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'Mission: Impossible,' 'Vacation' to kick off slower summer month at box office

The box office is shaping up for a slow start in August, with the latest "Mission Impossible" expected to open with modest ticket sales this weekend.<p>"Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation" will make about $40 million when it plays in about 3,800 locations beginning Friday, according to people familiar …

Movies

Intel and Micron team up to launch a new class of computer memory

The decade-long partnership between Intel and Micron to build better NAND (or Flash) memory used in solid-state drives has yielded an entirely new …

HTC Desire 626 quick look and hands on

HTC just introduced a slew of affordable smartphones to the market under the Desire series of smartphones. What these devices bring is some of what we love about HTC devices at an incredibly affordable price point, in the company’s attempt to gain some traction in a segment of the market that is …

iOS 9 And OS X El Capitan Are Now Available To All As Public Betas

As announced at WWDC last month, Apple is making a beta of its newly updated mobile operating system, iOS 9, available to the general public for testing starting today, alongside the beta version of OS X El Capitan, its updated desktop OS.<p>The iOS 9 beta build will allow early adopters to try out …

Office 2016 for Mac brings the first overhaul of Microsoft’s tools on OS X in 5 years

Microsoft’s plan to broaden the appeal of its subscription-based Office 365 service took another step forward today with the official launch of Office 2016 for Mac.<p>Already available across Windows, Android and iOS devices, the introduction of a new version for OS X – the first in five years – …

BlackBerry adds private chat feature to BBM on iOS and Android

With the number of messaging alternatives available nowadays, the lure of BlackBerry’s ultra-secure BBM platform isn’t what it once was.<p>Nonetheless, there’s a loyal stable of users who stand by the Canadian company’s messenger, and for these people, there’s an update available that brings with it …

Silk Road founder: 'it ruined my life and destroyed my future'

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht is facing life in prison for his role in facilitating the sale of more than $200m in drugs after being found guilty of multiple charges<p>The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road will be sentenced on Friday for orchestrating a scheme that enabled …

11 Things I Learned During 2 Weeks with an Apple Watch

It’s now two weeks since I took delivery of my 42mm Space Grey Apple Watch Sport and awkwardly (see point 7 below) placed it on my wrist.<p>I haven’t tried to do any kind of stress-test on the device here. There are reviews elsewhere online if you want to read about someone trying everything the Watch …

Smartwatches

Sales put Samsung back in front in terms of volume, but war with Apple over larger-screened phones takes its toll on profits<p>Samsung has reclaimed the top spot in global smartphone sales, beating Apple and Lenovo, despite its profits slipping 39%.<p>Samsung sold 83.2m smartphones globally in the first …

Mobile

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Verizon Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and One M9 pre-orders start today

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 have been available for pre-order for days now from AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, with the latter handset even starting to ship out to customers already. Late to this pre-order party is none other than Verizon, though today they are finally jumping in as well. You …

Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian<p>The curved glass edges feel great in the hand.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/1/1427876439087/5e9b28bb-1c87-46e2-a739-81cb633557a1-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian<p>The curved glass edges feel great …

Phones

Launcher, The Banned iOS Widget That Let You Launch Other Apps, Is Back

With iOS 8, Apple introduced a way for mobile applications to add widgets to its Notification Center that offered snapshots of information, like today’s weather, stock quotes, headlines, and more. But one clever app called Launcher took advantage of the new functionality to turn its widget into a …

The most expensive Apple Watch is diamond-studded and costs $115,000

Behold, the only thing greater than the Apple Watch Edition, the $114,995 diamond-studded Lux Watch Omni, an 18-karat gold customized version of …

Product TV Is A Video-Centric Mobile App For Finding Cool New Products

One of the main things we try to do at TechCrunch is highlight new gadgets, apps, and other products that you might want to check out. We’re hardly the only site with that aim, but the success of Product Hunt (which recently won our Crunchie Award for Best New Startup) suggests that there’s an …

Who will buy a $10,000 Apple Watch Edition?

This is Apple's Vertu<p>They actually did it.<p><b>Update:</b> Read our Apple Watch review.<p>The Apple Watch Edition will start at $10,000 and will go all the way up to $17,000, Apple’s most expensive consumer-focused product ever. It’s undeniably pricy, but Apple is going after the high-end Swiss watch market, …

Waiting On The Watch: Apple’s Unprecedented Moment

The Apple Watch launch, set for Monday at 10 a.m. PT, is fraught with expectation and desire in a way no other new product from the company ever has been before.<p>There's a fascinating moment in the <i>New Yorker</i>'s recent profile of Jonathan Ive. On the cusp of the Apple Watch announcement, he describes …

Kahn Design bringing outrageous Flying Huntsman 6x6 to Geneva

Do you think it possible that after Mercedes sold more than 100 examples of its G63 AMG 6x6, Kahn Design figured, "There's probably more juice we can squeeze out of that?" We think so. Regardless of inspiration, the English designer and tuner started with its Flying Huntsman 105 Longnose Defender, …

Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge put design first

Following countless leaks and endless teasers, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. The pair of S6 phones succeed the Galaxy S5, Samsung's prior flagship announced one year ago, and will be available across the world starting on April 10th. All four major US …

Facebook stops defining gender for its users

Last year Facebook took a socially responsible step forward when it allowed users to choose from preset custom genders like "cisgender" or "transgender." But while the company worked with GLAAD to generate the custom genders, the move was not completely celebrated because users were still made to …

Millions of cars tracked across US in 'massive' real-time spying program

American Civil Liberties Union warns scanning of license plates by Drug Enforcement Agency is building a repository of all drivers’ movements<p>The United States government is tracking the movement of vehicles around the country in a clandestine intelligence-gathering programme that has been condemned …

Surveillance

American Sniper review – worryingly dull celebration of a killer

Clean Harry could be an alternative title for Clint Eastwood’s bland, unsubtle and worryingly dull celebration of Chris Kyle, a real-life US Navy Seal and fearless sniper, renowned for 160 confirmed kills in Iraq. When an exasperated officer tells Kyle that one of the people in his crosshairs was …

Clint Eastwood

Three ex-Google engineers have created a Microsoft Surface clone

Naturally, it runs Android<p>Microsoft’s Surface tablet has inspired a few clones during its short history, but the latest rip off comes from three ex-Google engineers. Jeremy Zhou, David Ko, and Ben Luk used to work on products like Google Maps and search at the web giant, and formed Jide Technology …

Cathay pilots in 'work-to- rule' over pay dispute

A Cathay Pacific passenger plane prepares to land at Hong Kong's international airport © AFP/File Dale de la Rey<p>Hong Kong (AFP) - Pilots of Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific were due to start work-to-rule action Thursday after long-running pay talks broke down, raising the prospect of delays …

Hong Kong

The 10 Things You Need To Know In Advertising Today

<b>1. Forrester is advising marketers not to use Facebook if they want to build social relationships with their customers.</b> The latest brutal report from the research company (which often criticizes Facebook) says the social platform's declining organic reach means marketers should consider using …

Check Out The Earliest Work Of Apple's Design God, Jony Ive

At one point, he was just a young British designer trying to get by.<p>However, Ive was a precocious design talent, and from a young age, he was racking up awards for his design work.<p>Leander Kahney's, <i>JONY IVE, The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products,</i> which is now out in paperback sheds new light …