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Japan ANA airline begins featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Japan ANA airline begins featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Japan All Nippon Airways begin rolling out Star Wars: The Force Awakens airliners complete with BB-8 droid action. This is the first major-scale branding effort from Lucasfilm and Disney, hitting the largest of all the busses in the most Japan-centric way possible. This is the same airliner that rolls with Pokemon-themed coverings as well as R2-D2-themed jets. Have a peek below to see a collection of flight-ready planes run by this airline over the past couple of years. First you're going to see the ball-droid, BB-8, our new hero.

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Patent for “slideable” plane seats might be terrible idea

Patent for “slideable” plane seats might be terrible idea

Leg room in airplanes today is a luxury and is one of the many pain points to traveling by air. A new patent aims to solve that but might inevitably make matters worse and cause havoc inside plane cabins. The "Method and Apparatus for Adjusting the Space of Vehicle Seats Based on the Size of the Seat Occupant" pretty much boils down to being able to slide a seat forward or backward to create more leg room for the passenger. That is, if anyone actually gets to sit in the first place.

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WalkCar is a laptop-shaped skateboard ‘car’ for your city travels

WalkCar is a laptop-shaped skateboard ‘car’ for your city travels

Cars and big cities don't go together well. Parking is expensive. Free parking is rare. You're liable to spend more time sitting in traffic jams than it'd take you to ride a bike. Bikes, though, pose their own problems -- no one wants to show up to work sweaty, and even bikes can be cumbersome. The next step down is a skateboard, but it can present the same sort of problems, only on a smaller level. Enter electronic options, and most recently the "WalkCar", a laptop-shaped electric skateboard for urban travel.

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2017 Audi R8 First Drive – All supercar, no compromises

2017 Audi R8 First Drive – All supercar, no compromises

There’s driving, and then there’s driving a car that thinks it’s a racer. Thing is, the Audi R8 has the credentials to back that up, born from an unmistakably noble family of champions and given the same name as a Le Mans winning sports car. For the 2017 R8, Audi turned to the same engineering team that developed the Nurburgring 24 Hours-winning R8 LMS race car, including half a shared parts bucket. It’s something I found hard to forget when Audi invited SlashGear to Portugal, to be among the first to try the new R8 on the track.

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A network glitch grounded every United flight today

A network glitch grounded every United flight today

All United Airlines flights were grounded today, as a software glitch forced the company to put every trip on hold around the world. Described by the FAA as an "automation" issue, the problem was later referred to as one of "network connectivity" by United at approximately 9am ET, which said it was working on the fault. It's unclear at this stage how many travelers were affected by the grounded flights, which resumed at around 9:50am ET.

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Airbus patents even more massive double-decker airplane

Airbus patents even more massive double-decker airplane

A new patent shows the Airbus company may be making an aircraft larger than its already largest air-ready vehicle. This patent application suggests that a double-decker airplane is once again in order, making way for more fuel economy as it carries just as many passengers, luggage, and otherwise "profitable cargo" across the planet. This airplane aims to improve upon the A380, the most talked-about Airbus airplane in the world today. Foldable seats that slide together and possible requirements for still-oversized jetways remain included.

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Europe to end mobile roaming fees in 2017

Europe to end mobile roaming fees in 2017

The European Commission has announced that an agreement has been reached that will finally put an end to roaming charges within Europe on June 15th, 2017. That means in just under 2 years Europeans will be able to travel to other countries in the European Union (EU), and pay the same cell phone rates as they do at home. This includes countries like France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, and many, many more.

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2016 Audi TT/TTS and Q7 Virtual Cockpit First-Drive

2016 Audi TT/TTS and Q7 Virtual Cockpit First-Drive

I’m not going to lie, I feel pretty damn lucky to be one of a handful of American press with the privilege of experiencing Audi's Virtual Cockpit in the new TT/TTS and Q7. The opportunity to drive the TTS around Ascari racetrack was nothing short of exhilarating - especially with Virtual Cockpit getting me ready me for turns far in advance. Then, after experiencing Audi’s technology on the track, Audi invited me over to Verbier, Switzerland to test the all-new 2016 Q7, also equipped with Virtual Cockpit, in the way that most drivers will experience it.

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German luxury hotel makes disconnecting easy with internet kill switch

German luxury hotel makes disconnecting easy with internet kill switch

We've all done it. Gone on vacation to escape from work and other responsibilities, yet we still can't help ourselves from checking email and responding to messages on our smartphone and other mobile devices. One luxury hotel in Germany wants to help its guests combat this behavior, not by forcefully denying WiFi and other internet access, but by providing a single, easy to access switch that will remove the temptation. Each room at the Villa Stéphanie has a silver internet kill switch.

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Let strangers drive your new Ford to reduce monthly payments

Let strangers drive your new Ford to reduce monthly payments

As a follow-up to their new GoDrive car rental service in the UK, Ford has just announced a new pilot program that will let drivers lower their monthly car payments by renting out their Ford vehicle to others for short periods of time. They're calling the program Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing, and it will be tested in a handful of US cities. It aims to work much like ZipCar, allowing users to borrow a set of wheels for just a few hours if needed.

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Swedish airport climate pods show you what the weather is like elsewhere

Swedish airport climate pods show you what the weather is like elsewhere

I'd wager that most of us have been traveling and spent a lot of time looking at weather reports trying to get an idea what conditions will be like at our destinations. The catch is that if you are used to warm or cold weather at your home, it can be hard to wrap your brain around just what conditions vastly different from what you are used to will feel like. The Arland airport in Stockholm, Sweden has three climate-controlled rooms that will show you exactly what the weather will feel like.

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Free WiFi service launched at the Taj Mahal

Free WiFi service launched at the Taj Mahal

As one of the seven wonders of the world, India's Taj Mahal has become one of the latest tourist destinations to offer free WiFi to visitors. The service was launched as a result of a government programs that not only aims to attract more tourists, but also to spread internet access to a greater number of cities. Now visitors will have to 30 minutes of free network access, allowing them to post selfies to their favorite social networks.

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