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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  • Zero is a mobile automation app for email addicts

    Zero is a mobile automation app for email addicts

    Email apps are a dime a dozen. There are the regular emails apps that come with our phones, there’s Gmail and Spark and there’s 50 others that all offer just about the same thing. Zero is trying something different. Think of Zero as an AI-enabled email system. It reads your messages as they come in and allows you to do all the regular stuff – move emails into trash, snooze… Read More

  • This clever dot screen is a fun widget for your high-tech hipster office

    This clever dot screen is a fun widget for your high-tech hipster office

    Look, it’s 2016. A cereal bar, pet grooming station, nap pod, and ping pong hovel aren’t enough to get a young programmer’s guts boiling. You need something unique. You need a flip disk system. This system, created by a BreakfastNY, is basically a modern version of those massive analog-digital signs you used to see in airports. Each pixel flips from dark to light (or dark… Read More

  • SocialBooks turns your social media into a lasting memento of your horrific year

    SocialBooks turns your social media into a lasting memento of your horrific year

    If you’re anything like me you hate social media with a white-hot passion yet you feel oddly compelled to put garbage into it on a regular basis, to your great shame. Thankfully there is now a service that can create a book about your year in social media, allowing you to seethe both offline and online, a boon to this plugged-in generation. The service is called MySocialBook and… Read More

  • Designer Christian Villum talks about the future of intelligently-designed cities

    Designer Christian Villum talks about the future of intelligently-designed cities

    This week on Technotopia I talked to Christian Villum, a designer and thinker at the Danish Design Center. His vision of the future is simple: with the right kind of education and the right tools, cities can be reborn with design thinking. His background in hacktivism and making also allowed him to talk about the future of 3D printing in schools and cities. He’s a founding member of… Read More

  • Let’s meet in Wroclaw next week

    Let’s meet in Wroclaw next week

    After Disrupt in London I’ll be heading over to Wroclaw, Poland for a double dose of meet-up fun. The meetups coincided with a few events in Wroclaw and you’re welcome to come to one or both. The first meetup is part of ImpaceCEE and will be held on Wednesday, December 7. You can RSVP here. It’s primarily Fintech-related but, again, you’re welcome to come along to chat… Read More

  • Become Michael Knight with Dashbot, an AI for your car

    Become Michael Knight with Dashbot, an AI for your car

    Who needs a smart car when you have a cool car? The Dashbot is a $49 add on for your vehicle that allows you to interact with your phone and Alexa while driving, thereby keeping your hands free to fend off pomaded villains and to swoop in an save innocent people before a helicopter explodes overhead. The product is a sort of Bluetooth speaker on steroids with lots of functionality built-in and… Read More

  • Virata is an automatic watch with a racing pedigree

    Virata is an automatic watch with a racing pedigree

    Virata Watches is the brain-child of Patrick Wacks from Canton, Ohio. Wacks was inspired by his favorite Formula 1 cars to create a watch as streamlined and sexy as a race car. He’s finally shipping his watches and he’s running a Kickstarter to get them out the door. The feature I find interesting is the clever, highly engineered case. The watches look like chunks of… Read More

  • The tangle of the year

    The tangle of the year

    One of the primary reasons for Thanksgiving was always the celebration of the end of the harvest and the promise of new growth. Home gardens wilted in the first November rains and the apples and herbs died out around the ides. The land goes from oregano and blanched green bean to tan and dust and brown and the leaves cover everything in preparation for snow. I’m no outdoorsman. Our… Read More

  • UK wants to censor ‘non-conventional’ sex videos

    UK wants to censor ‘non-conventional’ sex videos

    In an ongoing effort to prevent pornography from soiling the shores of Britannia, UK lawmakers are working to prevent the spread of ‘non-conventional’ sex videos online. The proposed law blocks sites that host content that would not be “certified for commercial DVD sale by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC),” an organization similar to the MPAA in the US… Read More

  • Security researchers can turn headphones into microphones

    Security researchers can turn headphones into microphones

    Security researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University have created a proof-of-concept exploit that lets them turn headphones into microphones to secretly record conversations. The PoC, called “Speake(a)r,” first turned headphones connected to a PC into microphones and then tested the quality of sound recorded by a microphone vs. headphones on a target PC. In short, the… Read More

  • Lovely is finally shipping the Fitbit for sexy times

    Lovely is finally shipping the Fitbit for sexy times

    Do you and your partner often do sex? Do you want to know how much sex you’re doing? And do you want to know how good it is and how good it could be? What is sex? Does anyone know? Can Lovely help us find out? Hopefully, because I’m confused. Created by Jakub Konik and Tomasz Badyla Lovely is a thinger that goes on your other thinger and measures your position, speed, and… Read More

  • Platio turns sidewalks into solar collectors

    Platio turns sidewalks into solar collectors

    Platio is a new company from Hungary dedicated to putting solar panels just about everywhere. They’re starting with sidewalks. Founded by a team of engineers and architects the system uses solid solar panels overlaid on plastic backing that ensures the panels won’t break when stepped on or rolled over and that each panel connects with the next securely. Imre Sziszák is a… Read More

  • The Das Keyboard Prime 13 brings the gaming keyboard to the board room

    The Das Keyboard Prime 13 brings the gaming keyboard to the board room

    I have, as you might imagine, deep and abiding opinions on keyboards. I’m not a gamer per se – I do enjoy the odd bout of Lemmings now and again – but I type a lot. So I always look for keyboards that are comfortable, clicky, and compact. The Das Keyboard Prime 13 is all of those. Das Keyboard has focused for years on creating very clicky, very usable keyboards for gamers… Read More

  • Astronomer connects your SaaS with other SaaS for a true in-saas-ception

    Astronomer connects your SaaS with other SaaS for a true in-saas-ception

    Your SaaS is just out of control! You’re spending thousands or millions on products – a CRM system, a field operations app, a system to keep your life-like humanoid androids from killing park guests in your Wild West-themed adventure park – and none of these systems talk to each other, especially the ones that keep your robots from falling in love with the guests. What do… Read More

  • This crowdfunded watch looks like the Chrysler Building but was designed in Honolulu

    This crowdfunded watch looks like the Chrysler Building but was designed in Honolulu

    The Skyscraper Art Deco Watch is a new crowdfunded piece by horologist Mark Carson and designer Richard Paige. Based on Art Deco skyscraper decoration – think the Empire State Building’s handsome arches or the swooping buttresses of Gotham city – this watch is interesting for a few reasons. First, this team has made some nice watches before. Their DouFace dual face watch… Read More

  • The Smart Garden 9 is a self-contained kitchen garden for your “herbs” and vegetables

    The Smart Garden 9 is a self-contained kitchen garden for your “herbs” and vegetables

    When we last met Click & Grow they were selling a massive wall garden designed for indoor gardening. Their new product, called the Smart Garden, is a self-contained kit pod for growing fruits, vegetables, and “herbs” that costs $129 on Kickstarter The system is quite simple. You fill the water tank, place in small pods of soil, nutrients, and seeds and then turn it on. Read More

  • ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark talks about the future of city surveillance

    ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark talks about the future of city surveillance

    A guy like Ralph Clark has a tough job: if all goes according to his business plan he’ll put himself out of business. He is the CEO of ShotSpotter, a surveillance system for cities that triangulates gunfire in 90 cities. I asked him if he’d ever have to shut down. “You know, sadly, in the US that won’t be the case,” he said. The company is coming under fire for… Read More

  • 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

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