Technology

PayPal buys Israel cyber security firm for £40 million

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2015

Multibillion-pound online payment service PayPal has announced that it will open a major cyber security hub in Tel Aviv, after acquiring Israeli firm CyActive for a figure believed to be around £40 million.

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Hands-free phone set to change lives

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

A 65-year-old quadriplegic has helped invent the first ever touch-free smartphone, made for people with his type of disability.

Giora Livne, a former naval officer in the IDF, was paralysed after a spinal-cord injury nine years ago.

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Israeli financial technology companies pitch for British business

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Israeli companies specialising in financial technology are set to pitch their products to British business leaders next week.

The 14 companies – specialising in mobile banking, anti-fraud software and risk-management solutions - were selected from 45 companies who applied for the British Embassy in Israel’s UK Israel Tech Exchange programme this year.

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Israeli couple uplifted as stilts beat Thames flood

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

When Yaron Ivry’s home by the river Thames was destroyed by floods last year, he was determined it would never happen again.

So he came up with a novel solution — raising the £750,000 five-bedroom property on stilts.

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Smartphone app ‘smells’ cancer cells

By Nathan Jeffay, February 12, 2015

The smartphones of the future will analyse our breath and tell if we have cancer, if an Israeli company’s latest innovation makes it to market.

And while the idea seems pie-in-the-sky, scientists are confident that it will succeed — so much so that the research chiefs at the European Union have awarded NanoVation-GS a six million-euro grant.

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For their latest trick, Israeli scientists turn air into water

By Nathan Jeffay, February 5, 2015

An Israeli invention that produces clean water out of thin air could save millions of lives around the world.

The machine, created by Arye Kohavi, the founder of Tel Aviv start-up Water-Gen, sucks the humidity out of the air and turns it into drinking water.

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Former England boss Venables picks his team of Israel's top tech players

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

Former England manager Terry Venables has chosen 20 Israeli companies specialising in sports technology to take part in a groundbreaking initiative to boost trade between Israel and the UK.

Mr Venables and ex-Football Association chairman Lord Triesman were among the judges who selected the top 20 start-ups from 80 firms which applied to attend the Future Sport conference in March.

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Former England boss Terry Venables’s latest selection – a team of Israel high-tech companies

By Sandy Rashty, January 27, 2015

Former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman and Terry Venables, the former England manager, have chosen 20 Israeli companies specialising in sports technology to participate in a business delegation to the UK.

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London should become a tech Tel Aviv-on-Thames

By Daniel Taub, January 22, 2015

The story of most Jews in the UK, like those of many immigrants, began in East London. In the 19th century, Jewish immigrants fresh off the boat made their homes and businesses in the East End, near to both the trading hubs of the docks and the markets of the City.

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Ten weeks of Holocaust stories on app

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A new app will allow users to read stories from people who were caught up in the Holocaust - "70 Voices: Victims, Perpetrators and Bystanders" will be available to download for free on both Apple and Android phones on Monday morning, ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.

The app, created by the Holocaust Educational Trust, will feature a new story every day for 70 days.

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