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  • Virgin Galactic now lets you use Bitcoin to pay for flights into space
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    Virgin Galactic now lets you use Bitcoin to pay for flights into space

    By 22 November 2013

    Virgin wants you to pay for your next Virgin Galactic flight into space with a futuristic, virtual currency known as Bitcoin. Bitcoin was worth less than than $10 just two years ago, and now its value has reached $900. A US Senate committee hearing even...

  • Space Travel: A beginner's guide to becoming an astronaut
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    Space Travel: A beginner's guide to becoming an astronaut

    By 1 February 2013

    It's a phrase we never really imagined ourselves writing, but these days you are spoilt for choice when it comes to travelling into space. Virgin Galactic is doing its thing, Lynx Space Academy has got involved and even the International Space Station...

  • Richard Branson wants to revolutionise water drinking with Virgin Pure purifiers
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    Richard Branson wants to revolutionise water drinking with Virgin Pure purifiers

    By 30 May 2012

    Virgin and Strauss Water today announced a new partnership, aiming to "change the way people drink water at home". Two models of Virgin Pure water purifiers have been announced, the T6 and T7.  "There are 10 million in the homes that do not use tap water,"...

  • Virgin America in-flight entertainment goes HD, Virgin Atlantic next?
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    Virgin America in-flight entertainment goes HD, Virgin Atlantic next?

    By 14 September 2011

    Virgin America has turned to Lufthansa System's BoardConnect technology for the next generation of its Red in-flight entertainment system. It includes HD seat-back displays, an MP3 jukebox containing 3,000 tracks, live satellite TV, and "Talk", and an...

  • Branson's Virgin Oceanic Sub to explore ocean's depths
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    Branson's Virgin Oceanic Sub to explore ocean's depths

    By 6 April 2011

    A new project, called Virgin Oceanic, headed up by entrepreneur and adventurer Richard Branson aims to explore new areas of the deep ocean using an 18-foot submersible. Made from carbon fibre and titanium the Virgin Oceanic Sub has an operating depth...

  • April Fools' Day pranks that came true
    Gaming

    April Fools' Day pranks that came true

    By 1 April 2011

    April fools' Day is celebrated all over the world on 1 April, when people mark the occassion with pratical jokes and general silliness. These kind of pranks are particularly popular in the the tech world with Pocket-lint even pulling a few of its own...

  • Branson's iPad Project hits the App Store
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    Branson's iPad Project hits the App Store

    By 30 November 2010

    Richard Branson's attempt at capitalising on the massive popularity of the iPad, and its potential to re-invent the magazine genre, kicks off with the launch of the Virgin produced Project into the App Store. Available for free, the app provides links...

  • Google gives free Wi-Fi in the sky for Christmas
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    Google gives free Wi-Fi in the sky for Christmas

    By 8 November 2010

    The Google Chrome browser team has announced that free Wi-Fi will be available in the clouds (the real ones, not the metaphoric one where all of our data is stored) as a result of a deal with three US airlines. Anyone travelling on American domestic flights...

  • Virgin Galactic succeeds in first solo test flight
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    Virgin Galactic succeeds in first solo test flight

    By 11 October 2010

    High above the Mojave Desert in California, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, dubbed the VSS Enterprise, has successfully been glided to Earth, by a pilot, for the very first time. The spaceship, which is soon to start taking passengers out of the Earth's...

  • Virgin teams up with Ubisoft for online assault
    Gaming

    Virgin teams up with Ubisoft for online assault

    By 5 August 2010

    Virgin Gaming, which was announced onto the world back at E3 2010 by Sir Richard Branson, has revealed its first big tie-up - with French games giant Ubisoft. Virgin Gaming is now an online gaming community rather than a publisher, like it was in the...

  • Virgin magazine "Maverick" heading to iPad
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    Virgin magazine "Maverick" heading to iPad

    By 13 July 2010

    Virgin plans to expand its empire into the consumer magazine industry with the launch of a new tech, film and design magazine called Maverick. The publication is set to be led by Richard Branson's daughter, 28-year-old Holly Branson, who will have former...

  • Branson to get Virgin back into gaming
    Gaming

    Branson to get Virgin back into gaming

    By 20 May 2010

    MCV is reporting that the most famous goatee in the world, the one belonging to Virgin supremo Richard Branson, will be making an appearance at E3 next month. The man attached to the goatee will also be there obviously, as the beard doesn't like venturing...

  • Virgin offers 30 minutes of free tech support
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    Virgin offers 30 minutes of free tech support

    By 16 March 2010

    Richard Branson's team of tech supporters, Virgin Digital Help, has offered 30 minutes of free tech help to anyone who wants it and doesn't have a handy relative who they can call up and ask instead. While we're sure that our readers need no help whatsoever...

  • Virgin Media announces V HD box
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    Virgin Media announces V HD box

    By 16 March 2010

    Virgin Media has announced that it's going to be launching a set-top box that's capable of accessing the six new HD channels that the broadcaster has announced this year. The V HD Box will be available without extra subscription fees. Instead, you'll...

  • Virgin Digital Help launches
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    Virgin Digital Help launches

    By 16 December 2009

    Virgin has announced the launch of Virgin Digital Help said to be aimed at "getting Britain's digital stuff to work" that rivals existing services from the likes of the TechGuys. The Virgin Group's first new company in the UK in 3 years, the service is...

  • Virgin America rolls out in-flight Wi-Fi across entire fleet
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    Virgin America rolls out in-flight Wi-Fi across entire fleet

    By 21 May 2009

    Virgin America has rolled out Wi-Fi to its entire fleet of aeroplanes in the States, becoming the first airline in the country to offer wireless internet on every flight. The service costs $12.95 for daytime flights of over 3 hours, $9.95 for daytime...

  • Virgin Media viewers to get ITV Player
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    Virgin Media viewers to get ITV Player

    By 8 January 2009

    Virgin Media has announced a deal with ITV that will bring the terrestrial channels on demand service, ITV player, to Virgin Media customers. Trying to extend the gap even further in the "on-demand" sphere against Sky, the agreement between the two companies...

  • Virgin signs deal with Yahoo for mobile search
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    Virgin signs deal with Yahoo for mobile search

    By 2 December 2008

    Virgin Media is revamping its mobile portal and it will launch next Monday (8 December). The portal will provide news, music, video, games and entertainment, but Virgin Media has also done a deal so that its phone customers will also be able to access...

  • Virgin Galactic carrier craft unveiled
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    Virgin Galactic carrier craft unveiled

    By 29 July 2008

    British entrepreneur Richard Branson has unveiled the aircraft that he intends to use to launch the Virgin Galactic spaceship. The unveiling was carried out at the premises of Scaled Composites, the aerospace firm where the WhiteKnightTwo was built, in...

  • ISPs agree "ground-breaking" piracy deal
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    ISPs agree "ground-breaking" piracy deal

    By 24 July 2008

    Six of the UK's biggest internet service providers have signed up to a "ground breaking" plan with the music industry to tackle piracy. The deal, negotiated by the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform branch of the government, will...

  • Samsung F400 gets UK launch
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    Samsung F400 gets UK launch

    By 16 May 2008

    Samsung Mobile has announced the UK launch of their latest music mobile, the Samsung F400, with audio technology by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower. This stylish dual slider phone's big USP is high fidelity sound tuned by Bang & Olufsen and ICEpower audio technology...

  • Sagem my220x in gold for £12.49
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    Sagem my220x in gold for £12.49

    By 20 November 2007

    Sagem has announced the launch of the my220x – a sleek and compact handset "with a golden touch". The my220x offers a "subtle" gold trim and gold disc menu button, and is described as suitable for any small pocket or ladies handbag. Weighing in at 65...

  • Fly Mobile launches pink clamshell for £40
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    Fly Mobile launches pink clamshell for £40

    By 5 November 2007

    Fly Mobile has announced the launch of the SL399e mobile phone in the UK. The SLT399e is available in girly pink. It features a 1.3-megapixel camera, video camera with zoom, Bluetooth, MP3 player, memory card support and colour screen. Aimed at the pre-pay...

  • Sky could be forced to sell ITV stake
    Home Cinema

    Sky could be forced to sell ITV stake

    By 4 October 2007

    BSkyB could be forced to sell its stake in ITV depending on the results of a competition watchdog probe. Sky paid over £900 million for an 18% stake in ITV last year, which was a strategic buy to stop Virgin Media's bid to take over the company. Since...

  • Virgin Digital is closing down
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    Virgin Digital is closing down

    By 21 September 2007

    It has been announced that Virgin Digital, which saw a revamp earlier this year, is closing down. A message has been posted on the site: "Dear customer, we regret to announce that the Virgin Digital service is due to close. We will be taking no new customers...