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Google Goes Underwater

September 26th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Technology, The Web

Google announced yesterday the first underwater imagery in Google Maps. And among the locations you can explore are Hanauma Bay on O’ahu, and Molokini crater off Maui. Evan Rapoport, former island resident and now Google employee, wrote: “This is definitely the coolest thing you’ve seen in a long time. You can now use Street View to […]

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Hawaii Gets Big Google Street View Update

June 19th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Hawaii, Miscellaneous, Technology, The Web

Google today added over 200 popular Hawaii visitor attractions, historical sites, resorts, parks, schools, and golf courses to its Google Street View collection. And the expansion takes Google’s 360-degree imagery of the Aloha State beyond the open road. The announcement was made at a special media event at Hanauma Bay this morning (more photos here). […]

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Crowdsourcing My Mouth

August 23rd, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 9 Comments · Business, Hawaii, Health, People, Social Media

On Saturday morning, I cracked a tooth. Having not seen a dentist in over a decade, and having shunned the dental profession most of my life, I had no idea what to do. Being the hapless nerd I am, I immediately tweeted about it. Fortunately, I received a flood of responses, on both Twitter and […]

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Google Street View in Hawaii

November 9th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 9 Comments · Hawaii, Lost, Technology, The Web

Hawaii is finally included in the “Street View” of Google Maps. The news was announced today in a great post on the Official Google Blog by one Laura Melahn, Product Marketing Manager, who says she was born and raised on Oahu. She links to Waimea Bay and Iolani Palace. There’s even a specially curated collection […]

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Google Adds Hawaiian Language

August 19th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Hawaii, People, Television, The Web

For many, Google and its search engine is quickly becoming the world’s central clearinghouse for information, and its web interface supports over a hundred different languages. Now, thanks to the efforts of Keola Donaghy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, you can now use Google in Hawaiian. Keola, who teaches at the Ka Haka […]

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Google Street View in Hawaii?

April 17th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 18 Comments · Hawaii, Technology, The Web

Google Street View is an immensely popular, though sometimes controversial, feature of its mapping products (like Google Maps and Google Earth). It allows you to go beyond “zooming in” on a map or aerial photo and get a driver’s eye view of cities and neighborhoods. It’s available all across the U.S., Japan, Australia and New […]

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Google Earth ‘Oceans’ Reveal Underwater Hawaii

February 2nd, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Hawaii, Technology

Today, Google announced the addition of an “Oceans” layer to its popular and powerful Google Earth software.  With the Google Earth 5.0 upgrade, you can now zoom in and navigate the hills and canyons of the ocean floor the same way you always could navigate through mountains and cities on land. Fortunately, the waters off Hawaii […]

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Video Chat in Gmail

November 12th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Technology, The Web, Video

Taking another bold move into Skype‘s territory, Google has announced the addition of voice and video chat to Gmail. Interestingly, audio and video chats are currently available only as an extension to the Google Talk feature within Google’s free webmail service, and not via its standalone Google Talk chat client application. Since the new Gmail […]

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Search for Local Coupons in Google Maps

October 30th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Hawaii, The Web

Looking for a deal? Google it! The search giant (and up-and-coming global empire) has quietly introduced the ability to search for printable coupons in Google Maps. As local search blogger Mike Blumenthal notes, apart from some coupon-related domain names spotted last month, Google’s work on the service has largely stayed below the radar. Nonetheless, its […]

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Google Grabs Jaiku

October 9th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · The Web

The “activity stream and presence sharing service” Jaiku has been snapped up by Google. Technology has made staying in touch with your friends and family both easier and harder: living a fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle is easier (and a lot of fun), but it’s more difficult to keep track of everyone when they’re running around at […]

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