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Road Warrior Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 20, 2015

Travel Technology | Michael Isenbek | December 20, 2015

Road Warrior Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 20, 2015

Luggage security just got a whole lot smarter. The new AirBolt is a TSA-approved lock which offers tracking ability, an alarm that goes off when the bag is out of range and wireless lock/unlock capability. Click for more details.

Travel booking search engine KAYAK is teaming up with Routehappy to give customers a one-stop information source for in-flight amenities. Before taking the reservation plunge, a plane’s layout, Wi-Fi capabilities, entertainment offerings, power options and cuisine can be explored. Click to find out more.

Among the avalanche of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” merchandise, Gadget Guy and TravelPulse Editor-in-Chief Tim Wood discovered a few items that could prove indispensible to travelers. Mimoco, a company famous for themed power and storage devices has focused its attention on the “Star Wars” universe. Click to find out how the company’s portable chargers (in the guise of Darth Vader and R2-D2) fared in a field test.

Expedia’s acquisition of HomeAway and all its brands is officially complete — and much sooner than expected. The deal was expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2016. This purchase puts Expedia squarely in competition with such home-sharing industry leaders as Airbnb. Click to find out what's next.


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