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Nissan to begin self-driving taxi trial in Japan

The Car Connection News Feed - 2 hours 45 min ago
Nissan will begin trials of a new autonomous taxi service in Japan starting March 5. Called Easy Ride, the service offers users of the app a “robo-vehicle” that also behaves like a concierge, making suggestions along its route. The service was co-developed with DeNA, one of Japan’s largest mobile app and e-commerce platform...
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Airlines Could Soon Start Charging Different Fares for Different People

Travel and Leisure - 3 hours 15 min ago
<p>It’s common knowledge that passengers pay different prices for their seats. Someone who bought well in advance is likely to have paid a different airfare than a passenger who purchased their ticket at the last minute, while those who <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-save-money-on-flights-with-airfare-alerts" target="_blank">set flight alerts</a> have a good chance of scoring a deal.</p><p>But according to one software company, airlines may soon begin charging passengers different prices based on who they are.</p><p><a href="http://www.pros.com/solutions/revenue-pro/" target="_blank">Revenue management software company PROS</a> — which works with more than 80 international airlines — said that select airlines have already begun implementing “dynamic pricing” structures on their websites.</p><p>“2018 will be a very phenomenal year in terms of traction,” John McBride, director of product management for PROS, <a href="http://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Airline-News/Airlines-inching-closer-to-dynamic-pricing" target="_blank">told <em>Travel Weekly</em></a>. “Based on our backlog of projects, there will be a handful of large carriers that move toward dynamic pricing science.”</p><p>Dynamic or “surge” pricing is an economic strategy wherein companies price services based on demand (think Uber charging more for rides in the rain or at rush hour). And although airlines have already implemented this type of fare — for example, making flights around the holidays more expensive — using new technology, they can tailor fares to specific passengers.</p><p>Airline websites will be able to identify customers by their IP addresses and mine data for their flying history. The revenue management system would then create a person-specific fare based off criteria like loyalty status or business/leisure traveler. Loyal customers and leisure travelers would likely pay less, while those who are willing to pay more — like business travelers with a company credit card — would likely see higher prices.</p><p>However, before airlines implement a “pure” version of dynamic pricing, reports <a href="http://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Airline-News/Airlines-inching-closer-to-dynamic-pricing" target="_blank"><em>Travel Weekly</em></a>, they have to move away from the legacy distribution system put in place after 1978 deregulation. Airline pricing has a limited number of fare classes, each with their own price points and restrictions. Airlines rotate which fare classes are available through their sale cycles. While current customers may believe their fare is unique, they’ve actually fallen into a specific fare class.</p><p>If airlines switch to dynamic pricing, each customer on the plane could, theoretically, pay a completely different price. As George Hobica <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/columnist/hobica/2018/02/06/dynamic-pricing-could-make-airfares-even-more-confusing/309211002/" target="_blank">notes in <em>USA Today</em></a>, dynamic pricing could make finding a good price on airfare even more confusing than it already is.</p>
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This Hidden Resort in Aruba Has the Island's Only Overwater Villas

Travel and Leisure - 3 hours 29 min ago
<p>On Aruba's serene southeastern coast, about nine miles from the hustle and bustle of downtown Oranjestad and six miles from Queen Beatrix International Airport, sits the small village of Savaneta.</p><p>Once <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/aruba-eco-friendly-hotels-restaurants" target="_blank">Aruba</a>'s capital, Savaneta is the oldest town on the island — and it also features the only overwater villas. Driving through town, it's easy to pass by what looks like nothing more than a dirt parking lot, but if you're lucky enough to stumble upon the hidden gem that is <a href="https://www.arubaoceanvillas.com/" target="_blank">Aruba Ocean Villas</a>, you'll find yourself in a colorful slice of paradise filled with lush greenery, brightly painted furniture, and tropical thatched-roof tiki huts waiting to host you for sunset cocktails.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/best-aruba-beaches" target="_blank">Where to Find Aruba's Most Beautiful, Peaceful, and Hidden Beaches</a></p><img alt="Aruba Ocean Villas entrance "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1519160705/old-man-and-the-sea-aruba-entrance.jpg?itok=celB_Gw6"><img alt="Aruba Ocean Villas lobby "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1519160705/old-man-and-the-sea-aruba-lobby.jpg?itok=XZCObCyk"><img alt="Old Man and the Sea Ocean Villas Aruba restaurant "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1519160705/old-man-and-the-sea-aruba-restaurant.jpg?itok=zOUefuwS"><p>Past the hammocks draping the breezy indoor-outdoor lobby and the inviting beachfront bar are six villas — three over water and three perched directly in the sand. Inside the villas guests will find mahogany furniture, plush beds, crystal chandeliers, and deep soaking tubs, all with direct ocean views. Each room has Wi-Fi, a Bose sound system, Aruba-made bath products, and hand-painted silk robes.</p><p>Private dinners can be arranged via the on-site restaurant, Old Man and the Sea.</p><img alt="Aruba Ocean Villas "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1519157746/old-man-and-the-sea-aruba.jpeg?itok=ndWEiNFG"><img alt="Aruba Ocean Villas room interior "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1519160705/old-man-and-the-sea-aruba-villa.jpg?itok=j99aKybs"><p>Curtains sway in the breeze and invite you out to the deck, where bright Adirondack chairs look out over the Caribbean Sea. The scene is so idyllic that the <em>Sports Illustrated</em> team decided to shoot the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/golfer-paige-spiranac-sports-illustrated-swimsuit-aruba" target="_blank">2018 Swimsuit Issue</a> there, bringing <a href="https://www.si.com/swimsuit/model/raven-lyn/2018/photos" target="_blank">model Raven Lyn</a> to pose beside its peaceful pier without fanfare. </p><p>The villas, much quieter than the high-rise hotels to their north, are popular among honeymooners and can also be rented out for destination weddings. Guests can use paddle boards, kayaks, and snorkeling gear to explore the surrounding turquoise waters, and owner Osyth Henriquez told <em>Travel + Leisure</em> a wine room and spa are coming soon.</p><img alt="Aruba Ocean Villas deck view "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1519157746/old-man-and-the-sea-aruba-porch.jpeg?itok=56dxqeVB"><p>Since there are only six villas, booking as far in advance as possible is recommended. The average price of a villa is $699. Visit <a href="https://www.arubaoceanvillas.com/contact" target="_blank">arubaoceanvillas.com</a> to inquire about a stay.</p>
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The One Type of Clothing You Should Never Wear Hiking

Travel and Leisure - 3 hours 45 min ago
<p>Instead of Velcro, buttons, and snap fasteners, magnetic closures are now the trendy alternative for fastening phone cases, gloves, jackets, hoods, and other outerwear. But this seemingly innocuous design feature can actually put your life at risk.</p><p>According to <a href="https://www.mountaineering.scot/news/magnetic-warning" target="_blank">Heather Morning, mountain safety adviser for Mountaineering Scotland</a>, a recent incident involving a group of lost hikers and an intense mountain rescue mission could have been avoided had it not been for a misplaced compass and a phone case with a magnetic closure.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/solo-travel/solo-female-travel-safety-products" target="_blank">11 Smart Travel Accessories for Staying Safe on Solo Trips</a></p><p>“[The compass] had been stored in a pocket next to a mobile phone in a case which had a magnetic closure on it,” Morning said, “and the magnet had reversed the polarity of the compass needle, so that the north arrow pointed south.”</p><p><a href="https://www.mountaineering.scot/safety-and-skills/essential-skills/navigation/can-you-trust-a-compass" target="_blank">Mountaineering Scotland</a> says that this reversed polarity occurs when a magnet comes into contact with a compass, and that needles can be deflected briefly, partially, or completely. If the compass has been partially reversed, the needle will move slowly, stick, or be out of balance. It is totally reversed if the north arrow points south, as was the case with the hikers in Scotland.</p><p>Luckily the hikers made it to safety, but Morning now calls for a collaboration “between outdoor clothing manufacturers and mountain users” so that this type of “life-threatening” event does not happen again.</p><p>In the meantime, consider bypassing the magnetic trend and instead opt for clothing and phone cases with traditional fasteners to prevent a potentially risky situation on your next hiking expedition.</p><p>In addition to taking precautions with your outerwear, <a href="https://www.mountaineering.scot/safety-and-skills/essential-skills/navigation/can-you-trust-a-compass" target="_blank">Mountaineering Scotland</a> also advises hikers to keep their compasses separate from their phones, phone cases, and other electronic devices, and to always carry a spare compass in case it breaks.</p><p>And as with all travel, always remember to tell someone where you're going, and when you plan to be back.</p>
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When to Visit Ireland for the Most Sunshine (and the Best Deals)

Travel and Leisure - 4 hours 40 sec ago
<p>Somehow even greener than the pictures promise, Ireland is a land of fairy tales and political revolutions, poetry and pubs, rainbows and, well, quite a bit of rain. More than 7 million tourists visited the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/andrew-mccarthys-road-trip-in-ireland" target="_blank">Republic of Ireland</a> in 2014 alone — almost twice the country’s population — and the number continues to grow.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/learn-irish-duolingo" target="_blank">What Learning Irish Adds to a Trip to Ireland</a></p><p>While there is no one “perfect” time to visit the Emerald Isle, different seasons offer different experiences. There are quiet and intimate (albeit drizzly) winters; springs spent in raucous St. Patrick’s Day celebrations; sunny but busy summers; and shoulder season autumns that balance better weather with lower crowds.</p><p>Your best time to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bus-train/grand-hibernian-train-ireland" target="_blank">visit Ireland</a> is, ultimately, up to you — and the items on your Ireland to-do list.</p><h2>The Best Months to Visit Ireland</h2><h3>The Best Time to Visit Ireland for Good Weather</h3><p>Ireland’s weather is changeable, but it’s not extreme. The temperature <a href="https://www.ireland.com/en-us/about-ireland/discover-ireland/irelands-weather/" target="_blank">rarely falls below freezing in winter or rises above 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer</a>. It’s not uncommon to see bright sun and cloudy skies in quick succession, regardless of the time of year.</p><p>And let’s get this out of the way: it will rain, so be ready for it. Trip timing will affect just how much rain (or sun) you are likely to see. Summer is sunniest, with daylight stretching until 11:00 p.m. around the solstice. July and August are the brightest months (though they're also the country’s busiest). Between November and February, Ireland is dark, cold, and wet — but it can also feel quieter and cozier.</p><h3>The Best Times to Visit Ireland for Festivals and Events</h3><p>Ireland celebrates a lot more than just St. Patrick’s Day (a holiday that, before its more raucous iteration, was a historically religious holiday).</p><p>On June 16, for example, Dublin streets swell with James Joyce devotees <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/bloomsday-parties-celebrations-james-joyce" target="_blank">observing Bloomsday</a>: the anniversary of <a href="http://jamesjoyce.ie/bloomsday/" target="_blank">the historic date</a> during which the writer’s groundbreaking novel, <em>Ulysses</em>, takes place.</p><p>In <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/the-cliffs-of-moher-ireland" target="_blank">western Ireland</a>, the County Kerry town of Killorglin organizes a <a href="http://puckfair.ie/" target="_blank">Puck Fair</a> every August, where a young local girl symbolically marries a wild goat who is crowned “King Puck” for the duration of the festival.</p><p>September <a href="http://galwayoysterfestival.com/" target="_blank">draws legions of oyster lovers to Galway</a>, while summer is busy with music festivals all across the countryside.</p><h2>The Worst Times to Visit Ireland</h2><p>Summer is Ireland’s high season, with a corresponding rise in airfare and accommodation rates. Although this makes it the most crowded time to be in Ireland, summer is also when even the smallest B&amp;Bs or rural attractions (closed the rest of the year) are bound to be open. And with summer’s long daylight hours, it’s easier to get more done in a single day.</p><p>St. Patrick’s Day follows closely behind the high summer with regard to both crowds and costs. Unless you are determined to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/how-dublin-celebrates-saint-patricks-day" target="_blank">spend the holiday in Dublin’s Temple Bar District</a> for the boozy festivities, it's best to avoid traveling to or from the country around March 16. </p><p>While winter is the least busy time to visit Ireland, it's also when the weather will be at its worst. For a nice compromise between weather and crowds, visit in the shoulder seasons of either spring or fall.</p><h2>The Cheapest Times to Visit Ireland</h2><p>Outside of Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s drizzly and dark winter is also the cheapest time of year to visit. Some accommodations may offer off-season rates in winter, but still others might be closed until spring. </p><p>The summer months, especially July and August, correspond with noticeably higher air fares than the flights available in the shoulder seasons and in winter. Hotels can also charge peak rates. </p>
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Mercedes-Benz E400 All-Terrain 4×4 Squared Review (W/Video)

Motortrend News Feed - 4 hours 44 min ago

When I was 12 years old or so, I used to fantasize about jacking up my family’s brown Pontiac station wagon on huge off-road tires. I also believe a big-block 454 and a flame job were part of the daydream. There’s a Pee-Chee folder rotting away at the bottom of some Southern Californian landfill with my exact design scribbled on it.

Now, I’m not accusing Mercedes-Benz of digging through my old trash, but when I first saw the E400 All-Terrain 4×4 Squared, my immediate, incredulous thought was, “Wow, I’ve been dreaming of this thing for 30 years.”

What on planet Earth is it? Mercedes builds a wagon it doesn’t (yet) sell to Americans called the E-Class All-Terrain. Think of it as Benz’s Audi Allroad version of the E-Class wagon; the grille is off the GLE SUV, the wheel arches are flared, there’s a skidplate, and it has increased ground clearance, thanks to adjustable air springs.

Now, suppose you were to take that soft-roader and insert honest-to-goodness portal axles underneath it, giving the finished product 17 inches of ground clearance? Well, you’d have this serious, go-anywhere luxury off-roader that Mercedes is calling the E400 All-Terrain 4×4 Squared.

The how and the why are simple. A Mercedes engineer named Jurgen Eberle thought it would be cool to put a station wagon on portal axles. Portal axles allow for massive ground clearance because the half shafts enter the top of the wheels rather than the center. Think Hummer H1. Mercedes has a long tradition of utilizing portal axles dating back to the first Unimog in 1946. Recently, Mercedes put portals on the iconic G-wagen, creating the G500 4×4 Squared. A key difference with the E400 version is that the axles are independent. They’re also designed from the get-go to bolt right into the E-Class chassis. Jurgen got an engineer buddy of his to 3-D print the bigger fenders.

There’s only one in the world, and once teleported to a dingy Swabian rock quarry, I got to drive it. With all that ground clearance, the 4×4 Squared wagon can go anywhere, and it does so in near-perfect luxury. Imagine driving over pillows. Huge piles of pillows. That’s what you feel from behind the wheel. Herr Eberle “wanted people to like it,” so he ditched the All-Terrain’s diesel engine in favor of a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. Should the odd beast go into production, expect to see Mercedes’ new M256 inline-six under the hood. After driving over essentially every muddy, rocky, fallen-log, and water-trap obstacle I could, I strongly advocate that Benz hog-tie the accountants in a broom closet and build this lovely mutant.


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Categories: Property

Lisa Marie Presley Sues Ex-Financial Manager for Squandering Her $100 Million Fortune

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 7 hours 39 min ago
The daughter of Elvis Presley sues her former financial manager after she is left in $16 million debt and has only $14,000 in cash, but the ex-manager blames it on her out of control spending.
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Josh Duhamel Defends Ex-Wife Fergie After National Anthem Fiasco: 'She's an Amazing Woman'

Aces Show Biz News Feed Music - 7 hours 41 min ago
After noting that his ex-wife 'would probably admit' the rendition was not her best, the actor defends her by saying that 'the girl's crazy-talented, she really is.'
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Richard Ekkebus' Inspirational Dishes

Fine Dining Lovers News Feed - 7 hours 45 min ago
Have a look at some delicious dishes prepared by chef Richard Ekkebus of Amber, the signature restaurant of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel, Hong Kong.
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Lorde Slams Jack Antonoff Romance Rumors: I Love Him, but We're Not Dating

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 7 hours 54 min ago
The 'Ruler' hitmaker goes live on Instagram, where she sets the record straight on whether or not she's dating the Bleacher founder following their recent PDA-packed outing in her native New Zealand.
Categories: Celebrity

Jennifer Lawrence Explains Decision to Drop Out of Middle School, but Has No Regret About It

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 7 hours 58 min ago
'I struggled through school. I never felt very smart,' the Oscar-winning actress admits, adding that she always knew acting was her true calling.
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Mama June on Getting More Plastic Surgery: 'Hell No'

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 8 hours 10 min ago
Meanwhile, Jennifer Lamb, the wife of June's ex Sugar Bear, is mulling over weight loss surgery just like what June underwent but refuses to look like the latter.
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Lil' Kim Admits She Looks Like Melania Trump After Plastic Surgery

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 8 hours 31 min ago
Responding to a fan's comment which says that she looks like the First Lady, the raptress says, 'That's funny because I said that 2 when I first saw it.'
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First-Look Pics: See Jim Parsons Arguing With Zac Efron in Ted Bundy Biopic

Ace show biz movies - 8 hours 35 min ago
In the biopic titled 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile', the 'Big Bang Theory' star portrays Larry Simpson, the lead prosecutor in 1979 Miami trial that finally convicted Ted.
Categories: Movies

Fifth Child Is on the Way for James Van Der Beek and Wife Kimberly

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 8 hours 49 min ago
Also expecting a new bundle of joy are 'The Good Wife' star Josh Charles and his wife of four years Sophie, who is pregnant with their baby No. 2.
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Epicurean Guide To Azerbaijan: 6 Best Restaurants In Baku

Forbes News Feed - 9 hours 41 sec ago
Half a dozen unmissable must-eat places in Baku, Azerbaijan recommended by the locals.
Categories: Business

Bella Hadid and The Weeknd to Rekindle Romance in 'a Matter of Time'

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 9 hours 35 min ago
Rumor has it that the 21-year-old supermodel and her singer ex will give their failed relationship another go when the time is right.
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Ricky Martin Unveils Steamy Music Video for 'Fiebre' Ft. Wisin and Yandel - Watch!

Aces Show Biz News Feed Music - 9 hours 48 min ago
The sultry visuals, which was shot in Puerto Vallarta, features Ricky rolling around in a bed and having fun at a party with some sexy dancers.
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Chris Brown Gives Rihanna $30K Diamond Chain for Her Birthday - How Does Her Beau React?

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 10 hours 33 min ago
The 'With You' hitmaker reportedly sent the fancy jewelry with 30 red roses and the Barbadian songstress actually enjoyed the gift, but she's not going to wear the chain.
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Meghan Markle Surprised a Filipino Fan During Edinburgh Trip

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 10 hours 37 min ago
A Filipino woman told the former 'Suits' actress that it was her wedding anniversary, prompting the latter to say, 'Salamat po,' which means 'thank you' in Tagalog.
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