Spanish Is Top Language for Israeli Apps in Translation

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The navigation app made by Waze, founded in 2008 by Uri Levine, software engineer Ehud Shabtai, and Amir Shinar.Credit: Daniel Tchetchik

Spanish is top language for Israeli apps in translation

Some 95% of all Israeli mobile applications are written in English, but nearly a third are translated into Spanish, making it the second most popular language for Israeli apps. This, according to a survey by the Israeli translation company One Hour Translation. French and German are the next most popular, with half of all Israeli apps translated into both languages. Other languages are Portuguese (45%), Italian and Dutch (41%) and Russian (35%), according to the survey, which was based on a sampling of 170 Israeli apps. Only 30% are translated into Mandarin Chinese and 35% to Japanese and Korean. All told, 80% of all Israeli apps are translated into three or more languages. Chief Marketing Officer Yaron Kaufman said European languages as well as Japanese and Korean are the best for monetization. (Inbal Orpaz)

Feedviser raises $6m for pricing algorithms

Feedvisor, whose platform enables online retailers to automatically adjust their prices to meet changing market conditions, said this week it raised $6 million from investors led by Square Peg Capital. . It was the second round of funding in less than a year, after the Tel Aviv-based startup raised $1.7 million in October 2013 from JAL Ventures, Oryzn Capital and Micro Angel Fund. Feedvisor’s platform, which is used mainly by online retailers who use Amazon’s e-commerce platform, manages over $1 billion worth of inventory. Its algorithms automatically analyze the competitive environment, product demand and price elasticity for the retailer’s products. (Inbal Orpaz)

Israeli startup envisions satellite tugboat

Effective Space Solutions told The Wall Street Journal it’s in talks with several manufacturers about building a microsatellite that will be used to tug wayward satellites into their correct orbit. The company, based in Givatayim and founded by three Israeli aerospace and technology veterans – Arie Halsband, Meidad Pariente and Yuval Rabin – aims to have a commercial product available in two years, the WSJ said. The idea is for ESS’ microsatellite to rendezvous with retired communication satellites to correct their orbit, put them into a new orbit or steer them into what is known as the “graveyard orbit,” where decommissioned satellites circle the earth without expending valuable fuel. (TheMarker) 

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