Category: Technology

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LiveSift Gets New Name, New Funding

Local startup LiveSift announced this week that it was changing its name to MeetingSift “to better align the company’s name with its corporate mission and strategy,” as well as that it had raised over $800,000 in seed financing to help the company grow its enterprise offerings. MeetingSift is led by Alex Bergo and...

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Isle Firm Accuses Oculus of Stealing VR Tech

A Hawaii-based company this week accused Oculus Rift and its founder Palmer Luckey of building a virtual reality hardware company with information stolen from its own research and development. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, says that Ron Igra and Thomas Seidl partnered to form Total Recall Development in Hawaii in 2010 with the aim of “developing immersive...

New Hawaii Podcasts Echo Rise of Indie Media

I’m delighted to see that new, independent, local voices are still emerging via podcasts. This year, two new island shows have caught my eye: Hot Better Pop, a personal development podcast launched last month by Kimi Morton and Pualena Pakele and Cabot, and the Hawaii Business Podcast, an interview and talk show from Trung Lam...

Hackathon Aims to ‘Reboot the Commute’

Honolulu has some of the nation’s worst traffic, even taking the top spot from Los Angeles in 2011. It’s only one of the myriad urban ills we have on Oahu, but it’s a high-profile one that absolutely affects our ostensibly great “quality of life.” Tomorrow, a hackathon will attempt to focus some of...

Jr. DevLeague Spring Break Camp at Mid-Pacific Institute

Summer School for Geeks

Summer is coming. Anyone with students in their life doesn’t need to be reminded, and while kids may be counting down the days to sleeping in and goofing off, many parents have other plans. On this morning’s Geek Beat segment on Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise morning show, Burt Lum and I...

Solar Plane Preps for Historic Flight to Hawaii

Hawaii is the next stop on a globe-spanning attempt to make history and to prove what’s possible without relying on fossil fuels. The “Solar Impulse” team is halfway through it’s plan to achieve the first around-the-world flight using only solar power. The “Solar Impulse” solar plane — actually, the second...

PCATT Plans Pair of May Events

The Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT) at Honolulu Community College is one of Hawaii’s leading hubs for tech education, offering both its own robust curriculum and certification curriculum as well as facilities to host training programs for the public and private sector. In May, PCATT is hosting two tech events. The...

Local Apple Club’s Springfest on Saturday

If you’re looking for something geeky to do on Saturday before the second annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire kicks off at noon, you should check out Springfest, an annual tech festival organized by the Hawaii Macintosh and Apple Users Society (HMAUS). Presentations and conversations will cover digital photography, cool apps,...

Code for Hawaii

Code for Hawaii Ready for Reboot

I have a lot of respect for programmers, software engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, and other immensely talented and creative people. But I love it when they commit those valuable skills — which could also power startups, grow businesses, or transform industries — to helping their communities. I love civic hacking. Hawaii has seem some stellar...

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Honolulu Chapter of NodeSchool Meets Tuesday

I’ve mentioned my halting, floundering attempts to learn how to program before. It’s much more helpful to learn with others, in person. If you’re in a hurry and have some cash, Dev League is a great way to become a programmer quickly. But if not, there’s NodeSchool. NodeSchool is built...

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‘Fahrenheit 73’ Campaigns to Cool Classrooms

Although the official start of summer is still more than a month away, the weather is already turning warm. And while sunny days are great for tourists and tans, they pose a challenge to Hawaii students who struggle to study through streams of sweat. Hawaii’s famously good weather means that Hawaii school...

JUICIES+ XS & XL

Third Generation Juicies Charging Forward

I’ve followed the Juicies startup from the beginning. It was a simple product — special charging cables for smartphones — that found a massive audience on Kickstarter, raising over $22,000 (more than four times its $5,000 goal) in 2011. Despite a huge learning curve and significant delays, founder Laurenz Laudowicz was...

Apple Watch Part II: First Impressions + Video

In Part I of my Apple Watch preview, I cover everything from reserving my “try-on appointment” and ordering my Apple Watch online, to finding no line and some unexpected intimacy in the Apple Store. As it turns out, most of the Apple Watch models you see in the Apple Store...

Apple Watch Part I: Try to Buy

I wanted to be rational about the Apple Watch. Although Apple’s next big thing (and its first piece of wearable tech) won’t be available until April 24, the company launched online pre-orders last night, and made “try-on appointments” available today. I told myself I would see the Apple Watch in person...

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Pearl Harbor SBX Sea Sentry Under Fire

The Sea-Based X-Band Radar platform, or SBX, has towered over Ford Island in Pearl Harbor for years. It’s no Statue of Liberty, but it’s definitely become a landmark of sorts, perhaps the most visible single representation of the extensive military presence in the islands. A special report in today’s Los Angeles...

Wetware Wednesday to Celebrate Dev League Grads

This month’s Wetware Wednesday networking mixer for software developers will celebrate Honolulu’s newest certified software developers. The evening’s featured guests will be the latest 22 students (half of them women) of Dev League, a programming bootcamp founded by Russel Cheng and Jason Sewell. The bootcamp offers an intensive, full-time 12-week program...

Hawaii Sunshine Law Needs an Update

Hawaii’s “Sunshine Law” turns 40 years old today, and is still a critical tool in keeping state government accessible and transparent. But a lot has changed over those four decades, and a pair of bills have been working their way through the legislature to update the law for the 21st century. After...

Gencyber Hawaii

High School Cybersecurity Summer Camp Announced

Registration opened yesterday for GenCyber Hawaii, a free week-long summer camp for high school students and teachers focused on cybersecurity. Hardly a week goes by without news of a data breach, and there have been some very high-profile incidents in the past year, from Home Depot (which spent $43 million...

Q&A: The Hawaii Project by Mark Watkins

Tomorrow brings a Kickstarter campaign to help launch a new startup called “The Hawaii Project,” a book recommendation and news engine for people anywhere who aspire to relax on an island beach with something good to read. The Hawaii Project is the brainchild of Mark Watkins, who reached out to me...

State of the Internet Report

Akamai: Good News, Bad News for Hawaii Broadband

Among the many ingredients needed to foster a vibrant and sustainable startup scene in Hawaii, accessible and affordable broadband internet access is one of the most critical. It’s also the one most often lamented for being in short supply. Just last week brought a provocatively titled panel, “Broadband: What We...