Technology

Banned by the rabbi, bought by Microsoft

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2015

Microsoft has bought a company founded by an entrepreneur from a strictly Orthodox sect that has banned Facebook and other social media sites.

Shloma Baum, a member of the Satmar Chasidic community in New York, taught himself computer languages before creating FieldOne Systems, which has just been sold for an undisclosed amount.

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You want to keep kosher? Then keep one of these in your pocket

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2015

No pork; no shellfish; no milk with meat. Simple enough. But what about this yoghurt? Or that soy sauce?

And which brands of ice-cream can you serve at Friday-night dinner?

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Dating sites inspired brothers' care database

By Rosa Doherty, July 23, 2015

Two brothers have launched an online platform to help families find personal care for elderly relatives and ensure carers earn the living wage.

SuperCarers, designed by Daniel and Adam Pike, allows families to access a database of carers online and find the right match for their loved one's needs.

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Microsoft to buy Israeli cybersecurity firm Adallom for a record $320m

By Jessica Weinstein, July 21, 2015

Microsoft plans to acquire Israeli cloud-based, cybersecurity start-up Adallom for $320 million.

The reported sum is the most Microsoft has paid for an Israeli tech firm, and places Adallom among the top 25 biggest buyouts made by Microsoft. Last year, Microsoft bought another Israeli cybersecurity start-up, Aorato, for a reported $200 million.

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Google to launch global car-sharing scheme in Israel

By Josh Jackman, July 7, 2015

Google is set to launch a major global car-sharing scheme in Israel, using the Waze navigation company for mapping and traffic information.

The RideWith app will allow drivers in a local area to be linked up in order to travel together.

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Shul app is at your service

By Naomi Firsht, May 28, 2015

A rabbi has come up with a high-tech way to aid communication between synagogues and their congregations.

The Smart Community app features essential information such as service times, announcements and details of upcoming events.

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Is it a brave new genetic world or one to fear?

By Eyal Winter, May 18, 2015

Some years ago, I received a video of a class reunion that I could not attend. While watching it I was struck by the amazing extent to which personality traits had been preserved from childhood to adulthood. Those who had been introverted as children stood apart and alone at the reunion, looking a bit out of place in the socially intense event taking place around them.

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EE acts after employee called Jews ‘arrogant’

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2015

British mobile phone operator EE has said “appropriate action” has been taken after an employee described Jews as “arrogant”.

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Boost for appliance of science

By Simon Rocker, April 23, 2015

Scientific co-operation between Israel and Britain has been strengthened with the signing of an agreement between two leading research organistions.

The Royal Society and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities will collaborate on a five-year exchange programme to build relationships between Israeli and British researchers.

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Could scanner revolutionise how you live?

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

What's in your medicine? Is it time to water your plant? And how many calories are in that extra slice of cake?

SCiO, the first ever pocket-sized molecular scanner, can answer all these questions and more.

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