Category: Gadgets

iPhone App: Hawaii Aloha Travel

iPhone App: Hawaii Aloha Travel

There is no shortage of big-name travel apps for mobile devices, and there are already more than a handful of Hawaii-specific apps out there. But the Hawaii Aloha Travel app was one I was glad to see. And geeks rejoice, it’s available on both iPhone and Android platforms. Bruce and...

E-Waste Recycling Next Week

E-Waste Recycling Next Week

Whether you’re a geek with a packrat streak or an organization with a closet full of old computers, next week brings a valuable opportunity to safely and responsibly dispose of your unwanted electronics — free of charge. The University of Hawaii is hosting its “Biennial Education & Government eWaste Disposal Days.”...

iPad App: MovieBuddy

iPad App: MovieBuddy

The MovieBuddy app for iPad, conceived and developed in part in Hawaii, takes a great thing and tries to make it even better. Netflix is everywhere. Not content to destroy the likes of Blockbuster, the DVD rental company is leading the way in the inevitable shift toward streaming media. Getting...

iPad App: Flickpad

iPad App: Flickpad

Digital cameras and online galleries have transformed how we take, organize, and share pictures. But part of me misses the simple, organic fun of casually sifting through a pile of photos. Enter Flickpad. Conceived and co-programmed in Hawaii, Flickpad offers a unique and instantly intuitive way to explore the photos...

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

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

“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...

Jobs Ends Hawaii Vacation, Tackles ‘Antennagate’

Jobs Ends Hawaii Vacation, Tackles ‘Antennagate’

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today held a press conference to address “Antennagate,” or widespread reports of reception problems with its iPhone 4 smartphone. Jobs reiterated that it’s a problem for all phones, that only a tiny percentage of people have reported problems, and that the iPhone 4 is still their...

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...

HMAUS SpringFest on Saturday

HMAUS SpringFest on Saturday

Whether you’re a long-time fan and user of Apple and Macintosh products or a recent convert to “The Apple Way,” you should check out SpringFest, one of the keystone annual events of the Hawaii Macintosh & Apple Users Society (HMAUS). This year’s gathering is being hosted and co-sponsored by Kapiolani...

Recycle your E-Waste on April 10 [Updated]

Recycle your E-Waste on April 10 [Updated]

If you’re even remotely geeky, chances are you have a home or garage filled with old computers and electronics. It’s hard to get rid of, to be sure. There’s sentimental value (I have a Commodore 128 slowly decaying in my den), but there’s also environmental risk: old electronics are a...

Review: Plantronics Bluetooth Headsets

Review: Plantronics Bluetooth Headsets

A month from today, using a cell phone (or other handheld device) while driving will be illegal on the Big Island, as a ban passed in June takes effect Jan. 1, 2010. This in the wake of a similar ban in Honolulu. The Oahu ban cleared store shelves of hands-free...

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),...

Hawaii Blog on the Amazon Kindle

Hawaii Blog on the Amazon Kindle

If you’re among the lucky geeks to have an Amazon Kindle, you can now subscribe to Hawaii Blog as you would any other electronic periodical. Amazon, using a secret formula that seems to perplex many a blogger, has set the price of a Hawaii Blog subscription to $1.99 a month....

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...

Workshop to Explore Apple’s iPhone

Workshop to Explore Apple’s iPhone

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,...

Circuit Bending

Circuit Bending

Beatrix*JAR in Hawaii from hawaii on Vimeo. Beatrix*JAR is Bianca Pettis and Jacob Roske, sound artists out of Minneapolis. They were in Honolulu for a concert at The Arts at Mark Garage yesterday, and also put on a couple of “circuit bending” workshops for the community. This workshop was hosted...