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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  • 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

  • Peeqo is a robot that responds entirely in GIFs

    Peeqo is a robot that responds entirely in GIFs

    Abhishek Singh graduated from NYU’s ITP program and clearly he learned a lot about the future of computing. During his tenure there he quickly fell in love with hardware startups and, with a little grit and programming work, he created Peeqo, a robot that responds only in GIFs. That’s right: this is a robot that replies only in animated video clips. God help… Read More

  • What if the iPhone had never arrived?

    What if the iPhone had never arrived?

    Ten years ago the cellphone industry was as teeming with life as a coral reef. Weird, multi-colored Nokias and Samsungs flitted between fronds of seagrass while Sidekicks scuttled in and out of tiny sea caves. Blackberries lumbered through the coral like lions on the hunt, eviscerating all “serious” comers with better software. Apple had released a deeply embarrassing clownfish of… Read More

  • Knocki turns any surface into a switch

    Knocki turns any surface into a switch

    What happens when you mix two software dudes, a little kid, and a light switch? You get the Knocki, a clever little device that connects to a wall or under a table. You can tap the surface to trigger events – turning on a light, muting speakers, etc. – and it is surprisingly small and easily-hidden. The founders are Ohad Nezer and Jake Boshernitzan, both of Houston… Read More

  • The Markforged Metal X prints real metal parts

    The Markforged Metal X prints real metal parts

    The new Markforged Metal X is pretty great. It is a full metal 3D printer that generates real metal parts out of powdered metal which is then hardened under massive heat and allows for amazingly strong and light materials. The printer uses tubes of powered metal bound with plastic. The “extruder” first creates the shapes on a regular build plate and then you bond the material in… Read More

  • LEGO’s new Boost blocks let little kids learn to program

    LEGO has long offered the Mindstorms platform for big kids (and adults) to make cool robotic projects. Now, however, they’ve launched the Boost platform, a robotics and programming system aimed at 7 year olds. The Boost kit comes with everything you need to make five projects including Vernie and Frankie, a funny robot and robotic cat, respectively. The kit includes a battery-powered… Read More

  • Protecting Your Ideas with US Patent Office's Michelle Lee

    US Patent Office’s Michelle Lee shows us that patenting an invention doesn’t have to be expensive, hard

    I was lucky to speak with Michelle K. Lee, current director of the US Patent Office and a great proponent of small startups and innovation. Lee said that the patent office has a number of free resources available for entrepreneurs who may find themselves with a cool new invention but aren’t sure what to do with it. Patenting should be proactive, said Lee. “Don’t sell… Read More

  • Hardware Battlefield wildcard ZMorph shows off its new multi-headed, iMac-like 3D printer

    Hardware Battlefield wildcard ZMorph shows off its new multi-headed, iMac-like 3D printer

    While the ZMorph 2.0 SX looks like an alien seed pod but it’s actually a powerful, multi-tool printer for the prosumer market. The company has been around for a bit but this is their latest entrant in the 3D printing world and features multiple tool heads including a standard plastic extruder, a laser, a CNC router, and dual-head extruder for multiple colors. The founder, Przemek… Read More

  • Formlabs adds new ceramic resins and tools for experimenters

    Formlabs adds new ceramic resins and tools for experimenters

    Formlabs makes powerful 3D printers that can make objects that look as solid and smooth as injection-molded parts. Now, however, they’ve added improved materials including a new gray material that is completely matte and reformulated for optimal printing and a ceramic material that can be fired like standard ceramics. Further, they’ve launched Form X, an experimental toolkit for… Read More

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