Technology

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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Put iJudaism on the curriculum

By Chana Kanzen, June 9, 2013

At this moment, my 12-year-old is creating a book on the iPad, while texting friends, Googling on the home PC, logging on to her school's Virtual Learning Platform and skyping her grandfather. While I peer over my laptop, she takes out her homework, and photocopy after photocopy emerges. Finally, she gets out her pen - when was the last time I wrote?

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UK should do high-tech the Israeli way, say Labour shadow ministers

By Marcus Dysch, June 6, 2013

Britain should follow the successful blueprint of Israel’s high-tech sector to repair its battered economy, according to leading members of the Shadow Cabinet.

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna said the “remarkable story” seen in Israel’s start-up technology industries could be combined with British skills to boost both countries’ global business appeal.

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Israeli clean tech car firm folds

By Anna Sheinman, May 30, 2013

Better Place, the electric car company that was once a poster child for the Israeli clean-tech industry, went into liquidation this week.

Founded in 2007 by Shai Agassi, a former executive at leading software firm SAP, the company raised over £500 million in investments, but did not see the sales it expected.

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