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New Apps Let You Turn Your Luggage Into a Courier Service

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/12/2016, 4:00 AM

Airline baggage fees have turned luggage space into a valuable commodity. And now there are apps to help you sell it.  A startup called Airmule and a new rival, Grabr, connect customers in need of a delivery service with users who have space to fill in their suitcases. With Grabr, you can search to see if anybody in the city you're flying to wants anything from the city you're flying from,...

Hotel Chains Testing High-Tech Innovations

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/06/2016, 4:00 AM

The fully automated future foretold by The Jetsons hasn't quite come to pass yet, but more and more hotels are doing their part to hurry things along. The Washington Post offers a rundown of the high-tech innovations currently being tested at hotel chains. They include: voice-activated rooms that let you control the thermostat, lights, and even soundtrack by speaking (Aloft Hotels); robots...

Delta Still Recovering from Computer Crash

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/10/2016, 12:00 PM

Delta Air Lines remains in damage-control mode following a computer glitch that grounded all of the carrier's flights for six hours on Monday.  The company's CEO issued an apology on social media and explained how affected customers can get refunds or reschedule without penalties.  Delta says you can get your money back if your flight was canceled or significantly delayed. If your flig...

Computer Glitch Grounds Delta Air Lines

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/09/2016, 12:30 PM

Delta Air Lines is slowly recovering from a computer systems crash on Monday that grounded flights and stranded thousands of passengers across the globe. The airline says the problems were caused by a power outage in Atlanta. Flights have resumed but the company is still playing catch-up. The glitch comes less than a month after Southwest Airlines faced similar computer trouble that re...

Airline Warns About Playing Pokémon Go at Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/02/2016, 12:30 PM

Alaska Airlines doesn't think it's such a good idea for you to play Pokémon Go at the airport.  Players of the hugely popular smartphone game, which uses your mobile device's camera and GPS to overlay whimsical digital creatures onto the real world, have, since the game's launch last month, wandered onto a military base and subway tracks, and discovered Pokémon characters at somber sites s...

Robotic Suitcase That Follows You Around

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2016, 1:00 PM

We are truly living in an age of innovation when it comes to wacky luggage. This week alone we've told you about the luggage clip that lets you pull your suitcase without using your hands and the motorized carry-on bag you can ride around the airport. Now somebody has invented the Cowarobot R1, a robotic suitcase that follows you around instead of requiring you to drag it (or piggyback...

Southwest Airlines Continues to Grapple with Effects of Computer Glitch

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/22/2016, 12:15 PM

Southwest Airlines and its passengers continue to grapple with the effects of a computer glitch on Wednesday that has canceled and delayed more than 1,000 flights. The carrier says that a failed router is to blame for crashing the company's computer system for 12 hours on Wednesday—an incident expected to have consequences lasting into the end of the week. Southwest says it's currently upd...

Marriott Brings Hotel Brand Aimed at Millennials to USA

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/19/2016, 12:15 PM

Hotel chains have begun courting Millennials—travelers in their 20s and 30s who have been spending more and more money on trips. Two of the generation's defining characteristics are said to be a fixation on technology and a fondness for laid-back communal spaces, so in the future you can expect a lot more hotels with internet TV and ping-pong tables in the lobby. To wit: Marriott Internati...

Obamas Pick Architects for Presidential Library

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2016, 9:45 PM

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have selected the architects who will design the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. Choosing from among 144 architects from across the globe (the list was narrowed to seven last fall), the Obamas picked husband-and-wife team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, whose past works include the Barnes Foundation art museum in Philadelphia. No pr...

New App Deletes Photobombers From Snapshots

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/12/2015, 8:15 PM

Software giant Adobe recently unveiled a new smartphone application that should appeal to amateur photographers on vacation. Called Monument Mode, it eliminates photobombers and other tourists from your photographs. Basically, it works like this: It can tell the difference between moving objects and stationary ones, and it records the stationary object—the tourist sight you're shooting—and...

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