John Biggs

John Biggs is a writer, consultant, programmer, and the East Coast Editor for TechCrunch and runs Freemit. He writes mainly about technology, security, gadgets, gear, wristwatches, and the internet. After spending four years as an IT programmer, he switched his profession and became a full-time journalist. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Laptop, PC Upgrade, Surge, Gizmodo, Men’s Health, InSync, Linux Journal, Popular Science, Sync, and he has written a book called Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age.

John Biggs is currently East Coast Editor of TechCrunch.com and he runs the BWL family of blogs, SlushPile.net, Audiomonger, and WristWatchReview.com. He also runs the HourTime Podcast with Ariel Adams at hourtimeshow.com. Born in 1975, he currently resides in New York, N.Y.

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  • Maker Bre Pettis talks about the way forward for tech in this new century

    Maker Bre Pettis talks about the way forward for tech in this new century

    On this week’s episode of Technotopia I talked to Bre Pettis, former CEO of Makerbot and the founder of Bre&Co. Pettis has been thinking about new manufacturing chains, the rise of the local maker, what what happens when a country falls into disrepair. Pettis is an optimistic realist. He’s been watching Venezuela with great interest and has a few pieces of advice for tech folks… Read More

  • FishTaco can analyze your microbiome before or after you eat a fish taco

    FishTaco can analyze your microbiome before or after you eat a fish taco

    Our microbiomes: who understands them? Scientists? The bacteria colonizing our guts? The guy who made the Mexican food we just ate? Wrong. It’s our computers. Researchers have tasked them to create a new way to analyze and understand our microbiomes electronically. The service is called “Functional Shifts’ Taxonomic Contributors” or, obviously, FishTaco. The system… Read More

  • The Edge Desk goes beyond the ball with a portable ergonomic desk system

    The Edge Desk goes beyond the ball with a portable ergonomic desk system

    I’ve done it all. I have a standing desk. I have a sitting ball. I have a treadmill. And now I just might go back to where it all started with the Edge Desk. This Kickstarter darling raised $500,000 to produce what amounts to a portable kneeling desk. It has a huge work surface – 20×30 inches – and costs $350 for the entry level model. It folds up flat for storage and… Read More

  • MakePrintable turns 3D models into printable objects

    MakePrintable turns 3D models into printable objects

    MakePrintable, a new 3D printing site, does what it says on the tin. The service will take a 3D model – maybe one you scanned in or something you made – and modify it based on the type of printer, the material, the desired print orientation, and plate positions. It fixes rough spots, thin prints, and generally makes things printable. Founded by Muhannad Taslaq and Baha Abunojaim… Read More

  • Join me next week for a micro-meetup in New York

    Join me next week for a micro-meetup in New York

    It’s pitchin’ time! In preparation for Disrupt New York in May I’m going to hold a few pitching workshops in New York for you all. We’ll listen to and critique ten pitches on January 25 at 6:30pm at the Knotel space at 22 West 38th Street, 3rd Floor. This is an informal pitch-off but the two best teams will get two tickets to Disrupt New York and the undying admiration… Read More

  • Cam site CamSoda announces OhRoma scent mask integration for exactly the reason you’re thinking

    Cam site CamSoda announces OhRoma scent mask integration for exactly the reason you’re thinking

    As we approach the coming apocalypse we need bread, circuses and odors to keep us entertained. That’s why CamSoda, a NSFW webcam site, has announced the OhRoma, a VR-compatible scent mask that injects the smells of roses, perfume and private parts into your VR webcamming experience. Yeah. You read that right. Why do you want to do such a thing? Well, here’s what the CEO… Read More

  • MB&F HM7 Aquapod Tourbillon looks like it just rose from the briny deep

    MB&F HM7 Aquapod Tourbillon looks like it just rose from the briny deep

    It’s SIHH in Switzerland and that means all of the biggest and weirdest manufacturers are releasing their biggest and weirdest watches. Our favorite so far? This wild HM7 Aquapod, a watch that looks like it once attacked James Cameron while he was burbling around down in the Mariana Trench. Before we get to the bad news lets just revel in the majesty of this thing. It’s a… Read More

  • The Sengled Pulse is a clever but problematic take on whole-home audio

    The Sengled Pulse is a clever but problematic take on whole-home audio

    Sengled is the latest manufacturer to jump into the smart bulb space and their products, while a bit behind the curve, are clever and – most important – cheap. Their smartest smart bulbs are $10 cheaper than the arguably top-of-the-line LIFX bulbs and they also offer the Pulse, a pair of bulbs containing an LED light source and JBL Bluetooth speakers for about $100. First… Read More

  • Scientists create 3D-printed objects that can change shape after they’re printed

    Scientists create 3D-printed objects that can change shape after they’re printed

    3D printed plastics tend to remain pretty stable over time. For example, your 3D-printed Yoda won’t turn into a Chewbacca head without some severe plastic trauma… until now. Scientists at MIT have created a 3D printing technique that allows you to change the polymers in an object after printing. This means you can grow or shrink and object, change its color, and even change its… Read More

  • Clothing maker Scott Jordan talks about the future of fashion

    Clothing maker Scott Jordan talks about the future of fashion

    Scott Jordan never meant to make clothes. He was a lawyer by trade and wanted something he could wear to keep his Walkman from snagging on doorknobs. A few iterations later he invented the SCOTTeVEST, a vest with loads of pockets and secret channels for headphones and other cables. Now, after more than a decade in the business, he believes that while our clothing might seem more high-tech… Read More

  • It’s on like (a) Donkey Kong (watch)

    It’s on like (a) Donkey Kong (watch)

    If you’re familiar with the watch company Romain Jerome you’d know that they do the best kind of pandering. The brand, which was once known for its odd watches made of moon rocks and metal from the Titanic, his created a series of nostalgic video game watches that are wildly overpriced but also wildly desirable. Their latest? A Donkey Kong watch that features the monkey and the… Read More

  • Jackson Wayne makes a messenger bag for time travelers to the Old West

    Jackson Wayne makes a messenger bag for time travelers to the Old West

    Well howdy, partner! How’s your Django app deployment going? Jackson Wayne makes leather goods with a decidedly old-timey, pre-WWII/post-Pony Express bent. Founded by a former lawyer, Andrew Lynch, the style is based on “old pictures of lawyers and their briefcases” that Lynch found while running is law practice. Lynch’s inspiration came from a leathery past. “I… Read More

  • Researchers find that “moderate” screen use is OK for teens

    Researchers find that “moderate” screen use is OK for teens

    Parents rejoice! Researchers have found that “moderate” screen use “has no detectable link to well-being and levels of engagement.” This means your kids can play on the iPad for a few hours — but not all of them. The study, led by psychological scientist Andrew Przybylski of the University of Oxford, examined the habits of 12,000 British teens, found that… Read More

  • Will the last person to leave social media please turn off the light?

    Will the last person to leave social media please turn off the light?

    After the early, exciting expository years of the Internet – the Age of Jennicam where the web was supposed to act as confessional and stage – things changed swiftly. This new medium was a revelation, a gift of freedom that we all took for granted. Want to post rants against the government? Press publish on Blogspot. Want to yell at the world? Aggregate and comment upon some… Read More

  • Media blog Techdirt fights for its life in frivolous lawsuit

    Media blog Techdirt fights for its life in frivolous lawsuit

    Techdirt, a blog about the intersections of law, media and technology, is fighting a defamation suit brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, a man who claims to have invented email. The site posted on the claim multiple times and Ayyadurai took offense to the tune of $15 million. “Defamation claims like this can force independent media companies to capitulate and shut down due to mounting legal… Read More

  • Do funny recruiting hacks work? Let’s ask a guy who tried

    Do funny recruiting hacks work? Let’s ask a guy who tried

    Do recruiting “hacks” work? Can you get a big company’s attention through wacky (or not so wacky) antics? One man, John Washam, tried and his story is, at the very least, interesting. Washam wrote about his quest to work for Google on his blog, Googley As Heck. He posted his educational milestones on his way to learning software engineering with the explicit goal of working… Read More

  • Researchers teach a flying robot to perch like a bird

    Researchers teach a flying robot to perch like a bird

    If you’ve ever flown an RC plane or even a quadcopter you’ll know the exciting experience of trying to land the thing and ending up in a pond or a tree. That’s fine when you pay a few hundred for your drone but what if your drone costs $1 million and needs to fly around spying on bad guys? How do you keep it from crashing into a larch? Researchers at the University of Bristol… Read More

  • Shine’s Roi Carthy talks about media and peace

    Shine’s Roi Carthy talks about media and peace

    Roi Carthy has been a mover and a shaker in the Israeli tech scene for years. Most recently he joined as head of marketing for Shine, a smart ad blocker for mobile. This week on Technotopia we talk about the future of media, where revenue comes from and the prospect of peace in the Middle East. It was a far-reaching conversation and one of my favorite chats. You can subscribe to Technotopia… Read More

  • Translation startup pulls off the ultimate pivot… to porn

    Translation startup pulls off the ultimate pivot… to porn

    As you watch your favorite adult films – I particularly enjoy My Dinner With Andre – I suspect you often wonder how foreign porn dialogue (“Yur kumberbund haz gefallent unto minna lutefisk,” for example) is translated, dubbed, or subtitled properly (“Take me now, you hunk of fermented fish,” in this example.) Well now you know. After visiting an adult show… Read More

  • It’s not obvious

    It’s not obvious

    Three stories: An accelerator I talked to the other day offers two things. If you don’t make it into their “real” accelerator – a multi-month program with all the regular perks – you can go into their month-long $5,000 “accelerated” program where they work on your business plan and give you some free AWS credits and a pat on the back. You pay for… Read More

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