Category: Technology

Tech Tip: Fix Blotter for Mac

One of my favorite small utilities for my Mac is Blotter, by Delaware-based Wireload. It’s delightfully simple and elegant, putting your calendar and reminders on your Desktop. Unfortunately, it also stopped working a few MacOS versions ago, and the app hasn’t been updated since October 2019. Not surprisingly, the Apple...

Unemployment Upgrade

The Department of Labor & Industrial Relations recently announced a $10 million contract to upgrade the mainframe-based system to a cloud-based one, hiring an 11-month old Idaho company named Solid State Ops.

Facial recognition tech, new smartphones from Samsung, Motorola

Today on KITV’s “Good Morning Hawaii,” anchor Maleko McDonnell and I discuss the latest tech headlines, including the controversial facial recognition startup Clearview AI, and new smartphones from Samsung (including the Galaxy S20 flagship and Galaxy Z Flip folding phone) and Motorola’s Razr reboot and mid-priced Moto G Power.

KITV-2019-11-05

Airpods go pro, Google gets Fitbit, and the streaming wars heat up

My latest Techspotting segment on KITV’s Good Morning Hawaii, where Maleko McDonnell and I discuss the surprise launch of Apple’s new AirPods Pro with Active Noise Canceling (ANC), the acquisition of Fitbit by Google to revitalize competition in the wearables space, and the pending launches of Apple TV+ and Disney+.

KITV 2019-09-11

Apple’s fall keynote brings iPhone, Apple Watch upgrades

My latest Techspotting segment for KITV, where Maleko McDonnell and I discuss Apple’s fall keynote, which is like Christmas morning for Apple fans. This year Apple announced a reduced price for the iPhone, and better cameras and battery life for the iPhone Pro. Also, the Apple Watch Series 5, and aggressively priced services like Apple Arcade and Apple TV+.

KITV-2019-09-02

With more flagship device upgrades, have we reached ‘peak smartphone’?

My latest Techspotting segment for KITV, where Lindsey Fukano and I discuss the latest flagship smartphone releases from Samsung and Apple. How much better can they get? Will the new tariffs on Chinese goods affect pricing? And how does Disney’s upcoming streaming platform compare with giants Netflix and Hulu?

KITV 2019-06-25

Facebook launches Libra, a virtual Potter world, and China’s tech showcase

My latest Techspotting segment for KITV, where Maleko McDonnell and I discuss Facebook’s entry into the cryptocurrency space, Libra. Niantic launches Wizards Unite, a Harry Potter game with augmented reality features similar to Pokemon Go. And Mobile World Congress kicks off this week, showcasing 5G technology.

KITV-2019-05-10

Google conference showcases new hardware, software

My latest Techspotting segment for KITV where Maleko McDonnell and I discuss the Google I/O developers conference. Ostensibly focused on software, the Mountain View tech giant also announced new hardware at its annual keynote, including the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL and the Nest Hub Max. They also previewed Android Q, with dark mode and live video captioning.

Apple leaps into streaming with big-name stars

Apple leaps into streaming with big-name stars

My latest Techspotting segment on KITV where Maleko McDonnell and I discuss recent Apple announcements, including its entry into the streaming media business, featuring original content starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner, Steve Carrell, and other stars.

Facebook, Instagram Go Down

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Go Down

Facebook was down for 22 hours yesterday, and its sister apps Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger also saw extensive outages. It was unusual in the sense that the four applications are each distinct codebases, but perhaps not suprising as all four share the same massive infrastructure. The joke is that global...

Open Data Day is Next Saturday

The seventh annual international “Open Data Day” is coming on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and Hawaii Open Data is working with the Civil Beat Law Center and other open-minded organizations to celebrate. “Open Data Day” is dedicated to showing the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data...