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Umoove Operates Your Mobile Through Head Movements Alone

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What the Kinect motion-sensing device did for the Xbox game console, Israeli startup Umoove proposes to do for your mobile. You won’t have to move your whole body—only the parts from the chin up—to play games, scroll down a page or dial your mother.

“Kinect holds a Guinness record for being the fastest-selling...

Internet Security/Safe Surfing

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Several years ago we took a family vacation to Mystic Ct. (worth going, if you’ve never been) I had an itch to use the computer in their so called “business office.” I launched Internet Explorer (which I personally don’t use but it was the only browser installed) and it opened to the last page visited. It was an online casino. When I first saw the poker tables and cartoon like characters sitting at the tables, I thought it was a fictitious game site. Then I realized that this site was a live interactive casino. Here I was, watching the dollar amounts of real people’s bank accounts change in real time as they won or lost their hand at the poker table. I logged the user off the...

Recipe Bloggers Rejoice!

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Kitchenbug makes posting recipes easy

Ofir Shahar combined his lifelong love of cookery with his acquired expertise in natural language processing to cook up Kitchenbug, a made-in-Israel plug-in that automatically formats bloggers’ recipes and tacks on a wealth of nutritional information plus keyword tags to get the creation at the top of a Google recipe search.

This is no small potatoes: Recipes are the second biggest online search category, accounting for two billion searches per month.

“Food bloggers are the second largest community in the blogosphere,” says the 40-year-old Shahar. “With our plug-in, when bloggers want to add a recipe to a WordPress post, they just click a...


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Israeli navigation app steers itself to the industry’s top honors at the Mobile World Congress

Mobile navigation and traffic community app, Waze, is definitely headed in the right direction. The Israeli startup has been named Best Mobile App for 2013.

The world’s fastest-growing community-based traffic and navigation app triumphed over the likes of Flipboard, Square and Dropbox to take the “Judges Choice—Best Overall Mobile App” prize at the 18th Annual Global Mobile awards.

“What an honor,” the company writes on its blog. “2013 marks the first time we’ve even been nominated, and we were in such great company.”

The Global Mobile Awards competition took place at the...

Backup! Backup! Backup!

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The number one reason computer data is lost is due to lack of a working backup.

Recently I received a frantic phone call from a doctor who has a practice in Teaneck, asking me for an “emergency” service call to her office.  Apparently, the previous night, a staff member finished making her data entries into the patient management system and closed out for the night. When they launched the system the next day, all the patient records were gone!  All their patient data, appointments, financials, contact information—everything —deleted from their patient management system.

The good news, I was told, is that they backup nightly to a USB flash drive so we can just restore all the...

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