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Here’s Looking at You, Singles!

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July 17, 2014
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Exclusive online dating site, JDate, just got funnier.

Recently, the premier Jewish singles network underwent a major facelift in hopes of attracting a younger crowd. It all started with the release of new dating technologies, like Tinder, which threatened the some-what traditional online dating websites, like JDate. Young singles were beginning to enter the dating scene, however, were not necessarily looking for something special, but rather, casual. So to compete in the new superficial dating age, JDate shifted its messaging from someone else’s romantic success stories to a “me, right now” type of vibe – focusing solely on the individual, and what he or she desires.

You know what they say “if you can’t beat em’, join em”.

 

For more on JDate, click here: timesofisrael

Attention all Coffee Addicts!

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July 14, 2014
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Imagine a world with all-you-can-drink coffee… perfection, is it not?

Israeli start-up “Cups” is expanding its virtually unlimited coffee supply to New York. Now, with only the flash of an app, individuals can enjoy an abundance of coffee.

The app works where addicts pay a fixed rate of $45 dollars a month to receive a coffee of their choice at participating shops every half hour. A cheaper option, for the less addicted, is a rate of $27 dollars a month for one coffee per day. Ceo Alon Ezer told  that 55 coffee shops are currently participating in the all-you-can-drink movement. We can only hope that in the near future, Starbucks joins the scheme too.

For more on the brilliant Cups app, check out the tutorial below:

Say Goodbye to Glasses with Israeli “Glasses Off” App

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July 10, 2014
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A time machine in disguise. Israeli developers have created an app that can turn back time and restore 8.6 years of an individual’s eye sight.

That’s 8.6 whopping years of one’s eye sight, that prior to this invention, could not be returned.

Growing old comes with many advantages as well as disadvantages. Sadly, it is those disadvantages that outweigh everything else, as an example: wrinkles, loss of hair, and most importantly, loss of eye sight. GlassesOff was created for individuals between the ages 0f 40-60 to train their eyes to see better.

The app works as a series of games that are meant to code the brain and  eventually transform one’s sight. Those changes are said to be apparent around the three month mark of using the app. Three months to get back 8.6 years of eyesight…. definitely worth it.

For more on GlassesOff check out the video below.

 

 

 

Israeli Start-Ups: Major Game Changers

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July 9, 2014
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In a recent post by No Camels, Israeli start-ups are critically acclaimed to be changing the world of sports. So in spirit of those successes, SDM’s decided to serve up our readers with some cool facts on these companies and their place in the competition.

FTBPro 

FTBPro is an online based company that allows soccer fans to read and write about a sport- no experience necessary. Soccer fans are able to express their insights on games, players and so on, by way of posting on to the FTBPro public forum. Anyone can become a sports journalist with the click of a button on this website.

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FreeD 

FreeD, sounds more like 3-D. This company provides sport fans with 3-dimensional playback technology that records every move on the field, court or ice and synchronizes it into one image. The tech is meant to optimize an individual’s viewing experience right from his or her couch at home. Big players like the Dallas Cowboys have already bought in to this technology along with some other big sport names.

 

Vubooo

For the intense soccer fans, Vubooo has provided them with a live sport experience  in the form of a virtual app. This is so individuals can watch games on-the-go and in HD quality. The app also takes advantage of social media by constantly updating scores and stats so crazy fans can get their daily fix.

 

There’s no question as to why these Israeli start-ups are major game changers in the world of sports. From the crowds roar, to the players’ facial expressions, wins and losses, it can all be felt in the comfort of an individual’s home thanks to these technologies.

For more information on these start-ups and others, click here: No Camels 

 

 

NFL players praise Israeli company’s orthopedic shoes

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July 9, 2014
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AposTherapy develops brand of shoes that helps deal with knee and back pain.

Bloomberg brings our attention to an Israeli company, AposTherapy, that is working wonders for people dealing with back and knee pain, particularly, former professional NFL players.

Offering products that alter regular shoes in order to fight against muscle pain, AposTherapy treatment is apparently becoming increasingly popular in Asia and Europe, and has now received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.Some of the biggest supporters of the company, as you can see from their official website, are former NFL players, who have commended their treatment for significantly helping with knee and back pains.

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Former New York Jets running back Bruce Harper, for one, was offered to try on the shoes but was “skeptical.” Eventually, he, alongside former New York Giants players Bart Oates and Karl Nelson, tried on the $5,000 pair of shoes, and couldn’t believe the results. Bloomberg reports that the players aren’t paid by AposTherapy, but they all celebrated the product for realigning their walking habits.

“If you can get someone to have a smoother gait, that can go a long way in relieving pain,” added MaCalus Hogan to Bloomberg. Hogan is an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. “It is definitely one I would be open to trying with patients,” he said.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Americans spent approximately $50 billion a year on lower back pain. AposTherapy looks to decrease that number by offering a more stable and less expensive way to deal with back pain. The company has offered its products to over 50,000 so far across Israel, the UK and Singapore, with sales surpassing $14 million in 2013.

The company expects sales to double and hit $30 million by next year.

AposTherapy was founded in Herzliya by doctors Avi Elbaz and Amit Mor. The two believe that by changing the gait – pattern of movement of the limbs – of those suffering with the treatment offered through AposTherapy shoes will greatly decrease knee and back pain.

The treatment works as a “snowball effect,” according to the company. Patients suffering are to wear the shoes and ignore the pain that accompanies them, as really what’s happening is their gait is being changed, reshaping their muscles and body in the process.

Currently, AposTherapy has a Manhattan office and is looking to partner with physical therapy centers. It’s raised $27 million from investors so far.

Ynet

Buzzfeed…More Like Play Buzz

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July 8, 2014
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Recently, a small Israeli start-up owned by a former Prime Minister’s grandson has been rising or should I say riding up the online charts. This small start-up known as Play Buzz appears to be copying the American start-up, Buzzfeed. Given that BuzzFeed is beyond popular in the cyber world right now, it is no surprise that Play Buzz is well off too… well, maybe even better.

 

Play Buzz has a whopping number of sixteen employees under its name, but that doesn’t stop them. According to Quantcast’s online statistics, Play Buzz has received more traffic than aol.com and unworthy.com. Good things really do come in small packages.

Co- founder Shaul Olmert explains that Play Buzz is successful because it differs from Buzzfeed, not copy it: “BuzzFeed is a great website. We, on the other hand, are a network. Our strength is not in in-house editorial, but in empowering users, publishers and brands to create their own content.” Another major difference between the two is the number of creators they have on board. Play Buzz is currently working with only two creators and is looking for a third, while Buzzfeed is said to have 170, maybe even more.

It’s evident that Play Buzz is a small fish competing in a bid pond of sharks, but man are they feisty!

 

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