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  • Facial recognition tech, new smartphones from Samsung, Motorola February 13, 2020
    Today on KITV's "Good Morning Hawaii," anchor Maleko McDonnell and I discuss the latest tech headlines, including the controversial facial recognition startup Clearview AI, and new smartphones from Samsung (including the Galaxy S20 flagship and Galaxy Z Flip folding phone) and Motorola's Razr reboot and mid-priced Moto G Power.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Review: “1917” (2019) January 10, 2020
    A singular cinematic experience that was so intense, so visceral, so relentless, I was wrung out and speechless when the credits rolled.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Cats, cars, computers showcased at CES January 9, 2020
    Highlights from CES 2020 in Las Vegas, including the Sony Vision-S concept electric car, the Razer Kishi mobile gaming controller, and the Lenovo X1 Fold folding-screen computer.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Data breaches and location privacy hacks for Christmas December 23, 2019
    My latest Techspotting segment on KITV's Good Morning Hawaii, where Maleko McDonnell and I discuss the recent Ring data breach and the bombshell New York Times report on how easy it is to track people, even with "anonymized" data.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Airpods go pro, Google gets Fitbit, and the streaming wars heat up November 5, 2019
    My latest Techspotting segment on KITV's Good Morning Hawaii, where Maleko McDonnell and I discuss the surprise launch of Apple's new AirPods Pro with Active Noise Canceling (ANC), the acquisition of Fitbit by Google to revitalize competition in the wearables space, and the pending launches of Apple TV+ and Disney+.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Google’s flagship smartphone, Fortnite’s second chapter, and the HACC is on October 22, 2019
    Google's latest hardware headliner is the Pixel 4 smartphone. Meanwhile, Fortnite closes version one with a bang, and starts chapter two with a whole new map. Finally, the HACC is underway, with pitches and judging set for November 16 at Aloha Tower.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • New hardware from Amazon, maps from Facebook, and games from Apple September 30, 2019
    Recapping Amazon's hardware announcements (including Echo Frames and Echo Smart Ring), Facebook's augmented reality news (Oculus Live Maps), and the launch of Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass, both for $5 a month.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Apple’s fall keynote brings iPhone, Apple Watch upgrades September 11, 2019
    My latest Techspotting segment for KITV, where Maleko McDonnell and I discuss Apple's fall keynote, which is like Christmas morning for Apple fans. This year Apple announced a reduced price for the iPhone, and better cameras and battery life for the iPhone Pro. Also, the Apple Watch Series 5, and aggressively priced services like Apple […]
    Ryan Ozawa
  • With more flagship device upgrades, have we reached ‘peak smartphone’? September 2, 2019
    My latest Techspotting segment for KITV, where Lindsey Fukano and I discuss the latest flagship smartphone releases from Samsung and Apple. How much better can they get? Will the new tariffs on Chinese goods affect pricing? And how does Disney's upcoming streaming platform compare with giants Netflix and Hulu?
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Online extremists remain online despite real-world consequences August 9, 2019
    My latest Techspotting segment for KITV where Maleko McDonnell and I discuss banning hate sites in the wake of devastating mass shootings in the United States.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Facebook launches Libra, a virtual Potter world, and China’s tech showcase June 25, 2019
    My latest Techspotting segment for KITV, where Maleko McDonnell and I discuss Facebook's entry into the cryptocurrency space, Libra. Niantic launches Wizards Unite, a Harry Potter game with augmented reality features similar to Pokemon Go. And Mobile World Congress kicks off this week, showcasing 5G technology.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Apple previews new software, hardware at annual conference June 4, 2019
    My latest Techspotting segment for KITV on the latest Apple announcements, including the new Mac Pro, iOS 13 with Dark Mode, and MacOS Catalina.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Southwest Airlines revoked bonus points offered to Hawaii residents. Here’s how to get them back. June 1, 2019
    There are far more people who were willing to believe Southwest Airlines acted in bad faith than there were people who believed they could get free points in the first place.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Google conference showcases new hardware, software May 10, 2019
    My latest Techspotting segment for KITV where Maleko McDonnell and I discuss the Google I/O developers conference. Ostensibly focused on software, the Mountain View tech giant also announced new hardware at its annual keynote, including the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL and the Nest Hub Max. They also previewed Android Q, with dark mode […]
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Where is Midtown Ala Moana? [Updated] April 23, 2019
    UPDATE [April 24, 2019]: Historically this area was known as Kalia. Sounds like a perfectly good name to me. See the end of this post for details. Midtown Ala Moana is “considered a haven for foodies,” a draw for “fashionistas,” and home to The Republik nightclub, Like Like Drive Inn,...
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Apple officially enters the streaming content business March 25, 2019
    The latest Apple announcements, including its entry into the streaming media business.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Apple leaps into streaming with big-name stars March 25, 2019
    My latest Techspotting segment on KITV where Maleko McDonnell and I discuss recent Apple announcements, including its entry into the streaming media business, featuring original content starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner, Steve Carrell, and other stars.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • EARL Opens in Kakaako March 21, 2019
    Earl Sandwich opened in Kaimuki in 2014, and somehow managed to build a loyal following despite being tucked away behind Big City Diner and underneath Himalayan Kitchen. Tomorrow, its second location in the heart of Kakaako has its grand opening, and my coworker Michelle (with a far more evolved palate)...
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Apps for Seniors March 17, 2019
    The interview gave me an opportunity to do some research on seniors and technology, and on apps targeted at them.
    Ryan Ozawa
  • Face It. Hate is Profitable. March 15, 2019
    Can social media platforms do something to stop terrorists from finding recruits, finding each other, and finding supporters so easily? Yes. But they won't.
    Ryan Ozawa