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Uber partners with Starwood Hotels to give riders points

Uber partners with Starwood Hotels to give riders points

Uber, riding a wave of relative quiet after ample troubles in the recent past, has been busy rolling out perks and announcing positive things for users, and the newest to be revealed is a partnership with Starwood Hotels. Under this partnership, users who take a ride with Uber will earn Starpoints that'll be available for use with future stays at one of the Starwood hotels. Out of all the incentives Uber has rolled out, this is one of the more exciting ones, particularly for those who do a lot of traveling.

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Google officially launches Flights, their Search-friendly travel tool

Google officially launches Flights, their Search-friendly travel tool

As the travel booking game tightens up via acquisitions, Google is set to muscle their way in. Though Expedia and Travelocity are toeing the line, Google is also ready to get involved with Google Flights, a new Search item that finds you the best deal on your travel. Flights works as you might expect, too: put in your departure city, an arrival destination, and Flights will find you the best deal. Flights is also neat because you don’t even need to know where you’re headed.

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Coolpeds Briefcase Electric Scooter is your new carry-on bag

Coolpeds Briefcase Electric Scooter is your new carry-on bag

Most suitcases can double as an ottoman at best. The new Briefcase Electric Scooter by Coolpeds turns into an electric scooter to zip you around so you can catch your commute. Now, you don't have to drag your luggage around to catch your flight, you can hop on and ride it all the way to the terminal. Instead of a scooter with a small suitcase compartment, the Coolpeds Briefcase Electric Scooter is a full hard shell suitcase with an electric scooter that folds down from it.

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Know the odds of your plane crashing with ‘Am I Going Down?’

Know the odds of your plane crashing with ‘Am I Going Down?’

'Am I Going Down?' is an iOS app that tell you the chances of your plane crashing after you enter your flight details. The premise might sound a little stupid, or even like some kind of joke in poor taste, but it is in fact a serious attempt to ease the very real fears that some people have of flying. After being given the various parameters, the app uses math based on real data to show you the figures of how unlikely it is that your flight is going to crash.

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Google patents tech for helping you pronounce places right

Google patents tech for helping you pronounce places right

Google has just recently been awarded a patent for new tech that will dish up the correct pronunciation for "place" names, something that could make the frequent traveler's life a bit easier. The patent just recently surfaced on the USPTO's website and was granted on February 3, and in it Google details a new twist of technology that will take audio clips of a specific place being pronounced by those from the region, then use that to form audio suggestions aiding searchers in saying it correctly.

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Expedia acquires Travelocity as Orbitz looks for a buyer

Expedia acquires Travelocity as Orbitz looks for a buyer

Your options for online travel booking may be dwindling. Today, Expedia has closed a $280 million to buy Travelocity from parent company Sabre. The deal was likely to happen at some point, as Expedia’s technology was already powering Travelocity’s search n the US and Canada. Expedia’s Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said “Evolving this relationship strengthens the Expedia family’s ability to continue to innovate and deliver the very best travel experiences to the widest set of travelers, all over the world”.

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Catalog crash: SkyMall files for bankruptcy

Catalog crash: SkyMall files for bankruptcy

SkyMall, the catalog which has entertained, bemused, but apparently not made quite enough money out of airline travelers over the past years, has filed for bankruptcy, potentially leaving a gaping loss in our seat-back pockets. Parent company Xhibit Corp announced its financial situation today, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and at the same time requesting permission to at least attempt to sell off SkyMall's online business and most of its other assets.

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Delsey’s Pluggage is another smart luggage prototype

Delsey’s Pluggage is another smart luggage prototype

Luggage is probably the last thing you'd think of to become smart, but apparently it's a very hot concept. Beyond the simple idea of being able to track the location of your luggage, a lot of proposals, crowdfunding campaigns even, have just proven how much the idea of a smart luggage resonates with travels. Taking note of this, French luggage company Delsey is revealing that it has its own smart luggage in the works and is asking its customers to chime in on the features that they want.

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Dolfi “washing device” uses ultrasonic tech to clean clothes

Dolfi “washing device” uses ultrasonic tech to clean clothes

Washing clothes is a simple matter when at home, but becomes more difficult or unnecessarily expensive when traveling. You might have resorted to washing a shirt or two in the sink in a moment of desperation, and with the Dolfi you'll largely repeat that process, only with one big difference: the inclusion of ultrasonic tech, which is delivered by a handheld device about the size and shape of a bar of soap. Clothes are promised to be clean after about half an hour, no agitation or scrubbing necessary.

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Marriott teams with GoPro to offer guests HERO4 cameras

Marriott teams with GoPro to offer guests HERO4 cameras

No vacation is complete without a camera to record every moment of it, and as such Marriott and GoPro have teamed up to provide guests at select hotels a complimentary HERO4 action cam. This'll benefit guests in obvious ways -- they'll have access to a rugged camera able to handle rough environments, and it'll serve as a way for GoPro to get its tiny action cameras into consumer hands. Marriott, on the other hand, might find a bit of favor in consumer eyes again following it ill-fated WiFi-blocking petition.

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