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Hyperloop One Gets ‘Virgin’ Name Following Branson Investment

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Several companies have been dabbling in hyperloop technology since Elon Musk released basic plans for the transit system several years ago, but none are as close to reality as Hyperloop One. We’re not going to be talking about “Hyperloop One” anymore because the company has a new name. It’s now “Virgin Hyperloop One,” following an investment by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. This isn’t the first futuristic and unproven transportation project for Virgin Group. The company has ...

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PornHub’s Virgin AI Wants to Make Searching for Porn Less Hard

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Normally, when we talk about computer vision, artificial intelligence, or deep…learning, we’re discussing hard philosophical problems (strong AI). PornHub, however, has its own uses for the technology: It wants to use it to improve video tagging, including accurately identifying performers and offering a more intelligent set of criteria than the typical tags you find on video. This is a rather sticky problem that doesn’t just impact those who keep lube manufacturers and online stripper shoe ...

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Hurricane Maria bears down on Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength Atlantic storm of the season, is bearing down on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The category five tempest has already inflicted “widespread damage” on the Caribbean island of Dominica. It briefly weakened to a four but is now again packing top sustained winds of 280km/h (175mph). The storm is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, this season’s other category five hurricane. The governor of Puerto Rico, a US territory, has told the island’s 3.5 million people to seek shelter with the hurricane ...

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Virgin Galactic gears up for first powered test flights since deadly 2014 crash

$ 250,000 for a ride into space Richard Branson’s company Virgin Galactic has promised Stephen Hawking, Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ashton Kutcher a ride to space. But a 2014 test flight of the company’s space plane ended in tragedy and derailed Branson’s ambitions for commercial space travel. Years have come and gone without any indicators of when the first commercial launch could feasibly take place. On Wednesday, however, Virgin Galactic confirmed that a major milestone on the company’s road to recovery is around the corner. The first powered test ...

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Virgin Mobile Reinvents Phone Subsidies With iPhone-Only Deal

For many of us in the United States, getting a new phone with a massive subsidy every two years was a longtime ritual. With that subsidy came the baggage of locked phones, two-year contracts, and early termination fees. In general, consumers have welcomed the shift away from that system to the more open approach of paying separately for an unlocked phone and for service — usually on a month-to-month basis. However, the phone subsidy was addictive. It meant that you felt okay about upgrading your phone every two years, even if you ...

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Alaska Airlines is killing off the Virgin America brand

Alaska Airlines CEO: We’ll merge with Virgin’s flair It was all but inevitable that the Virgin America brand wouldn’t survive its merger with Alaska Airlines. Sure enough, the parent company announced Wednesday that all Virgin America flights will become Alaska Airlines flights, likely sometime in 2019. But don’t despair, Virgin America groupies: Alaska promised that it will keep much of the “flair” that accompanied Virgin flights, including all that free in-flight entertainment, mood lighting and music. It also plans on adding more premium seats, satellite connectivity and an enhanced frequent-flier ...

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NASA, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic dominate the news: this week in space

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, has died at 95. His legacy as a combat pilot, spaceman, senator, and loving family man will succeed him, along with the John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Godspeed, John Glenn. SpaceX just lost a major contract as an after-effect of its launch problems. Setbacks in scheduling because of their October launchpad explosion and subsequent investigation have cost SpaceX their launch contract for an S-band satellite by Inmarsat, a British satellite company. Inmarsat does still intend to launch another satellite, the ...

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