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 Onion Omega2 lets you add Linux to your hardware projects

    The Onion Omega2 lets you add Linux to your hardware projects

    Need a tiny, $5 computer to build a robot that will bring you your slippers, initiate a massage chair session, and pour out your daily dose of bourbon?
    The Onion Omega2 can do all that and more. This tiny board is Arduino-compatible but also runs Linux natively. This means you can plug it in and get a command line or access the system via a desktop-like web interface. It has Wi-Fi built in and… Read More

  • How Apple will convince us to love the dongle

    How Apple will convince us to love the dongle

    Hi, and welcome to my obligatory hot take on the nearly confirmed no-headphone-jack iPhones we’re about to see rolling out of Apple. I’m not an absolute fan of this idea, but we’ve seen this sort of behavior from Apple before — most notably the move from the 30-pin dock jack that probably caused a bit of an e-waste problem, forcing users and most notably hotels to… Read More

  • See you tonight in Columbus

    See you tonight in Columbus

    I’ll be in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, August 10, to hold a night of pitches and open mic shenanigans so bring your guitar and pitching shoes. The event will be at O’Toole’s 4796 W Broad St, right off I-270. We’ll start at 7 p.m. sharp with pitches, so get there after work. And at 8pm or so we’ll have an open stage with live music – I’m going to… Read More

  • Chaos Monkeys is this year’s best non-business book about business

    Chaos Monkeys is this year’s best non-business book about business

    Chaos Monkeys, written by former Facebooker and current houseboater Antonio Garcia Martinez, is a book about the human side of the Valley. Rich in anecdote, detail, and memory, it tells the story of a little startup sailing between the twin tankers of Twitter and Facebook and, in the end, floundering for a moment before being swept up in their wake. It’s a book every founder should read… Read More

  • The massive Yuneec Typhoon H is pure aerial video magic

    The massive Yuneec Typhoon H is pure aerial video magic

    We’re about to enter an era of true drone magic. With smarter systems, better materials and powerful cameras we’re gaining access to a world once only available to Estes rocketeers and jet pilots. Nowhere is that more clear than with the Yuneec Typhoon H, a camera platform that is also a drone that is also incredibly fun to fly. Read More

  • Let’s rock and roll in Columbus on Wednesday

    Let’s rock and roll in Columbus on Wednesday

    I’ll be in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, August 10, to hold a night of pitches and open mic shenanigans so bring your guitar and pitch deck. The event will be at O’Toole’s 4796 W Broad St, right off I-270. We’ll start at 7 p.m. sharp with pitches, so get there after work. And at 8 p.m. we’ll have an open stage with live music – I’m going to play with… Read More

  • Polish 3D printer company Zortrax lied about contract with Dell

    Polish 3D printer company Zortrax lied about contract with Dell

    Two years ago when the international 3D printing industry was still a much-contended space a small Polish company called Zortrax made waves – and raised capital – on the news that it had signed a contract with Dell for 5,000 3D printers. I reported the news in 2014 and researched the implications more deeply later that year and found little that might concern an investor or fan… Read More

  • Reminder: We’re meeting in Columbus on Wednesday

    Reminder: We’re meeting in Columbus on Wednesday

    I’ll be in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, August 10, to hold a night of pitches and open mic shenanigans so bring your guitar and pitch deck. The event will be at O’Toole’s 4796 W Broad St, right off I-270. We’ll start at 7 p.m. sharp with pitches, so get there after work. And at 8 p.m. we’ll have an open stage with live music – I’m going to play with… Read More

  • Let’s meet in Columbus, Ohio, next week

    Let’s meet in Columbus, Ohio, next week

    This is going to be fun. I’ll be in Columbus, Ohio, next week, Wednesday, August 10, and I’ll be holding a night of pitches and open mic shenanigans so bring your guitar. The event will be at O’Toole’s 4796 W Broad St, right off I-270. We’ll start at 7 p.m. sharp with pitches, so get there after work. And at 8 p.m. we’ll have an open stage with live… Read More

  • The new age of empathy

    The new age of empathy

    I’ve been rolling past videos on Facebook and Twitter for a while now, wondering why social media is so fascinated by puppies being saved from floods, babies hearing for the first time and grandmothers who have something sassy and wise to say about body acceptance. And, recently, I’ve come to realize what is going on. Whether it seems like it or not, we are entering a new age… Read More

  • BrightWork launches to bring easy web app building for front end folks

    BrightWork launches to bring easy web app building for front end folks

    Front end folks and back end folks just can’t get together. The back end folks are always like “Node.js” and the front end folks are like “Node what?” and then there’s a fight and someone gets the hose and it just turns into a big mess. BrightWork, a TechStars Chicago company, has a solution. Founded by former Twilio engineer Josh Carter and Nike developer… Read More

  • Talking the future of education with Convergent Media founder Rob Anderson

    Talking the future of education with Convergent Media founder Rob Anderson

    This week on Technotopia I talk to Rob Anderson, founder of Convergent Media Group and a former founding team member at MTV Russia. Anderson has some interesting ideas on education and the necessity for a true way to assess and hire based on personality types and skills. Anderson is constantly hiring for his media company and he’s looking forward to a future when we will all be working a… Read More

  • The Freewrite is the ultimate distraction-free writing tool

    The Freewrite is the ultimate distraction-free writing tool

    riting on a computer is awful. Without discipline – in my case, at least – an effort to get out 1,000 words of non-fiction usually ends up consisting of thirty minutes of web browsing before writing, intermittent Facebook trips while tapping out a few hundred words, and a nice jaunt through Hacker News at the 750 word mark. I get the job done, but I know my brain isn’t doing… Read More

  • TSA key cracker Johnny Xmas tells us how to stay safe while traveling

    TSA key cracker Johnny Xmas tells us how to stay safe while traveling

    A few days ago we reported that a group of hackers at the HOPE Conference in New York told the world that they had cloned the last TSA Master Key. These keys, which were leaked in a Washington Post article, are a bit of security theatre coupled with a lot of poor engineering. Johnny Xmas believes, however, that personal security is important, and he wanted to tell us how they cracked the keys… Read More

  • What’s this whole email thing about, anyway?

    What’s this whole email thing about, anyway?

    What do you know about the Clinton email scandal? If you’re anything like me, not much — yet! Let’s take a stroll into our political Swamp of Sadness where both parties are currently mired. One candidate became stuck there while trying to beat the dead horse of the Crooked Hillary meme and the other candidate is sinking simply because government email is just so damn… Read More

  • Scuro’s titanium dive watch hits on all cylinders

    Scuro’s titanium dive watch hits on all cylinders

    As TC’s resident watch hound I like to try to find you all a few interesting crowdfunded timepieces. What’s important to me, however, is the quality and the uniqueness of the piece. That’s why I like the perfect storm of crowdfunded watch magic called the Scuro. It is a massive dive watch with a unique design, titanium case, and automatic movement. Plus you can get it for… Read More

  • Security experts have cloned all seven TSA master keys

    Security experts have cloned all seven TSA master keys

    Key escrow — the process of keeping a set of keys for yourself “just in case” — has always been the U.S. government’s modus operandi when it comes to security. From the disastrous Clipper chip to today, the government has always wanted a back door into encryption and security. That plan backfired for the TSA. The TSA, as you’ll remember, offers a set of… Read More

  • Program your own self-driving racer with FormulaPi

    Program your own self-driving racer with FormulaPi

    Self-driving race cars are a few years away but why not simulate the roar of robotic Formula 1 cars with a little Raspberry Pi magic? The folks at Piborg are offering the opportunity for hackers and makers to try and drive their own autonomous car brain in a centralized race. They’ve launched a Kickstarter and they’re looking for folks to download the autonomous racing code, modify… Read More

  • See you tonight in Chicago

    See you tonight in Chicago

    See you tonight! We’ll be meeting at 7pm in the MakeOffices space in the Loop. There will be some free beers and chicken sandwiches. We’ll hold a pitchoff at 8pm and close up at 9pm and perhaps we can go carousing afterwards. The pitch-off will be very cool. I’ve already picked nine contestants and we have two VC judges. First place winners of the pitch off will get a table… Read More

  • Update on the Chicago Mini-Meetup: We have a space!

    Update on the Chicago Mini-Meetup: We have a space!

    We’ve found a location for our mini-meetup tomorrow! We’ll be meeting at 7pm in the MakeOffices space in the Loop. There will be some free beers and maybe we can get some pizzas in or something. We’ll hold a pitchoff at 8pm and close up at 9pm and perhaps we can go carousing afterwards. I’ll be picking the pitch-off companies tomorrow morning at 8am so be prepared. I… Read More

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