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This Smart Airplane Cabin Remembers Your Favorite Orders and How Often You Get Up on Flights

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:11
<p>In the future, your airplane cabin will know a lot about you.</p><p>Airbus debuted its new “Connected Cabin” in Boston this week at the <a href="https://apex.aero/2018/09/25/airbus-connected-cabin-happier-passengers-crew" target="_blank">APEX EXPO conference</a>. The technology could remember your favorite onboard meal orders, monitor how much time you spend in your seat, and help cabin crew keep track of what’s happening back in the galley.</p><p>“We connect all the elements of the cabin wirelessly, collect all the data and provide that to the airline to do data analytics to reduce costs and improve ancillary revenue opportunities,” Ingo Wuggetzer, Airbus’s vice president of cabin marketing, <a href="https://apex.aero/2018/09/25/airbus-connected-cabin-happier-passengers-crew" target="_blank">said at the conference</a>. The smart cabin will notify flight attendants of whose seats are reclined and who keeps their armrests up, among other things.</p><img alt="Airbus unveils Connected Cabin Technology at APEX Expo 2018 "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1537973471/airbus-apex-expo-booth-AIRBUSSEATS0918.jpg?itok=wT1ps3Ji"><p>The equipment is meant to help cabin crew save time. Instead of hand signals or shouting across the cabin, they could use the Connected Cabin technology to track passengers' needs.</p><p>The system could let them know <a href="https://thepointsguy.com/news/airbus-connected-cabin-experience/" target="_blank">how many drinks are left in the galley</a> or provide assurance that all the cooking equipment is locked and ready for takeoff — something they must currently confirm manually. Instead of walking around the cabin to make sure everybody’s armrests are down, flight attendants could just check a screen.</p><p>The technology could also keep track of customer orders. If a passenger requests a snack box on every flight they’ve taken with the airline, cabin crew could see their historical preferences.</p><p>Safety checks could also be streamlined and automated with the system. Information from the Connected Cabin could be used as aircraft undergo maintenance.</p><p>The project is still only a concept being tested, so passengers shouldn't expect to see it on their next flight — but it's a window into what's to come.</p>
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2019 BMW i3 and i3s get a sizable bump in range

Auto Blog News Feed - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:00

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Both models can go 153 miles on a full charge now.

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Japan Has a New Baby Giant Panda — and They Want You to Help Name It

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:33
<p>Baby pandas might just be the cutest thing in the world. And no matter how many times we watch that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93hq0YU3Gqk" target="_blank">hilarious video of the baby panda sneezing</a> and scaring the heck out of its mama, panda lovers know we’ll never be able to have one of our own.</p><p>However, a wildlife park in Japan is offering one lucky person the next best thing: the chance to name a newborn giant panda.</p><p>Born on August 14, the female giant panda is the 16th black and white bundle of joy to be born at Wakayama, Japan’s <a href="http://www.aws-s.com/en/" target="_blank">Adventure World</a> wildlife park. Though she’s giant in species, this little panda weighed a miniscule 2.64 ounces at birth. <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/g/giant-panda/" target="_blank">According to <em>National Geographic</em></a>, newborn pandas usually weigh around 5 ounces and don’t start crawling until they’re three months old.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/giant-panda-photos-china-panda-love-book" target="_blank">A Photographer Spent 3 Years Documenting Giant Pandas in China, and It's Making Us Want to Book a Ticket</a></p><p>To submit a name for the baby panda, people are asked to <a href="https://contact-aws.com/en/" target="_blank">apply online</a> or <a href="https://contact-aws.com/en/postcard/index.html" target="_blank">mail in a postcard</a>. To be considered, entries must include the name, the phonetic spelling, and a brief description of the thoughts behind the name. Entries are due by November 16 and the winner will be announced at the park and online soon after.</p><img alt=" "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1538067493/gianta-panda-baby-close-PANDA0918.jpg?itok=V7H3OVmz"><p>Though names are being accepted from around the world, <a href="http://www.aws-s.com/en/animals/panda/" target="_blank">meeting the cubs parents</a> might provide some inspiration. Eimei, the father, was born in 1992 at the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/beijing" target="_blank">Beijing Zoo</a> and Rauhin, the mother, was born at the park in 2000. Together, they have created a beautiful panda family, including six female pandas and two males.</p><p>We’d highly recommend <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-time-to-visit-japan" target="_blank">booking a trip to visit this little cub</a> before she gets too big. If Japan is too far, Adventure Park offers a <a href="https://aws-panda-live.com/?lang=en" target="_blank">live webstream</a> of the pandas throughout the week. Even better, people with a virtual reality headset can watch the pandas live in a <a href="https://aws-panda-live.com/?lang=en" target="_blank">fully VR experience</a>.</p>
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Woman Boards Flight to Find Her Seat Assignment Is in the Plane's Lavatory (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:28
<p>Seat mix-ups are a pain on any day, but finding out your seat doesn’t exist is a new kind of headache.</p><p>Passenger Satwika Ika found this out earlier this month on a Lion Air, a budget airline out of Indonesia, the <a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&amp;objectid=12132718" target="_blank"><em>New Zealand Herald</em> reported</a>. Satwika was flying to Jakarta with a ticket for seat 35F — but when she boarded her flight, she found the plane had only 34 rows. Row 35 ended up being the plane lavatories.</p><p>Satwika posted about he incident on Facebook, <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6209247/Shocked-passenger-boards-flight-discovers-shes-allocated-NON-EXISTENT-seat.html" target="_blank">the <em>Daily Mail</em> reported</a>, writing that the flight attendants were “rude” and “lacked manners.” To make matters worse, she was not the only passenger to be assigned a nonexistent seat.</p><p>The reason for the mix-up seemed to be because of a last minute switch of aircraft. Danang Mandala Prihantoro, Lion Air's corporate communications officer, told the <em>Daily Mail</em> that the original aircraft scheduled for the flight was a Boeing 737-900ER, which has 39 rows.</p><p>Luckily, Satwika was given a seat closer to the front of the plane and did not have to take a different flight (or sit in the lavatory, as it were). After her post was shared all over social media, Lion Air issued an apology.</p>
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How late night hosts reacted to the Christine Blasey Ford-Brett Kavanaugh hearing

CNN News Feed - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:14
Late night hosts from Jimmy Kimmel to Seth Meyers all reacted to the biggest story on Thursday: The testimonies given by Christine Blasey Ford and US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
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Little Mix Teases New Song While on Road - Is It Their Rumored Nicki Minaj Collab?

Aces Show Biz News Feed Music - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:05
The English girl group is seen in a video singing an a cappella version of their new song, which is reportedly titled 'Woman Like Me'.
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Chefs' Satellite Restaurants: <br>the European Scene

Fine Dining Lovers News Feed - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:00
Let's start a journey to alternative restaurants inspired by the best chefs who decided to spot promising talents and invest in them. First stop: Europe.
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Reliable Sources: Left and right reactions to the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings

CNN News Feed - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 05:59
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Did the Ford/Kavanaugh Testimony Change Minds? For Young Men, Yes; For Young Women, Not So Much

Forbes News Feed - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 05:59
Millions of people across America tuned in to see Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh's testify at the September 27 Senate committee hearing. But did it change people’s minds? A new poll suggests that for young men, it did, and for young women not nearly as much.
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