Facebook founder’s sister Randi Zuckerberg helps kids blow shofar

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2013

You cannot use it on Yom Tov, but a new smartphone app may be about to revolutionise Rosh Hashanah.

Wake Up World allows children — and their young-at-heart relatives — to use a phone or tablet as a shofar.

By blowing into a microphone youngsters can hear the traditional blast of the horn sounded back through the device’s speakers.


Google boss Sergey Brin splits from wife

By Josh Jackman, August 29, 2013

Sergey Brin, the multi-billionaire co-founder of Google, is to divorce his wife of six years and has reportedly started a relationship with an employee.

A spokesperson said yesterday that the couple had been living apart for several months.

It is understood that Mr Brin, 40, began seeing Amanda Rosenberg, the marketing manager for Google Glass, after he split from his wife.


Ocado bid for online supermarket sweep

By Alex Brummer, August 16, 2013

Britain has been a laggard in the the global battle to establish a leading internet company.

Shopping group Ocado, launched by three former executives at Goldman Sachs, is our only player.

But the company’s share prices have been on a roller coaster ride.


Israeli tech makes a splash in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, August 16, 2013

A waste water treatment system developed by an Israeli company is set to flush out across the UK.


eScape goat, for Atonement, the digital way

By Anna Sheinman, August 15, 2013

If atoning before Yom Kippur really gets your goat, a newly launched online tool might be just what you need.

The eScapegoat invites users to write about their sins in no more than 120 characters, acting as a modern-day version of the scapegoat set loose into the desert by Israelites. As the website puts it, it is: “Like in Bible times, only nerdier!”


Israelis find start-up breaks in Britain

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2013

Setting up a small or medium-sized business in the UK is tough. Entrepreneurs say competition is rife, marketing and personnel resources expensive, and the chance of financial backing — from banks to private investors — unlikely in the current climate.


Google Glass app JewGlass helps you be at shul on time

By Josh Jackman, August 11, 2013

The first Jewish app for Google Glass has been created.

“JewGlass” tells you via interactive headgear when Shabbat is closing in and where your local synagogues are located. And when it detects that you have arrived at shul, it also informs you about the relevant prayers and parsha.


Enter the Ninjew

By Josh Jackman, July 26, 2013

A new game for smartphones will allow Jews to wreak revenge on their historical oppressors.

Angry Jew, set to be released in November on Android phones, features an eponymous hero, with a black hat and peyot, taking on a side-scrolling world filled with 19th-century European enemies.


Rabbis' £11bn fight over ‘dot-kosher’ domain

By Ellis Bolle, July 25, 2013

Rabbinical groups are in conflict over a proposal to introduce an online marketplace for kosher goods under the domain name “dot-kosher”.

If “dot-kosher” is introduced, it would function in the same way as existing suffixes in web addresses such as “dot-com” and “dot-net”.


Kosher smartphone

July 25, 2013

The world’s first kosher smartphone is being developed.

Nativ, an Israeli internet filtering company, is working to produce a kosher Android platform which can be used on LG’s L7 II smartphone.

Certain calls and social network sites will be disabled on the device, which will get its kosher character from software alterations. Users will, however, be able to obtain approved apps.