Thursday, February 26, 2015

Iconic Israeli snack may curb peanut allergies

According to a paper published Feb. 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at King's College London found that keeping U.K. babies thought to be prone to hereditary peanut allergies away from the otherwise healthy nut may in fact be more likely to develop the allergy by not being exposed to the legume when compared to Israeli infants who are fed the popular peanut-flavoured snack Bamba.

We found these two articles from Size Doesn't Matter and ynet to be particularly informative about the study's results.

Take a look.

UberX app now serving Tel Aviv

Uber has received a lot of publicity in the last 18 months or so for significantly disrupting the way we think about grabbing a ride around the cities we live in or the cities we travel to.

The for-hire-vehicle service, which started in Paris in 2008, has benefited city-dwellers with a lower-cost alternative to traditional taxis and has unnerved mainstream industry operators.

Known as the black cab alternative, Uber has just released its UberX app in Tel Aviv.

There are in fact four categories of Uber. UberX is the least expensive in the line of services as drivers use their own everyday vehicles to accommodate a maximum of four travellers. UberXL offers up to six seats in a private SUV or minivan, while UberPlus is for groups of five to seven, and Uber Black Car functions as its executive service.

Those who call on UberX to get around Israel's hippest city will be charged just a small fee for gas.

Have you used Uber where you live? Share with us your experiences using the service.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

To every generation a new parody

We are coming around to that time again, when holiday storytelling combines with Top 40 chart-topping hits from today's most popular music artists.

From generations to congregations and all manner of Jewish organizations in between, some of the parodies are quite impressive.

While we are still two weeks away from Purim, Shushan Funk, a riff on Bruno Mars' and Mark Ronson's groovin' Uptown Funk single, will have you bopping along in your seat.

Check it out!

Star Trek's original Capt. Kirk to land in Haven

After the November announcement that one our most blogged-about celebrities, William Shatner, will be joining Haven for a much-anticipated four-episode arc, here's hoping that we're getting closer to the TV series' return and the second half of its final season.

For those unfamiliar with the supernatural series, it's loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. Strange events occur in a fictional seaside town in Maine where former FBI agent Audrey Parker, local detective Nathan Wuornos and smuggler Duke Crocker – portrayed, respectively, by Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour – struggle to protect the town from, and help its residents with, their supernatural afflictions, known as "troubles."

As the series progressed over the course of 4-1/2 seasons, Audrey has learned more about the mysteries of both Haven and her connection to the small, "troubled" town.

While it's still unknown what his exact role will be, Shatner's character will reportedly be pivotal as the series races to its conclusion, forever impacting the fate of the town of Haven and its people.

After the successful run Haven has had and the loyal fan-base it has amassed, when Stephen King approached networks with the idea for Under the Dome, CBS jumped at the chance to air it in the summer of 2013. Here's a look at how King and Haven have continued to keep viewers hooked since it began.

Haven  airs on Syfy in the United States and on Showcase in Canada. Return air dates have yet to be announced.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Zach Braff stirs the pot on Twitter

Former Scrubs actor turned director and producer Zach Braff took flak from many on Twitter after singer, songwriter and fashion designer Pharrell took to the Grammy stage last Sunday.

In Braff's opinion, Pharrell's bellboy-like attire seemed eerily similar to that of Braff's animated alter ego of a flying monkey in Oz The Great and Powerful, which hit theatres in 2013.

While some of Braff's fans attempted to defend the actor's tweet, in the wake of Charlie Hebdo and increased scrutiny on free speech, the Twittersphere erupted over the glib comment, which was taken as both an intentional and unintentional racist remark.

Looking at Pharrell's performance garb, would you have commented any differently?

The Kutchers are all-in when caring for Wyatt

While many in Hollywood have often opted to hire nannies to care for their celebrity newborns while they work long hours in studio or on set, the standard practice seems to be making a 180 among parental newbies like Ashton Kutcher and it-girl Mila Kunis.

Kutcher told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in December the two had decided to go nanny-free (at least for now), choosing to care for their now-four-month-old daughter Wyatt strictly on their own.

“We just want to know our kid,” said Kutcher, quite pleased that he has the freedom to choose. “We want to be the people that know what to do when the baby’s crying to make the baby not cry anymore. We want to know, like, when she makes a little face or something, we want to be emotionally in touch with her. And I think the only way to do that is by being the one who’s there.”

For those who have watched his character Walden Schmidt on the CBS hit comedy Two and a Half Men, which is coming to an end of its run in two weeks, life either seems to be imitating art or vice versa: the character just adopted a young boy.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Israeli start-up Glide makes a splash at CES 2015

Like the Canadian International Auto Show, which rolls into Toronto next week from Feb. 13 to 22 and whose attendance rises each year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month drew more than 100,000 people.

Those who flock to the show are treated to amazing technological concepts by companies seeking distribution and additional funding sources to bring their innovations to market.

Israeli start-up and app-maker Glide believes it is at the forefront of replacing texting as the most popular form of instant messaging. While Samsung and Apple vie for dominance and wide adoption of their wearable technology, Glide founder and CTO Jonathan Caras' prototype Shenzen smart watch is showing off what could be the next big thing.

The application, available on Apple's IOS and Google's Android operating systems, differs from current industry leaders WhatsApp and iMessage by streaming videos to the intended recipients the moment recording begins. Video messages sent using iMessage and WhatsApp require uploads to a server and downloads that take much longer to process. Even Skype and FaceTime are burdensome in Caras' mind in terms of time commitment.

With Glide, all video is stored in the cloud, which means your device's memory is left uncluttered and the recordings are easily shareable en masse.

The company, founded three years ago, reports having more than 10 million U.S. users who have sent more than 500 million videos. While much of the technology world is scrutinizing the need for increased privacy measures and usage guidelines for photo, video and social applications, there are presently no restrictions on Glide. Anything can be transmitted via the app, something the company will likely have to refine before it can truly go mainstream.