Technology

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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Israeli technology a safe bet for gaming

By Alex Brummer, May 20, 2013

A childhood memory is ever present.

Watching a breed of burly “bookies” in loud plaid suits arrive at our Brighton synagogue on High Holy Days.

The involvement of Jewish figures in horse racing — otherwise known as the “sport of kings” — is a given.

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Senior David Cameron aide to lead trade mission to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron’s senior policy adviser will lead a business delegation to Israel on Sunday.

Rohan Silva will head the four-day visit alongside retail British representatives from supermarket chains to luxury brands.

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Tackling terrorism with technology

By Sandy Rashty, May 13, 2013

An Israeli company is battling terrorism with technology used by government agencies across the globe.

Cellebrite, founded in 1999, is headquartered in Petah Tikva, Israel, and more than 50 per cent of the technology company’s $200 million average annual revenue stems from its forensics division — established in 2007.

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Find it hard to hear in the cinema? Forget deaf aids — try these glasses

By Zoe Winograd, May 10, 2013

An inventor has developed a system which will allow deaf people to enjoy visits to the cinema without having to watch special screenings for the hard-of-hearing.

Jack Ezra, 56, has built the prototype for glasses that would enable deaf film-goers to read sub-titles during any movie. The sub-titles, displayed on a separate screen, would be invisible to those not wearing the glasses.

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