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Google Flights tackles travel fears: Here’s 5 other ways to fly smarter

Google Flights tackles travel fears: Here’s 5 other ways to fly smarter

The holiday travel season is nearly upon us, and Google Flights is looking to make it a little less stressful. Google announced today that Flights will now let you know when prices are expected to go up for some routes and flights. This will happen when you select a specific flight - now, you'll be presented with a new card that tells you how many days or hours you have left until the price is expected to increase, and how much the price is expected to jump.

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Amtrak unveils next-gen high-speed trains slated for 2021 launch

Amtrak unveils next-gen high-speed trains slated for 2021 launch

Amtrak has taken the wraps off its next-generation high-speed trains, saying it plans to launch them in 2021. The trains will be an upgrade to the Acela Express fleet in the Northeast Corridor (NEC), the same region where it will be upgrading infrastructure as part of a larger 'modernization' program. The step is a necessary one to keep the (often criticized) company relevant and useful.

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China’s elevated bus gets tested, cars can pass underneath

China’s elevated bus gets tested, cars can pass underneath

China is no stranger to traffic congestion, having probably held the world's records in worst traffic jams and backups, like the one on the China National Highway 110 back in 2010 which lasted for an astounding 12 days. To help deal with such situations, without getting people stuck without transportation, China is testing a new type of "elevated" bus with a cabin large enough to hold 300 passengers but is also set high enough to let cars to pass underneath it on the highway.

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Olive suitcase is part Segway and part robot

Olive suitcase is part Segway and part robot

Frequent travelers know that once the excitement of going somewhere wears off, it can be a big hassle to roll your bag through an airport. A company called Ikap Robotics has invented a very cool suitcase that makes it much easier to schlep your bag through an airport or hotel. The bag is called Olive and it looks like a normal suitcase, but it has some interesting autonomous features to help you get around more easily.

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Solar Impulse 2 makes the first solar-powered Atlantic flight

Solar Impulse 2 makes the first solar-powered Atlantic flight

Solar Impulse 2 has made history yet again. Earlier this month it finally completed the US leg of its "around the world" journey bourne on solar-powered wings. From New York, where it made a pit stop last June 11, it has now landed in Seville, Spain. This makes it the first solar-powered aircraft to cross the Atlantic ocean, in the tradition of the first voyages from Europe to the Americas and back. But as historic as the achievement is, the feat of the pilots themselves are equally impressive.

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Yahoo Radar app wants you to chat with a virtual travel guide

Yahoo Radar app wants you to chat with a virtual travel guide

Given its financial and corporate woes, you might think that Yahoo is done doing mobile app experiments that end up getting swept under the rug. Ever the contrarian, the former Internet giant has launched a new app, for now iOS only, with a bent towards helping users plan for their next big trip. Curiously called "Radar", the app is advertised to harness Yahoo's "expertise in search, communications and content" to help you pack the right things and visit the right sights, all in a style that would make you feel like talking to a chatbot.

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Airbnb Collaborative Wish Lists make group trips much easier to plan

Airbnb Collaborative Wish Lists make group trips much easier to plan

Have you ever tried planning a trip somewhere with a group of friends? It works out about as well as trying to heard cats. Everyone wants to go their own direction, and no one really wants to make the tough decisions. Eventually once everyone has had their own say, someone has to step up and start coordinating the whole thing. Well Airbnb knows this struggle, and they're here to help streamline the process.

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Airbnb just made booking easier for business travelers

Airbnb just made booking easier for business travelers

If you travel for business, staying in an Airbnb is a great way to enjoy the comforts of home, but getting that room booked can be a little tricky. Until now, you'd have to book the room yourself with a company card or go through the extra hassle of getting reimbursed. To ease all that is a newly introduced option called Business Travel Booking; with it, someone in a company, such as a manager, can book an Airbnb rental for other people in the company.

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Lexus acknowledges widespread GPS navigation system issues

Lexus acknowledges widespread GPS navigation system issues

When I first started driving, GPS systems were still in their infancy. They still wouldn't be available for cars for several years, so I'd simply learn the roads by heart, and hope that Yahoo Maps could guide me well enough to get me to a destination that I'd never been to. Well, if you're driving a Lexus, you might soon find out that your car's built-in navigation system isn't functioning. So you'll have to find something else to guide your trip.

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Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft can be a great way to get around a big city in a timely fashion, without having to pay a whole lot to do so. With carpooling options like Uberpool, it gets even less expensive, as you end up actually sharing your ride with one or more other people. However, if sharing that car makes you late to your destination, that can be pretty frustrating. Uber gets this, and they want to make it right.

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Uber updates make life a little easier for drivers

Uber updates make life a little easier for drivers

When you request an Uber, most of the time you'll get matched up with a driver, and they'll show up to give you a ride. However, sometimes the driver cancels on you before they get there, and you have to try again. If this has ever happened to you, there are two reasons why it might have happened. You could have a low rating as a rider, or the driver you were matched up with wants a break.

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American Airlines new fleet to get 12Mbps connections for every seat

American Airlines new fleet to get 12Mbps connections for every seat

Back in February, American Airlines sued the in-flight internet provider Gogo. The dispute was centered around a clause in the contract between the two that allowed the airline to terminate or renegotiate if they found a provider that offered better service. And if you've ever used Gogo, you know that it can't be that hard to find something better.

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