Made-In-Israel: Intel launches its new eighth-generation Core processors
Intel announced its latest eighth-generation Core processors today. The new chip will offer an unprecedented 40% increase in speed and performance, compared to its predecessor the seventh-generation, introduced to the market last year.
The new processors, produced under the code name Kaby Lake
read more >>>Intel announced its latest eighth-generation Core processors today. The new chip will offer an unprecedented 40% increase in speed and performance, compared to its predecessor the seventh-generation, introduced to the market last year.
The new processors, produced under the code name Kaby Lake Refresh, were designed and developed mainly in Israel, together with partners from the United States.
"The eighth-generation processors are an exceptional achievement," said Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel. "We managed to deliver a significant improvement in performance without sacrificing battery life. The innovation behind the processors exemplifies how Intel, alongside its partners, is shaping the future computer experience."
The dramatic upgrade in performance of the eighth-generation processors is possible due to a new quad-core configuration, made available for laptops for the first time ever. It includes an energy-efficient microarchitecture, advanced processing technology and a wide range of silicon optimizations. The technological upgrade does not compromise battery life.  This means, for example, users can watch high quality video content in live streaming for up to 10 hours without additional charging.
The new processors present significant enhancements of multiple other features. For example, the speed of editing a photo slide is up to 48% higher than previous generations and video-editing is up to 14.7 times faster. To illustrate, this means that 45 minutes' worth of work on a five-year computer will now take only three minutes.
"This is just the beginning," Krzanich continued, adding that "the eighth-generation processors will continue to arrive in the coming months and the first desktop processors are expected to arrive this coming fall. We will then introduce a new wave of processors especially designed for business customers, equipped with a wide range of additional adaptations tailored to different market segments. The eighth-generation family will also include some of our first 10-nanometer products."
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PayPal's Global Executive Charms Tel Aviv’s Technovation Conference
"One of the greatest barriers to approaching opportunities and achieving success is a lack of confidence. And we have all found out that at some stage in our career we felt unworthy or under qualified for the job we wished to pursue," said Louise Phelan, VP of Global Operations at PayPal in one the read more >>>"One of the greatest barriers to approaching opportunities and achieving success is a lack of confidence. And we have all found out that at some stage in our career we felt unworthy or under qualified for the job we wished to pursue," said Louise Phelan, VP of Global Operations at PayPal in one the more inspirational speeches which took place the TheMarker's Technovation Conference in Tel Aviv.
Phelan’s words of wisdom resonated with the audience. Speaking from her own personal experiences and opening up about the lessons she learned throughout her career she spoke about overcoming fears, understanding that insecurities are shared by everyone, and always strive to learn from "awesome failures."
"It's ok to be nervous," she said, "because one of the benefits of being nervous is that you're new to the field and can, therefore, ask questions that others may not have asked or approach the problem differently. And the most important thing this is to always focus on the learning."
As one of the most influential women in the global hi-tech community, Phelan also specifically addressed female entrepreneurs, urging them to leave their comfort zone and challenge themselves by taking risks. "I would tell every female, each morning when you get up, instead of taking a spoonful of coffee- take a spoonful of confidence."
Phelan grew up in a family of 17 children in a village in rural Ireland. She qualified as a nurse,  a career which she never pursued, and then went back to school to study law and economics. "I did 16 interviews to get hired for the job at PayPal- I wasn't so good, the hiring conditions weren't so good," she reminisced. Today, 11 years later, Phelan manages 2,600 employees across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to lead the world's major monetary and financial shifts.
Israel’s leading business paper, TheMarker, sponsored the Technovation - one of the largest international high-tech conferences in Israel. Each year, the conference brings together some of the industry's top global entrepreneurs and influencers to discuss the emerging of new technology platforms, their potential and possible integration with tech giants and the impact this may have on our daily lives.
 
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ICL Train
Deeply rooted in the Negev Desert, with the majority of its employees residing in this region, the company decided to redecorate the train carrying the potash from the Negev to the seaports with the colors of the Israeli flag.
Since decorating and creating a quality visual image are two separa
read more >>>Deeply rooted in the Negev Desert, with the majority of its employees residing in this region, the company decided to redecorate the train carrying the potash from the Negev to the seaports with the colors of the Israeli flag.
Since decorating and creating a quality visual image are two separate concepts, a group of creative talents invested long hours to design a movie clip and a series of photos that will epitomize the train's journey along the desert scenery. This ultimately underscored the close connection between the company and the region. At this stage, all the creative forces involved in the cinematic operations got into action and had frequent discussions in the days leading to the clip's production.
Once produced, it generated a lot of interest on social media, received thousands of views, and was widely shared. Debby Communications worked to secure publicity for the campaign across local media outlets in the Negev region, aiming first and foremost to convey the clip's message to ICL employees and the communities surrounding the company's facilities.
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Introducing The Orient- Isrotel's New Luxury Hotel
"To take a project and see it through from inception to completion is quite a complicated task. It requires a tremendous amount of effort by hard-working individuals to whom I am very much grateful," said Julian Lewis, President and Chairman of Isrotel Hotels, in his speech at the official opening gread more >>>"To take a project and see it through from inception to completion is quite a complicated task. It requires a tremendous amount of effort by hard-working individuals to whom I am very much grateful," said Julian Lewis, President and Chairman of Isrotel Hotels, in his speech at the official opening gala of the chain's new Orient Hotel in Jerusalem.
"We have the privilege of being a part of an ancient Middle-Eastern hospitality culture," he continued, "and our goal is to have people from across the world come here and later describe all of the wonders and experiences Israel has to offer to their communities."
 
The Orient opens its gates after four years and fulfills founder David Lewis's vision, who set out to build the Isrotel Hotel Chain 34 years ago with the goal of bringing Israeli vacationers and tourists the best hospitality experience in the country.
 
 
Located in the German Colony near the First Station, the Orient is the latest addition to Isrotel's Exclusive Collection which includes Cramim, Beresheet Hotel, The Carmel Forest Spa Resort, Royal Beach Tel Aviv and Royal Beach Eilat.
 
The hotel offers an extraordinary hospitality experience. Its unique architecture reflects the history of Jerusalem while maintaining the convenience and elegance of a modern luxury hotel. Its prime location, at a desirable area in the heart of West Jerusalem, placed within walking distance of the Old City walls and the city's main tourist sites, ensures an exceptional, high-quality "Jerusalem Experience."
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In the Land of Giants: This Is How You Launch a Basketball Event
Everybody feels small sometimes; while standing below a cliff, looking up at a tall building, or simply by participating in an event with dozens of basketball legends. Anyone would feel small in the company of giants such as Miki Berkovich, Doron Jamchi, Boaz Yanai, Gur Shelef, and Omri Casspi, to nread more >>>Everybody feels small sometimes; while standing below a cliff, looking up at a tall building, or simply by participating in an event with dozens of basketball legends. Anyone would feel small in the company of giants such as Miki Berkovich, Doron Jamchi, Boaz Yanai, Gur Shelef, and Omri Casspi, to name a few.
On a hot and humid evening at the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv, these titans came together to mark an exciting occasion in the history of Israeli sports: the hosting of the 2017 Eurobasket Championship. The local basketball scene has been abuzz since it was revealed that Israel will be hosting an event of such magnitude for the very first time. Preparations were immediately put into high gear, but starting the celebrations off properly called for a prestigious gala event.
Alongside members of the Israeli basketball's Hall of Fame, the event drew many dignitaries including Minister of Culture and Sports, Miri Regev; Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, Chairman of Israel's Basketball Association, Amiram Halevy, and many others.
Before the dignitaries were invited to give their remarks, a formal introduction was made to the elected Eurobasket Ambassadors- ten basketball legends rarely found in the same room. The Ambassadors lined up for the event were Tal Brody, Boaz Yanai, Miki Berkovich, Doron Jamchi, Gur Shelef, Tal Burstein, and Shimon Amsalem. No basketball fan could contain their excitement at the sight of these great sportsmen, who volunteered to help spread the word about the upcoming tournament.
Minister Regev had an announcement to make about an expected reduction in ticket prices. Omri Casspi, our representative in the NBA, expressed how thrilled he was to play in this prestigious European competition in front of his home crowd. Adjacent to the stage stood another surprising honorary guest: the real, original Eurobasket Cup, which will be awarded to the continental champions after the final match in Turkey. Casspi, our captain, lingered near the cup. Will he get to hold it again come September?
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What is the red substance dropped by air tankers on raging wildfires?
In addition to the supertankers and other specialized aircrafts arriving here from all over the world, the fires of the last few days also require advanced substances that are crucial for quenching the flames. So what is the Israeli angle?
The fires raging around the country over the last few
read more >>>In addition to the supertankers and other specialized aircrafts arriving here from all over the world, the fires of the last few days also require advanced substances that are crucial for quenching the flames. So what is the Israeli angle?
The fires raging around the country over the last few days threaten to destroy homes, trees and a great deal of property. To combat them, air tankers take off and distribute a special red substance, easily discernable in photos and videos from the fire sites.
They work like this: Fire retardants are manufactured mainly in the US, Canada, France, Spain, and Germany. Their chief purpose is not to put out the fire, but rather prevent it from spreading in the first critical stages of the extinguishing process.
The fire retardant marks 'lines of fire' to delineate the fire, making it easier for the firefighters to contain its spread and focus their efforts on a specific demarcated area. The substance is originally transparent but is dyed, often using reddish minerals, so as to enable firefighters to visually identify the borderlines of the fire zone. The fire retardant changes the way cellulose breaks down, turning flammable materials such as wood and grass into substances that do not catch fire easily.
The product, categorized chemically as a type of phosphoric acid, is considered safe, effective as well as environmentally friendly and is approved for use by the Forest Service of the US Department of Agriculture, among other institutions. In addition, the substance is approved for use by the Federal Aviation Administration and has all the required authorizations from the aircraft manufacturers. Since fire retardants undergo such rigorous inspection by the regulatory agencies worldwide, the industry includes relatively few manufacturers.
Fire retardants are essential for the environment, with an effective response to fires receiving high priority in many countries. The main long-term impact of forest fires, in addition to the damage to the natural landscape, is the fact that they turn much of the trees' biomass into carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. According to the NIFC (National Interagency Fire Center), 105,534 forest fires occur by average every year in the US alone, destroying about 500,000 acres of forest.
But where does Israel factor in? ICL is the global leader in manufacturing fire retardants, supplying the product to many firefighting organizations worldwide. ICL's list of products in this field includes products for protection against fires, as well as substances for treating hazards made of wood and paper, and a range of fire retardants for preventing the spread of wildfires. During the 2010 wildfire in the Carmel Forest, ICL donated 500 tons of fire retardants from its warehouses in Europe to Israel's firefighting forces. These were loaded onto a supertanker, as part of the effort to contain the huge fire. Last September, ICL was awarded a $6.2 million contract from the US Air Force– a major consumer of substances for combating fires—to supply 418,000 gallons of fire retardants.
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