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U.S. Gives Green Light to VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Engine Dieselgate Fix

U.S. Gives Green Light to VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Engine Dieselgate Fix

U.S. and California regulators approved Volkswagen AG’s recommended course of action for 38,000 diesel-powered vehicles from the company’s Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche brands, according to a letter released publicly on Monday.
The approval addresses the automaker’s SUVs with 3.0-liter diesel engines believed to emit excess emissions and means that the German automaker will not be forced to buy back the vehicles.
The ruling affects 2013-2016 model-year Porsche Cayenne and VW Toureg with …

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Launches Cloud-Based Trusted Traveler Programs Website

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Launches Cloud-Based Trusted Traveler Programs Website

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced the launch of a new website, the Trusted Traveler Programs system, which replaced the agency’s Global Online Enrollment System, or GOES, on October 1.
Just as with the GOES website, the new system will be used for trusted-traveler program applications and the creation of user accounts as well as the generation of notifications to members concerning account status and approvals.
All user data was …

FAA Recommends Banning Laptops from Checked Baggage

FAA Recommends Banning Laptops from Checked Baggage

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration wants global airlines to ban laptops from checked luggage, citing recent tests that showed that the devices’ lithium batteries could bring down an aircraft if they overheat when packed next to flammable items in the cargo hold.
The agency conducted a series of tests and found that a single overheating laptop in a checked bag, packed near common household products including nail polish or aerosol sprays …

Kimpton Karma Rewards to Merge with IHG Rewards Club

Kimpton Karma Rewards to Merge with IHG Rewards Club

InterContinental Hotels Group announced that Kimpton Karma Rewards will become part of the IHG Rewards Club in early 2018.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which was founded in 1981, was acquired by IHG in 2015.
Kimpton Karma members will be automatically enrolled in IHG Rewards Club when the two guest loyalty programs merge. The change will allow Kimpton Karma members to earn points at over 5,200 IHG properties while giving IHG members the …

Apple Rolls Out Indoor Maps for 8 Additional Airports

Apple Rolls Out Indoor Maps for 8 Additional Airports

Apple said Wednesday it was adding indoor maps for eight airports in the United States.
The list of airports includes Baltimore-Washington International, Chicago O’Hare International, Chicago Midway, McCarran International in Las Vegas, Miami International, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International, Oakland International, and Portland International.
The feature has been available since iOS 11 was in beta but it only covered two airports, Philadelphia International and San Jose International.
The indoor map feature allows users to view …

United Airlines Q3 Profit Falls After ‘Unprecedented’ Storms Impact Operations

United Airlines Q3 Profit Falls After ‘Unprecedented’ Storms Impact Operations

United Airlines announced financial results for the third quarter of 2017.
The Chicago-based airline said its net income fell by a third to $669 million from $997 million in the same period in 2016. The airline attributed part of the decline to $185 million in pretax losses caused by canceled flights during the Atlantic hurricane season.
Revenue for the quarter was $9.9 billion, unchanged from Q3 2016.
The airline’s consolidated passenger revenue per …

How to Quickly Set Up Your New iPhone 8 or X Using iOS 11’s New ‘Quick Start’ Upgrade Tool

The excitement of getting a shiny new phone quickly wears off once the setup process begins. Will my accounts and contacts transfer? Will I lose messages or photos? What am I forgetting to address?
Apple recognized that the process, until now, has been less than easy and straightforward and introduced a new setup procedure called Quick Start with its recently introduced mobile operating system, iOS 11. Quick Start makes setting up …