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  • Bus/Tram Combo Charges Battery As It Picks Up Passengers

    Bus/Tram Combo Charges Battery As It Picks Up Passengers

    German researchers are testing a unique form of public transportation that borrows the best from busses, electric cars, trains and trams without contributing emissions. The vehicle, named AutoTram, is fully electric, but instead of running on a single charge, it charges when it stops, gaining enough power in 30 seconds to move another mile. The project comes from the Fraunhofer Institute… Read More

  • DaWanda secures €4 million to go international

    DaWanda secures €4 million to go international

    The discussion regarding copycats of US startups in europe is still an ongoing one, and largely due to the fact that the copycats are often heartless rip-offs. DaWanda, a marketplace for DIY goods, took the successful concept of Etsy, which was founded in 2005, to Europe and has since then grown into a company with 65 employees and 1,9 million products for sale. But in contrast to other… Read More

  • Das Kindle In Deutschland Erhältlich

    Das Kindle In Deutschland Erhältlich

    Gute Nachrichten! The Kindle is now available in Germany and includes 650,000 titles as well as thousands of free German classics including (as far as I know) “Wurst And Peace,” “Anne Of Oktoberfest,” and “A Tale Of Two Lagers.” Read More

  • Genesis: German Men’s Watches By A Woman

    Genesis: German Men’s Watches By A Woman

    Genesis is not just a neat sounding word that someone thought would make for a good watch brand name. It is rather the name of the brand’s founder and designer – Christine Genesis. How convenient is that? To have a cool last name like that? Christine is a rare breed being a full-on watch maker and a female. I wouldn’t make a big deal of that fact if it was more common. I for… Read More

  • Will Germany Become The World's First Post-Nuclear Nation?

    Will Germany Become The World's First Post-Nuclear Nation?

    It certainly looks that way. The country has been having a national discussion ever since the Japan nuclear crisis, and the consensus seems to be that nuclear isn’t worth the risk. Instead, the country will embrace alternative forms of energy, including renewable sources. Read More

  • YouHelp launches as a Kickstarter-for-NGOs

    YouHelp launches as a Kickstarter-for-NGOs

    It’s about time that somebody took the highly efficient Kickstarter crowdfunding model, added a dash of gaming metrics, and applied it to something that’s purely about benefiting society. This is great. YouHelp, a recently launched Austrian startup, is doing just that. It enables users to create “challenges” that benefit certain NGOs or participate in ongoing social… Read More

  • Clever thinking – Skobbler turns its hand to gaming with GeoBrain

    Clever thinking – Skobbler turns its hand to gaming with GeoBrain

    Skobbler, best known for its free sat-nav app for iPhone, has entered the world of gaming. GeoBrain for iPhone and iPad is described as “a fun yet educational game experience that tests and trains geo-knowledge.” Basically, you spin a giant globe and answer questions to demonstrate your knowledge of the world. Fun, huh? OK, it’s probably no Angry Birds. The idea is to build… Read More

  • Madvertise brings location-based mobile ads to Germany

    Madvertise brings location-based mobile ads to Germany

    Madvertise, the Berlin-based mobile ad network, has added location-based targeting to its array of options – a first in Germany, claims the company. Advertisers can now reach customers based on their exact GPS location, city, region or state. This is in addition to existing targeting such as channels, carriers, operating systems and devices, which, says madvertise, allows for… Read More

  • Qeep secures multi-million Series B for its mobile gaming and entertainment soc network

    Qeep secures multi-million Series B for its mobile gaming and entertainment soc network

    Blue Lion Mobile, the German company behind mobile gaming and entertainment social network qeep, has raised a multi-million euro B round led by French VC firm XAnge with co-investment from KfW. In addition, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, who originally invested in Blue Lion’s Series A round back in 2007, has also participated. The precise amount of the round isn’t being… Read More

  • Lovefilm begins streaming to Germany

    Lovefilm begins streaming to Germany

    Lovefilm, the Netflix-of-Europe, has rolled out its streaming service in Germany, albeit in Beta. Previously, Germans only had access to the DVD and Blu-ray rental via the post element of Lovefilm, but slowly but surely the company is growing its video-on-demand proposition. Subscribers of Lovefilm.de can now stream films to their PC as part of their subscription package. Content comes from… Read More

  • Video Test Drive: Audi R8 E-tron

    Video Test Drive: Audi R8 E-tron







    The first ever electric vehicle with Quattro is still a few years away, but we were invited to Ingolstadt, Germany to try one out. E-tron is the name of Audi’s new line of electric vehicles including an R8 and an A1. We didn’t get to drive the red concept E-tron that’s all over the internet, instead we drove one that looked and drove more like a real production car. Read More

  • Google Street View Launches In Germany (But With A Win For Privacy Advocates)

    Google Street View Launches In Germany (But With A Win For Privacy Advocates)

    Google may have ended its feud with the Federal Trade Commission, but its standing in Europe isn’t as cut-and-dry. Street View, the mapping service that has caused much consternation, has just gone live in Germany, but in a modified form. So far, the only place where it’s gone live is Oberstaufen in Munich Read More

  • Holtzbrinck shuts down its eLab incubator

    Holtzbrinck shuts down its eLab incubator

    German trade publication W&V is reporting that Holtzbrinck, one of Germany and Europe’s leading publishing groups, is shutting down their incubator “Holtzbrinck eLab”, launched in 2006. Holtzbrinck is famous for backing some of the most successful German Internet startups and also for acquiring not so successful companies. Most notably, StudiVZ, the early Facebook… Read More

  • Chocri partners with chocolate maker Ritter Sport, launches in the UK

    Chocri partners with chocolate maker Ritter Sport, launches in the UK

    There’s probably hundreds of sites out there that are trying to sell customized things on the web. MyMuesli, a successful and still growing German startup was one of the first ones in that field and they paved the way for these types of e-commerce websites. Furthermore they showed that there is apparently a demand for pricey yet customizable cereals. Chocri, a site for mass-customization… Read More

  • Germany To Outlaw Employers Checking Out Candidates On Facebook, But Googling Is OK

    A new law in Germany could soon make it illegal for employers to check out prospective job candidates on Facebook and other non-career focused social networks, according to local newspaper reports. Bizarrely, however, it will still be legal to “google” applicants, although they are to disregard information that is either too old or outside of a candidate’s control. Social… Read More

  • Rotating Solar House Generates Five Times The Energy It Consumes

    Rotating Solar House Generates Five Times The Energy It Consumes

    What’s cooler than a rotating house? One whose solar panels produce five times the energy the house uses. That’s pretty incredible, considering that even zero-energy structures are rare. German architect Rolf Disch built the home, called Heliotrope, to follow the sun throughout the day. The structure features triple panes of thermally insulated glass to strike a balance between… Read More

  • How publishers are trying to kill off publicly-owned tech media outlets

    How publishers are trying to kill off publicly-owned tech media outlets

    It’s a trend that is highly unlikely to happen in the US due to its ubiquitous privatization of, well, everything. However in good old Europe, where control of the media is often under the hood of governmental institutions such as the BBC in the UK, or ARD in Germany, on the one hand, and in the hands of private media companies on the other, problems can arise. More recently this has… Read More

  • Video: Creepy German robot with learning ability

    Video: Creepy German robot with learning ability

    Bielefeld University in Germany has developed BARTHOC, an upper-body robot that’s capable of “learning”. The robot is, to some extent, able to communicate with humans, pick up and execute instructions. For example, he can identify, label, grasp and move objects in his vicinity with his hands – while “conversing” with a human partner about the objects. Read More

  • Yoose launches mobile couponing… two years later

    Yoose launches mobile couponing… two years later

    Yoose, a Berlin-based mobile coupon startup, just launched into their public beta phase. The idea behind Yoose is to provide a multi-level distribution platform for Coupon publishers, such as local businesses or larger firms that plan to target specific campaigns with coupons. However, it took the company quite a while to deliver its service – two years to be precise. After being a… Read More

  • Video: Meet Myon, Germany's latest humanoid robot

    Video: Meet Myon, Germany's latest humanoid robot

    Germany has churned out the one or the other humanoid in recent months, but Myon might actually be the coolest deutsche robot out there. The little guy stands 125cm tall and weighs 15kg. He was designed by Cologne-based design studio frackenpohl poulheim [GER] and developed at Berlin’s Humboldt University as part of the European ALEAR (Artificial Language Evolution on Autonomous… Read More