Israel’s Ministry for Development of the Negev and the Galilee will pay about $45 thousand to the GPS navigation app Waze to add to its map tourist attractions, historic sites and parks located away from central Israel, Ynet reported Sunday. The initiative is part of a new Waze campaign of the ministry to promote Israel’s more remote site to potential visitors. As part of the campaign, an icon of the ministry will pop up whenever a user drives near a tourist attraction, much like a speed trap or an accident warning icon.David Israel
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Israelis, who brought WAZE to the world, have come with another invention that will make the Boycott Israel movement even more obsolete.
“Spaceek” had developed a system that has run a pilot test in Kfar Saba, located on the northern edge of metropolitan Tel Aviv, and uses sensors and an app for drivers to head to an empty spot.
Empty parking places in the Tel Aviv area, just like in New York City, are a prize for frustrated motorists driving around in circles until they can find a place to park.
The Spaceek system places a network of sensors on parking places. Drivers use an app to “see” which ones are available and then can navigate to it.
If another driver beats someone else to the punch, an app will let him know, a system that might prevent fights from breaking out when someone arrives 30 seconds too late to what he thought was an empty parking place.
Globes reported that Spaceek has attracted $272,000 in crowd funding. The money will be used to expand business in urban center, and Spaceek hopes to deploy its system overseas.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Likud supporter and supermarket chain mogul Rami Levi has been named one of the torch-lighters in the traditional ceremony on the evening of Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Independence Day) this year.
His chain is the only major supermarket with several outlets in Judea and Samaria and is known for low prices and sales campaigns such as “shekel a kilogram” chickens.
The honorees for this year’s torch lighting were named for their pioneering efforts and include Dr. Danny Gold, who developed the Iron Dome anti-missile system and WAZE developer Ehud Shabtai.Jewish Press News Briefs
A Bezeq survey of Israeli reliance on the Internet and apps showed some interesting results, according to a Calcalist report. 522 Israelis over the age 18 were surveyed.
70% of Israelis rely on WhatsApp and feel they can’t live without it, up from 54% in 2013.
WhatsApp market penetration is an astounding 80% of the population. 70% of Israelis have a WhatsApp group for their family.
But what Israelis don’t like are all the WhatsApp groups. Only 42% like WhatsApp groups, 31% don’t like to use the groups, 17% have had enough with all the groups, and 10% said they simply don’t quit the various groups they belong to because they don’t want their friends to see they quit the group.
The survey didn’t ask how many use WhatsApp while driving.
On its heels is Waze, with 57% of Israelis believing they can’t live without the social GPS app, up from 46% in 2013.
38% said they wouldn’t give up on email.
Compared to 2013, Facebook dropped from 37% to only 32% describing it as an indispensable.
A mere 10% feel that Skype in indispensable to their lives.
75% of Israelis watch movies or TV shows on the Internet.
On average Israeli watch 40% of their movies on the Internet, 40% on TV, 13% in the theater, and 7% on DVD.
52% of Israelis prefer to surf the internet on their computer. 48% prefer their mobile device.
The average age an Israeli gets his or her first smartphone is 11 years old, with the youngest at 7.5 years.
62% of Israeli parents track their children’s usage. 78% of parents limit the time their children use the internet. 44% of children download apps without permission, and 22% use their parents phones without permission.
82% of Israelis made an online purchase in the past year. 60% booked a flight or hotel room overseas.
We’re hoping to reach 100% of JewishPress.com readers believing our site is indispensable to them on a daily basis. We’re getting close.Jewish Press News Briefs
Professor Yossi Mathias, the General Manager of Research and Development for Google Israel, and Noam Bardin, the General Manager of Waze (which was acquired by Google for more than a billion dollars) have been promoted to Vice Presidents of Google, according to a Globes report.
Larry Page made the announcement by email over the weekend.
Google has 35 vice presidents and 8 senior vice presidents.Jewish Press News Briefs
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will travel Wednesday to the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, where he will deliver an address under the heading “Israel – Innovation Nation,” with an emphasis on the cyber industry.
He also will attend the IT session, in the presence of Cisco CEO John Chambers, and a cyber session that is expected to draw dozens of corporate managers and senior government officials from countries active in the field.
Prime Minister Netanyahu is due to meet with Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer and with Google Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora and will emphasize Israeli innovation and the technological leadership of the Israeli high-tech industry in order to expand economic cooperation with the two companies.
Google has bought out Israeli firms, most notably Wade, for which it paid more than $1 billion. It also has established an active presence in Israel, including a research and development center.
“Israel is an exception on the Western economic scene,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said Tuesday, “We have succeeded in dealing with the global economic crisis better than almost all Western countries. But we cannot rest on our laurels. We need to develop new markets and new partners and this is my goal in going to Davos. My intention is to talk with leading global high tech companies, in the cyber and other fields, in order to tell them to come to Israel, invest in Israel and create jobs in Israel.”Jewish Press News Briefs
An innovative Israeli start-up company came up with a great idea in 2010, which it dubbed GetTaxi. The idea is simple and convenient: the GetTaxi mobile app allows you to order a taxi, pay for the ride, rate the driver, and even leave a tip. For the drivers, it offer the convenience of automation, handling the billing, and notifying drivers of potential nearby clients.
This start-up has been so successful, it has reached a million users, making 20,000 orders a day to 6000 drivers, in 20 cities, not to mention, raising $42 million in funding.
But the Israeli tax authority may have just killed this enterprising young start-up.
Last week, the tax authority concluded its investigation of 89 businesses in various sectors. A team of 102 investigators managed to collect about $2.2 million from these businesses, which had under-reported their income.
One sector the team investigated were taxi drivers, traditionally a cash business. But the tax folks had a great idea. They subpoenaed GetTaxi’s internal files, obtaining the records of some three thousand Israeli taxi drivers who used the GetTaxi service. The team then targeted 50 of them, according to a report in Globes.
They compared the orders listed in GetTaxi, and the income the taxi drivers reported, and found that most of the drivers had not recorded all their journeys.
Most of the drivers ended up with a simple fine, some of the more serious cases are undergoing further investigation.
Tax Authority chief Moshe Asher told Globes, “The Tax Authority is keeping its finger on the trigger and uses all technological means to make certain that all citizens and companies pay the true amount of tax and do not put the tax burden on law-abiding citizens.”
In the process, the same tax authority possibly just destroyed a law-abiding start-up company, which had a promising future.
Its unlikely Israeli taxi drivers will continue to completely trust GetTaxi with their business, and that could affect not only GetTaxi’s revenue, but even a future exit or IPO, potentially killing the goose that could have laid the golden income tax egg GetTaxi would have brought in.
But Israelis are a resourceful people. We’ll have to see how each side responds to this challenge.
Not to worry though, in New York and other major cities, the company continues to do well, and the Israeli tax authority is not likely to have a chilling effect on its operation. The IRS is simply less fiercely dedicated than its Israeli counterpart.
True story: A few years ago, a falafel booth owner was approached by a man from a yeshiva, who inquired if Shlomi were willing to donate to the yeshiva the edges from the pita he cuts off when he makes each falafel sandwich? It would feed poor students, the man explained, and help cut back on the yeshiva’s costs.
Shlomi agreed. It’s a good deed, and he had nothing to do with all those pita edges other than dump them in the trash. How many garlic bread crisps could he possibly make anyway?
A few months later, Shlomi and other falafel and shawarma (meat gyro) vendors found themselves inside the offices of Mas Hachnasa, the Israeli income tax authority.
They were surprised to see, sitting opposite them, the man from the yeshiva to which they had all been donating their pita edges, supposedly.
They were even more surprised with the man pulled out all the pita edges the vendors had donated to him, and said the number of edges that he, a tax investigator collected, exceeded the number of individual portions they had reported.
Needless to say, falafel and shawarma stores in Israel today slit the pita open, rather than cut off the top. There’s no evidence left behind that way.Shalom Bear