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Germany greens streets with €4,000 discount on every e-car
Photo: DPA

Germany will subsidise electric car purchases to give a jolt to sluggish growth in the sector and help meet national climate goals with zero-emission mobility, the government said Wednesday.

Computer virus found in Bavarian nuclear plant
Gundremmingen nuclear plant. Photo: DPA

A computer virus has been found in a nuclear power plant in Bavaria, but the power plant insists it does not pose a risk to the public or workers at the plant.

City installs floor traffic lights for smartphone addicts
The floor traffic lights in Augsburg. Photo: DPA

A German town has come up with an innovative way of saving the skin of slumbering ‘smombies’, by embedding traffic lights in the pavement.

Munich students predict Game of Thrones deaths with app
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Students at the Technical University (TU) of Munich have built an app that predicts which characters on legendarily bloody TV show Game of Thrones will be next to die.

Apple 'could be building self-driving car in Berlin'
File photo: DPA

A German newspaper reports that Apple has set up a secret lab in the capital to build its self-driving car. But how plausible is the rumour?

Mass surveillance
German spies imply Snowden leaked files for Russia
Edward Snowden pictured appearing by video link at the CeBIT technology conference in Hanover in March 2015. Photo: DPA

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden could have been acting under the influence of the Russian government, the heads of Germany's foreign and domestic intelligence agencies said on Friday.

Smartphone zombies wreak havoc on cities
Photo: DPA.

Pedestrians with their eyes glued to their smartphones pose a serious danger to traffic in European cities, according to a new study.

The new app that gives you money for driving well
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Germany’s largest insurance company is offering an app which allows you to earn money back on your car insurance if it records you driving safely.

Traffic cops in the sky: Germany goes after drones
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Drones are becoming an increasing blight on air traffic, private landowners and neighbours. In Lower Saxony authorities are going on the offensive with a new force of traffic cops for the skies.

Inventor hopes to woo city-slicker hipsters with 'half-bike'
Dare you take to the streets on only half a bicycle? Photo: halbrad.de

Do you dare take to the streets of Germany riding half a bicycle?

Wind-powered lamps to light German island's streets
Photo courtesy of noord force.

Could this German energy innovation be a model for the rest of the world?

German IT students play XXL Tetris on university building
Photo: DPA

Four German IT students turned the rooms of an entire university building into pixels for their flat screen and now use it to hunt that Tetris high score.

SoundCloud takes on Spotify with new subscription sevice
Photo: DPA.

Berlin-based SoundCloud on Tuesday announced a subscription streaming service as the site increasingly goes professional.

Instagram launches Germans into top model world
Instagram star Anna-Christina Schwartz became a model armed with nothing but an iPhone - and some sharp cheekbones. Photo: DPA

They're young, they're beautiful and they're always on their phones: these girls were launched to planet modelling by Instagram.

Brussels attacks
'Europe's defenders must share data to fight terror'
Police at Berlin's Tegel airport on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

German police say security authorities across the Continent must be given the tools they need to fight terror together.

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