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Creating emotions through light with WHITEvoid
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Walking into WHITEvoid’s Prenzlauer Berg office is something of a dreamland for anyone interested in audiovisual design. One side of the office holds a dedicated team, coding their way around the


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Will the wearable tech revolution be as fashionable as it hopes?
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"What I find interesting, looking at people at the top of their game in stretchable electronics, is that some very basic textile manipulation techniques are beginning to creep in. I think textile designers can offer a lot in this space, just by their knowledge of material manipulation - how things are stitched, how things bend and stretch. How you construct clothing, even - this can require some clever manipulation to unite it into a system. There are some soft skills in fashion and textiles that aren't being tapped into at the moment."


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Consciousness and reality – More connected than we think?
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Breaking news: your mind can affect the world around us. Sounds like science fiction, right? Or possibly some kind of new age theory that requires crystals and hemp to work. Well, put your scepticism to one side, it might not be so crazy after all.


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The unconventional startup – Atheist shoes
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When you think of startups, what are the first words that come into your head? I bet there's something techy in the first three words you think of. Well, this is one Berlin startup that is bucking that trend. Atheist Shoes is, as you might expect, a shoe company, dedicated to selling beautifully soft leather shoes and boots. Founder David Bonney tells us about how the startup has been going against traditional wisdom and trends, and what he's learned from endeavouring to make things with his hands rather than his head.


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Head to head – Is skeuomorphic design here to stay?
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When Jonathan Ive at Apple launched iOS7, he made the bold decision of removing most of the "skeuomorphic" design features of the Apple operating system, i.e. those details that make the software appear like its real life counterpart - for example, the "old school microphone" look of the pre-iOS7 voice recorder.


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Machines – The future of translation?
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"For an appreciation of young front way filed" ... "It's nothing the types"..."swirl around the case of a patient in Cottbus" ...make sense to you? If you've ever clicked "Translate this" on a webpage or underneath a Facebook post, you might be rather sceptical about the idea of a machine being able to transform whole sentences from one language to another. Sure, it can replace one language's words with their corresponding words in another language, but can they make it make sense?


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When tech met art – 6 top moments
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There’s an interesting chemical reaction going on in Berlin, one that makes it a cultural epicentre in a pretty unique way: the combination of artistic, outside-the-box thinking with startup tech culture. This is celebrated this week, as the festival Transmediale hits the city with its music partner CTM. Yes, it’s an art festival, but it includes “hack days” and philosophical musings on the aftermath of “big data”.


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3 tech trends that will develop in 2014
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Remember 2013? Of course you do, it was only a month ago. Startup events became a weekly affair, some super-hyped startups (Gidsy, Amen, Moped) failed to make it on their own and investors/people with regular-sized attention spans became increasingly wary of “hype”. Ring any bells? Anyway now the dust has settled, we can look into our startup crystal balls for 2014.


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Top ten Berlin blogs
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As a city, Berlin seems more concerned than most with its own self-definition. Conversation abounds about what “the real Berlin” is and how to attain it. I experienced this whole “real Berlin” dialogue when I set up a satirical blog called When You Live In Berlin, only for another to spring up in its wake, called When You Really Live In Berlin, begging the question: what does this “really” signify?


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Berlin Singularity meetup @Hack&Craft
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This week, Hack & Craft hosted a meetup of the Berlin Singularity group. For those unfamiliar with the term, singularity is the theoretical point in the future at which techonology is cleverer than the human mind.