Author Archives: Achim Runnebaum


CP+ 2015 Wrap Up – New Camera Gear In Full Swing

CP+ 2015 Wrap Up – New Camera Gear In Full Swing

Situated in the beautiful Port City of Yokohama, The CP+ Camera and Imaging Technology show draws a huge crowd every year, and most vendors wait until right before the show to make their big announcements for that year. Of course there are many Camera Technology Shows throughout Japan, but CP+ in Yokohama is the biggest. Vendors from around the world come to present their latest and greatest gear, and this year was no different. There were some big announcements from Canon, Nikon, and Olympus on the horizon.

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Goal Zero Switch 10 powers your gadgets in the wild

Goal Zero Switch 10 powers your gadgets in the wild

Going Camping to unwind, relax, and get away from everything in the city; your job, your everyday surroundings, the people you see on a daily basis, used to mean taking only the essentials with you. Well, nowadays, it has become extremely difficult for most people to even consider being away from their digital appendages for even a day, and most people break out in cold sweat at the thought of running out of battery power on their phones, tablets, or other gadgets. Luckily, Goal Zero has just the comfort blanket for those people, in the shape of the Goal Zero Switch 10 Multi-Tool Kit.

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Singapore students print 1st 3D Concept Car in Asia

Singapore students print 1st 3D Concept Car in Asia

When you think of printers, you probably think of the big, heavy boxes on or under your desks. For quite a while now there have been 3D printers capable of printing any 3D object you can dream up in CAD, for example. The new technology has come a long way from its infancy only a few years ago. These days you can print everything from replicar dinosaur bones, to a Stradivarius imitation, to ultra-light bicycles, and now even whole cars. Students from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have succeeded to print an entire urban solar electric car.

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Wundershine blends print and digital for odd photo frame

Wundershine blends print and digital for odd photo frame

Remember Digital Picture Frames? Maybe you even have one at home or at the office. While certainly interesting gadgets, the no. 1 Problem with them is the battery, or having ugly cables running all along the walls. What about regular picture frames? It is a big hassle to change the pictures, right? Well, that is about to change thanks to an innovative company in the Netherlands, called Wundershine. They believed they could come up with a better solution to both of those problems. The results of the research is called the Makerframe.

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SAFFiR, The Navy’s firefighting Robot is all fired up

SAFFiR, The Navy’s firefighting Robot is all fired up

Automation is the name of the game, and with machines taking over people’s jobs left, right, and centre, many are getting worried about one day receiving that dreaded pink slip. According to some recent research conducted for Forbes Magazine, Robots will take 45% of all jobs in the not too distant future. Well, one job most people won't be too sorry to let go to a machine is fighting fires aboard ships. Considered incredibly dangerous, this job will soon become a lot safer for humans, courtesy of the US Navy's very own SAFFiR.

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Looking Glass Founders unveil Ultima Underworld: Ascendant

Looking Glass Founders unveil Ultima Underworld: Ascendant

Most old school PC Gamers will fondly remember the Ultima Underworld series of Fantasy RPG games, and many have been asking for an updated version. Whether you want to call it a reboot, a modernisation, or a comeback, one thing is for sure - gamers want to see this series transported to the modern era. Looks like the original creators of these games have the same desire, and have started a Kickstarter Campaign to bring their latest concept into modern reality. It’s called Underworld Ascendant.

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Twitter CEO vows to tackle the Trolls

Twitter CEO vows to tackle the Trolls

For all the amazing things the internet has to offer, there is one pervasive and extremely pesky problem that millions of internet users have to deal with on a daily basis, namely Trolls! Often taking the liberty of free speech to the extreme, these individuals are a continual hassle all over the internet - especially on social media sites like Twitter. There have been numerous reports of harassment and abuse on Twitter over the years, but now their CEO has admitted that these Trolls are driving away users, and that Twitter sucks at dealing with such abuse. He has now sworn to take more drastic actions to make the Twitter experience more enjoyable in the future.

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Blackberry wins major court case against Typo to the sum of $860,000

Blackberry wins major court case against Typo to the sum of $860,000

...and that is not a typo. Back in the early days of smartphones, Blackberry was the undisputed heavy-weight champion. Everybody who was anybody at the time owned a Blackberry phone. One of the main features of Blackberry’s was the keyboard; as tiny as it was, but people loved typing away on it. Hoping to recapture some of that former glory, A company called Typo introduced an iPhone case that makes your phone look eerily like a Blackberry. Online posts and comments started, and Of course, Blackberry saw it as well. They were not too amused by this, resulting in a major lawsuit in January last year. The former king of cell phones just won this lawsuit and now Typo has to pay up.

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OPPO R5 available for pre-order in UK, ships Feb 20

OPPO R5 available for pre-order in UK, ships Feb 20

The iPhone started the whole smartphone trend, all the way back in 2007. It was a game-changer in so many ways. Thin (impossibly thin, according to Steve Jobs), powerful, and just plain fun to use. Since then, smartphones have progressed and evolved almost beyond recognition, and with each generation, are getting even more impossibly thin, powerful, and feature-rich. Apple has steadily held the throne for many years, but is constantly being challenged by other manufacturers and their latest products. The most recent contender is the OPPO R5, which is now ready for pre-order through Amazon and estimated to be delivered on the 20th of February.

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Amazon falls in 2nd place to Alibaba in drone race

Amazon falls in 2nd place to Alibaba in drone race

Amazon’s Drone delivery program will catapult the world fully into the 21st century! I remember that day quite clearly. Waking up, turning on the computer for the latest tech news, and seeing THE Amazon headline. You know the one I mean: Amazon announces delivery by drones. The future had finally come at last. We still didn’t have the flying cars we were promised as children, but this drone thing was very cool indeed. Seems like China has beat Amazon to the Punch.

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Clicking away on a OneBoard Pro+ Keyboard PC

Clicking away on a OneBoard Pro+ Keyboard PC

If you’re above the age of 30, you will surely remember having to lug your heavy PC and Monitor to your friend’s house for a Multiplayer Gaming session. Or moving to another apartment, and dreading having to schlepp one of the super-heavy PCs of yore to the new destination. Luckily, computers are getting ever smaller, more compact, and useful these days. Although there are plenty of compact PC’s on the market, a company called Acooo wanted to combine the two (arguably) most important components of the PC experience into one compact unit. A full Android PC inside a Keyboard? Stroke of genius, or gimmicky idea?. Read on and decide for yourself.

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Apple switching gears to test camera-equipped vehicles in Bay Area

Apple switching gears to test camera-equipped vehicles in Bay Area

Minivans are a staple of the US Landscape, and now Apple is testing Minivans equipped with Cameras and a LiDAR Sensor for a possible new (secret) project. There have been numerous sightings of these vehicles in recent weeks. What does Apple have up its secret sleeve this time? Is Apple possibly trying to compete with Google Streetview? A bit late to the Mapping game, Apple seem to finally want to shed their ill-received entry into mapping technology, and are actively trying to give their Google counterparts a run for their money, so to speak.

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