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When Flying Was Fun

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Flying used to be a lot more fun, until it wasn't.

Believe it or not, flying used to be a great experience. Before jets shortened flying time dramatically, passengers were a lot more forgiving of delays and cancellations. It was simply expected as the industry was having its growing pains. And when long haul jets first came into service, passengers were so excited about the speed and cabin space that men and women dressed up as if they were going to a fancy restaurant for a fine meal. And yes the meals were actually quite good. Imagine roast beef carved at your seat and wine poured in crystal goblets. Celebrity designers outfitted flight attendants in the latest fashions.  read more »

New Year's Resolutions

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It's the first weekend of 2017, so what are your resolutions for a better year?

Every year you make yourself a couple promises and if you're like most people, every year you break them. So how about putting in some real effort for the next twelve months? To help you along the way the blog “Care 2 Healthy Living” has a list of the worst resolutions people make and how you can actually try sticking to them.

For example, getting your finances in order. This will take a little work because you need to figure out your long and short term goals, track your debt, spending and income and stick to a budget. If you're truly serious about it experts say you should bring in an accountant, or financial planner to keep you on pace.  read more »

Amazon's Holiday Sales

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It looks like Santa might not have been the only one working hard this holiday season.

Amazon says that 2016 was its best season yet with more than one billion packages shipped worldwide. The company says that most of those orders came from mobile devices and its busiest day was December 19th, the Monday before Christmas. In addition to that, Amazon prime customers, spent twice as much as other customers on Amazon because they're able to take advantage of the free two day shipping.

Besides helping to deliver gifts across the globe, it was also a big year for Amazon products. The company's voice activated assistant Alexa, both in the large and small form were top sellers. Amazon says they don't have final numbers yet but they sold around nine times more than last year.  read more »

In Flight Nap

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Plan on using your next plane ride to catch a couple z's, there are a couple of sleep easy tricks you might want to try.

A long flight is the perfect time to get a little shut-eye, especially if you're traveling alone. Unfortunately not everyone is able to curl up in a cramped seat without disturbing their neighbor; unless you're lucky enough to be sitting in the areas closer to the front of the plane. But if you're stuck back in coach there are some things you can do to get a little comfortable.  read more »

Dual Purpose Paper

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When nature calls at Tokyo’s Narita airport, your smartphone is also in for a little relief.  read more »

Retirement Plans

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Getting ready to retire; you might want to consider packing your bags.

According to the social security administration just under 400,000 American retirees are now living outside of the U.S. The number grew 17% between 2010 and 2015 and is expected to increase even more over the next ten years as more baby boomers retire.

The people heading out to see the world cite the cost of living as one of the biggest reasons for trying something new. They say it's impossible to live on a fixed income in most major cities in the U.S. and that doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. So they are heading to countries such as Canada, Japan, Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom.  read more »

Super Mario

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Everyone's favorite plumber is running his way onto your smartphone.

Since he debuted more than 30 years ago in the original Donkey Kong, Nintendo’s Mario has become a fan favorite appearing in more than 200 games. Last week Mario made his appearance for Apple's iPad and iPhone with three games; World Tour, Toad Rally and Kingdom Builder. Now the plan is to bring Mario to android devices and spread it to 150 countries.  read more »

High Tech Trips to Santa

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The holidays might be a time for tradition, but that doesn't mean they aren't ready for an upgrade.

This year the trip to the mall to sit on Santa’s lap, share your wish list and snap a picture is getting a little high tech. This year about 40 malls across the country and one in London added a little free entertainment to the long line. Children were able to hop on a virtual sleigh ride to the North Pole, stand on the naughty or nice meter, snap a selfie and see their face on a dancing elf. At one location the final stop right before seeing the big guy himself was a two story tall sleigh that dropped fake snow on them.  read more »

Surreal Moments

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Merriam-Webster has named “surreal” as word of the year for 2016, and if the past twelve months of headlines are any indication surreal is just the beginning.

2016 was a big year for smartphones and selfie sticks. Everywhere you look people are documenting everything from their breakfast to their big adventure; so much so, that theme parks and public places are banning the use of selfies sticks to keep people from getting hurt. And that might not be such a bad idea.  read more »

Prison Phones

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California is taking a new approach in an effort to disconnect the flow of cell phones into prison cells.

The state plans to install nearly one thousand metal detectors, scanners and secret security cameras at its prisons to stop the flow of illegal cell phones. They say despite the current efforts thousands of phones are making it inside and are being used to coordinate hits or other acts of crime from behind bars. And it's not just the low level offenders who are being found with phones.  read more »