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US bans transporting lithium-ion batteries in passenger aircraft cargo

US bans transporting lithium-ion batteries in passenger aircraft cargo

Lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous and, unfortunately, quite volatile when they overheat. The explosive nature of these batteries has previously raised safety concerns among US transportation officials who worry an explosion in an airplane's cargo hold could have catastrophic consequences. Following a past study highlighting the potential danger of lithium-ion batteries in aircraft cargo holds, the FAA and DOT have announced a major new rule impacting checked baggage.

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Delta, United Airlines confirm some seat-back displays have cameras

Delta, United Airlines confirm some seat-back displays have cameras

A week after Singapore Airlines confirmed that its seat-back entertainment screens have built-in cameras comes similar confirmation from United Airlines and Delta. The airliners' have confirmed that some of their seat-back entertainment displays -- specifically the ones in the premium economy class -- have embedded cameras, but claim they are not activated and there are no plans to use them.

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Airstream and AT&T launch new 4G LTE system for camper trailers

Airstream and AT&T launch new 4G LTE system for camper trailers

Travel trailer company Airstream has teamed with AT&T to offer the carrier's 4G LTE data plans with its campers, the company has announced. Called Airstream Connected, the new offering can be used to add mobile broadband access to any of the company's touring coach and trailer vehicles. This service joins the 2019 Airstream Classic trailers that have built-in 4G LTE connectivity.

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Wide Open Baja – My jaw-dropping experience in the Middle of Nowhere, Mexico

Wide Open Baja – My jaw-dropping experience in the Middle of Nowhere, Mexico

'twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a... SCREECH, STOP! Allow me to interject here: you could question the sanity of someone who, instead of choosing to recite heartwarming poems fireside on a snowy December night, instead goes chasing the faint echo of roading engines in Cabo San Lucas – widely acknowledged as one of the most dangerous cities in the world – while being warned that "you could die out there tomorrow on every turn, shoot off a 1000 foot cliff, fly off into the ocean if you’re driving with that one person who panics." Welcome to Wide Open in Baja, where the stakes are high and the potential for fun is even higher.

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Apple Music and American Airlines team for free in-flight music streaming

Apple Music and American Airlines team for free in-flight music streaming

Flying on planes is generally a not-so-fun event, but with arrival of the connected age and the WiFi-capable planes that came along with it, it's something that became a bit easier to handle. Still, you generally need to pay for Wi-Fi access on flights, and if you're not willing to do that, you're stuck downloading music, movies, or books before your flight takes off. Apple and American Airlines have struck a new deal that will help with that, assuming you're an Apple Music subscriber.

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WHILL Personal Mobility Device is getting self-driving smarts

WHILL Personal Mobility Device is getting self-driving smarts

Vehicles are getting smarter, either from the smartphones we connect to them or in the way they can drive themselves. Many of these technologies have been designed for the common use case of people with full physical mobility. More than two years ago, WHILLS tried to corner a niche market of personal electric vehicles that cater to everyone, even those with accessibility concerns. And like most electric vehicle today, it’s getting some self-driving features too.

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Segway Shared Scooter Max, Loomo Deliver to fix last mile problems

Segway Shared Scooter Max, Loomo Deliver to fix last mile problems

Segway made a name for its self with its initially odd-looking “personal transporters” and, later on, the first hoverboards. But while they may look like toys for some, Segway’s mission has always been about conquering the “last mile” of transportation, those few hundred steps between your card and your actual destination. At CES 2019 next week, it will be showcasing not just its current lineup of products but two new ones, including a self-driving delivery robot.

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company demo is pretty exciting but bumpy

Elon Musk’s Boring Company demo is pretty exciting but bumpy

It’s probably no secret that Elon Musk is considered either one of the brightest minds today or one of the craziest. While Tesla’s business is being put in question, the grand visions he has for electric vehicles and space travel has been inspirational to say the least. In contrast, his plan to bore high-speed underground highways has been met with skepticism, opposition, and regulatory roadblocks. Musk has just given a select few from the public a chance to feel the future today and it definitely feels promising. That is, if the Boring Company can deliver all that Musk promised.

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Google Assistant will now predict delayed flights

Google Assistant will now predict delayed flights

We're fast approaching a time when a lot of people will be traveling around the country, and it isn't holiday travel without delays. Google today announced that it's rolling out new functionality to Google Assistant that will alert you to potential flight delays before they're made official. We're also getting a new feature in Google Maps that will help visitors to a new city discover things to do.

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Amazon Go cashierless stores may expand into big US airports

Amazon Go cashierless stores may expand into big US airports

Amazon may be eyeing airports in the US as the next destinations for its cashierless stores. Called Amazon Go, these stores feature technology that allows customers to grab the items they want and then leave, eliminating the need to stand in line and manually pay. A new leak alleges Amazon has been in talk with big US airports over possibly installing some Go destinations for travelers.

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Marriott Starwood hack: What to do next

Marriott Starwood hack: What to do next

Marriott has revealed that its Starwood guest reservation database was recently impacted by a security breach. The intrusion was detected on November 19 by a Marriott investigation after the company received an alert on September 8, 2018. Following the alert, Marriott says it tapped security experts as part of an investigation that ultimately discovered "unauthorized access" on its Starwood network. This access had been in place since 2014.

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Elon Musk says Boring LA tunnel is disturbingly long

Elon Musk says Boring LA tunnel is disturbingly long

The illustrious Elon Musk may be under fire for a lot of things he has tweeted about but he does still make some useful and totally not controversial posts from time to time. Then again, his boring, that is, drilling, dreams to bore tunnels underneath LA hasn’t been without its fair share of controversy and opposition. That won’t be enough, however, to postpone or cancel the Boring Company’s grand public opening of its first LA tunnel next month. Unless, of course, some litigation gets in the way.

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