12 Free and Useful Android Applications

Jewish Mobile AppsHere are 12 free and useful mobile apps for Android. Several of the programs are supported by ads and some have ad-free paid versions.

[Note to Apple users: Many of these applications are also available for Apple iOS devices.]

PriceZ

 

Israeli food price comparison application including barcode scanner. The application is written in Hebrew but it is very easy to use. If you do not know Hebrew, let a friend just install it for you. The application lets you easily scan in the barcodes of the food packages in your kitchen and you can add each item to your shopping list. You can check the price range of each product and see which supermarkets near you are the cheapest per item or the whole shopping list.
Another use: If you are having trouble finding an item in an unfamiliar store, you can show the store employee a photo with description of the product you are looking for.

 

Google id=il.co.PriceZ.android

 

WhatsApp Messenger

 

WhatsApp Messenger is a free messaging app available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family. Use WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.

Google id=com.whatsapp

 

Moovit

 

Moovit is a public transit app and mapping service which features trip planning, live arrival and departure times, up-to-date line schedules, local station maps, service alerts, and advisories that may affect one’s current trip. I use the application all the time when I travel by bus.

Google id=com.tranzmate

 

Waze – GPS Maps and Traffic

 

Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic & road info to save time, gas money, and improve daily commuting for all. Just by driving with Waze open, you’re already contributing tons of real-time traffic information to your local community. You can also actively report accidents, police traps and other hazards you see on the road. Get road alerts along your route and find the cheapest gas prices around you shared by the community. Plus, you can add friends, send locations or keep others posted on your arrival time.

Google id=com.waze

 

Google News and Weather

 

Your comprehensive and personalised view of headline stories and local news & weather. Coverage from 75,000 publications. Tune your layout with any of 60 country-specific editions, homescreen widgets and personalised news sections.

Google id=com.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget

 

TuneIn Radio

 

Listen to your favorite radio stations for free with TuneIn Radio. With over 100,000 stations, TuneIn has the largest free selection of sports, news, music and talk radio from around the world.

tunein.player

 

Accuradio (music and audio)

 

AccuRadio offers 1,000+ free customizable music radio channels, unlimited skips, wide variety, and less repetition. Choose from more than 50 different genres of music: rock, pop, jazz, country, classical, electronic, holidays, alternative, comedy, and more. You can customize each channel with unlimited skips, by banning artists and songs you don’t like, and by rating the music to influence what you hear.

Google id=com.slipstream.accuradio

 

Morfix – Hebrew English Translator

 

Comprehensive and accurate English Hebrew and Hebrew English dictionary and translation free app.

Google id=com.official.morfix

 

CalJ Jewish Calendar

 

Jewish to secular date conversion and vice-versa
Dates of the festivals and events, for any year
Parasha of the week
Rosh Chodesh
Shabbat times
Everyday zmanim
Bircas haMazon
Birthdays and Memorials

 

Google id=net.calj.android

 

HebDate Hebrew Calendar

 

HebDate is a full Hebrew (Jewish) & Secular Calendar (Luach). Full month views for Hebrew and Secular calendars. You can view any date since creation.
View Day, Week, & Agenda.
Full Android Scheduling Calendar. View and Edit Events.
Chagim, Daf Yomi, and More.
Zmanim for all locations.
Widget that can be added to the home screen.
Countdown timer for all Zmanim.
In-app subscription available for removal of banner ads.

 

Google id=com.lionscribe.hebdate

 

On Your Way Yesod (Uvelechtecha Baderech)

 

Virtual Library of Jewish books. I use the siddurim section when I do not have access to a printed siddur. The full application includes: TaNaCh (Bible) with all the classic commentators; Mishna with the commentaries of Bartenura and Tosfot Yom Tov; Talmud (Gemara) with the commentaries of Rashi and Tosfot; Midrash Raba, Midrash Tanchuma and Yalkut Shimoni. Several versions of Siddurim

Google id=oyw.tnc

 

Sefaria

 

Sefaria delivers 3,000 years of Jewish texts (Torah, Tanakh, Mishnah, Talmud, and more) to your smartphone. All texts in the library are available in Hebrew along with a growing body of English translations. Search by keyword or browse the table of contents to explore texts, translations, and commentaries.

Google id=org.sefaria.sefaria

 

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Women Key to Israel’s Tech Growth

 

From Start-Up-Daily

Now in its seventh year, Birthright Excel helps create a network of young Jewish business leaders around the world while also introducing future entrepreneurs to Israel as a place for business opportunities. The program is geared for college sophomores, juniors and select seniors. Participants are assigned an internship at a prominent global company in Israel where professional mentors guide them at work. Fellows are also paired with an Israeli student to acclimate them to Israeli society.

“The participants are 19- and 20-year-olds, and I am constantly impressed with how passionate they are. They want to have fun, but they are also so serious about what they want to do. They are not just looking for a good company, they are really looking for a company that does good,” said Ifat Bechor, Executive Director of Birthright Israel Excel.

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Since the program began in 2009 there have been 450 participants. Each summer the number of fellows breaks down to about 40% women and 60% men. The percentages reflect the ratio of women to men in US business schools, Bechor said.

“In terms of programs we encourage as many women as possible, especially in tech and finance where there are less women,” she said.

‘They are not just looking for a good company, they are really looking for a company that does good’
To that end, many young women were eager to hear Wilson speak about the risks and opportunities in early-stage investment as well as what it’s like navigating the business world as a woman.

After Wilson changed tracks from real estate to investing she decided to make women founders one of her criteria when weighing whether to invest in a business.

“It was always important to me to invest in women and minorities. When I started a decade ago, no one was investing in women and they felt they had no one to connect with,” she said, adding that there was, and is, a winning strategy in investing in what nobody else seems to see.

Her investments include Food52, Catchafire, Vengo, Nestio, Captureproof, Makers Row, Le Tote, and Little Borrowed Dress. She’s also invested in several real estate transactions, restaurants and education projects and served as chairperson at the non-profit Hot Bread Kitchen, which is dedicated to increasing access to the culinary industry for woman and minority entrepreneurs.

Aside from helping fellows hone their business skills, Birthright Excel also strives to deepen the ties participants from abroad feel toward Israel. One of the project’s aims is to enable fellows entering the business world to preserve the identity, heritage, and welfare of the Jewish community and improve the way the global business community views Israel.

Lofty goals to be sure, but ones Birthright Excel alumni Galit Krifcher and Lisa Wallace said attracted them to the program.

Krifcher, 23, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in economics, spent her 10-week fellowship working with Giza Venture Capital in Tel Aviv. Now an analyst at the Boston-based venture capital firm Battery Ventures, Krifcher credits Birthright Excel with helping shape her career trajectory.
“We often hear the term ‘Start Up Nation’ but I didn’t know exactly what that meant until I spent time there,” said the Potomac, MD native. “Spending so much time in Israel gives me a chance to explain why BDS is bad, and why non-Jews should care about Israel. It’s a formidable player in tech, it’s seen as a quality investment around the world.”

As for Wallace, spending time working with former Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat gave her a chance to work in a mission-oriented environment. The Stanford University graduate now works at Qadium. Founded in 2012 with seed money from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the San Francisco-based firm provides global internet sensing for the private and public sectors, including healthcare, defense and finance.

And while she and Krifcher said women clearly have made tremendous strides in business, it can still be an incredibly tough area to navigate.

“As Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in her new book, ‘It’s okay to be a little deaf sometimes.’ There are virtually no women in cyber-security so you just have to remember why you’re there and what your goals are,” Wallace said.

It’s a sentiment Krifcher shares. After all, she works in a sector where, according to Fortune, fewer than six percent of decision-makers at US venture capital firms are women. In the magazine’s April, 2016 study of the 906 decision-makers, only 52 were women.

“I go to industry events and there are maybe four or five women. I show up in a room and it’s unexpected I’m going to be there. Many of the men passively assume I’m in marketing, or that I’m someone’s secretary,” Krifcher said. “I like to say the learning curve isn’t a curve at all, but a vertical wall. Sometimes opening the door requires a bit of brute force.”

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Haifa Israel Team Creates Intel’s Fastest-Ever Processor

Intel Corp. announced Tuesday its most advanced, next-level processor, whose development was led by its facility in Haifa, Israel, with the promise of a double-digit rise in computer performance, longer battery life and better security.

The seventh-generation new Intel Core enhanced 14-nanometer-plus processor, called Kaby Lake, is its “strongest and fastest ever,” Intel said in a statement, and aims to meet the demands of increased connectedness and internet use, and growing consumption of high-quality video, ultra-high-definition (UHD) premium and user-generated content, 360-degree video formats, Virtual Reality and digital sports content. It will power ultra-thin notebooks and two-in-one laptop-tablet hybrids.

Intel IsraelBuilt on the foundation of the Skylake processors, which Intel launched last year and were also led from Israel, the Kaby Lake processors are more than 70 percent faster than a 5-year-old PC and 3.5 times better in 3D graphics performance, the company said in a statement.

The new processors will have a longer-lasting battery — 9.5 hours of 4K video playback — and better security, and will enable more natural and intuitive interactions of users with their PCs, Intel said.

“The seventh-generation processors push our performance forward,” Ran Senderovitz, general manager at Intel Israel Development Centers, said in a phone briefing with reporters.

The Israeli team, with its colleagues worldwide, has pushed the boundaries of “global technology to new places,” he said. “We are talking about amazing technologies, technologies of 14nm. So it is like taking a hair and dividing it by 8,000.”

The new processors increase productivity with an up to 12 percent faster speed for application processes compared to the previous, sixth-generation, Intel processors, and an up to 19% faster speed for internet use, Senderovitz said. “To present year after year a double-digit performance improvement requires a lot of innovation and determination,” he said.

The challenge of the Israeli team, which led the efforts and worked in collaboration with Intel’s other global developers, was to make these processors faster and more energy-efficient and also support high-quality video and virtual reality, as required by users today.

“Today computers are at the center of our creativeness,” Senderovitz said, used for everything from editing music to viewing and creating UHD video content and gaming.

Israel has traditionally been an important development center for Intel, with local teams coming up with some of the company’s most important products – among them the Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors, and last year’s Skylake, which are in many of the computers currently in use.

Kaby Lake will allow computers to dispense with a fan and have a small battery, making them light and thin, some of them just 7 millimeters thick and weighing 1.3 kilograms.

“We are getting closer to a level in which computers are becoming as thin as smartphones,” Senderovitz said.

The first computers with the new processors are expected to hit the market in September and will be aimed initially at private customers and small and medium businesses.

Intel expects to see over 100 computer designs using the Kaby Lake in the fourth quarter of the year. Additional products, targeted at enterprises, workstations and enthusiasts’ notebooks and desktops, are expected in January, Intel said.

The processors will be included in a variety of designs and price ranges, which may also include features like hassle-free facial recognition and Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 technology, a single-wire USB Type C connection that supports up to 40 Gpbs transfer speeds. The processors will also allow some PCs to offer users touch, voice and stylus interaction, Intel said.

Intel has been operating in Israel since 1974 and directly employs around 10,000 workers in its Kiryat Gat production center and in four development centers, in Haifa, Yakum, Jerusalem and Petah Tikva. The Haifa center is Intel’s largest outside the US.

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WeKast Standalone Presentation Solution

WeKast

As anyone who often gives presentations knows, things can go wrong with overhead projectors. Almost nothing is more embarrassing than tech failure in front of a room full of people. After working at an Israeli accelerator mentoring international startups and entrepreneurs, Noemie Alliel decided to fix how speakers present by eliminating the setup time. A new product called WeKast is a standalone presentation solution designed to help you cast presentations to any screen with a mobile device.

The solution doesn’t require WiFi, cables or a laptop! Instead, you just plug it into a HDMI/VGA port and cast your presentation instantly. Noemie and WeKast launched on Kickstarter in late March and have 5 days left on the campaign.

WeKast Israel

WeKast is the only mobile-based professional presentation solution that completely eliminates the awkward set-up process while increasing mobility and engagement. WeKast was designed for a professional environment with mobility and simplicity in mind. Other wireless mobile solutions, like Chromecast or Apple TV, are great for watching movies or listening to music at home but we feel they are not suitable for business use due in part to lengthy setups. They need a 10-20 minutes setup for every change in meeting location, you have to repeat the process and connect to the local WIFI. Home solutions are impractical and unreliable for business meetings.

WeKast does not need any set up. It lets you connect without requiring a setup, an internet connection or even a laptop. If you still prefer to use your laptop, you can also do so without needing cables or adapters that ties you to one spot.

HOW IT WORKS

Our 2 steps solution could not be any easier:

1) Plug Wekast to any TV or projector using the HDMI or VGA port – WeKast acts as a WiFi router that communicates automatically to your phone or tablet.

2) Open the app and select a preloaded presentation. You can upload directly any files from your Dropbox or Google Drive. One click and you are presenting.

The app supports files into a mobile format keeping fonts, colors and videos intact. It’s also easy to preload presentations on your device from your PC. Just use our built-in PowerPoint plug-in to send files. Once you open the app, your presentations will be downloaded and ready to go.

I’ve used a WeKast prototype a few times already and it’s a GAME CHANGER!

With no wires, tech problems or hassle. You can smile, relax and engage with your audience. You got this.

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The Most Influential Jewish Twitter Accounts

In honor of Twitter’s 10th anniversary, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) put together a list of the top 25 Twitter users in the Jewish world. The following is the article in JTA by Gabe Friedman and then the list of the 25 most influential Jewish Tweeters. William Daroff, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and Avi Mayer top the list. Rabbi Jason Miller, a rabbi and entrepreneur from Detroit is the top rabbi on the list and comes in at #9. Two Israeli presidents (Shimon Peres and Reuven Rivlin) made the list along with the former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

Ten years ago this week, Twitter was born. Never ones to miss a good conversation, Jews quickly adopted the social network, and they haven’t stopped kibitzing since.

To celebrate the birth of this post-modern Talmud, we’ve updated JTA’s 2009 list of the “100 Most Influential Jewish Twitterers” (which helped a young woman escape her family’s cult-like church, as recounted in the New Yorker. No big deal.)

Our new list — pared down to just the top 25 Twitter mavens — reflects a changed Jewish Twitter world. Among the rabbis, officials, journalists and other machers who made the cut in ’09, the only carryover is William Daroff, an American Jewish communal leader who now ranks No. 1.

William Daroff (Twitter)

William Daroff (Twitter)

But keep in mind, we changed our methodology.

Compared to 2009, we left more of the analysis to software and didn’t include entities (organizations, media outlets, etc.) on our list — just people. The data analysis was done by Little Bird, a Portland-based “influencer marketing platform” that helps firms reach the right tweeters in the right fields.

So how did we come up with the “Most Influential” list? Using the terms “Jewish” and “Israel,” Little Bird’s algorithm identified a network of 1,000 people who participate most in the Twitter discussion around Israel and Jewish issues. It then ranked those participants based on how many followers they have within the network.

As a bonus, we also generated a list of the 25 participants in the Jewish-Israel discussion who have the most followers overall — yielding some big Jewish names, like Lena Dunham, along with some surprising ones, among them ex-Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson. Call them Guest Stars.

Without further ado, then, here are the biggest influencers in the Jewish Twitterverse.

Most Influential:

  1. William Daroff, The Jewish Federations of North America’s Washington office director, @Daroff
  2. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, @netanyahu
  3. Avi Mayer, Jewish Agency spokesman, @AviMayer
  4. Danny Ayalon, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., @DannyAyalon
  5. Peter Lerner, Israel Defense Forces spokesman, @LTCPeterLerner
  6. Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic correspondent, @JeffreyGoldberg
  7. Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the U.S., @AmbDermer
  8. Dan Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel, @AmbShapiro
  9. Rabbi Jason Miller, rabbi, entrepreneur and writer, @RabbiJason
  10. Barak Ravid, Haaretz diplomatic correspondent, @BarakRavid
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Israel’s Top Startups

Israel has become a very popular place for entrepreneurs to launch their startups, Tel Aviv in particular has become home for many tech based and other startups. This is because brilliant businessmen and women who have graduated from Israeli universities had dreams of making it big, even outside their country. If someone will look into the number and variety of Israeli startups that have found global success, it becomes clear that those bright entrepreneurs fully achieved their goals. Here are some of the most successful Israeli startups that have been launched in the past couple of years.

 

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IronSource

IronSource is a startup that works with mobile developers by helping them to monetize their apps and find customers through advertising. They also help developers to further increase their profits by helping them to add in-app advertising to their apps.

IronSource is a unicorn startup, which is a startup that has reached 1 billion dollars or more in valuation. In February 2015, the company raised 105 million dollars in venture capital funds, earning the company the unicorn status. With 550 employees, ½ billion monthly users, and hundreds of millions generated in revenue, that valuation should come as no surprise.

 

Ravello Systems

Ravello Systems helps companies to set up development and testing labs on both Amazon’s and Google’s cloud. Cloud based testing and development is popular because companies can develop and test apps and new technologies safely on the cloud without wreaking havoc on existing networks and servers. The role of Ravello systems is to use its partnerships with VMware, Google, and Amazon to make the process of setting up these testing and development labs as easy as possible for their clients.

Between the United States and Israel, Ravello has 70 employees and has raised over 50 million dollars in investment funds. They also proudly boast that they have acquired many thousands of users who are actively testing and developing in the cloud.

 

ZUtA Labs

ZUtA Labs has created a pocket sized printer that works in a decidedly unique manner. Rather than feeding the paper through the printer, their tiny printer is placed on top of the page and across the page, printing directly onto the paper.

The printer was developed by an Israeli company, Nekuda. It is both wireless and Bluetooth enabled. This, of course, means that the pint sized device can be controlled by a variety of devices, including smartphones and laptops. According to the company representatives it is the first truly mobile printer with the ability to work on any piece of paper, no matter the size.

ZUtA was formed in 2014 and managed to earn about a half of a million dollars in due to a very well-received crowdfunding campaign. In addition to this, it was also given an award at CES in 2015 for innovation.

 

Pixie

Pixie is an Israeli startup, founded in 2011, that has developed a product that can help people locate any missing object that they own. The internet of things has made it possible to connect everyday items to the internet. This technology goes one step further by utilizing location of things, which is the ability to discover the exact location of an object.

The technology works through the use of smart tags, known as Pixie Points. These can be attached to virtually anything that a person owns. Then, a mobile app can be used to locate any object that has been pixified. How this works is that each object that has the smart tag affixed to it becomes a part of a small private network that can be tracked via Bluetooth Technology. The product was officially launched in 2015.

For example, if you misplace your keys and they have been tagged, the Pixie app will use the camera on your smartphone to show the location of the missing item. There is a range limit, however of 50 feet if you are inside a structure and 150 feet if you are outside.

 

Lighttricks

Lightricks is the maker of the extraordinarily popular photo-editing app, Facetune. In fact, celebrity Kim Kardashian is counted among its four and a half million users. Facetune has also become a mainstay on the list of best-selling apps on the App Store.

What many people don’tfu realize is that this technology goes far beyond giving people the ability to make their selfies look more polished. What has been invented is a graphics engine that improves the functionality of cameras.

Lightricks has also managed to further monetize their technology through the use of proprietary software used for mobile advertising. This contributes to their constant presence on the best-selling list. Their partnership with Facebook certainly has helped their growth as well. Lightrics recently raised 10 million dollars in VC funds to promote growth.

 

Plarium

Plarium is a startup that develops games that are played on social media through both browser and mobile. Two popular games developed by the company are Sparta: War of Empires and Total Domination: Reborn. The company leverages the popularity of social based games among people who do not own consoles.

The games developed by Plarium are free to play, however people will pay extra money to advance through a game more easily. For example, a player who doesn’t want to wait to earn enough points through game play to purchase a desired weapon for their character, will spend money to purchase those points. This is where Plarium earns its money. It is also why the company has never needed to raise funds from outside sources.

Plarium has a staff of 800 employees worldwide with 150 of those people being located in Israel. It is also a family based company, and four of the co-founders are blood relatives.

 

SkySaver

SkySaver is an Israeli startup that has created an emergency backpack that residents living in high-rises can use to help them escape in the event of a fire. The backpack, which was released in 2015, contains a cable cord that can be attached to an anchor point that is installed near a window.

In the case of fire, the resident straps into the apparatus using a series of buckles and straps. Once they are safely secured, they can then rappel down the outside of the building to safety.

Since its founding in 2012, SkySaver, owned by Eli Gross has been able to raise an undisclosed amount of funds from private investors.

 

CoroNet

Comjacking is what happens when you are using public WiFi and a hacker accesses your computer by hijacking your signal. They can also create fake cell signals by doing this. Comjacking commonly happens to victims who are using WiFi in coffee shops, restaurants, or other public areas. Once you have been comjacked, the hacker can then use your device to spy on you. CoroNet was invented to detect comjacking attempts and prevent them. Businesses purchase CoroNet to keep their corporate phones safe, and carriers purchase it to secure their signals. The company’s seed funding came from Israel based venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners.

Contributed by Ethan Dunwill

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Bill Gates on Israeli Tech Innovation

Reposted from Start Up Israel by David Shamah:

In a rare public comment on the value of MS Israel’s work in helping make the company what it is, Gates said that Israeli developments tech areas like analytics and security were “improving the world.”

This year marked the eighth Think Next event, where MS shows off its best and brightest new technologies, many developed in Israel. Gates doesn’t call in every year, but with this year being the 25th anniversary of the Microsoft Israel research and development center, he told the Tel Aviv audience in a video call from the US that he was “very happy to wish the R&D center a happy birthday.”

The center, he said, “started in 1991, when some of the Israeli engineers at Microsoft wanted to return home but continue working at Microsoft. We decided to open the center – it was our first one outside the US – and I think the technology they have produced over the years more than justifies our decision.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks with Bill Gates during the World Economic FOrum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO/Flash 90.Speaking live at the event was current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Nadella met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier Thursday to discuss cyber-security and other matters. In their meeting, Nadella noted Microsoft’s commitment to Israel, “its investments in the local market and its commitment to the continued growth of the high-tech and innovation industry in Israel which finds expression in assistance programs for start-ups, introducing advanced technologies to all sectors of the economy, promoting science and technology, and education in computers and mathematics,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.

According to Yoram Yaakovi, general manager of Microsoft Israel’s R&D Center, “the Think Next Conference reflects the ability of creative technologies to reinvent entire industries, including: health, agriculture, communications and transportation. The new experiences offered to users are a tremendous springboard for businesses and is changing the economy and the lives of millions. We are proud to provide a stage for startups that show exceptional creativity in these and other fields. Since the R&D center was established 25 years ago we have managed to generate unique creative value for the company – as shown by innovative projects that will be presented today at the event.”

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Israeli Ministries to Phase Out Fax Machines

From The Times of Israel:

A ministerial committee was expected to approve on Sunday a decision allowing Israelis to submit documents to government departments via email and other digital media, such as cellphone apps. The initiative is meant to bring an end to government offices’ ubiquitous reliance on fax machines, as well as the need to show up and submit documents in person when the faxes fail to arrive at their destination.

The proposal was submitted by the Prime Minister’s Office and the office of Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel, as part of the “Digital Israel” initiative, which is aiming to modernize and streamline Israeli bureaucracy by bringing it into the 21st century.

According to the proposal, “all government ministries and ancillary units are to allow, subject to the law, anyone wishing to send or receive documents, which are currently sent and received via fax, to do so by digital means (email etc.). Sending by fax will continue to be allowed.”

fax machine in israel“The decision that will be submitted for the government’s approval is no less than a service revolution and another step that will significantly ease the lives of Israeli citizens, who have until now been required to submit documents to government offices via snail mail or fax, and often to physically appear at the offices during limited hours, to deal with issues that could be solved simply by sending an email from a computer or cellphone,” Gamliel said.

Despite the country’s billing as the “Start-Up Nation,” Israel’s government bureaus have been steadfast in their insistence on receiving documents by fax. This has led to recurring complaints as most people do not have access to the machines, long considered outdated in the digital era.

Regarding the timetable for the proposed reforms, government offices will be given email addresses within 90 days after the proposal is approved, and they will be published within 120 days.

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Facebook Finally Agrees to Ban Anti-Israel Hate Pages

In an email sent Wednesday afternoon to the Haym Salomon Center, Facebook rescinded its initial decision that a page that incited hatred and violence against Israelis met “community standards.”

“As you may have noticed, we have now taken down both those pages as we made a mistake earlier,” a Facebook spokesperson explained in the email.

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The two referenced pages are “Stop Palestinians” and “Stop Israelis.” Both pages were set up by Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center as a test to determine how much hateful and violent incitement is tolerated on the social media website. The civil rights group was also monitoring how quickly the pages would be taken down.

According to Shurat HaDin, The Big Facebook Experiment began on December 28th, 2015, with its simultaneous launch of two identical Facebook pages: Stop Palestinians and Stop Israelis. Shurat HaDin then began posting nearly identical content on both pages. The content on the “Stop Palestinians” page incited hatred and violence against Palestinians, and the content on the “Stop Israelis” page incited hatred and violence toward Israelis. Over the course of two days, the severity of the incitement was gradually increased on both pages.

After two days, the civil rights group reported the pages to Facebook on the grounds of violating community standards.

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Israeli Device Saving American Lives in Afghanistan

From David Shamah at The Times of Israel:

When American troops are injured in the field, the first piece of life-saving medical equipment they may come into contact with nowadays is an Israeli-invented mini-sized manual ventilator. And not just American soldiers on the battlefield; the Pocket BVM has been used to treat thousands of people at the scene of numerous natural disasters, like in the huge earthquake that devastated Nepal earlier this year.

“The US Army decided that our Pocket BVM (bag valve mask device) would fit into combat scenarios much better than traditional BVMs,” said Dov Maisel, an American immigrant to Israel who invented the unique manual ventilator with his friend and fellow United Hatzalah volunteer Akiva Pollack. “It’s really taken off since the Americans adopted it last year, and now we are working with several NATO armies, first-aid groups in Europe and Asia, businesses, hospitals, and airlines among others.”

To that latter category add El Al, said Maisel; the Israeli airline several months ago signed a contract with MicroBVM, the commercial supplier of the device, and now all El Al planes have miniature BVMs scattered throughout their cabins, so that life-giving oxygen can be provided to a patient quickly and efficiently

Israel in Nepal

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Jewish Techs: The Jewish Technology Blog

This blog looks at how modern technology affects Jewish life, particularly the impact of the Internet on Jews across the globe. The Internet has made the Jewish community seem smaller. The Jewish Techs blog, written by blogger Rabbi Jason Miller (The Techie Rabbi), explores the places where Jewish culture, education and faith intersect with technology. Of course, like anything, Jews will continue to ask if technology is good or bad for the Jews – the age old question of our people. Good or bad, it is undisputed that technology has changed Jewish life. If you’re Jewish or interested in technology or both… you’ll enjoy the conversation. Thanks for reading the Jewish Techs blog.

The Techie Rabbi – Rabbi Jason Miller

Rabbi Jason Miller, the Techie RabbiJason Miller is NOT your typical rabbi. Known as the Techie Rabbi, he launched Access Computer Technology in 2010 and has grown it into a full-scale technology firm that provides social media marketing consulting and web design in addition to IT support. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary a decade ago, Rabbi Jason has made a name for himself as a popular blogger, social media expert, educator and entrepreneur. Based in Detroit, his congregation includes more than a million people who read his blog and follow him in Cyberspace. He began the Jewish Techs blog in January 2010 as the New York Jewish Week's technology expert.

An entrepreneurial rabbi and an alum of Clal's "Rabbi Without Borders" fellowship, Jason Miller is a rabbi and thought leader whose personal blog has been viewed by millions. The Detroit Free Press called him “the most tech-savvy Jewish leader" and the Huffington Post ranked him among the top Jewish Twitter users in the world. A social media expert, Rabbi Jason is a popular speaker and writer on technology and its effect on the Jewish world. He writes the "Jewish Techs" blog for The Jewish Week and the monthly "Jews in the Digital Age" column for the Detroit Jewish News.

Miller won the 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and is one of the winners of a Jewish Influencer award from the National Jewish Outreach Program.