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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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Virgin Hyperloop One app demos how pod travel will fit your life

Virgin Hyperloop One app demos how pod travel will fit your life

If Hyperloop is to succeed as a transportation option, it needs to be more than just a fast train carriage in a tube: it needs to fit seamlessly into an overall travel ecosystem. That's just what Virgin Hyperloop One is aiming to show off at CES 2018 today, bringing along not only its first-generation pod but showcasing an app that it says could preview how the high-speed transportation might fit in with other transit options.

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North Korea airport adds WiFi, but with a big limitation

North Korea airport adds WiFi, but with a big limitation

North Korea has made the surprising decision to launch WiFi service at its main airport, marking a big change for the tiny nation. The introduction of a public WiFi network is surprising, but the related restrictions aren't: it isn't available to just anyone. The wireless Internet access is restricted to some international travelers, but a recent report of attempted use didn't end well.

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Google Maps now has public transit directions and notifications

Google Maps now has public transit directions and notifications

A small but useful update has been released for Google Maps, one that will be especially useful for those who rely on the app for directions via public transportation. The app now has a step-by-step navigation option when traveling on the train, subway, and bus, as well as notifications when the desired stop is approaching. The new features are now live on both the Android and iOS apps.

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AT&T Passport now offers 1GB and 3GB flat rate travel data

AT&T Passport now offers 1GB and 3GB flat rate travel data

AT&T has updated its Passport program, offering two batches of data at two different flat rates. The Passport program, which is relatively new, is a way for travelers to get a certain amount of data to use while abroad. With this program update comes both 1GB and 3GB options, both offered at a flat rate, meaning you can pay just once to get the data on a one-time basis.

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Google Maps will soon make sure you don’t miss your stop

Google Maps will soon make sure you don’t miss your stop

Google Maps and Waze, both owned by Google, have changed the way many of us travel. Their usefulness, however, has so far been best experienced by those walking or driving themselves. Commuters, sadly, aren’t as lucky. That will change soon, according to TechCrunch,with an update that will make Maps a bit more commuter-friendly, with bus stop notifications and even notifications on your lock screens.

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Hilton smart hotel rooms with mobile control arrive next year

Hilton smart hotel rooms with mobile control arrive next year

Hilton plans to introduce smart rooms in its hotel properties next year, a move that will follow a beta it currently has in progress. The company calls this "Connected Room," and it involves various connected devices, as well as "engagements and experiences" you've likely never had in a hotel room before. Control over certain room elements, such as lighting and temperature, will be made available through the Hilton Honors app.

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Emirates new Boeing 777 cabins raise the inflight experience bar higher

Emirates new Boeing 777 cabins raise the inflight experience bar higher

While the fastest way to traverse countries and the world, traveling by air is hardly the most comfortable. Offering the best experiences in both comfort and entertainment in such a cramped space has always been both an engineering and design challenge for airlines. Emirates , the largest operator of Boeing 777 planes, just unveiled in Dubai its new cabins for the aircraft line, redefining quality experience across all classes. Curiously enough, Emirates’ new designs take inspiration from land vehicles. Specifically Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars.

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Fake cracking glass skywalk in China is a terrible prank

Fake cracking glass skywalk in China is a terrible prank

A lot of things these days can be faked with the right hardware and digital tools. But while many of them are usually employed for harmless fun and laughs, some might have less than pleasant effects on people. In China's northern Hebei Province sits the Taihang Mountain range, about 1,500 to 2,000 meters high. And somewhere in the middle of that is a skywalk with glass panels for floors. And, for some "extra zing", the administrators of that tourist attraction deemed it wise to introduce a "special effect" in the form of breaking glass.

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Elon Musk’s multiplanetary vision includes our own Blue planet

Elon Musk’s multiplanetary vision includes our own Blue planet

Elon Musk just held a press conference revolving around his "multiplanetary species" campaign and, while a large part of his presentation recapped SpaceX's adventures and misadventures, the ambitious luminary didn't fail to impart some extraordinary plans as well. By now, it is no secret that he plans to set up camp on Mars and even on the moon. But it seems that Musk's dream of making life multiplantery will also come back full circle to make life here on Earth just as spectacular.

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