Tagged: iphone

Geek Beat: New Apple Gear, Samsung Woes

Relying entirely on news leaks and rumors, today’s Geek Beat covers what Apple was announcing as we spoke at its September 2016 keynote. We also touch on problems with Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7.

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...

‘Sunny’ Solar iPhone Case Resurrected

Perhaps the third time is the charm for the makers of the Sunny solar-powered battery case for the iPhone 6. The Sunny case was teased in May, and was launched on Indiegogo in June. Perfectly timed for summer, we featured it in our “Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now’s...

Sunny Solar iPhone Case Relaunched on Kickstarter

A solar-powered charging and battery case for the iPhone 6 first announced in May re-launched its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter yesterday. “Sunny,” described as “the only solar battery case that actually works,” hopes to raise $10,000 in just one month to enter mass production. The Kickstarter reboot comes after a...

Jen's Contemporary Photography in Hawaii 2015 Entry #3

Contemporary Photography Exception Exhibition

Last month, when I wrote about Pacific New Media’s 2015 Contemporary Photography in Hawaii exhibition, I blathered on about how much photography had changed, and how smartphones were the primary way most people captured and shared images. How fun would it be if a husband and wife, an Instagrammer and an avid iPhonographer,...

Time Lapse and Slow Motion Video in iOS 8

Time Lapse and Slow Motion Video in iOS 8

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...

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

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

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...

Bartleby’s Second Book Featured by Apple

Bartleby’s Second Book Featured by Apple

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...

Sushi Star Arrives on the iPhone

Sushi Star Arrives on the iPhone

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...

Honolulu’s ‘Real Weather Girl’

Honolulu’s ‘Real Weather Girl’

When it comes to covering the weather, local television news outlets aren’t shy about emphasizing the appearance of their reporters over their meteorological data. This may be even more true in Hawaii, where the weather doesn’t change much. The “Real Weather Girls” app for iPhone and iPad takes this concept...

iSpencer Saved My Wife’s iPhone

iSpencer Saved My Wife’s iPhone

My wife got caught up in a stampede at Costco this afternoon, and her iPhone 3G landed on the concrete floor, screen first. It shattered, tiny pieces immediately lost forever. Impeccable timing for an iPhone disaster, with the iPhone 4 due out on Thursday. I had planned to get the...

WeReward Rundown

WeReward Rundown

Another day, another geolocation app. But this one has a blunt answer to the frequently asked question: “Why would anyone want to ‘check in’ every place they go?” And that answer is cash. WeReward comes from the folks at Izea, a company that — for better and worse — wants to monetize...

Where Are You?

Where Are You?

“Where are you?” is the next “What are you doing?” Twitter has built a game-changing tool based on the latter question, launching the era of the “statusphere” and the “real-time web.”  But when it comes to predicting paradigm shifts, my money is on ubiquitous (and perhaps unavoidable) geolocation. It’s literally...

New ‘Feed Me!’ iPhone App for Kids

New ‘Feed Me!’ iPhone App for Kids

After months of work, and weeks of tweaks and waiting, Honolulu-based Edutainment Resources Inc. today announced the availability of its full PencilBot-Kids line of “Feed Me!” apps in the iTunes App Store [iTunes Link]. “Feed Me!” is directed at preschoolers, and focuses on numbers, colors, and shapes. Given ERI’s expertise...

Review: Apple iPhone 3GS

Review: Apple iPhone 3GS

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),...

Miner Brigade Released for iPhone, Android

Miner Brigade Released for iPhone, Android

Honolulu-based Noble Master Games this week released the full version of its game, “Miner Brigade,” for the Apple iPhone and Android platforms. “Miner Brigade” is similar to the arcade classic “Lemmings.” The simple and fun game involves directing a group of miners to collect gold in a race against time...

Apple Gets “LOST”

Apple Gets “LOST”

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...

iFu for iPhone Available

iFu for iPhone Available

As I blogged almost a month ago, local tech and engineering firm Oceanit was trying its hand at iPhone development with iFu Kung Fu. The whimsical application was the brainchild of Russel Cheng, who gave the public its first look (or listen, at least) on Bytemarks Cafe. At the time,...

iFu Kung Fu for iPhone

iFu Kung Fu for iPhone

Yesterday on Bytemarks Cafe, Russel Cheng of local tech company Oceanit unveiled a new application they’ve developed for Apple’s iPhone (and iPod Touch): iFu Kung Fu. The app is simple and fun, tapping the iPhone’s accellerometer to trigger kung fu sound effects with each movement.  After launching iFu — which...