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Cathay Pacific Airways gives VIP treatment to high-Klout members

Cathay Pacific Airways gives VIP treatment to high-Klout members

If you're one of those people who has to tweet every 10 seconds, never keeps your Facebook page outdated, and always checks out up and coming platforms like Instagram and Pinterest? If so, then you probably already know about Klout, a startup that ranks individuals based on their social media presence. It is largely just a way to brag about yourself online - but one airline is starting to turn it into something more.

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North Korea GPS jamming affecting civilians in and out of South Korea

North Korea GPS jamming affecting civilians in and out of South Korea

The incredible and completely unnecessary technology that North Korea is using to block GPS signals within the country is having effects that are felt outside the boundaries of the mysterious nation, according to statements from South Korean officials. The bordering country says that although those GPS-jamming signals are having impacts on civilian and government flights out of South Korea, citizens are not in any danger.

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United Airlines blames computer glitches for massive loss

United Airlines blames computer glitches for massive loss

United Airlines posted its quarterly earnings at the end of last week, showing a very unimpressive $448 million net loss. Among the many factors that the company pointed to, it blamed computer outages and glitches as being one of the most costly. It is also, of course, one of the things that was most preventable. Airlines can't choose how much fuel is going to cost over the next several months, but it can be sure it has a robust computer system.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner now running US passenger flights

Boeing 787 Dreamliner now running US passenger flights

For the first time, Boeing's amazing 787 Dreamliner aircraft landed at a US airport. The plane, owned by Japan Airlines, took its voyage from Tokyo nonstop to Boston. Japan Airlines doesn't get to earn credit as the first passenger craft to fly the large jet. That honor goes to All Nippon Airways, always a Japan-based company. But All Nippon has not taken the airplane onto US soil with customers on board.

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Space shuttle Discovery comes to rest at the Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery comes to rest at the Smithsonian

The space shuttle Discovery has finally come to rest in what may be the last location it ever travels to - the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex in northern Virginia. This shuttle has been covered by the news so many times in the past week that it's quite unlikely that you've not already seen it in one way or another - likely on the gigantic Boeing 747 that carried it on its back across the country. This shuttle is known as the world's most traveled spaceship and will essentially represent NASA's 30-year space shuttle program as it sits in its show space near the Dulles International Airport for the foreseeable future.

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USA Nuclear Drones capable of ‘months’ of flight

USA Nuclear Drones capable of ‘months’ of flight

American scientists are announcing this week that they've got plans to release new unmanned aircraft with capabilities for months of flight without refueling. These new drones would be nuclear-powered and will be developed by Sandia National Laboratories - this being the US government's principal research and development agency. They're also working with defense contractor Northrop Grumman, who are the ones who specifically noted that these drones will have an increased flying time over previous models "from days to months", this including more power for operating equipment as well.

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Terrafugia’s flying car prototype makes first flight

Terrafugia’s flying car prototype makes first flight

Terrafugia announced today that its production prototype flying car, the Transition, has successfully completed its first test flight. The company has been promising to deliver the a mass-market street-legal vehicle capable both on the road and in the air since they flew an earlier proof-of-concept version back in 2009.

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MIT, Yale create gesture-controlled drones

MIT, Yale create gesture-controlled drones

When it comes to automating aircraft controls, there has been a significant amount of progress in the fields of science and military. It's possible for an unmanned aircraft to take off, to fly, and to touch down. But when it comes to actually moving on the ground, humans still need to have direct control. That may not be the case for much longer.

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