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NYC unveils fancy new high-tech ‘European’ MTA buses

NYC unveils fancy new high-tech ‘European’ MTA buses

New York City is getting a massive bus system upgrade, and it’ll involve 2,042 new buses being added by the year 2020. The buses will come with a big price tag — the cost will ultimately be $1.3 billion — but they'll meet the needs of modern-day travelers. The buses will be fitted with WiFi, electronic signs featuring pertinent information, and ports for charging phones. The best part? They're totally European-chic, according to New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Here’s a robotic suitcase that follows your every step

Here’s a robotic suitcase that follows your every step

Even Mary Poppins didn't have a bag this smart. OK, so maybe it doesn't have unlimited space inside, but NUA Robotics' intelligent suitcase isn't something you'll easily lose. You may lose sight of it but it won't lose sight of you. Combining camera sensor and Bluetooth connectivity, this robotic suitcase not only detects and identifies its owner, it also follows him or her around, navigating through streets and walkways to keep up with its human master. As long as its master doesn't go up the stairs, that is.

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Now the TSA can force you to go through the body-scanner

Now the TSA can force you to go through the body-scanner

Your next flight might include a mandatory trip through the body scanner, with the US government quietly changing the opt-out rules for searches. In a document published earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security outlined an update to the Advanced Imagery Technology protocols used by the TSA at US airports, adding a clause which allows officers to insist travelers go through the controversial machines.

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Neonode AirBar turns any laptop into a touchscreen

Neonode AirBar turns any laptop into a touchscreen

A lot of laptops these days are moving toward having a touch screens. It's nice to have that functionality for certain tasks, but if your notebook doesn't already have that technology built-in, you're left out in the cold. However, Neonode has announced a new device that can bring touch technology to virtually any computer.

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Amazon pulls out hoverboards while conducting safety check

Amazon pulls out hoverboards while conducting safety check

If you've been considering buying or bringing along a hoverboard, those two-wheeled boards that don't really hover, for the holidays, you might want to rethink your decision or buy them from somewhere other than Amazon. The retailer giant has apparently removed hoverboards from its listings, which may have dismayed fans and Christmas hopefuls and adding to the series of unfortunate, or not, setbacks that the transportation contraption has been facing for the past few weeks. It's not a permanent ban, however. Or at least until Amazon receives indubitablre proof of their safety.

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Windspeed’s SkyDeck puts luxury seats on top of a plane

Windspeed’s SkyDeck puts luxury seats on top of a plane

First class won’t be the same once a new luxury option goes into effect: seats in a clear dome on top of an airplane. Called SkyDeck, this new seating arrangement concept has been designed by Windspeed Technologies, an aerospace engineering firm; it features a clear glass dome with a pair of seats inside, giving passengers a 360-degree view of the open sky around them.

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US airlines ban hoverboards over fire, safety concerns

US airlines ban hoverboards over fire, safety concerns

Whether you call them "hoverboards" or self-balancing scooters, nearly everyone in the world is now getting concerned about the risk of fire the devices pose. American Airlines, Delta, and United, the US's three largest airlines, have joined several others in stating that the scooters are banned from coming on flights. They join Alaska Airlines, Jet Blue, British Airways, Virgin America, and more who have done the same.

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Returning to the golden age of travel

Returning to the golden age of travel

For many people, spending time at an airport is something they would avoid as much as possible. With the right lounge access, though, what might normally be a miserable wait can actually be anything but. In fact, since I added the American Express Platinum Card to my wallet, I've found there are times I actively want to get to the airport sooner.

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United’s iOS love-affair continues with 6,000 iPhone 6s Plus

United’s iOS love-affair continues with 6,000 iPhone 6s Plus

United Airlines is expanding its use of the iPhone, today revealing plans to roll out more than 6,000 of Apple's phablets to customer service staff. The iPhone 6s Plus smartphones will be used initially to help travelers who have already checked-in, but who need a printed boarding pass or baggage tag, without demanding that they trek to the nearest counter.

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This robot guides travelers around a busy airport

This robot guides travelers around a busy airport

Seeing as how the busiest travel season of the year is now in full swing, it would be the perfect time to debut a robotic airport guide to help direct tired and stressed out travelers. That's exactly what Örebro University is doing as part of their research with Spencer the robot at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. The international hub is known to have a terminal layout that is confusing to navigate, so the robot, outfitted with detailed maps, aims to help passengers get to the right place in time for their flight.

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Why an American Express Platinum is a road-warrior’s must-have

Why an American Express Platinum is a road-warrior’s must-have

When you travel a lot, like I do, spending half your time every month on the road, you quickly figure out what's your go-to kit. For me, as well as my laptop, camera, smartphone, and a bag full of cables and adapters, the American Express Platinum has now graduated to travel must-have.

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FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

When it comes to recharging gadgets, sometimes your only option is spare pre-charged batteries. That’s all fine and well, only now the FAA doesn’t want you checking them into your checked baggage, citing concerns about security and safety. According to a new report, the FAA has advised airlines to ban lithium bags from checked luggage, something that will force passengers to put them in carry-ons instead.

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