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GEORGE F. LEE / 2021
                                Quick response codes make it easier to be directed to websites and have become common. However, be conscious that the code is valid and won’t link you to malware. Visitors hiking along the tracks of the Koko Crater Railway at Koko Head District Park pass a QR code for a GoFundMe site.
Tech View: The QR code conundrum poses good, bad outcomes

QR (quick response) codes have been around for years, and during the pandemic they became a common sight almost everywhere we go. Nearly every restaurant and bar moved to all-digital menus and added QR codes to their tables so guests could see the menu from their phone or smart devices. Read more

New guide helps grow native Hawaiian plants.
Tech View: New guide helps grow native Hawaiian plants

A day doesn’t go by when we aren’t reminded in the news of the environmental peril that we all share. What can we do? “Don’t worry about the whole earth,” says Douglas W. Tallamy, an entomology professor at the University of Delaware. “Worry about the piece of the earth that you can influence.” Read more

New York Times / June 20
                                Windows commands over 75% of the market for personal computers, and looks to continue to maintain its position over the foreseeable future. The visitor center at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash.
Tech View: New Windows 11 is boring, but it is an easy transition

When Microsoft somewhat surprisingly announced the release of Windows 11, many were caught by surprise. After all, hadn’t Microsoft said Windows 10 was going to be the last version of its venerable operating system? Now, about a year after its introduction, the initial fanfare has calmed, but folks are still wondering whether they should take the leap. What’s the verdict? Read more

Ryan Ozawa
Tech View: FoundHer accelerator empowers more women

Hawaii FoundHer, a business accelerator for female entrepreneurs of Native Hawaiian, Asian American and Pacific Islander ancestry, has announced the members of its second cohort of five female founders and their companies. Read more

Honolulu Star-Advertiser business columnist John Agsalud.
Tech View: Protecting your DNA data could pay off in the future

With genealogy sites all the rage, many folks willingly submit DNA samples to see their family trees. For a few, unintended consequences have surfaced, at least anecdotally, some taking on the status of the urban legend “What do you mean my dad was the postman?” But it’s the unknown unintended circumstances that give us pause. Read more

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                                Maria Ressa.
Tech View: Disarming disinformation 1 relationship at a time

‘Connecting in a Zero-­Trust World,” the theme at the June 27-30 East-West Center International Media Conference at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, said it all. As trust in media, government, business, science and nongovernment organizations diminishes, truth becomes ever more elusive. Read more


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