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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  • Enflux demonstrates motion capture clothing

    Enflux captures body motion for fun and rehabilitation

    Enflux makes motion capture clothing that, for better or worse, is surprisingly slimming. These tight-fitting duds contain wired, washable sensors that can show your body position on a phone or screen. Founded by Doug Hoang, Mickey Ferri, Elijah Schuldt and Pamela Lee, the company was YC-funded and is backed by a group of Chinese VR capitalists. They have sold $120,000 in clothing to… Read More

  • Alexa adds DISH support for your DVRing pleasure

    Alexa adds DISH support for your DVRing pleasure

    DISH DVR owners can now connect directly to the Amazon Echo or Dot and tell Alexa to turn on ESPN, find Matt Damon movies, or bring up lots of comedies. The feature will be rolled out in the “first half of the year” according to a DISH press release. “You no longer have to set down your popcorn to change the channel, or spend time searching for what channel the game is on… Read More

  • 10 promises to keep in 2017

    It’s a new year and with that comes the attendant resolutions. Knowing that none of us will ever lose those pounds/kilos and we probably won’t read Moby Dick so here are some promises we can keep for the New Year that will make us healthier, happier, and safer online and off. Read More

  • PixTeller makes designers (almost) obsolete

    PixTeller makes designers (almost) obsolete

    PixTeller is a unique little service. Created by a Romanian web designer, Alexandru Roznovat, it is a sort of instant design studio with plenty of ready-made templates so you can create clever Instagram memes or fun book cover designs in a few seconds. After creating an account you’re presented with dozens of pre-made designs that are fairly innocuous. You can select a Facebook header… Read More

  • Hey, Alexa, are things going to get weird?

    Hey, Alexa, are things going to get weird?

    They say that news is what happens to a writer on his way to the bathroom and I’ve recently discovered something fascinating. Alexa – and, to a degree, Siri and Google’s OK Google solution – have become indispensable additions to our home. The kids tell Alexa to turn on the lights and start Netflix. We ask her how to spell words and do basic math. She tells us which day… Read More

  • Watch this smartphone-assisted robot beat the pants off of humans in air hockey

    Watch this smartphone-assisted robot beat the pants off of humans in air hockey

    It’s the holidays and that means it’s time to watch robots cream humans in bouts of skill. The latest example of robotics winning over a meatbag? This amazing air-hockey robot powered by a smartphone, Arduino board and a plotter-like robotic arm. The system works by watching the puck on the surface of the table and moving to where the puck is going. It actively blocks attacks on… Read More

  • Oculus engineer Dov Katz arrested in sting after allegedly soliciting sex from a 15-year-old girl

    Oculus engineer Dov Katz arrested in sting after allegedly soliciting sex from a 15-year-old girl

    Seattle police arrested Oculus’ Head of Computer Vision Dov Katz on December 23rd in a sting operation in which a police officer posed as a 15-year-old girl. Katz allegedly arrived at an Embassy Suites in Tukwila, Washington with $600 after agreeing in texts messages to pay $300 for sex without a condom. Katz told police he was there to rescue the girl. GeekWire has screenshots from… Read More

  • This battery is powered by bacteria

    This battery is powered by bacteria

    Researchers at Binghamton University in New York have created a “bacteria-powered battery on a single sheet of paper.” The project is aimed at creating batteries for disposable microelectronics that can run for weeks using a little bacteria-rich liquid. “The manufacturing technique reduces fabrication time and cost, and the design could revolutionize the use of bio-batteries as… Read More

  • Wolfprint 3D raises $500K to bring scanning pods to an airport near you

    Wolfprint 3D raises $500K to bring scanning pods to an airport near you

    3D body scanning isn’t very exciting right now – you can’t really use your scan anywhere except maybe on Thingiverse where people can print you out and create a shrine to you (hint hint!). Wolfprint, however, wants to bring 3D body scanning to the masses by putting their pod-shaped scanners in airports and malls, allowing you to create 3D avatars of yourself for use in… Read More

  • Going to CES? Join us at the official Hardware Battlefield Party in Las Vegas

    Going to CES? Join us at the official Hardware Battlefield Party in Las Vegas

    There ain’t no party like a TechCrunch party 🎉 because at a TechCrunch party you can meet investors who may or may not give you a term sheet for your hardware startup 💰. That’s why we’re inviting 150 lucky readers to our event in Las Vegas to be held in conjunction with CES and our own Hardware Battlefield. Tickets will sell out soon so click here right now and… Read More

  • The new Barnes & Noble Nooks come with free malware

    The new Barnes & Noble Nooks come with free malware

    Barnes & Noble began outsourcing its Nook e-readers a few years ago after a partnership with Samsung and their latest $50 Nook 7 android tablet, announced last month, shows us how that has worked out for them. Their latest e-reader includes ADUPS, a firmware that sends user data back to the manufacturer or an interested hacker. This is the same malware that researchers found on cheap… Read More

  • The rise of 4chan politics

    The rise of 4chan politics

    We are entering an era when our digital lives spill out uncontrollably into our “real” lives. Whether or not you believe these two are separate, I would wager that the mass of humanity still sees a wall between Facebook and talking face-to-face at a PTA meeting. But a few people don’t. It’s these people – people emboldened by the seeming anonymity of the Internet… Read More

  • EFF urges companies to prepare for more surveillance and censorship

    EFF urges companies to prepare for more surveillance and censorship

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation – a group of tech pioneers trying to keep the Internet open and free – have published an open letter to tech companies pleading them to prepare for an era of increased Internet surveillance and censorship. The EFF is citing statements by Trump and his advisors regarding Internet control, net neutrality, and freedom of speech and the… Read More

  • The U.S. Navy is using drone boat swarms to keep harbors safe

    The U.S. Navy is using drone boat swarms to keep harbors safe

    The U.S. Navy is testing a team of drone boats to protect harbors here and abroad. The boats, which are basically autonomous versions of the Rigid Hull Inflatable, are connected to a AI routing system called CARACaS. In original 2014 tests the boats worked separately to protect ships in a harbor and the new routing system now allows them to swarm as a team to surround and neutralize… Read More

  • Join me tomorrow for a pre-holiday New York Micro-Meetup

    Join me tomorrow for a pre-holiday New York Micro-Meetup

    The holidays are upon us and I’m holding another micro-meetup as part of the NYSG at Houston Hall on December 21 at 7pm. This is another meet and greet event for networking and some light pitching/drinking so come on out with your demo and your pitch memorized. These are very informal events that I like to hold to keep talking to folks in the NYC tech world so consider it a nice… Read More

  • A strange tale of Central European startups, angry investors, and secret NDAs

    A strange tale of Central European startups, angry investors, and secret NDAs

    Last month a strange story appeared in the Polish press. It was about an American consultant living in Denver who had been “preying” on Polish startups, promising them investor contacts and customers in America. The story started breathlessly enough. Here it is in translation: The “American Dream” is something that grips the imagination of almost every startup founder. Read More

  • “Find my Phone” is an amazing short film about a stolen cell

    “Find my Phone” is an amazing short film about a stolen cell

    For your weekend consumption I present Find my Phone, a 30 minute film about a stolen phone. The filmmaker, Anthony van der Meer, rigged an Android cellphone with Cerebus, a command-and-control system for Android that can survive a memory wipe. The app allowed van der Meer to record video, take photos, and even listen in on calls – all while tracking the phone around Amsterdam. Van der… Read More

  • Humans can now move complex robot arms just by thinking

    Humans can now move complex robot arms just by thinking

    Most robotic arm systems required a very complex and very invasive brain implant… until now. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a new system that requires only a sexy helmet and a bit of thinking, paving the way to truly mind-controlled robotic tools. “This is the first time in the world that people can operate a robotic arm to reach and grasp objects in a… Read More

  • TalkBank lets you chat with your bank

    TalkBank lets you chat with your bank

    As a fan of banks – I like the lollipops they give out – I’m slightly disturbed by services like TalkBank. This Russian company replaces one-on-one teller interaction with a chatbot that can tell you your balance, offer on the spot advice, and even send you cool deals related to your credit cards. Founded by Mikhail Popov, Alexander Popov, and Vladimir Kozhevnikov the company… Read More

  • The Arduino MKRZero is a teenier, tinier DIY board for hardware hackers

    The Arduino MKRZero is a teenier, tinier DIY board for hardware hackers

    What do you buy for someone who has everything? Either a pink fairy armadillo or an Arduino MKRZero. I’d recommend going with the Arduino. The MKRZero is basically a really, really small microcomputer with a number of outputs and headers as well as a battery management system and USB control. It’s great for learning or building 32-bit applications and it’s small enough to… Read More