Brian Heater

Brian Heater

Hardware Editor

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.

The Latest from Brian Heater

The Apple Watch SE isn’t as much of a compromise as you might think

It may surprise the casual reader to learn that I don’t run a trillion-dollar multinational corporation. Like any decent tech writer, however, I’m more than happy to offer all my opinions on the m

Labor pains

Hey, all, greetings from Queens. I’m back home from Apple and happy to be back from the high double-digit heat (but it was a dry heat!). I got a strong response from last week’s newsletter, wherei

Apple Watch Series 8 review: Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

Let’s pretend, for a minute, that you’re Apple. You didn’t create the smartwatch market, but you currently control more than one-third of it. You’re caught up in a yearly refresh cycle (of you

Albany Amazon warehouse will hold a vote to unionize next month

There’s been a flurry of activity around the Amazon labor movement of late. Several marches have been held in recent weeks, including one this morning for STL8, just outside of St. Louis. Albany, Ne

GoPro’s Hero11 gets improved image quality, stabilization and a Mini version

Maker of the $3,000 podcast mic array raises $3.6M

Norwegian startup Nomono this week announced that it has raised $3.6 million. The audio firm is still classifying the raise as part of a seed round, in spite of having additionally raised around $12.4

Amazon’s basic Kindle gets USB-C, improved display, blue color

Amazon just dropped an update to its basic Kindle, bringing the popular e-reader up to speed with the rest of the line. The new version of the product, which starts at $100, bumps the 167 ppi display

As 3D printing merger closes, MakerBot CEO steps up and Ultimaker CEO steps down

Peloton co-founders resign amid company shakeup

As exercise demands shifted away from the gym amid pandemic-related shutdowns, Peloton hit heights experienced by precious few tech firms. That made the connected fitness company’s crash down to Ear

Gotham Greens just raised $310M to expand its greenhouses nationwide

That’s not a typo. $310 million, with a zero at the end. This latest round brings Gotham Greens’ total funding up to $440 million since its 2009 launch. The nine-digit raise was led by BMO Impact

Please don’t tip the robot

Greetings from Cupertino, California, where the temperature has cooled down to a far more reasonable 101 degrees. It’s a nice change from the 109 degrees we hit here on Tuesday. I’m out here this

Bose reduces size and amps up noise canceling for the $299 QuietComfort Earbuds II

Yes, I missed Bose’s big news this morning. I was busy with…other stuff. You, too, would be forgiven for missing the QuietComfort Earbuds II launch, under the deluge of Apple news (including its o

Apple leans into the void with the iPhone 14 Pro

Do you have a second to talk about negative space? It will be quick, I promise. It’s effectively that blank area between objects in a work of art. As the name implies, it’s defined by an absence,

Let’s check out the new AirPods Pro

The first AirPods Pro were a revelation. It felt like Apple was finally all in on doing a pair of earbuds right — a big change from the days of those questionable headphones that came in the iPh

Up close with the Apple Watch Ultra

Yes, the new Apple Watch Series 8 looks nice. New features like a temperature sensor and crash detection are clever, but let’s be honest, we’re all going to walk away from today’s big event talk

We’re live at Apple’s iPhone 14 event

That brisk autumn feeling is in the air. If fall leaves were a thing here in the South Bay, you’d better believe they’d be changing. With the turning of the seasons comes the ever-important fall t

Watch Apple’s iPhone 14 event right here

There are few things you can count on in this mixed-up world. Thankfully, a new iPhone each fall is a part of that glancingly short list. You can’t set your watch to it exactly — the date gene

Biden administration details plans for $50 billion in CHIPS Act funding

On August 9, Joe Biden signed into law the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. The move marked a victory for a presidential administration in dire need of a win and the culmination of a hard-fought, months

Google’s next Pixel hardware event is October 6

As we’re sitting here, getting ready for Apple’s big show, Google went ahead and sent out invites for the next big Pixel event. The big reveal is happening in Brooklyn, on October 6, start

Don’t sweat the singularity

Monday is Labor Day here in the States. In most households, it’s come to mean one final three-day weekend to mark the end of the summer. It’s a bittersweet feeling that stirs up all sorts of back-
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