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Apple Expanding, Microsoft Launching in Hawaii

March 15th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · 6 Comments · Business, Technology

Earlier this year, retail job postings on the Microsoft web site revealed the company’s plans to set up its first Microsoft Store in Honolulu. Sure enough, shoppers at Ala Moana Center soon spotted the future location of Microsoft’s island invasion, positioned almost directly across from the state’s first and largest Apple Store. It’s one of […]

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HMAUS Springfest Tomorrow

May 4th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Technology

“Explore” is the theme of this year’s Springfest event, one of two signature annual gatherings of the Hawaii Macintosh & Apple User Society (HMAUS). Taking place on the campus of Kapiolani Community College, Springfest is a free, casual conference that offers presentations and workshops inspired by Apple technology. Topics include photography and digital art, as […]

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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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Colorful Juicies Sprouting from Hawaii

April 21st, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Environment, Gadgets, Technology

If there’s anything Apple fans like more than Apple products, it’s Apple accessories. And a local company is hoping to harness the global hunger for stylish stuff to manufacture Juicies, a colorful line of cables for iPods, iPhones, and iPads. To make Juicies a reality, creator Laurens Laudowicz and partner Michael Sorenson will be posting the […]

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iPad App: Bartleby’s Book of Buttons [Updated]

August 17th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 14 Comments · Gadgets, Hawaii, Technology

“Bartleby’s Book of Buttons Vol. 1: The Far Away Island” [iTunes Link] is a new iPad application for kids (and playful adults) that embraces everything that makes the Apple device special. It’s a kind of “digital pop-up book” that engages readers in ways that no dead tree could, and it was born right here in […]

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Review: Apple iPhone 3GS

June 27th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Gadgets, Reviews, Technology

I’ve had the iPhone 3GS for a week now, so I thought I’d share my impressions as someone who upgraded from last year’s iPhone 3G. There are dozens of excellent exhaustive reviews out there (see Engadget and Gizmodo‘s take, as well as that of the New York Times‘ David Pogue), so I’ll just touch on […]

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Apple Gets “LOST”

April 9th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Gadgets, Lost, Pop Culture, Technology

Last month, Apple previewed the upcoming update to its iPhone operating system, iPhone 3.0. For iPhone fans, one of the big reveals was the final implementation of “cut and paste.” But it turns out the presentation included a little treat for “LOST” fans as well. The sample e-mail used to demonstrate the forthcoming feature was […]

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Waikiki Apple Store Opens

September 27th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 10 Comments · Business, Events, Hawaii, Technology, Video

Royal Hawaiian Apple Store Grand Opening from hawaii on Vimeo. Hawaii’s third Apple Store opened this morning in Waikiki, overlooking Kalakaua Avenue from the Royal Hawaiian Center. I was, in fact, second on the scene at 3 a.m., showing up an hour after web cartoonist Sophie Lynette. (I wasn’t planning on being there so early, […]

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Workshop to Explore Apple’s iPhone

August 26th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Gadgets, Hawaii, Technology, The Web

Apple’s immensely popular iPhone will be the focus of tonight’s Web Weavers Workshop, a regular series focused on web development organized by HMAUS and the Pacific New Media program at the University of Hawaii. iPhone expert Rich Warren (21 Century Systems Inc.) will talk about what the iPhone can do, why it’s an important new […]

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Steve Jobs’ Hawaii Vacation

March 5th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · People, Pop Culture, Technology

I’ve previously noted hints that Steve Jobs is a fan of the Aloha State, including shout-outs in the historic iPhone launch and an iPhone television ad. But it seems the Apple CEO is a bit more low-key when he’s actually in the islands. Fortune magazine today released a great question-and-answer interview with Jobs (published on […]

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