With a planned IPO in 2012 the list of things that people are using Facebook for is only expanding. In Israel, archaeologists are using a Facebook Page to help them solve a 3,000-year-old mystery. The story was originally reported in The Washington Post and Mark Weiss explains how Facebook is coming in handy for these archaeologists. He reports from Jerusalem for The Irish Times:
A January 2009 article in the NY Times described the plans of an Israeli businessman to create a global online university. Shai Reshef has been succeeding. And now Reshef has opened an operations center in the West Bank. D.D. Guttenplan filed the following story in the NY Times this week:
An American online university started by an Israeli entrepreneur has opened an operations center in the West Bank.
I've written several times about how technology is changing the global Jewish community, but I haven't looked at other religious groups. Jamshid Ghazi Askar contacted me recently about an article he was writing on how different religious groups are using new technology like iPhone apps. It is interesting to hear how Mormons and Catholics are taking advantage of mobile apps in their faith communities.
I'm often asked what I think will be the "next big thing" when it comes to technology and Jewish education. Recently, I've been focused on QR codes. You know those odd little squares that look like a cross between a thumbprint and a bar code? Scanning that QR code automatically provides you with information about whatever it was that you just scanned. A lot of information. Scan a book and immediately be able to search inside its pages or find the lowest price online to purchase it.
I've written on this blog about Jewish weddings and other Jewish life cycle events that have welcomed Skype technology. The newest way to bring loved ones from far way into the simcha is through an iPad or other tablet device.
Using your iPhone or Android-powered smartphone to operate your television, Blue-Ray player, DVD, stereo, or well, anything else electronic in your house should really be a no-brainer at the end of 2011. After all, I remember using several PDA’s from the Sony Clie to the Palm/Handspring models to operate my TV as far back as a decade ago. However, there has been a dearth of apps available for download that allow you to control your entertainment system (although this is a standard feature of the Sony Tablet S).