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The countries that ceased to exist
Despite its exotic name, there's a very good reason you've never booked a vacation to the Quilombo of Palmeres. Same goes for the Islands of Refreshment, the Fiume Endeavour and Neutral Moresnet.

Why passenger jets could soon be flying in formation
Birds are the undisputed masters of aerodynamics.

Tickets for Qantas flight to nowhere sell out in minutes
Australian airline Qantas has announced plans for a seven-hour scenic flight that will perform a giant loop taking in Queensland and the Gold Coast, New South Wales and the country's remote outback heartlands. CNN's Richard Quest reports.

10 amazing things we've learned about Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
We'd heard about the new Microsoft Flight Simulator's mega-realistic scenery, digitally distilled from satellite imagery. We knew the sim could recreate real-time weather conditions on the go, relayed from live climatic data feeds. Even real-world pilots say that the look and feel of the airplanes are, in so many ways, indistinguishable from the real thing.

China takes on Airbus and Boeing
In a year of startling upheaval for the aviation industry, one seismic change, at least, had already been predicted.

Travel shaming -- another plague of 2020
For many people, travel these days is fraught with second-guessing, extra research and plenty of confusion by way of logistics, travel restrictions and safety -- and that's before you add in what everyone else has to say about your decisions.

Island hopping in Maldives
In the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Maldives is made up of more than 1,000 islands, which tourists travel between on seaplanes.

Huge empty 'ghost' cruise ships lure tourists
Gaze out to the English Channel from the southwest coast of the UK right now and you might see something unexpected -- a series of gigantic cruise ships haunting the horizon.

Eastern Europe's hidden holiday paradise
For more than a century, Bulgaria has had little trouble enticing people to its beach resorts scattered along the Black Sea coast. City-breakers head to its main cities -- including Sofia, the capital, and Plovdiv, the 2019 European Capital of Culture -- for an enjoyable blend of culture and hearty Bulgarian gastronomy.

Europe's travel windows are slamming shut
The vacation lights are going out all over Europe.

Mexico hopes to revive tourism with Teotihuacan reopening
After months of closure, the UNESCO World Heritage site Teotihuacan in Mexico is reopening to the public despite the country's ongoing struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus. CNN's Matt Rivers reports.

Amsterdam has been collapsing for years. Now it's paying the price
Cracks and sinkholes are appearing alongside the waterways of Amsterdam.

Microsoft Flight Simulator's 2020 reboot may be the safest way to fly this year
Avgeek desktop gamers and wannabe airline captains can finally get the high-altitude fix they've been craving.

When movies need an alien planet, they shoot here
Ancient tales of trolls and magic live on in Iceland, an island nation of volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers and ice caves.

Meet the first all-women ranger unit fighting poachers
Team Lioness is an all-female ranger unit protecting Africa's wildlife from poachers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Watch them reunite with their families after being away on the job.

The humble Hong Kong snack that's popping up around the world
When I decided to write a story about the origins of Hong Kong bubble waffles -- also known as "egg waffles" -- I thought it would be easy.

The world's best places for swimming
From isolated English beaches to plunge pools in the Costa Rican cloud forest. When the time's right to get traveling again, these are some of the planet's best places to take a dip.

One woman, four men and weeks in Norway's Arctic ice
The summer before I turned 40 -- with my fertility ebbing, as everyone with a vested interest in such things felt the need to remind me -- I decided to set sail on the biggest adventure of my life.

This couple has the best office view in the world
Margrit and Joe Fahan were Delta Airline pilots for 30 years. They documented their farewell water salute at JFK, rescue pet flights and other up-in-the-air moments for their 15,000 (and counting) Instagram followers

How Toblerone chocolate became connected with air travel
Toblerone may not be the most famous chocolate brand in the world, but it's arguably the most iconic -- especially when it comes to travel.

Serial runaway bear nicknamed 'Papillon' is on the loose again in Italy
A brown bear nicknamed "Papillon" after displaying an impressive talent for escaping is being sought by rangers in Italy after fleeing from his electrified pen.

The world's best vineyard revealed
The first-ever World's Best Vineyard Awards has named 2019's leading wine destinations. Vineyards from France, Germany and Spain were among the best, but the top prize went to a New World producer.

Couple flees California for Italy as Covid-19 cases rise
California couple Marco Cavalli and Sunaina Lobo, decided to travel to their second home in Puglia this August, despite Covid-19.

Epic 14-year road trip stalled in South America
Road warriors Karen Catchpole and Eric Mohl had rattled in their trusty Silverado for 14 years from the top of the Western Hemisphere in Alaska to the bottom of South America. They were in Patagonia in western Argentina when the microscopic kibosh came down: Covid-19.

'It's the fear factor.' English pub owner installs electric fence to keep customers at a safe distance
Businesses have had to embrace social distancing during the pandemic, and perhaps none more so than an English pub which installed an electric fence to keep thirsty customers at bay.

Can travel incentives lure visitors back?
Ever since the world went into lockdown back in March, many of us have been furiously making a mental list of all the places we'll go once we're finally able to travel again.

A shark headed for swimmers. Watch what the Coast Guard did
A US Coast Guard crew scrambled to get out of the water when a 6ft-8ft shark was spotted heading their way while they swam in Oceania.

Australian island once won in a poker game is up for sale
A fully serviced private island in Australia's Southern Great Barrier Reef is now on the market -- just in time for those who want a place to ride out the Covid-19 pandemic.

Disneyland Paris reopens with new Covid-19 measures
Europe's only Disney theme park has been closed for four months, but it's now cautiously reopening to the public, with new measures to try to keep Covid-19 in check.

The Maldives is now open to all global tourists. Here's how they're doing it
Though border restrictions and quarantine measures are keeping people from visiting many of the world's most popular travel destinations at the moment, one country famed for its natural beauty is now welcoming all guests -- the Maldives. - RSS Channel - App Tech Section

Trump approves TikTok deal. But big questions remain
Who controls TikTok? Is the social media platform safe? Has a US ban been averted for good?

Trump says he has approved a deal for TikTok
President Donald Trump said Saturday he has approved a deal between TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, and Oracle, temporarily averting a ban on TikTok in US app stores.

People are ditching in-person financial services for apps
The pandemic has changed how people are managing their money — they're using technology more than ever. That's good news for "fintech" firms that make digital financial services and banks investing in new technology capabilities.

What a WeChat ban would mean for Americans
For Zhang Lianping, a 72-year-old retired small business owner in College Park, Maryland, WeChat is a lifeline for staying in touch with relatives, old classmates and friends spread across Beijing, Shandong and Liaoning provinces in China.

Judge temporarily blocks US WeChat ban
A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's executive order banning WeChat downloads in the United States.

TikTok and WeChat downloads soar ahead of ban
People in the United States rushed to download TikTok and WeChat after the Commerce Department announced plans to restrict access to both apps starting Sunday.

Why Spotify is picking a fight with Apple over Apple One
Apple's new subscription bundle, Apple One, will give consumers a chance to try out multiple new Apple services and potentially save a few bucks.

How to save your favorite TikToks
As a potential TikTok ban looms in the United States, some users are scrambling to save all of their own videos or their favorites from other people on the platform.

Lyft sketches a future for city streets with fewer cars
As Lyft's core ridehail business is pummeled by the pandemic, the company has taken a seemingly surprising step, paying urban planners to sketch out how street space can be shifted from cars to buses, bikes and pedestrians.

What happens to WeChat on Sunday?
All eyes may be on TikTok this weekend as the Trump administration blocks it from app stores, but there's another big Chinese-owned app that will suffer a similar — if not worse — fate.

Unity Software shares surge 44% in Wall Street debut as IPO market sizzles
Shares of Unity Software, one of the leading platforms for video game developers, jumped 44% on their Wall Street debut Friday, becoming the latest in a flurry of tech IPOs that investors can't seem to get enough of.

US will ban WeChat and TikTok downloads on Sunday
The Commerce Department plans to restrict access to TikTok and WeChat on Sunday as the Trump administration's executive orders against the two apps are set to take effect.

Here's what's going to happen to TikTok on Sunday
The Trump administration said it will restrict access to TikTok on Sunday, Sept. 20. What does that mean for users of the short-form video app?

New reality show promises to send winner into space for 10 days
A planned reality show will seek to give the winner of its on-air competition "the greatest prize ever given out on Earth" — a 10-day stay on the International Space Station.

Is this the end of WeChat in the US? It's still not clear
TikTok isn't the only Chinese-owned app with an uncertain future in the United States.

TikTok and Oracle might have a deal. But Trump still needs to sign off
A deal to keep TikTok operational in the United States is inching forward.

NASA astronauts have a new task: make videos of Estée Lauder products
The International Space Station has served as the world's most unique laboratory for two decades, hosting hundreds of scientific experiments, crews of astronauts and even the occasional slime.

Nintendo is discontinuing the 3DS
The Nintendo 3DS is discontinued.

How the PlayStation 5 compares to the Xbox Series X
This holiday season will see a showdown between new consoles from two of the biggest names in gaming: Sony and Microsoft.