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Israeli Scientists Warn Men ‘Less Talk’ on Cell Phones

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Carmel Medical Center are warning men there is a risk in speaking on cell phones for more than an hour daily.

According to a new study, the sperm count dropped to levels below the fertility rate in men who used their mobile phones for more than an hour a day. The team studied the cell phone usage of men who were referred for semen analysis, and the connection between the two.

Speaking on a cell phone while it is charging, or speaking on the device for more than an hour a day doubled the risk for low sperm count, the study found.

Researchers at the two institutions published the findings Tuesday in the medical journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online. The team was led by Dr. Ariel Zilberlicht of the Carmel Medical Center.

The findings indicated the sperm counts dropped among men who held their cell phones approximately two feet or less from their groins while speaking or charging.

Abnormally low sperm counts were recorded among 47 percent of those who kept their phones in their pants pockets throughout the day, in comparison to only 11 percent of the general male population.

Sperm quality is the determining factor in 40 percent of the cases involving couples struggling with fertility in the Western world, according to the researchers. The quality of sperm among men in Western nations is dropping; these findings increase the concern that galloping technological advances may only be adding to the problem.

Numerous researchers and technicians now recommend consumers turn off their cell phone while charging the device, and use a headset or headphones as much as possible.

Hana Levi Julian

Cellcom Israel Buys Golan Telecom for NIS 1.17 b

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Cellcom Israel mobile service giant has purchased the low-cost Golan Telecom startup for NIS 1.17 billion.

The deal was closed just two months after Golan put the company up for sale.

The NIS 450 million debt that was being held by Golan will be forgiven by Cellcom, whose network has been the carrier for Golan.

In a statement to Globes, Cellcom chairman Ami Erel said, “The acquisition of Golan Telecom will allow us to add a low-cost brand to our portfolio, and I’m confident that Cellcom’s management will be able to successfully combine Golan’s operations as the Company’s low cost brand. I thank the Company’s controlling shareholders for their unrelenting support and assistance in enhancing value for the Cellcom Group.”

The deal still must be approved by Israel’s Anti-Trust Authority.

Hana Levi Julian

4G Mobile Network Coming to Israel

Monday, July 14th, 2014

The Communications Ministry has issued a tender for the operation of fourth-generation – 4G – LTE mobile phone networks in Israel.

A 4G network, which has been operational in the United States for several years, allows users to work with the Internet at speeds three to five times the current rate.

Communications Minister Gilad Erdan told journalists in a statement, “Fourth generation services will make possible advanced services and applications at high speeds. The new network will propel Israel forward while delivering innovative services.”

The tender issued by the ministry notes “The bands will be awarded to the highest bids with a minimal bid of NIS10 million for each of the 8 available 5MHZ frequency bands. New and small operators may receive up to 50% discount, 10% discount for each 1% addition to their market share, obtained over the next 5 years.”

Five companies currently operate 3G networks — which are much slower — but 4G networks involve wider frequencies and they are expensive to develop. Israel cannot support five of those, so companies will have to share.

Israel’s three largest mobile firms – Cellcom Israel, Partner Communications (Orange) and Bezeq (Pelephone) – all offer 3G and have been fighting a price war over the past two years. But there are two new competitors in the market – Golan Telecom and Hot Mobile – which both own their own infrastructure and are rapidly moving up to take a share of the Israeli customer base.

Two months ago, Partner signed a deal to share a network with Hot, which is owned by Altice, a French cable group. Cellcom, meanwhile, announced a similar arrangement with Golan. Both are already developing 4G networks, which will cost approximately $100 million to create.

At present, the country with the fastest Internet speed is New Zealand, which runs a network with 25.8 megabits per second. According to the global Net Index, Israel is currently ranked 63rd in mobile speed, at only 5.6 megabits per second.

Hana Levi Julian

Russian Search Giant Buys Israeli Start-Up

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The Russian search giant Yandex has bought out Israel’s KitLocate start-up, a maker of low-power mobile geolocation technology, for “several million Euros,” TechCrunch reported Tuesday.

KitLocate features low battery consumption by using proprietary algorithms that allow location-based apps to request the device’s geographic coordinates less frequently without losing too much precision.

Yandex will use KitlLocate’s technology for car navigation and maps and also is interested in the Israel start-ups cloud solution.

KitLocate consists of eight people, whose Tel Aviv offices will become Yandex R & D headquarters, with the probability of more engineers being added by the new owners.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Facebook Buys Israeli Firm for $100-$200 Million

Monday, October 14th, 2013

The website “TechCrunch” reports that Facebook has just purchased the Israeli mobile analytics and market intelligence company, Onavo, for somewhere between $100-$200 million.

Onavo, formed in 2010, will turn into Facebook’s first office in the country.

Onavo’s primary application is for market intelligence, monitoring the performance of mobile apps for the purpose of charting that performance versus that of its competitors. They have another mobile app designed for optimizing performance and battery life on mobile phone devices.

This is the third Israeli company that Facebook has bought, the first was Snaptu ($70 million in 2011), and Face.com ($50-$60 million in 2012).

Jewish Press News Briefs

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