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Kite Surfing in TLV

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June 27, 2014
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Are you into #TLV’s beach? Extreme sports? How about the water? If so, kite surfing in Tel Aviv is made for you.

According to Israel21C, kite surfing is the best way to enjoy a windy day in Tel Aviv. Don’t believe me? See for yourself!

:: Israel21C

A White Picnic for a White Night

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June 27, 2014
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Culture, Food
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Yesterday Tel Aviv celebrated White Night (Laila Lavan in Hebrew).

To start off the nocturnal celebration, the city hosted a “Diner En Blanc” – a popup picnic which has become hugely popular around the world.

According to Times of Israel,

“This is such a special event. Hundreds of people together, and in a bit they will end the evening by lighting sparklers. It’s magic. It’s also part of bringing Israel and Tel Aviv to the international scene. It’s a good way to bring Israel to the top of the cities who organize this dinner.” Diner En Blanc was pulled off with the help of TLV Internationals, a grassroots organization committed to improving immigrant life in the White City, as well as a team of volunteers who had heard about the dinner in other cities and wanted to experience it for themselves.

Read more at Times of Israel.

The Man Behind Grindr

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June 26, 2014
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When describing Grindr, individuals would characterize it as the gay version of Tinder.

Don’t know what Tinder is? Not to worry. Tinder is the modern- age dating app that connects with singles in and around an individual’s area. All you have to do is enter your information, dating preferences, and boom, you have yourself  a pool of men or women (which ever you prefer) to choose from!

Joel SImkhai

Grindr is similar to Tinder in its process, however, is geared specifically towards gay men. The man behind this successful app is Joel Simkhai. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Joel created the app on the thought that he was answering a certain need. Many individuals view Grindr as a sexual app that exploits gay men and encourages anonymous sex. Although Joel asks individuals not to view the app as a sex driven machine, its hard to deny that individuals are using it as so. According to Haaretz, Grindr is like the “McDonaldization of hook-ups”: addicting, satisfying, but probably not the best for you.

That doesn’t stop anybody! With over a million downloads and a lot of media attention, Joel Simkhai’s app is a huge success, and not to mention, a gay man’s dream.

 

 

 

A Transit Revolution

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June 24, 2014
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If you are anything like me, sweaty and claustrophobic public transit might not be your preferred way of getting around, but what if I told you that there was an easier, faster, and cleaner way of transportation?

Recently, tech company SkyTran has made plans to build a network of hover cars in Tel Aviv. You heard right! All it takes is a click of a button on your smartphone, and you have got yourself a hover car.

 

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SkyTran is a tech company based in California that is working towards revolutionizing transit. The company is said to begin their plans for hover cars in countries, like: Israel, India, and the United States. Joe Dignan, an independent smart city expert, said the system resembles “a hybrid between existing infrastructure and autonomous vehicles”. He then continues on in saying: “It will get the market in the mood for autonomous vehicles – it is not too scary, is cheaper than building out a train line and uses part of the urban landscape, 20 feet above ground, that isn’t currently used.”

Fast, efficient, clean, and spatial. If this is what the future is like, I am totally okay with that.

 

VIDEO: Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot plays Hatikvah backstage

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June 23, 2014
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In the midst of a jamming session backstage in Las Vegas, Guns and Roses Guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal  started to play “Hatikvah” on his acoustic guitar.

Guns and Roses were last in Tel Aviv two years ago, where they played in front of 10,000 fans.

According to Times of Israel,

“After the 52-second acoustic rendition of the tune had ended, Thal pulled out his hamsa amulet, which he wore around his neck. The good-luck symbol was a present from Israel, he said, adding that he was “open to the possibility” that the amulet would bring him good fortune.”

“The power of ‘belief’ is something real. It’s a beautiful gift from a friend, and the kindness of this gift on its own is strength for the soul,” he said.

Read more at Times of Israel.

Telicon Alley

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June 19, 2014
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Tel Aviv is a close second to Silicon Valley, according to Google’s Eric Schmidt

It walks like it, talks like it (with a slight accent), and is probably at the same level of intelligence as it.

According to Google’s Eric Schmidt, Tel Aviv is a close second to Silicon Valley, where no other city in the world compares.

In his talks, Schmidt highlights the vast amount of talent seeded in Tel Aviv, and recommends entrepreneurs to exploit it: “You should exploit the talent here and if necessary, hire an American manager to run the U.S. branch,” Schmidt said. “The Israeli CEO should stay close to the development center, because that is the most important thing.”

Read more at Algemeiner.