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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  • The Marc Newson Hourglass For Hodinkee shows us time is a nanoball

    The Marc Newson Hourglass For Hodinkee shows us time is a nanoball

    “Can anyone tell me what this is?” the teacher asked. Outside the rust rains had come again and the building reacted by assembling a nano sphere shield. They would be inside until it stopped. None of the children were old enough for the skin adaptation. She might as well keep them busy. She held up half of a glass object, the top edge crude and sharp. “A cup?” asked… Read More

  • Let’s meet in Iceland next week

    Let’s meet in Iceland next week

    I’ll be in Reykjavik next week and you know what that means… I want to meet you! So we’ll be holding a small meetup (not really a pitchoff but feel free to pitch me while I’m there) at Bryggjan Brugghús, Grandagarði 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland. The event is being held on Tuesday, May 30, from 5 PM to 7 PM UTC. Event starts at 5pm and you can meet the speakers and… Read More

  • Cloak & Dagger is a newly-discovered Android exploit that lets hackers hide malicious activity

    Cloak & Dagger is a newly-discovered Android exploit that lets hackers hide malicious activity

    Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology have released a full report on a new attack vector that affects Android up to version 7.1.2. The exploit, called Cloak & Dagger, uses Android’s design and screen behaviors against users, effectively hiding activity behind various app-generated interface elements that lets a hacker grab screen interactions and hide activity behind… Read More

  • Meta SaaS raises $1.5 million from Mark Cuban and others

    Meta SaaS raises $1.5 million from Mark Cuban and others

    Meta SaaS is a product that helps you cancel other products. Like Cardlife and Cleanshelf, Meta SaaS looks at all of your software-as-a-service subscriptions and tells you which ones you use and, more important, which ones you don’t. Founded by Arlo Gilbert and Scott Hertel, the product raised $1.5 million in seed from Mark Cuban with participation from Barracuda Networks, Capital… Read More

  • Hackers are hiding malware in subtitle files

    Hackers are hiding malware in subtitle files

    An impressive new exploit gives hackers the ability to control your desktop through malware spread by fake movie subtitles. The exploit, which essentially dumps the malware onto your desktop and then notifies the attacker, affects users of video players like Popcorn Time and VLC. Checkpoint found that malformed subtitle files can give hackers the ability to embed code into subtitle files… Read More

  • MIT researchers invent clothes that breathe with the help of biological cells

    MIT researchers invent clothes that breathe with the help of biological cells

    MIT researchers have invented a new type of workout material that can breathe using biological cells. The project, called bioLogic, is essentially a “breathable workout suit” covered in small flaps. The flaps are “lined with live microbial cells that shrink and expand in response to changes in humidity” allowing the entire outfit to act as a reactive sensor to let… Read More

  • Minibrew raises $2.8 million to help you make your own beer

    Minibrew raises $2.8 million to help you make your own beer

    The Minibrew is a little keg with a big brain. When we first met the company in 2015 they offered a whiff of high tech to the brewing process, adding a monitored brew vessel and mobile app to the age-old technique of slopping a bunch of wheat, yeast and hops together until something tasty came out. Read More

  • Vyte makes it easy to invyte people to your calyndyr

    Vyte makes it easy to invyte people to your calyndyr

    Planning a meeting with me used to take hours. First you must bathe yourself in the ritual Spring of Understanding and then, once completely clean, you must enter the room of Writing Down The Appointment. Once that was complete, I required all those requesting a meeting to complete the three trials including the Making of the Hoagie and the Understanding (And Explaining) Of Django Programming. Read More

  • Let’s meet next week in Reykjavik

    Let’s meet next week in Reykjavik

    I’ll be in Reykjavik next week and you know what that means… I want to meet you! So we’ll be holding an small meetup (not really a pitchoff but feel free to pitch me while I’m there) at Bryggjan Brugghús, Grandagarði 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland. Event starts at 5pm and you can meet the speakers and mentors coming to Startup Iceland 2017. Expect some booze, some fun… Read More

  • MakeLoveNotPorn’s Cindy Gallop talks about the future of love

    MakeLoveNotPorn’s Cindy Gallop talks about the future of love

    On this week’s Technotopia I interviewed Cindy Gallop, the outspoken TED speaker and found of MakeLoveNotPorn. Cindy worked tirelessly to bring SexTech and FemTech out of the shadows and she’s bringing all her attention to bear on the creation of technology that will bring us closer together and make us happier – something few founders think about. Gallop believes that… Read More

  • Swiss watch exports dropped for a third year in a row

    Swiss watch exports dropped for a third year in a row

    According to the watch press, this year’s Baselworld in Switzerland was a graveyard. “The Baselworld show, ended March 30, was grim,” said Joe Thompson in Watchtime Magazine, an enthusiast publication. In short, a once might industry is contracting at an alarming rate. A further harbinger of death is far simpler to understand. Swiss exports have fallen for the third year in… Read More

  • Shapeheart is an armband that senses your heart rate without bulky chest straps

    Shapeheart is an armband that senses your heart rate without bulky chest straps

    Not everyone wants to place a heart-rate monitor on their chest or wrist. Sometimes you want a meaty sensor, something that won’t drain your battery and something that also carries your phone using a system of magnets that keeps your phone safe from harm. Sometimes you want the Shapeheart. I saw the Shapeheart last week. Basically it’s a very usable, very clever heart-rate monitor… Read More

  • Roaming Startup Alley with John Biggs Day 2 | Disrupt 2017 New York

    A unicorn wanders through Startup Alley

    Another Disrupt, another Startup Alley. In this exciting video I wear a unicorn head, stare dumbfounded at a founder who told us to go away, and talk to Co-Sender, Marvelmind, API.live, BoostHQ as we wander the variegated halls of Disrupt New York 2017. Read More

  • Watts is a huge battery that powers your home

    Watts is a huge battery that powers your home

    Like Tesla’s Powerwall, Watts is a big battery that can power your home. One Watts cell can support a few small appliances including computers and refrigerators and a few units can power TVs and electric washers. The units can charge via the grid or with solar panels and the Watts units include an app that shows discharge and battery remaining. The batteries, which were designed in… Read More

  • DogParker is now available to protect your pooch

    DogParker is now available to protect your pooch

    Dog theft is a national scourge. Dogs are disappearing everywhere and there is no end to in sight to the epidemic. While most dogs leave of their own accord – they are learning to loathe us – those who don’t wish to lose their pups on the go can use DogParker. DogParker is a lockbox for your dog. When you arrive at a grocery or cafe that doesn’t allow pets you use a… Read More

  • Top six tips to help avoid ransomware

    Here are some amazing tips to help you and those you love (and the National Health Service) avoid ransomware. Read More

  • Chef Andrew Zimmern talks about the future of food

    Chef Andrew Zimmern talks about the future of food

    This week on Technotopia I talked to chef Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods. Zimmern is a fascinating thinker and has a lot to say about the future of restaurants, eating, and food distribution. Zimmern believes that the future looks more like the artisinal movement than fast food and he has some interesting answers to what the world looks like in 20 years. Listen in to find out what he… Read More

  • Time is running out to exhibit at Disrupt’s Hardware Alley

    Time is running out to exhibit at Disrupt’s Hardware Alley

    We want to see you in New York for Disrupt NY 2017, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs and I’d love to meet you personally when I run through the alley with our video team. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. Disrupt runs from May 15-17 and will be held on Pier 36… Read More

  • Startup Step-By-Step: Down

    Startup Step-By-Step: Down

    A year ago, after closing my first startup, I attended one of those conferences that you’re supposed to attend. There were a lot of old friends there, folks who I hadn’t seen in a while, and there was the usual collection of panels and panelists, Power Points and Pellegrino. As I stood in a sun-full room clutching a coffee someone asked me about my first startup. The reaction… Read More

  • Meet Cuba’s first internet entrepreneurs at Disrupt New York

    Meet Cuba’s first internet entrepreneurs at Disrupt New York

    Cubazon. Kewelta. Knales. These aren’t house hold names in the US but they’re at the vanguard of entrepreneurship in Cuba and they’ll be joining us on stage at Disrupt New York. We’ll be talking with Bernardo Romero Gonzalez, CEO & founder of Cubazon, an online store for the Cuban diaspora that lets them send products to their relatives back home. He earned his MBA… Read More

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