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Smartwatches to shine at Berlin mega gadget fair
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Smartwatches to shine at Berlin mega gadget fair

1 day ago

Sleeker and sexier smartwatches are expected to premiere this week in Berlin at one of the world's biggest consumer electronics shows, with both phone manufacturers and watchmakers jostling for a share of the fast-growing market.

Kiel scientists: MH370 search in wrong place
The Malaysia Airlines plane which disappeared on March 8th 2014. Photo: Laurent ERRERA / Wikimedia Commons.

Kiel scientists: MH370 search in wrong place

1 day ago

German scientists have challenged conventional wisdom on the crash site of the MH370, the Malaysia Airlines plane missing since March 2014, suggesting the search is being conducted in the wrong place.

Bundestag goes dark after hacker attack
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Bundestag goes dark after hacker attack

August 20, 2015

The Bundestag (German parliament) computer system will go offline on Thursday evening for several days of maintenance work after it was infiltrated by unknown hackers. Experts warn that it's likely to remain vulnerable despite the overhaul.

Thieves 'could hack VW, Porsche, Audi cars'
Volkswagen logos at the carmaker's factory in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony. Photo: DPA

Thieves 'could hack VW, Porsche, Audi cars'

August 14, 2015

Security researchers have found that many vehicles produced by the Volkswagen group – including some of the world's biggest luxury brands like Audi and Porsche – have a security flaw that could let hackers access them without a key.

Tiny German backpack X-rays aid gentle giants
Less than 900 mountain gorillas are thought to remain in the wild. Photo: DPA

Tiny German backpack X-rays aid gentle giants

August 13, 2015

Extreme humidity, 40C heat, poachers and inhospitable terrain: this is the work environment of international veterinary charity Gorilla Doctors. But a piece of technology from Germany is about to make things that little bit easier.

Child gets stuck in plush toy claw machine
An image of a plush animal claw machine. Photo: Nlan86 / Wikimedia Commons.

Child gets stuck in plush toy claw machine

August 12, 2015

A five-year-old boy clambered inside of a claw machine to fish out a toy on Monday evening, only to find himself unable to climb back out.

Thousands flock to Cologne's gaming mecca
A video game fan dressed as Cammy from Super Street Fighter playing the combat game at Gamescom in Cologne. Photo: DPA.

Thousands flock to Cologne's gaming mecca

August 06, 2015

Gamescom, the world's largest gaming industry event, opened to the public on Thursday in Cologne with thousands of fans excited to get a glimpse of the future of gaming.

Health insurer offers smart watch discount
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Health insurer offers smart watch discount

August 06, 2015

Health insurance company AOK Northeast has become the first in the country to help foot the bill for devices like the Apple Watch with fitness apps, in the hopes that wearers will use the gadgets to improve their health.

Slash CO2 emissions to save oceans: scientists
A humpback whale breaching. Photo: Wwelles14/Wikimedia Commons

Slash CO2 emissions to save oceans: scientists

August 04, 2015

German scientists said on Monday that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions must begin falling immediately if mankind is to have any hope of preserving Earth's oceans as we know them today.

Google game slammed over use of death camps
Dachau concentration camp. Photo: DPA

Google game slammed over use of death camps

July 02, 2015

News that Google is using the sites of Nazi concentration camps as elements in an "augmented reality" project - an online game linked to the real world - has caused extreme upset to Holocaust survivors' organizations.

How Germany will deal with the leap second
A scientist works with an atomic clock at the Federal Physics-Technology Institute (PTB) in Braunschweig. Photo: DPA

How Germany will deal with the leap second

June 30, 2015

Germany's top time scientists are ready to spring into action in the dead of night on Tuesday, inserting an extra second into the clock while everyone else is asleep.

Microsoft pockets Berlin startup for $100 million
A poster reading "Wunderland" on the wall at the startup's Berlin office. Photo: DPA

Microsoft pockets Berlin startup for $100 million

June 03, 2015

Microsoft on Tuesday said that it has bought 6Wunderkinder GmbH, a Berlin-based startup behind the Wunderlist to-do list app.

Cool caps reduce hair loss during chemo

May 28, 2015

German scientists are trialling a special scalp-cooling cap which helps reduce hair loss for cancer patients going through chemotherapy.

Cabinet revives plan to grab internet records
Anti-surveillance demonstrators in Berlin's Alexanderplatz in 2013. Photo: DPa

Cabinet revives plan to grab internet records

May 27, 2015

Germany's coalition government agreed on a draft law on Wednesday requiring telecoms companies to keep customers' data for up to ten weeks in case they are needed by security services, riling digital rights activists.

Autobahn driver suffers drone windscreen smash
Photo: Polizei Bochum

Autobahn driver suffers drone windscreen smash

May 22, 2015

After a low flying drone crashed into the windscreen of a car on the Autobahn outside Bochum, police announced on Thursday they are looking for witnesses.

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