Category: Technology

LOST Hospital

LOST Hospital

SPOILER ALERT! I know that I’m fortunate to be a “LOST” fan living in Honolulu, able to watch the cast and crew behind the fantastic ABC series right here in my proverbial backyard. But sometimes, even travelers from far off places have better luck than I do in getting close...

Robotics Finals Today

Robotics Finals Today

It’s not too late to catch some of Hawaii’s brightest young minds in action in one of the most surprisingly exciting competitions you’ll likely ever see. And admission is free! Today is the last day of the FIRST in Hawai`i Regional Robotics Competition, taking place at the Stan Sheriff Center...

Hawaii iPod Beach Chairs

Hawaii iPod Beach Chairs

Macworld writer Dan Frakes was vacationing with his family on Kauai last week, and strolled into the gift shop at Kokee Lodge. Nestled among the usual “Hawaii-themed souvenirs, tchotchkes, and crafts,” however, he spotted a miniature beach chair. Just the right size to give your iPod or iPhone a cozy...

Flickr Friday is Coming

Flickr Friday is Coming

It’s time once again for local shutterbugs to come together for food, folks, and f-stops. On Friday, professional and casual photographers alike will meet up for lunch at Gordon Biersch at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Flickr Friday is a monthly downtown lunch that often evolves into a photowalk that stretches until...

Steve Jobs’ Hawaii Vacation

Steve Jobs’ Hawaii Vacation

I’ve previously noted hints that Steve Jobs is a fan of the Aloha State, including shout-outs in the historic iPhone launch and an iPhone television ad. But it seems the Apple CEO is a bit more low-key when he’s actually in the islands. Fortune magazine today released a great question-and-answer...

Hawaiian Telcom CEO Mike Ruley Ousted

Hawaiian Telcom CEO Mike Ruley Ousted

“Mike Ruley, President of Hawaiian Telcom just got FIRED!” So says former Hawaiian Telcom product manager and renowned technology guru Burt Lum, who again has used Twitter to break big news. Hawaiian Telcom has made drastic personnel changes in recent weeks, firing dozens of managers and losing other employees to...

I Can Has Cheezburger on iPhone

I Can Has Cheezburger on iPhone

If you’re a “lolcat” fan with an iPhone, you can now get a specially formatted fix of funny felines. The weird and whimsical website I Can Has Cheezburger, which is the brainchild of local geek Eric Nakagawa and his friends, has just announced an iPhone-optimized interface. All you have to...

Unconferenz Ahoy!

Unconferenz Ahoy!

Hawaii will host its first “unconference” tomorrow at JAIMS in Hawaii Kai. Dubbed “Unconferenz,” it’s the brainchild of digital wonderer Burt Lum, no stranger to bringing people together under the Bytemarks banner. An “unconference” is a conference where the content of the sessions is created and managed by the participants....

YouTV: TiVo to Support Video Podcasts

YouTV: TiVo to Support Video Podcasts

Looks like I got back into making videos just in time: TiVo users will soon be able to watch video podcasts as easily as they can watch “regular” television. The announcement was made this week at CES, and will only require a free software update for current customers. We love...

24 Hour Live Podcast Launched

24 Hour Live Podcast Launched

He wrote the first book on podcasting, and retired from his day job earlier this year to focus on podcasting full time. And as of 6 a.m. this morning, he’s kicked off a live, 24-hour podcast from his new home in Makakilo. Who is this madman? Todd Cochrane, host of...

Power of Vudu

Power of Vudu

The Vudu box, released into the wild in October, is a new way to enjoy thousands of movies and TV shows (including HD content) at home. No cable box or DVD mailers are required, just a broadband internet connection. And seeing another way to break into the monopoly cable companies...

That’s No Moon…

That’s No Moon…

Leaving work today, I was startled by the usually serene view of Honolulu Harbor from my office building. A ginormous structure of some sort was parked at Aloha Tower, looming over the city like an evil alien space station. (Okay, it only loomed over Aloha Tower, but suffice it to...

Beautiful Flight Patterns

Beautiful Flight Patterns

Data can be beautiful. UCLA designer, artist, and researcher Aaron Koblin took 24 hours’ worth of air traffic data from the FAA and created mesmerizing visualizations of otherwise everyday flight activity. You can check out Koblin’s collection of Flight Pattern” videos, or jump straight to a fantastic montage of several...

Leopard Launches in Hawaii

Leopard Launches in Hawaii

Standing in line is rarely anyone’s idea of a good time. Except, of course, when Apple is involved. Friday marked the worldwide release of Apple’s latest version of its OSX operating system for Macs, dubbed “Leopard.” So, crowds gathered outside Apple Stores around the world to pick up the sexy...

Free Wi-Fi in Chinatown

Free Wi-Fi in Chinatown

Free Wi-Fi is finally coming to downtown Honolulu, and other parts of the island. But it’s not coming from the company we thought it would, and over a year later than we expected. Over a year ago, the city announced plans to offer free wireless Internet access in Chinatown. The...