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The University of Hawaii has launched a new mobile app aimed at keeping students safer on campus.  The app is being called "The Manoa Guardian" and allows students to set a timer that notifies a designated contact person or campus security if the user doesn’t check in, or cancel the timer.  Students can also report incidents on campus, alerting security to the time and location of the witness by allowing campus security to respond using the senders GPS location.  Sarah Rice is the Community Programs Manager for the Department of Public Safety for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

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 Did you have a restful weekend? According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than a quarter of the U.S. population doesn’t get enough sleep. And new research from Japan shows mobile devices could be keeping people up at night, especially young people. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Mélissa / Flickr

On this Earth Day, it’s timely to note that Hawai‘i has more rooftop solar installations than any other state. The federal Energy Information Administration puts the figure at roughly 12% of the homes across the islands. A different use of solar power will soon be coming to O‘ahu from across the Pacific.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The company that owns the rights to the movie “The Dallas Buyers Club” has been fighting illegal downloads of the film. And now that battle has stretched to the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Overdoses of prescription drugs are the leading cause of accidental death in Hawai‘i. That’s according to the Hawai‘i Injury Prevention and Control Program and matches a national trend. A team of researchers in Australia is now working on a project that may produce a new generation of pain killers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The most popular smartphone in China is a brand that may be new to you. A new report says the company beat out Samsung, Apple, and every other smart phone maker when it comes to sales in the world’s most populous country. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Broadband internet access is both a luxury for modern entertainment and a necessity for business. But Hawaii is falling behind when it comes to fast connections. We get a look at some of the people and businesses involved from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

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The research group E-Marketer estimates about a quarter of the world’s population now use smart phones at least once a month. Cheaper prices have been a big factor in spreading their use. Another study shows that in one digital hot spot, the time spent on those smart phones has also grown dramatically. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Over this holiday season, people are spending some down time with a variety of activities. Around Asia, there’s a growing trend that involves a different kind of relaxation, of a very low-tech variety.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawaii Schools Learn to Crack 'Hour of Code'

Dec 10, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Students at Momilani Elementary have been spending time this week on the computer. But they’re not playing games — they’re learning to write them. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

  Today on Bytemarks Café: Monique Chyba from the UH Dept. of Mathematics to tell us about a public lecture series called Reach for the Stars. Then Keith Demello from the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT) will tell us about the upcoming Hawaii Government Digital Summit. Finally, we've invited Keone Kali and Paola Saibene also from OIMT to tell us about progress with the State's IT Transformation Plan. 

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    If the combination of new media and ancient thought appeals to you, you may be interested in a new job opportunity. One of China’s oldest Buddhist temples is looking for a social media director. HPR’s Bill Dorman has the details in today’s Asia Minute.

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www.onthemedia.org

 

   Food safety is always a concern for travelers, especially in certain parts of the world. Scientists at China’s largest internet search engine have come up with a new idea to help. And it centers on chopsticks. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

2014 International Robotics Summer Games

Jul 8, 2014
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Friends of Robotics Hawaii

  The 2014 International Robotics Summer Games will take place this weekend at the Hawaii Convention Center.

The event will gather more than 100 high school teams from around the world to compete in robotic and engineering games. In addition to the international teams there will also be over forty schools from Hawaii in the competition.  The event is sponsored by Friends of Robotics Hawaii and it’s designed to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or “STEM” programs in early education.

NOAA's New Eye in the Sky

Jul 8, 2014
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oceanservice.noaa.gov

 NOAA has a new eye in the sky over the islands.

Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are using unmanned aircraft to improve research in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. 

The Puma is a small thirteen pound aircraft that is launched from the Hi’ialakai research ship. It’s quipped with video and infrared cameras that are mounted on a 360 degree gimbal. It flies ahead of the team and takes pictures and video of everything from monk seals to marine debris.

Todd Jacobs is the Puma project manager.

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  Teams from Hawaii have done well in recent years when it comes to high school competitions in robotics. Next month, the Hawaii Convention Center will host a three-day robotics competition. This past week, robots were the focus of a different kind of gathering in Hong Kong. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

First we'll look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then joining us today is Marco Morawec to tell us about the Firehose Weekend for high school students and Meli James from HVCA to tell us about the relaunch of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. Finally, we'll find out how citizens can help scientists, find invasive species and help fight plant diseases.   

UH Scientists Create App to Track Papaya Virus

Apr 16, 2014
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Flickr / ddwilmoth

If you’ve ever wondered if that papaya tree growing in your backyard has ring spot virus -- now there’s an app for that! Two University of Hawaii at Mānoa researchers are taking a digital approach to track what they believe may be a decrease in the destructive virus. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

For more information and to download the free app, visit the Pic-a-Papaya website.

Innovation in Education

Apr 16, 2014

First we took a look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then Jay Fidell from ThinkTech joined us to tell us about a panel discussion on New Tech in Hawaii Agriculture. Finally, we found out how 3 independent schools, Mid Pacific, Iolani and Punahou, are tackling innovation in education. 

Bytemarks Cafe: Maker Faire

Mar 26, 2014

First we'll look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then joining us today is Mike King from Ikayzo to tell us about a class he's doing for Pacific New Media. Finally, we'll talk to organizers, Alan Solidum and Ross Mukai and go behind the scenes at the Honolulu Mini Maker Faire.

Bytemarks Cafe: New developments at HTDC

Mar 19, 2014

First we'll look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then we'll get an update on the upcoming Hawaii Robofest. Finally, we'll talk with Robbie Melton, the new CEO and Executive Director about new developments at the High Tech Development Corporation.

First we'll look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then joining us today is Brian Dote to tell us about something new happening at Mid Pacific Institute. Finally, we'll talk to Sonny Bhagowalia and Keone Kali about changes in the State's Office of Information Management and Technology. 

Google Helps Local Businesses Get Online

Mar 12, 2014
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These days it seems like everybody is online. Most businesses, large and small, have a website or online presence to showcase their products. But, according to estimates from Google, nearly 70% of local businesses in the Aloha State aren’t online. HPR’s Molly Solomon tells us about an upcoming workshop that’s hoping to close that gap.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Kakaako is getting a technology makeover. Kamehameha Schools announced that they will be providing a free wireless network to anyone who wants to connect. The project stretches from Ala Moana Boulevard and South, to Halekauwila and Cooke Street. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Bytemarks Cafe: Voice of the Sea

Feb 12, 2014

First we'll look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then joining us today is Matt Heim from Electric Pencil to tell us about the upcoming Pacific Bridge Conference for entrepreneurs. Finally, we talk to Kanesa Seraphin about some of her discoveries from exploring science and culture across the Pacific in her program Voice of the Sea.

Bytemarks Cafe: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Jan 29, 2014

Today on Bytemarks Cafe, the geeks turn their attention to the skies and weigh the prospects of unmanned aerial vehicles operating in Hawaii. They’ll discuss the latest advances in drone technology, and the FAA’s recent designation of Hawaii as an official drone testing site.

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An increasing number of scientists agree that the Earth is now entering a new geologic era—the anthropocene, where humans are altering the earth’s natural systems so much that we must take responsibility for shaping the future.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with two futurists who are studying how society and technology could evolve.

Town Square - Safety of Wireless Technology

Jan 2, 2014

Kerry Crofton, PhD, Executive Director of Doctors for Safer Schools talks about why her organization says wireless tech isn't safe.

First Burt and Ryan look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then Omar Sultan from Sultan Ventures joins in to talk about the upcoming Startup Paradise VC Summit. Finally, we've invited a couple of Wordpress gurus, John Leblanc and Justin Hedani, to talk about setting up a Wordpress site and give you some tips and suggestions on creating a great blog.

Bytemarks Cafe: TEDx & Apps

Oct 30, 2013

First we'll look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then joining us today is Genesis Leong to tell us about the upcoming TEDx Honolulu event. Finally, we talk to Russel Cheng and Kyle Oba about resources for the programmers and coders who want to write the next killer app.

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