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FAA smartphone restrictions may be easing up soon

FAA smartphone restrictions may be easing up soon

The Federal Aviation Association has been mulling over the idea of easing up on consumer electronics restrictions in planes for over a year, but it seems a decision might be coming rather soon, as it's said that a "high-level advisory panel" will be recommending that the FAA let loose a little bit on in-flight restrictions with gadgets.

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Airbus A350 maiden flight complete, looks to take on Boeing 787

Airbus A350 maiden flight complete, looks to take on Boeing 787

It may not be the biggest plane to ever fly the skies, but the Airbus A350 is the newest plane by the aircraft manufacturer and it comes touting some unique features. The A350 completed a four-hour flight earlier this morning, which marked the first time that the plane has taken to the skies. It will undergo 2,500 hours of testing before it goes into service starting late next year.

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Airbus prototype luggage comes iPhone-enabled with GPS tracking

Airbus prototype luggage comes iPhone-enabled with GPS tracking

While Airbus mostly focuses on designing and developing commercial aircrafts, they've designed something new that will appease to many travelers. The company has revealed a prototype luggage bag that comes with an RFID tag, GPS tracking, and a companion iPhone app to track lost luggage and manage other aspects of your luggage as well.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner back in service in the US

Boeing 787 Dreamliner back in service in the US

After a four-month-long grounding due to a battery issue, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is back in action in the US, with United Airlines announcing that the first flight since the grounding occurred today and took passengers from Houston, Texas to Chicago, Illinois. Boeing has fixed the battery issue, and is sticking with lithium ion, but they have changed the design to prevent overheating.

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Boeing 787 clear to fly after FAA approves battery fix

Boeing 787 clear to fly after FAA approves battery fix

After last week's FAA approval of Boeing's new battery design for its 787 Dreamliner, the organization has finally lifted the flight ban on the new planes, allowing airlines to decide for themselves when to send the new Boeing birds back up in the air. The ban on the 787 lasted over three months starting in January when multiple batteries on different flights caught on fire.

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FAA approves Boeing 787 battery design changes

FAA approves Boeing 787 battery design changes

It's been three months since the FAA grounded all Boeing 787 Dreamliners due to multiple battery failures in several of the planes. However, progress has been made as the FAA has approved the battery design changes in the new aircraft, and will lift the flight ban on the Dreamliner sometime next week.

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American Airlines grounds all flights due to system outage [UPDATE]

American Airlines grounds all flights due to system outage [UPDATE]

Are you currently waiting at the airport ready to board your American Airlines flight? Not anymore you're not. American Airlines has announced that they have grounded all of their flights until 4pm CT due to a massive nationwide computer system outage that affects the airline's reservation system.

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Foursquare celebrates 4sqDay with personalized check-in infographic

Foursquare celebrates 4sqDay with personalized check-in infographic

If you used Foursquare today to check-in at your favorite restaurant or other establishment, then you may know that it's 4sqDay, a day that's celebrated each year on April 16 to celebrate social media, specifically Foursquare. The social check-in service has launched a nifty new tool that provides users with a neat personalized infographic of all your check-ins over the past year.

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American Airlines gets approval for iPad-equipped cockpit

American Airlines gets approval for iPad-equipped cockpit

The Federal Aviation Association announced back in 2011 that it would be rolling out what they call iPad Electronic Flight Bags for use in the cockpit to replace all of the flight manuals and paperwork. Finally, American Airlines is the first airline to get approval for the iPad, and they've given eager minds a chance to take a look at the new system.

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JetBlue names its WiFi service “Fly-Fi”, coming later this year

JetBlue names its WiFi service “Fly-Fi”, coming later this year

JetBlue first announced that it would be bringing in-flight WiFi to its fleet of aircrafts back in 2011, but we have yet to see anything from the airline at this point, although they announced back in September that free in-flight WiFi would be available soon. The project is still making progress, though, as the company has announced the name of their WiFi service, as well as a few other details.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt to tap into Myanmar’s potential gold mine

Google’s Eric Schmidt to tap into Myanmar’s potential gold mine

Google's Executive Chairmain, Eric Schmidt, plans on making a trip to Myanmar on March 22nd. He hopes to tap into Myanmar's market of 60 million people, which has the potential of being a huge gold mine for the search engine giant. Myanmar had been previously restricted from U.S. based companies due to many regulations and sanctions. Now that it's being freed from those restrictions, many U.S. companies are gunning to invest their resources into the country.

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Apple adds and expands Maps flyover in 30 cities

Apple adds and expands Maps flyover in 30 cities

While it may not seem noticeable at first, Apple is continuing to update its Maps app with the addition and expansion of features. Case in point, within the past couple of months, Apple has added and expanded its flyover feature in 30 cities around the world, including locations like Indianapolis, Indiana and Glasgow in Scotland.

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