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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 Dec. 17, 2010 / 10 Teves, 5771

Gifts, gadgets for the techie in your life

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Your product sounds interesting," I said to Greg Lee, a marketer of a tech device in Philadelphia. Then I posed a question I have never — not once — asked in three decades of product reviewing: "How does it perform in bed?"

Mr. Lee assured me it was solid there, and I soon found out: The $35 Free One Hand holder for Apple's iPad (www.freeonehand.com) seems to be the best value on the market for something that'll grab your iPad, never let go, and let you read in bed, or in a chair, more easily and comfortably.

The key is for the device to distribute the iPad's weight when you're holding it with one hand. (If you think that's easy, try it.) The iPad is a great e-book reader, in my opinion, but its weight can be a bit cumbersome. Free One Hand clips onto the iPad at all four corners and has a handle that lets you apply several different grips, comfortably, for reading and other tasks, such as watching a movie. The front of the product provides a little space between the iPad screen and a desktop if you place it screen-side down. On its back, the holder is a miniature stand for the iPad — great, I'm guessing, for an airplane tray table.

Bottom line: It's well worth getting for the holidays and beyond. I recommend the Free One Hand solution for any iPad owner.

KEEP TECH AND CARRY ON: In a similar vein, a new computer-friendly backpack, the Airbak Air Tech ($99 and up at www.airbak.com) will let you schlep your laptop computer more easily and with less stress. I can attest to this one: It's a great way to haul around a notebook computer.

Its makers say the Air Tech "uses a patented, built-in air-cushion technology to protect a laptop and other tech gear as well as alleviating back stress and making wearers feel as if they are carrying half the weight or less. Simply pump the air pocket to the desired level, taking only seconds, and the Airbak shields your tech valuables with a cushion of air."

But, wait, there's more: The Air Tech also will redistribute the weight, this time across your back, to make the whole carrying thing easier. It's also "anonymous" enough so as not to scream "Steal me!" in an airport or train station. There are plenty of compartments, which translates into lots of storage and organization. I like this one.

FOR THE COLLEGE STUDENT: Blue Microphone's Mikey for iPod (http://bit.ly/as0E3b) will plug into an Apple iPod and deliver super-high-quality sound that can record class lectures and other things you might want to hear again. That it can do so for less than $100 is equally remarkable; that it can do so even in stereo is amazing, making this a great concert-grabber as well. (Be sure you respect copyright laws, though.)

Here's the better part: You can buy the item for one-third off at Amazon.com. If there's a student in your life, or staring back from the mirror, you need to get this.

DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS: One way you'll know is with Phosphor's $150 World Time Watch, which uses an e-ink display, like those found in e-book readers such as Amazon's Kindle, to display the time. There are various displays and formats as well as a wide viewing angle, making it easy to read. I also like the adjustable wrist strap, and because this is e-ink, the display is ultra-high-contrast. Details at www.phosphorwatches.com for a product that is highly recommended.

CAMERA BOOKS SCORE: If you are giving anyone a digital camera this year, or if you've just received one, get all three volumes of Scott Kelby's "Digital Photography" series (Peachpit Press). These short, pithy, highly illustrated volumes are a virtual master class in photography. They're available through Amazon.com, though an even better value can be had at area Costco stores, where the volumes are $13.99 each. Kelby is a top-selling computer author, editor of Photoshop User magazine, and in looking at just five pages, I learned stuff I hadn't known before. The books are great stocking stuffers — right next to that 600 mm lens.

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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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