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North Carolina boy dies after struck by baseball

(Reuters) - A sixth-grade boy in North Carolina died after being struck in the head by a baseball hit off a bat during practice at his school, a local official said on Saturday. Alex Newsome, a student at Roland-Grise Middle School in Wilmington, North Carolina, was hit by a line drive on Friday and died hours later at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Valita Quattlebaum, a spokeswoman for New Hanover County Schools, said in a statement.

European IT firms seize opportunity from spy scandal

European IT security firms have flocked to the world's biggest high-tech fair with hopes of benefiting from the fallout from shock revelations of mass US and British spying. Exactly a year ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel vaunted her new, ultra-secure Smartphone at the opening of the same fair, the CeBIT, in the northern city of Hanover. Revelations that US intelligence allegedly eavesdropped on her mobile phone conversations and hoovered up vast amounts of online data and telephone records from average citizens have since sent shockwaves around the world.

European IT firms seize opportunity from spy scandal

European IT security firms have flocked to the world's biggest high-tech fair with hopes of benefiting from the fallout from shock revelations of mass US and British spying. Exactly a year ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel vaunted her new, ultra-secure Smartphone at the opening of the same fair, the CeBIT, in the northern city of Hanover. Revelations that US intelligence allegedly eavesdropped on her mobile phone conversations and hoovered up vast amounts of online data and telephone records from average citizens have since sent shockwaves around the world.

Under shadow of spy scandal, Merkel, Cameron head to tech fair

The German and British leaders will officially open the world's biggest high-tech fair on Sunday, amid global debate about data security following revelations of mass US and British online snooping. Chancellor Angela Merkel joins fellow conservative Prime Minister David Cameron to inaugurate the CeBIT in the northern German city of Hanover, 10 days after her high-profile London visit.

Football: Struggling Hanover turn to psychological help

Bundesliga side Hanover 96 have turned to psychological help in a bid to halt their slide down the table and recapture some form. Hanover have dropped to 12th in the league table after winning just one of their last 10 matches including seven away defeats. "Of course, it's a mental problem when you lose seven games in a row away," said Hanover's general manager Dirk Dufner. In a bid to break into the top six to guarantee European football next season, Hanover have brought in former club employee and motivation specialist Peter Boltersdorf at the players' request.

Football: Hanover's Ya Konan has ankle op, out until 2014

Hanover 96's Ivory Coast striker Didier Ya Konan underwent surgery on the left ankle he injured in Friday's 1-1 Bundesliga draw with Hertha Berlin, his club reported on Monday. With a lengthy recovery time in prospect the 29-year-old forward is not expected to return to action until next year, after the German league's traditional winter break. Ya Konan, who joined Hanover in 2009 on a three year deal, was already forced to miss the opening two games of the season due to injury. hap/dhe /nr/bc

Germany eyes new Internet industrial revolution

Known throughout the world for quality cars and industrial giants, Germany is now seeking to position itself for the coming revolution, "industry 4.0", powered by Internet. "The Internet has become an integral part of industry," said Chancellor Angela Merkel as she inaugurated the CeBIT, the world's biggest high-tech fair here in the northern city of Hanover. And German firms at the CeBIT show were scrambling not to get left behind by the global competition when it comes to making industrial processes smarter and more interconnected.

'Brainpainting' draws crowds at world's top tech fair

A computer programme enabling paralysed patients to create artwork using just the power of their brains drew big crowds on Wednesday at the CeBIT, the world's top IT fair. Under a system pioneered by Austrian firm g-tec, the user wears a cap that measures brain activity. By focusing hard on a flashing icon on a screen, the cap can recognise the specific brain activity connected to that item, allowing the user to "choose" what he or she wants the computer to do.

3D printer wows world's top high-tech fair

Of all the futuristic gadgets on show at CeBIT, the world's top high-tech fair, few drew bigger crowds Tuesday than a 3D printer creating solid objects in plastic from a computer display. The machine, developed by German company "fabbster", melts plastic and then builds up incredibly fine "layers" just 88 microns (0.088 millimetres) thick, eventually producing a solid physical object with impressive detail. The system is currently being used mainly by small businesses, architects, designers and engineers, explained Fabian Grupp, project manager.

World's top tech fair pins hopes on Asia, social media

The world's biggest high-tech fair, the CeBIT, kicks off Tuesday, pinning its hopes on growing tech regions Asia and Africa and the hot topic of social media to beat competition from other high-profile fairs. More than 4,000 exhibitors from some 70 countries are expected to set up shop in the northern German city of Hanover, about the same number as last year despite the weak economic environment, organisers said.
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