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VIDEO: Israeli Dov Moran invented USB flash drives, now he’s vying for the smart TV market with Comigo

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September 11, 2012
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Not many people can lay claim to being the inventor of one of the most recognizable and ubiquitous “gadgets” in the world, not to mention a billion-dollar exit. But Dov Moran can.

Moran was the Israeli founder and chairman of M-Systems, a company notable for developing the first USB flash drive, called the DiskOnKey, way back in the late nineties. This actually followed the development (and patenting) of the first flash drive back in 1995, called the DiskOnChip.

So, what do you do when you’re cash-heavy and have a penchant for innovation and disruption? Launch another company, of course.

From the ashes of the M-Systems acquisition rose Modu, an Israeli mobile phone company that produced the world’s lightest ever mobile phone, a record seeminglyverified by Guinness itself. In addition, the phone let users personalize their handset’s look and features through a range of enclosures, known as Modu jackets.

However, the company fell on bad financial times and announced it was closing its doors in February 2011, though Google was on hand to take on some of its patents for a little over $4m.

All this leads us to IBC in Amsterdam, where The Next Web caught up with Moran for the launch of his latest venture, which goes by the name of Comigo.

What’t COMIGO?

Full Article via TheNextWeb

VIDEO: Red Hot Chili Peppers shout out to the late Israeli-American musician Hillel Slovak

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September 11, 2012
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Red Hot Chili Peppers talking about Hillel Slovak on their concert in Israel, 9/10/2012, which was followed by a great jam.

Hillel Slovak ‏ was an Israeli-American musician best known as the original guitarist and founding member of the Los Angeles rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers

Moran Atias Joins James Franco and Mila Kunis in ‘Third Person’

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September 11, 2012
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Director Paul Haggis doesn’t let go of Israeli actress Moran atias. After she co-starred in his movie ‘The Next Three Days,’ Haggis cast Atias in his next movie, entitled ‘Third Person,’ scheduled to start shooting on October 17 in Rome, with a budget of $28 million. According to the press release from production company Corsan Films, the cast also includes James Franco, Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis and Olivia Wild

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Israeli company wins WTC contract

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Techmer to deploy smart communications systems at One World Trade Center in New York in bid to allow rescue forces to contact each other in any situation

Israeli company Techmer has won a bid to deploy smart communication systems at One World Trade Center (1 WTC), the lead building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

The project is estimated at $11 million.

Techmer, a subsidiary of C. Mer Industries, specializes in smart communication solutions for security and emergency forces. In Israel it was in charge of the Carmel Tunnels project, which provides communication coverage for all security and emergency forces.

The company will serve as the chief contractor in the 1 WTC communication project, which began in April 2012 and will be conducted for about 15 months.

One World Trade Center, which was previously known as the Freedom Tower, is the lead building in the new world trade complex being built at Ground Zero. The 104-floor building will be one of the tallest in the world. Its construction began in 2006 and is expected to end next year.

The need for an advanced communication network came up as a result of the lessons learned from the 9/11 terror attacks. During the disaster in New York, the different rescue forces suffered serious communication problems due to the extreme conditions.

The infrastructure provided by Techmer will allow rescue forces – including firefighters, police and other units – to communicate with each other even in extreme states of emergency such as fires and terror attacks.

Unique system

Techmer CEO Itsik Ben Tolila explains that in states of emergency in skyscrapers, the forces’ communication devices usually stop working after the teams climb several floors.

In the past, rescue forces would use the obsolete technology of connecting to special sockets in the walls in order to continue communicating with their headquarters.

The physical infrastructure Techmer is deploying in the building allows firefighters, for example, to continue talking to each other and to their headquarters through their communication devices, even when they enter the building.

The system is also suited to work with the communication systems of a number of other American agencies, the identity of which Techmer refuses to disclose.

One of the main advantages of this technology is that communication can continue even if the building suffers severe damage or if there is a power outage. In addition, the unique technology allows different agencies to communicate with each other, even through completely different communication methods.

“In the 9/11 attacks,” says Ben Tolila, “security cameras captured footage of many firefighters running up, while many policemen were running down. The reason is that a police helicopter warned the police forces that the building was about to collapse and they managed to escape. The firefighters did not receive such a warning, and therefore many firefighter and just a few cops were killed.”

Now, thanks to the new technology, the different forces will be able to communicate with each other.