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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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American Airlines flight delays blamed on iPad app [UPDATED]

American Airlines flight delays blamed on iPad app [UPDATED]

American Airlines removed the bulky paper manuals and flight plans from the cockpit of their commercial aircraft back in 2013 and handed out iPads after the FAA had approved iPads for use in the cockpit in 2011. The airline has run into its first major issue with using the iPads on the flight deck this week.

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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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Boeing Aircraft overhead bins will hold 50% more bag

Boeing Aircraft overhead bins will hold 50% more bag

So you're about to take a trip on an airplane and you don't want to have to pay to stash your bag below - lucky you. Boeing is making an effort to create larger "Space Bins" that'll hold one whole heck of a lot more bag than ever before. This update will be rolling out to whichever airline decides to install first - and they're available for retrofitting as well. Not just brand new 737's will have these bins - old ones will as well.

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Snoozing stowaway forces 737 emergency landing

Snoozing stowaway forces 737 emergency landing

If you think it's uncomfortable flying in coach, imagine how it must feel to be trapped in the cargo hold instead. An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to backtrack today, after an airport employee inadvertently got himself locked in the front hold and found himself unexpectedly embarking on a flight to Los Angeles. Luckily, the plane turned around after just a few minutes, but it's raising questions at the airport as to how the incident could've happened.

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Apple Watch: Airline companies are the latest to develop new apps

Apple Watch: Airline companies are the latest to develop new apps

With the Apple Watch hitting the market April 24th, developers are rushing to get their apps ready in time, including the big airline companies. Each airline wants to make it as easy and care-free as possible to fly with them. As a frequent flyer myself, I will welcome any innovations that alleviate even a fraction of the stress of frantic air travel. Let's take a look at the new apps underway from American, British Airways, Delta, and United Airlines. Rumor is, they plan to make the most of the smartwatch's at-a-glance display.

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Google flight searches to show if WiFi, power outlets available

Google flight searches to show if WiFi, power outlets available

With in-flight WiFi becoming more and more common, and recent regulation changes allowing the use of personal devices during take-off and landing, air travel has become that much more tech-friendly to travelers. However, it's still pretty much a toss-up if your airline or flight will have amenities like WiFi or in-seat power outlets available for you to use. But thanks to a new partner ship between Google and Routehappy, checking the availability of these services while planning your trip is now just a bit easier.

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Uber partners with Starwood Hotels to give riders points

Uber partners with Starwood Hotels to give riders points

Uber, riding a wave of relative quiet after ample troubles in the recent past, has been busy rolling out perks and announcing positive things for users, and the newest to be revealed is a partnership with Starwood Hotels. Under this partnership, users who take a ride with Uber will earn Starpoints that'll be available for use with future stays at one of the Starwood hotels. Out of all the incentives Uber has rolled out, this is one of the more exciting ones, particularly for those who do a lot of traveling.

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Google officially launches Flights, their Search-friendly travel tool

Google officially launches Flights, their Search-friendly travel tool

As the travel booking game tightens up via acquisitions, Google is set to muscle their way in. Though Expedia and Travelocity are toeing the line, Google is also ready to get involved with Google Flights, a new Search item that finds you the best deal on your travel. Flights works as you might expect, too: put in your departure city, an arrival destination, and Flights will find you the best deal. Flights is also neat because you don’t even need to know where you’re headed.

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