UK-Israel trade ties start on campus, says Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

By Sandy Rashty, February 7, 2014

After five years of economic dearth, a UK government investment of more than £400 million has been welcomed by business figures and diplomats. What’s more, it is set to boost economic ties between the UK and Israel.

At least £15 million of the £415 million injection will go towards fostering entrepreneurial initiatives in universities across eight UK cities.


Google and Facebook click with Israeli tech

By Daniel Easterman, December 5, 2013

Israeli entrepreneurs streamed into London this week to meet potential investors from world-renowned high-tech companies, at the second annual Innovate Israel conference.

The one-day event provides a forum for representatives from the likes of Google, Facebook and Microsoft to view the best new ideas coming out of Israel’s technology start-ups.


Apple in £200 million deal for Israeli tech company

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2013

Apple has bought an Israeli company for more than £200 million.

The telecommunications giant bought PrimeSense, a Tel Aviv-based maker of micro chips for 3D technology, for £214 million this week, according to Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist.

But other sources say the reported deal has not yet been signed and is still in the process of negotiations.


Alan Sugar’s got his eye on you

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

Lord Sugar is watching you — or at least his technology is.

The mogul is chairman of digital media company Amscreen which has developed technology that can scan the faces of customers as they walk into a store, and tailor advertisements to their age and gender which are then screened as they reach the tills.


Net gain for fans’ own football site

By Josh Jackman, September 25, 2013

“We are the largest fan-driven platform in the world.”

This is the claim made by Israeli-born Asaf Peled, the chief executive of, a football fan’s top port of call for user-driven news, opinion and humour on the beautiful game.


My phone owns me, sad to say

By Simon Round, September 17, 2013

The New Year traditionally begins with apple and honey. But for many JC readers, this new year has been made slightly sweeter by the announcement from a different kind of Apple that there are now two shiny new iPhones on the market.


Israeli water tech: A valuable resource

By Noah Shani, September 13, 2013

Here in the UK, filling our kettles and running our baths are second nature. We repetitively complete these acts every day without contemplation and regularly complain when it rains. But it’s worth asking — has easy access to water distracted us from its true value?


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.