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App lets anyone explore Heʻeia fishpond

January 3rd, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Environment, Gadgets, Technology

Heʻeia fishpond, located north of Kaneohe, is the largest remaining native Hawaiian fishpond on Oahu. Fishponds were once abundant in ancient Hawaii, dating back to the 14th century, and today they are valuable cultural and natural resources. The Heʻeia fishpond is also one of the most thoroughly studied spots on the island. To make that […]

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Review: Snugg iPad mini case

November 5th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Gadgets, Reviews, Technology

Any Apple fan knows that getting your hands on the sleek, shiny gadget is just the start of the fun. Picking the right accessories is also part of the adventure, and while I generally keep it simple, I know people who have half a dozen cases and covers for their tech toys, one to match […]

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Hawaii Virtual Reality Club Launched

June 18th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Gadgets, Technology

The concept of “virtual reality” has been around for decades, and has inspired science fiction and popular culture in countless ways, from the “cyberspace” of William Gibson’s novels to “Tron” and “The Matrix.” But with the breakneck speed of technological innovation we’re seeing today, we’re perhaps closer than ever to seeing VR taking hold in […]

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Bartleby’s Second Book Featured by Apple

October 25th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Gadgets, Technology

It was over a year ago when “Bartleby’s Book of Buttons,” a delightful digital storybook for iPad, hit Apple’s App Store. Created by Hawaii-born artist Henrik Van Ryzin and his wife Denise, I found the app to be a delightful, wonderful digital storybook for the iPad. That first release was dubbed “Volume I: The Far Away […]

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Kiddori App Helps Track Kid Birthdays

September 6th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Gadgets, Technology

Local developer and dad Mattias Atterbom has designed an iOS app to help solve a familiar family shopping challenge: remembering how old everyone’s children are. Described as “the perfect app for anyone buying gifts for kids,” Kiddori ensures that you always have the ages of your nephews, nieces, and friends’ kids at your fingertips. Kiddori […]

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Sushi Star Arrives on the iPhone

July 5th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Environment, Gadgets, Technology

I’m always excited to see new and creative things come out of Hawaii’s tech scene. But “Sushi Star,” a new game for the iPhone, is an app that I’m especially happy to see finally launch. “Sushi Star” hit the Apple App Store last week. A beautifully designed and carefully architected game, it is the result […]

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Lifelapse app snaps, saves your everyday life

June 28th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Gadgets, Technology

I’ve long been intensely interested in “lifelogging.” Though there are many different labels and variations, the basic concept revolves around the constant and automatic recording of your day-to-day life. And while it’s rough around the edges, the Lifelapse app [iTunes Link] for iPhone and iPod touch — just released today — seems like an intriguing […]

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Knowledge is Power for Power Conservation

June 20th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 8 Comments · Environment, Gadgets, Technology

How much electricity do you use? Chances are, you can only answer that question once a month, when your electricity bill arrives. And if the numbers have gone up, you’ll probably tell yourself you need to cut back. But chances also are that you won’t think about it again. At least until the next bill […]

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Square Promotes Painless Payments

May 23rd, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Gadgets, Technology, Video

Square is a startup that hopes to do nothing less than transform the way people pay for goods and services. The company was started by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey (who recently returned to Twitter while continuing to lead Square), someone obviously no stranger to disruptive technologies. A tiny, cheap card reader, coupled with a smartphone, […]

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Two More Hawaii Projects Kickstarted

May 23rd, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Events, Gadgets, Music, The Web

Thanks to crowdfunding service Kickstarter, and a lot of hard work and community support, two local projects met their fundraising goals last week and took a solid step toward reality. The delightfully simple Juicies project, which I profiled on Earth Day, blew past its $5,000 goal in only three days, and ended up with over […]

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