Technology

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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Israeli delight over £835m Waze app sale

By Nathan Jeffay, June 13, 2013

In a dream come true for Israeli high tech, Google has said it will buy traffic navigation start-up Waze — reportedly for $1.3 billion (£835 million).

With a staff of less than 100, Waze has become the staple sat-nav for 47 million people worldwide. Its free app transforms their smart phones into in-car navigators.

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Israeli firms ‘supplied US surveillance operations’

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 13, 2013

Technology developed by two leading Israeli software companies is thought to have been used in the American National Security Agency’s (NSA) Prism surveillance programme and other data-collecting schemes that were exposed in the international press last weekend.

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Israelis are top smartphone users

By Elliot Miller , June 11, 2013

More Israelis own smartphones than any other nation except Britain, according to a new survey.

Fifty seven per cent of Israel's population have access to a smartphone. In Britain the figure is 62 per cent, compared to 42 per cent in France and 40 per cent of Germans.

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