Barriers remain on path to web access for disabled

Stuttgart, Jan 11 - The Internet has no boundaries. At least that's the conventional wisdom. Nonetheless, hurdles remain for many who would like access to the worldwide web, especially those with disabilities. At issue are details seldom considered by web designers, programmers and non-disabled users.

But there are solutions, for example for blind people who want to surf the web. Screenreaders dictate website contents or print pages in Braille format.

One big step toward improving accessibility has been a recent trend toward separating web design from content. But people in the industry say that such developments are just the first step.

Rosberg not afraid of Schumacher; expects exciting F1 season

Rosberg not afraid of Schumacher; expects exciting F1 seasonStuttgart, Jan 4 : Nico Rosberg welcomes Michael Schumacher as his Mercedes GP teammate but will show no respect for the seven-time world champion on the Formula One racing tracks.

"Of course, I want to beat any teammate, that's the direct confrontation, the driver has the same equipment. A little egotism is involved here," Rosberg told Monday's edition of the Stuttgarter Nachrichten daily.

Lehmann in trouble over TV interview

Lehmann in trouble over TV interviewStuttgart, Dec 10 : VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is facing sanctions from his club following a television interview in which he suggested the management had weakly bowed to pressure from a minority of fans in sacking coach Markus Babbel.

"We won't put up with that. Of course, there will be consequences," Stuttgart sports director Horst Held told Sky Sports Wednesday.

Held said Lehmann's remarks in an interview with the same broadcaster were "charactized by pure egoism".

Germany plans Internet virus phonecall alerts

Germany plans Internet virus phonecall alertsStuttgart, Dec 9 :German officials are planning to step up the fight against online viruses by phoning Internet users to warn them their computers are infected, an industry summit was told Tuesday.

Germany's federal computer security agency (BSI) and the German internet business federation ECO said Internet providers already had the technology to know which of their customers were infected.

They estimated one quarter of the computers in Germany had been taken over by harmful software.

Losses mount at Porsche before absorption into Volkswagen

Losses mount at Porsche before absorption into VolkswagenStuttgart, Nov 25 : The parent company of German sports-car maker Porsche declared a massive loss Wednesday, but it said the manufacture of its iconic cars was still profitable.

Porsche Automobil Holding SE was foiled this year in a bid to take over Europe's biggest carmaker Volkswagen, forcing a drastic write-down in the value of the smaller company's portfolio of Volkswagen stock.

Daimler moves to increase stake in Russian truck maker

Daimler moves to increase stake in Russian truck maker Stuttgart - Daimler has moved to raise its stake in Russian truck maker Kamaz, a spokeswoman for the German company's commercial vehicles division said Friday.

She said Daimler had applied to the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service to increase the 10 per cent share in Kamaz it purchased for 190 million euros (280 million euros) in December 2008.

The spokeswoman did not say when this would be. "At the moment we don't have any concrete plans," she said.

Daimler shares jump as company posts third-quarter profit

Daimler shares jump as company posts third-quarter profit Stuttgart, Germany  - Shares in giant German carmaker Daimler AG jumped more than 6 per cent Monday after the company unexpectedly unveiled a preliminary third-quarter earnings report.

The Stuttgart-based carmaker said earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) including adjustments and special items, came in at 470 million euros (703 million dollars). No comparative figure was provided.

The special items relate to its Freightliner and Fuso truck operations.

Shop to the music: The importance of the right background sound

Shop to the music: The importance of the right background soundStuttgart  - The image is a strange one: An upmarket men's tailor sits in his shop, expensive material all around, rap music blaring from the sound system.

Any customer would recognize immediately that something isn't right. A group of scientists at a Stuttgart media college approached this phenomenon in a research project that studied music's effect on shoppers. The team, led by Professor Eberhard Wuest, reached an interesting conclusion: Shoppers remember what they hear better than what they see.

Schumacher announces support for Todt as Mosley successor

Schumacher announces support for Todt as Mosley successorStuttgart - Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher expressed his support Wednesday for Jean Todt to succeed Max Mosley as the president of motorsport's ruling body, the FIA.

"I am totally convinced that Jean Todt is the right person to become the next FIA president," the 40-year-old German said in a statement on his website www. michael-schumacher. de.

Schumacher's public expression of support for Todt comes as no surprise as he has worked with the Frenchman for 15 years at Ferrari.

German tuners turn Porsche's family sportster into muscle car

High-tech paints and elbow grease can keep that car bodywork gleamingStuttgart  - The new Porsche Panamera has only recently been unleashed on the public but German specialist tuners are already aiming to turn the four-door family sportster into a mean-looking street racer with blistering performance.

Lumma Design based near Stuttgart has heavily modified the appearance of the grand tourer to create the CLR 700 GT. The monster body kit includes a new front end with spoiler, 22-inch alloy wheels

and a huge rear wing.

Hleb back to boost Stuttgart, Dortmund lose Hajnal

Hleb back to boost Stuttgart, Dortmund lose HajnalStuttgart  - VfB Stuttgart midfielder Alexander Hleb is on the way back from a thigh muscle injury and could be available for Saturday's home game against Schalke

Hleb, who has been sidelined since September 16, took part in team training on Monday without any problems, the club said.

Stuttgart have won just twice in the league this season and have slipped to 13th in the table. Saturday's visit by third-placed Schalke is followed by a key Champions League home game against Spanish side Sevilla three days later.

Porsche to investigate forced labour under Hitler

Porsche to investigate forced labour under HitlerStuttgart  - German luxury carmaker Porsche is to take a critical look at forced labour carried out in its factories under Nazi rule, the company said on Sunday.

Suggestions that hundreds of people were forced to work at Porsche for little or no pay are to be investigated by external experts, the company's head archivist told Israel's Haaretz newspaper.

A Porsche spokesman said the carmaker had assumed there had just been a small number of forced labourers, but it has recently become apparent that the number was likely to be far higher than previously thought.

Lexus mulling European hybrid-only models

Lexus mulling European hybrid-only modelsStuttgart  - Lexus, the premium luxury segment of the Japanese car maker Toyota, is mulling plans to offer all its models in western Europe only with hybrid technology, a spokesman said.

The CEO for Lexus Germany, Ulrich Selzer, told auto-motor-sport magazine that "we will likely offer all our models on the western European market as hybrids. Already the hybrids make up 95 per cent of our model range."

The special sport versions such as the IS-F and LF-A would be an exception while other markets including Russian customers would continue to be supplied with petrol engines.

First "three-litre car" in premium class

First "three-litre car" in premium class Stuttgart  - Mercedes showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) what it calls the "first three-litre car" in the premium luxury class, the Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid with a range of up to 30 kilometres on clean electric drive.

Combined with the electric drive Mercedes lists consumption of the "experimental vehicle" at only 3.2 litres per 100 kilometres with a carbon dioxide emission figure of 74 grammes per kilometre.

Gullwing Mercedes super sports car hits the road

Gullwing Mercedes super sports car hits the road Stuttgart  - After celebrating its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show the new Mercedes SLS AMG super sports car hits the road early next year, reinterpreting the legendary 1950s 300SL classic but coming with the latest aerospace and racetrack credentials.

The AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine develops 420 kW/ 571 hp peak output with acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically regulated at 317 km/h.

Life for woman who drowned both children in the bath

Stuttgart  - A mother, 42, who drowned both her children by forcing their heads under water in the bath, was sentenced to life imprisonment Tuesday by a German court.

Judges in Stuttgart said the mother was sane when she killed the girl, 5, and boy, 4, on May 9 at her home in the town of Schorndorf. She and her estranged husband had been in dispute over custody of the children.

Her motive was a refusal to let her children develop affection for anyone but herself, judges said in the verdict.  dpa

Lehmann sanctioned by Stuttgart over beerfest visit

Lehmann sanctioned by Stuttgart over beerfest visit Stuttgart - Former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been suspended for VfB Stuttgart's midweek cup match at third division Luebeck for disciplinary reasons because he didn't inform the Bundesliga club about a visit to the Munich beerfest.

Suttgart said on Monday that Lehmann, 39, went to Munich on Saturday after Stuttgart crashed 2-0 at home to then bottom club Cologne. Lehmann accepted the verdict, saying the visit was part of a long planned charity event but that he forgot to tell the club. (dpa)

BMW-Sauber F1 team sold to Swiss investors

BMW-Sauber F1 team sold to Swiss investorsStuttgart - BMW confirmed Tuesday that it has sold its BMW- Sauber Formula One team to Swiss investment group Qadbak, which represents unnamed interests in the Middle East and Europe.

"The contract was signed today," BMW said in a statement Tuesday. "A strong investor has therefore been found for the Hinwil-based team. Qadbak's interest in the team will be represented by Lionel Fischer, a Swiss national."

Rosberg a candidate for McLaren

Rosberg a candidate for McLaren Stuttgart - Williams driver Nico Rosberg is a candidate to drive with the McLaren-Mercedes for next year's Formula One season, Mercedes sports chief Norbert Haug said Tuesday.

"Nico is a candidate with whom we are talking," Haug said in a telephone conference.

However Haug said the team had not yet decided on whether a driver would have to leave.

Rosberg has been linked for some time with the McLaren, with Finland's Heikki Kovalainen future in the team in doubt.

Liuzzi takes Fisichella's place at Force India

Liuzzi takes Fisichella's place at Force IndiaStuttgart  - Test driver Vitantonio Liuzzi will take the place of Giancarlo Fisichella from the upcoming Italian Grand Prix onwards, the Force India Formula One team announced on Monday.

The vacancy occurred when Force India allowed Fisichella to move on to Ferrari after the last race August 30 in Belgium.

Liuzzi, 28, joined Force India as a test driver in 2008 after competing in 39 GPs for Red Bull and Toro Rosso 2005-2007. His best career result ahead of the return Sunday at his Italian home race is a sixth-place finish from the 2007 Chinese GP.

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