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Apple Co-Founder Wozniak in Israel

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August 25, 2014
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Apple co-founder and tech pioneer Steven Wozniak has landed in Israel for the first time. Wozniak will be in Holon, near Tel Aviv, where he will be the keynote speaker at a conference.

According to Times of Israel, “one of the issues Wozniak feels strongly about is how technology can help kids learn better. On Monday, he will be talking about that issue at Eduaction, a conference on all things educational.”

Read more at Times of Israel.

Srouji Takes Apple By Storm

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August 21, 2014
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Srouji, an Arab-Israeli who studied at the Technion, was formally announced as the US giant’s VP of hardware over the weekend.


Johny Srouji, an Arab-Israeli from Haifa, was announced as Vice President of Hardware Technologies at Apple over the weekend when his picture was added to the company’s leadership page.

Srouji received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Israel’s premier institute of technology, the Technion. He was raised in downtown Haifa and moved to the US in 2008 after serving in senior roles at both Intel and IBM in Israel.

He joined Apple to lead the development of the company’s first native cellular chip, the A4.

He was first appointed as a vice president three years ago, and was promoted to his current position last year. Srouji, according to the company’s page, reports directly to CEO Tim Cook.




Apple’s leadership page has only featured some of its senior officials throughout the years. But the company came under fire recently for its lack of diversity in senior positions.

The criticism elicited a response when the page was updated over the weekend to include a few more faces, Srouji among them.

Despite the geographic distance from home, Srouji has maintained involvement in Israel; he was closely involved with setting up Apple’s first R&D center in Israel in 2011.

According to some reports, Srouji pushed for the project to be built in Haifa, where he was raised. After its first incursion into Israel, Apple opened additional R&D centers in Herzliya, Tel Aviv and Raanana.

In recent years the US technology giant purchased a number of Israeli firms: PrimeSense for $350 million in 2013 and Anobit for $400 million in 2011.


The Top Ten Wearable Tech Made in Israel

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August 14, 2014
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No Camels is letting us in on the coolest wearable technology made in Israel.

From earphones to pedometers, this is only the beginning of a hot trend that will revolutionize the way people talk, walk, and especially, dress. Watch out fashion, the tech industry is making a statement.

1. OrCam Technologies

Unlike other eye-wear, OrCam helps the blind and visually impaired “see” with an auditory feature. The glasses include a small built-in camera/smart computer that verbally identifies objects the user motions to.

2. ReWalk

Rewalk is a wearable bionic leg brace that enables paraplegics to walk, and possibly, run. The technology consists of a robotic exoskeleton that uses a combination of upper body strength and momentum to move.


3. Angel Sensor

Angel Sensor is a stylish bracelet that effortlessly tracks and records health data for users. Whatever the user’s concern (ie. blood pressure), the bracelet can monitor it.

4. MUV Interactive

MUV’s Bird transforms any flat surface into an interactive touchscreen through light projections and its wearable fingertip sensors. By connecting a smart device to a projector, any flat surface can become a live touchscreen.

5. Meta

Meta‘s shades allows wearers to virtually access smart devices from their glasses. Once the glasses are put on, all it takes is the wave of a hand to enter a virtual realm.

 6. HereO

The HereO watch is a colourful GPS system made for “kids”   parents to track their child’s whereabouts.


7. Modrillian Smart Strap Buckle

Finally you can be hands-free with the Modrillian Smart Buckle. The technology allows its wearers to receive wireless bluetooth notifications anywhere on-the-go.


8. Oxitone

Oxitone is a continuos monitoring system that tracks a patients heart rate and can warn him or her of any abnormalities.

9. LifeBEAM

If the bracelet monitor isn’t for you, surely the hat would be. LifeBEAM collects data from optical sensors to track an individuals health and fitness.

10. Tempdrop

Tempdrop is a wearable smart sensor made for pregnant women to have an easy conception. The technology monitors a pregnant woman’s basal body temperatures while she is sleeping and can estimate the time she will conceive.

Read more here: NoCamels

Now in Stores: Kitchen Aid’s Sparkling Beverage Maker

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August 14, 2014
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Kitchen Aid, first famous for its 1919 stand up mixer, has now released its anticipated new line of Sparkling Beverage Makers in collaboration with Israel’s SodaStream - the worlds leading manufacturer of home carbonation systems.

Staying true to its origins, Kitchen Aid’s Sparkling Beverage Maker has its classic all-metal exterior with a splash of colour. The system includes 4 carbonation settings, a BPA free bottle, and a 60L CO2 tank.

Sparkling B Maker

All of this is very exciting, especially for Kitchen Aids’ general manager of small appliances David Elliott, who said,

“We are excited to expand our KitchenAid family of products and enter the growing category of home carbonation- working with SodaStream brings together their best-in-class technology with our stylish design signature to offer a premium product for our consumers worldwide.”

For more on this product, click here: SDM 


Did You Say Free Wifi?

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August 12, 2014
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Israel’s free internet is moving outdoors as Communication Minister Gilad Erdan lifts limitations on routers.

Free internet in Israel just got better. Israelis and tourists can now set up personal hotspots anywhere in the country….well maybe not the Negev, but you get the point. The extension of free internet allows for better communication across the region. Tourists no longer have to worry about the price of foreign internet and the stress of communication.

Although cities like Tel Aviv and Ariel have already been providing free wifi, the ministry confined the internet routers to indoor areas, which meant a weak signal for public “outdoor” areas.


In a note, the ministry explained, “in light of new technologies that have appeared over the past few years, the ministry has decided to remove limitations on use of Wi-fi, which until now had been limited to indoor venues. It will now be possible to offer Internet services anywhere in Israel.”

Erdan believes by removing the limitations and confines of routers, Israelis will be able to stay better connected to the internet and surf it for free.

Who wouldn’t be happy?! Free + Wifi = every techies dream.



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August 11, 2014
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Did you know that the average person speaks up to 16,000 words a day? However, for 1.5 percent of the world’s population living with speech impairment those words are close to impossible to match.

Thankfully, Israeli company VoiceItt is developing an app that will revolutionize the way individuals living with speech impairment communicate.

It all started when Danny Wiessberg, CEO and founder of VoiceItt, struggled to have a conversation with his Grandmother after she suffered from a stroke. Weissberg found himself not only frustrated with the miscommunication but lack of aid on the market. After which, Weissberg made it his mission to improve the lives of individuals living with speech impairment, their caretakers and loved-ones- and so VoiceItt was born.

Currently, VoiceItt is developing an app, known as Talkiit, that will end the struggle for individuals living with speech impairment. TalkItt uses speech technology to recognize and translate unintelligible speech into understandable language in the users own voice.

“This isn’t standard speech recognition. We are using pattern recognition that is personalized for the speaker. For example, a person with Cerebral Palsy might say ‘sho-ko-la’ when he really means to say chocolate. The app will recognize that based on the user’s own personalized, pre-recorded dictionary,” Weissberg said in a press release.

“To get started, the person speaks a word, and that person or the caregiver associates it with a word on the app in any language they choose. The tablet and smartphone app recalls this translation from the calibrated dictionary and the system is ready to use immediately,” Weissberg explained.

Weissberg and the rest of the VoiceItt team are anxiously awaiting the completion of their app, and hope it will improve the lives of many, whether its talking with friends or ordering a coffee.

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