Winter time threatens smart phone havoc

The operating systems on smart phones, tablets and personal computers are likely to be off by one hour over the next several weeks. The Interior Ministry's decision to extend daylight saving time until October 27 apparently went unnoticed by Google, Apple and Microsoft. Blackberry and Symbian devices will also be affected. Israelis are advised to adjust their clock settings manually according to Athens time before September 8, when the change will kick in by default. Greece also changes its clocks on October 27 so no further adjustment is needed. After that date clocks can be moved back to automatic winter/summer time. It's also suggested that appointment times be manually typed into the subject line on the calendar in order to avoid mistakes. (Amitai Ziv)

Ben-Gurion Airport expects 10% jump in holiday traffic to 1.5 million

The summer travel season has now ended, but the High Holiday rush at the airport got underway yesterday. The travelers include some 20,000 members of the Breslav Hasidic sect, who set out yesterday to Uman in Ukraine to visit Rabbi Nachman's grave, with plenty more to follow before Rosh Hashanah. The Airports Authority estimated that 1.5 million travelers will pass through Ben-Gurion Airport this High Holiday season — 10% more than last year — with 9,240 takeoffs and landings. In July and August, 3.2 million passengers passed through the airport, 9.5% more than last year. (Zohar Blumenkrantz)

Biometric startup FST21 raises $5 million

Biometric security startup FST21 said yesterday it has completed a $5 million round of funding led by LV Holdings, an Israeli investment fund specializing in early-stage companies. FST21 was founded in 2007 by the former head of military intelligence Aharon Ze’evi-Farkash, and currently employs 30 in offices in in Rishon Letzion. The company doesn't engage in developing biometric applications but makes use of technology already available on the market such as facial or voice identification and creating systems, integrating them with common devices such as security cameras with the goal of creating a substitute for house keys or access cards. All users need to do is smile into the camera and say "good morning." (TheMarker Staff)