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Geek Beat: Mixed Plate of Tech News

For this morning’s “Geek Beat” segment on the Hawaii News Now Sunrise morning news show, we tackled a trio of tech stories: The ability to applied for “Verified” status on Twitter: I’ve coveted the “blue checkmark” since they first showed up, but up until now there was no way to...

Civil Geeks: Ham Radio Remains Relevant in the Digital Age

As much as I love the latest and greatest technology, I appreciate the classics. After spending time with a bunch of local ham radio operators at an early Hawaii Geek Meet, my friend Burt and I were inspired to get our ham radio licenses. (I’m KH6WEB, nice to meet you.) Amateur...

Geek Beat: Exploring the Explosive Pokemon Go Craze

There was no way to avoid talking about Pokemon Go this morning, considering how massively popular the newly launched game has become in just a few days. But this morning’s Sunrise “Geek Beat” segment allowed me to spend a little time giving credit where credit is due. Before there was...

Civil Geeks: Hawaii Drone Business Opportunities Grow

Though touched on in last week’s “Geek Beat” morning news segment, I devoted today’s Civil Beat “Civil Geeks” column to a deeper dive into the opportunities available to local businesses now that the FAA has finally announced its new rules for the commercial operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASes), or...

Geek Beat: New Rules for Making Money with Drones

New rules for commercial drone use led off this week’s “Geek Beat” segment on the Hawaii News Now “Sunrise” morning show. We also touched on the growing popularity of first-person view (FPV) drone racing, including a recent competition on Maui and the upcoming Drone Worlds championships taking place at Kualoa Ranch in October....

Civil Geeks: Meet the Hawaii Team Behind Waze

My latest “Civil Geeks” column for Civil Beat introduces the everyday people behind one of the most popular navigation apps in the world. Waze, acquired by Google in 2013, incorporates traffic and incident reports from its more than 50 million users, giving it unmatched real-time information on everything from accidents to...

Geek Beat: WWDC & E3

Two big tech conferences kicked off this week: Apple’s World-Wide Developers Conference and E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo. We shared the highlights on this morning’s “Geek Beat” segment on the Hawaii News Now Sunrise morning news show. Apple’s big keynote covered all four of the company’s software platforms: iOS (for...

"Introduce a Girl to Engineering" workshop hosted by Maui Makers. Photo courtesy Laura Ulibarri.

Civil Geeks: State of the Maker Movement in Hawaii

  My latest “Civil Geeks” column for Civil Beat is an island-hopping survey of the Hawaii maker movement. I check in with The Makery in Hilo, Kauai Makerspace, Maui Makers, and Oahu Makerspace, as well as Honolulu Mini Maker Faire organizer Jon Shear. I loved interviewing some of the state’s most...

Geek Beat: Alternative Keyboards for iPhones

New alternative keyboards for iOS were the subject of this week’s “Geek Beat” segment for the Sunrise morning news show on Hawaii News Now. Smartphone keyboards are a pretty esoteric topic, nor particularly easy to install, but because of their system-level, cross-application nature, they offer a significant array of new...

Civil Geeks: XLR8UH Accelerates University Entrepreneurs

My latest “Civil Geeks” column for Civil Beat provides an update on the XLR8UH accelerator program, a partnership between the University of Hawaii and local early-stage startup investment firm Sultan Ventures. Now 18 months in, and on the verge of announcing the members of its fourth cohort for Summer 2016, XLR8UH Managing...

Geek Beat: Apps to Host the ‘You’ Show

On this week’s “Geek Beat” (part of the “Sunrise” morning news show on Hawaii News Now), Burt Lum and I told Dan Cooke about apps that let you host your own show online. We featured three different ways to share your conversations online: in text, video, and audio. First up...

Geek Beat: Electric Cars on the Rise

It was a good week for car geeks, as Tesla unveiled its next and most affordable electric vehicle yet, the Tesla Model 3. It also racked up a ton of pre-orders, mostly from people who hadn’t even seen the car. We also check in on the most established electric vehicle...

Geek Beat: Small is Big Again with Apple

Apple’s latest announcements, made at a low-key “Town Hall” hosted at its Cupertino campus, were the focus of this morning’s “Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now’s “Sunrise” morning show. Burt and I talked with Dan Cooke about: The new-ish iPhone SE: Essentially the latest and greatest specs (from the...

Civic hacking to fuel Unconferenz on Saturday

On Saturday, the 9th annual Unconferenz will be held at the Neil Blaisdell Center. While the grassroots vibe and dynamic, open program of the very first one in 2008 still makes up the event’s core, there are a lot of bold new ideas taking shape this year. Yes, the Unconferenz still resists the...

HVCA Announces 2016 ‘Deal of the Year’ Awards

The 16th Annual Hawaii Venture Capital Association Deal of the Year Awards were presented last night at the Waialae Country Club. I was there to support my friend and Smart Yields cofounder Vincent Kimura, who was nominated for — and won! — the award for Cleantech/Agtech Entrepreneur of the Year. While the...

Kona Science Cafe Serves Up Martian Medicine

With human space exploration ambitions now focused on Mars, scientists are tackling the myriad challenges that will face astronauts making the 200 million mile (or so) journey. Tomorrow, a doctor will explore how medical care and health emergencies might be handled for travelers to the Red Planet. Dr. Peter Sim...

‘Moment Romance’ Sparks Love Wherever You Are

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a local tech company has launched a new dating and networking app that’s designed to connect people based on where and when they’re available to meet. Moment Romance launched last week on both the iOS and Android app store. While most dating apps have fallen back on...

Whew! A Year of Blogging Daily

Looking back at 365 days of blog posts, documenting everything from the local tech industry to my family’s occasional shenanigans, I’m certain there’s a poignant lesson and great epiphany to be had. Right now, though, as the illegal fireworks startle our cats in relatively peaceful Mililani on New Year’s Eve, the only thought...

Geek Beat: Apps to Build Better Habits

‘Tis the season for year-end recaps (see today’s Bytemarks Cafe), top-ten lists (more on this tomorrow), and yes, New Year’s resolutions. For this morning’s Geek Beat segment on Hawaii News Now‘s Sunrise morning show, we covered three apps to help you keep those resolutions. Of course, our last Geek Beat segment...

New Kona Coffee Farm Launches Online Store

The Big Island coffee farm founded by a former California winemaker and family man has launched its online store to ship its unique Kona coffee varieties to coffee lovers worldwide. Carta Coffee Merchants was in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign when I wrote about the farm back in October, and even then...