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A slew of recent news related to airline and rideshare companies tapping into biometric identification — like fingerprints, faces, other unique body parts — seems like it just means an easier way to board your flight. But beyond the surface, giving corporations and the government this much access to sensitive data poses a major privacy threat.

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Alaska Airlines announced on Wednesday that it will retire the Virgin America brand sometime in 2019. The Seattle-based airline bought Virgin America last year for $US2.6 ($3) billion with the hope of expanding beyond the Pacific Northwest. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin America, apparently cried when he heard the news. Why? Well, it means he'll be losing money.

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Over the next month, I'll be spending upwards of 90 hours in the air, and probably just as long sitting in airport lounges and standing in queues — I travel a fair bit for work. I always have a laptop and a couple of phones with me, but juggling them all is a pain. I find it much more relaxing to switch everything off and put it away, except for one phone I have filled to the brim with movies, books, music and podcasts.

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The 1,286 year old Kanda Shrine, commonly known as Kanda Myojin, enshrines the guardian deities for 108 Tokyo neighbourhoods. Prayers to the dieties enshrined at Kanda Myojin are made for prosperity and success in business and protection against accidents and disasters. Even for your technology.

So did I take the opportunity to have my beloved electronics blessed by an ancient temple whilst visiting Japan, I hear you ask? Um, yes. Of course I did.

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Need to get from New York to Paris? Or San Diego? Chances are, you're hopping on a plane. But commercial flights aren't just annoying and expensive they also input a ton of carbon into the environment, contributing to climate change. So what if we stopped flights to save the planet? What would happen next?