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Student fined for spying on women via their webcams
Photo: DPA

Student from Munich fined €1,000 for spying on 32 different computers, using their webcams to take photographs, or record their keyboard history.

Court fines man €1,200 for hoverboarding on pavement
The price of being cool. Photo: DPA

The popular gift may now cost you even more if you're caught riding through the streets of Düsseldorf.

Frankfurt fair shakes up book world with art, virtual reality
Frankfurt book fair. Photo: DPA.

The world's largest publishing event kicks off this week with books, 3D printing, and even virtual reality.

BMW debuts self-balancing motorcycle of the future
The Motorrad Vision Next 100. Photo: BMW Press Office.

The motorcycle of the future is so safe riders can cruise sans helmet - all of the thrills with none of the danger - according to BMW.

Expert: German cars will be driving themselves in 5 years
An Audi test of autopilot features. Photo: Audi/DPA.

A leading artificial intelligence expert predicts that within the next five years, German cars will only require their drivers to take the wheel occasionally.

Self-driving Tesla car hits bus on Autobahn
A Tesla Model S on autopilot. Photo: DPA / obs / ADAC

Questions about Tesla’s self-driving cars are now being raised in Germany after an accident on Wednesday.

Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook
Photo: DPA

German data protection authorities on Tuesday said they had blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from its subsidiary WhatsApp, citing privacy concerns.

This Week in History
10 years since horror crash on magnet-train's maiden voyage
Photo: dpa

A decade on from the accident, the test track lies deserted, and locals are unsure how to commemorate the event.

World's first hydrogen train to go into service in Germany
Photo: Alstom press office

Germany is set to host the world's first zero-emission, hydrogen passenger train when it gets into gear next year.

WhatsApp warned for passing user phonebooks to Facebook
Photo: DPA

The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (vzbv) has threatened legal action against WhatsApp for passing on user information such as telephone numbers to Facebook, which new user terms permit it to do.

Berlin mulls plan for magnetic levitation train to new airport
The magnetic levitation train in Shanghai. Photo: Imaginechina/epa/dpa

Officials in the capital city are considering a suggestion to build a magnetic levitation - or maglev - train to the long-delayed new BER airport.

Adblock Plus launches 'Acceptable Ads' service
Photo: DPA

The German firm behind Adblock Plus, the adblocker software, on Wednesday announced the launch of a service of "Acceptable Ads" for content publishers.

German government attacked by hackers 20 times a day
Photo: DPA.

Cyber attacks on the German government and businesses are becoming ever more sophisticated and effective, security experts warn.

Germany's first 'intelligent' bridge to open in Nuremberg
File photo: DPA

An €11 million bridge, which is nearing completion in northern Bavaria, is set to include technology never seen before on the German Autobahn.

Refugees create app to crack German bureaucratic maze
Photo: DPA

This might come in handy for many more people than just refugees.

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