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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

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

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Nov. 11, 2011 / 14 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Wishing doesn't make it so, even for a nice tablet computer

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | At first encounter, the HTC JetStream tablet computer can be as captivating as a young Audrey Hepburn first contemplating the display windows of Tiffany & Co. in New York City. Its 32 Gbytes of memory, stunning 10-inch color screen and touch interface all impress.

Like the late Ms. Hepburn, the JetStream tablet, $699 from AT&T Wireless with a two-year data contract, sparkles, entices and even seduces a bit. Load an Internet page on it using AT&T's 4G LTE wireless service and you might just swoon at the super-fast speed. (The device is available without a wireless contract for $849, or $120 more than a similarly equipped Apple, Inc. iPad.)

But unlike Ms. Hepburn, whose star quality hasn't dimmed, the JetStream's luster quickly fades. As with many devices running the Google Inc.-created Android operating system, the JetStream jets through battery power faster than one would like. Recharging isn't terribly long: it took about two hours, connected to a wall outlet, to go from a 1-percent charge to 92-percent. But there seems to be no easy way to really power down this device; I thought I'd done so before transporting it home from my office, but it apparently wasn't the case.

Then there's the issue of applications for the JetStream, supposedly abundant in the "Android Marketplace," Google's equivalent of Apple, Inc.'s "App Store." Yes, there are a ton of Android apps available. Getting one or two of these applications installed onto this particular tablet is, frankly, a challenge.

I tried to do this, three times, with the popular (over 10,000 downloads in its first month) Android version of Logos Bible Software. No success. I tried twice with Google Docs, and again, no luck.

This is one of the qualms I continue to have concerning the whole Android thing. As much as one might wish for a solid competitor to Apple's iOS software for the iPad and iPhone, if only for the sake of choice, there's no denying that once Apple approves a program for its App Store, the thing works. The application downloads, installs and opens, approximately 99.99-percent of the time.

My other Apple-versus-Android comment is that Apple, rightly or wrongly, maintains a level of "editorial control" that Google might do well to implement. Search "top new free" lifestyle apps in the Android Marketplace, and you'll find "Sexy Seductive woman SouthKor" as the third-most popular. I didn't download this, but the preview showed a young, lingerie-clad Asian woman in several suggestive poses. It's not available for the iPad, as a check of Apple's App Store revealed.

Accessories for the JetStream are difficult to find: a digital pen said to work with the device lists for $80, and that's about it for custom-designed items. You can find a stand to prop the tablet up on a desk, and external Bluetooth keyboards are also on the market. You could, conceivably, make this into a portable workstation of some stripe, enabling you to do many things remotely that previously might have required a notebook computer.

The positive draw of AT&T's 4G LTE service is, as mentioned, something that might make you swoon. Then again, so might the pricing: $25/month for 2 Gbytes of data transfers is OK, especially for the speed. Each additional gigabyte will cost you $10. Go overseas and use Wi-Fi only, however: you'll rack up massive charges for overseas wireless data service, although AT&T offers some plans that can mitigate that.

Now, the data service thing would be an issue for wireless-data equipped iPads just as much for Android tablets. Yet, on my recent overseas trips, I found Wi-Fi just about everywhere from the Brussels airport to Kenya and Slovenia. So one could skip wireless data on an iPad, I believe, and be rather happy.

The same doesn't appear to be the case with the JetStream, which means it had better be a superlative performer to wean one from the iOS world. It's very good, but Android, even the latest release called "Honeycomb," isn't there yet. Thus, I can't say the JetStream deserves a high spot on your holiday shopping list, unless you're a fan of disappointment.

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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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