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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 May 14, 2014 / 14 Iyar, 5774

How to make great choices in technical gadgets




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Think you and your family are major multigadgeters now? Consumer Reports notes that the mobile wave is still cresting: More than 240 million smartphones and tablets will be sold in the United States this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Add in millions more cameras and other hand-held devices, and America is on track in 2013 to acquire a new gadget for roughly every man, woman and child over the age of 12. Here's Consumer Reports' advice on how to make great choices in smartphones, tablets, cameras, e-book readers and more:




  • Phones, meet cameras. Cameras, meet phones. Despite their tinier lenses and image sensors, the best new smartphone cameras can capture images as good as those from highly ranked basic cameras, but only under optimal conditions. Only a few have very good video quality. Tablets' cameras aren't as advanced as those on phones, though some (including the latest iPads and Galaxy Note tablets) offer flash, panorama modes and rudimentary manual exposure.

  • E-book readers are down -- but not out. With e-reading migrating to tablets and phones, you may see less need for a dedicated e-book reader such as the Barnes & Noble Nook or Amazon Kindle. And you'd be right. So why consider an e-book reader? Because the best are lighter and cheaper by half than even a small, light tablet. They're also much better for reading in bright light (say, at the beach), and they run for weeks -- in some cases even months -- on a charge.

  • Displays get sharp and wide. Manufacturers are packing more pixels into each square inch of phone and tablet displays. The result is sharper type and better-looking images, including videos that meet the 1080p resolution spec of "full HD" television screens. Another slimming factor in some big phones, including models from HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung, is a display that runs nearly all the way to the edge of the device.

  • Apple holds an edge in apps ... iPhones and iPads are the way to go for the most, and most varied, apps. Though Google Play and even Amazon's Appstore carry most major apps, Apple usually has them first. It also offers many titles that never make it to other platforms. And if you're looking for the most innovative apps, you still can't beat Apple.

  • ... But no longer in design innovation. iPhones and iPads remain high performers in Consumer Reports' Ratings and by far the most-owned brands of mobile devices among its readers. But more phones and tablets than ever are matching or beating Apple's models in its Ratings. Among the most dominant alternatives to Apple devices: a slew of superb phones and tablets from Samsung. Still, Apple retains unique strengths, including its elegant iOS operating system, largely unchanged for a few years and familiar to many.

  • Don't be afraid to mix or switch platforms. Adding a new OS to the mix, or even switching entirely, isn't as daunting as you might fear. Today's operating systems are quite intuitive and easy to learn, and chances are you can easily transfer much of your content.

  • Built-in speakers are better -- but not great. Looking for a smartphone or tablet with speakers that do a decent job with music and video soundtracks? Several new models are billed as offering enhanced sound quality, but they're not as good as the ads might lead you to believe. Even the phones and tablets that stood out in Consumer Reports' tests didn't sound as loud or as rich as even a low-cost speaker.

  • Battery life gets longer. Manufacturers are tweaking batteries, circuitry, software and more to maximize run time. If you're among the one-third or so of readers who bought a tablet or phone two or more years ago, battery life alone could be a reason to upgrade.

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Previously:


Cancer screenings you should avoid
In tests of interior paints, newcomer outperforms big names
Unscrambling the latest egg advice
How to buy a coffee maker
Save big on eyewear
Car owners prefer independent shops
How to hear a whole lot better
Bargaining can reap big bucks
Surprising ways to cut your drug costs
Should you report that fender bender?
Great new sites for saving big
Better joints without surgery
6 surprising hazards in your home
Protect your good name online
Great car care gifts
How low car payments can hurt you
High-fiber cereals can satisfy your taste buds
What you need to know about prepaid cards
The only 2 rewards cards you really need
Can good bacteria fight a growing medical threat?
11 things every home should have
Dump your big bank and save
Beauty products you're probably using the wrong way

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