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Apple acquires 4th start-up from Israel: RealFace, biometric facial recognition

Aimed at making passwords redundant, Apple makes its fourth Israeli acquisition, a Tel Aviv-based company that offers its users secure biometric logins, bought for an estimated $2 million.

News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff


Multinational technology company Apple Inc. has bought Israeli startup RealFace Technology for an estimated $2 million, Israeli media reported Sunday.

Founded in 2014 by Adi Eckhouse Barzilai and Aviv Mader, the Tel Aviv-based startup is a leading developer of facial recognition technology. Its software offers users a smart biometric login, with the aim of making passwords redundant when accessing mobile devices or personal computers.

According to the Jewish Business News, RealFace has 10 employees, and it had raised $1 million prior to Apple’s acquisition. Continue Reading »

Week after hiring Israeli tech-firm, FBI announced it unlocked iPhone of Muslim terrorist


A week after the FBI taped Israel’s Celebrate into neutralizing Apple’s encryption security, a Federal hearing was cancelled, no longer needing to force the tech giant into compliance.

By i24news


The FBI has unlocked the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, officials said Monday, ending a heated legal standoff with Apple that had pitted US authorities against Silicon Valley.



Apple, backed by a broad coalition of technology giants like Google and Facebook, was fiercely opposed to assisting the US government in unlocking the iPhone on grounds it would have wide-reaching implications on digital security and privacy. Continue Reading »

FBI asks Israeli security firm to unlock San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone


The FBI taps Israel’s Celebrate into neutralizing Apple’s encryption security after failing to force the tech giant into compliance.

By i24news


An Israeli firm is helping the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to unlock an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shootings, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Wednesday.

FBI vs Apple

The FBI is turning to Cellebrite, which provides forensic software, after pressuring iPhone manufacturer Apple to create a way to override the phone’s security.

Cellebrite offers a forensics system that can retrieve data hidden inside encrypted phones.

Apple fought the FBI’s request, saying such a back door would essentially become a skeleton key that could easily be abused. Continue Reading »

Apple to expand even further in Israel

Apple’s Israeli research center already 2nd largest outside of its California campus, but newly added expansion into planned development center sees Apple adding 100s of additional Israeli workers.

By Ari Yashar


Apple, the iconic global technology giant, is further building its presence in Israel by expanding the size of the offices in its new Herzliya headquarters.

Apple (file) – Reuters

According to a report in the Hebrew language The Marker on Wednesday, Apple has decided to increase the size of its second Herzliya research building to be built later this year by no less than 4,000 meters.

The extra office space is estimated to allow for the employment of 150 to 250 new Israeli employees.

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Apple Procures 3rd Israeli Start-Up, LinX , 3D Imaging for $20 Million

The U.S. computer giant Apple confirmed the acquisition of its third Israeli high-tech startup, LinX Imaging, for $20 million, which creates tiny cameras for telephones & tablets.

By Ilan Gattegno & Israel Hayom Staff


U.S. computer giant Apple has acquired LinX Imaging, an Israeli company that produces tiny camera modules for telephones and tablet devices. The Wall Street Journal quoted sources close to the deal who said that Apple paid $20 million for the Israeli firm.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Praises Israel’s President Rivlin for Integration of Minorities

Apple’s Tim Cook counters the false claims of ‘Israeli apartheid’ by acknowledging the Jewish State as an example of successful integration.

By Israel Today Staff


Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently in Israel to oversee the opening of a new Apple research and development center in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya. Even as campuses around the world begin their annual “Israel Apartheid Week” festivities, Cook openly praised Israel’s integration of minorities in its burgeoning hi-tech sector.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Apple VP of Hardware Technologies Johny Srouji, an Israeli Arab and graduate of Israel’s Technion Institute – Photo: YouTube 9to5mac screenshot

“True innovation can only result from full access to education for all, regardless of race, religion, or sex,” said Cook, noting that Israel had done just that.

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Apple Locates Western Wall (Kotel) as in Palestine


People were shocked to find their iPhone 5 identifying Jerusalem’s Western Wall (Kotel) in the Palestinian Territories.

By David Lazarus


Apple is often first in breaking new ground with the latest hi-tech gadgets. Now the company has introduced yet another brand new notion: Jerusalem‚Äôs Wailing Wall (known as the Kotel) is in “Palestine.”

Apple's Wailing Wall is in Palestine

Apple identifies location of the Kotel (Wailing Wall): The West Bank, East Jerusalem.

The company that brought us the innovative iPhone now offers the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while the rest of the world, led by the Americans, still try to broker a shaky final status. Continue Reading »

Apple acquires Israeli start-up for $345 million


Founded in Tel Aviv by a group of ex-IDF gamers, PrimeSense specializes in 3D motion-sensing technology.




The global technology giant Apple confirmed on Monday that it has acquired Israeli start-up PrimeSense in a deal valued at $345 million, Israel Radio reported.

Apple logo

Apple logo – Photo: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

PrimeSense first made headlines after its 3D motion-sensing camera was used for Microsoft’s Kinect gaming system. It was founded in Tel Aviv by a team of twenty-something gaming enthusiasts who gained extensive technological know-how through their service at an elite military intelligence unit.

“We live in a world in which technology is becoming more and more sophisticated, with an array of applications and features which are complicated and tiresome for the consumer to use, like remote controls and buttons to push. Continue Reading »

Apple acquires Israeli company in $345 million deal

The appeal for Apple is the company’s advanced body-movement tracking technology bringing 3D sensing & natural interaction such as in interactive living room and mobile devices.

By and Reuters


Israeli news and financial newspaper Calcalist reported Sunday that Apple has acquired PrimeSense, a motion-tracking company based in Tel Aviv, in a $345 million deal.


Israeli Uzi Breier, employee of PrimeSense, uses his hands to control a screen in the company offices in Tel Aviv. Photo: Ariel Schalit

PrimeSense is best known for licensing the hardware design and chip used in Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system for the Xbox 360 from 2010. Continue Reading »

iOS 7’s newest look is Israeli

Startup Any.do is the Israeli app that inspired Apple chief of design Jony Ive with its popular task-management app, the Verge reported online.



The new look of the iOS 7, Apple’s newest mobile operating system, is being hotly debated all over the Internet and is attracting plenty of criticism, including claims that it overly resembles the Android operating system and that some of its special effects make users nauseated. But there is no doubt that the operating system’s new configuration constitutes a revolution in Apple’s traditional approach to design.

Screenshots of the iOS7.

Screenshots of the iOS7. – Photo: Reuters

Earlier this week, The Verge, an online tech magazine, revealed that the Israeli firm Any.do Continue Reading »

Apple iOS 7 lists Jerusalem without country

Taipei & Vatican City are the 2 other cities listed in the World Clock without a country in Apple’s new operating system.


Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system, like its predecessor, lists Jerusalem without a country.

The iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s – Photo by AP

Jerusalem is one of only three cities to be listed in the World Clock without a country, The Blaze reported this week. The others are Vatican City and Taipei.

World Clock screenshot

The Blaze showed a screenshot of the World Clock in a post on Sept. 22.

On Tuesday, Jerusalem did not appear on the list. Continue Reading »

Apple seeking to acquire Israeli application Waze


Apple is in talks to buy the Israeli mapping & navigation application Waze for up to $500 million.

Technology industry sources say Waze is worth closer to $1 billion, but neither Waze nor Apple are commenting on reported negotiations.

Ilan Gattegno



Computer giant Apple is apparently involved in initial talks to acquire the Israeli mapping and navigation application Waze for between $400 million and $500 million.

Waze to go: The company may soon become part of the Apple empire.

Technology industry sources estimate that Waze is worth around $1 billion, meaning that it is likely Waze would try to get Apple to increase its offer.

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Despite high prices, ‘poverty’, iPhone 5 snapped up in Gaza

Prices ranged from NIS 4,500 ($1,175) for the 16-gigabyte model to NIS 5,700 ($1,490) for 64 gigabytes.

By Reuters


Apple’s new iPhone 5 is selling well in the Gaza Strip despite inflated prices, reaching Palestinians via smuggling tunnels even before it comes to Israel.

Using the map function of Apple's iPhone 5.

Using the map function of Apple’s iPhone 5. – Photo by Reuters

The cutting-edge smartphone is being snapped up for almost double what it costs in the United States, its price jacked up by middlemen on its circuitous delivery route from Dubai via tunnels linking the blockaded territory with Egypt.

The iPhone 5 will not be available until December from mobile operators in tech-mad Israel, which along with Egypt maintains a partial blockade of Gaza to prevent the entry of anything that could be used for military purposes. Continue Reading »

Google and Apple both remove Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV streaming app

The Anti-Defamation League welcomes move, commends Apple for its vigilance in ensuring that terrorist-affiliated orgs don’t have access as Apple’s customers.

By Israel Hayom Staff


Google and Apple have both removed a Hezbollah application for streaming video from its Al-Manar satellite network from their respective app stores, tech media website CNET reported on Tuesday.


Al-Manar is the broadcasting arm of Hezbollah.
Photo credit: Al-Manar

The Anti-Defamation League wrote to Apple on Friday when it became aware of the app. It was removed from the iTunes store on Sunday. A spokesman for Google told CNET on Tuesday that it had also removed the app from Google Play.

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Apple’s Israeli hiring goes into high gear

High-tech workers, update your CVs: In the coming weeks, Apple’s Israeli headquarters will be posting dozens of positions to be filled

Preparations for Apple‘s Israeli research and development center have kicked into high gear. Mamon has learned that in the next few weeks, Apple will be launching a major hiring campaign. Dozens of personnel ads are expected to be posted for positions in the R&D center, which will be located in Haifa’s Scientific Industries Center (MATAM)

Apple is due to post dozens of job listings Photo: shutterstock

Apple is due to post dozens of job listings - Photo by shutterstock

At the end of March, Apple’s international site was already running four ads for engineering positions in Israel. Continue Reading »