• Parking Kitty makes parking in Portland adorable

    Parking Kitty makes parking in Portland adorable

    Portland, Oregon, continued to keep it weird (and cute) this week when it rolled out Parking Kitty, a new app that lets you pay for metered parking. The app is based on Passport, one of the largest parking payment vendors in the United States. “We didn’t make a lot of changes,” said Malisa McCreedy, the parking division manager at the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Read More

  • The first EV showcase opens in Oregon

    The first EV showcase opens in Oregon

    Forth, the electric vehicle proponent formerly known as Drive Oregon, has opened the nation’s first electric vehicle showcase in downtown Portland, Oregon. Anyone who wants to test drive one of the handful of EVs at the city’s World Trade Center can make a reservation. There are only three cars on hand so far: the Chevy Bolt, Ford C-MAX Energi, and the Nissan Leaf. Staff will be… Read More

  • Arcimoto looks for investments via Fundable

    Arcimoto looks for investments via Fundable

    Arcimoto brought the eighth iteration of its three-wheeled electric vehicle, the SRK, to CES 2017. This is the version that will be produced this spring in Eugene, Oregon, where the company has its headquarters, and that the first buyers will have delivered to their doors by summer 2017. It’s been a long road for Arcimoto, which was founded in 2007 in Eugene. For nearly a decade, it… Read More

  • Google Cloud Platform opens its first West Coast region

    Google Cloud Platform opens its first West Coast region

    Back in 2006, Google opened its first owned and operated data center in The Dalles, Oregon, and starting today, you’ll be able to host your Google Cloud Platform applications in Oregon, too. The company today announced the launch of its first West Coast region (formally known under the poetic name of ‘us-west1’). The company first detailed its plans for opening this new region… Read More

  • Google-backed undersea cable between US and Japan goes online tonight

    Google-backed undersea cable between US and Japan goes online tonight

    Google started making investments in a number of undersea cables back in 2008, but one of its largest investments was in the $300 million FASTER cable between Japan and the U.S. West Coast. Back in 2014, Google announced that it was joining a consortium of six companies, including NEC, China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit and KDDI, to better connect the two countries. As the… Read More

  • America’s Whitest City Explodes With A Fusion Of Inclusion Crunch Network

    America’s Whitest City Explodes With A Fusion Of Inclusion

    It’s tough to see at first glance that diversity matters in Portland, Oregon. After all, Portlandia is widely known as the “whitest city in America.” But hidden within this environmentally friendly rain-soaked scenic city, there are intentional efforts ongoing in economic gardening across multiple community sectors to cultivate the growth of a diverse landscape of job creators. Read More

  • Nest Touts Three Studies Claiming Its Thermostat Pays For Itself In Two Years

    Nest Touts Three Studies Claiming Its Thermostat Pays For Itself In Two Years

    Google-subsidiary Nest claims that the results of three studies based on longitudinal data show that its thermostat pays for itself in less than two years based on savings from heating and cooling costs. Read More

  • Oregon Sues Oracle

    Oregon Sues Oracle

    Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is taking Oracle to court. The state of Oregon — my home state, go fightin’ rain and trees — is unhappy with the performance of the website that Oracle built for its Obamacare rollout. The site, frankly, didn’t work as expected. The cost of the Oracle effort? Hundreds of millions of dollars. The best part to all of this is… Read More

  • A Wind Farm In Oregon Draws $100 Million Investment From Google's Treasury

    Google Inc.’s putting another $100 million into large-scale, renewable energy projects. The company’s director of green business operations, Rick Needham, revealed Monday in a post to the corporate blog: [Google] invested approximately $100 million in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm…currently under construction near windy Arlington, Ore. When completed in 2012 [the plant]… Read More

  • Oregon governor takes crazy pill, wants to tax using a GPS

    Because Oregon doesn’t have enough taxes (like personal income tax and really high property taxes), the governor is proposing a mileage tax, based off of a GPS unit installed in your car. Read More

  • Oregon and Oregon State take the rivalry online with 24-hour LAN tournament

    Now THAT’S how you settle a rivalry. It’s all Ducks and Beavers this weekend as far as any nerdly Oregonians are concerned, as the two universities are currently in the closing moments of a 24-hour LAN party where the schools’ respective gaming clubs have squared off in the following titles: Command & Conquer 3 Counter Strike: Source Dawn of War Peggle Team Fortress… Read More

  • Sanyo invests $80 million in new solar plant in Oregon

    Today Sanyo announced in Tokyo that it will more than triple its solar cell production in the US by investing $80 million in a new plant in Salem, Oregon. The plant will begin operations in October 2009 and is scheduled to be at full capacity by April 2010. Sanyo said maximum annual production is set to hit about 70 MW of solar ingots and wafers. This means the company’s total solar… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless joins the act to ax taxes

    Following last week’s announcement by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, that he wants to end unfair taxes on wireless products and services, Verizon Wireless issued a statement “applauding” the senators work. And sounding like a-know-it-all. Steve Zipperstein, vice president and general counsel at Verizon Wireless, said in a statement: “Verizon Wireless has always said… Read More

  • Garmin's new GPS line: the Oregon, several flavors available

    These look pretty nice. Garmin’s new GPS line, dubbed Oregon, is all touchscreen (possibly troublesome for rugged button-lovers), kind of chubby, and comes in three basic flavors: The 200, which has only the base map and is missing some cool features like an altimeter and compass ($480) The 300, which has a worldwide map and those other things but no details or topos($530) The 400… Read More

  • Suit of plate armor found at Salem bus stop

    [photopress:Original.jpg,full,center] If you’re in Salem, Oregon, and you left a full freakin’ suit of armor at a bus stop, the local police would like to have a word with you. You’ll need some proof of ownership to claim it. Really, though, if you lose a suit of armor, you don’t deserve a suit of armor. Read More

  • Nike ditches Apple, SportBand shows up on FCC

    I’m a big fan of Nike and have been since I was a kid. One of the many perks of growing up in Oregon meant you probably knew someone who worked at Nike, which meant you could get stuff at the employee store for cheap. I might have to hit up some friends when the latest Nike+ product makes its way into stores. The FCC has revealed the SportBand which connects to a bracelet that syncs… Read More

  • Oregon Attorney General holds up hand (palm side out) to RIAA and says, 'Whoa. Stop right there. Not so fast.'

    For a group that’s so concerned about the money it loses due to illegal music downloading, the RIAA sure spends a hell of a lot on lawyers. Money that could be better spent on innovation instead of protecting a broken, backward, expensive distribution system. Read More

  • Drugs are bad, watch out meth labs

    I had my run-ins with meth during college. For reasons unknown to me, Oregon is a meth hotbed. Take a drive down to the coast and most of the houses you see boarded-up are meth labs. Corvallis, my home for four years, was full of meth labs and I’m sad to say a few friends were sucked into it. Sure, they cleaned the hell out of the house, but they also didn’t sleep for days. Has… Read More

  • Verizon Acquires Ramcell

    Hey do you live on Kentucky or Oregon like Peter did? Oh you don’t? Well then this won’t really concern you, but it’s worth a mention because Peter will chase me with a broom if I don’t post about Oregon. Verizon today acquired Ramcell, a regional network operator based out of Kentucky and Oregon. Verizon’s acquisition will help over 500,000 people achieve… Read More