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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.

Almost all VW cars sold since 1995 have this security flaw
Photo: DPA.

Researchers from Germany and the UK have found that some 100 million cars worldwide have a security flaw vulnerable to hacking.

Genetic testing on animals in Germany tripled over decade
File photo of a lab mouse: DPA.

A new study reveals that genetic manipulation of mice, rats, cows and pigs has increased threefold since 2004.

Facebook: We aren't culpable for German terror attacks
Photo: DPA.

Facebook on Monday dismissed complaints by German officials that it had not been helpful in fighting terrorism and urged authorities to better formulate their requests.

This map of Berlin Wi-Fi names is oddly addictive
Image: Screenshot from map by Federico Prandi.

Did your Wi-Fi make the map?

Robots and drones: deliverymen of the future?
Photo: DPA

Instead of being greeted by the smiling face of a delivery driver, German customers could soon open the door to a robot or even a drone distributing their parcels.

Germany's first Pokémon train helps you catch 'em all
A fan of the game. Photo: DPA

The train's route takes you to all the most desirable Pokémon in the city.

London v. Berlin: Which is better for startups?
Photos: London skyline from Pexels.com, Berlin skyline by Thomas Wolf/Wikimedia Commons.

How do London and Berlin compare when it comes to creating or working for a startup? This comparison might help you decide.

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