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7/15/2014 (7 months ago)

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App gives users time to seek shelter in current fracas

It's a new app that sadly paints a distressing picture of contemporary life in the Middle East. The app, for Google Glasses, is capable of warning users in Israel of impending enemy rocket attacks.

These alerts provide similar information to the Red Alert, which is an Israel app for smartphones and tablets, which recently incorporated the popular instant-messaging app 'Yo' into its warning service.

These alerts provide similar information to the Red Alert, which is an Israel app for smartphones and tablets, which recently incorporated the popular instant-messaging app "Yo" into its warning service.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/15/2014 (7 months ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Missile Alert app, Israel, Palestinians, Google glass


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Called Israel Missile Alerts, the3 app was developed by RustyBrick, a software developer. The goal is to provide real-time updates on attacks against Israel through Google Glass.

"As missiles are launched in from Gaza, south of Israel, Israelis have anywhere between a few seconds to 60 seconds to find shelter," Barry Schwartz, CEO of RustyBrick said in a blogpost.

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"Be it their bomb shelters, safe rooms or covering up on the highway as they drive home from work - this app will allow them to get notifications of those missile attacks so they can seek shelter."

These alerts provide similar information to the Red Alert, which is an Israel app for smartphones and tablets, which recently incorporated the popular instant-messaging app "Yo" into its warning service.

Location of the attack will be shown on the transparent Google Glass display -- regardless of whether or not the user is in Israel.

In the meantime, the conflict between Palestine and Israel has intensified in recent weeks. The violence began after a series of kidnappings and revenge killings in the region.

Almost 1,000 rockets are estimated to have been fired into Israel from Palestine in response to Israeli airstrikes.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has labelled the Israeli airstrikes as "genocide. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that international pressure will not prevent military action against "a terrorist group that calls for (Israel's) destruction."

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has previously said that she had "serious doubts" about whether Israel was complying with international law.

Google Glass, made recently available to the general public in the United States and Europe for the first time, has been developed for a wide-range of applications and tested in numerous contexts to date.

The University of Southern California announced the world's first Glass Journalism course, aiming to integrate the smart glasses into the process of news gathering and reporting.

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