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The TSA doesn’t want to see you naked any more (just fondle you)

The TSA doesn’t want to see you naked any more (just fondle you)

Controversial backscatter body scanners which could show "nude" images of airport travellers will be retired, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has confirmed, after the manufacturer couldn't deliver privacy software swiftly enough. The 174 Rapiscan scanners in use across the US will be returned to the manufacturer, OSI Systems, Bloomberg reports, after "it became clear to TSA they would be unable to meet our timeline" on developing masking software that would obscure individual identities, a spokesperson for the agency confirmed.

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American Airlines unveils new look, more tech

American Airlines unveils new look, more tech

Today American Airlines announced and unveiled their first new look since 1968. And to catch up with modern times, CEO Tom Horton says that the new livery is meant to be light, vibrant, and modern. The airline is also making some strides in implementing more technology into their workflow, like outfitting pilots and flight attendants with tablets and smartphones.

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FAA grounds all US Boeing 787 Dreamliners after multiple battery failures

FAA grounds all US Boeing 787 Dreamliners after multiple battery failures

It felt like only a matter of time, and now it's reality. After numerous problems occurring with multiple Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to ground all 787s in the US for inspection, but plans to get all of the new planes back in the air as safely and as quickly as possible.

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United becomes first international US-based airline with wi-fi

United becomes first international US-based airline with wi-fi

This week the folks at United Aircraft have let it be known that they'll be bringing wi-fi connectivity to their planes, this making them the first US-based international carrier to offer said connections while traveling over the ocean. Jim Compton, Vice Chairman and Chief Revenue Officer for United, spoke up about the service, noting that this is part of their efforts to make the airline the top choice for international flight - “With this new service, we continue to build the airline that customers want to fly.”

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Kayak’s Price Trend crunches big-data for travel save promise [Updated]

Kayak’s Price Trend crunches big-data for travel save promise [Updated]

Big data used for small prices: that's the sort of number crunching we can get behind, and with more than billion price records to go on, KAYAK's promise to warn you if airline tickets are likely to rise or fall in the near future could supposedly save you a bundle. The price comparison service has been collecting up queries from the past year of searches, cooking up an algorithm in the process that can suggest you hold out a little longer if it predicts prices might fall within the next seven says, or conversely alerting you to a likely increase. [Updated after the cut]

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Delta releases iPad app with new “Glass Bottom Jet” feature

Delta releases iPad app with new “Glass Bottom Jet” feature

Delta Airlines has released a new iPad app that comes with quite a bit of new features that the airline's current iPhone app doesn't offer. Most notably, there's a new "Glass Bottom Jet" feature that allows you to explore the places that you're currently flying over -- a great feature that can help pass the time on that long flight.

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Trakdot baggage tracking lets you follow your luggage in real-time

Trakdot baggage tracking lets you follow your luggage in real-time

With a significant number of the world's technology bloggers and journalists descending on Las Vegas this week for CES, losing luggage was a very real threat. It's an occurrence that is never welcome, but just because the airline loses your baggage, it doesn't mean you have to be left in the dark as to where it ended up. Trakdot is trying to take some of the stress out of losing track of your baggage by introducing its new Trakdot Luggage tracker this week at the show.

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Foursquare and NASA launch new Curiosity Explorer badge

Foursquare and NASA launch new Curiosity Explorer badge

If you're familiar with Foursquare then you know all about the "badges" that the service awards its users for checking into specific types of places multiple times. This time around, though, NASA and Foursquare have teamed up and launched a Curiosity rover-themed badge that users can earn for checking into science-related places frequently.

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Boarding pass barcodes open airport security loophole fears

Boarding pass barcodes open airport security loophole fears

Security flaws in how airline boarding passes encode passenger approval information could open a loophole for terrorists, researchers have warned, after exploring the barcodes printed on US passes. Data on whether individual passengers have been cleared for the US PreCheck system is included in the barcode on the boarding documents, with Puckinflight highlighting that such information can be extracted using smartphone scanning apps. With it, passengers can discover whether they'll be allowed to go through security without removing shoes and other clothing, and leaving items such as toiletries and laptops in their bags.

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Google Field Trip app acts as a virtual tour guide

Google Field Trip app acts as a virtual tour guide

Google launched a new app today called Field Trip. The company says that it's essentially "your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you." It works as a virtual tour guide of sorts, automatically providing you with information of a particular point of interest that you come across.

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Google tipped to acquire travel brand Frommer’s

Google tipped to acquire travel brand Frommer’s

Google is buying travel brand Frommer's, according to The Wall Street Journal. The search engine is reportedly purchasing the brand from John Wiley & Sons in order to bolster its search results regarding local places and attractions. In case you’re not familiar with Frommer's, it provides a detailed database of places to visit in various cities across the world, as well as hotel, restaurant, and store listings.

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High-tech Virgin America again rated top airline

High-tech Virgin America again rated top airline

If you want to fly the friendly skies in the best airline possible, Sir Richard Branson's fleet of state-of-the-art aircraft might be the ticket you're looking for. His Virgin America line was rated the number one domestic airline in the US for the fifth year in a row. Could it be the free in-flight video games?

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