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'Hipmunk' Travel Site Streamlines Reservations, We Go Hands On

Sometimes, planning a flight can be more stressful than actually waiting in the security lines or sitting next to a crying baby on the transatlantic. Sure, there are plenty of travel sites out there, each claiming to deliver the cheapest, easiest flights in the skies. But sifting through the layovers and comparing costs often takes some extensive research, simply due to the confusing way most sit...

Adobe Launches All Out War on Apple Over Flash

We've been wondering where the skirmishes between Apple and Adobe would lead, and today we were shocked (pleasantly so) to see that Adobe had decided to launch an all-out PR assault on Apple. Adobe bought a full-page ad in the Washington Post and a banner ad on our sister site Engadget. Both read, "We [heart] Apple," and then continued: "What we don't love is anybody taking away your freedom to c...

Wired Takes iPad to Task With Impressive Tablet App

The Apple iPad is just around the corner and it's time for developers to start showing off their wares. In particular, magazines and newspapers are lining up to unveil ideas about how we'll interact with "print" content in the 21st century. We've already gotten a look at the iPad specific version of the New York Times, and now Wired is demoing its new tablet app as well. It might not be a fini...

Music Is the Future: 22 of the Greatest High-Tech Vids, From Air to TLC

Musicians imagine themselves vanguards, leaders of the path forward. Their music can light the way into the future, bringing revelations that will allow humankind to be elevated to the next level of evolution. Either that, or they just like wearing spacesuits and silver eyeliner. Whichever it may be (and it is often a bit of both), the world of tomorrow is frequently explored in music videos...

Could a 'Synthetic Tree' Be Better than the Real Thing?

In an ongoing effort to lower our level of carbon emissions, Columbia University scientists are looking to God for answers. While the 'Synthetic Tree' doesn't look anything like the oak or poplar in our back yard, it performs the same function -- maybe even better than the real thing, too. Professor Klaus Lackner told CNN that the 'Synthetic Tree' could be capable of capturing carbon 1,000 times ...

New Hybrid Car to Use Air as Fuel

Now that biofuels are pretty much out of the running to save our planet, the not-so-subtly-named, New York-based company called Zero Pollution Motors plans to produce a new kind of hybrid car: one that runs on compressed air and gets up to 106 miles per gallon. The car's engine would apparently work like a locomotive -- rather than steam, however, compressed air would move the pistons to propel th...

MacBook Air Hacked In Under Two Minutes

If there's one thing Apple users love to taunt Windows users about, it's security. Mac owners giddily flaunt their lack of virus scanners and lack of worries in front of their PC comrades, whose machines look comparatively bloated with virus scanners, firewalls, and daily patch updates to fix the exploit du jour. Bad news for those Mac users, then, as a recent hacking competition showed that th...

Charlie Rose Saves MacBook Air Instead of Face

Well Charlie Rose has proven his dedication to the gadget gods. The well-respected journalist, while strolling down 59th Street in New York City, tripped on a pot hole and had to make a quick decision: Save his face, or save his new MacBook Air. In case you can't tell by looking at the photo, Rose decided his super-thin laptop was more important. But far be it for brutal facial trauma to keep o...

MacBook Air Confuses Airport Security, Forcing Man to Lose Flight

You'd think that being in charge of what "devices" are allowed on an airplane would require TSA (Transportation Security Agency) agents to be on top of the latest technology. Or that at least the head office would send out memos about new and unique gadgets that might confound the agents. But think again. As one man found out, the wild world of consumer electronics can baffle not just one, but s...

MacBook Air Selling Out Around the Country

Despite some mixed reviews, it seems that retailers just can't keep the MacBook Air in stock. Whether the reason is that the ultra thin laptop is inspiring hardcore gadget lust, or that Apple kept shipments low to give the illusion of demand remains to be seen, but one thing is definitely true: Trying to track an Air down is increasingnly touch at Apple Stores around the country, as the folks a...

Air-Powered Car Coming Soon

Forget hydrogen fuel cells. They may only produce water as exhaust, but hydrogen is highly explosive and requires a lot of energy to produce, negating some of its green credentials. But a car powered on compressed air, well that may be the holy grail of environmentally friendly vehicles. The OneCAT is the brain-child of French inventor Guy Negre. Negre has claimed to be on the verge of a breakthr...

Gigantic Bird's-Eye Billboards Target Air Travelers

With the crying babies, cramped quarters, spiteful flight attendants and pilots who like to get cute over the PA, air travel is truly one of life's more miserable experiences. For London-based advertising startup Ad-Air, though, it's the perfect time to sell you on something (hey, it works for SkyMall). Next month, Ad Air will begin placing ads on the ground along the flight paths of the world's ...

Virgin America Details In-Flight Internet

When Richard Branson rolled out the Virgin America airline in August, he promised us in-flight Internet -- though left out the how and when. While the latter is still a mysterious "sometime in 2008," the how will be dealt with through a newly announced partnership with a company called AirCell. AirCell will provide air-to-ground broadband Wi-Fi access to Virgin's fleet, allowing passengers to a...

Get Live Airport Updates, Now from Fellow Travelers

The next time you fly, avoid having a Michael-Douglas-'Falling Down' kind of day with the newly launched Orbitz TLC Traveler Update, an online service that mixes elements of a standard travel update site with peer-to-peer and social networking technologies. Along with the info on delays, cancellations and weather provided by the TSA, which you can get from any one of a hundred different travel s...

Sneak Peak at Virgin America's New High-Tech Planes

Air travel in the United States generally feels like a trip back in time: Specifically, a time before humans had developed electronics, fabrics that weren't beige vinyl or fully-formed legs. Virgin Airlines aims to change all of that with the stateside launch of Virgin America Airlines this week. Sir Richard Branson is bringing his famous taste for mile-high luxury to our shores (or air space,...