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German researchers detail North Korea’s Red Star OS

At a conference held this past weekend, two German researchers Niklaus Schiess and Florian Grunow detailed North Korea’s homegrown computer operating system, Red Star OS.

The Red Star OS is a Linux distro – featuring a design ‘inspired’ by Apple’s Mac OS X – which underscores North Korea’... read more

German paper reports that VW knew about fuel usage problem a year ago

According to a report in German Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag, top executives at Volkswagen (VW) apparently became aware of the fuel usage problem affecting some of the company’s cars a year back.

The report, based on the information shared by unidentified sources, said that, for over the... read more

Space-time’s geometry keeps planets in orbits, makes apples to fall: Einstein found 100 years ago

By the year of 1915, great scientist Albert Einstein had become somewhat irritable, thanks to his parting with his wife who had decamped to Switzerland with his sons, and Germany had triggered a disastrous world war.

One of his few friends, Janos Plesch, once said Einstein was living... read more

Leica reportedly plans to launch rugged underwater camera

According to an indication from a leaked photo published by Leica Rumors, German camera manufacturer Leica is apparently set to launch a new waterproof Leica X digital camera called Leica X-U (Typ 113), with 'U' apparently standing for 'underwater.'

The forthcoming Leica X-U (Typ 113)... read more

VW reveals that it understated fuel usage of 800,000 cars sold in Europe

In an announcement which deepens the crisis at bigwig German automaker Volkswagen (VW), the automaker revealed on Tuesday that fuel consumption of some of its vehicles sold in Europe had been understated.

According to the announcement, VW – which is already dealing with an emission-... read more

Apple quietly rolls out ‘carrier billing for iTunes’ for O2 customers in Germany

According to a TechCrunch report, tech giant Apple has collaborated with O2/Telefonica in Germany to roll out carrier billing for iTunes. The move underscores a new mechanism – other than credit or debit cards - for customers of O2 wireless network to pay for their iTunes purchases.

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German Transport Minister to discuss VW emissions scandal with US counterpart

According to a Reuters report citing the information forwarded by two unidentified sources at the German Transport Ministry, discussions about the Volkswagen (VW) diesel emissions scandal will be held between German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt and his US counterpart, Anthony Foxx.... read more

FTC investigating VW for advertising claims for cars marketed as “clean diesels”

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has initiated an investigation into German automaker Volkswagen (VW)’s advertising claims that its diesel vehicles were “clean diesels,” even though the company had deliberately rigged the vehicles to cheat emission tests.

VW’s ‘diesel emissions... read more

Daimler tests its first self-driving truck on German highway A8

Bigwig German automaker Daimler successfully tested its first self-driving truck -- a Mercedes-Benz Actros -- on public roads on October 2. The trial run of the self-driving truck was carried out on the busy German highway A8.

The self-driving Mercedes-Benz Actros truck, which is equipped... read more

IFA 2015 dominated by connected home devices, smartwatches, gaming PCs

The 55th IFA consumer electronics event got underway in Berlin on Friday; with the key attractions at the event being connected home devices, smartwatches, and gaming PCs.

The IFA is the biggest consumer electronics and home appliances show held in Europe every year. The IFA 2015 event is... read more

German Company TUV Absolved of Liability in Breast Implant Scandal

Thursday’s decision by a French Appeals Court sure came as a breather for German safety standards body TUV, when the court absolved the latter of all liabilities pertaining to a faulty breast implant scandal.

This ruling by the court would require all women to pay back the damages that... read more

German business morale worsens in June

German business confidence weakened for a second straight month in June. Greek debt crisis is hitting corporate boardrooms across Europe's largest economy.

Based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 firms, Ifo's business climate index dropped to 107.4 in June from 108.5 in May. That was its... read more

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