Category: Video

Chris Albrecht's Menehunes on Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon Animated Short Features ‘Menehunes’

Children’s television network Nickelodeon this week released a digital animated short called “Menehunes,” a fun and colorful story loosely based on the menehune of Hawaiian mythology. There’s young Leilani and a hidden village of menehune in the trees, a gang of cockroaches, and more than a few silly tropical-themed puns. It 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...

Peak Meerkat

Geek Beat: Reaching Peak Meerkat

Since blogging about the Meerkat livestreaming app a couple of weeks ago, I’ve gone a little bonkers. I said at the time, “I could easily see myself falling head over heels in love with Meerkat,” and I did. I talked incessantly about it. I livestreamed random moments — hanging out...

Padre's Corner

Talking Hawaii and Tech with a Geeky Priest

As a long-time fan of the TWiT network, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in April, it was a distinct honor and pleasure to be a guest on “Padre’s Corner,” hosted by “The Digital Jesuit,” Fr. Robert Ballecer. Each week, “Padre’s Corner” features a mixed plate of discussions, the formula for which is...

Meerkat Makes Livestreaming Ludicrously Easy

Yesterday, I streamed live video of my drive home from work while a dozen or so people watched. It was pretty mundane, while at the same time, pretty remarkable. I was checking out a new app for iOS called Meerkat, which marries the wide potential of livestreaming with the instant and social strengths...

Shocking Ways to Break Bad Habits

Whether you’re trying to exercise more, or eat better, or quit smoking, or waste less time online, you’re talking about building or breaking a habit. But changing habits isn’t easy. Competition is one way to get motivated, as are smaller goals. But earning virtual badges or beating your friends on a leaderboard might only...

Aloha Tofu Town Celebrates Grand Opening

Although Aloha Tofu Town at Dole Cannery had been serving tofu-centric lunches and specialty desserts since its soft opening last month, it celebrated its official grand opening this evening. The latest enterprise of the Uyehara family — Paul and Misa Uyehara representing the third generation to run Aloha Tofu — Aloha...

Drone Hits Honolulu Skyscraper. Twice.

The web is littered with videos of drone crashes. Some of them are pretty spectacular, but fortunately few of them are captured in Hawaii. But last weekend, a local quadcopter pilot created one of Honolulu’s most memorable entries. In a video posted to YouTube, we watch and listen as a DJI Phantom quadcopter loses contact...

Flashback: Online Video Before YouTube

Today, over 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute. Every minute. And videos account for 78 percent of all internet traffic (and that number is expected to hit 84 percent by 2018). It’s hard to believe just how hard it was to do online video less than two...

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...

HiSessions Seeks Support to Sustain Showcase

Four years ago, local musician Jon Yamasato was struck by how much his young daughter was into watching music videos on YouTube, and he wondered what it would take to bring similar exposure to Hawaii musicians. “I noticed that a lot of local artists didn’t have good video of themselves,...

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...

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...

Mana Mai Tai Meme Factory Launches

Going viral. It’s the internet’s top prize, like winning the online lottery, the dream of nearly every artist, media maker and marketer on the web. This Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the teaser trailer for next year’s new “Star Wars” movie went viral. It was everywhere. A mere 90 seconds of footage watched by...

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...

Haunting Video of Māmane at Kohala

Haunting Video of Māmane at Kohala

A new time-lapse video captured by photographer and filmmaker Gary Yost will surely give you “chicken skin.” Yost has been taking pictures for 40 years (much of them while also working as a software developer), and today he is a photography teacher as well as a budding filmmaker. His work...

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...

Hawaii Geek Beat: Local Apps for Drivers, Gardeners

Hawaii Geek Beat: Local Apps for Drivers, Gardeners

On this week’s “Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now, we featured more locally-grown apps. Of course, we could barely scratch the surface in explaining each, so here’s more background on RouteView HNL, Pic-A-Papaya, and The Plant Doctor. RouteView HNL This app for iOS allows a simple and elegant way...