With rent prices in cities like San Francisco, Portland, and New York soaring to astronomical heights as of late, hearing about the new rent-bidding service Rentberry is sure to put prospective renters in a tail-spin.So instead of going about renting an apartment the old-fashioned way — you know by submitting an application for the price that s listed — interested tenants now have the ability to place bids on any residences they re keen on, be it over or under the posted list price.This isn t just about people offering a lot of money, Lubinsky told Digital Trends.Application fees are a pain in the neck — especially if a renter doesn t actually move into a place they ve already spent money on — and not hearing back from a landlord causes undue stress during an already strenuous time.While the above examples are purely speculative, it remains to be seen just how exactly landlords and tenants will react to a venture like Rentberry.To address its main criticism, Lubinsky remained firm in asserting that if prices are destined to rise in the housing market, they will with or without a service like Rentberry.
Meteors become bright 'fireballs' when debris is either larger than normal, or moving incredibly fast.Photo: Wally Pacholka / AstroPics.com / TWANPolice Sergeant Tim Farris was patrolling the streets of Portland, Maine early Tuesday morning when he caught a very different kind of speeder on his dashboard camera — a meteor.Meteors are small grains of interplanetary debris that smack into our atmosphere at breakneck speeds and burn up, streaking through the night sky like shooting stars.As Earth orbits through the tail of Halley's Comet, it produces a meteor shower called the Eta Aquarids, which we are currently in the midst of.When a meteor is so bright that it outshines the rest of the sky, it's called a fireball.Fireballs are created when the debris is either larger than normal, or moving at incredibly fast speeds.
Our challenge is to use that change to solve problems rather than create new ones, and maintain and tailor our existing infrastructure for the future.I ve spent my career fighting for innovation and creativity in our transportation system, from starting the bike planning program for the City of Portland in the 1990s to strengthening tax benefits for transit commuters in Congress.Depending on how we value mobility and the shared space of our streets and highways, our cities could become even more congested and unequal, especially if electric and hybrid vehicle owners pay less and less for use of the roads while drivers of older, less fuel efficient cars have to make up the difference.Integration of this miles traveled charge into market-ready and emerging vehicle technology can provide data to drive transportation planning decisions.It can also be tailored to charge for actual system use by adding modest fees for driving during peak travel times—known as congestion pricing.The platform can be used to incentivize thoughtful planning and integration of semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles at the local level.
It has a certain Portland, Oregon, quality I don't love.But the Spicy Curry — an electric pedal-assist cargo bike and the creation of a small California company called Yuba — is an excellent thing with excellent potential.What's a cargo bike?Basically, it's the bicycle equivalent of a pickup truck.It's a surprisingly utilitarian creation that provides an alternative, though not a replacement, for a car.An aluminum frame behind the seat allows for a variety of attachments: A wide bed for groceries or equipment, two child seats, saddlebags, or anything else you can tie to it.The Spicy Curry is also an e-bike.A battery and generous pedal-assist motor provide extra boost to whatever power the rider is already producing.There are four torque settings to dial in your preferred level of, well, spiciness.The battery will recharge fully in four to six hours, and it provides a range of up to 45 miles, depending on load, road conditions, and the torque setting.Benjamin Sarrazin, Yuba's CEO and founder, told Business Insider the name is a play on the company's partnership with motor manufacturer Currie Technologies.Yuba makes a variety of cargo bikes, some with electric motors and some without.The Spicy Curry is its top-of-the-range model and costs $4,200.That may sound like a lot for a bicycle, but if the Spicy Curry is used to its full potential — as a daily errand runner — there's an argument for spending that much dough for something that's well built, comfortable, and very, very versatile.And the Yuba Spicy Curry is all of those things.
The simple block letters adorning the stage at this year s WebVisions conference in Portland, Oregon perfectly captured the event s singular, tech-focused theme: Explore the future.Over two days, a parade of innovative thinkers and collaborators took to the stage at Revolution Hall – a former high school turned venue – to share their visions of where we re headed.Topics ranged from Bluetooth beacons and paleontologist content creation, to tech s role in modern activism.Bestselling author, distinguished scholar, and Digital Trends contributor Douglas Rushkoff capped it all off with a special closing keynote.We ll devote an entire future article to Rushkoff s mind-blowing thesis on the digital economy, but there were plenty of other highlights, too.Here are a few of the most intriguing, thought-provoking, and compelling talks we watched.
Locals Only Portland used to have these old themed restaurants—big grand old supper club kind of places.They still do steak Diane and all these flaming things that they prepare tableside, so it s like walking into Mad Men.They have outdoor tables, and they let me take my dog there.I go almost once a week all summer, because they will serve my dog from the children s menu.My favorite gadget is something you must discreetly request to see.Shopping I really like the Hawthorne district, especially the stuff at the Gold Door 6 .
PORTLAND, Maine AP -- With summer whale watching season fast approaching, conservation advocates and government agencies who want to protect whales say a mobile app designed to help mariners steer clear of the animals is helping keep them alive.It also provides information on speed restrictions and restricted areas, and recommends routes shippers can take to avoid endangered species such as the blue whale and the North Atlantic right whale.That means conditions are perfect to get more mariners and the public on board with protecting whales, said Patrick Ramage, whale program director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.Collisions with high speed ships are one of the leading causes of death for some species of whales, and many mariners often try to navigate around them using outdated equipment.Alaskan cruise ships began using it this month.Ramage said more than 33,000 users have downloaded the app, which first came out four years ago, and recent changes — such as giving civilians the ability to report whale sightings — have made it more popular.
With oceans, lakes, and rivers taking up a major chunk of the Earth s surface, it was only a matter of time before structures typically reserved for land began to make their way to the water.As far back as the early 1900s — and likely earlier — the concept of creating a house on water began taking shape, popping up in water-friendly cities such as Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Portland, Oregon.Over the years, countries like Zimbabwe, India, and Laos have utilized houseboats to entertain tourists, travel from city to city, or simply enjoy some time spent off land.While there still exists a community of these traditional houseboats, the market for lavish floating homes is at an all time high.This new crop of luxurious, contemporary, and — at times — outrageous floating homes took the real estate world by storm, and we ve found 10 of our absolute favorite from around the globe.With most of these designs coming from the minds of brilliant architects the world over, the following homes are truly works of incredible art and stunning construction.
The US state of Oregon says it will charge Comcast tens of millions of dollars in taxes after revoking a tax break the cable giant had claimed on its broadband service.The state's Department of Revenue DOR has denied a request by Comcast that it be granted an exemption reserved for companies that offer gigabit internet service in the state.Written to lure Google's Fiber service to Portland after years of courtship, the tax break would give exemptions to reward the installation of high-speed fiber broadband.Comcast had claimed the exemption for itself in February, arguing that its "Gigabit Pro" service tops out at 2Gbit/s and thus made the cable giant eligible to claim the same breaks as Google.The Oregonian notes that while the DOR will not give its reasoning on the decision under confidentiality laws, critics of Comcast have previously argued that the Gigabit Pro service is prohibitively expensive up to $4,600 a year and only reaches a small number of Oregon residents.A company spokesperson referred a Reg request for comment to advocacy group the Oregon Cable Telecommunications Association.
It looked like Comcast had won a few months ago when Oregon's Public Utility Commission ruled 3-0 that Comcast's gigabit service qualifies the company for the tax exemption."The department declined to disclose its reasoning, citing taxpayer confidentiality, and referred questions to Comcast.When contacted by Ars, Comcast said it was disappointed in the decision.Local government officials who tried to block Comcast from getting the tax break have said there are tens of millions of dollars on the line, money used to fund schools, libraries, and other government services.Lawmakers designed the tax break to benefit Google Fiber, which is considering an expansion into the Portland metro area.The Oregon tax law only applies to services with gigabit speeds both upstream and downstream, effectively limiting it to fiber networks.
Starbucks is welcoming summer by announcing that 500 of its stores across seven cities will sell the hottest thing in chilled coffee: nitro cold brew.But what actually is nitro brew, and is it really any different from cold brew?Nitrogen-infused cold coffee has its roots in early 2013, when a food scientist at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland, Oregon, named Nate Armbrust wanted to make cold brew coffee tastier.So he decided to try pumping nitrogen gas into the brew.Turns out this was a very good idea.After a few months of playing around with the right balance of bubble infusion, according to Chemical and Engineering News, his nitrogen-infused cold coffee became creamier and richer than regular old cold brew — an instant hit after putting it on tap at his Portland cafe.Nitro taps aren't new.To get nitrogen into the liquid, the tap needs a "restrictor plate" to squeeze the drink through tiny holes, giving the beverage a particularly smooth and frothy head.The tiny bubbles make the drink feel thicker when you gulp it down.Some say that cold brew is already inherently tastier than conventional hot coffee because of its deeper, less acidic flavor notes.And some coffee snobs suggest a nitrogen tap process makes it even more amazing.On the other hand, scientists aren't really sure why this might be, other than the improved mouthfeel.One theory is that the nitrogen-infusion slows the degradation of coffee compounds.When coffee sits for too long, the coffee's compounds continue to become oxidized, getting more and more bitter the longer it sits.The nitrogen is likely making coffee more stable by "pushing oxygen out of the liquid," Matthew Hartings, a professor of food chemistry at American University, told Chemical and Engineering News — thereby extending its shelf life and slowing this oxidation.Since a delicious cup of coffee depends on many factors — including the type and roast of the bean, how the beans are ground, how long you brew the coffee for, and the temperature and purity of the water used in the brewing process — nitrogen is not going to magically save the flavor of a batch of coffee that tastes bad to begin with.That all being said, coffee snobs are loving this new way of drinking cold brew.Because nitro coffee requires a special tap, Starbucks is only rolling it out in about 500 stores in seven cities by the end of the summer.According to Buzzfeed, a cup will go for $3.95 — a dollar more than straight-up cold brew.Read the original article on Tech Insider.More from Tech Insider:Apple announces details for WWDC keynoteSous-vide cookers will prepare your food perfectly — but here s why I don t want oneYouTube is getting rid of one of its most useful tools, and you should check it out before it disappearsWe asked a scientist about that 'impossibly large alligator' spotted in FloridaNO MORE INVITES: Soon everyone will be able to buy one of the hottest Android phones of the year
Considered by many as the the bicycle capital of the world, Amsterdam s love affair with the two-wheeler means that today there are now more bikes than people.Still, there are times when a city dweller would like a break from the bike, a reality that Uber has just turned into a business opportunity.We know for sure that sometimes you don t feel like biking back home – because it rains like crazy or your legs are simply too tired from all the dancing, Uber wrote in a post announcing the new service, declining to add that excessive use of the ol combustible herbage during a trip to one of the city s famed coffee shops may also be a good reason to stay off the bike.For regular Uber users, the new service looks like a breeze to use.The cost is the same as a regular UberX trip – plus an additional €4 about $4.50 for the bike – and the car will only be able to take a single velocipede, or whatever it is you re riding about on.Uber actually wheeled out a similar service for cyclists in Portland, Oregon, last year, though there s it s called UberPedal, and it can take two bikes as opposed to Amsterdam s one.
DT s newest entertainment show, Between the Streams, is your guide to all of the hottest, most important, and of course dumbest new developments in streaming and entertainment, providing a handy recap of the week that was.Comedian Eliza Skinner has bravely volunteered to join the fray as our first celebrity guest.A prolific writer, stand-up comedian, and rap battler extraordinaire, Eliza comes to our home base of Portland, Oregon, as part of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and she s come by the studio to tell us what she s been up to, make fun of us, and yell about silly movies and TV shows.It s still early days — Captain Marvel isn t set to hit theaters until March 2019 — but this would be a significant move for the Oscar-winning actress and the franchise as well.Heading back to the comedic theme of today s show, we also discuss Netflix s new women s wrestling comedy based on GLOW Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling , a crazy series about over-the-top wrestlers, pitting good against hilarious evil, that ran for four seasons in the 80s.The series even had its own horrible rap a la the Super Bowl Shuffle that is so epically bad — well, you just have to see it for yourself.
Writing for Barrons, Tiernan Ray feeds us the unbearable lightness of being a big-shot analyst.What to do with a discredited idea from the 1990s that makes even less sense now when everyone is just giving their operating systems away for free?It is in our view that an iPhone hardware upgrade will not bring any advantages going forward, concludes Rosenblatt Securities s Jun Zhang, arguing Apple should rather open up its OIS sic platform and license various versions to Chinese OEMs.Can you imagine sitting down to write up your hot take and thinking You know who makes a lot of money in the smartphone biz these days?All you see are projector phones, 3D phones and ironic mid-20th century German rotary dial smartphones Portland only .But just because your alfalfa farm isn t giving you higher and higher yields it doesn t mean burning it all to the ground and salting the earth is the right way to go.
Cloudability, a Portland-based startup that provides financial management tools that allow companies to track and analyze their cloud spending, has raised $24 million in a Series B round led by the Foundry Group.This takes the company s total amount raised past the $40 million mark.Founded in 2011, Cloudability helps firms track trends and spikes in their cloud infrastructure spending and receive reports and alerts if they re about to go over budget.It s not the only company operating in this space — Israeli startup Cloudyn raised $11 million for something similar just six months ago, while in March of last year, Cloudability acquired the assets of one-time competitor CloudVertical.With public cloud infrastructure spending growing more than 20 percent to $29 billion in 2015, companies such as Cloudability are carving a niche for themselves by helping businesses optimize their spending on vital cloud services — such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.Cloudability claims it can save organizations around 30 percent on cloud costs in the first six months.As enterprise companies move more of their IT spending to public clouds they need new tools to manage and optimize their spending and to make sense of the mountain of billing and usage data that big clouds generate every day, said Mat Ellis, CEO of Cloudability.For five years, Cloudability has been helping companies like GE, Uber and Atlassian to rapidly build bigger and more complex clouds with confidence and control.
If the rider is more than two minutes late, they ll begin getting charged rates vary by city .That said, drivers must still wait at least five minutes because they can declare a customer a no-show and charge them a cancellation fee.And now it s expanding to Houston, Portland Oregon and 10 other cities, with more to come in the futureIt s just one of several changes meant to appease drivers.A quick rundown of other changes:Uber is expanding its Destinations program to let drivers pick up passengers along a specific direction say, if you want to only pick up passengers on your way home after a long shift .Drivers can now apply for Uber s company credit card to access their hard-earned money immediately.Whatever it can do to fend off those driver lawsuits, right?
Robert Saunders following his arrest in 2014 ... Photo from the Multnomah County Sheriff's OfficeA hacker has been jailed for a year and fined $124,000 after admitting he infiltrated a protected computer system.Robert Saunders, 30, repeatedly hacked into the corporate network of cloud business software company NetSuite over several months in 2012.He was arrested in 2014 and charged with four counts of intentional damage to a protected computer and one count of obtaining information from a protected computer.He was facing a maximum 15-year jail sentence and a $500,000 fine.NetSuite, based in San Mateo, California, claims the hacking cost it $189,000 to fix the accounts and restore its systems.Saunders is from San Jose, California, but was arrested in Portland, Oregon, following an arrest warrant issued by a grand jury that found him responsible for grabbing 15,000 email addresses and passwords using the database-probing sqlmap tool.
Sure, an app would help.Studies from Chicago, Seattle, and New York show that providing people with real-time info about where their bus is and when it will arrive tends to get more people riding.Developers must gather data from every agency in the area, which is a bear when you consider 30 transit agencies serve the San Francisco Bay Area alone.During the past five years, dozens of US cities have embraced open data, releasing detailed transit information to all who ask.Portland, Oregon-based Trillium Solutions handles public transit data for 200 agencies throughout the US and abroad, and the firm is all-in on the Transitland ethos, says boss Aaron Antrim.After tracking down a colleague who could speak Italian, the team discovered the Italians created a positively geeky public transport chatbot that would converse with riders, letting them know when the next bus or train would roll up.
A streetcar in Portland, Oregon, one of seven finalists Image: Gregor MacDonald via USDOT Earlier this year, seven cities were named as finalists for the Smart City Challenge, a chance to win $40 million from the US Department of Transportation to become a connected, automated city of the future.Today, the mayors of Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco made their final arguments for why their city should get the cash.To win, the cities need to show how they plan to integrate the most progressive transportation tech currently on the horizon: self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors.Cities also worked to recruit private sector partners and enlist matching funds from local organizations, so that $40 million will be doubled or tripled in some places.You can read summaries of all seven proposals and check out my story about San Francisco s ambitious idea to solve its housing crisis with self-driving cars.The winning city will be announced later this month.
That s the finding of Josh Lehner at the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, who explored what s being called the housing trilemma —the idea that due to the housing crisis, Americans have to made big tradeoffs in deciding where to live.Cities that become too desirable become too expensive:The reason these tradeoffs exist is mostly, but not entirely, due to market forces.Increased demand for housing leads to higher prices and lower affordability.San Francisco, of course, is the quintessential example of a city that has a huge affordability problem, even as it remains a great place to live and its job growth is exploding.But look at another place that is slowly edging off this chart: Portland, Oregon, which has been celebrated for its quality of life and strong job growth, but in the last few years the city has become way less affordable.The solution to move more US cities into that sweet spot with Des Moines, Omaha, and OKC is the same one you ve been hearing throughout the housing crisis: Build more housing.
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