Category: Technology

Swift Programming Meetup on Monday

I’m not too swift when it comes to coding. But a meetup next week has nonetheless piqued my interest. Two years ago, my New Year’s resolutions included “get my ham radio license” and “learn to code.” Last year, I said I wanted to “get my real estate license” and “learn...

FlyWire Sets Sights Beyond the GoPro Crowd

Tomorrow in San Francisco, several Hawaii startups (from the Blue Startups and XLR8UH accelerator programs) will take the stage at 500 Startups to pitch their companies in the heart of Silicon Valley. Among them is FlyWire, touting “line of sight” high-definition cameras that are affordable, portable, flexible, and extensible. FlyWire was founded...

Workshop Offered for Technology Educators

Local teachers looking for new ideas and hands-on help when it comes to using technology in the classroom can attend a free half-day of professional development for Hawaii educators next weekend. Kamehameha Schools is hosting KS EdTech Mashup 2015 on Saturday, designed to support pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers “with their exploration...

Hawaii Researcher Builds App for Yellowstone

An award-winning researcher who recently joined the University of Hawaii has created a mobile app that can predict eruptions and notifies users so they can be prepared for them. But the eruptions in question are made of water, not lava, as the app was built for Yellowstone National Park in...

Got Encryption? Revisiting Privacy v. Security

President Obama wants to keep the country safe from cyber attacks. But will he chip away at privacy to do it? The annual “State of the Union” address by the President of the United States isn’t exactly blockbuster entertainment. It’s a ceremonial exercise in constitutional rhetoric that ostensibly gives Americans an idea of...

Digital Afterlife Law Proposed

Who gets your bitcoins when you die? Can you pass on your movie and music libraries, or your apps? And are your heirs entitled to get into your email or Facebook accounts? These are not hypothetical questions, now that digital assets and content are part of everyday life. In the run...

CES: Wearables, Drones, Wearable Drones

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) just wrapped up in Las Vegas, once again generating its annual torrent of gadget headlines. Even though it seems like barely half of the products ever actually make it to market (“pricing and availability to be announced!”), it’s certainly the single largest global showcase...

Gordon Bruce Fires Up ‘Hibachi Talk’

The ThinkTech Hawaii network is growing so fast, soon everyone will be hosting a show. But “Perspectives on Technology,” the new weekly talk show that launched on Friday, has to be the first to feature a dummy as a regular commentator. Fortunately, there’s still a human at the helm: Gordon...

Meet My Government Surveillance Box

I’ve brought a government-funded gadget into my house and connected it to my home network. What could possibly go wrong? I’m mostly kidding. What I do have, plugged in between my Hawaiian Telcom DSL router and my Airport Extreme base station, is a SamKnows “Whitebox,” provided by the Hawaii state DCCA’s...

Drone Tech, Policy Evolving Quickly

Education, certification, legislation. They are the three probable paths ahead as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly but controversially called drones, continue to grow in popularity. Quadcopters were a very popular Christmas gift this year… for better or worse. Since it had been almost exactly a year since drones were the topic of...

Local Makers Urged to Help Shape Tech Policy

Members and fans of HiCapacity, one of Hawaii’s first makerspaces, came together tonight for a combination general meeting and town hall session to discuss the future of the organization and its plans for 2015. The wide-ranging conversation touched on everything from Act 221 and the role of the University of Hawaii...

Startup Demo Day Coming Jan. 16

Hawaii’s growing startup scene will again be showcased at the second Startup Paradise Demo Day, set to take place on Friday, Jan. 16 at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center‘s Sullivan Conference Center. The event will run from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception. The demo day will feature portfolio...

The Year Ahead in Hawaii Tech

The year 2014 was a good one local geeks, with Hawaii electing a geeky governor (Gov. David Ige has an engineering and tech startup background) and the University of Hawaii naming a geeky president (David Lassner). So this week’s episode of Bytemarks Cafe was a fun one, as we looked back at the past...

Apps for New Year’s Resolutions

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping them is the tricky bit. For our last “Geek Beat” segment of 2014, Burt and I talked about apps that just might help you keep the promises we make to ourselves every Dec. 31. First up is Lift, which I’ve used for over...

HTDC Holiday Fair Features Tech Firms, Tech Jobs

Hawaii often loses some of its best minds to the mainland. Although the Hawaii tech industry is growing (accounting for over 27,000 jobs, by some estimates), it’s still small, and local talent is understandably drawn to greener pastures. Fortunately, those Hawaii-raised developers, engineers and entrepreneurs still visit home for the...

Innovation Framework Forward

Two Thoughtful Takes on Hawaii Innovation

Last week brought a preview of the “Hawaii Innovation Assets” report, compiled by the Hawaii Business Roundtable. The report, due to be released soon, identifies the state’s innovation assets and highlights the importance of growing the research and innovation sectors for future economic growth. Although the HBR Innovation Assets Report...

State to Measure Internet Speeds with ‘Whiteboxes’

There are many ingredients needed to foster a thriving technology industry in Hawaii, but one of the most critical needs continues to be widely accessible, high-speed internet access. The “Measuring Broadband Hawaii” project, announced this week, will collect hard numbers on how well Hawaii’s internet service providers are serving this...

Cool Tools: Picking Up Slack

I’ve been playing with Slack, an incredibly popular communications tool described as no less than an “email killer.” The company behind it was cofounded by Stewart Butterfield (who co-founded Flickr, another service I love), and hit a $1 billion valuation in October, even though it’s barely been around a year. Slack...

‘Reach for the Stars’ at UH on Dec. 10

A former astronaut turned renowned physicist and a project manager from NASA’s Mars Curiosity mission will be in Hawaii next week. They will both be featured at “Reach for the Stars,” a special public event hosted at the University of Hawaii on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Loren W. Acton flew on Space Shuttle...

ThinkTech Launches New Shows

ThinkTech Launches New Shows

The ThinkTech Hawaii multimedia empire, headed by Jay Fidell, is growing. In recent weeks, two new shows have been added to the network’s extensive lineup, hosted by two good friends. Local community organizer L.P. “Neenz” Faleafine yesterday kicked off “Reaching Out,” featuring “conversations around the social side of the Internet.”...