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Traveling? Here are 5 ways to stay connected (anywhere!)

Traveling? Here are 5 ways to stay connected (anywhere!)

When you’re traveling, connectivity can be important. When you least expect it, a data connection becomes crucial, often leaving you teetering on what happens next on your trip. Everything from directions to planning — even work — can depend on access to the Internet. But how will you know if you can get Internet? Where is it offered? Rather than fly blind when you’re in a strange locale, we’ve got some handy tips for making sure you’re connected every time you leave home, regardless of where you go.

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Trunkster zipperless “smart” luggage is a traveler’s dream

Trunkster zipperless “smart” luggage is a traveler’s dream

Nowadays, anything that can be made smarter is getting a facelift, from watches, to smoke detectors, and now to luggages. While we've seen our fair share of these smart traveling companions, like the BlueSmart connected carry-on a few months back, this Trunkster Kickstarter seems to promise all that and more. In addition to GPS tracking and a built-in weighing scale, these luggages also offer a new and fancy "zipperless" door design as well as something every mobile user wished they had at an airport: a high capacity charger.

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Vuzix and HERE team up: location apps for M100 inbound

Vuzix and HERE team up: location apps for M100 inbound

This past November, Vuzix's M100 Smart Glasses went up for pre-order on Amazon following a previous debut and details. They might not be as svelte as Google Glass or as well known, but the wearable has held its own, and now it is working with HERE to add to some usefulness for its users. Under a new program between the new companies, developers will be able to create location-based apps for use with the M100 Smart Glasses, adding HERE's presence to yet another platform.

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Smart Unit keeps tabs on luggage, shows location

Smart Unit keeps tabs on luggage, shows location

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes chaotic travel through busy airports. Some unfortunate souls among us will inevitably have their luggage lost somewhere between destinations, an issue that the maker behind Smart Unit wants to tackle. Smart Unit is about the size of a portable hard drive, and it is bid as the first anti-theft luggage tracker. With the device, users can see the location of their luggage nearly anywhere in the world, as well as when it is nearby and when it is moving away.

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London airspace closed due to computer glitch

London airspace closed due to computer glitch

In London, a “computer failure” has shut down the airspace surrounding the city. The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation says Swanwich air traffic control center is experiencing severe technical problems, and a fix is nowhere in sight. For now, the technical issue is causing severe delays, and they advise anyone departing via a London Airport — yes, even Heathrow — to double-check with their airline to make sure they’ll be able to leave on-time. There is no timeframe for a solution to this issue.

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Bing adds international hotel booking, improves mobile search

Bing adds international hotel booking, improves mobile search

Microsoft is winding the week down with another two Bing announcements, this one most notably including the arrival of international hotel booking in 22 countries with support for 14 languages. This allows users to book accommodations from Canada, Mexico, throughout Europe, in Hong Kong, and more, and is done in partnership with TripAdvisor. Also joining this new feature are some improvements to Bing's mobile search results.

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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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