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Techspotting tracks the latest technologies and trends in the tech industry, from giants like Google and Apple to innovative startups and entrepreneurs. Since 2006.

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#014 – 1Password – July 29, 2019

How secure are you? The only thing worse than a weak password is using the same password for multiple accounts. But coming up with strong passwords is hard, and remembering a hundred different passwords is even harder. One important step you can take toward better online security is using a password manager. Apple builds one called Keychain into its computers. Most browsers save passwords. But a standalone password manager is more powerful, and more portable. I use one called 1Password. It’s an app on my phone, desktop computer at work, and laptop at home. It makes it easy to fill in login forms on every website and app automatically. It suggests strong passwords, and warns you if you’re using the same password in multiple places. It even supports two-factor authentication, generating a second login code for sites that support them. Whether 1Password or LastPass or DashLane, use a password manager to ensure that you’re secure.

1 MINJUL 29
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#014 – 1Password – July 29, 2019

#013 – DuckDuckGo – July 22, 2019

Just Google it. That’s what people say when they talk about searching for something online. Google is synonymous with search, and makes billions of dollars off of our constant curiosity. But Google collects lots of information about you, in order to show ads to you. And for privacy advocates, that’s too high a price to pay. Instead of Google, try DuckDuckGo. Yes, DuckDuckGo is a silly name, but it’s certainly easy to remember. It’s been around for over a decade, and today answers over 40 million search requests every day. DuckDuckGo doesn’t track you, and it doesn’t serve you ads. And there’s even an app that grades sites on privacy as you browse. It’s easier than you think to switch. All web browsers allow you to set your preferred search engine. You can switch from Google to DuckDuckGo, and get what you’re looking for without the extra baggage. Learn more at DuckDuckGo.com.

1 MINJUL 22
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#013 – DuckDuckGo – July 22, 2019

#011 – Buffer – July 15, 2019

If you run a business, you probably promote it on social media. But who has the time to can’t spend all day tweeting or posting photos to Instagram. Fortunately, there’s Buffer. Buffer is an app for scheduling posts to social media. At its simplest, Buffer lets you build up a series of posts that are then published over time. Buffer supports Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. The free plan lets you manage three services, and stack up ten posts. You can have a different publishing schedule for each account. Tweet hourly, but Instagram twice a day. Set things up over breakfast, and let it handle the rest. Buffer works via a web browser, or via a mobile app. Paid plans add more features, like more accounts, more posts, and teams. With teams, you can share access to accounts, or have one person draft posts and another person approve them. Paid plans also add statistics and an inbox for managing feedback. Check it out at Buffer.com.

1 MINJUL 16
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#011 – Buffer – July 15, 2019

#010 – Brave Browser – July 8, 2019

Is your web browser spying on you? A recent Washington Post column declared Google Chrome to be ‘spy software.’ It’s the most popular web browser, but it’s made by Google, one of the world’s biggest advertising companies. The Washington Post found that Chrome picked up over 11,000 tracking cookies in just a single week of use. Cookies do help customize content for you, but they also help web firms compile detailed profiles of your interests. Consider switching to a browser where privacy is the default. I’ve been using a browser called Brave, and I like it a lot. Brave puts privacy front and center, showing a running count of trackers that it blocks as you browse. It’s faster than Chrome, even though it uses the same core code, and it supports Chrome extensions. Brave works on all devices, and can synchronise bookmarks across them without identifying you. And Brave supports an opt-in ad network which shares revenue with you and websites that you visit. You can learn more at Brave.com. Whichever browser you choose, make sure you trust who made it.

1 MINJUL 9
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#010 – Brave Browser – July 8, 2019

#007 – Honolulu Mini-Maker Faire – June 3, 2019

Are you or your kids crazy about science and tech? Check out the Honolulu Mini-Maker Faire. Modeled after the flagship maker faire in San Francisco, the Mini-Maker Faire is like a showcase for makers. Makers means everyone from coders, to carpenters, to 3-D printers. If you make something, you’re a maker. And this event gives you an up-close look at the creative process. In addition to displays and hands-on activities, the Honolulu Mini-Maker Faire will feature drone racing. There’s also a workshop on building your own electronics. Some of my favorite groups will be there. The Puzzle Company will bring its great, big games to play. The LEGO club will bring a ton of bricks. Whether it’s arts and crafts or robotics, there’s something for everyone at the Honolulu Mini-Maker Faire. Best of all, it’s free. This sixth-annual event is coming up on Saturday, June 22. It runs from noon to 5 p.m. at Iolani School on Kamoku Street. I hope to see you there. I’m Ryan Ozawa, and this has been Techspotting.

1 MINJUN 4
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#007 – Honolulu Mini-Maker Faire – June 3, 2019

#006 – Slack – May 27, 2019

Are you buried under email? Are your coworkers calling too many meetings? You should try Slack. Slack is a chat app for teams, and it’s described as an “email killer.” Whether for your company, club, or family, Slack makes it easy to chat with a group of people. And Slack organizes conversations into channels, so you can discuss different topics. There can be a channel for your marketing team, where they can discuss the next radio ad. And another channel to plan a potluck. Channels can be public, or private. Slack also supports sharing documents, photos, and other files. And for most features are free. Paid plans let you search every message ever posted to Slack, and connect other apps. So instead of playing phone tag, or copying everyone in an email thread, use Slack to get things done fast. Want to try Slack before telling your boss about it? Check out HawaiiSlack.com. I’m Ryan Ozawa, and this has been Techspotting.

1 MINMAY 28
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#006 – Slack – May 27, 2019

#005 – Mastodon – May 20, 2019

Sick of the drama on Facebook, and the abuse on Twitter? You might want to try Mastodon. Mastodon, named after the rock band, is a federated, open-source social media platform. It’s federated like email, which means you can have hundreds of different servers that speak the same language. And it’s open source, meaning no company controls it, and anyone can run a Mastodon server. Mastodon looks like Twitter, except instead of tweets, posts are called toots. But Mastodon has features that Twitter doesn’t, like a content warning to hide spoilers or graphic content. Whereas Facebook is a giant monolith, the Mastodon community is very diverse. There are Mastodon servers for artists, programmers, academics, and activists. It’s part of a growing collection of apps and services that are part of the indie web. Want to give Mastodon a try? Learn more, and choose your first server, at joinmastodon.org. I’m Ryan Ozawa, and this has been Techspotting.

1 MINMAY 21
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#005 – Mastodon – May 20, 2019

#004 – FollowUpThen – May 13, 2019

Does your email inbox rule your life? Supercharge it with FollowUpThen. While my kids think email is old-fashioned, it’s still how a lot of work gets done. I’ve outsourced my brain to Gmail. It’s so easy to search, I email myself notes all the time. I’ve recently found a new tool that turns my email inbox into a powerful reminder and to-do list. It’s called FollowUpThen, and everything is done via email to followupthen.com. Here’s how it works. Let’s say I want to remember to renew my car registration in three months. I just send an email addressed to threemonths at followupthen.com. In three months, that email comes back to me. Dinner reservations on June 20th? Send a message to june twenty at followupthen.com. If you copy a FollowUpThen address in a message to a friend, you both will get the reminder. It’s great. And if FollowUpThen is too long to type, you’ll love the short version. Email tendays at F U T dot I O. I’m Ryan Ozawa, and this has been Techspotting.

1 MINMAY 14
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#004 – FollowUpThen – May 13, 2019
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Latest Episodes

#014 – 1Password – July 29, 2019

How secure are you? The only thing worse than a weak password is using the same password for multiple accounts. But coming up with strong passwords is hard, and remembering a hundred different passwords is even harder. One important step you can take toward better online security is using a password manager. Apple builds one called Keychain into its computers. Most browsers save passwords. But a standalone password manager is more powerful, and more portable. I use one called 1Password. It’s an app on my phone, desktop computer at work, and laptop at home. It makes it easy to fill in login forms on every website and app automatically. It suggests strong passwords, and warns you if you’re using the same password in multiple places. It even supports two-factor authentication, generating a second login code for sites that support them. Whether 1Password or LastPass or DashLane, use a password manager to ensure that you’re secure.

1 MINJUL 29
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#014 – 1Password – July 29, 2019

#013 – DuckDuckGo – July 22, 2019

Just Google it. That’s what people say when they talk about searching for something online. Google is synonymous with search, and makes billions of dollars off of our constant curiosity. But Google collects lots of information about you, in order to show ads to you. And for privacy advocates, that’s too high a price to pay. Instead of Google, try DuckDuckGo. Yes, DuckDuckGo is a silly name, but it’s certainly easy to remember. It’s been around for over a decade, and today answers over 40 million search requests every day. DuckDuckGo doesn’t track you, and it doesn’t serve you ads. And there’s even an app that grades sites on privacy as you browse. It’s easier than you think to switch. All web browsers allow you to set your preferred search engine. You can switch from Google to DuckDuckGo, and get what you’re looking for without the extra baggage. Learn more at DuckDuckGo.com.

1 MINJUL 22
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#013 – DuckDuckGo – July 22, 2019

#011 – Buffer – July 15, 2019

If you run a business, you probably promote it on social media. But who has the time to can’t spend all day tweeting or posting photos to Instagram. Fortunately, there’s Buffer. Buffer is an app for scheduling posts to social media. At its simplest, Buffer lets you build up a series of posts that are then published over time. Buffer supports Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. The free plan lets you manage three services, and stack up ten posts. You can have a different publishing schedule for each account. Tweet hourly, but Instagram twice a day. Set things up over breakfast, and let it handle the rest. Buffer works via a web browser, or via a mobile app. Paid plans add more features, like more accounts, more posts, and teams. With teams, you can share access to accounts, or have one person draft posts and another person approve them. Paid plans also add statistics and an inbox for managing feedback. Check it out at Buffer.com.

1 MINJUL 16
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#011 – Buffer – July 15, 2019

#010 – Brave Browser – July 8, 2019

Is your web browser spying on you? A recent Washington Post column declared Google Chrome to be ‘spy software.’ It’s the most popular web browser, but it’s made by Google, one of the world’s biggest advertising companies. The Washington Post found that Chrome picked up over 11,000 tracking cookies in just a single week of use. Cookies do help customize content for you, but they also help web firms compile detailed profiles of your interests. Consider switching to a browser where privacy is the default. I’ve been using a browser called Brave, and I like it a lot. Brave puts privacy front and center, showing a running count of trackers that it blocks as you browse. It’s faster than Chrome, even though it uses the same core code, and it supports Chrome extensions. Brave works on all devices, and can synchronise bookmarks across them without identifying you. And Brave supports an opt-in ad network which shares revenue with you and websites that you visit. You can learn more at Brave.com. Whichever browser you choose, make sure you trust who made it.

1 MINJUL 9
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#010 – Brave Browser – July 8, 2019

#007 – Honolulu Mini-Maker Faire – June 3, 2019

Are you or your kids crazy about science and tech? Check out the Honolulu Mini-Maker Faire. Modeled after the flagship maker faire in San Francisco, the Mini-Maker Faire is like a showcase for makers. Makers means everyone from coders, to carpenters, to 3-D printers. If you make something, you’re a maker. And this event gives you an up-close look at the creative process. In addition to displays and hands-on activities, the Honolulu Mini-Maker Faire will feature drone racing. There’s also a workshop on building your own electronics. Some of my favorite groups will be there. The Puzzle Company will bring its great, big games to play. The LEGO club will bring a ton of bricks. Whether it’s arts and crafts or robotics, there’s something for everyone at the Honolulu Mini-Maker Faire. Best of all, it’s free. This sixth-annual event is coming up on Saturday, June 22. It runs from noon to 5 p.m. at Iolani School on Kamoku Street. I hope to see you there. I’m Ryan Ozawa, and this has been Techspotting.

1 MINJUN 4
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#007 – Honolulu Mini-Maker Faire – June 3, 2019

#006 – Slack – May 27, 2019

Are you buried under email? Are your coworkers calling too many meetings? You should try Slack. Slack is a chat app for teams, and it’s described as an “email killer.” Whether for your company, club, or family, Slack makes it easy to chat with a group of people. And Slack organizes conversations into channels, so you can discuss different topics. There can be a channel for your marketing team, where they can discuss the next radio ad. And another channel to plan a potluck. Channels can be public, or private. Slack also supports sharing documents, photos, and other files. And for most features are free. Paid plans let you search every message ever posted to Slack, and connect other apps. So instead of playing phone tag, or copying everyone in an email thread, use Slack to get things done fast. Want to try Slack before telling your boss about it? Check out HawaiiSlack.com. I’m Ryan Ozawa, and this has been Techspotting.

1 MINMAY 28
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#006 – Slack – May 27, 2019

#005 – Mastodon – May 20, 2019

Sick of the drama on Facebook, and the abuse on Twitter? You might want to try Mastodon. Mastodon, named after the rock band, is a federated, open-source social media platform. It’s federated like email, which means you can have hundreds of different servers that speak the same language. And it’s open source, meaning no company controls it, and anyone can run a Mastodon server. Mastodon looks like Twitter, except instead of tweets, posts are called toots. But Mastodon has features that Twitter doesn’t, like a content warning to hide spoilers or graphic content. Whereas Facebook is a giant monolith, the Mastodon community is very diverse. There are Mastodon servers for artists, programmers, academics, and activists. It’s part of a growing collection of apps and services that are part of the indie web. Want to give Mastodon a try? Learn more, and choose your first server, at joinmastodon.org. I’m Ryan Ozawa, and this has been Techspotting.

1 MINMAY 21
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#005 – Mastodon – May 20, 2019

#004 – FollowUpThen – May 13, 2019

Does your email inbox rule your life? Supercharge it with FollowUpThen. While my kids think email is old-fashioned, it’s still how a lot of work gets done. I’ve outsourced my brain to Gmail. It’s so easy to search, I email myself notes all the time. I’ve recently found a new tool that turns my email inbox into a powerful reminder and to-do list. It’s called FollowUpThen, and everything is done via email to followupthen.com. Here’s how it works. Let’s say I want to remember to renew my car registration in three months. I just send an email addressed to threemonths at followupthen.com. In three months, that email comes back to me. Dinner reservations on June 20th? Send a message to june twenty at followupthen.com. If you copy a FollowUpThen address in a message to a friend, you both will get the reminder. It’s great. And if FollowUpThen is too long to type, you’ll love the short version. Email tendays at F U T dot I O. I’m Ryan Ozawa, and this has been Techspotting.

1 MINMAY 14
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#004 – FollowUpThen – May 13, 2019
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