Rylan Wells

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The New Story Of Computing: Invisible And Smarter Than We Are

By Mark Rolston, co-founder and chief creative officer, argodesign<p><i>Today we’re glued to our devices and overwhelmed by digital information, but in the</i> …

A smaller home within a home: Sleeping in Southeast Portland's Richmond neighborhood (photos)

Squeeze on in here. Portland is expected to have 250,000 more people in the next 20 years, according to the mayor. Is there room for one or two of …

Moving beyond the Portland Six: 17 other Portland startups to watch in 2016

If you’ve been monitoring the Portland startup scene for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed this particular quirk. While there seems to be …

Startups

Charleston, S.C.: A rare Southern city preparing for climate change

Charleston, S.C. is a place near and dear to my heart. As a native South Carolinian, I've spent a lot of my life either living in or visiting the …

Great, weird, and bad examples of Empty States in apps

Emptystate.es celebrates "Empty States," those moments in a user's app experience where there's no data to display yet, or an error has occurred. …

Let Science Explain Why Your Coworkers Are Slackers

The more people on a team, the greater the likelihood that not everyone will pull their weight.<p>It’s the 19th century, and you are a foreman on a farm. You have two dozen strong laborers working for you, and you need some of them to grab a rope that will pull a plow. The rope is long enough for all …

This Could Be The Mortgage Industry’s iPhone Moment

The goal was to allow a person to get a mortgage or refinance their home while standing in line for a cup of coffee.<p>It took nearly five years and a team of 450 people, but today Quicken Loans is announcing Rocket Mortgage, an online mortgage that takes just a few minutes to complete. Quicken Loans …

Real Estate

The Texas of Canada Just Turned Its Back on Oil

Alberta is sometimes called the Texas of Canada. It's home to one of the largest rodeos in the world, a respectable number of annual tornadoes, and a …

People in Portland, Oregon are going crazy over these tiny houses

<b>Watch the full film on iTunes</b><p>"Small is Beautiful" focuses specifically on four individuals living in Portland, Oregon as they design and construct their own unique tiny houses in pursuit of a mortgage-free lifestyle. As the average square feet of homes in the U.S. has climbed over recent decades, …

Is a Prepaid Card Right for You? - Consumer Reports

Prepaid cards have come a long way. Once considered a pretty niche product, the cards were mostly marketed to low-income people with few or no …

The 16 coolest new businesses in Portland

From a boutique where everything's free to a startup that powers drones and a custom piñata shop, we rounded up 16 of the coolest new businesses in Portland, Oregon, focusing on those that opened in the last five years or so.<p>Scroll down to check them out.

Portland, OR

Portland Ranks First Among Major U.S. Cities for Biking to Work

The city’s rate of cycle commuting is the highest it’s ever been.<p>Judging from its glut of bike blogs alone—among them Bike Portland, Urban Adventure League, Portlandize, Bicycle Kitty, Portland Pedal Power, The Simplicity of Vintage Cycles, The Sprocket Podcast, and, er, Bike Smut (NSFW-ish)—one …

Carbon Emissions

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

How corporates co-opted the art of mindfulness to make us bear the unbearable

“If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.” Hsin Hsin Ming<p>Almost every person who walks …

Missing from the computer science curriculum

"Unlearning Object-Oriented Programming," "Classical Software Studies," "Writing Fast Code in Slow Languages," "User Experience of Command Line …

Data is a liability, not an asset

Programmers know it, management reject it: code is a liability, not an asset.<p>Code is something you have to pay to maintain, to debug, to document and …

A New Way to Invest Your Spare Change

For years, automated savings programs such as Bank of America's Keep the Change and Way2Save from Wells Fargo have been helping consumers trying to …

Why a Facebook cofounder thinks tech companies are destroying employees’ personal lives for nothing

I wish I had slept more hours, and exercised regularly. I wish I had made better decisions about what to eat or drink — at times I consumed more soda and energy drinks than water. I wish I had made more time for other experiences that helped me grow incredibly quickly once I gave them a chance.<p>You …

How I made peace with selling everything I owned to spend my retirement traveling the world

It wasn't because money was tight, but because I wanted to spend my life as an adventure, traveling the world, pursuing my passions of writing and photography, most of the things I owned weren't going to fit into that lifestyle.<p>I didn't intend to become a "minimalist," but I wanted to make the most …

Why Houses Are Getting Smaller

Are you one of the millions who have down-sized in recent years? If you are, what made you decide to move into a smaller home? Was it financial …

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Architecture

Apple Pay adoption: Growing or slowing?

There have been some conflicting surveys out about Apple Pay in the last couple of weeks, one of which says the mobile payment service is growing and …

Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook

Create a social network or risk everything.<p>That was the original pitch for Google's Facebook rival, Google+, a refrain hammered over and over by the …

Social Media

The best person who ever lived is an unknown Ukrainian man

A good contender for humanity’s greatest achievement is the eradication of smallpox. Smallpox was a horrific disease. In the twentieth century alone …

Public Health

ZestFinance launches Basix online loans for people with ‘near-prime’ credit history

Startup ZestFinance today announced Basix, a new program for giving loans online to people with what it calls “near-prime” credit history — those who are ineligible for a loan from a bank by just a little bit.<p>People anywhere in the U.S. will eventually be able to take out a loan through Basix, but …

Loans

Did AWS Device Farm sound familiar? That's because Amazon acquired Portland startup AppThwack to build it

Last week, the Web was all abuzz with this nifty new mobile testing environment from Amazon called AWS Device Farm. Folks were waxing philosophic …