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Hands-free texting while driving is still dangerous, according to studies

Hands-free texting while driving is still dangerous, according to studies

Texting while driving is obviously really dangerous, and many states have already banned the use of mobile phones altogether while driving, with more and more states moving closer to that goal. However, with voice controls in smartphones becoming more prevalent, drivers are resorting to hands-free texting in the car, but recent studies show that hands-free texting is just as dangerous as hands-on texting.

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The TSA doesn’t want to see you naked any more (just fondle you)

The TSA doesn’t want to see you naked any more (just fondle you)

Controversial backscatter body scanners which could show "nude" images of airport travellers will be retired, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has confirmed, after the manufacturer couldn't deliver privacy software swiftly enough. The 174 Rapiscan scanners in use across the US will be returned to the manufacturer, OSI Systems, Bloomberg reports, after "it became clear to TSA they would be unable to meet our timeline" on developing masking software that would obscure individual identities, a spokesperson for the agency confirmed.

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United becomes first international US-based airline with wi-fi

United becomes first international US-based airline with wi-fi

This week the folks at United Aircraft have let it be known that they'll be bringing wi-fi connectivity to their planes, this making them the first US-based international carrier to offer said connections while traveling over the ocean. Jim Compton, Vice Chairman and Chief Revenue Officer for United, spoke up about the service, noting that this is part of their efforts to make the airline the top choice for international flight - “With this new service, we continue to build the airline that customers want to fly.”

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Kayak’s Price Trend crunches big-data for travel save promise [Updated]

Kayak’s Price Trend crunches big-data for travel save promise [Updated]

Big data used for small prices: that's the sort of number crunching we can get behind, and with more than billion price records to go on, KAYAK's promise to warn you if airline tickets are likely to rise or fall in the near future could supposedly save you a bundle. The price comparison service has been collecting up queries from the past year of searches, cooking up an algorithm in the process that can suggest you hold out a little longer if it predicts prices might fall within the next seven says, or conversely alerting you to a likely increase. [Updated after the cut]

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Trakdot baggage tracking lets you follow your luggage in real-time

Trakdot baggage tracking lets you follow your luggage in real-time

With a significant number of the world's technology bloggers and journalists descending on Las Vegas this week for CES, losing luggage was a very real threat. It's an occurrence that is never welcome, but just because the airline loses your baggage, it doesn't mean you have to be left in the dark as to where it ended up. Trakdot is trying to take some of the stress out of losing track of your baggage by introducing its new Trakdot Luggage tracker this week at the show.

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Boarding pass barcodes open airport security loophole fears

Boarding pass barcodes open airport security loophole fears

Security flaws in how airline boarding passes encode passenger approval information could open a loophole for terrorists, researchers have warned, after exploring the barcodes printed on US passes. Data on whether individual passengers have been cleared for the US PreCheck system is included in the barcode on the boarding documents, with Puckinflight highlighting that such information can be extracted using smartphone scanning apps. With it, passengers can discover whether they'll be allowed to go through security without removing shoes and other clothing, and leaving items such as toiletries and laptops in their bags.

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