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Silicon Savannah: Africa's Transformative Digital Revolution

Silicon Savannah: Africa's Transformative Digital Revolution

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2013

In the space of 10 years, mobile phones and the Internet have changed African nations more significantly than any development since their independence from colonial powers. Now a growing group of entrepreneurs want to take things further. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Virtual Destruction: Film Recreates Siege of Heidelberg Castle

Virtual Destruction: Film Recreates Siege of Heidelberg Castle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2013

Millions visit the ruins of iconic Heidelberg Castle in Germany each year. A museum in the region recently commissioned archeologists to create an animation reconstructing the attack on the landmark during the Nine Years' War in 1693. By Frank Thadeusz more... Video | Comment ]

Uphill Battle: New Machine Could Save German Vineyards

Uphill Battle: New Machine Could Save German Vineyards

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2013

Vineyards built on dizzyingly steep hillsides have been a part of German viticulture for centuries, but high labor costs are threatening them with extinction. A group of university engineers is hoping their new technology will save the industry. By Matthias Bartsch more... Comment ]

Ready for Takeoff: A New Panoramic Camera Ball

Ready for Takeoff: A New Panoramic Camera Ball

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 15, 2013

Designed by a Berlin-based inventor, a new camera ball takes panoramic shots when thrown into the air. The Panono's 36 cameras capture everything in every direction, but image quality remains an issue. By Hilmar Schmundt more... Comment ]

Re-Energizing in Berlin: Microsoft Turns to Start-Ups for New Energy

Re-Energizing in Berlin: Microsoft Turns to Start-Ups for New Energy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2013

The opening of Microsoft's grand new center in Berlin is part of efforts to re-energize the tech giant. Start-ups are at the heart of both its renewed presence in the German capital and of its plans to regain ground lost to its rivals. By David Knight more... Comment ]

Berlin Startups: SoundCloud Blazes Lonely Trail to Top

Berlin Startups: SoundCloud Blazes Lonely Trail to Top

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2013

SoundCloud, a platform for uploading and sharing audio files, is the biggest success story to emerge from Berlin's tech startup boom. It just hit 250 million monthly users -- but it's global success hasn't been replicated by others in the German capital. By David Knight more... Comment ]

Fuel-Cell Revolution: Can Toyota Save the Electric Car?

Fuel-Cell Revolution: Can Toyota Save the Electric Car?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2013

Toyota has developed a new long-range electric vehicle powered entirely by a cutting-edge fuel cell. The project represents a dramatic departure from the goal of developing a mass-produced, effective, battery-driven electric car. But what does it mean for our future? By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]

Chaos Computer Club: Hackers Crack Apple's Fingerprint Scanner

Chaos Computer Club: Hackers Crack Apple's Fingerprint Scanner

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2013

Apple recently launched the latest top-end model of its wildly successful iPhone, the 5S, to much fanfare. But a German hacker organization has thrown a wrench in the works by bypassing the smartphone's much-heralded fingerprint scanner just two days after launch. more... Comment ]

Translate This: Google's Quest to End the Language Barrier

Translate This: Google's Quest to End the Language Barrier

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2013

Can the language barrier be breached? Google certainly thinks so: Under the leadership of a computer scientist from Germany, the company is making progress toward a universal translation tool. But competition is looming from Microsoft and Facebook. By Thomas Schulz more... Comment ]

iSpy: How the NSA Accesses Smartphone Data

iSpy: How the NSA Accesses Smartphone Data

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2013

The US intelligence agency NSA has been taking advantage of the smartphone boom. It has developed the ability to hack into iPhones, android devices and even the BlackBerry, previously believed to be particularly secure. By Marcel Rosenbach, Laura Poitras and Holger Stark more... Comment ]