.


And one more thing: the Android, the BlackBerry Storm, and, yes, the iPhone, will each work outside of the United States. The Pre won't, and yet Palm imagines this device will effectively compete against the iPhone. As you might imagine, I'm a tad skeptical about that.


It's not that the Pre isn't adequate as a smartphone: as I noted last Wednesday, its applications are quite good, and there's plenty of potential. However, the notion that this device is as likely (or more so) to knock off the iPhone ranks up there with the latest theories of alchemy as ways to make vast sums of money.


The Pre remains a work in progress. There's no telling when additional applications will be available, no ideas, yet, on accessories. Yet almost within minutes of the new iPhone announcements, there were news releases saying this or that accessory would work with the 3G S model, or is being designed for it.


The reason, of course, is the vast popularity of the iPhone: millions and millions have been sold. No media report I've seen suggests a similar surge for the Pre, and unless Palm gets moving, there may not be one.

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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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