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Red-faced pensioner declares war on pre-recorded sexline
Photo: DPA

An 84-year-old from Bavaria has reported a sex hotline to police after it let down his expectations of late night lust - and then charged him through the nose.

German kidnaps Swiss child, raising online gaming fears
File photo: Rachel Johnson / Flickr Creative Commons.

A 12-year-old Swiss boy was allegedly abused by a German man he first met online.

Telekom warns all users to change passwords after scam
Photo: DPA.

German giant Deutsche Telekom is warning customers to change their passwords after finding that up to 120,000 customers' data was being sold on the black market.

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Brexit will turn Berlin into 'Europe’s startup capital'
A sign in Berlin's tech giant and startup-building company Rocket Internet. Photo: DPA.

London is currently thought of as the main hub for startups in Europe, but that will all turn around when the UK leaves the EU, tech industry experts say.

German Rail aims for driver-less trains in 5 years
You may be able to say bye-bye to train drivers for good quite soon. Photo: DPA.

Germany's trusty train system may be getting a big makeover with trains that can drive themselves.

Police raid premises of popular Berlin dating app
Photo: DPA

Two brothers who run the dating app Lovoo were arrested in Dresden on Wednesday while company offices were also searched.

Germany to require ID for buying prepaid phones
File photo: DPA

Those who prefer their mobile phone to remain anonymous are in for a shock in Germany, as ministers agreed on Wednesday to require anyone buying a pay-as-you-go SIM card to present ID.

Adidas to bring production home with robot shoe factory
File photo: DPA

Adidas, the German maker of sportswear and equipment, announced Tuesday that it will start marketing its first series of sportshoes manufactured by robots in Germany from 2017.

German company unveils 3-D printed motorcycle
The bike, which has a 6 kiloWatt engine, has a hollow-looking frame that helped bring down its weight. Photo: DPA

Weighs just 35 kilograms.

Church tower Wi-Fi 'Godspots' to bring word from on high
File Photo: DPA

The Protestant Church in Berlin and Brandenburg has an unusual plan to attract the faithful to its thousands of steeples.

German astronaut to take command of space station
German astronaut Alexander Gerst suited up and ready for a spacewalk in 2014. Photo: DPA

Astronaut Alexander Gerst will be the first German commander of the International Space Station (ISS) on his next trip to the final frontier.

Fines for online hate speech can run into €1,000s
Chancellor Angela Merkel is often the target of explicitly violent online hate comments. Photo: DPA

People throwing around words like “vermin” or advocating the return of the gas chambers in online comments face high fines in Germany – as one German publication made very clear on Tuesday.

Speak German or face jail, court tells WhatsApp
Translating the terms into emoji might be easier than legal German. File photo: DPA

The CEO of WhatsApp could face jail in Germany unless the company moves quickly to provide its terms and conditions in the German language, a recently-published court ruling shows.

New law could let free Wi-Fi bloom in Germany
More Germans could soon be taking care of business from the cafe thanks to Wi-Fi. Photo: DPA

Germany's government is set to finally loosen restrictive rules that have turned businesses off offering free Wi-Fi, media reported on Wednesday.

‘Innovative’ Germans finally discover Victorian drying rack
The humble drying rack. Screenshot: Youtube

No one beats the Germans when it comes to invention and innovation - or so the cliché goes. But a Munich startup’s new project shows they’re not always first to the party.

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