Car Service Apps: All About Using Uber for Ride-Sharing

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When you need a ride but don’t have a car or don’t want to do your own driving, you have a few options. You could wait a while at a bus stop, or hail a cab, or you could even impose on friends or family to get you where you need to go. But here is a better idea: Use Uber.

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The Rise of Virtual Reality Gaming

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In recent years, there has been a dramatic upsurge in virtual reality (VR) technology, a trend which is set to continue throughout 2016. It’s predicted that there’s likely to be an increasing demand for this kind of technology from a whole host of gamers who are eager to explore these virtual worlds and enhance their at-home entertainment experience. The main objective of virtual reality is to immerse yourself into another world by simply donning a VR headset. Wearing such a VR headset, with all its accompanying sights and sounds, helps to remove you mentally from your current environment and make the virtual world feel more authentic and real.

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Coming Soon: A Moviegoer’s Guide to April

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The upcoming summer movie season promises to be one of the biggest in years, so it’s a bit of a surprise that studios are limping (rather than sprinting) into that period with such a humdrum selection of films. Not even the few blockbusters that have smartly moved away from the summer madness – “The Jungle Book” and “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” – are very enticing, and that pretty much sums up all you need to know about April’s new releases. See a matinee if you must, but you’d be better off saving that money for the busy months ahead.

“The Boss”

Who: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kristen Schaal and Kathy Bates
What: After she’s arrested for insider trading, Michelle Darnell emerges from prison ready to rebrand herself as America’s new sweetheart.
When: April 8th
Why: The last time Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone collaborated on a movie, it resulted in the groan-inducingly bad “Tammy,” and there’s not much evidence to suggest that “The Boss” – which sounds like a raunchy remake of the 1989 comedy, “Troop Beverly Hills” – will be any better. If you’re a fan of McCarthy’s over-the-top antics, then you’ll probably love her latest character, because it’s basically just another variation of the same obnoxious and mean-spirited jerk that she’s been playing for years. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very funny the first time, and no amount of ridiculous outfits or wigs is going to change that.

“Demolition”

Who: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Heather Lind
What: A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash.
When: April 8th
Why: Jake Gyllenhaal has really turned around his career over the past few years with films like “Nightcrawler” and “Prisoners,” so it only seems fitting that he would team up with Jean-Marc Vallée, the Canadian-born director partially responsible for Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Reese Witherspoon’s (“Wild”) recent career revivals. Though early reviews for “Demolition” have been mixed, this looks like yet another great showcase for Gyllenhaal as he continues to reinvent himself as a serious actor who’s willing to take risks. The April release date will likely kill any chances for an awards run, but it’s still the month’s best prospect.

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Biking Safe: A Guide for Portland’s Cycling Scene

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Whether you’re a newcomer to Portland, Oregon or you’ve lived in this city for a while, you have good reason to pick up a bike. As one of the country’s biggest bike-friendly cities, there is good reason for anybody to get back in the saddle and learn to love biking. It’s fun, invigorating, a great form of exercise, and has tremendous environmental benefits.

However, it’s important to note that any cyclist should be aware of the fact that they share the fact with much bigger – and much more aggressive – cars, trucks and motorcycles. Biking more often means it is well worth the time and effort to learn how to bike safely. Consider some of these tips from Bicycle Safe to help prevent some of the more common accidents on the road.

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How to Live the Surfer Life This Summer

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The life of a surfer may seem strange to some, as they dedicate most of their free time to riding waves when they can. Surfing to some is more than just a sport – it is a way of life – so if you’re looking to live the surfer life this summer, here is a guide to help.

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