Technology

'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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'Restricted' Google Street View for Israel

By Jessica Elgot, August 22, 2011

Israel will be the latest country to get Google’s Street View, despite security concerns about the service.

According to Ynet, the Justice Ministry has approved the service which has been running since 2007 in the US and rolled out to Australia, South Africa, Japan and most European countries, including the UK.

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Reform shuls welcome virtual congregants

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

Congregants unable to get to synagogue are singing the praises of the Reform communities which are streaming Shabbat and High Holy-Day services online.

Finchley, Glasgow, Alyth in Golders Green and Sha'arei Tsedek in Whetstone are the Reform congregations leading the way and West London Synagogue plans to join them.

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Viewer impressed by Alyth's online programming

August 18, 2011

Finchley resident Philip Rosen, 85, first viewed Alyth's streaming service last Yom Kippur.

"The idea is terrific," he said, "although it's always the way with technology that sometimes you have a few problems. The synagogue is on a tight budget.

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Wikimania hits Israel as conference opens

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2011

Internet users with a penchant for obscure facts and seemingly random details have gathered in Haifa this week for the annual Wikipedia conference.

The three-day event Wikimania opened yesterday and will feature a speech by the online encyclopaedia's founder, Jimmy Wales.

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Mayor's hi-tech hopes

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

The Lord Mayor of London has said that the capital is a "natural home for Israeli companies" after returning from leading a business delegation to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Michael Bear, a member of New North London Synagogue, visited Israel earlier this month to promote UK-based financial and professional services and to explore opportunities in the OPT.

He met Israel

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Sudoku given Jewish makeover for iPad

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

Are you Jewish and looking for a new way to procrastinate? An iPad application developer may have just the product for you.

For just £1.49, you can now download the "Judoku" app, described as "Sudoku for Jews".

Rather than the numbers of the original addictive Japanese puzzle, Judoku involves a grid of Jewish symbols and Hebrew numbers.

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