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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 Sept. 16, 2005 / 12 Elul, 5765

Power fills tiny IPod Nano

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The little boy, who could not have been more than 8 years old, walked in the door, and his eyes widened. "I've never seen them that small," he exclaimed. He was right: They never made them that small, before now.


It's so cool, it's hot. Saturday night, a salesman at the Apple Store at Westfield Shoppingtown Montgomery Mall said the store was "almost all sold out" of the IPod Nano, the $249, 4 gigabyte digital jukebox that also will play games, show photos in color and impress your friends.


To hear the accolades, you will have to take the headphones out of your ears long enough to listen to them.


The 4 GB model will hold 1,000 songs. Spend $50 less and you can get a 2 GB model that holds 500 songs, though logic would suggest splurging to get the higher-capacity unit.


The Nano, which replaces the IPod Mini, sports a color screen and a great sound, and is incredibly small. It measures but 3.5 by 1.6 by 0.27 inches and weighs a mere 1.5 ounces, yet it holds all that music, or audiobooks, or podcasts, or whatever.


Because of its size, the $39 accessory that hangs the Nano around your neck and provides earphones may be more than an option if you want to keep this one around.


There seems to be little, if any, difference in sound quality between the Nano and a traditional IPod. Hook up the headphones directly to the unit so that the pre-amp is enabled and you'll hear Jimmy Buffett's "Cheeseburger in Paradise" loud and clear. The Nano rocks, or plays the classics, jazz or whatever. Its sound is phenomenal.


What's not to like about this tiny player?


The display screen is smaller than the one on regular IPods; you can't see all of a song title if it is more than two or three words. On the larger IPods, more words are visible.


Some will object to having the headphone jack on the bottom, something I think was done primarily to accommodate the lanyard headphones, but that's not a big impediment for me.


Apple shuts out the Windows Media Audio, or WMA, format, so some prerecorded items won't work unless you use a third-party program to convert WMAs to MP3. But there's so much available for the IPod through Apple's ITunes service, including free audio items such as podcasts, that the format question might well be moot for many users.


These observations are based on spending a few minutes -- nanoseconds? -- with the Nano, and not a usual review period, which I hope will come shortly.


However, having experienced most of the major steps in the IPod evolution to date, it's easy to make some judgments based on that initial experience.


This is a good product. It promises decent battery life of about 14 hours, and it's solid-state -- everything is stored on flash memory -- so there should be no skips or pauses even when jogging or hitting a bump in the road.


The price may seem steep, but is on a par, I would argue, with the $150, 1980 price of the original Sony Walkman, which could play only the songs you had on a cassette tape. The 4 GB Nano holds the equivalent of as many as 85 or 100 music cassettes or compact discs.


More on the Nano later; for now, let's say it's worth investigating, and perhaps buying if the Apple Store still has some in stock.

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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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