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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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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

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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

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Sept. 2, 2005 / 28 Av, 5765

Creative ideas go in watch, phone

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There seems to be no limit to human creativity, so the gadgets keep coming. Two items arrived recently: Palm's Treo 650 "smartphone" and Skullcandy's MacGyver MP3 Watch.

I like the Treo 650 a great deal, though it's not perfect. I am less enthusiastic about MacGyver, even though it is pretty cool in concept, at least.

Let's get the watch/MP3 player out of the way first: You can get a 512-megabyte model that will play 960 minutes of Windows Media Audio or 480 minutes of MP3 files — enough to store the contents of between seven and 14 music compact discs — depending on the audio format selected. A fully charged MacGyver will deliver seven hours of music playtime, enough to take you to London or even Vienna, Austria, but not enough for a flight to Tel Aviv, Tokyo or Nairobi, Kenya.

A selling point for the $200 watch (price as found at www.skullcandy.com) are the headphones supplied with the unit, which are awesome. The sound quality is excellent, and you can select from five "equalization" modes, including rock, jazz and classical. Volume controls are on buttons that also advance or reverse the playing of individual songs, so a bit of dexterity is required.

That button confusion, along with a lack of compatibility with Apple's ITunes are two things that give me pause.

I also wonder how good this would be when using the watch and headphones during exercise. I didn't test MacGyver on a treadmill, but fear it would disconnect easily. That's different from, say, an IPod, which can be worn with a holder to support free range of movement.

So an MP3 watch, which can double as a "flash" drive, is a nice idea, but some aspects might bear refining. If Skullcandy ever comes up with wireless headphones, then they've got a winner.

The Treo 650, on the other hand (or, more properly, a shirt pocket), is the kind of smartphone I want to have — at least until I see something better. Running the wonderful Palm operating system, the device combines a phone with a personal digital assistant, a 640-by-480-pixel camera, and an MP3/RealAudio player. Not bad for a phone that, "unlocked," will cost customers of Cingular Wireless $549.

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What's nice about the Treo is that everything works the way it should. You really can navigate this thing with one hand, the on-screen cell phone keypad is easy to use, and the sound is more than decent. Battery life is good, coverage seems to be a bit better than with some other cell phones, and the PDA features of Palm hand-held devices have long impressed me.

I also like some of the nice touches in the device. If there's a phone number in an address book, e-mail message or document, one press can have that number dialed for you. If you need to "silence" the device for a meeting, movie or meditation, one switch will do it. Extra memory isn't a problem: There's a SecureDigitial card slot that accepts up to 1 gigabyte of storage.

So what's not to like? I'd prefer the headphone jack on the top or side rather than the bottom.

I'd also prefer an easier procedure to "unlock" the keypad; it could be one touch instead of two key presses.

These are minor quibbles. I like the Palm platform, and I like it a lot when merged with a good phone. Details on the Treo 650 are at www.palm.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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