Joining forces against the Corona Blues
Usually, Advent is a time of coming together. This year, however, people are encouraged to isolate themselves and keep their distance. The lockdown is hitting Germany hard. How can we nevertheless help people feel hope, feel less lonely and move closer together, at least a little, from within their own four walls at home? That's what colleagues at BurdaForward asked themselves. Joining forces, the teams went on air on this fourth Sunday of Advent on Focus Online, Bunte.de, Chip, TV Spielfilm, FitForFun and the other portals in a nine-hour livestream.
Saying thank you & help children in need
2020 will long be remembered as extraordinary and particularly challenging. Now the end of the year is approaching in big steps - time to say thank you to companions. This time, advertising partners of BurdaForward can choose their own Christmas surprise and do good with a donation to the Tribute to Bambi Foundation.
The promise: The birth of Sinfoglesia
During a life-threatening illness eight years ago, the Cologne composer and producer Christoph Siemons finds hope, strength and new courage to face life in his faith and makes a very special promise to God. This is how Sinfoglesia was born - an ensemble of more than 100 musicians. The album "Das Versprechen" will be released on 4 December 2020.
New Work: Short-term corona concept or long-term work model?
Germany works out of home office. When everything started in March 2020, everyone was acting in survival mode. Now the long-term nature of the remote working concept is in demand. Many companies are preparing for longer home offices. Because one factor that has changed since the first lockdown is the ability to plan.
CHIP Net test: How crisis-proof are Germany's mobile networks?
The year 2020 was also a test for the German mobile networks. The introduction of 5G, stricter conditions imposed by the Federal Network Agency and the pandemic did not make things easy for network providers. Together with its partner NET CHECK, CHIP has been investigating the particular dynamics of this year and the effects on mobile networks in Germany. The conclusion of this year's major network test is that all three mobile networks have made a big leap compared to the previous year.
More than 5.000 participants at Germany's largest digital finance day of BurdaForward
Thinking big, implementing fast and disruptively moving the market - this is what BurdaForward (including FOCUS Online, CHIP, BUNTE, TV Spielfilm, Finanzen100) achieved with the largest digital finance day in Germany. For one day, 27 financial experts on three stages gave the more than 5,000 participants valuable tips on pensions, real estate and shares and also answered individual financial questions live. By publishing the most exciting video excerpts of the presentations, FOCUS Online was able to reach an additional 100,000 people with the day's content.
Huge #CoronaCare campaign: FOCUS Online goes live for 12 hours on "Home Sunday"
Loneliness, uncertainty, financial hardship: the crisis is getting on people's nerves. This is why FOCUS Online has teamed up with BUNTE.de, CHIP.de, Finanzen100, NetMoms, FIT FOR FUN, TV SPIELFILM and TV TODAY to compose a 12-hour live programme against the lockdown blues: This Sunday will be a "Home Sunday", which will give people in Germany courage and joy! The news portal goes on air with formats that offer support to individuals in the crisis. In addition to mental coaching, financial tips and workouts, entertaining things are brought into homes and flats.
The issue with 5G technology
The need for fast connections is greater than ever. For the 5G rollout, Telekom and Vodafone are relying on frequency sharing with LTE. The problem: no cell phone can cope perfectly with this - and that even applies to the network operators' official tariff smartphones. Our CHIP test center examined the current 5G Smartphones on heart and kidneys. The result? A Smartphone, which functions equally optimally in all German 5G nets, is missing up-to-date.
"fit4future" Award for BurdaForward CCO Daniel Steil
At the annual charity gala of the Cleven Foundation, BurdaForward-CCO and former FOCUS Online Editor-in-Chief Daniel Steil was awarded the "fit4future" Honorary Award. Steil is a "man of the word" who makes a difference, emphasizes foundation chairman Robert Lübenoff in his laudation.
CHIP Level Up puts gaming from the niche into the spotlight
To many people the topic of gaming has a deterrent effect. Be it through the many technical terms or an enormous entry hurdle for many a game. With CHIP Level Up we want to take away these fears and make reading fun for beginners and hardcore gamers alike.
Live expert interview: The new Corona Warning App
Since yesterday, the mobile app of the Robert Koch Institute for the containment of the Corona pandemic is available for download. CHIP and FOCUS Online joined forces and discussed the issue with selected experts in a one-hour LIVE broadcast.
#Lebenslauf2020 running challenge for Germany’s terminally ill children
"Mom said my brother is very sick and may leave us soon. Will he go to heaven?" Every day, the "Oskar Sorgentelefon” (Oskar worry phone) of the German association of children's hospices faces questions like these. Germany’s terminally ill children and their loved ones can reach the Oskar Sorgentelefon confidentially, free of charge and around the clock – even in the middle of the night or on holidays. The telephone service is financed by donations alone, but these have come to a near standstill in the face of the economic crisis that hit German society during the coronavirus pandemic. While donations are slowing down, OSKAR’s telephone hotlines never stand still - and neither does Marie Schulte-Bockum.
Corona App: Why CHIP recommends installation
In order to ensure that society is protected against further infections, at least 60 percent of smartphone users in Germany should have the corona app installed and activated. In a one-hour live broadcast by CHIP.de and FOCUS Online, selected experts will speak on the new corona warning app of the German government.
Young people rely on CHIP.de
Most teenagers and young adults rely on CHIP.de in all questions of everyday life. According to the latest study of the Media Diversity Monitor (2019-II), the consumer portal positions itself before web.de and the streaming platform Netflix. CHIP.de reaches more than 24 million people every month with its expert tips and product tests.
Germany, Your Opportunites
The way we see and shape the world is changing fundamentally with the coronavirus pandemic. This epochal crisis offers enormous opportunities - for each and every one of us and for our society. With its diverse portfolio of media brands, BurdaForward will address all areas of life where we can look optimistically towards the future. We are looking for answers to the questions that people are asking in the crisis and solutions for a country that is largely having to reinvent itself.
Testing in exceptional situations: The CHIP test center in remote work
The test center is the heart of CHIP. On more than 250 square meters, our experts normally put products of all kinds through their paces. Everywhere on the test area are TVs, laptops, e-scooters, grills and a wide variety of smart devices - but how are they tested in times of corona and remote work?
100 artists, 1 good cause
We can get lost in music. Music can make us cry. It can drive us to top performance in sports. It catches us, makes us happy or comforts us. Music carries and accompanies us through all situations in life. That is why we want to do good together with fantastic artists and the FOCUS Online #CoronaCare campaign and do good
Church@Home: Celebrate Easter with #CoronaCare
All over Germany millions of people flock to church at Easter. But during the coronavirus crisis, places of worship must remain closed. FOCUS Online, Bayerischer Rundfunk and DOMRADIO provide livestreams of Easter Masses, thus bringing the church services home.
CHIP crowns Switzerland's best mobile network
Even in difficult times, the Swiss remain ahead in mobile telephony and have the best mobile phone networks in the DACH region. This is reflected in the results of the extensive test conducted by CHIP and NET CHECK. In 2020 the race was particularly close: Swisscom triumphs ahead of Sunrise and Salt.
CHIP determines the most reliable Internet provider
As a consumer expert, CHIP has for the first time evaluated the data speed of German Internet providers. It was examined whether the providers actually deliver the data rates promised in advertising and product information sheets to the user. The test method is based thereby on genuine data of consumers, who were asked in the context of the CHIP Speedtests. Thus the most reliable provider could be determined.
A newsroom in the Corona crisis
The corona pandemic is keeping people around the world on tenterhooks, causing uncertainty and awakening the need for reliable information. Digital news portals such as FOCUS Online have a fundamental role to play in crisis situations like this. What is happening behind the scenes? How does the editorial team cope with this extraordinary news situation under the difficult working conditions it entails?
"Eliminating fears and worries without trivializing"
Since one week FOCUS Online and a team of experts have been answering the most common questions about coronavirus in a digital consultation hour - live and in constant exchange with infectiologists, virologists and other specialists. Already in this time the portal reached with the consulting hour on focus.de over one million humans, daily several hundred Mails arrive with the editorship.
Extreme folding test: CHIP assesses the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
With the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung has launched a new folding smartphone. The company has learned from the mistakes of the predecessor model, the Galaxy Fold. Among other improvements, the Galaxy Z Flip is now even more robust. We carefully assessed the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip in CHIP's test center. Our home-made Lego folding machine was deployed for the second time.
Number 1 for almost 37 million people
In February 2020, four of the eight BurdaForward portals - FOCUS Online, CHIP.de, NetMoms and Finanzen100 - top the AGOF competition ranking. These brands are the leaders in their respective subject areas, reaching a total of 36.73 million people*. But who are the faces and what are the strategies behind these top portals? We present their recipes for success.
Millions of users help testing
In CHIP's tenth mobile network test, 2.6 billion user data were included for the first time in order to assess network quality and coverage. The experts covered more than 10,000 kilometers with test cars and on foot through Germany and evaluated smartphone data from more than 2 million users. The result: Deutsche Telekom is ahead by a nose - whether 4G, 3G or 2G.
LUMEO is born!
CHIP FOTO-VIDEO has launched a new digital magazine for all photography enthusiasts: LUMEO. Every other Tuesday, the CHIP team publishes practical photo tips, expert technology assessments, exciting background stories and the world’s best photos in this new digital supplement.
Thank you, dear NetMoms!
We thank you, dear NetMoms. Thank you for trusting us when you seek advice for the daily challenges of life with children. Thank you for exchanging ideas with our fantastic community and sharing your own experiences. In October, NetMoms climbed to the top spot of German parent portals.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold in the CHIP Endurance Test
Using custom-developed equipment, CHIP checked the world's first folding cell phone in its in-house test center. The result of the assessment was a surprise: the bendable display survives the 200,000 bending processes promised by the manufacturer Samsung without damage, but the hinge reveals audible signs of wear.
CHIP 365 advises consumers
We would like to introduce you to CHIP 365, the new brand from CHIP. For each product and each of the 365 days of the year, CHIP publishes independent test reports and expert tips in the newly created consumer area – even for products without digital or technical reference.
Finanzen100 climbs to top spot
For the first time ever, Finanzen100 tops the competitive ranking of finance portals with 5.12 million unique users in the month of July, thus banishing finanzen.net to second place with a lead of more than 700,000 unique users. In addition to CHIP and FOCUS Online, BurdaForward now has a third market leader in its portfolio.
Tesla Model 3 has the most longevity in value
After four years, the Tesla Model 3 has the highest percentage residual value and is therefore the winner of the "residual value giants" 2023/1. This result of the comparison carried out by FOCUS Online and Bähr & Fess is published today by the electric mobility portal EFAHRER.com.
CHIP tests mowing robots
Easy to use and good for the environment: with the use of precise sensor technology, mowing robots help to create a hard-wearing and species-rich meadow. They mulch, cut and fertilize the lawn at the same time. CHIP tested seven devices ranging from 650 euros to 2,137 euros. Two candidates achieved very good results.
Flower delivery services under the microscope
A few lesser known online florists are leaving discounters and market leaders behind, according to a new market study conducted by CHIP’s test center. Blumeldeal claims first place by a narrow margin, gaining a very good grade of 1.4 on the German school grade scale (1=very good, 6=deficient). The test winner, as well as second-placed Valentins (likewise 1.4), FloraQueen (1.6) and Bloom&Wild (1.9), benefit from the freshness and longevity of their flower bouquets.
The test results are in: Switzerland has DACH’s best network
Swisscom and Sunrise are setting standards for mobile networks in Germany and Austria. This is shown by the current CHIP network test, which the experts of the technology magazine and consumer portal have again carried out with their partner NET CHECK. The cross-national comparison proves that the Swiss networks are convincing in terms of their high reliability for telephoning and surfing the mobile web.
And the Photos Lived Happily Ever After
Capturing the best day of your life with the most beautiful pictures is a special challenge for bridal couples and their photographers. For the groom and bride, the “I do” in front of the altar and the wedding reception are once-in-a-lifetime moments that cannot be repeated. CHIP FOTO-VIDEO offers practical advice for the perfect shots of your wedding day.
Network test Austria: T-Mobile at the top
Traditionally, Austria's mobile networks are fast, well developed and inexpensive. Since 2018, all network operators have improved noticeably once again. This is confirmed by the network test conducted by CHIP together with the experts from NET CHECK.
Photo journey through the insect kingdom
Showing small things in a big way: That's the art of macro photography. The insect kingdom is a classic field of experimentation with an overwhelming range of motifs. At present, around 33,000 different species still live in Germany. CHIP PHOTO-VIDEO shows how to stage these little animals in front of the lens with patience and sensitivity as well as the right technique.
Network test 2018: O2 catches up
O2 is slowly but surely becoming a serious alternative to Telekom and Vodafone: In 2018, CHIP and its partner NET CHECK will once again put the quality of German network operators under the microscope. The measurements were carried out by four teams - two of them travelled by car, the other two completed the test on foot and by train.
CHIP takes a deeper look at online banks
Online banking has long become the norm: According to a survey by the opinion research institute GfK, one in two Germans is committed to online banking. For the 2018 Online Bank Test, CHIP examined the service quality of 14 national banks and eight regional institutions.
Happy Birthday CHIP
On September 7, 1978, the first CHIP was published in magazine stores. The technical and consumer medium is celebrating this anniversary with a comprehensive anniversary edition, which will be available from 7 September, exactly 40 years after its first publication. For four decades, the brand has accompanied and shaped digital development in Germany.
Award for The Weather Channel
At the end of 2015, we brought the US weather portal The Weather Channel to Germany. Now the Weather Channel has landed at number one of the most respected media in the USA. This is the result of a recent survey of around 1000 US citizens conducted by the Ipsos opinion research institute.