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Backups are the best tools for countering ransomware

Last week’s global ransomware outbreak signaled that this is a trend that is sure to continue. With all the press ransomware has received in the past, one would think it would be easier to control. Read More
Updated on  May 22, 2017 at 10:01 pm

Software updates are vital, as global cyberattack proves

More than four years ago, on April 23, 2013, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser published the Tech View column “Aggressive, elusive hackers hold computers for ransom,” written by Beau Monday, who held my current position at Hawaiian Telcom. Read More
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                                Dennis Teranishi is the CEO of the nonprofit Pacific International Center for High Technology Research.

CEO embraces change in spinoff from nonprofit

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                                Dennis Teranishi is the CEO of the nonprofit Pacific International Center for High Technology Research.

Updated on  May 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm
Dennis Teranishi, CEO of a Hawaii-based nonprofit called the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research, recently explained in three aphorisms his motivation for spinning off a portion of the nonprofit. Read More
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                                Vincent Kimura, chief executive officer of Smart Yields, an agriculture tech startup that provides data analytics to small and medium-sized farmers, shows the company’s app features to a local farmer.

Entrepreneurial ecosystem helps boost isle tech firms

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                                Vincent Kimura, chief executive officer of Smart Yields, an agriculture tech startup that provides data analytics to small and medium-sized farmers, shows the company’s app features to a local farmer.

Updated on  May 2, 2017 at 5:57 pm
In the startup community we talk about “the ecosystem” because it’s what attracts entrepreneurs. Accelerators, investment funds and co-working spaces are all critical pieces that help entrepreneurs hit the ground running. Read More
 

Legislators lay groundwork for local 5G phone service

This year is the 10th anniversary of Apple’s iPhone, the first smartphone for ordinary people. Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the Android phone, now the most common smartphone. Read More
Updated on  April 3, 2017 at 10:03 pm
 
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                                The vast majority of support and maintenance for PCs and Macs can be provided remotely. Remote access is one of the most useful applications enabled by the ubiquity of high-speed internet. It is unavoidable.

Understand what’s involved before allowing remote access

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                                The vast majority of support and maintenance for PCs and Macs can be provided remotely. Remote access is one of the most useful applications enabled by the ubiquity of high-speed internet. It is unavoidable.

Updated on  March 28, 2017 at 12:11 am
We’ve all been there. You’re having a problem with your computer, so you call for support. The responding technician offers to fix the problem by remotely accessing your system. Read More

Entrepreneurs get a boost during state Capitol event

Hawaii gets dinged in national surveys as a tough place to do business. So it was nice to see local entrepreneurs who are swimming against that tide take time away from their ventures to rally at the state Legislature. Read More
Updated on  March 14, 2017 at 9:32 pm

Review service agreements for provisions on downtime

With the ubiquity of cloud computing, many businesses and government agencies have contracted out critical services. Whether it’s internet access, email, collaboration or even phone services, some folks feel helpless when such a service goes down. Read More

Observe employees’ actions to eliminate insider threats

Recent political news has highlighted how unauthorized leaks of sensitive information can cause economic harm to a company, embarrass an individual to the point of requiring a resignation, and threaten national security. Read More
Updated on  February 20, 2017 at 9:51 pm

Extensive support available for isle business innovators

In past columns I profiled several kamaaina who used startups as a way to come home from the mainland. I showed how even entrepreneurs without roots in Hawaii see compelling reasons to build their companies here. Read More
Updated on  February 13, 2017 at 10:06 pm

Smart cars, 4K TVs, Echo hold promise at trade show

One of this column’s best friends in Silicon Valley is Creative Strategies’ founder, Tim Bajarin, who is one of the nation’s leading tech industry gurus. Read More
Updated on  February 6, 2017 at 9:47 pm

Entrepreneurs outside isles seeing Hawaii’s advantages

Silicon Valley isn’t the only place people are building startups. From Charlotte, N.C., to Boise, Idaho, cities across the country — including Hono­lulu — are investing in their startup communities to attract entrepreneurs and retain local talent. Read More
Updated on  January 16, 2017 at 10:24 pm

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