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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 26, 2009 / 4 Tamuz 5769

New Opera browser's OK, but new iPhone OS sings

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sometimes, publishing and releasing software is a roll of the dice: it can come up snake eyes or double sixes. Last week's release of a new Web browser from Opera Software N.V., the Norwegian firm nipping at the heels of Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox, is very good, but I don't hear any angelic choirs.


By contrast, the new operating system for Apple Inc.'s iPhone, OS 3.0, certainly hits all the right notes.


Metaphors aside, some realities should be noted: the Web browser market is immense — we're all on the Internet, right? — but it's also dominated by Microsoft and Mozilla, not to mention Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome browsers. Nosing in there is tough, to say the least. Thus, Opera has a steep hill to climb. And for the iPhone, unless you're willing to risk scrambling the entire device, you can run any operating system you want, so long as it's Apple's. This means that even if you choose to put off upgrading at first rush, you'll probably end up acquiescing at some point.


Opera's new version is fast, flashy and has some nice features, such as a "zoom in" mode that enlarges the entire area of a Web page, and not just the text, when pressing a combination of keys that normally enlarge only the text. It's nice that this zoom method is the default method.


The speed with which Opera renders most Web pages is also quite nice; it makes sluggish connections seem faster, and super-fast connections seem positively brilliant.


The only thing I used to "ding" Opera for may have been fixed: the program does load, albeit more slowly than Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari, the electronic edition of The Washington Times. Once loaded, individual stories open super-fast.


Would I make Opera my only browser? Not yet — I'm still skittish — but it is moving very nicely forward. The firm is also developing and trialing "Opera Unite," supposedly an open platform where data and Web browsing would be possible on multiple computers. You could set up the system at work and use it to share files and access data from home, or from a public computer somewhere. If it works as advertised, it'll be interesting.


Check out www.opera.com for the new browser, and if you feel inclined, let me know what you think.


And what do I think of the new iPhone operating system? It's pretty much an answer to prayer: you can select, copy or cut and paste text from one place to another, you can type and read e-mail in landscape mode, and there are massive new search features to comb your device for programs, data and other information.


Is it all perfect? Not yet, since the Search feature sometimes finds too much, i.e. too many instances of something such as a common word or name, and the upgrade won't give you the voice dialing and other voice commands available only on the new iPhone 3G S . But it's far better than the iPhone versions offered before.


Other key improvements are not yet available to U.S. users of the iPhone: MMS messaging, a form of texting that includes pictures and video, isn't supported yet by AT&T Wireless, nor is "tethering," which lets you use the iPhone as a wireless data modem for your computer. AT&T says it will introduce MMS service at some point, while tethering may come later this year, if industry rumors are accurate.


I do like the way the iPhone will now log into a Wi-Fi hotspot: it's much smarter and easier to keep organized. The "find my iPhone" service offered with Apple's $99-per-year MobileMe data service is great, but it's also $99 more than you're spending if you don't already have MobileMe.


But the improvements are worth it. If you haven't already, update your iPhone and be happy!

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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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