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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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United is replacing headrest screens with tablet holders

United is replacing headrest screens with tablet holders

First world problem or just plain common sense when flying: United Airlines is redesigning its seats so that passengers will be able to prop up a tablet and yet still have space on their tray-table for their in-flight meal. While it might seem flippant, it's part of a push by United to shift entertainment over to personal devices rather than necessarily outfitting every seat-back with a built-in screen.

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Bluesmart connected carry-on makes traveling smarter

Bluesmart connected carry-on makes traveling smarter

If you’re a frequent flyer, you understand how fun airline baggage restrictions are. Is that bag too big to carry on? Too heavy? Do you even know where it is?! All these things (and more) have travelers sweating under the collar daily, but fear not — Bluesmart is here. The connected luggage is more than a neat carry-on that connects to your smartphone via an app for location awareness, it’s the first all-in-one travelers companion we’ve seen that you might actually want.

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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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