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Smart Unit keeps tabs on luggage, shows location

Smart Unit keeps tabs on luggage, shows location

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes chaotic travel through busy airports. Some unfortunate souls among us will inevitably have their luggage lost somewhere between destinations, an issue that the maker behind Smart Unit wants to tackle. Smart Unit is about the size of a portable hard drive, and it is bid as the first anti-theft luggage tracker. With the device, users can see the location of their luggage nearly anywhere in the world, as well as when it is nearby and when it is moving away.

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London airspace closed due to computer glitch

London airspace closed due to computer glitch

In London, a “computer failure” has shut down the airspace surrounding the city. The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation says Swanwich air traffic control center is experiencing severe technical problems, and a fix is nowhere in sight. For now, the technical issue is causing severe delays, and they advise anyone departing via a London Airport — yes, even Heathrow — to double-check with their airline to make sure they’ll be able to leave on-time. There is no timeframe for a solution to this issue.

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Bing adds international hotel booking, improves mobile search

Bing adds international hotel booking, improves mobile search

Microsoft is winding the week down with another two Bing announcements, this one most notably including the arrival of international hotel booking in 22 countries with support for 14 languages. This allows users to book accommodations from Canada, Mexico, throughout Europe, in Hong Kong, and more, and is done in partnership with TripAdvisor. Also joining this new feature are some improvements to Bing's mobile search results.

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Bing Maps improves global trip time accuracy

Bing Maps improves global trip time accuracy

Microsoft has updated Bing Maps to provide more accurate estimated travel times for users located anywhere its map service is available. This update was accomplished by implementing the same technology Bing has been using for those in the United States, namely traffic-aware routing, something that results in not only the time it would take to drive between any two points being displayed, but also the time it will take to drive the route based on the current estimated traffic levels.

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Lyft Driver Destination turns commuters into cabbies

Lyft Driver Destination turns commuters into cabbies

With the Uber controversy still raging, rival ride-sharing service Lyft believes more granular control over when, exactly, you have strangers in your car will not only add more cash to more drivers' pockets, but cut down on commute congestion too. Building on Lyft Line, which began rolling out - controversially - in September, Driver Destination allows Lyft drivers to only give rides on routes they would previously have driven alone, such as on their way into work or when running to the store.

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Amazon may announce a hotel booking website soon

Amazon may announce a hotel booking website soon

Amazon has their hands in a lot of things, and a new report suggests they’re preparing to get involved with a very unlikely revenue stream. Sites like hotels.com or Expedia take a cut of the reservation fee when you book a room, flight, or car rental. that’s their revenue model, and Amazon may want a cut/ According to travel site Skift, Amazon is preparing to launch a site dedicated to travel bookings, and will have a dedicated portal for booking through Amazon.

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Impossible electric folding bike fits in an ordinary backpack

Impossible electric folding bike fits in an ordinary backpack

The "Impossible" bike is making obsolete the days of having to load your bicycle on the bus rack, strap it to poles, and wheel it into storage. Many folding bikes are available, but many of them are cumbersome, and even when folded they're often either still large or are plainly awkward. That isn't the case with Impossible, which folds into a neat frame small enough to fit in an ordinary backpack -- and, as a plus, it's electric, able to zip you around for up to 15 or so miles.

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Southwest Airlines starts streaming Beats Music

Southwest Airlines starts streaming Beats Music

Southwest Airlines has inked a deal with Beats Music that will see specially-customized playlists from the streaming service piped straight into select flights. Available on Southwest's WiFi-enabled routes, the Beats Music integration will see both pre-curated playlists offered for streaming, as well as tap into the Apple-owned system's ability to piece together a uniquely tailored playlist of tracks based on a few individual preferences of the listener themselves. Users won't have to cough up for internet access, however.

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