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Euro airlines get exemption from airplane mode

Euro airlines get exemption from airplane mode

Switching your smartphone to airplane mode may well end up a thing of the past in Europe, with regulators giving airlines permission to let passengers keep using wireless devices throughout their flight. The new guidance by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) would mean that phones, tablets, laptops, ereaders, or any other portable electronic devices could be left as normal rather than being switched into a "safer" mode for the duration of travel.

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Expedia woos tablet users with the power of search

Expedia woos tablet users with the power of search

Making travel preparations is always an ordeal, whether you are a veteran flier or just a seasonal traveler. Anything that makes that process simpler, easier, and sometimes even fun, will exponentially help ease the burden off people's backs. That is exactly what Expedia is bringing to the table with its new tablet app, giving users the power of discovery and the convenience of a digital notebook right on the device that travelers use the most.

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Those TSA scanners were literally only good for seeing you naked

Those TSA scanners were literally only good for seeing you naked

The full-body X-ray scanners only retired last year amid long-standing concerns that they intruded on privacy by showing travelers naked were also riddled with security loopholes, new research claims. The TSA used the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner between 2009 and 2013 in airports across the US, but computer scientists have demonstrated that with a little preparation the machine could miss knives, guns, and even explosives from being smuggled onto planes.

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Google buys Jetpac to top-ten everything you do

Google buys Jetpac to top-ten everything you do

In the wake of Tumblr working with Ditto to scan your social pics, we learn that Google has acquired Jetpac. The small startup scans pics from social websites, and uses them to offer up suggestions about where to visit while you’re vacationing. Though the Jetpac vision is travel, Google may have a more straightforward approach for us.

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Expedia’s new tablet app wants to make travel sensual

Expedia’s new tablet app wants to make travel sensual

"Travel is a sensual product, and travel shopping is about as industrial as you get. I think buying a blender on Amazon is probably more sensual than booking travel.” So speaks Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia, and a big believer in helping you book your next vacation from whatever device is nearest you. Expedia’s new tablet app won’t hit app stores until this fall, but I grabbed some hands-on time with the latest pre-production version to find out whether Khosrowshahi had actually made booking flights sexy.

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Berlin bans Uber: Up to $60k fine per prohibited pick-up

Berlin bans Uber: Up to $60k fine per prohibited pick-up

German capital city Berlin has banned Uber, threatening the transportation company with €25,000 ($33k) fines every time a driver picks up a passenger from the app-based service. Drivers are unverified and vehicles unlicensed for taxi services, Berlin's city government argues, insisting that the ban in being implemented with the safety of potential passengers in mind. Meanwhile, individual drivers also face stiff penalties if they flout the new laws.

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JetBlue is giving all crew an iPad mini to predict what gin you like

JetBlue is giving all crew an iPad mini to predict what gin you like

JetBlue will give every inflight crewmember an iPad mini to handle payments, figure out if the right people are onboard, and even translate foreign languages, the airline has announced. The 7.9-inch tablets - which JetBlue expects every crewmember to have in their flight bag by April 2015 - will run a custom In-Flight Service Assistant (IfSA) app, which will allow them to more readily sell you tiny bottles of liquor.

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