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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  • 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 đź’°. 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

  • Explain Everything, the digital whiteboard, raises $3.7 million to bring learning to the iPad

    Explain Everything, the digital whiteboard, raises $3.7 million to bring learning to the iPad

    Should you be interested in the lifecycle of the bee or the magic of clip art and equations then Explain Everything would like a world. This Wroclaw, Poland-based company offers a sort of iPad-powered whiteboard that lets you collaboratively display drawings and text, equations, and even stamp out fun (and educational) clip art presentations. The company recently raised $3.7 million with the… Read More

  • The Sentry tells you if someone is sneaking up on you while you’re, um, gaming

    The Sentry tells you if someone is sneaking up on you while you’re, um, gaming

    Say you’re, like, um, gaming on your computer with headphones on. And you’re like… um. Really into the game? And someone sneaks up on you from behind and you don’t have time to… pause… the game? The Sentry can help prevent the embarrassment of being seen while… playing games. This fun little device is basically an IR motion sensor that can see… Read More

  • Researchers implant the first 3D-printed blood vessels into monkeys

    Researchers implant the first 3D-printed blood vessels into monkeys

    Scientists at Sichuan Revotek and the Regenerative Medicine Research Center of West China Hospital at Sichuan University have successfully embedded 3D-printed blood vessels into simian test subjects. The vessels, which are made of stem cell-based organic material, were a major breakthrough in vascular regeneration. According to 3Ders the system uses “stem cell bioink, which was prepared… Read More

  • Join me for a New York Micro-Meetup next week

    Join me for a New York Micro-Meetup next week

    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 abreast the NYC tech world so consider it a nice opportunity to meet… Read More

  • The $300 New Matter Mod-T is more a toy than a 3D printer (but that’s OK)

    The $300 New Matter Mod-T is more a toy than a 3D printer (but that’s OK)

    As 3D printing moves from the realm of hackers and hobbyists into the commonplace it’s clear that there is room for a 3D printer for students, kids, and schools. While many in the space are going for that lucrative if price-sensitive market, I think New Matter may have nearly nailed it with their Mod-T. This super-simple printer uses PLA to produce items that are not nearly as polished… Read More

  • Radio.Garden lets you tune into the globe

    Radio.Garden lets you tune into the globe

    Some of the most beautiful products are the simplest. Take Radio.Garden, for example. This project by Golo Föllmer at Martin-Luther University Halle displays a photorealistic globe full of green dots. Swing your mouse over one of the dots — in Iran, Estonia or the Faroe Islands — and you can hear a local radio station. The interface itself is surprisingly calming. You’re… Read More

  • Dataplicity lets you access your Raspberry Pi from anywhere

    Dataplicity lets you access your Raspberry Pi from anywhere

    Say you’re just a small-town girl living in a lonely world and you took the midnight train going anywhere. How would you reconnect to your Raspberry Pi while on the road? You would go into a smoky room, fire up your laptop and try Dataplicity. Dataplicity is essentially a VPN for your RaspPi. It not only lets you connect to your Pi remotely but you also can “wormhole” a… Read More

  • The Firefly 2 offers a smooth, cool draw for your vaping pleasure

    The Firefly 2 offers a smooth, cool draw for your vaping pleasure

    It’s getting nigh on Holiday Season and how better to celebrate the old Yule log than with a nice herbal vaporizer. The Firefly 2 is a very clever and very well-built convection vape that creates a smooth, flavorful draw and can extract the maximum in herbal pleasure out of a little bit of material. Like Pax the Firefly 2 is foremost about function. The system heats herbs to 400… Read More

  • The StällDesk tĂĽrns your boring tablĂ« into an exciting ständing dĂ«sk

    The StällDesk tĂĽrns your boring tablĂ« into an exciting ständing dĂ«sk

    Around the neighborhood they call me a few things. Stinky John is one and Old Rattlepants is another. But what they really love to call me is Johnny Standing Desk. You see, I learned the joys of standing desks early and the folks at StällDesk want you to follow in older Rattlepants’ footsteps. The StällDesk is basically an easy-to-assemble booster for your laptop, keyboard and mouse. I… Read More

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