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  • Technology may reveal missing Holocaust graves

    February 8, 2012 | 4:15 pm

    Scientists using ground-probing electronics may have discovered the missing mass graves at the site of Treblinka, one of the Nazis’ most notorious death camps.

    No actual bodies were found and the graves were not excavated, in keeping with Jewish law, but bones and bone fragments...

  • Hail to the geek

    January 25, 2012 | 10:51 am

    The real heroes of our age are pencil protector geeks. They sit at home, behind their keyboards, determining the rules of the game that you and I live by—and we trust them to do so. They love toys. They love games. They enjoy battle. They are at the forefront of the cyber war that is...

  • Saudi-Israel hacker war heats up

    January 12, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    The hacker war between Israel and Saudi Arabia is continuing, with the release of the credit card details of more Israelis.

    A Saudi hacker, who has already released thousands of Israeli credit card numbers, along with the personal details of the cardholders, on Wednesday released...

  • Judea Pearl, father of slain WSJ reporter, is a leader in artificial intelligence

    By Tom Tugend

    December 22, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    A man arrives at an airport for a flight, and as he goes through security the agent asks some questions.

    Did anyone help him pack his suitcase? What is the purpose of his trip? Is anyone accompanying him?

    During the conversation, the agent enters answers and facial reactions into a...

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  • Hebrew support for Siri in development

    November 30, 2011 | 10:57 am

    Apple reportedly is developing add-ons for the Siri interface that will include support for Hebrew, among other languages.

    Sources told the iPhones.co.il website that Nuance, a company working directly with Apple, has rented a studio where sound bites and sentences are being recorded in Hebrew. Nuance is using a special developer’s iPhone app to make the recordings.

    The report does not guarantee that iOS 5.1, the forthcoming software update for iPhone, will support Hebrew.

  • Travel Happy Hour TODAY!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 29, 2011 | 9:04 am

    Travel with Technology! What is your favorite travel app?

    Meet fellow travelers and the creators of both Ship Mate and StudioMini!  Come to share your favorite app and learn what others are using on the road!

    WIN TICKETS to LACMA and Skirball Museums!

    First TWENTY people will...

  • Opinion: Following Ted, not Steve

    By David Suissa

    October 26, 2011 | 7:13 pm

    With the passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs, master creator of the iPod, iMac, iPhone and iPad, many people are now wondering: Which future brilliant gizmo will be buried with Jobs that we’ll never get to see?

    As someone who adores Apple products, I appreciate the question, but...

  • Cornell, Technion joining for top tech campus

    October 24, 2011 | 10:41 am

    Cornell University and The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology will partner to create a world-class applied science and engineering campus in New York City.

    The NYC Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island is set to combine the strengths of both institutions.

    Cornell President David...

  • Chinese billionaire invests $30 million in Israeli startup

    October 19, 2011 | 11:33 am

    An Israeli startup company has received a $30 million investment from China’s richest man.

    Billionaire Li Ka Shing has invested in the navigation technology firm Waze, which will put the money into supporting its application’s more than 7 million drivers and launch a...

  • Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain is feeling ‘Connected’

    October 17, 2011 | 5:32 pm

    Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain is certainly no Luddite. She co-founded the Webby Awards in 1996 to showcase excellence on the then-fledgling Internet. Yet 15 years later she, like many of us, is ambivalent about the technology that allows people to connect to the web 24 hours a day, 7 days...

  • Connections both technological and personal

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    Several years ago, San Francisco Bay Area filmmaker Tiffany Shlain was eating lunch with a friend when she felt the sudden urge to text-message and check her e-mail. So, like any tech addict, she faked needing to go the bathroom as an excuse to get up from the table.

    “And I’m at...

  • Using laptops offers lessons in ethics of technology

    August 17, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    Big Brother is watching at Milken Community High School. At least, he’s watching your computer.

    For two years, the Bel Air school has required every seventh- and ninth-grader to come with a laptop so that it can integrate technology into the classroom. This fall, Milken will...

  • Voicemail and My Father’s Outgoing Message…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 2, 2011 | 2:59 pm

    The other day a friend of mine told me that I am the only person she knows that still owns an answering machine…  Apparently, everyone else in the world has long done away with those and only using electronic voice-mail now.  I’m a bit slow with technology, I admit.  However, I...

  • Grant contest will award Jewish day schools new classroom technology

    By Rachel Heller

    March 23, 2011 | 12:16 pm

    Jewish day schools in the Los Angeles area have until April 1 to take part in a unique contest that will award grants of up to $25,000 for cutting-edge classroom technology and programs.

    The Technology for Schools Grant Contest, open to day schools across the country, is a new...

  • Should frozen sperm be used to create posthumous grandchildren?

    March 22, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    Last fall, 27-year-old Ohad Ben-Yaakov was injured in an accident at his part-time job, and he died after two weeks in a coma. Ben-Yaakov wasn’t married, nor was he in a relationship. No woman was pregnant with his child.

    Nevertheless, his devastated parents believe it’s not...

  • Technion gets $5 million to develop a better battery

    January 31, 2011 | 10:25 am

    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has given the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology a $5 million grant to further develop a light, long-lasting and environmentally friendly battery for energy storage.

    The grant, which will be paid out over three years, will be...

  • iPad comes to Israel

    December 22, 2010 | 5:16 pm

    The iPad is now officially available in Israel.

    Apple’s official Israeli representative iDigital and Office Depot began selling the devices Tuesday, more than eight months after it became available in the United States and throughout the world, Israel’s business daily Globes...

  • Yahoo! to acquire Israeli start-up

    October 12, 2010 | 9:43 am

    Yahoo! has agreed to purchase an Israeli start-up company reportedly for more than $50 million.

    Dapper Inc., which was founded in 2006, has developed technology to create interactive display ads and target the personalized ads at Internet users.

    While neither Yahoo! nor Dapper...

  • Evangelism—there’s an app for that, too

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 4, 2009 | 12:28 am

    There’s an app for Christian evangelists on Sunday mornings and for incredible productivity and incredible help. In fact, there an app for just about Christian evangelist need on the new iPhone ...

    Wow, I feel like a shill. Full disclosure: I have an iPhone but no quid pro quo with...

  • That’s between you and God and Facebook

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 1, 2009 | 11:45 am

    Some would disagree with the accuracy of the description, but The Jewish Journal self-identifies as “pretty Jewish.” A friend of mine lists her religion as “Conservadoxishesque.” As for me? No surprise: “God-fearing Christian with devilishly good Jewish looks.”

    These are, of course,...

  • How the Israelites really found the Promised Land

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 6, 2009 | 2:32 pm

    When I sent out a request last month for religious humor on YouTube, Omri Ceren, who writes the Mere Rhetoric blog, sent me this commercial explaining how the Israelites really found the Promised Land.

  • More on the Twitter church experiment

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 7, 2009 | 12:09 am

    I’ve explained how I feel about the Twitter church experiment. Over the weekend, The New York Times added to the discussion, saying plenty of others are uncomfortable with the intersection of social media and church services.

    From the NYT:

    In online debates and private discussions,...

  • A healthy diet of Koogle

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 16, 2009 | 8:02 pm

    I’ve never been a big fan of kugel, and I don’t see myself having much need for Koogle, the new kosher way to search the Web:

    Yossi Altman developed the tool, which omits religiously objectionable material, and has gained approval from Orthodox rabbis.

    The search engine links to...

  • A way for Jews to use cell phones on the Sabbath

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 11, 2009 | 6:28 pm

    If Jimi Hendrix was Jewish and needed to use his cell phone on Shabbat and was alive, he’d be in luck: A recent ruling in Israel permits religious Jews to use cell phones on the Sabbath, provided they are using phones rigged to not accidentally power down and they punch the keys with...

  • Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology IP addresses

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 29, 2009 | 2:39 pm

    The success of Wikipedia—the wild success—has been based on the premise that every individual can add a little or a lot to the overall body of knowledge on any given subject. More popular topics typically have longer Wikipedia entries because they have more individuals editing the...

  • E-indulgences: Pay and pray

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 26, 2009 | 7:39 pm

    “We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of just spoiled idiots.“

    Remember when the comedian Louis CK said that to Conan? Well, he wasn’t think of the pay-and-pray computer service, but I think we can lump it in:

    Information Age...

  • Miserable and loving it

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 13, 2009 | 3:36 pm

    Thank you Mollie for this clip of Louis CK.

    “We live in an amazing, amazing world,” the comedian told Conan, “and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of just spoiled idiots.”

    The headline from Barefoot Meg was what got me: “Everything’s amazing, nobody’s happy.” Yes, people...

  • Christian dating via text messaging

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 25, 2008 | 4:27 pm

    When I was graduating high school and entering college, there was a book by Joshua Harris that was gaining traction among evangelical Christians. It was called “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” and what it meant for a few of my friends was kissing their girlfriend goodbye.

    To be fair to...

  • Israel's clean tech advances attract foreign investors' green

    By Dina Kraft

    July 15, 2008 | 2:29 am

    TEL AVIV (JTA) -- From cutting-edge geothermal power deep underground to wind turbines and solar panels capturing energy from the sky above, foreign investors are pouring money into Israel's growing clean tech sector.

    And it's not just Jews.

    "Every day I get calls from people asking...

  • The singularity will give you eternal life

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 21, 2008 | 9:38 am

    I read a few years ago in The Atlantic of an impending “death shortage,” an unfortunate consequence of technological advancements that would turn 70 year olds into early-career professionals. These people—we people—would still die; it was just going to take a lot longer to happen.

    ...
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