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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 Dec. 31, 2010 / 24 Teves, 5771

File under ‘Duh’: iPad is product of year, maybe decade

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here's a stunner - several technology writers, your columnist included, were mightily impressed by Apple Inc.'s iPad during 2010, so much so that it is showing up on several lists as "the" top tech product of the year.

File that one under, "duh," won't you?

That's not to diminish either the tech journalists or the iPad or the designation. There can be little doubt that the iPad has had a greater impact on the world at large than just about any computing/technology product introduction of the past decade. Within a few weeks, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is, reports suggest, going to launch "The Daily," a "newspaper" designed exclusively for the iPad. Then again, Flipbook, a very popular iPad application, can aggregate a lot of news that's important to you already (translation, stuff you're following via Facebook and Twitter), and display it on a screen you page through. Plus, other newspapers, such as The New York Times, have also launched iPad apps - even if the NYT's application always crashes on my iPad. (A great alternative here is PressReader from NewspaperDirect.com, which has been nicely upgraded recently. It's newsstand doesn't have the NYT, but it includes many great papers, including The Washington Times.)

But it isn't just newspapers. As mentioned here before, the $9.99 iPad version of the "HCSB Study Bible" is as fine a Scripture resource as I have seen, at a price that's a fraction of the cost (and heft) of the printed version. Turning "pages" is much quieter, too. On the magazine front, the folks at Zinio (www.zinio.com) have done great things with their magazine-producing clients for use on the iPad, perhaps the best of these being the special Rolling Stone "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" issue, a $9.99 stunner that let you hear clips of almost all the songs depicted there, and then buy the ones you want. (The chief exception being songs from The Beatles, which were not on iTunes at the time the issue was released; several other songs are also unavailable in the magazine. Now that the Fab Four's ouvre are on iTunes, perhaps that will change in a revised edition.)

And it isn't just reading, it's also writing, number-crunching and public speaking. The iPad, after all, can run specialized versions of Apple's Pages word processor, Numbers spreadsheet and Keynote presentation software, and there are dozens of alternatives to the Apple products if you don't like those three. One of the best such, in my opinion, is QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite (http://bit.ly/ePEHTS), which for $14.99 will give you, the manufacturer claims, "full control of editing, formatting and sharing" Microsoft Word and Excel files, as well as PowerPoint 2003 files; you can only view PowerPoint 2007 files, however. But it's a great bargain that's only going to get better, in my estimation.

Don't forget, either, that the iPad incorporates the same entertainment technology as the iPod or iPhone, but with a larger (9.7-inch) display. Watching movies, video clips and the like is quite magical: on a recent visit, my father was almost spellbound in seeing several YouTube videos on a device that small and light. Plug in my favorite Bose headphones, the QC15 model (http://bit.ly/dG7di8), and you're good to go. (If you're fortunate enough to have a Sonos home entertainment device, www.sonos.com, their new iPad controller app is very good.)

There's much, much more that can be said for the iPad, but the numbers speak for themselves: some 8.5 million iPads are expected to have been sold by the time 2011 rolls in, and that's an amazing number by anyone's standard. The impact on "netbook" sales is already apparent; what is only beginning to develop now is the growing number of iPad-specific applications that will bloom in the weeks and months ahead. The revolution is here, one can only wonder where it will lead us.

As mentioned earlier, it's no surprise that the iPad is the top tech item of 2010. What 2011 will bring us here and otherwise is rather exciting, I believe!

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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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