Monthly Archive: December 2014

Apps for New Year’s Resolutions

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping them is the tricky bit. For our last “Geek Beat” segment of 2014, Burt and I talked about apps that just might help you keep the promises we make to ourselves every Dec. 31. First up is Lift, which I’ve used for over...

HTDC Holiday Fair Features Tech Firms, Tech Jobs

Hawaii often loses some of its best minds to the mainland. Although the Hawaii tech industry is growing (accounting for over 27,000 jobs, by some estimates), it’s still small, and local talent is understandably drawn to greener pastures. Fortunately, those Hawaii-raised developers, engineers and entrepreneurs still visit home for the...

Private Island Named ‘Hawaii 2’ by Game Company

Cards Against Humanity, a card game that was born out of a Kickstarter campaign in 2011, confirmed today that it has purchased a six-acre private island in Maine and named it “Hawaii 2.” The original name of the island is Birch Island, and it is located in Saint George Lake in...

Digital Painting by Alex Bertubin for Mana Mai Tai Co.

Zelda Symphony Concert Coming to Hawaii

If you were a kid during the “golden age of arcade video games,” chances are you lost many potentially productive hours to a Nintendo game system. As a result, even today, the sound of 8-bit music likely sparks waves of nostalgia. In my case, the theme to Super Mario Bros....

Innovation Framework Forward

Two Thoughtful Takes on Hawaii Innovation

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...

State to Measure Internet Speeds with ‘Whiteboxes’

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...

Movoto Moves Into Hawaii

The mainland real estate firm Movoto is moving into Hawaii. But if you’ve been paying attention, yesterday’s news probably isn’t much of a surprise. Indeed, if you’re a local blogger — particularly one who pays a lot of attention to SEO and social content marketing strategies — it would have been...

Cool Tools: Picking Up Slack

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...

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

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...