If your everyday social networks prove too uneventful for your business flights, Virgin America aims to offer the solution. Today the company unveiled flight-centric social networking for business travelers who want to meet up with fellow professionals, do some networking while waiting to board, and get to know those around them.
Virgin Galactic has jumped on the Bitcoin train, with founder Richard Branson announcing it will accept the topical virtual currency for tickets on its space flights. According to Branson, at least one Virgin Galactic early-adopter has paid for her ticket for an upcoming flight in Bitcoins, and the outspoken exec says there are obvious parallels between the currency and his space business.
Today Virgin Mobile has entered another contestant into the growing war of the off-contract smartphones with the HTC Desire. This device works with a 4.5-inch qHD touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera at its back, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor inside. Ready for release as early as today, the HTC Desire for late 2013 brings HTC's own "BoomSound" speakers to blast audio from its front as well.
Virgin Mobile has introduced what it called "BlinkWashing," an advertisement system of sorts that -- with permission -- uses your webcam to track your eyes while watching a YouTube video, causing the advertisement to change every time you blink. The company is showing off the feature on its YouTube page, where anyone with a webcam can try it out.
The folks behind Virgin Galactic - cousin of the earth-bound Virgin Airlines - have lit their first rocket motor test on a ship that may one day bring everyday citizens on joy rides to space. The craft being tested this week goes by the name SpaceShipTwo, also known as SS2, it being one of several craft eventually set to offer brief flights to what Virgin Galactic calls "the edge of space" and back.
Free access to London's WiFi network on the Tube has ended today, with the Virgin Media-powered underground internet service kicking in its controversial WiFi Pass pricing scheme. Ending several months of free internet that has progressively rolled out cover 103 stations, the change in terms means users will have pay from £2 to get online; however, subscribers of certain UK networks will continue to get free access to the WiFi as part of their existing agreements.
London's WiFi access on the Underground has spread, with Virgin Media lighting up a further 20 new locations where subterranean internet is available. Bringing the total count to 92, the new service goes live today and covers stations along the Northern line, the Central line, and others, with pay-per-use options along with bundled access for subscribers to certain phone networks from next year.
Virgin America and YouTube have struck a deal, penning the video sharing website's first distribution agreement with an airline. Beginning December 15, fliers will have access to five YouTube channels via Virgin's in-flight video entertainment system. The best part? The content is free on flights to Mexico and within the United States.
UK broadcaster the BBC has launched Connected Red Button, further blending web TV with live broadcasting, and kicking things off with an appearance on Virgin Media TiVo boxes. The new service redresses existing BBC internet TV features like iPlayer, BBC News, Sport, Weather, and other content including local, into a new interface suited for big-screen browsing, and in a curated fashion which the BBC claims will cut down on choice-overload.