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Iceman's bugs shed light on human migration
Ötzi the Iceman. Photo: Helmut Simon

Iceman's bugs shed light on human migration
January 08, 2016

The gut microbes of the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy found frozen in a European glacier in 1991, have shed new light on the history of human migration, scientists have said.

Facebook fraudsters claim fresh victim
How to avoid SMS fraud. Photo: Kornelia und Hartmut Häfele - http://www.pixeleye.com/

Facebook fraudsters claim fresh victim
December 29, 2015

Would you pay nearly 200 euros for accessing Facebook chat?

Zoo breeds very rare jellyfish
Photo: Central European News

Zoo breeds very rare jellyfish
December 29, 2015

An extremely rare giant jellyfish (Rhizostoma luteum) has been successfully bred for the first time worldwide in a zoo in Vienna.

Green energy
Green energy puts Güssing on the map
Photo: Joe Klamar/AFP

Green energy puts Güssing on the map
November 28, 2015

Broke, remote and deprived of jobs -- just 25 years ago, the border town of Güssing close to Hungary was one of the poorest in Austria, a forgotten frontier along the Iron Curtain trail.

Startups
The app that helps you make quick decisions
dvel founders Manfred Strasser, Peter Buchroithner, and Philipp Holly. Photo: Tom Roschanek

The app that helps you make quick decisions
November 26, 2015

A fun new photo sharing app called dvel enables users to get instant feedback from their online community to help them make everyday decisions. It comes in handy when you’re trying to choose an outfit in a shop’s changing room and don’t have a friend with you. The Local spoke to dvel’s Austrian CEO and co-founder Peter Buchroithner (28).

River turbines turn Austria's Danube green
A river turbine being transported on the Danube. Photo: Aqua Libre/AFP

River turbines turn Austria's Danube green
November 25, 2015

The Wachau, a picture-postcard river valley in Austria, makes a lot of wine. Soon it could be producing its own electricity too, and in a way that will not spoil the stunning views.

All roads lead to Preitenegg
Photo: Garmin

All roads lead to Preitenegg
November 21, 2015

A software bug in a popular navigation system means that whenever an alternate route is suggested to avoid a traffic incident, it will be routed via Preitenegg from anywhere in Europe.

Hoverboards permitted on Austrian streets
Photo: Universal Studios

Hoverboards permitted on Austrian streets
October 20, 2015

Hoverboards may have yet to make the leap from the "Back to the Future" movies to reality, but Austria's transport ministry has given them the green light anyway.

Unicredit to award €50k for best new banking app
October 20, 2015

Italian bank Unicredit will give €50,000 to the creator of the best mobile banking app as part of Appathon 2015, which takes place in Milan, Munich and Vienna in November.

Refugee Crisis
Tech whizzes create apps to help refugees
Photo: apa/kupljenik

Tech whizzes create apps to help refugees
October 15, 2015

A group of Vienna-based software developers have created four new apps for smartphones, designed to make life easier for refugees fleeing from war and poverty - and to put them directly in touch with aid workers.

Max Schrems: A tech giants' worst nightmare
Max Schrems. Photo: ORF/Matschedolnig

Max Schrems: A tech giants' worst nightmare
October 06, 2015

Few in America's Silicon Valley could have predicted that a young Austrian law graduate who spent a semester studying there would one day become high-tech companies' worst nightmare.

Facebook dealt blow by Austrian campaigner
Max Schrems displays Facebook's logo with his smartphone. Photo: AFP

Facebook dealt blow by Austrian campaigner
October 06, 2015

Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems has scored a legal victory at the European Court of Justice, after it ruled that the Safe Habour agreement that helps tech giants such as Facebook send personal data from the EU to the US is invalid.

10,000 users a week for Vienna Wi-Fi hotspots
Photo: Grüne Wien

10,000 users a week for Vienna Wi-Fi hotspots
August 05, 2015

Ten thousand people per week are now using 150 free Wi-Fi hotspots in Vienna to access the internet with their mobile devices - and by the end of the year there will be 400 access points.

'Travel drones' give lift to armchair tourists
Fancy seeing the Grand Canyon without paying for a flight? Photo: Julius Reque/Wikimedia

'Travel drones' give lift to armchair tourists
July 22, 2015

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