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Southwest flight 1380: Woman partially blown out of window, one heart attack, safe landing

Southwest flight 1380: Woman partially blown out of window, one heart attack, safe landing

The left engine of a Southwest airline jet blew "shortly after takeoff" this afternoon, resulting in an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Initial reports suggest that 8 passengers were injured and one passenger died as a result of the incident.* The plane was a Boeing 737-700 and has successfully landed as of the posting of this article.

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HyperloopTT begins construction of first full-scale system

HyperloopTT begins construction of first full-scale system

Elon Musk may have his Boring ambitions, but others are eying a different solution to the transportation problem. Instead of simply building high-speed highways underground, hyperloops instead try to reduce vehicular congestion and travel time with fast-moving capsules. HyperloopTT one of the two biggest hyperloop companies has just proudly announced the arrival of its first tubes in France where it will be constructing and conducting its first real-world test of this nearly sonic speed form of transportation.

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Those terrifyingly cramped SkyRider airplane seats are back

Those terrifyingly cramped SkyRider airplane seats are back

Just when you thought flying in economy couldn't get any worse, airplane seat makers are here to remind you that even being able to sit normally is apparently a privilege not a right. SkyRider, the well-ridiculed, saddle-inspired seat design from 2010 clearly didn't take the hate to heart, as the manufacturers are back with a new - and even more ominous - version.

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Uber sells Grab its Southeast Asia operations

Uber sells Grab its Southeast Asia operations

Uber is a company in trouble. Despite having narrowly dodged the Waymo bullet, it now faces both legal and media scrutiny over a fatal accident from its self-driving car test. And that’s just in the US. In other markets, Uber faces heavy competition that has basically forced it to merge with its rivals in China and Russia. Now it is doing the same in Southeast Asia, where it has just announced a merger, really a selling, of its operations to regional competitor Grab.

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Lufthansa may have cracked the airplane boarding problem

Lufthansa may have cracked the airplane boarding problem

Lufthansa believes it may have cracked the airplane boarding problem, with news the airline will roll out its time-saving biometric system across multiple US airports. According to Lufthansa, its facial recognizing gates helped the airline board an A380 plane in about 20 minutes, and potentially in a more secure way, too.

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Google Pay transit tickets makes Android a better wallet

Google Pay transit tickets makes Android a better wallet

With numerous mobile payments systems out there to choose between Google Pay is making another attempt to be the most essential in your pocket by promising to absorb your transit tickets too. A new update to Google Pay is adding the ability to not only purchase tickets for travel but save them to the Google Pay wallet, and then use them completely paper-free.

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ZIPPELIN: An inflatable bag made of tarp

ZIPPELIN: An inflatable bag made of tarp

The folks at Freitag are making a set of bags that are quite unique in their makeup. They're made of mostly recycled material, each have a one-of-a-kind design, and they're inflatable. Much like an air mattress, this bag uses an air pump. This bag was named ZIPPELIN, and it's just the latest in a line of rather interesting bags from the same company.

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Airbnb Plus takes on high-end hotels with quality promise

Airbnb Plus takes on high-end hotels with quality promise

Airbnb is taking on high-end luxury hotels with Airbnb Plus, a subset of homes from only the highest-rated hosts. The new category was announced today, as an option for travelers looking both for a more unique place to stay and more confidence that what they'll turn up to when they arrive will be as promised in the listing.

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Uber Express Pool lets riders wait, walk for cheaper fares

Uber Express Pool lets riders wait, walk for cheaper fares

Uber started out as a ride-sharing service but has quickly turned more into a ride-hailing, pseudo-chauffeur business. UberPool (optionally) brought the service back to what ride-sharing is really about, ferrying multiple passengers on a single trip. Given how Uber works, however, that has been a hassle for both drivers and riders because of the unpredictability and inconsistency. Now Uber is introducing Express Pool which aims to fix that, dangling lower prices in exchange for making riders wait and walk a block or two.

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2019 Audi A7 Sportback First Drive

2019 Audi A7 Sportback First Drive

While SUVs may seem the darlings of the automotive industry right now, there's definitely plenty of room to innovate and wow the crowd in other segments: especially when you have a long list of new things to show off, like Audi. While the 2019 A8 represents the marque's vision for sedans, the 2019 A7 Sportback embodies Audi's vision for those buyers who demand a sportier sedan. The A7, however, is not one that can be confined and defined inside a rigid box. Instead, it takes inspiration from both past and present, and in the process embracing coupe, sedan, and even wagon in a single body.

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Inside Dakar 2018: Earth’s toughest race

Inside Dakar 2018: Earth’s toughest race

You figure out your packing priorities pretty quickly when you're given a week's notice that you're shipping out to Lima, Peru. My Dakar journey started in Boston, and this would be my first trip to South America: I had seven days to prepare to face the desert. The invite was suitably vague, just the basics that I'd be spending the night sleeping in tents in the desert a few hours from a major city. Time to cross another item off my motorsports bucket list.

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Google Flights prediction AI can beat airlines in announcing delays

Google Flights prediction AI can beat airlines in announcing delays

Google has introduced updates to its flight booking system, the most interesting among the updates being a flight delay prediction ability. Though Google Flights already includes delay notices, the new ability adds a prediction element so that travelers can be alerted to potential delays before the airline has announced them. Flights will also start showing the reasons why a flight is delayed.

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