Passport’s Picks of the Week

From Postmates delivering alcohol to a mobile app to help the visually impaired, get this week’s technology trends of the week:


Portland Bike Share Drawing Big Crowds In First Six Months

Roughly a week after hearing Seattle will be shutting down its bikeshare system, numbers from Portland’s bikeshare system are showing more than 38,000 people have used the program in the first six months since its launch. Where did Seattle go wrong?

– Tom Wiese, Sales Associate


Postmates Takes On Drizly With Alcohol Delivery in Less Than 25 Minutes

I’m sure we’ve all been in a situation where we need a glass of Malbec, but have yet to hit the store to pick up a bottle…or two. Sound familiar? Well, Postmates has come to the rescue. Since the industry has been so “fragmented”, it was almost impossible for local liquor stores to implement a mobile on-demand service. Drizly and Minibar are some of the few startup providers that deliver booze to your front door, however, now that Postmates has made its debut — it’ll be interesting to see how the mobile app delivers your precious cargo.

– Kimberly Kufel, Content Marketing Specialist


The App for Blind People Identifies and Reads Out Objects In Their Surroundings

A mobile app that identifies and reads out surrounding objects for the blind is a game changer. Yes, mobile gaming apps are fun, but an app tailored for those who are visually impaired is actually making a positive impact in our world. With the mobile app, users have the ability to scan objects and the app will identify and read out the objects. See for yourself…

– Daniel Bliley, Director of Marketing


 Match’s New Feature Shows You Who You Crossed Paths With in the Real World

From Tinder to Bumble, dating apps are coming in hot. For Match users, the dating game gets a little more interesting with its newest feature: “Missed Connections”. Missed Connections will notify users when they have ran into users in the real world. Ready to jump at the opportunity to chat it up with one of your prospects? Go for it. You have the ability to say “hi” to your connections if you prompt the app to use your location. Sound too creepy for your style? No worries, members are only shown the information after they “pass” by their connection and they have the ability to block users.

– Kimberly Kufel, Content Marketing Specialist