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BMW, Daimler partner on ultra-light Visio.M city EV

Friday, May 4th, 2012

TUM Mute car

If you like the idea of German electric vehicles like the BMW i3 and i8, but you’re worried they may be more than you really need when they arrive next year, you’ll be glad to know that a more to-the-point EV auf Deutsch is on the way. Along with Munich’s Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), BMW, Daimler and 14 others are jointly developing the Visio.M urban runabout. While it should only muster the equivalent of 20 horsepower, it should be about 45 percent lighter than a Smart Fortwo — important when you want to use a small battery to keep the cost down. The project is also tackling safety and other chronic problems with tiny electric cars. TUM’s MUTE prototype (pictured here) is serving as the testbed for the technology being rolled into the Visio.M, although the €10.8 million ($14.2 million) in funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Education and Research is expected to produce something more original when the EV project reaches its eventual close.

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BMW, Daimler partner on ultra-light Visio.M city EV originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 May 2012 22:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Boingo, Deutsche Telekom team up for international in-flight WiFi

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Boingo, Deutsche Telekom team up for international in-flight WiFi

Boingo is best known for providing WiFi on the ground, but it’s now working with Germany’s Deutsche Telekom to spread its paid internet access to international flights, not just flights in the US. Lufthansa trips both inside Germany as well as to Canada and the US will soon let you pay with your Boingo account to stay online while you’re in the air, using DT’s broadband internet access as the conduit. More airlines will be coming soon, although those of us who get itchy staying offline for more than a few hours will have to pay an unspecified premium for that connection when it’s ready. Check the PR after the break for the official word.

[Image credit: Jon Fingas, Flickr]

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Boingo, Deutsche Telekom team up for international in-flight WiFi originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 22:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Barnes & Noble establishes German base: Will the Nook visit Europe?

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Barnes & Noble establishes German base: Will the Nook visit Europe?

While Americans have more than one way to consume those e-ink verses, those in the old country are largely stuck with Amazon’s still-expanding Kindle family or e-reader hardware lacking the clout of a publisher. But Europeans may get the chance to pick up a Nook in the future, following news that Barnes & Noble has filed for a new digital company in Germany. Add in the publisher’s recent (and slightly bizarre) meet-up in London with app developers and it looks likely that we’ll be seeing some European presence from the bookseller in the future — hopefully with all the associated content already seen on the other side of the Atlantic.

Barnes & Noble establishes German base: Will the Nook visit Europe? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 06:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Huawei’s LTE mobile WiFi gear coming to Europe and Asia Pacific by July, for all the use it is

Friday, March 2nd, 2012
Huawei’s capping off the good week it had at MWC by announcing that its 4G Wireless Network Card (E3276) and Mobile WiFi (E5776) will arrive in Europe and Asia Pacific by July 2012. Of course, only Germany, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Finland in Europe and Japan in Asia have fully working LTE networks. We’re not so sure if the company’s also committing to a launch window for its similarly enabled phones but it wouldn’t be unreasonable to hope that we’ll see those turn up around the same time. If you want more details, you should know where to go by now.

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Huawei’s LTE mobile WiFi gear coming to Europe and Asia Pacific by July, for all the use it is originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Mar 2012 13:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ban on iPhones and iPad suspended in Germany, sales resume

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Sales of Apple’s iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G resumed on Friday after a permanent injunction had gone into effect early Friday morning. ”All iPad and iPhone models will be back on sale through Apple’s online store in Germany shortly” an Apple spokesperson told SlashGear in a statement. “Apple appealed this ruling because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago.” Apple’s iOS devices with embedded 3G were deemed to being infringing on a Motorola patent this past December. A judge ordered an injunction at that time that went into effect on Friday, forcing Apple to remove the infringing devices from its German website. Motorola filed a separate complaint against Apple’s new iPhone 4S last month.

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Nokia Siemens Networks to lay off more than 4,000 workers in Europe

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Nokia Siemens Networks recently announced that it will cut as many as 1,200 jobs in Finland and lay off another 2,900 workers in Germany as it begins to restructure the company. Both Nokia and Siemens originally tried to sell the joint venture, which has struggled to report a profit, but gave up those plans this past summer. The move is expected to save €1 billion per year, Reuters said Tuesday. Nokia Siemens Networks is the second larger maker of phone network equipment in the world behind Ericsson, and the joint venture was originally created to help both Siemens and Nokia better compete on a global scale. Nokia Siemens Networks originally said that it plans to cut as many as 17,000 jobs by 2013

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Rhapsody officially acquires Napster International, eyes European launch

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
After having already acquired Napster here in the US, Rhapsody has taken its expansion one step further, with the acquisition of Napster International. Under the deal, announced today, Rhapsody will continue to offer Napster-branded services across the UK and Germany, as promised, and will eventually migrate Napster subscribers to its own infrastructure in March, with existing personal libraries remaining intact (Napster is already live in the UK, but has yet to make its official German launch). The move will also bring changes to Napster users’ mobile apps and web clients, with Rhapsody promising improved offline playback and enhanced library management tools “in the coming months.” For more details, check out the full PR after the break.

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Rhapsody officially acquires Napster International, eyes European launch originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Mobility sues Apple, says iPhone 4S infringes on its patents

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Motorola Mobility has filed a patent lawsuit against Apple in a Florida federal court. The phone maker is accusing Apple of infringing on six patents related to messaging, antennas, software and data filtering with its mobile devices, Reuters said. Motorola also argued that Apple’s iPhone 4S specifically infringes on one of its patents. Just two weeks ago, the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Motorola’s handsets did not infringe three Apple patents. The Mannheim Regional Court in Germany also ruled to ban sales of various iPhone and iPad models in December, although Apple has been given the opportunity to remove the infringing technology from its devices to avoid a ban in the country.

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Grooveshark goes dark in Germany over ‘unreasonably high’ license fees

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
The masses of online music streamers in Germany have discovered that there’s one less option for blasting Cee Lo Green. Grooveshark has pulled the plug on its services in the country due to the seemingly truckloads of cash it was shelling out to GEMA, the performance and reproduction rights organization. The US-based music streaming service is no stranger to licensing quarrels, though, as they’ve been in scuffles with Sony, Universal, Warner and EMI in the States.

Grooveshark goes dark in Germany over ‘unreasonably high’ license fees originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple unlikely to win German ban on tweaked Samsung tablet

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Apple is not likely to succeed in its efforts to ban Samsung’s revised flagship tablet in Germany, the judge presiding over the case said on Thursday. The Dusseldorf court in September banned a local Samsung subsidiary from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany after determining that the design of Samsung’s tablet copied the iPad too closely. “Other designs are possible,” Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann said at the time, and Samsung came back with a tweaked Galaxy Tab 10.1N in November that included changes intended to help Samsung skirt the ban. Apple filed a new complaint later that month in an effort to block sales of the revised slate, but the judge said on Thursday that Apple is unlikely to win this time around. Judge Brueckner-Hofmann said Samsung’s changes appear to have addressed the problem areas she saw in its original 10-inch tablet, Bloomberg Businesweek reported, though an official determination has not yet been made.

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Apple unlikely to win German ban on tweaked Samsung tablet

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Apple is not likely to succeed in its efforts to ban Samsung’s revised flagship tablet in Germany, the judge presiding over the case said on Thursday. The Dusseldorf court in September banned a local Samsung subsidiary from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany after determining that the design of Samsung’s tablet copied the iPad too closely. “Other designs are possible,” Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann said at the time, and Samsung came back with a tweaked Galaxy Tab 10.1N in November that included changes intended to help Samsung skirt the ban. Apple filed a new complaint later that month in an effort to block sales of the revised slate, but the judge said on Thursday that Apple is unlikely to win this time around. Judge Brueckner-Hofmann said Samsung’s changes appear to have addressed the problem areas she saw in its original 10-inch tablet, Bloomberg Businesweek reported, though an official determination has not yet been made.

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Cequint sues Apple over caller ID patents

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Seattle-based Cequint Inc. filed a lawsuit against Apple accusing the company of infringing on two patents related to its caller ID technology. “Cequint has been damaged by Apple’s infringement,” the company said in its complaint, filed in a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware. The firm argues that it “will be irreparably harmed” should Apple continue to use its patents without permission. Apple is locked in a number of patent lawsuits around the globe with other companies such as Samsung and HTC, as well. Apple is currently seeking to ban the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany and, until recently, had successfully banned the Korea-based company from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. 

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Apple seeks to ban Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Samsung’s tweaks to the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 weren’t enough to satisfy Apple’s legal team. Apple successfully banned Samsung’s German subsidiaries from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 after it accused the South Korea-based company of patent infringement. Samsung responded by releasing a modified Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet it believed had addressed all of Apple’s concerns. Unfortunately, Apple isn’t satisfied with the changes and it wants to ban Samsung from selling the new tablet as well. A hearing for Apple’s request for an injunction is scheduled for December 22nd, Dow Jones Newswires said. The two companies have been locked in patent-related legal battles around the globe and currently have similar ongoing cases in the United States, Japan, France and Australia.

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Samsung Just Changed the Galaxy Tab’s Design Because of the iPad (OMG SOO DIFFERENT) [Patents]

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Achtung: German satellite to crash down tonight, won’t land in Germany

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
Achtung: German satellite to crash down tonight, won't land in Germany

As if it weren’t hard enough keeping your house safe from debt collectors these days, now you have something else to worry about: a falling German satellite called ROSAT. The German Aerospace Center has estimated that the hunk of decommissioned, extra-orbital metal will enter the atmosphere sometime between 7:30pm ET tonight and 1:30am ET tomorrow. It’s unknown whether any of the thing will survive re-entry, but the 1.7 ton telescope mirror onboard very well may, striking the surface at a hasty 17,398MPH. The agency doesn’t know where it will fall, but did reassuringly say that it won’t hit Europe — German scientists basically telling the rest of the world to spend all night worrying while they doze away, peacefully. At least it won’t be taking any of its orbital brethren with it…

Achtung: German satellite to crash down tonight, won’t land in Germany originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 22 Oct 2011 18:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BGR Germany launches next month; we’re hiring

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

I’m incredibly excited to share that we’ll be launching our second regional site, BGR Germany, next month. And it’s going to be big. We’re launching BGR Germany in partnership with the largest Internet company in Europe, United Internet. We’ll also be powering the technology and mobile news sections of Germany’s largest web portals, GMX.net and web.de, and we’re looking for some talented writers to help lead BGR Germany with us. If you or someone you know might be interested, details on how to apply can be found after the break. Make sure you stay tuned to BGR and BGR Germany starting early next month at de.bgr.com — we have some great stuff coming up.

Here is what we’d like from (in English, please) you if you’re interested:

  • Your cover letter and CV/resume — please be sure to highlight related experience in your cover letter, and please include salary requirements
    • University degree in a related field preferred but not required
    • Experience reporting on tech business, mobile and/or consumer electronics preferred but not required
  • Three sample posts written in a style similar to what you might find here on BGR — these may be posts published on other websites or new content attached to your application email

Please email the requested information to jobs@bgr.com.

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