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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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HEXAD Carryall Duffel is a traveler’s bestfriend

HEXAD Carryall Duffel is a traveler’s bestfriend

Technology has greatly changed how we produce content. No longer burned by large professional equipment, we can now stash our gear alongside our clothes and other possessions when we hit the road. That, however, doesn’t meant that every luggage or bag can rise up to the challenges of safely and conveniently storing our portable but still expensive devices, cameras, and whatnot. That is where the HEXAD Carryall Duffel comes in, offering extra rugged protection for sensitive equipment but also has enough room for almost all your things.

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Uber chat lets riders message drivers in-app

Uber chat lets riders message drivers in-app

Uber has built in-app messaging into its ride-hailing app, allowing users to chat with their drivers without SMS, and promising more safety on the road as a result. The update, which is being pushed out to the Uber app from today, shifts conversations that would until now have been held over phone calls or text messages to a new, in-app chat client. For Uber drivers, meanwhile, it should make for an easier way to respond to the next ride while still keeping attention on the road.

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TSA’s new domestic gadget rules will make travel even more frustrating

TSA’s new domestic gadget rules will make travel even more frustrating

The TSA has announced new domestic safety screening rules that will make air travel a bit more frustrating for many travelers. Following the international in-flight laptop ban that had affected some countries -- a rule reportedly based on tips from intelligence agencies that large electronics may be modified as bombs -- the TSA has announced that all gadgets bigger than a cell phone will need to be screened separately from carry-on luggage.

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The US airline laptop ban is dead

The US airline laptop ban is dead

The US government's laptop ban for travelers on Middle Eastern airlines has been lifted, with the rules squashed for the last airline to be impacted. The Department of Homeland Security had begun the restrictions back in March, with nine predominantly Middle Eastern airlines impacted. Passengers were unable to bring large electronic items, including laptops, into the cabin as hand luggage. Instead, they needed to be stowed in checked luggage in the hold.

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Google Maps now shows you the best time to leave

Google Maps now shows you the best time to leave

It's one thing to know that your next commute might take an hour. But it's another thing to know when it might take 30 minutes. Travel times aren't always fixed and they ebb and flow with the rise and setting of the sun, a.k.a. rush hour. To better help give travels an idea of what they're facing, Google has very sneakily rolled out an update to Maps that shows users a graph that visually shows just how much, or how less, traffic you will face, depending on what time you hit the road.

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