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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...

Hawaii’s First Sketch Comedy Fest Needs You

My first introduction to Kimee Balmilero was on “Hi-5,” a kids’ show on Discovery Kids that my family would watch. (We had our TiVo set to always have the last ten episodes on tap.) My wife, who has a good sense of these things, said, “Kimee sounds local.” Sure enough, a...

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...

Thursday Panel on Hawaii Innovation

The Hawaii Venture Capital Association, in association with the Hawaii Business Roundtable, is presenting a panel discussion next week on “Growing Hawaii’s Innovation Economy.” The event will include keynote remarks from Berkeley professor Enrico Moretti, author of “The New Geography of Jobs.” In addition, HBR will preview its upcoming “Hawaii Innovation...

Puna Lava Meets Power Poles

Puna Lava Meets Power Poles

The slow-moving Puna lava flow crossed its first road in Puna, a long-anticipated milestone in a creeping natural disaster that has been unfolding since June 27. With the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Iselle in August fresh in their minds, the folks at Hawaiian Electric Light Co. hatched a plan to...

Startup Weekend Returns in November

Startup Weekend Returns in November

It’s been quiet on the Startup Weekend front, with the last Honolulu event held in February and a Maui event in May. But Hawaii will be back in the mix next month as part of the Global Startup Battle, taking place Nov. 14-16. The Honolulu event will take place at BoxJelly in...

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...

Epic “LOST” Fan Bonnie Craft Passes

Epic “LOST” Fan Bonnie Craft Passes

This was an incredible week for “LOST” fans. With the 10th anniversary of the hit TV show came dozens of tributes from all corners of the world, including a fantastic package of stories by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The Lost 2014 tour, years in the making, brought hundreds of fans to “The...

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...

How Not To Visit a Heiau

How Not To Visit a Heiau

Noted conservationist Sam Ohu Gon III shared a photo on Facebook this morning of a blogger’s photo of himself lying on a stone at Moʻokini heiau, saying, “This is what lack of respect looks like.” He posted the following comment: “You probably did not intend it, but your picture lying on...

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...

Smart Spam: The W.B. Goodwin Community Center

Smart Spam: The W.B. Goodwin Community Center

One of the things that comes with running a website — or several websites, many of which have been around for over a decade — is a constant onslaught of link-building spam. It’s a familiar email pitch. “You have a great website about {x}. We have a great website about {x}. Won’t...

Firelight Kauai

Kauai Makers Make New Friends

The Hawaii maker movement continues to grow, with the latest news coming from the west side of The Garden Island. Carl Lozar of the Kauai Makers Club announced today a new offering from Firelight Kauai, a boutique gallery space in Hanapepe with laser cutting and giclee printing capability. While the facility is...

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 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...