Technology

Israel taps into e-gaming boom

By Natalie Ostroff, September 27, 2011

Online gaming is one of the world's largest growth markets. According to some sources it has been growing faster than Facebook and is expected to rise at double the rate of land-based gambling over the next two years.

Israel, a global leader in the industry, is hoping to cash in on the boom.

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Schepping nachas on Google's barmitzvah

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

Mazel Tov Google, today you become a man.

The internet search giant is celebrating its 13th birthday today and has marked the occasion with a party-themed version of its iconic logo.

The company was founded by two Stanford University students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, both of whom came from Jewish families.

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Cemetery's interactive aid

September 22, 2011

Innovative interactive technology will enable visitors to Bushey cemetery to speedily locate the memorials of their loved ones.

The touch screen service provides both information about the memorials and printable directions to the graveside.

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Palestinian activists hack religious Jewish Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2011

A social networking site for the strictly Orthodox has received an unwelcome visitor.

A pro-Palestinian hacker accessed the FaceGlat site this weekend and changed its homepage to show a message of Palestinian solidarity.

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Bnei Akiva app-roved

September 15, 2011

Bnei Akiva has become the first Jewish youth movement to launch an iPhone app, for use on all Apple products.

The free download allows users to watch BATV, Bnei Akiva's regular webcast with news and features from across its 30 UK branches, as well as other Bnei Akiva videos.

They can also read its latest educational publications and get info about BA camps, tours and year schemes.

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'Jew or Not Jew' iPhone app axed by Apple

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

Apple's French officials have removed from the online store an application which allowed users to guess whether someone was "Jew or Not Jew".

The decision was taken after a French anti-racism group criticised the app and suggested it violated France's laws against identifying people based on religion. SOS Racism threatened legal action if Apple did not comply and remove the app.

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'Jew or Not Jew' iPhone app targeted by racism group

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

In recent months developers have created iPhone apps for hunting Nazis, finding chametz before Passover and encouraging Palestinians to rise up in a third intifada.

Now, technology which asks users to guess whether people are "Jew or Not Jew" has provoked the ire of anti-racism campaigners.

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Site launched to link global Jewry in recovery prayers

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2011

A teacher whose sister battled leukemia has developed a website for Jews around the world to unite in prayers for a speedy recovery.

Shira Kalish, from Long Island, came up with the idea of "linking the Jewish community through chesed (lovingkindness)" when she witnessed the response to her sister's illness.

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JC Dragons' Den winner picks up James Dyson award

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

A former winner of the JC's Dragons' Den competition has gone on to claim victory in a prestigious innovation and design award.

Michael Korn was named the winner of this year's UK James Dyson award for his KwickScreen invention, which gives hospital patients privacy even in shared wards.

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Jewish group calls for day to disconnect from technology

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

A Jewish women's study group is to stage a day for people to disconnect from technology.

The "Day to Disconnect" has been organised by members of the Ohr Naava women's Torah Centre in Brooklyn.

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