Category: Technology

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.”...

Time Lapse and Slow Motion Video in iOS 8

Time Lapse and Slow Motion Video in iOS 8

Apart from adjusting to the “ludicrously large” size of the iPhone 6 Plus, it’s been smooth sailing. (I even missed the brouhaha over iOS 8.0.1, for once not pouncing on the software update the moment it was available.) As with any shiny new gadget, there are lots of things to...

Agripharmatech: From Weeds to Medicine

Agripharmatech: From Weeds to Medicine

For the first time in six years and over 300 shows, Bytemarks Cafe escaped from the basement studio at Hawaii Public Radio and headed out into the field to record on location. Burt and I headed over to Windward Community College to learn about the new agripharmatech program. We spent the full hour with...

Hawaii Geek Beat: iPhone 6, iOS 8, Galaxy Note 4

Hawaii Geek Beat: iPhone 6, iOS 8, Galaxy Note 4

This morning’s segment on Hawaii News Now focused on the latest iPhones from Apple (including the latest flap, “Bendgate”), the iOS update that comes with them, and finally the upcoming fourth generation of Samsung’s original “phablet,” the Galaxy Note. Burt, who is currently gallivanting around Japan, escaped the latest escalation...

iPhone 6 Plus: Ludicrously Large

iPhone 6 Plus: Ludicrously Large

In the days leading up to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 launch, I wasn’t alone in making cardboard cutouts of the new iPhones to test the feel of the different sizes. I knew the iPhone 6 Plus was big, and that the iPhone 6 was really designed to hit...

Fiddling with Newsfeeds

Fiddling with Newsfeeds

A little over a week ago, I complained about Twitter on Twitter, annoyed that the company was starting to insert stuff into users’ newsfeeds that users didn’t ask for. While the appearance of ads and other content designed to “increase engagement” was inevitable, it was still disappointing to see on...

Hawaii TechWorks, HTDC to Partner

Hawaii TechWorks, HTDC to Partner

On Tuesday, a Big Island innovation lab and coworking space will officially become a part of a statewide family. Although I was born and raised on Oahu, I have a deep affection for Hilo. It’s where I met my wife, while studying (well, “studying”) at UH Hilo, and it’s a...

Mbloom Funds Mbloom Founders’ Startups [UPDATED]

Mbloom Funds Mbloom Founders’ Startups [UPDATED]

The Maui-based technology fund mbloom, cofounded by local entrepreneur Arben Kryeziu and California-based Nick Bicanic, today announced its first two investments: $350,000 each in Flikdate, a real-time video dating service, and Ozolio, a live HD webcam hosting service. The mbloom team definitely knows the companies they’re investing in well: Bicanic is the founder and CEO...

Whither Social Media: 2014 Update

Whither Social Media: 2014 Update

It’s been a long, long time since social media was the “next big thing.” Facebook celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and it was hardly the first social platform. Diane Seo of Frolic Hawaii (formerly Nonstop Honolulu) wanted to know whether people who embraced these tools early on were still...

Hawaii Geek Beat: Space Apps

Hawaii Geek Beat: Space Apps

Space, the final frontier, was the theme of this week’s appearance on Hawaii News Now, chosen in honor of UC Berkeley astrophysicist Alex Filippenko. Filippenko, who is known worldwide for his scientific achievements as well as his efforts to bring astrophysics to the masses, will be our guest on Bytemarks Cafe...

Cyber Hui to Celebrate Security-Savvy Students

Cyber Hui to Celebrate Security-Savvy Students

Next Saturday, the Cyber Hui is hosting its Cyber Hui Celebration at The Box Jelly in Kakaako, presenting trophies to the to three teams from the Kukui Cup cyber security scrimmage (not to be confused with the other Kukui Cup competition). As a virtual competition, the school whose computer systems were...