Earlier in the week, we reported that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak would be in Israel to speak at a conference on education.
During his visit, Wozniak toured communities in Israel near the Gaza border, which he called “one of [his] best experiences [he's] ever had.”
While visiting Jerusalem, Wozniak noted: “had a good time visiting Jerusalem and Gaza Strip today. If Israel did not react, the rockets would continue anyway. If Hamas halted rockets, Israel would not attack them. Peace.”
The technology legend also visited the offices of Israeli startups. On the topic of tech, Wozniak admits that he’s heard amazing things about tech in Israel, and has bought great products from Israeli companies, including the pocket printer.
Check out a video of Woz discussing his time in Israel here.
:: Israel 21C
Calling on those with wanderlust! Do you have the travel bug, but not the wallet to support it? Good news: Ryanair, the low-cost airline from Europe, is hoping to expand its services into Israel.
CEO of Ryanair, Michael O’ Leary, said in an interview that he hopes to soon open a flight hub in TLV. Flights from Israel would go to “destinations like Russia, central Europe, Britain, Germany and other locations”.
Read more at No Camels.
ALS has been in the spotlight for the last few weeks as people attempt the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This initiative has raised an enormous amount for ALS research. An Israeli team, BrainStorm, has good news for those who are affected by ALS and those who have taken the challenge: there has been a huge breakthrough in the treatment of the disease using stem cells.
According to Israel 21c,
“Petah Tikva-based BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics’ NurOwn platform is based on a technique developed by Profs. Daniel Offen and Eldad Melamed at Tel Aviv University for growing and enhancing stem cells harvested from patients’ own bone marrow. The enhanced cells secrete elevated levels of nerve-growth factors that protect existing motor neurons, promote motor neuron growth and reestablish nerve-muscle interaction.”
The treatment has entered its second phase of clinical trials in the US. It has previously been tested at Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Medical Centre.
Read more at Israel 21C.
Hey Israeli artists, the man who discovered the Ramones, Talking Heads and other rock icons wants to sign you. Seymour Stein, co-founder of Sire Records and current vice president of Warner Bros., will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Tune In Tel Aviv, an annual conference for the music industry in Israel.
Tune In Tel Aviv is billed as Israel’s international music industry conference, and takes place Nov. 19-23. Over 50 local artists will be showcased for global bookers, agents and labels. In addition to handling keynote duties, Stein hopes to find a new artist to sign.
Stein told the Jerusalem Post that he’s been hearing about “all the fantastic music coming out of Israel these past years; and I truly look forward to seeing for myself the best artists which [Israel] has to offer. I would love to sign another Israeli act.”
Read more at Billboard.com.
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.
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.