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Uber tests out fees for late passengers

Uber tests out fees for late passengers

Have you ever offered a ride to a friend, only to find out that when you arrive, they're not ready? That's pretty annoying, even though they're your friend. Now just imagine you're a driver for Uber, and the person who requested you is nowhere to be found when you pull up. This is apparently a growing problem for drivers, and the company is testing a new method for combating it.

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This real hoverboard can soar at 93 mph

This real hoverboard can soar at 93 mph

It's unfortunate, but the term 'hoverboard' tends to bring up more images of spontaneously-combusting two-wheeled scooters than cool devices that actually hover. Thankfully that trend is slowly starting to die off, largely due to the fact that most of them have been banned from making their way into the country. And that means it's the perfect time to show off something that can really hover.

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Chariot is an Uber competitor that’s exclusively for women

Chariot is an Uber competitor that’s exclusively for women

The likes of Uber and Lyft are about to get some new competition in the city of Boston. However, the new startup will only be competing for around half of the potential customers. After all, this new ride-sharing service named Chariot will only be picking up women.

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Imagine flying with 21-inch touchscreen seatback displays

Imagine flying with 21-inch touchscreen seatback displays

The state of in-flight entertainment has been steadily improving over the last few years, with WiFi increasingly being offered by more airlines, and a wide range of movies and TV shows available from the built-in seatback displays. But what if airlines went all out and provided flyers with luxurious-sized touchscreens to help distract them from the miserable amount of legroom? Well, it might look like these 21.3-inch screens in a prototype from Thales, a French aerospace company.

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Uber lets you check into your hotel with new Trip Branding feature

Uber lets you check into your hotel with new Trip Branding feature

Uber is a great way to get around when you're traveling. Rather than renting a car or trying to hail a cab, with a few taps on your screen, you can have a car ready to take you to your destination on the cheap. But Uber is wanting to make their app even more useful, by letting you do things like check into your hotel room while you're en route.

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Waze will soon warn you when you’re speeding

Waze will soon warn you when you’re speeding

When you're driving around town, and on familiar roads, you probably don't pay too much attention to the speed limit. That's because you've driven on the road so many times that you already know how fast you should be going. But when you're heading somewhere for the first time, you might not always glance at the speed limit signs when you should, and that can easily lead to you getting a speeding ticket. And now Waze wants to help prevent that.

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Uber will now give you a ride into Mexico, but not back

Uber will now give you a ride into Mexico, but not back

Uber has a new option for all the young Americans planning to spend spring break in Mexico in the near future. The ride-hailing service has announced its first cross-border trips, allowing passengers in San Diego to travel to Tijuana with just a single ride. Just don't expect on Uber to get you back home again, as border agents have these pesky regulations that make things complicated on the business end.

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“Destinations on Google” let’s your phone help with the planning

“Destinations on Google” let’s your phone help with the planning

Almost everyone uses their smartphones to search for things these days, from the title of the song that keeps playing in your head to whether the pizza shop down the street is open until 10. Some searches, however, are not always easy to do on small screen, like figuring out your next vacation getaway. With Spring just over the horizon, Google knows that people will start researching on those best spots and deals. And it is launching Destinations on Google to make that easier, even on a smartphone.

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NYC unveils fancy new high-tech ‘European’ MTA buses

NYC unveils fancy new high-tech ‘European’ MTA buses

New York City is getting a massive bus system upgrade, and it’ll involve 2,042 new buses being added by the year 2020. The buses will come with a big price tag — the cost will ultimately be $1.3 billion — but they'll meet the needs of modern-day travelers. The buses will be fitted with WiFi, electronic signs featuring pertinent information, and ports for charging phones. The best part? They're totally European-chic, according to New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Here’s a robotic suitcase that follows your every step

Here’s a robotic suitcase that follows your every step

Even Mary Poppins didn't have a bag this smart. OK, so maybe it doesn't have unlimited space inside, but NUA Robotics' intelligent suitcase isn't something you'll easily lose. You may lose sight of it but it won't lose sight of you. Combining camera sensor and Bluetooth connectivity, this robotic suitcase not only detects and identifies its owner, it also follows him or her around, navigating through streets and walkways to keep up with its human master. As long as its master doesn't go up the stairs, that is.

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Now the TSA can force you to go through the body-scanner

Now the TSA can force you to go through the body-scanner

Your next flight might include a mandatory trip through the body scanner, with the US government quietly changing the opt-out rules for searches. In a document published earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security outlined an update to the Advanced Imagery Technology protocols used by the TSA at US airports, adding a clause which allows officers to insist travelers go through the controversial machines.

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Neonode AirBar turns any laptop into a touchscreen

Neonode AirBar turns any laptop into a touchscreen

A lot of laptops these days are moving toward having a touch screens. It's nice to have that functionality for certain tasks, but if your notebook doesn't already have that technology built-in, you're left out in the cold. However, Neonode has announced a new device that can bring touch technology to virtually any computer.

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