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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  • Two new Loog guitars let your toddler shout at the devil

    Two new Loog guitars let your toddler shout at the devil

    Loog is a New York-based guitar company run by a music teacher named Rafael Atijas. These three-string guitars are designed for kids as young as 3 years old and they make guitar easy and fun – at least according to my kids who played with them when they were much younger. The new models are called the Mini for ages 3 and older and the Pro for ages 8 and older. The Mini is a smaller… Read More

  • BrickerBot is a vigilante worm that destroys insecure IoT devices

    BrickerBot is a vigilante worm that destroys insecure IoT devices

    A hacker called The Janitor has created multiple versions of a program called BrickerBot, a system that searches out and bricks insecure IoT devices. A researcher named Pascal Geenens has followed the worm for a few weeks and has seen it pop up and essentially destroy infected webcams and other IoT devices. The devices all used a Linux package called BusyBox and had exposed telnet-based… Read More

  • Greg Mark of Markforged talks about putting metal into the microwave

    Greg Mark of Markforged talks about putting metal into the microwave

    When a guy like Greg Mark emails it pays to reply. Mark, who is the eccentric and excitable founder of Markforged, a 3D printer systems that spits out ready-made carbon fiber and metal products, is always good for a glimpse into the future. This week he pinged me with a quick message: “We’re putting metal in the microwave.” And boy is he ever. His current system prints metal… Read More

  • Revolar, the personal safety button, can get you out of tight spots

    Revolar, the personal safety button, can get you out of tight spots

    A new hardware/app device called Revolar aims to make it safe to walk the streets. This tiny button will notify your friends and family if you’re scared and the authorities if you’re in trouble — and will even simulate a phone call if you need to get out of a sticky situation. It works with iOS and Android and ships in May. Read More

  • Reefill wants you to drink more tap water

    Reefill wants you to drink more tap water

    Reefill is a New York-based company that wants you to stop buying bottled water. Their system, which will be installed in delis and fast food restaurants, lets you refill your water bottle for free with filtered tap water that should, in theory, be better than the swill you currently get from water fountains. The founders, Jason Pessel, Andrew Betlyon, and Patrick Connorton, first worked on… Read More

  • The MWW Iconik 3 is an inexpensive automatic watch for military fans

    The MWW Iconik 3 is an inexpensive automatic watch for military fans

    Manchester Watch Works aka MWW makes small batch watches that are sometimes homages to historic timepieces and are sometimes entirely new design. This model, the Iconik 3 – the third in the Iconik line – is based on the Blancpain TR-900, a military spec diver’s watch used by navies worldwide in the 1960s. These waterproof workhorses are sought after collectables and the Iconik… Read More

  • The death of retail is greatly exaggerated

    The death of retail is greatly exaggerated

    I’ve been thinking a lot about retail these days and I’ve been connecting the dots between the seeming death of retailers like Ralph Lauren and the book industry. In short, we are feeling the seismic echoes of the 2008 crash right now on Main Street and things are both ugly and pretty at the same time. The book industry, like the music industry, nearly imploded when the world… Read More

  • Juicero users find that man trumps machine

    Juicero users find that man trumps machine

    FADE IN: EXT. BOHEMIAN GROVE – NIGHT Two VCs are wearing feathered headdresses and leather breeches. One, Anton, is drinking Soylent 3.0 from a bag, the other, Brad, Chateau Margaux 2009 Balthazar from a bark cup. Another younger VC, Chase, crushes a Juicero with a golf club in the firelight. ANTON:
    He’s taking it really hard. BRAD:
    Who? What? ANTON:
    Chase over there. That’s… Read More

  • See you in Longmont tonight

    See you in Longmont tonight

    As part of the NewTech Meetup we will be holding a very cool pitch-off at Oskar Blues’ The Oak Room at 1800 Pike Road in Longmont, Colo. It’s on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 starting at 6:00pm. The pitch-off will happen at about 7:30pm. You can RSVP here. The companies pitching are Professor Beekums, Fringetime, TheChex, Matrix Analytics, Looplist, Oneroost, BuildingBrains, and… Read More

  • CLEAR raises $15 million to expand biometric security

    CLEAR raises $15 million to expand biometric security

    CLEAR, the biometric security firm popular in U.S. airports and stadiums, has raised $15 million from T. Rowe Price to expand their footprint. The company, led by CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker, is already partially owned by Delta Airlines. “We are obsessed with our customers, and can’t wait to bring them more ways to use CLEAR. We lead the industry in secure biometric-powered… Read More

  • Pittsburgh’s Kerf Cases enrobes your phone in fine wood

    Pittsburgh’s Kerf Cases enrobes your phone in fine wood

    One iPhone case is much like the other unless it’s made of figured walnut wood from a retired woodworker in California and feels like the surface of a finely-sanded and well-made piece of antique cabinetry. That’s why Kerf Cases, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer, is so cool. The founder, Ben Saks, has been working in wood for most of his life. While working at Carnegie Mellon… Read More

  • Let’s meet in Longmont on Wednesday

    Let’s meet in Longmont on Wednesday

    As part of the NewTech Meetup we will be holding a very cool pitch-off at the Oskar Blues The Oak Room at 1800 Pike Road in Longmont, CO. It’s on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 starting at 6:00pm. The pitch-off will happen at about 7:30pm. You can RSVP here. To apply to pitch please submit your info here. I will pick and contact eight companies to pitch for 2 minutes with 2 minutes of questions. Read More

  • In his new book, The New Urban Crisis, author Richard Florida shows how cities can survive an uncertain future

    In his new book, The New Urban Crisis, author Richard Florida shows how cities can survive an uncertain future

    Richard Florida is most frequently associated with the concept of the rising creative class and his books have described how these high-paid knowledge workers are slowly changing the face of our cities. In his first book he foresaw the growth of high tech hubs in places like San Francisco and Pittsburgh and in his new book, The New Urban Crisis, he describes the dangers we face when… Read More

  • Can podcasting save the world?

    Can podcasting save the world?

    As writers resort to attention-getting headlines to maintain readership it’s clear that the educated, mobile, and bored reader is now turning into a listener. While written news continues to flood us from every conceivable angle there is one small, quiet voice still speaking to us from our earbuds: the podcaster speaking truth to power, bullshitting about movies, or spinning long… Read More

  • SpotCam connects you to your home, outside and in

    SpotCam connects you to your home, outside and in

    When it comes to home surveillance cams there are two kinds of cams – low-end, highly-motorized, wireless IP cams that are (typically) fairly insecure and higher-end cloud service systems like Dropcam that offer secure but more expensive cameras. SpotCam seems to land squarely in the middle with their SpotCam Sense Pro line. I tested two models and found them more than acceptable for… Read More

  • The Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 600 is the sea lover’s mechanical watch

    The Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 600 is the sea lover’s mechanical watch

    Christopher Ward is a relative newcomer to the watch scene and has long produced simpler, less expensive pieces for the fashion set. Now, after a bit of a rebirth, the British company is finally releasing pieces a techie would love. Take the euphoniously-named C60 Trident Chronograph Pro 600, a $1,750 watch with a large, thick 43mm case made of stainless steel, a ceramic bezel, and a nice… Read More

  • Elmodis raises a $4.9M round to find the soul of a new machine

    Elmodis raises a $4.9M round to find the soul of a new machine

    Like the boy in Iron Giant, Elmodis watches massive machines to ensure they don’t break or, worse, hurt people. The company recently raised $4.9 million to manage this task in addition to their $250,000 in seed capital from Innovation Nest in Poland. The founders, Artur Hanc and Marcin Swiech, created a “novel way of monitoring machines,” said Swiech. “The technology… Read More

  • Let’s meet in Longmont, Colorado next week

    Let’s meet in Longmont, Colorado next week

    As part of the NewTech Meetup we will be holding a very cool pitch-off at the Oskar Blues The Oak Room at 1800 Pike Road in Longmont, CO. We are holding it on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 starting at 6:00pm. The pitch-off will happen at about eight. You can RSVP here. To apply to pitch please submit your info here. I will pick and contact eight companies to pitch for 2 minutes with 2 minutes of… Read More

  • A new guitar is 30% lighter thanks to multiple weird tricks

    A new guitar is 30% lighter thanks to multiple weird tricks

    Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could make a lighter guitar, they didn’t stop to think if they should. As TC’s resident guitar lover I have to take all the high-tech in git-fiddles I can get. To wit, I present the Enlightened Collection of electric guitars. These guitars, made by Michael Kelly, are 30 percent lighter than standard solid-body guitars… Read More

  • Packhelp raises €350,000 to make your boxes pretty

    Packhelp raises €350,000 to make your boxes pretty

    You never think about it until it’s too late. Say you’ve built an amazing company selling the stoat-hair drink coasters from Iceland. Your ecommerce and marketing game is on point, your website is ready, and you get your first order. You realize that you don’t have any boxes. Your stoat-hair coaster business is ruined. Luckily there’s Packhelp, a Polish company… Read More

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