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  • Best. Site. Ever.

    By David Suissa

    November 6, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    It’s common these days to micromanage what information we receive. Many of us have a list of favorite Web sites and blogs we regularly go to, as well as Facebook pages and mobile apps that reflect our individual tastes and ideologies. It’s a way of maintaining some level of control...

  • Welcome your oil-less future

    October 23, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    I first became aware of autonomous cars when I read of Google’s successful attempt last year to drive a Prius from San Francisco to Los Angeles without human intervention. To be clear, a human was in the car, but he was there only in case he was needed — and the need never came up....

  • The women of startup nation

    By Simone Wilson

    October 16, 2013 | 12:51 pm

    Kira Radinksy, co-founder and chief technology officer of Israeli startup SalesPredict, is something of an anomaly among the leaders of Israel’s proud “startup nation.” And not just because she was a child prodigy who started her computer science career at the Technion - Israel...

  • Will LAUSD’s iPad upgrade work?

    By Sam Gliksman

    September 24, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest public school district in the United States, has approved a plan that will provide every K-12 student and teacher in Los Angeles with an iPad by fall 2014. With more than 650,000 students and almost 26,000 teachers, this...

  • Atoning in the digital age, there's an app for that

    September 3, 2013 | 9:56 am

    The digital age is changing the way we approach all aspects of life — including repentance. 

    There is a catharsis in release, especially public release, and that’s what the founders of a slew of new digital programs and apps have tapped into during the High Holy Days. From...

  • Hackers use new tactic to attack U.S. media sites

    August 15, 2013 | 4:20 pm

    Hackers promoting the Syrian Electronic Army simultaneously targeted websites belonging to CNN, Time and the Washington Post on Thursday by breaching Outbrain, a firm which publishes content recommendations on those sites.

    That resulted in some WashingtonPost.com and Time.com...

  • 3-D Nation: Reut Institute advances 3-D printing for all

    By Simone Wilson

    August 14, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Few aspects of Israeli society are dearer to the national identity than its high-tech sector — a class of entrepreneurs so churning with ideas and innovation that they have earned Israel the title of “startup nation.” 

    But can this legacy last forever? Research from the last few...

  • Google bought Waze for less than $1 billion

    July 29, 2013 | 11:19 am

    Google paid less than the previously reported $1.1 billion for the Israeli navigation app Waze.

    The purchase price came in at $966 million in cash, Waze reported July 25 in its financial report for the second quarter of 2013, the Israeli business daily Globes reported. The...

  • You’ve got mail: Government to assign email addresses to all Iranians

    July 9, 2013 | 10:19 am

    Iran is to assign all citizens an individual email address which the communications minister said on Monday would aid interaction between state authorities and the people.

    It was unclear whether the move would add to regulations on Internet use imposed by a conservative Islamist...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 8, 2013 | 5:52 am

    Camp Kimama is taking off!

    More than 1500 children and teenagers from all around the world will land this summer in Israel, for an unforgettable international experience named: Camp Kimama. The staff is assembled from young Israelis, Jewish Agency summer camps alumni, who use...

  • There’s no app for humanity

    By David Suissa

    June 26, 2013 | 4:39 pm

    Every time I turn around, I hear about a new app that promises to make my life easier, get somewhere faster, find things quicker. This is the golden calf of the digital era: speed. We’re desperate for any clever gizmo that will make things go quicker — including our brains.


  • Billion-dollar Waze

    June 19, 2013 | 10:57 am

    UPDATE [7/29/13]: Google bought Waze for $966 million.

    Just a couple of years ago, the Israeli entrepreneurs behind the traffic-fighting smartphone app Waze were knocking down the door of every news outlet in Los Angeles. They were seeking publicity to help forge their way into...

  • Google set to buy Israeli navigation application Waze

    June 10, 2013 | 10:42 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    When Dr. Gary Ginsburg, who lives in Jerusalem and works at the Ministry of Health, drives to Tel Aviv, he makes sure not to forget his smartphone and the Israeli traffic application Waze.

    “I’m a Waze fan,” he told The Media...

  • Why did Israel’s promising electric car maker fail?

    June 4, 2013 | 11:05 am

    It was supposed to be the car of the future, a near-silent, battery-powered vehicle that would wean the West off its dependence on Middle Eastern oil and save the environment in the process.

    And an Israeli company seemed destined to build it.

    Better Place, founded in 2007 by...

  • Report: Talks between Waze and Facebook break down

    May 31, 2013 | 11:08 am

    Talks between an Israeli technology firm and Facebook reportedly broke down over the Israeli company’s insistence on staying in the country.

    The navigation company Waze had been in talks to be acquired by Facebook for $1 billion. But the negotiations reportedly broke down over...

  • Can Google Glass transform Jewish life?

    May 30, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Over the past few weeks, strangers have begun stopping high school computer science teacher Chaim Cohen on the street. A few accuse him of recording them without their knowledge. Even fewer blame him for all of society’s ills.

    But many just want an answer to a simple question: Is...

  • What if the Nazis had tweeted?

    May 23, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    What could Goebbels have done with 140 characters?

    The question, disturbing as it might sound, can no longer be approached only as theoretical.

    As the arch-propagandist of Nazism, Joseph Goebbels spread the demonic messages of his Fuehrer via the written word, mass...

  • Startup classroom

    May 22, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    In a twist on the classic academic approach to entrepreneurship, Israeli universities are trending toward classroom-based incubators that allow students to put theory to the test in a sheltering atmosphere. After all, what better way to learn how to start a business than to...

  • Meet the laser that guides the Iron Dome (soon to be made in the USA)

    May 21, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    Six months after the Iron Dome defense system rendered Hamas rockets largely ineffective during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza,  I got a tour of the factory that produces its most vital component: a laser.

    The system, which can shoot down rockets within a...

  • Apple’s first store set to open in Istanbul

    May 20, 2013 | 9:58 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Consumer technology market analysts expect Apple to start taking a big bite from the emerging market for its products here when it opens its first store in Istanbul in a few months.

    "We're going to place our first store in...

  • Seaport battle looms as Israel plans new competition

    May 16, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Israel is betting its economic future on high-tech exports but faces a low-tech bottleneck in state-owned seaports subject to work stoppages and slowdowns because of the enormous strength of their unions.

    All that may be about to change.

    The government, for years unwilling to...

  • Are You Dating Your Cell phone? — Or Your Laptop? Try being Mindful

    By Nicole Behnam

    April 12, 2013 | 5:40 pm

    "Successful people never worry about what others are doing." -Unknown

    Log in to your Facebook account and you will seldom notice a self-deprecating post on your Newsfeed. Nobody wants to share with their friends the inevitable failures or pitfalls that occur routinely, and why...

  • New study offers tips on engaging Jewish teens

    March 18, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    Trying to interest teenagers in activities is difficult, parents and teachers know well, especially given what technology has done to the attention spans of young people.

    So how to get them to partake in doing Jewish over other pursuits?

    The Jim Joseph Foundation commissioned...

  • Technology as an Enslaver

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 8, 2013 | 10:25 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I sit here trying to think of a blog topic, I realize that I have been on email and using my iPad, my iPhone, listening to bells and whistles of my wife's Blackberry for so long, that I take it for granted. Harriet complains that I don't look at her...

  • The future as seen at CES in Vegas

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 13, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    When I was a young kid, my dad used to take me to the auto show at the old New York Coliseum, where together we looked, agog, at the cars of the future — experimental vehicles that would never see the light of day. I remember feeling bone-tired after walking the floor and being...

  • Apple to open third research center in Israel

    February 11, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    Apple will open its third research and development center in Israel.

    The tech giant's new center will open later this year in Raanana's industrial zone, the Israeli business daily Globes reported, but no official date has been set.

    Apple will bring aboard some 150 employees...

  • Tens of millions of hackers target Israel government Web sites

    November 18, 2012 | 9:24 am

    More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government web sites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza air strikes, the government said on Sunday.

    Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said just one hacking attempt was successful on a site he did not want to...

  • Tackling the Job Search

    October 24, 2012 | 12:19 pm

    After some 40 years in the business world, Gordon Steen never thought his morning would start outdoors with hyenas, elephants and monkeys.

    But that was more than six years ago, before he had closed his 17-year-old shipping-and-packing business. While contemplating his next career...

  • Qualcomm acquires Israeli start-up for $150 million

    August 27, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. acquired the Israeli chip manufacturer start-up DesignArt Networks for more than $150 million.

    The Israeli company, located in Raanana, is considered a leader in the design of modems and small communication cells for cellular base stations and...

  • Have an invention? Meet an investor in Israel

    August 14, 2012 | 5:49 pm

    Israelis love to invent things. Last year, the number of patents granted to Israeli companies in medical instrumentation put it first globally in relation to population size and fourth in terms of number of patents. In relation to its population, Israel consistently ranks tops in the...

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