Portland

Getting sweaty, disoriented, and astonished at the world’s first VR film festival

Leave your expectations in Telluride. Participants at Kaleidescope are pushing the limits of VR technology, forging the rules of VR filmmaking, and sweating all over everything.

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Starbucks addicts can now order cotton candy frappuccinos with an app at 4,000 stores

Starbucks addicts can now order their coffee with the new Mobile Order & Pay app update. Mobile orders only work in 4,000 stores so far, but Starbucks plans to roll out the update nationwide in 2015.

Mobile

Facebook Messenger payments go live in NYC, so you can hit your friends up for money

Facebook has announced that its mobile payment system will go live today in New York City. Adding to the existing markets of Austin, Seattle, and Portland. The feature will compete head to head with mobile payment options such as Venmo.

Mobile

Uber ceases illegal Portland pickups for 3 months while city rethinks laws

Today, Uber has announced through an agreement with the city that they'll be suspending pickups within city limits for the next three months while they rework the code.

Mobile

Trends with Benefits: Welcoming our Uberlords, Spain doesn’t understand the Internet

Uber has come to Portland illegally and we're waiting with open arms, Spain doesn't seem to understand how the Internet works, and Google+ continues to rust while we wonder what happened.

Podcasts

Portland Starbucks addicts can now order eggnog lattes with an app

Starbucks addicts can now order their coffee with the new Mobile Order & Pay app update. Mobile orders only work in Portland, Oregon so far, but Starbucks plans to roll out the update nationwide in 2015.

Mobile

uKeg is a pressurized growler that keeps your beer from going flat

With the help of an innovative pressurization cap, uKeg keeps your precious craft beer from losing its carbonation and going flat.

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Google scraps ambitious, high-tech barge project in Portland

Google's ambitious, high-tech barge project has hit stormy waters, and the company has sold the vessel moored in Portland for scrap. This puts an end to hopes we'd be testing out the latest Google toys aboard in the near future.

Mobile

Portland opens its doors to Google Fiber, which could be an eyesore for residents

Portland, Oregon, is one step closer to basking in the glory that is Google-provided gigabit Internet service. On Wednesday, Portland commissioners unanimously approved a franchise agreement between Google Fiber and the city, which was reached in April.

Computing

Macklemore made the thrift shop cool, but these guys make it rock

Like so many other great companies, Case of Bass started in a garage and has grown to become to produce some of the coolest-looking portable speakers systems. Each Case of Bass system is unique, but every one of them is awesome.

Home Theater

Nissan sells more LEAF EVs than any other car model in the greenie haven of Portland, Oregon

While LEAF sales overall are a virtual flop, they appear to be quite hot in Portland, Oregon. It makes sense, though, with the West Coast Electric Highway slowly coming online, worry-free EV ownership has never been easier.

Cars

Ride shotgun in the high-tech cop cruiser you don’t want in your rearview mirror

Portland Police Bureau officer and patrol car tech overseer Garret Dow gave Digital Trends a tour of the tech that's been loaded into Portland's Ford Crown Victoria (or "Crown Vic") patrol cars.

Cars

Gadgets the Portland Trail Blazers can’t live without

We recently reached out to the Portland Trail Blazers to talk a little about what role tech plays in their lives, with four of the players: Point Guard Damian Lillard, Center J.J. Hickson, and Shooting Guards Wesley Mathews and Will Barton.

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