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Coolpeds Briefcase Electric Scooter is your new carry-on bag

Coolpeds Briefcase Electric Scooter is your new carry-on bag

Most suitcases can double as an ottoman at best. The new Briefcase Electric Scooter by Coolpeds turns into an electric scooter to zip you around so you can catch your commute. Now, you don't have to drag your luggage around to catch your flight, you can hop on and ride it all the way to the terminal. Instead of a scooter with a small suitcase compartment, the Coolpeds Briefcase Electric Scooter is a full hard shell suitcase with an electric scooter that folds down from it.

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Know the odds of your plane crashing with ‘Am I Going Down?’

Know the odds of your plane crashing with ‘Am I Going Down?’

'Am I Going Down?' is an iOS app that tell you the chances of your plane crashing after you enter your flight details. The premise might sound a little stupid, or even like some kind of joke in poor taste, but it is in fact a serious attempt to ease the very real fears that some people have of flying. After being given the various parameters, the app uses math based on real data to show you the figures of how unlikely it is that your flight is going to crash.

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Google patents tech for helping you pronounce places right

Google patents tech for helping you pronounce places right

Google has just recently been awarded a patent for new tech that will dish up the correct pronunciation for "place" names, something that could make the frequent traveler's life a bit easier. The patent just recently surfaced on the USPTO's website and was granted on February 3, and in it Google details a new twist of technology that will take audio clips of a specific place being pronounced by those from the region, then use that to form audio suggestions aiding searchers in saying it correctly.

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Expedia acquires Travelocity as Orbitz looks for a buyer

Expedia acquires Travelocity as Orbitz looks for a buyer

Your options for online travel booking may be dwindling. Today, Expedia has closed a $280 million to buy Travelocity from parent company Sabre. The deal was likely to happen at some point, as Expedia’s technology was already powering Travelocity’s search n the US and Canada. Expedia’s Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said “Evolving this relationship strengthens the Expedia family’s ability to continue to innovate and deliver the very best travel experiences to the widest set of travelers, all over the world”.

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Catalog crash: SkyMall files for bankruptcy

Catalog crash: SkyMall files for bankruptcy

SkyMall, the catalog which has entertained, bemused, but apparently not made quite enough money out of airline travelers over the past years, has filed for bankruptcy, potentially leaving a gaping loss in our seat-back pockets. Parent company Xhibit Corp announced its financial situation today, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and at the same time requesting permission to at least attempt to sell off SkyMall's online business and most of its other assets.

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Delsey’s Pluggage is another smart luggage prototype

Delsey’s Pluggage is another smart luggage prototype

Luggage is probably the last thing you'd think of to become smart, but apparently it's a very hot concept. Beyond the simple idea of being able to track the location of your luggage, a lot of proposals, crowdfunding campaigns even, have just proven how much the idea of a smart luggage resonates with travels. Taking note of this, French luggage company Delsey is revealing that it has its own smart luggage in the works and is asking its customers to chime in on the features that they want.

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Dolfi “washing device” uses ultrasonic tech to clean clothes

Dolfi “washing device” uses ultrasonic tech to clean clothes

Washing clothes is a simple matter when at home, but becomes more difficult or unnecessarily expensive when traveling. You might have resorted to washing a shirt or two in the sink in a moment of desperation, and with the Dolfi you'll largely repeat that process, only with one big difference: the inclusion of ultrasonic tech, which is delivered by a handheld device about the size and shape of a bar of soap. Clothes are promised to be clean after about half an hour, no agitation or scrubbing necessary.

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Marriott teams with GoPro to offer guests HERO4 cameras

Marriott teams with GoPro to offer guests HERO4 cameras

No vacation is complete without a camera to record every moment of it, and as such Marriott and GoPro have teamed up to provide guests at select hotels a complimentary HERO4 action cam. This'll benefit guests in obvious ways -- they'll have access to a rugged camera able to handle rough environments, and it'll serve as a way for GoPro to get its tiny action cameras into consumer hands. Marriott, on the other hand, might find a bit of favor in consumer eyes again following it ill-fated WiFi-blocking petition.

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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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