Jewish Techs

An occasional column from Jason Miller, a rabbi and tech maven.

New iPhone and Android Apps Released by Leket Israel to Benefit Israel's Poor

It's too bad that the new movie "The Lorax" (an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale) won't be released for another month because today is the birthday of the trees!

Leket Israel releases new apps on Tu Bishvat to donate leftover food

Ben Stein Vs. Kyocera

With today's 10-second tease video with Matthew Broderick hinting at a "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" sequel, it is only fitting to take a close look at Ben Stein's ongoing legal battle with Kyocera. Stein, who played the memorable high school teacher in the 1986 movie ("Bueller? Bueller?) was set to film a commercial for Kyocera, the producer of cameras, copiers, printers, mobile phones, and the like.

Ben Stein Sues Kyocera Corp. for Religious Discrimination

Experiencing Israel's Majesty Each Day Through New Mobile App Israel365

Like many American rabbis who relocate to Israel on aliyah, Rabbi Naftali "Tuly" Weisz began to look for a way to make a difference in the Holy Land. The 30-something Modern Orthodox rabbi had already made some significant relationships with the Israel-loving Evangelical Christian community in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
 

How Do You Spell Hanukkah?

The #1 question during Hanukkah is: What is the correct way to spell the name of this holiday? As I blogged about last year, "Since it's a Hebrew word that is transliterated into English, there are several acceptable spellings. But people still want to know if there is a consensus."

There are so many spellings of Hanukkah. Which one's the most common?

Israeli Company is Bought By Apple for $500 Million

CNBC is reporting that Apple has bought an Israeli company for up to $500 million.

Anobit, a maker of flash storage technology, for up to USD 500 million, the Calcalist financial daily reported on Tuesday. The newspaper said Anobit's management was in the process of gathering its staff to formally announce the acquisition by Apple.

Last week Calcalist had reported that Apple was in advanced talks to buy Anobit for USD 400-USD 500 million.

A Tech Company in Israel has attracted the attention and investment of Apple

Israeli Company is Bought By Apple for $500 Million

CNBC is reporting that Apple has bought an Israeli company for up to $500 million.

Anobit, a maker of flash storage technology, for up to USD 500 million, the Calcalist financial daily reported on Tuesday. The newspaper said Anobit's management was in the process of gathering its staff to formally announce the acquisition by Apple.

Last week Calcalist had reported that Apple was in advanced talks to buy Anobit for USD 400-USD 500 million.

A Tech Company in Israel has attracted the attention and investment of Apple

Israeli Archaeologists Use Facebook to Solve 3,000-Year-Old Mystery

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:

Facebook is helping archaeologists in Israel

American Online University in West Bank

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.

Shai Reshef founded the University of the People, which offers free online education to students in over 120 countries

iPhone Apps and Religion

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.

Different faith groups take advantage of mobile technology and video streaming.

QR Codes in Jewish Education

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.

How will QR codes be the next big thing in Jewish education?
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