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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  • Markforged announces a cheaper 3D printer that can spit out end-use parts

    Markforged announces a cheaper 3D printer that can spit out end-use parts

    In a surprising move, 3D printer maker Markforged has announced they are going to release the $3,499 Onyx One, a Carbon Fiber 3D printer for entry-level makers and hobbyists that prints “end-use” parts using carbon-fiber infused materials. The printer uses Onyx, a nylon and micro-carbon fiber material that has a high durability and heat resistance and looks almost like a finished… Read More

  • See you tonight at the Barcelona Mini Meetup

    See you tonight at the Barcelona Mini Meetup

    It’s almost here! The Barcelona Mini Meetup is happening tonight at 7pm and we’re getting ready for you. The event is being held at Bar Denou, Carrer de Pallars 122, in Barcelona and will last until about 10pm. Please be on time, especially if you were chosen to pitch. You can RSVP here. I’ve added 10 free tickets and a few paid “Late-Bird” tickets. Grab… Read More

  • GeoCV captures your apartment in vivid 3D

    GeoCV captures your apartment in vivid 3D

    Apartment walk-throughs are necessary but uneventful. You visit the kitchen, hit the bathroom, size up the bedroom, kick a dead cockroach into the front closet and then sign a contract. But what if you could see an apartment in 3D even before you visited the building. That’s what GeoCV is trying to do. The system consists of a mobile app for 3D scanning and a cloud processor for creating… Read More

  • The Waterologies Solardistech is a solar water treatment plant for tiny towns

    The Waterologies Solardistech is a solar water treatment plant for tiny towns

    Water treatment is a massively pressing issue. Hundreds of thousands of people die each ear from lack of clean water and a small, portable filtration system could have saved them. That’s what Waterologies is trying to build. Their products, the Solardistech 0.5, 15 and 4, are standalone water purifiers that use the power of the sun to produce up to a 1,000 liters per hour of clean water. Read More

  • An AI project can tell you when the cow goes “Moo”

    An AI project can tell you when the cow goes “Moo”

    A new project from Disney Research can recognize various objects in videos — cows, cars, very small rocks — and add appropriate sounds — “Mooo!”, “Vroom!”, a witch’s cackle — automatically. The system ignores the surroundings and other audio and simply adds simple sound effects. The system works by watching video and correlating sounds… Read More

  • The R.Pi IoT Shield adds IoT connectivity to your DIY project

    The R.Pi IoT Shield adds IoT connectivity to your DIY project

    Of all the things in this great green world which we desire, the most important is connection. That’s why the R.Pi IoT family is pretty cool. Built by the team that brought us TinyLab, these clever GPRS, GPS, XBee and LTE shields allow tinkerers to add wireless connectivity to their projects. The shields — what the Raspberry Pi world calls add-on cards — start at $19 and go up… Read More

  • New LIDAR package makes it easier to add smarts to your smart car

    New LIDAR package makes it easier to add smarts to your smart car

    Osram Opto Semiconductors has announced the availability of a LIDAR package – essentially the spinning laser array found on self-driving and mapping vehicles – that costs $5 and works as well as $70,000 tower systems and hockey-puck sized $8,000 systems. This mini-LIDAR has four laser diodes connected together to ensure accuracy without tuning. The kit also includes tiny mirrors… Read More

  • The Smogathon hackathon aims to stop a smoky menace

    The Smogathon hackathon aims to stop a smoky menace

    If you’ve ever visited Krakow, Poland, you’ll be familiar with the smog. Born of air pollution and fog, the smog regularly shuts down the local airport and casts a pall over this beautiful medieval city. A local entrepreneur, Anna Rys, wants to do her part to shut down the smog by bringing tech to bear on the environmental problem. I spoke to her about the mess in Krakow, her… Read More

  • Update on the Barcelona Mini Meetup

    Update on the Barcelona Mini Meetup

    A quick update to the Barcelona Mini Meetup on Thursday. We will be meeting at Bar Denou located at Carrer Pallars 122, 08016 Barcelona at 7pm. There will be a some space for pitches so please email me with the subject line “BARCELONA PITCH” if you’d like to pitch and I’ll pick ten folks to hit the stage. I’m john@techcrunch.com. You can RSVP here. A reminder… Read More

  • Let’s meet up in Barcelona on Thursday

    Let’s meet up in Barcelona on Thursday

    I’m in Barcelona for a few days and I’d love to meet some of the local startups so I’d like to run a mini-meetup somewhere in the city. That said, I have no idea where to hold it so I need your suggestions. I’m thinking we hold something small at a pub in the city center on Thursday night. If it works out we can possibly have a mini-pitchoff and I’ll have some… Read More

  • Warsaw’s ReaktorX aims to help busy people start businesses

    Warsaw’s ReaktorX aims to help busy people start businesses

    While some entrepreneurs are independently wealthy and have no need for a day job, most of them aren’t. That’s why Marta Diana Koziarska and Borys Musielak created ReaktorX, an accelerator for folks who are working or have no time or acumen for creating a business from scratch and want to connect with like-minded professionals. Koziarska and Musielak also run Reaktor Warsaw, a… Read More

  • Russian hacking team The Dukes targeting NGOs and think tanks after Trump victory

    Russian hacking team The Dukes targeting NGOs and think tanks after Trump victory

    According to Internet security team Volexity has detected an active spear-phishing effort by Russian hacker groups including Cozy Bear and the Dukes. The targeted phishing emails feature subject lines like “The “Shocking” Truth About Election Rigging” and a false “FYI” from the Clinton Foundation. You can read about the efforts on Volexity’s own site… Read More

  • Microsoft announces Visual Studio for Mac will launch in November

    Microsoft announces Visual Studio for Mac will launch in November

    Fans of cross-platform coding will be happy to know that Visual Studio, “a true mobile-first, cloud-first development tool for .NET and C#,” will arrive for Mac during the Connect() conference in November. The move places Microsoft’s IDE on Macs. The IDE follows Visual Studio Code, Microsoft’s code editor, to OS X. Why is Microsoft seemingly abandoning the quest for… Read More

  • Driving the Midwest

    Driving the Midwest

    Last September, in the depths of high summer, my wife and I wanted to see the Midwest again. We began in Brooklyn and drove across the Verrazano, a bridge so long and well-engineered that its makers took into consideration the curvature of the Earth when they designed it. This spit us out out onto Staten Island, once New York’s ash heap and now a bustling bedroom community surrounded on… Read More

  • The Yale Real Living Assure Lock is just the thing to thwart lock-picking zombies

    The Yale Real Living Assure Lock is just the thing to thwart lock-picking zombies

    The first thing you’ll notice about the Yale Real Living Assure Lock is that it has no keyhole. There is no backup key, no physical keypad, and it looks like something that you’d mount on the outside of the Enterprise so Chekov can get back in after attaching a “Shatner/Nimoy ’74” bumper sticker to the right rear engine. The $199 lock, which is Yale’s… Read More

  • A robot can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 637 milliseconds

    A robot can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 637 milliseconds

    A robot called the Sub1 Reloaded can unscramble a Rubik’s Cube in 637 milliseconds – considerably less than the fastest human time of 4.9 seconds. The robot, built by self-driving chipmaker Infineon, uses six motors to turn and twist the cube after another computer scans it, solves the puzzle virtually. The arms quickly begin to move the cube into a solved position. The robot is… Read More

  • SentiOne raises $3.5 million to monitor social media

    SentiOne raises $3.5 million to monitor social media

    While it’s not exactly sentient, SentiOne sure sounds like it should be. This Polish company watches social media for brands allowing you to create an instant monitor for any topic. Founded by Bartek Baziński, Michael Brzezicki and Kamil Bargiel, the company raised $3.5 million from Venture TFI and Trigon TFI Group to build out their platform internationally. The company has been working… Read More

  • Hey, Brooklyn, let’s meet up tomorrow

    Hey, Brooklyn, let’s meet up tomorrow

    Hello, Brooklyn! I’m restarting my series of micro-meetups in New York with a special tasting at the Van Brunt Stillhouse. The founder, Daric Schlesselman, is a friend of TC and showed off his wares at the last New York Disrupt and he’s offering us a special tasting on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM. It’s way down in Red Hook, so put on your hiking shoes and… Read More

  • Get ready for the first truly Digital Decade

    Get ready for the first truly Digital Decade

    No matter how this election ends one thing is clear: what happens online in the next decade will have an increasingly important effect on our daily lives. Until recently politics, warfare, commerce, and education has mostly been offline. That will change drastically in the next ten years. But isn’t the world already digital? Most of it is but the places that it isn’t – parts… Read More

  • Slingr turns Slack into the ultimate task manager

    Slingr turns Slack into the ultimate task manager

    Slack is great for taking lunch orders and sharing GIFs with an international team (as us about “Whiplash Wednesday!”) but it breaks down when you try to get real work done. That’s why Slingr exists. Created by experienced product manager Grace F. Schroeder, Slingr was designed first as a platform and then as a product. Shroeder wanted something that a disparate team could use… Read More