Monthly Archives: June 2013

Instagram adds video

Long rumored, finally live, photo sharing service Instagram now supports video as well. Will the addition of motion and sound disrupt the serenity of a stream of pretty pictures? At least videos don't play automatically, nor do they loop endlessly.

The move by the Facebook backed social network is widely seen as a defensive play against Twitter-backed Vine. Can we support two "Twitter for Video" platforms?

#instagram #vine #apps #video #instavideo

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Hawaii virtual reality club a reality

Next Tuesday, June 25, will bring the first meetup of the Hawaii VR Club at +HI Capacity (307a Kamani Street). Co-organized by IGDA Honolulu, the gathering will focus on the Oculus Rift, and how Hawaii developers have the opportunity to get involved early in creating for this innovative hardware.

RSVP here:

#hawaii   #virtualreality   #vr   #oculus   #oculusrift  

Hawaii VR Club’s First Meetup
Introducing the first meetup of Hawaii’s Virtual Reality Club!

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Previewing iOS 7 on my iPhone

In album

Living on the edge… updated to the first beta release of iOS 7 on my "daily driver" iPhone 5. Definitely some quirks and bugs, but overall, I like it. I expect lots of tweaks before it's finally released later this year.

Some icons are jarring, but I imagine it'll grow on me. The new look is also made rougher next to older app icons, but I think app devs will quickly revise to the new visual style.

High points are definitely multitasking UI (a la Web OS), Control Panel (a la Android), sharper lighter fonts throughout (kinda Windows 8). More camera and media controls, and iTunes Radio looks promising.

I can sense the overall "layer" approach to overlapping elements, and the "parallax" shifting depth is cute, but mostly eye candy.

Not crazy about little things like more padding in the notifications and the smaller app folder display (more space, less content).

And I have run into bugs like mixed keyboards, overlapping status bars (it's now obvious some app devs pre-render the bar to give the impression of faster loading), and Safari hangs… but those will definitely get hammered out over the next few months. I would have to say it's more stable than I expected for a first release.

#apple #ios #ios7 #iphone

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Domestic surveillance whistleblower was Hawaii resident

+The Guardian today revealed the identity of the source of leaked documents outlining the far-reaching domestic surveillance capabilities of the U.S. government (from access to Verizon logs to the so-called 'PRISM' program). Edward Snowden was apparently living a good life in Hawaii with his girlfriend and a $200,000 salary with Booz Allen Hamilton. But what he saw of the NSA's capabilities spurred him to act.

"My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them," he said.

#hawaii   #nsa   #prism   #surveillance  

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations
The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA’s history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows • Q&A with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘I do not expect to see home again’

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New Portal Mods Coming in 1.28

“Heat Sink” Description: “The Heat Sink is a MOD that reduces the cooldown period between Portal hacks.”

“Multi-hack” Description: “The Multi-hack is a MOD that increases the number of times a player can hack the same Portal before it burns out.”

“Link Amp” Description: “The Link Amp is a MOD that increases the maximum distance of potential Links from a Portal.”

“Force Amp” Description: “The Force Amp is a MOD that increases the power of Portal attacks by a factor or N times.”

“Turret” Description: “The Turret is a MOD that increases the frequency of Portal attacks (zaps)

From Ingress Report 11 via Reddit:

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The Future of the Web

Today on +Bytemarks Cafe, airing at 5 p.m. on +Hawaii Public Radio, we'll be exploring what the future may bring to the web. We'll have two web gurus in the studio: Kevin Hughes (an early pioneer of the web and  World Wide Web Hall of Fame inductee) and Daniel Leuck (of Ikayzo).

We'd love to hear your thoughts as well. Listen in on 89.3FM (or streaming online via or the HPR app), and call in your thoughts at 941-3689, or toll-free from the neighbor islands at (877) 941-3689.

#hawaii   #publicradio   #web   #www  

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