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Virgin’s in-flight Wi-Fi will be able to handle Netflix

Virgin’s in-flight Wi-Fi will be able to handle Netflix

The Internet has become so ingrained in our digital culture that people have started to look for it, and in massive doses, even in places that, until a few years ago, you'd never imagine would offer the service. But while in-flight Wi-Fi is no longer rare as a unicorn, airlines are still in a race to advertise the fastest and best speeds on can offers miles up in the air. The latest to boast of this is Virgin America, whose partnership with ViaSat means that, theoretically, their planes' Wi-Fi will be good enough for video streaming.

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Virgin America announces Android powered Red in-flight partnership with Panasonic

Virgin America announces Android powered Red in-flight partnership with Panasonic

Long flights on airlines can get boring, but in the last few years, flights of all distances have become more bearable thanks to in-flight WiFi and other niceties in the air. Virgin America has a cool in-flight entertainment system called Red that it has offered since 2007. Along the way, the system has been updated with new features and capability. While some airlines only offer their high-end in-flight infotainment systems on a few aircraft, the Virgin Red system is available fleet-wide.

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Virgin boss teases a Tesla challenger

Virgin boss teases a Tesla challenger

Is the next big battle in automotive going to be Musk vs Branson? Outspoken billionaire Richard Branson isn't exactly coy when it comes to teasing what he's working on, and it seems following Elon Musk into electric cars might be Virgin's next frontier. For the moment, Virgin's EV schemes center on the Virgin Racing team taking part in Formula E, the all-electric branch of Formula 1, but according to Branson that might not always be the case.

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Virgin’s KipstR wearable records shows when you fall asleep

Virgin’s KipstR wearable records shows when you fall asleep

Virgin has revealed its own wearable, a wristband called KipstR created with the help of two teenagers: Jonathan Kingsley, age 14, and Ryan Oliver, age 15. Rather than tracking fitness, KipstR keeps tabs on whether the user is awake or asleep. If you fall asleep while wearing the device, it will trigger your TiVo to record whatever show you were watching when you fell asleep. The device and collaboration is said to be part of Virgin's 'Switched on Futures' initiative.

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Virgin Mobile brings HTC Desire to the off-contract war

Virgin Mobile brings HTC Desire to the off-contract war

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.

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Virgin Galactic lights first rocket test in road to citizen space travel

Virgin Galactic lights first rocket test in road to citizen space travel

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.

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