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 ]

Living Offline: Minister Halts After-Hours Contact for Staff

Living Offline: Minister Halts After-Hours Contact for Staff

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2013

To prevent burnout among its employees, the German Labor Ministry is introducing new rules that severely restrict when they can be contacted outside of working hours. It hopes German industry will follow suit. more... Comment ]

Turbine Trouble: Ill Wind Blows for German Offshore Industry

Turbine Trouble: Ill Wind Blows for German Offshore Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 02, 2013

Only recently, the offshore wind industry was seen as an opportunity to regenerate Germany's coast. But amid changing political attitudes and spiraling costs, several companies are struggling to survive. Is the wind boom over before it even really began? By Michael Fröhlingsdorf more... Comment ]

Internet Cartels? EU Inspectors Raid Deutsche Telekom

Internet Cartels? EU Inspectors Raid Deutsche Telekom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2013

The European Commission has initiated raids at several European telecommunications companies, including Deutsche Telekom and Orange. They accuse the companies of abusing their market power to vie for domination on the Internet. more... Comment ]

Radio Silence: Germany's Wireless Internet Problem

Radio Silence: Germany's Wireless Internet Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2013

Free wireless networks are in short supply in Germany. Liable for the activities of their users, service providers are operating in a risky legal gray area. After national elections this fall, that could all change. By Marcel Rosenbach and Hilmar Schmundt more... Comment ]

Do More, Faster: The Consequences of Accelerated Modern Life

Do More, Faster: The Consequences of Accelerated Modern Life

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2013

Faster! Faster! Even Faster! The phenomenon of acceleration is a defining characteristic of modern life. A new book analyzes how it fuels a constant need for new experiences and a counterintuitive shortage of time. By Sebastian Hammelehle more... Comment ]