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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  • Misen, the internet-only knife brand, gets to paring

    Misen, the internet-only knife brand, gets to paring

    When we last left Misen they were crowdfunding a very nice, very usable chef’s knife. They completed their crowdfunding goal and shipped the knife last year. Now they’re back with a paring knife for $30, and it’s pretty darn good. Given that almost anything — from jeans to sous vide machines — can get the high-tech, internet-only treatment, it’s to be… Read More

  • Let’s meet in Pittsburgh on April 11

    Let’s meet in Pittsburgh on April 11

    In preparation for Disrupt New York and our upcoming TC Sessions series on Robotics, Matt Burns and I will be heading to Pittsburgh to talk to some startups. We could use some help. We’re aiming to be in Pittsburgh on April 11 and we need a spot and potentially a beer sponsor. We prefer neutral spots, but we could be convinced if you have a cool meeting space at your accelerator or office. Read More

  • New tech can spot small faces in the crowd

    New tech can spot small faces in the crowd

    Spotting faces in a scene is easy when the punims are nice and close to the camera. But what about group shots where the faces are tiny? That, I fear, robots have a harder time with. A new research project by Deva Ramanan, associate professor of robotics, and Peiyun Hu, a Ph.D. student in robotics at Carnegie Mellon, fixes that problem by assessing the context of images. Instead of just… Read More

  • For those about to tune, we salute you

    For those about to tune, we salute you

    The first Roadie tuner was a miracle in a plastic case. This little device connected to your phone and then turned the machine heads (the little tuning knobs) on your guitar to exactly the right position. It worked wonderfully. Now the Roadie 2 intends to tune your guitar all night and tune your guitar every day. The Roadie 2 and the Roadie Bass are standalone tuners with an app component… Read More

  • Garmin announces a new watch just for runners and those who think they are runners

    Garmin announces a new watch just for runners and those who think they are runners

    Garmin is back again with the Forerunner 935, a runner-specific sport watch with GPS, heart rate, and compatibility with the Garmin Running Dynamics Pod that offers further information about your speed, gait, and how often you double over in absolute agony as your unexercised organs scream from inside their fleshy fastnesses. The 935 also helps manage training with the TrainingPeaks app and… Read More

  • The Matrix Voice is an Alexa for your Raspberry Pi

    The Matrix Voice is an Alexa for your Raspberry Pi

    Matrix Labs just completed a successful crowdfunding campaign for what amounts to an AI voice recognition system for the Raspberry Pi which allows you, a mere mortal, to make your own Alexa in your basement. Created by Rodolfo Saccoman and Brian Sanchez their first board, the Creator, fits right on top of a standard RaspPi and gives you an 8 microphone array, a temperature sensor… Read More

  • See you tonight at the Boulder Micro-Meetup

    See you tonight at the Boulder Micro-Meetup

    A reminder that I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado tonight at 7pm. You’ll have two minutes to pitch in front of two local judges and then two minutes of questions. No slides, no props, no costumes (Ok, maybe costumes.) Boomtown is at 2060 Broadway B1 in the basement. To get there, park around Spruce and Broadway and it’s in the… Read More

  • Netgear announces two new Orbi routers

    Netgear announces two new Orbi routers

    I’m a huge fan of Netgear’s Orbi routers. They offer some of the easiest setup, highest speeds, and best coverage of any of the so-called mesh wireless systems including Eero and Luma. Now Netgear’s original monstrous routers are being joined by a few cousins. The original kit, called the RBK50, came with a AC3000 Wi-Fi base station and a satellite and covered 5,000 square feet. Read More

  • See you on Wednesday in Boulder

    See you on Wednesday in Boulder

    A reminder that I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm. Companies will have 2 minutes to pitch in front of two local judges and then 2 minutes of questions. No slides, no props, no costumes (Ok, maybe costumes.) Boomtown is at 2060 Broadway B1 in the basement. To get there, park around Spruce and Broadway and it’s… Read More

  • Researchers make a spinach leaf pump like a human heart

    Researchers make a spinach leaf pump like a human heart

    Just when you thought it was safe to eat a salad researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have shown that a decellularized spinach leaf can be turned into a vascular network that could help doctors regrow organs. The project, featured in the journal Biomaterials, is about as proof-of-concept as you can get, but the primary value is proving that a previously existing vascular system can… Read More

  • Tobias Stone talks about identity, cryptography, and the future of citizenship

    Tobias Stone talks about identity, cryptography, and the future of citizenship

    In this episode of Technotopia I walk to Tobias Stone, a writer, entrepreneur, and academic. Tobias has been writing on Trump and Brexit and worked with Identity.ee, a workgroup focused on cryptographically proven citizenship. Stone believes that the Estonian model of e-idenity is the future and that the mission for every country should be to make their workers, citizen, and expats digital. Read More

  • CubeFit TerraMat hides under your standing desk to give your feet a rest

    CubeFit TerraMat hides under your standing desk to give your feet a rest

    Back before humans invented chairs we humans stood a lot. Now, almost 100 years later, we tend to sit. However, some people still stand. For those people there is the TerraMat. The TerraMat is like a cat toy for you feet. It features a number of little bumps and ridges designed to let you stretch, exercise and massage your feet while you’re standing. It was created by two… Read More

  • Get your pitch applications in for the Boulder Micro-Meetup

    Get your pitch applications in for the Boulder Micro-Meetup

    A reminder that I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm. You’ll have 2 minutes to pitch in front of two local judges and then 2 minutes of questions. No slides, no props, no costumes (Ok, maybe costumes.) Boomtown is at 2060 Broadway B1 in the basement. To get there, park around Spruce and Broadway and it’s… Read More

  • A new app lets you list and Shout

    A new app lets you list and Shout

    Shout is a sharing app. Think of it as a stripped-down Pinterest for those with no interest in messing with pretty photos of cookies and you get the general idea. And I think, with a little work, it could be a go-to collaboration tool for partners shopping for supplies, couples interested in not buying two boxes of beans at the grocery store, and a micro-blogging platform for the plugged… Read More

  • Let’s meet up for a Micro-Meetup in Boulder next Wednesday

    Let’s meet up for a Micro-Meetup in Boulder next Wednesday

    I’ll be in Boulder for a few weeks and would love to hear some pitches and maybe give out some tables for Disrupt. I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm. Boomtown is at 2060 Broadway B1 in the basement. To get there, park around Spruce and Broadway and it’s in the same building as Zeal Optics and Unseen Bean. Read More

  • The Casio Edifice EQB501 takes a licking, connects to your cellphone

    The Casio Edifice EQB501 takes a licking, connects to your cellphone

    Casio makes beefy watches for not-always-beefy people. Their latest, the Edifice EQB-501 is an interesting amalgam of form, function, and high tech features and it has enough dials, buttons, and sensors to keep well-connected on your trek through the jungle, urban or otherwise. This monster watch is 44.4mm wide and water resistant up to 100 meters. It connects to your phone and the CASIO… Read More

  • The Art of the Pitch

    The Art of the Pitch

    Vitaly M. Golomb leads global investments at HP Tech Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Silicon Valley’s original startup and is the author of Accelerated Startup, a book about ramping up your business. Below is a fascinating excerpt from the book about Golomb’s favorite thing: pitching. If you’ve ever seen me speak at an event, you have probably noticed that I get… Read More

  • The Gladius underwater drone will shoot in 4K as it reaches the briny deep

    The Gladius underwater drone will shoot in 4K as it reaches the briny deep

    First drones took to the air. Now they take to the sea! The Gladius is basically a remote-controlled submarine with a 4K camera that can dive to 100 meters. A big, yellow double-barreled monster, the beast is controlled via a phone-connected remote and it is semi-tethered, which means it can roll out about 500 meters with the right gear. Read More

  • If you like to linger where it’s shady the Populele wants to linger too

    If you like to linger where it’s shady the Populele wants to linger too

    If music be the food of love then get ready to hit the Old Country Buffet. A wild new startup is about to unleash Populele, an electric Ukulele that will teach you how to play old Uke standards like Ukulele Lady, D’yer Maker, and Tiptoe Through The Tulips. The $149 ukulele has surpassed its goal on Indiegogo and is slated to ship this year. The instrument has a 72-led fretboard that… Read More

  • Let’s meet in Boulder next week

    Let’s meet in Boulder next week

    I’ll be in Boulder for a few weeks and would love to hear some pitches and maybe give out some tables for Disrupt. I’ll be holding a micro-meetup at Boomtown on Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm. Read More

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