Brian Heater

Brian Heater is the Hardware Editor at TechCrunch. He worked for a number of leading tech publications, including Engadget, PCMag, Laptop, and Tech Times, where he served as the Managing Editor. His writing has appeared in Spin, Wired, Playboy, Entertainment Weekly, The Onion, Boing Boing, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Beast and various other publications. He hosts the weekly Boing Boing interview podcast RiYL, has appeared as a regular NPR contributor and shares his Queens apartment with a rabbit named Lucy.

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  • Juicero loses another member of its founding team

    Juicero loses another member of its founding team

    Six months after introducing Juicero to the market, its Doug Evans jumped ship from the company he founded after selling off Organic Avenue in 2012 (that juice company would go on to file for Chapter 7 in 2015). In October, the luxury juice squeezing startup brought former Coca-Cola North America president Jeff Dunn on in his stead. Just last week, the company slashed the price of its… Read More

  • Cisco debuts its own smart whiteboard priced to compete with the Google Jamboard

    Cisco debuts its own smart whiteboard priced to compete with the Google Jamboard

    If you haven’t been following the enterprise space of late, you may well have missed the memo that collaborative white boards are the hot newness. Microsoft has one and Google has one, and really, it was only a matter of time before those stalwarts of workplace hardware Cisco got in on the fun. As its name implies, the Cisco Spark Board is built around the company’s proprietary… Read More

  • Microsoft names LinkedIn SVP Kevin Scott as CTO

    Microsoft names LinkedIn SVP Kevin Scott as CTO

    Microsoft announced this morning that it has tapped Kevin Scott as its new Chief Technology Officer. The c-level promotion is an expansion of Scott’s current role as Senior Vice President of Infrastructure at LinkedIn, a move designed to “drive strategic, cross-company initiatives” between the business social networking platform and its parent, according to Microsoft. Scott… Read More

  • LG abandons its modular ambitions in G6 smartphone leak

    LG abandons its modular ambitions in G6 smartphone leak

    CES was, predictably, all about TVs, appliances and the odd the gadget (flying speakers, helper robots) for LG. There were even a few phones, but the company was clearly waiting a few months for Mobile World Congress – or at very least, a few weeks for the obligatory pre-MWC product shot leak — to debut a new flagship. The Verge has seemingly gotten its hands on one… Read More

  • The White House is adding four ‘Skype Seats’ to its press briefings

    The White House is adding four ‘Skype Seats’ to its press briefings

    Among the revelations at Sean Spicer’s first official White House briefing as press secretary was the newly minted administration’s plans to add a quartet of so-called “Skype Seats” to the room beginning this week. The addition is an attempt to open the traditionally closed-off briefing up to reporters outside of the White House walls. According to Spicer, the… Read More

  • ZTE admits it painted itself into a corner with its crowdsourced phone

    ZTE admits it painted itself into a corner with its crowdsourced phone

    Things aren’t looking great for Hawkeye. It was a valiant effort, but the first result of ZTE’s crowdsourcing Project CSX is presently at just around $35,000 into its $500,000 goal after the project launched on January 4, at the height of CES. The company’s admitting it made some key errors along the way, with VP Jeff Yee taking to the company’s forum to apologize… Read More

  • Australia details plan to replace passport stamping with biometric scans

    Australia details plan to replace passport stamping with biometric scans

    A badge of pride among frequent travelers, the battered passport could become a relic of the past, as sophisticated technology aims to replace more traditional means of identifying passengers. Australia is steadily working to update its own international processing, with a sort of self-service check out involving face, iris and/or fingerprint scanning designed to take some of the pain out of… Read More

  • Qualcomm stock takes a sharp hit on heels of Apple and FTC filings

    Qualcomm stock takes a sharp hit on heels of Apple and FTC filings

    A rough start to the week for Qualcomm stock following a week that brought some major bad news in the form of an FTC antitrust complaint and a one $1 billion or so suit from one-time ally Apple. The chipmaker was already stumbling from an FTC complaint a week back that accused the company of instituting a “no license, no chips” policy that instituted higher fees and held down… Read More

  • Samsung details Note 7 battery findings and highlights future safety measures

    Samsung details Note 7 battery findings and highlights future safety measures

    After explosions, recalls, and months of bad press, Samsung is attempting to put the drawn out Galaxy Note 7 saga behind it once and for all, with the long-promised official release of the findings of its internal investigation. Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh kick off a packed press conference in Seoul by “deeply” apologizing to customers and business partners, before adding on a… Read More

  • Qualcomm fires back against Apple over lawsuit and FTC action

    Qualcomm fires back against Apple over lawsuit and FTC action

    Never a dull moment in the smartphone wars. This week, Qualcomm started getting serious regulatory heat when the Federal Trade Commission filed charges against the chipmaker, accusing it of anticompetitive tactics designed to shut competitors out from supplying components to handset companies. Apple was one of the few manufacturers mentioned by name in the complaint, and accordingly, the… Read More

  • Wearables have got some work to do this year

    Wearables have got some work to do this year

    It’s a wait and see moment for wrist-worn devices. After a few years of betting heavily on the space, this most recent CES didn’t offer much; save for two or three smartwatch announcements, some partnerships and a couple of middling bands, the industry seems to have largely shifted its focus toward the connected home and the seemingly attainable dream of sticking Alexa in… Read More

  • Apple files a billion-dollar royalty suit against Qualcomm

    Apple files a billion-dollar royalty suit against Qualcomm

    What started as a rough week for Qualcomm just got worse. Apple is piling onto the lawsuit train just ahead of the weekend, following in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s footsteps with a roughly billion-dollar suit against the San Diego-based mobile chipmaker. Apple was specifically named in the recent FTC filing, which accused Qualcomm of engaging in an anti-competitive “no… Read More

  • Trump ditched his Android phone and probably won’t give you his new number

    Trump ditched his Android phone and probably won’t give you his new number

    Trump’s an unorthodox sort with, by most accounts, a fairly tenuous grasp on modern technologies. Until relatively recently, there was a seemingly open question regarding whether the soon-to-be sworn in leader of the free world ever actually used a computer. But the guy loves his smartphone. Since the campaign, Trump has relied fairly heavily on an Android handset for sending out… Read More

  • Sony brings support for 360-degree YouTube video to PlayStation VR

    Sony brings support for 360-degree YouTube video to PlayStation VR

    Sony’s virtual reality headset has offered some form of support for 360-degree YouTube content since around Christmas time of last year, but as Engadget points out, things have been pretty spotty at best. The update was only being rolled out to select users, and the video experience was less than ideal, thanks to resolutions that didn’t quite live up to the full 360-degree… Read More

  • Here’s how to stream Donald Trump’s inauguration

    Here’s how to stream Donald Trump’s inauguration

    If, say, the presidential inauguration is a thing you’d like to watch on Friday morning, then great news, friend, there are plenty of options. The bad news is that you’ve missed the musical stylings of Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood and 3 Doors Down. The good news is that the real, good-old-fashioned inauguratin’ doesn’t really get started until 11:30AM ET tomorrow. Read More

  • Roli’s modular music making Blocks get Logic and Ableton compatibility

    Roli’s modular music making Blocks get Logic and Ableton compatibility

    Roli’s fun little modular musical instrument took a turn for the more serious today, as the UK-based startup announced compatibility with a number of top music production apps. The functionality comes courtesy of a new Dashboard app for Mac and Windows unveiled at the NAMM conference in Anaheim today, letting Blocks serve as controllers for Logic Pro X, Ableton, Cubase, Omnisphere… Read More

  • Samsung is holding a press conference on January 23 to announce its Note 7 findings

    Samsung is holding a press conference on January 23 to announce its Note 7 findings

    Samsung tonight confirmed that it’s chosen January 23 to announce the long-awaited findings into its investigation surrounding the Galaxy Note 7. The date had been floated earlier this week in a story that also pinpointed the root cause of the explosions as, predictably, a faulty battery. The press conference will be held at the company’s headquarters in Seoul, South Korea at… Read More

  • TAG Heuer’s CEO is bullish about wearables as he tips the company’s next smartwatch

    TAG Heuer’s CEO is bullish about wearables as he tips the company’s next smartwatch

    With Android Wear 2.0 due next month (with most outlets pegging a not too distant release date of February 2), we’re in a bit of a post-CES wearable holding pattern at the moment. The delay of Google’s wearable operating system was largely seen as a contributing factor in the declining smartwatch space, but certainly not the sole driver. In a recent interview with Swiss paper… Read More

  • Audible’s iTunes exclusivity ends following antitrust pushback in Europe

    Audible’s iTunes exclusivity ends following antitrust pushback in Europe

    Since 2003, Amazon-owned Audible has been the sole proprietor of audiobook on iTunes, a deal that has ruffled plenty of publishing feathers and raised some antitrust red flags around the world. According to The European Commission, the two tech giants have agreed to put an end to their exclusivity agreement, opening up iTunes to content from other third-party providers. The move comes as both… Read More

  • Samsung finally starts updating its devices with Android 7.0 Nougat, with more arriving soon

    Samsung finally starts updating its devices with Android 7.0 Nougat, with more arriving soon

    Back in November, Samsung announced preliminary plans to start testing Android 7.0 on its latest devices. For the second year in a row, the company was mostly testing the waters early on, asking a select group of interested early adopters to test the update via its Galaxy Beta Program. Lo, all these months later the almost-latest version of Google’s mobile operating system (the… Read More

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