Mitchell Milani

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No fingerprint sensor required: SilentSense knows it’s you from your taps and swipes

Move over, Touch ID. Apple’s(s appl) new fingerprint sensing technology in the iPhone 5s may soon be joined by an alternative method for recognizing …

Google Street View car in 'accident'

<b>A Google Street View car hit two public transport buses and a truck in the city of Bogor, Indonesia.</b><p>Police said the car driver hit the first bus, appeared to "panic" when the bus driver responded angrily, and tried to drive off.<p>But in doing so the vehicle hit a second bus and then the truck, …

Woot’s Founding Team Returns As Mediocre Laboratories To Experiment With E-Commerce

A little more than a year after Woot founder Matt Rutledge left the revolutionary daily deals company he sold to Amazon, he’s bringing the team back together to hack e-commerce once again. The new company, called “a mediocre corporation,” is being designed to build up and test out new ways of …

Dell 'not getting in the mobile phone business' says CEO

Michael Dell has said that the privatization of his company will "open an exciting new chapter" for Dell and its customers. But to be clear, that new chapter isn't going to include smartphones. Fresh off a successful shareholder vote, Michael Dell spoke to CNBC this morning and quickly rejected the …

Google's mobile MMO Ingress gets badges for monitoring player progress

Massively multiplayer games are all well and good, but what's the point of anything without merit badges, really? The latest upgrade to Google's covert mobile game Ingress brings a new achievement system that lets players track their own progress (and the progress of other players) and earn up to …

Google Street View driver makes case for robo-driven cars -- he hits two buses (and a truck)

One day, Google Street View cars will all be self-driving. Then, every crash will be the fault of some human who doesn't work for Google.<p>For now, we have to put up with the idea that there's a human at the Street View wheel who might do what humans sometimes do.<p>One Street View driver in Bogor, …

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Why PS Vita TV Could Be a Game Changer

Is the set-top box one of Sony's most exciting new products?<p>Last night, Sony surprised the world with the PS Vita TV — a $99 or $150 console that …

World's Thinnest Glass Created Accidentally By Researchers In U.S., Germany

Researchers accidentally discovered the world's thinnest sheet of glass, just two atoms thick.<p>Their chance finding — now immortalized in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, out this week — gives scientists a glimpse into the puzzling properties of glass, which behaves like both …

Famo.us Finally Rolls Into (Very) Private Beta, Hires A Founder Of Facebook’s Dev Platform As VP Of Engineering

Back at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012, Famo.us announced a Javascript framework for building super complex yet still super-smooth HTML5 apps. They promised to let developers build rich, 3D, Iron-Man-esque interfaces running in the browser at 40 frames per second, no plug-ins required.<p>Almost exactly a …

Google Glass no Longer Requires Tethering Plan

The ‘Explorer Edition’ of Google Glass is very much in beta, as evidenced by a range of recent updates for the wearable device, the latest of which appears to have ended the need for a dedicated tethering plan to equip Glass with Internet access when away from a WiFi connection.<p>Engadget reports …

How Sony Could Beat Microsoft At Its Own Game And Win The Living Room War

Sony has wisely marketed its PlayStation 4 as a system designed with the “core gamer” audience in mind.<p>The PS4 has social apps, video streaming, and all the other bells and whistles the competition has, but first and foremost it’s a machine designed to play games. Or at least that’s the …

Netflix follows the pirates to decide which shows to pick up

A key goal of Netflix's partnerships with Hollywood is helping to curb illegal downloading, and it believes it can help do that by offering the same content that is popular with pirates.<p>While a competitor to sites that offer free downloading of video content, the movie streaming service also gleans …

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Apple Store in Tokyo saves queuing iPhone buyers from approaching typhoon

Hardcore iPhone fans in Japan already queuing for the 5s and 5c going on sale on Friday weren’t going to be put off by a mere typhoon (hurricane) warning: they continued their vigil outside Tokyo’s Ginza store. Apple Store staff opened the doors at 7.30am, shortly before the typhoon hit, to bring …