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Nubia's near bezel-less phone also has a grip-sensitive frame

Oppo may have already shown off its near bezel-less prototype phone back in March, but local rival Nubia has actually released a handset featuring the same optical trickery on the edges (and let's not forget that Sharp did it first). Dubbed the Z9, this dual-Nano SIM flagship device packs a …

72% off Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack

Charge up your mobile devices wherever you go with the Power Vault. Its powerful 18,000mAh battery can juice your phone and tablets multiple times on a single charge, and its sleek body takes up minimal space in your backpack, purse or pocket.<p>This essential battery pack is housed in a reinforced …

Panasonic Nubo is a 4G-equipped Challenger to Dropcam

Panasonic has today launched a new 4G-connected security camera aimed at the consumer market that will go up against rivals like Dropcam when it launches later this year.<p>The device, made in partnership with Vodafone, can sync with smartphones to allow you to keep an eye on your home, office, garden …

Xiaomi's action cam bests a GoPro Hero for half the price

Xiaomi has unleashed a 399 CNY ($64) action cam onto unsuspecting cats in China, but will it join the Mi band in the US? The Yi Camera actually trumps the specs of GoPro's entry-level camera with 1080P, 60fps video and up to 64GB of memory at about half the price (the $130 Hero has 1080/30p video …

Samsung Galaxy S6 Will Cost Over $1000

<i>Update: The article has been updated to factor in EU tax in the rumoured S6 and S6 Edge prices.</i><p>There was always going to be a catch. You can’t pack <i>that</i> much *alleged* high-end hardware, that many features and throw in a curved display without there being a catch.<p>Citing a source who has apparently …

Phones

Perceptiv’s SHIFT Turns Drones Into Smart Dollies For Filmmakers

Drone tech is exciting and full of potential, but few companies are focusing on tech that provides benefits drone users can enjoy now, without spending a fortune or managing an architectural firm or large-scale agricultural concern. Perceptiv Labs, a YC Winter 2015 cohort startup with a founding …

Drones

Brother's birthday present: A beatdown from a Counter-Strike pro player

Hiring a <i>Counter-Strike: Global Offensive</i> pro to whip your brother's ass on his birthday raises the bar for fraternal trolling. This is so much better than farting into a Nerf hoop basketball, sneaking up from behind and smashing it into his face.<p>Kyente, the victim, is a <i>CS: GO</i> streamer. His brother, …

Lightify your smart home with Osram's new LEDs (pictures)

Smart Homes

The PlayStation Company: why Sony should ditch almost everything else

It’s funny how times change. Twenty years ago, the PlayStation was a skunkworks product that a renegade faction within Sony had just fought to get released. Now here we are in 2015, and Sony CEO Kaz Hirai — a former boss of the PlayStation division — has announced that the company is essentially …

Televisions
IPad Air

What video games can teach us about consent and intimacy

Consent is a prickly topic to navigate — in society, in sex, even in our own heads. But learning how to properly practice it in a video game space could help educate entirely new audiences, according to speakers at IndieCade East 2015.<p>The development trio of Allison Cole, Jessica Rose Marcotte and …

You’re Going To Die. First, Choose Someone To Manage Your Facebook Profile

Now you can give someone power of attorney over your digital life. Today Facebook began letting users select a “legacy contact” who can partially control their Facebook profile after they die.<p>Previously when you bit the dust, your friends could notify Facebook to lock your profile into a memorial …

Cognition

This man will live the life of someone else through a virtual reality headset for 28 days

"Seeing-I" is a social-artistic experiment that questions how much of the individual is an inherent personality and how large a portion of the individual is a cultural identity.<p>For 24 hours a day for 28 days, artist Mark Farid will wear a Virtual Reality Headset through which he will experience …

Virtual Reality

Minecraft is by far YouTube’s most popular game

It’s Minecraft’s world, and we’re just all living in it.<p>Newzoo released a list of the top 20 most popular games according to views received on YouTube videos. Newzoo got the info by continuously tracking over 4 million gaming-related YouTube channels. As you can see in the chart below, Minecraft …

Minecraft

Samsung's NX1 camera looks like a DSLR, but does it perform like one?

While companies like Sony and Fujifilm continue to stuff serious camera guts into smaller and smaller mirrorless bodies, Samsung's aiming to ape both the function and the form of modern "prosumer" DSLR's with its $1,500 NX1. With a rapid-fire 15 fps burst mode and 4K video support, the company's …

Cameras

Valve Bans More Counter-Strike Pros, Tells Them Not to Bet on Matches

<b>Update:</b><p>After the aptly named player Paweł "innocent" Mocek protested that his team, ex-ESC, was banned without proof, Valve investigated the matter further and reversed its ban on him and his teammates.<p>"The ex-ESC players were restricted from participating in Valve-sponsored events because their …

Microsoft's new wireless phone charger will bathe your desk in neon light

My Nexus 6 usually rests on a Tylt wireless charger here at <i>The Verge</i> office. I paid Verizon $60 for the thing. It's got a black, soft matte finish; it's the opposite of flashy, but works perfectly with any Qi-compatible smartphone I've placed on it — even with a bulky case on. Microsoft's taking …

Windows Phone

Pentax is finally getting a full-frame DSLR

Pentax has fallen off the DSLR radar of late, unless you're looking for a medium-format camera or a hot pink K-series model. Parent company Ricoh has just pricked up the ears of the brand's many fans, however, with long-awaited news of its first ever full-frame K-mount Pentax DSLR. All we know so …

Android apps 2014 - A year in review

2014 was an exciting year. We saw the release of Lollipop and with it, a whole new design standard we now call Material Design. It saw the release of Android Wear and the second themer revolution with the Android Wear watch faces. Games are slowly becoming higher quality with better graphics, …

Apps

Who is the mysterious donor giving thousands to gamers?

Someone is showering tens of thousands of dollars on gamers who stream their playing through online network Twitch.<p>Who is Amhai, and why is he passing out so much cash? BBC Trending sums up what's known about the mysterious donor.<p><i>Reporter: Estelle Doyle</i><p><i>Video journalist: Greg Brosnan</i><p><b>For more videos</b> …

Social Media

Samsung Reveals Galaxy S6 Curves As Prices Leak

Rumours come and go, but one consistent in recent months has been that the Galaxy S6 will come in two versions, one with a curved edge display. Now Samsung has given us a strong hint that this is exactly what it has been working on.<p>Today the South Korean giant issued press invites for its ‘Galaxy …

Phones

Go behind the scenes of the Pac-Man Super Bowl ad

Glowing ghosts on roller skates and a techno remix of the game's music -- here's how Bud Light made the life-sized Pac-Man maze light up in its Super Bowl ad.<p>It's not easy to turn a regular guy who just wants a beer into a human Pac-Man, but Anheuser-Busch did just that in its Bud Light ad for …

Retrogaming

Podshare Taps Into Social Travel With The Funniest Crowd-Funding Video Ever

We interrupt our normal programming to remind everyone that as well as tech startups, VC and big tech news, TechCrunch loves to cover tech culture. If communities and having a roof over your head fall into that camp, then, goddamnit, so should a project like PodShare, which has tapped into the tech …

Startups

Snapchat’s Pricey Ads Could Be Too Pricey

AdWeek recently reported that Snapchat is asking brands for $750,000 per day to run its new “my story” ads. Some would argue that Snapchat’s unique ad format, engagement tactics, demographics, and immediacy make for an interesting experimental advertising opportunity. Others say that $750,000 is a …

McDonald's

10 Classic PC Games You Can Play Right in Your Browser

Retrogaming

Samsung To Tone Down TouchWiz To Nexus 6 Levels With The GALAXY S6

While we know that Samsung will announce a GALAXY S6 with a dual-edged screen soon, what seems to be bigger news is what we have received today. …

How to run Windows 10 on your Mac for free

One of the selling points of a Mac these days is the ability to run Windows software on it, via virtualization or Apple’s own Boot Camp. Running Windows lets you play PC games that haven’t been ported to the Mac, or stay completely compatible with your documents from a PC-centric …

D-Link's new routers look crazy, but they're seriously fast

D-Link has just jumped the router shark with its latest AC5300, AC3200 and AC3100 Ultra Performance models. On top of speeds up to 5.3Gbps for the AC5300 model, the 802.11ac devices feature, um, <i>striking</i> looks that hopefully won't frighten animals or small children. D-Link calls the models …

Parrot introduces CarPlay-powered RNB6 infotainment system

Parrot today introduced its new infotainment system, currently known only by its model number, “RNB6,” that features a 7-inch 720p display. The system runs on a custom build of Android, but has full support for the iPhone’s CarPlay feature, allowing control of your cell phone’s key functions …

Acer's upgraded laptops include one with a motion-sensing 3D camera

Acer is showing up at CES with a <i>lot</i> of laptop upgrades in store, and its Windows PC revamps have a few tricks up their sleeve. By far the highlight of the mix is a new version of the high-end V 17 Nitro (above) that includes an Intel RealSense 3D camera. The depth sensor lets you control games and …