Technology

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.

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Water company agrees to Israel boycotter's demands

By Marcus Dysch, July 25, 2013

An anti-Israel activist sat in a hole in the ground as part of a protest which convinced a water company not to fit an Israeli meter at her home.

Caroline O’Reilly was one of around a dozen boycotters to have lobbied Southern Water over its deal with Israeli water technology company Arad.

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Israelis come up with anti-thrombosis airline seat

By Alexandra Krendel, July 19, 2013

A new airline seat that allows more leg movement during a flight, lowering the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), has been developed by a team in Israel.

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James Bond and Potter cars in Tel Aviv

By Zoe Winograd, July 18, 2013

The Batmobile, Hagrid’s motorcycle from the Harry Potter films and 007's Aston Martin from the latest Bond movie Skyfall are just three of the 14 vehicles that have arrived from Hollywood for this week’s Automotor exhibition in Tel Aviv.

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Look us up on Google — we can help make an observant life easier

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2013

If Google’s tax arrangements are any guide, its London offices may be an illusion. So it is hardly surprising that getting to your desired floor can prove tricky. The lifts into the internet giant’s colourful Tottenham Court Road premises are bafflingly complex, controlled from the outside, like a time machine. But once in, there’s no mistaking where you are.

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Organic spray protects tomatoes — and big ships

By Nathan Jeffay, June 28, 2013

In a laboratory in Hebrew University, scientists have developed a spray that repels bacteria with the same ease that insect sprays repel mosquitoes.

If the innovation by 35-year-old Meital Reches and her team fulfils its potential, its first use will most likely be in hospitals, where it could dramatically reduce the incidence of infections. Beyond that, the possibilities are endless.

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Disney man animated over fun way to teach Jewish education

By Jennifer Lipman, June 21, 2013

As an animator for Disney, he has worked on films like Pocahontas, Mulan, and Winnie the Pooh. Now Saul Blinkoff is hoping that his cartoons will bring colour and fun to Jewish education.

Mr Blinkoff is on the advisory board of Jewish Interactive, the organisation that develops technology that can be used to teach children about Judaism. It works with nearly 30 Jewish schools in the UK.

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Peres: science the key to secure Israel’s future

By Orlando Radice, June 18, 2013

In an interview with the JC ahead of his Presidential Conference and 90th birthday celebrations, Shimon Peres said that science and technology are the key the future “identity and existence” of the Jewish state.

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Israeli start-up gives sight to visually impaired

By Anna Sheinman, June 14, 2013

An Israeli start-up is set to give the gift of sight to the visually impaired with its new device, the OrCam.

The OrCam is a small camera that can be attached to glasses which, when pointed at books, objects and faces, can read or describe them aloud. The $2,500 reading aid went on sale in the US this week and its first shipment has already sold out.

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UK needs the start-up nation

By Liam Byrne, June 14, 2013

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in the first ever Google "Hangout" - a live link between tech experts in London and Tel Aviv, bringing home an exciting discussion that began last year on an eye-opening visit with Labour Friends of Israel to the self-styled start-up nation.

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