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This is American Express’ new Miami Centurion Lounge

This is American Express’ new Miami Centurion Lounge

There are plenty of reasons to have an American Express card in your wallet, but access to the growing number of Centurion Lounges in airports might be top of the list. Where airline lounges all too often drop a few stale pastries in a self-serve bin next to a coffee pot and a mini-fridge of Coke, American Express' take is an altogether more luxurious experience: real food, a curated wine list, seats you'd actually want to sit in, and even extras like an in-lounge spa. Latest to the list is Centurion Lounge Miami, at Miami International Airport.

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Airbnb adds new tools for renters to maximize profits

Airbnb adds new tools for renters to maximize profits

Airbnb hosted its Open Air event in Silicon Valley, wherein the company introduced a new tools for both hosts looking to make as much cash as possible from the service. Airbnb wants to lure more people to rent their home or apartment out for a night on its site, and giving renters new tools to maximize profits is a great way to grow its base of rental properties. The new tool, Price Tips, uses an easy-to-read calendar layout (much like browsing for airline flights) with suggested prices for your property based on an array of factors including location, listing type, current price, availability, and how far away future available dates are.

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TSA put to the DHS undercover test, fails 67 out of 70

TSA put to the DHS undercover test, fails 67 out of 70

Some posit that the events of 9/11 has made America paranoid, and that the security measures applied at airports are over the top, invasive, and excessive. Now, they might be adding "ineffective" to that litany. The US' own Department of Homeland Security went undercover to put these airport security checkpoints to the test, seeing if they can beat the system that the government has put in place. The results might be shocking for some while expected for others, but worrying nonetheless. Out of 70 undercover tests, the TSA failed 67.

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Ford GoDrive car-sharing offers London EVs for one-way trips

Ford GoDrive car-sharing offers London EVs for one-way trips

Ford has launched its own car-share program, offering drivers in London, UK, the option to rent a car by the minute with a choice of EV or EcoBoost vehicles. Dubbed Ford GoDrive, the system is part of Ford's ongoing "global mobility" experiment that also includes autonomous/semi-autonomous vehicles and more, kicking off with fifty cars parked across twenty locations in the UK's capital city. Bookings are made through a smartphone app, and the car is unlocked using a smart card similar to how Zipcar and similar services operate.

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Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Memorial Day is just around the corner and for some, nay many, that means a lot of traveling. And when traveling is involved, especially by land, then headaches and tempers caused by traffic are as well. Just in time for the holiday, however, Google is coming to the rescue of drivers across the country. The search giant has updated Google Maps to include more vital information when navigating roads, including alerts for unusual traffic conditions, road congestions, and even suggestions for alternate paths to take.

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Mercedes takes luxury sky-high with its concept private jet interior

Mercedes takes luxury sky-high with its concept private jet interior

While most of us fly economy, crammed into planes like a flying tin can, some people skip business class altogether and head straight for their own private jets. These luxury flyers never have to worry about getting stuck in the middle seat. With this concept design from Mercedes, the choice is between a sleek armchair and a cushy sofa. This concept design is from Mercedes' parent company, Daimler. In a unique partnership between Mercedes-Benz Style and Lufthansa Technik, the concept jet interior does away with walls and rooms. A "dynamic, spiral layout" creates the illusion of more space, while a shift in color scheme is used to indicate separate areas.

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Experts say researcher’s in-flight hacking claims are dubious

Experts say researcher’s in-flight hacking claims are dubious

Making headlines yesterday, security researcher Chris Roberts is being investigated by the FBI for claiming the ability to mess with a plane's flight systems from onboard. An ill-received tweet started it all, as Roberts claimed he could hack his flight's oxygen regulation. Roberts went on to tell the FBI that he hacked en-route 15 to 20 times over the several years using his laptop, modified cables, and the in-flight entertainment systems. He even claimed to be able to access engine commands and make his plane move sideways. Industry experts are calling Roberts out on his claims, citing a range of reasons why his claims are dubious, if not impossible.

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Plane hacker admitted in-flight engine takeover says FBI

Plane hacker admitted in-flight engine takeover says FBI

While we were all busy arguing whether our cellphones could affect planes, one security researcher was busily hacking into aircraft and potentially gaining access to engine control. An ill-advised tweet got infosec specialist Chris Roberts barred from a United flight last month, after he joked about tinkering with aircraft systems like passenger emergency oxygen control. Turns out, so documentation submitted by the FBI reveals, Roberts' abilities were even greater, to the point of momentarily controlling engine thrust.

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Barracuda wants to be THE road warrior’s smart carry-on

Barracuda wants to be THE road warrior’s smart carry-on

Know what's the next thing after your bulb that's about to get smart? Your luggage. Smart carry-ons seem to be catching on. Even the likes of Samsung and Samsonite are said to be working together to make that a reality as well. And while we've seen our fair share of such smart bags, especially on Kickstarter or Indiegogo, Barracuda thinks it can top all that. And it might just make it if the outpouring of dollars over at its Kickstarter campaign is any indication of that.

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Amazon, JetBlue bring Prime Instant Video to you in-flight

Amazon, JetBlue bring Prime Instant Video to you in-flight

Have Amazon Prime? Love to travel domestically? We’ve got really good news for you. Amazon and US-based airline JetBlue have struck a deal that will bring Amazon Prime Instant video to you in-flight. Through those tiny displays in the headrest of the seat ahead of you (or your own tablet/smartphone), you’ll be able to watch Amazon Instant Video content just as you would at home. Instant Video is only available to Prime subscribers, not the pay-per-title viewing those without the $99/year plan often seek out.

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Amazon ‘Destinations’ will take your hotel reservations

Amazon ‘Destinations’ will take your hotel reservations

Next time you want to plan a trip, or even a quick weekend getaway, you’ll probably find yourself on Expedia or hotels.com. If you need a few sundry items for the trip, you might find yourself on Amazon. Today, Amazon has quietly launched their hotel booking engine, which falls under their ‘Local’ tab. Currently, the feature is limited to the Pacific Northwest, Southern California, and parts of the Northeast. If Amazon’s hotel booking engine sounds familiar, it’s likely because it was rumored to be coming way back in November of last year.

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