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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of November 2, 2014

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

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Scientists develop a brain decoder that can hear your inner thoughts

The term "thinking out loud" could take on a whole new meaning in the light of new research from the University of California, Berkeley, where staff have a system for mapping our inner thoughts.

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‘Space is hard, but worth it’ says Virgin founder Richard Branson

Virgin founder Richard Branson has been responding to yesterday's SpaceShipTwo tragedy that left one test pilot dead and one seriously injured. An investigation into the accident is underway.

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Virgin Galactic’s tourist spacecraft crashes, kills co-pilot

Definitely not the best week for space travel, Virgin Galactic's tourism rocketship SpaceShipTwo suffered a malfunction earlier today and crashed in the Mojave Desert near Kern County, California.

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Like Shazam for songbirds, this app identifies birds by their tweet

Similar to song-identifying apps like Shazam and SoundHound, Warblr uses your smartphone to record a nearby bird song and then analyze it in real time with sophisticated machine learning algorithms to determine the species of the performer.

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What’s next for the Sprout? From 3D printing to accessories, HP explains

We got to speak with Steve Smith, who is the Director of Research and Development for the team in charge of the Sprout by HP, which was just revealed today. Steve gave us a clear glimpse at what he and HP have in store for the Sprout.

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UK’s upcoming supercomputer won’t weather any storms, but it may accurately predict them

The fastest, most accurate weather-predicting supercomputer in the world is scheduled to be operational by next September. Here are the details.

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Hands on: HP’s Sprout wants to be your 3D creation station

HP’s Sprout is an ambitious desktop PC with a built-in 3D scanner and touch mat, which make it more intuitive to create and design on your desktop.

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Alpine premiers iLX-007 Apple CarPlay receiver, costs $800

Alpine has released its first CarPlay receiver, the iLX-007. Retailing for $800, the iLX-007 is available in North American Markets, features a 7-inch touchscreen, and is compatible with the iPhone 5 and newer.

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A desktop for Dali: Meet HP’s wildly innovative Sprout

HP's Sprout computer is an amalgamation of different cutting-edge technologies, and could alter the way users make anything. The system is part of a new 3D creation and printing ecosystem that includes a new 3D printing technology.

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An instant-charging nanobattery makes this hearing aid smaller than a coffee bean

The Nanoplug is a hearing aid which has the potential to change the hearing industry. It's smaller than a coffee bean, with a miniscule battery that delivers six days use, and can be recharged instantly.

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Check out the ‘ambulance drone’ that could one day save your life

An engineering student in the Netherlands has unveiled an 'ambulance drone' fitted with a defibrillator that he believes could save thousands of lives a year.

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Unmanned Antares rocket explodes just seconds after takeoff

Mere seconds after leaving the launchpad today, an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket malfunctioned, exploded, and crashed back to Earth

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Capture a world view with the small, ball-shaped 360fly action cam

The 360fly is a small, ball-shaped action cam that lets you capture the world around you in 360 degrees. It's lightweight and waterproof, and uses a single camera to record a seamless video.

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Turn skiing into a video game: Oakley partners with Garmin for next-gen HUD goggles

Oakley has parntered with Garmin to adding even more functionality to it's already feature-packed Airwave goggles.

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