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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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TSA roadmap reveals big airport facial recognition expansion plans

TSA roadmap reveals big airport facial recognition expansion plans

The TSA wants to widely expand the use of facial recognition technology in US airports, revealing the plan in a newly published roadmap. According to the agency, this plan will "modernize" passenger screening in airports in the relatively near future, using biometric data to identify travelers while speeding up the entire screening process.

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Google Maps gets new features to help manage your commute

Google Maps gets new features to help manage your commute

You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who counts their commute as their favorite part of the day. The new features rolling out to Google Maps today probably aren't going to do much to change that, but the hope is that they make commutes a little less miserable or unpredictable. This new Google Maps update includes everything from music streaming integration to a new commute tab that will give you detailed information about what to expect on your drive in.

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Google just made itself your must-have co-pilot

Google just made itself your must-have co-pilot

Most people will agree that vacations are great, but the process of getting them all planned out is not. Between booking a hotel, finding the right price on a flight, and figuring out what to do once you finally get to your destination, there are a lot of moving parts and plenty of potential for frustration. Google is hoping to streamline the trip planning process with a host of new features it's rolling out a variety of different products.

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Delta biometric face scanning terminal will be the first to launch in US

Delta biometric face scanning terminal will be the first to launch in US

Delta has announced plans to launch the first biometric terminal in the United States, an optional experience offered to international travelers at Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal F in Atlanta, Georgia. Customers won't be forced to use this technology if they're uncomfortable with it, but rather will have it as an alternative option to reduce the amount of time spent waiting.

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Alaska Airlines wants you to wear a VR headset while you fly

Alaska Airlines wants you to wear a VR headset while you fly

Generally speaking, air travel is a pretty dull affair that is nonetheless a reality of life for a lot of people. Alaska Airlines announced today that is has a new way for some flyers to pass the time while they're in the air, as it has outfitted some of cross-country routes with VR headsets. More specifically, Allosky headsets from SkyLights will allow Alaska Airlines passengers to watch some immersive VR movies and short films as they fly.

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British Airways hacked: customer financial, personal data exposed

British Airways hacked: customer financial, personal data exposed

British Airways has revealed a hack that left customers' personal and financial information vulnerable. According to the company, which disclosed the data theft today, hackers managed to acquire some information about customers who were booking flights on the airline's mobile app and website. Law enforcement has been informed about the data breach.

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T-Mobile will give everyone free in-flight Gogo WiFi on Labor Day

T-Mobile will give everyone free in-flight Gogo WiFi on Labor Day

T-Mobile has a new promotion lined up for Labor Day, one that will be available to all smartphone users...including those who are signed up with different carriers like Verizon. This upcoming Monday, the Uncarrier will give smartphone users free in-flight Gogo WiFi on domestic flights, giving them a taste of the T-Mobile ONE plan experience.

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China undersea railway to Taiwan to span 135km

China undersea railway to Taiwan to span 135km

It may be 135 kilometers “only”, but it might as well be going all the way to the moon. That is how Zhu Hehua, Tongji University head of tunneling and underground structure, described China’s most ambitious and riskiest infrastructure plan to date: to build the world’s longest undersea rail tunnel to bridge mainland China with Taiwan. Because while technical and engineering problems can be solved one way or another, bridging the political and social divide is a harder task to accomplish.

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