Is crowdsoucing in your documentation future?
An associate professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute is designing crowdsourcing frameworks that combine the best qualities of machine learning and human intelligence, in order to allow distributed groups of workers to perform complicated cognitive tasks. Those include writing how-to guides or organizing information without a central organizer.


Today, Tech-Tav is celebrating the State of Israel’s 68th birthday by highlighting this week’s top technical news articles from the startup nation:

Israeli government spurs innovation
Israel is home to more cyber security companies than any nation in the world outside the U.S., with more companies than the next five countries on the list combined. How did Israel become a world leader in cyber security? Is it Israel’s top-secret military cyber units? Government incentives? Or something else?



Just over a year ago, Tech-Tav embarked on a new journey into the world of MadCap. For the uninitiated, MadCap provides software tools for authoring, translation and publishing of any type of technical documentation including knowledge bases, intranets, online help, policy & procedure manuals, documentation websites, user guides and more. We rapidly progressed to become a MadCap Premier Reseller. I took on the mantle of becoming Tech-Tav's MadCap guru, passed the MadCap Certified Trainer exams, and have had the pleasure of meeting and working with many companies in Israel and throughout the world providing consultation, training, and customization services.



The growing area of smart cities
A few weeks ago, we wrote about the automated home (AKA the internet of things). But why stop at a smart house when you can build a smart city? The Brazillian government is building a smart city from scratch, with three Israeli startups offering high-tech solutions for the future city’s security, landscaping, and engineering.

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You’ve heard of open source, what’s open hardware?
"Open hardware," or "open source hardware," refers to the design specifications of a physical object which are licensed in such a way that said object can be studied, modified, created, and distributed by anyone. Essentially, open hardware is about making the object as easy to remix and reproduce as possible whereas closed hardware uses obfuscation and patent law to make the recreation of the objects as difficult as possible.



How to get SMEs to share their knowledge: Technical writers who work with SMEs know the challenges. After outlining the difficulties, this article offers some tried and tested tactics to overcome them.

Ten marketing tips from the master: These ten marketing tips, taken from David Ogilvy’s book “Confessions of an Advertising Man” and updated with modern examples, can be applied to technical writing too.

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Google docs now publishes Epub - Wish your google doc could be downloaded to ePub format for easy access on your tablet reader? Well, your wish has come true with just two simple clicks.

The automated home (AKA the Internet of Things) - Imagine how impressed your geeky tech friends would be if you controlled all of the electronic devices in your home with your smart phone? More and more...