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Two Thoughtful Takes on Hawaii Innovation

December 17th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Business, Hawaii, Startups, Technology

Last week brought a preview of the “Hawaii Innovation Assets” report, compiled by the Hawaii Business Roundtable. The report, due to be released soon, identifies the state’s innovation assets and highlights the importance of growing the research and innovation sectors for future economic growth. Although the HBR Innovation Assets Report has yet to be released, […]

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State to Measure Internet Speeds with ‘Whiteboxes’

December 11th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Government, Hawaii, Technology, The Web

There are many ingredients needed to foster a thriving technology industry in Hawaii, but one of the most critical needs continues to be widely accessible, high-speed internet access. The “Measuring Broadband Hawaii” project, announced this week, will collect hard numbers on how well Hawaii’s internet service providers are serving this need. The project is the […]

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Cool Tools: Picking Up Slack

December 7th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Technology

I’ve been playing with Slack, an incredibly popular communications tool described as no less than an “email killer.” The company behind it was cofounded by Stewart Butterfield (who co-founded Flickr, another service I love), and hit a $1 billion valuation in October, even though it’s barely been around a year. Slack has over 120,000 users across […]

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‘Reach for the Stars’ at UH on Dec. 10

December 2nd, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Education, Events, Science, Technology

A former astronaut turned renowned physicist and a project manager from NASA’s Mars Curiosity mission will be in Hawaii next week. They will both be featured at “Reach for the Stars,” a special public event hosted at the University of Hawaii on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Loren W. Acton flew on Space Shuttle Mission STS-51-F in 1985, orbiting […]

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ThinkTech Launches New Shows

October 2nd, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Technology, The Web, Video

The ThinkTech Hawaii multimedia empire, headed by Jay Fidell, is growing. In recent weeks, two new shows have been added to the network’s extensive lineup, hosted by two good friends. Local community organizer L.P. “Neenz” Faleafine yesterday kicked off “Reaching Out,” featuring “conversations around the social side of the Internet.” And Dan Leuck, CEO of […]

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Time Lapse and Slow Motion Video in iOS 8

September 26th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Technology, Video

Apart from adjusting to the “ludicrously large” size of the iPhone 6 Plus, it’s been smooth sailing. (I even missed the brouhaha over iOS 8.0.1, for once not pouncing on the software update the moment it was available.) As with any shiny new gadget, there are lots of things to try. With the new hardware […]

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Agripharmatech: From Weeds to Medicine

September 25th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Media, Science, Technology

For the first time in six years and over 300 shows, Bytemarks Cafe escaped from the basement studio at Hawaii Public Radio and headed out into the field to record on location. Burt and I headed over to Windward Community College to learn about the new agripharmatech program. We spent the full hour with Dr. Inge White and her […]

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Hawaii Geek Beat: iPhone 6, iOS 8, Galaxy Note 4

September 24th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Technology, Television

This morning’s segment on Hawaii News Now focused on the latest iPhones from Apple (including the latest flap, “Bendgate”), the iOS update that comes with them, and finally the upcoming fourth generation of Samsung’s original “phablet,” the Galaxy Note. Burt, who is currently gallivanting around Japan, escaped the latest escalation in the “Dance, Geek, Dance!” […]

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iPhone 6 Plus: Ludicrously Large

September 20th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Technology

In the days leading up to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 launch, I wasn’t alone in making cardboard cutouts of the new iPhones to test the feel of the different sizes. I knew the iPhone 6 Plus was big, and that the iPhone 6 was really designed to hit the smartphone “sweet spot.” But I […]

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Fiddling with Newsfeeds

August 28th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Media, Social Media, Technology

A little over a week ago, I complained about Twitter on Twitter, annoyed that the company was starting to insert stuff into users’ newsfeeds that users didn’t ask for. While the appearance of ads and other content designed to “increase engagement” was inevitable, it was still disappointing to see on what remains my favorite social […]

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