Category: Technology

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Apple Maps Vehicles to Roam Honolulu

Apple announced today that it will be “driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps,” and Honolulu will be one of the first fifteen U.S. cities targeted by the program. In fact, an Apple Maps van was spotted here in February, long before anyone...

Domain Night Returns Tomorrow

Have you been holding on a clever, catchy domain name just waiting for the right moment to build something fantastic? Have you been holding on to lots of domain names just waiting for lots of right moments? Then “Domain Night” is for you. The first “Domain Night” was held in...

EdTech Conference and Unconference Next Week

Kamehameha Schools is hosting three days of learning, sharing, and networking for local educators next week. While organized by the Kamehameha Schools Information Technology Division, the two events are open to a wider community. “The conference is open to Hawaii educators — public, private, preeschools to higher education,” says organizer Alan Tamayose,...

Free Cybersecurity Lessons from Hacker High School

Data breaches make headlines on a nearly daily basis, and the internet is littered with the tattered remains of reputations and relationships blown apart by misjudging or misunderstanding the broader implications of sharing information online. In this dizzying digital revolution, cybersecurity is more important than ever. Security professionals are in high...

Hawaii Joins National Civic Hacking Day

Hawaii’s civic hacking movement is finding its second wind, with local community-minded developers, designers, organizers and activists coming together on Saturday to participate in the National Day of Civic Hacking. Leading the charge is Code for Hawaii, the local “brigade,” or chapter, of Code for America. The grassroots group was rebooted...

Solar Plane Diverts to Japan En Route to Hawaii

“Au revoir, Andre, our hearts, our soul, our love are with you… be safe, drive carefully, we’ll see you on the other side.” And with that, Swiss pilot André Borschberg — co-founder and CEO of Solar Impulse — left terra firma in Nanjing, China yesterday, beginning what was to be an...

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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...

Nodeschool Honolulu

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...