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USA and UK airports ban electronics with no power

USA and UK airports ban electronics with no power

While just this 6th of July, the Transportation Security Administration in the USA banned "powerless devices" from flights, the UK has joined in the battle this week. Attempting to go through security at an airport going into or out of the UK through "certain airports" will result in your devices being checked (as per usual.) If you are asked to power your device on, and you can’t, your device will be confiscated.

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TSA checkpoints overseas ban gadgets that won’t turn on

TSA checkpoints overseas ban gadgets that won’t turn on

The TSA's long-reaching arm has gotten longer and just a tad more inconvenient. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has directed its already unpopular TSA force to perform additional security checks on electronic devices, requiring owners to power on their gadgets and disallow the devices from the flight if they are not functional. And, of course, TSA agents can then take the passenger aside for further investigation.

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Gear Essentials For Your Holiday Weekend

Gear Essentials For Your Holiday Weekend

The height of summer is upon us, and with it comes our favorite activity: vacation. Whether you're taking a long weekend this Independence Day or prepping for a two-week getaway along the California coast, making sure you have the right gear will go a long way towards ensuring your trip goes smoothly.

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CitizenM high-tech hotel arrives in New York

CitizenM high-tech hotel arrives in New York

In late March, it was revealed the high-tech and youth-centric hotel CitizenM would be making its US debut in New York, bringing with it the same connected features as its Amsterdam and London siblings. Perhaps its most interesting feature is the ability to control everything with a tablet.

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This is what Samsung’s airport “takeover” looks like

This is what Samsung’s airport “takeover” looks like

At Heathrow airport in London, Samsung has "taken over" what may be the world’s busiest terminal. Purchasing the bulk of advertising area in the terminal, you’ll see more Samsung Galaxy S5 posters and large signage per square foot here than anywhere else in the world. This campaign is set to stick around for two weeks.

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NASA eyes Mach 1.6 airliners with sonic-boom autopilot

NASA eyes Mach 1.6 airliners with sonic-boom autopilot

The return of commercial supersonic flight at faster-than-Concorde speeds could be one step closer to reality, with NASA developing real-time sonic boom prediction that would be essential to minimizing the impact of shockwaves on land. NASA's goal is a smart pilot aid that could help plan faster-than-sound travel for a jet able to fly at Mach 1.6 - or 1,218 mph - at altitudes of around 50,000 feet.

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Google adds hotel search to Android

Google adds hotel search to Android

Google has made it easier for travelers to find hotels and restaurants while out and about, doing so from their Android handset and the Google Search app. Several filter options are made available, narrowing down results based on specific criteria, not the least of which is price.

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Explora launches Nexus 5 rentals for travelers

Explora launches Nexus 5 rentals for travelers

Smartphones are a daily tool for many people, and nothing makes that reality quite as stark as crossing a border into international lands without a plan that supports such travel. For those visiting the US, Google's Nexus 5 is now being offered as a daily rental handset complete with unlimited service.

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American Express offers Boingo Wireless access to Platinum members

American Express offers Boingo Wireless access to Platinum members

American Express has announced some new travel-centric benefits for its Platinum card members, providing better convenience and perks for those who are frequently on the go. Among the new benefits is access to Boingo's wireless hotspots, ensuring connectivity while out and about.

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Uber Surge Drop alerts when regular rates resume

Uber Surge Drop alerts when regular rates resume

Uber will now alert would-be users looking for a ride when "surge" pricing - the higher fare rate triggered when demand rises - is over, in an update to the iPhone app. The new Surge Drop feature will optionally send out a push-notification when rates return to normal, if it happens within 30 minutes of trying to book a car.

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Turbulence warning system proposal suggests GPS solution

Turbulence warning system proposal suggests GPS solution

Air travel is a very safe way to travel long distances in a short time, but it is often subjected to turbulence, something that can range from a minor annoyance to a terrifying experience, particularly if it causes the plane to buck and jerk. Detecting it is a science still in the works, and amongst the possibilities is one proposal suggesting the use of common GPS.

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Former TSA agent admits “we knew full-body scanners didn’t work”

Former TSA agent admits “we knew full-body scanners didn’t work”

"We knew the full-body scanners didn't work before they were even installed," is the claim from former TSA agent Jason Harrington, alleging that not only were airport security staff aware that the X-ray scans were flawed, but that the instructors guiding them on them admitted it too. The flaws in each of the $150,000 Rapiscan Systems scanners - which the TSA switched from in early 2013 - were well known and lied about, Harrington writes at Politico, who also details the ways he and his former colleagues would look at what amounted to nude images of travelers.

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