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Phone chargers for Africa and 3D-printing in space win Branson backing

Solar-powered phone chargers for the developing world, 3D-printed satellites and bespoke shoes for the masses have won the backing of Sir Richard Branson.

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The cloud storage service is reborn with a new name, LinkedIn users can build followers, and a golden upgrade to the HTC One could be revealed next month.

Goodbye Microsoft SkyDrive, hello OneDrive

The cloud storage service is reborn with a new name, LinkedIn users can build followers, and a golden upgrade to the HTC One could be revealed next month.

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Thanks to advances in technology, along with the help of good funding, new markets, and good timing, 2014 looks set to be a banner year for new products and services that just a few years ago would have only been imaginable by futurists or sci-fi authors.</p>

<p>One out-of-this-world example: space tourism.</p>

<p>It's a romantic notion -- the idea that you can take to the stars without years of rigorous training, without working for NASA or another national space agency, and without having to work towards anyone's goals but your own.</p>
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In 2014, though, that romantic vision becomes a reality -- albeit only for those that can afford the $250,000 fee charged by <a href="http://www.virgingalactic.com/news/item/virgin-galactic-flexes-spaceshiptwos-unique-feather-mechanism-in-second-supersonic-flight/">Virgin Galactic</a>, the world's first space tourism company.
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Indeed, Virgin Galactic, run by Richard Branson, plans on making its first flights in 2014 out of the brand-new Spaceport America in New Mexico. And while passengers won't get to go to the moon, or visit asteroids, they will get outside the Earth's atmosphere.
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When flights commence, passengers will be taken into the skies aboard SpaceShip Two, transported first by Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnight Two carrier craft.
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<p>Click through this gallery to explore more futuristic tech that should be ready for prime time in 2014.</p>

The future, coming to life in 2014 (pictures)

There's a point at which science fiction becomes reality. For these products and services -- even jetpacks! -- the time is now.

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iPhone 5S and 5C discounted for Virgin Media telly viewers

Virgin Media offers discounts on the Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C if you're a TV and broadband customer -- but they're still not cheap.

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Google Glass search shown off in new video

Conversational queries reveal a one-hit wonder of the 1990s and Richard Branson in drag, among other results.

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Justin Bieber to go where no teen singer has gone before

The latest to sign up for Virgin Galactic's fun ride into space is Justin Bieber. He's taking his manager with him. What can this mean?

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Bidder buys $1.5 million space date with Leonardo DiCaprio

How much would you pay to get locked in a spaceship with DiCaprio? At an auction to benefit AIDS research, a man buys three days of training and a trip to suborbital space with the "Gatsby" star.

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With Channels, LinkedIn Today funnels news into your network

The social network for professionals has redesigned its digital daily in the hopes of getting members to stick around longer.

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SpaceShipTwo fires rocket engine in supersonic flight

The space plane hits Mach 1.2 as Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson sees "full space flight" by the end of 2013.

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Ep. 1257: Where we're blank on the inside

Jeff's been sent plenty of strange gifts from video game PR, but a marketing gimmick for "Beyond: Two Souls" that just came in the mail this morning has us all scratching our heads, Bridget Carey included.

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The 404 1,257: Where we're blank on the inside (podcast)

Jeff's been sent plenty of strange gifts from video game PR, but a marketing gimmick for "Beyond: Two Souls" that just came in the mail this morning has us all scratching our heads, Bridget Carey included.

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How Virgin America lets you text a hottie midflight

A new service from Virgin America empowers you to use the in-flight entertainment system to send a drink to someone you find attractive and to text them, even. A recipe for disaster, surely.

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