Cyber-race is on as web goes Hebrew

By Nathan Jeffay, December 29, 2010

There was a stampede for website addresses in Israel this week, as all-Hebrew addresses went on sale.

While Israelis have been able in the past to buy website addresses in Hebrew characters, they end in .com, requiring visitors to switch their keyboard between languages and change the direction of typing.

But instead of .com, the new addresses will end in a suffix made up of Hebrew characters.


YouTube reopens hate expose account after speeches mix-up

By Robyn Rosen, December 22, 2010

The pro-Israel Palestinian Media Watch, has had its YouTube account reopened after the video-sharing website closed it for four days for allegedly propagating hate speech.

The account, which posts videos of hate preachers and anti-Israel terrorists to expose them, was closed last Thursday for "violating terms of use".

YouTube specified the posting of six videos, including those of Hamas
suicide terrorists.

Itamar Marcus, director of PMW, said: "The material we post on YouTube is to expose the hatred in Palestinian and Hamas media.


Israeli doctors using iPads to treat patients

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2010

Israeli doctors have found a new use for the Apple iPad.

Staff at the Mayanei Hayeshua hospital in Bnei Brak have been given the tablet computers to help them care for patients.

They are using the technology to check patient records, look at X-ray scans and find out test results.

The iPads, customised for use in Hebrew, can also be used to access information from outside the hospital, so doctors can offer advice to their colleagues at any time of day.


Holocaust game is cancelled

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2010

An Israeli who devised a video game based on a Jewish uprising at Auschwitz has cancelled its launch, saying he is distraught by the negative reaction.

Sonderkommando Revolt, developed by Maxim Genis, is loosely based on the Jewish uprising against the camp guards in October 1944. Its protagonist is a concentration camp prisoner who takes revenge on the guards.

The aim was for the character to assassinate a high-ranking Nazi official who would have supervised the building of a new crematorium.


Richard Herman takes a byte out of a kosher Apple

By Katie Taylor, December 16, 2010

Kosher has gone digital with the new Kosher nosh guide app for the iPhone.

Designed by Richard Herman, director of graphic design company, Arta Creative Solutions, the app will provide up-to-date information on what is and isn't kosher. Mr Herman tells People: "As a big Apple fan I approached the Beth Din with this idea. I used to produce the paper version of the kosher nosh guide, so I knew we would work well together."


Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg named Time Magazine Person of the Year

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2010

The Jewish computer-genius who founded Facebook from his college bedroom has been named as the Time Magazine Person of the Year.

Mark Zuckerberg, 26, joins other Jewish winners of the prestigious award, including US politician Henry Kissinger and Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve. However, in 83 years of naming a Person of the Year, Time has also chosen Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.


Mobile crash could be cyber attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 9, 2010

The reasons for a software breakdown which resulted in no service for millions of Israeli mobile phone users last week are still unclear. Computer experts are worried that this could have been a successful trial run ofa cyber attack against Israel.

Cellcom, the largest mobile phone provider in Israel, experienced last Wednesday what the company described as a "failure in the heart of our system". For over 12 hours, most of the company's 3.3 million users were without service but, despite resuming normal operations, the company has been silent as to the causes.


UK to try Israeli technology for Alzheimer's

By Robyn Rosen, November 26, 2010

A computer program developed by Israeli therapists to "stabilise and slow down" Alzheimer's has been introduced to UK Jewish charities.

The program, called Savion, was designed by occupational therapists at Melabev, a day-care facility for Alzheimer's patients in Israel.

Motti Zelikovitch, director general of Melabev, met UK care providers, including Jewish Care and Nightingale, in south London last week.

Mr Zelikovitch said: "Savion came from 10 years of working with patients. It was born out of therapies, not from academic research."


A kick in the teeth for businesses

November 25, 2010

While the internet has made it faster for us to shop, it has also given rise to a major concern - the counterfeiting of successful brands. And the problem, which is costing businesses more than £3bn a year, is showing no signs of fading.

The Trading Standards Institute has reported a marked increase in copycat websites selling fake goods over the past year. These bogus sites copy the style of official branded versions, tricking customers into thinking they are buying genuine products by using an almost identical design and similar web address.


The eight Robots of Chanucah

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2010
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Meet Mecha.B and G.E.L.T, two of the stars of Ben Gurion University's Chanucah robot family.