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Pokemon Go—WOW

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As a tech writer for the Jewish Link of New Jersey, I usually pick my subjects from day-to-day tech issues that I encounter from GCG’s clients. Many times I learn more from clients than from anyone else.

Usually I will write my column and ask for the editor and publisher’s feedback. Though on this particular subject I...

Summertime Tech

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Summer is here—time for family, BBQs or, as my neighbors have nicknamed my grilling expertise, Garb-BQs. School is out and most of our kids are in day camp, overnight camp or maybe interning at a business or food establishment.

Here are some tips and tools that might make things easier using technology.

Smartphones are in my opinion necessary. You can get really good prepaid phones with all the apps. Or give your kids your old smartphone.

Even something as simple as a text that camp or work is letting out late is useful. Maybe start a family WhatsApp group so Mom and Dad are always in the loop. The WhatsApp tool is great for family trips to let everyone know where they are...

CIJE-Tech Middle School Engineering Students Build 3-D Dreidels

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New York—It’s a high-tech Chanukah this year with the first 3-D printed electronic dreidels developed as part of the CIJE-Tech Middle School (MS) Engineering Program.

The Chanukah project with a twist was conceived as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum provided to Jewish day schools nationwide by the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE).

Students at some of the 160 CIJE schools nationwide were assigned the project to build the motorized electronic component that would make the 3-D printed dreidels spin at the push of a button. Each student had to solder their connections to the tiny circuit board that controlled the motor and...

A Different Kind of Matchmaker

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As the song goes, “Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match.” In “Fiddler on the Roof,” Tzeitel may have been singing about marriage, but today one could also be speaking about computers. Mordechai Luchins, a Teaneck resident, has made “matching” restored laptops and other machines with needy recipients his personal mission.

Many people speak about chesed—chesed opportunities, chesed projects, chesed hours—but fewer actually make chesed part of their daily lives. Luchins is, fortunately, one of those individuals. He not only makes the match, so to speak, but he personally refurbishes and donates the machines as well.

Luchins has been building his own machines since...

Technology Overload: What is Real Anymore?

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It was a beautiful Labor Day weekend and I decided to take my children fishing. As I stood with them at the water’s edge, I tried to let go of all of my responsibilities, work and social media connections. I proudly watched my children as they were trolling for sunfish and feeding the geese. It was truly a beautiful moment in time.

Then it happened!!

I heard the chirp. That high-pitched tweeting sound that pulled me right back into the world of social media. For a moment, I felt angry. It was that stupid app, which was now robbing me of the opportunity to enjoy life, family and nature. No longer could I appreciate the sites of the children, birds and the water. I suddenly found...
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