John Biggs

John Biggs is a writer, consultant, programmer, former East Coast Editor and current contributing writer for TechCrunch. 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.

He builds products, writes books, and consults with startups to help them make cool things.

John Biggs 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 Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Here comes PragueCrunch V

    Here comes PragueCrunch V

    I’ve been visiting Central Europe almost every year and almost every year my buddy Jack Deneut has been setting up PragueCrunch, our kind-of-semi-annual celebration of Czech startups. And it’s happening again this year! The event is on July 13, 2017 at Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden. You can RSVP here. We’ll have free Kozel and Gambrinus beer all night and traditional Czech pub… Read More

  • Columbus could be the next startup city

    Columbus could be the next startup city

    Ever since I wrote about the Midwest last year I’ve been keeping my eyes on Columbus. I decided to hold a small pitch-off to meet some of the startups I saw last time I had driven through. The pitch-off was a success and a company called Wyzzer took first place and the quirky Hopper Carts came in second. But what I really came away with was a new respect for Columbus as a startup… Read More

  • CamSoda jumps into the world of paid life-streaming

    CamSoda jumps into the world of paid life-streaming

    Have you always wanted to show your messy room to hundreds of people? Want to get paid for the pleasure of streaming your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners? Feel a real need to share how long you can stare idly at your phone? CamSoda has a deal for you. CamSoda is a streaming cam service featuring men and women in various states of undress and it is now offering a unique life-streaming program… Read More

  • The Columbus meetup is happening tonight but the location changed

    The Columbus meetup is happening tonight but the location changed

    I’m in Columbus this week and I thought we could have a quick meetup in advance of Disrupt SF in September. We’ll be meeting on Thursday at 5pm at the Standard Hall (please note the new location). You can RSVP here. There is limited space so please pick up a ticket early. We’ll have a quick pitch-off in preparation for Disrupt SF and 10 companies will have 90 seconds to pitch… Read More

  • Startups, I’d like to meet you in Columbus

    Startups, I’d like to meet you in Columbus

    I’m in Columbus this week and I thought we could have a quick meetup in advance of Disrupt SF in September. We’ll be meeting on Thursday at 5pm at the Wolf’s Ridge Tap Room. You can RSVP here. There is limited space so please pick up a ticket early. We’ll have a quick pitch-off in preparation for Disrupt SF and 10 companies will have 90 seconds to pitch and then have a… Read More

  • Breitling’s Avenger Hurricane 45 watch uses dense composites to stay light

    Breitling’s Avenger Hurricane 45 watch uses dense composites to stay light

    According to horological legend the first luxury watch made of steel – the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak caused great consternation when it launched in 1972. Up until then there were timekeepers – small, cheap watches like Timex and Seiko – and expensive pieces that you handed out at retirements from brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe. To build a luxury watch in steel was… Read More

  • SoftWear Automation raises $4.5 million to build robots that sew

    SoftWear Automation raises $4.5 million to build robots that sew

    Remember the good old days when cartoon robot toys were all the rage? Maybe you were a Transformers kid or maybe you were into Microbots. And, if you were very lucky, you got to experience to joy of the mini transforming Sewbots. If you were lucky you got the Sewbots Command Center and if you were really, really lucky you can now get the SoftWear Automation Sewbot, a fully functional sewing… Read More

  • Welcome to the softer side of gutted Sears stores

    Welcome to the softer side of gutted Sears stores

    If there is any indication of the cultural import and effect of the “millennials” – a term I dislike for reasons I will explain later – look no further than America’s malls. The Baby Boomer hubris and NIMBYism that sent malls into further and further orbits from city centers has come home to roost and it promises to change the face of retail in a big way. First… Read More

  • Let’s meet in Columbus this week

    Let’s meet in Columbus this week

    It’s a bit short notice but I’ll be in Columbus this week and I’d love to meet you all on Thursday at 5pm at the Wolf’s Ridge Tap Room. You can RSVP here. There is limited space so please pick up a ticket early. We’ll have a quick pitch-off in preparation for Disrupt SF and 10 companies will have 90 seconds to pitch and then have a few minutes of questions from… Read More

  • Future of Sex podcast creator Bryony Cole talks the future of funbots and New York’s first sextech hackathon

    Future of Sex podcast creator Bryony Cole talks the future of funbots and New York’s first sextech hackathon

    In what turned out to be a surprising SFW podcast Future of Sex podcast creator Bryony Cole joined us to talk about the future of sex, teledilonics and sex robots. Not content to let the media and the world stay squeamish about the topic of sex robots Cole expects many of us to have had sex with a robot by 2047 and believes many of our children will first experience sex with a robot before… Read More

  • Let’s meet in Warsaw in July

    Let’s meet in Warsaw in July

    Just in time for Disrupt SF I’d like to invite you all to a micro meet-up in Warsaw on July 4. We’ll be holding it at Campus Warsaw, 33C Ząbkowska, 03-736 Warszawa, Poland. The fun starts at 6pm and ends at 8pm with some after-event drinks nearby. The winner of the pitch-off will get a table at Disrupt SF and the second-place winner will get two tickets to Disrupt SF. There are… Read More

  • Biem is the first virtual sexual health service

    Biem is the first virtual sexual health service

    Talking about sexual health makes folks squeamish. While sexuality and dating have, for the most part, been taken care of by technology there isn’t much talk of sexual health online. Until Biem. Biem is an app and service that makes it easy to talk to a sexual healthcare representative and get tests taken. It also lets you anonymously notify sexual partners if something is amiss and… Read More

  • Kara Goldin of Hint talks about the future of water

    Kara Goldin of Hint talks about the future of water

    If you’ve spent any time in Silicon Valley offices you’ll see the ubiquitous bottles of Hint water splashed out along kitchen counters and desks. Kara Goldin, this week’s Technotopia guest, created the water after discovering that diet soda was making her overweight and overwrought and she has a lot to say about the future of food and drink. Goldin talked to us about what… Read More

  • The LittleBits Code Kit is an easy way to play (and learn) with Arduino

    The LittleBits Code Kit is an easy way to play (and learn) with Arduino

    I’m not a fan of educational toys. They’re usually either too educational or too toy-like and, in the end, kids get little education and little fun. The Code Kit from LittleBits has changed my mind. The Code Kit is very specifically targeted at classroom learning for grades 3-8 and costs $299. Why? Because it’s a bit more robust than the other coding kit LittleBits offers.
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  • ViaHero lets locals plan your trips abroad

    ViaHero lets locals plan your trips abroad

    Perhaps you’d like to visit an out of the way restaurant or smoke a unique cigar. Perhaps you’d like to take part in native dances or infiltrate a foreign government at a classy cocktail party. ViaHero, a new app that lets locals help plan your trips abroad, can help. The founders, Greg Buzulencia and Ben Preston, have raised $210,000 from investors and Pittsburgh’s… Read More

  • The MB&F HM6 Alien Nation will attack your block

    The MB&F HM6 Alien Nation will attack your block

    Fine timepieces are usually staid affairs. A little gold here, some enamel here, and a nice movement are enough to please some of us but it’s clear that a minority need hand-cut crystal domes, scurrying aliens, and enough luminous material to make a deep-sea angler fish jealous. The new MB&F HM6 is a version of Max Busser’s popular Horological Machine series but features a… Read More

  • All hail this autonomous stone-stacking robot

    All hail this autonomous stone-stacking robot

    Robots are good at a few simple things. They can lift and carry huge objects, fly around like dragonflies, and murder our families while we watch, their cold circuits flitting with nascent feelings of remorse and anger. But they can’t stack rocks very well. This is because rocks are all different. However, imagine a situation when a robotic arm needs to move rubble or build a foundation… Read More

  • New toolkit makes it easy to drag and drop your own robot

    New toolkit makes it easy to drag and drop your own robot

    The old song tells us that the leg bone is connected to the hip bone, but how are we to know if the articulated cam can connect to the brushless motor? There are, sadly, no songs designed to tell us how to build robots. Luckily CMU’s Ruta Desai has us covered. His project, “Computational Abstractions for Interactive Design of Robotic Devices,” is essentially a robotics toolkit. Read More

  • The Turing Tumble lets you and your kids build real mechanical computers

    The Turing Tumble lets you and your kids build real mechanical computers

    When the lights go out and the entire world is thrust into the technological nether, we’ll need board games like Turing Tumble. Created programmer Paul Boswell – he’s well known for programming complex games for Texas Instruments calculators – and maker Alyssa Boswell, the Turing Tumble lets you use small parts to create logic flows in order to solve… Read More

  • See you Iceland tonight at the Whale Museum

    See you Iceland tonight at the Whale Museum

    Lets meet up in Iceland tonight! The micro-meetup is now happening at the Whales of Iceland museum, Fiskislóð 23, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland. The other place was booked so now we get to see whale carcasses. The event is being held tonight, May 30, from 5 PM to 7 PM UTC. At the event you can meet the speakers and mentors coming to Startup Iceland 2017. Expect some booze, some fun, and some… Read More

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