Brian Heater

Brian Heater

Hardware Editor

Brian Heater is the Hardware Editor at TechCrunch. He worked for a number of leading tech publications, including Engadget, PCMag, Laptop, and Tech Times, where he served as the Managing Editor. His writing has appeared in Spin, Wired, Playboy, Entertainment Weekly, The Onion, Boing Boing, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Beast and various other publications. He hosts the weekly Boing Boing interview podcast RiYL, has appeared as a regular NPR contributor and shares his Queens apartment with a rabbit named Lucy.

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Twitch disables Trump’s channel until the end of his term to ‘minimize harm’ during transition

Following a slate of temporary and permanent bans from a number of the top online platforms, popular video streaming service Twitch today confirmed that it has disabled the president of the United Sta

Twitter will reinstate Trump’s account following his deletion of tweets

Update: Twitter has restored Trump’s account as of Thursday afternoon. Trump returns to Twitter with what sounds like a concession speech A Twitter spokesperson has confirmed with TechCrunch thi

Lenovo’s new all-in-one has a swiveling screen, because sure, why not?

Leave it to Lenovo to give the world a swiveling all-in-one. It’s kind of the company’s M.O. — not always the most necessary or practical, but never not interesting. When it comes to fairly

Samsung simplifies with a lower-priced premium Chromebook

Happy almost CES! Sure, the year’s biggest consumer electronics show hasn’t officially kicked off, but, well, what do such arbitrary signposts really mean in a year like 2021, right? Samsung just

Twitter locks Trump out of his account for at least 12 hours

Update: Twitter has restored Trump’s account as of Thursday afternoon. In a reversal of its long standing policy, Twitter has locked the President of the United States’ Twitter account and

Reddit ‘taking action’ on site violations as rioters storm US Capitol

As chaos and violence have erupted in Washington, D.C., social media platforms are grappling with the fallout. A spokesperson for Reddit tells TechCrunch: Reddit’s site-wide policies prohibit conten

Looking Glass is launching 3D photo software for its holographic tech

Last month, Looking Glass Factory introduced the Portrait, its first offering for a more general audience. The device utilizes the company’s impressive holographic imaging technology for a far more

Remembering TechCrunch Japan’s Hirohide Yoshida (1971-2020)

On New Year’s Eve, TechCrunch Japan’s Editor-in-Chief Hirohide Yoshida passed away at age 49. In addition to being a tremendously valuable member of our international team who helped build the sit

C by GE gets rebranded under new ownership, expands beyond lighting

There’s a decent chance you missed the news back in May — there was, after all, a lot going on at the time. General Electric sold off its more than 100-year-old GE Lighting division to smart h

Samsung’s next Unpacked event is January 14

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Samsung’s next flagship is set to debut January 14. The company just confirmed earlier rumors surrounding the date for its next Unpacked event (virtually,

Bose’s latest sleep-centric earbuds mostly do the trick

It’s been a strange year for sleep. For me, levels have fluctuated between too little and too much, but have — more often than not — tended toward the former. 2020 gave most of us no sho

NYC MTA’s contactless fare system completes rollout, will phase out MetroCard in 2023

On the last day of 2020, New York City’s Metro Transit Authority announced that it has finished its roll out of contactless payment systems. With the addition of a final stop in Brooklyn, every MTA

An earnest review of a robotic cat pillow

You don’t need Qoobo in your life. Nobody needs Qoobo, exactly. In fact, first reactions tend to range from befuddlement to bemusement. The robotic cat pillow doesn’t make a ton of sense on the fa

2020 will change the way we look at robotics

Earlier this month, Hyundai acquired a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics that valued the company at $1.1 billion. What’s most interesting about the news isn’t the acquisition itself (it does, a

This quick and clever tool creates an instant homepage for your podcast

Podcast homepages weren’t something I gave any thought to until I launched my own standalone show. And honestly, even then I probably didn’t give enough thought to the subject. For that reason, ma

Attending CES 2021? TechCrunch wants to meet your startup

It’s that time of year again. Of course, this year is going to be different (to be honest, even looking at that lead image makes me uneasy). For the first time ever, CES is going all-virtual – but

New FAA rule requires Remote ID for drones

The FAA today announced that it will be issuing two new rules for drone pilots in the U.S. The first is the implementation of a long-awaited Remote ID. The system effectively works as a kind of digita

Samsung hasn’t announced the Galaxy S21 yet, but you can already reserve one

For obvious reasons, many of us are spending the final week of 2020 looking forward. Samsung is hoping some folks are looking far enough ahead to reserve a spot in line for its still-unannounced Galax

Music made 2020 better, but we failed to make 2020 better for musicians

“Are you okay?” I don’t have a good answer to the question. Knowing full well that I’m talking back to an algorithm — even one asking the same question of everyone with a different band

Not even 5G could rescue smartphone sales in 2020

This was going to be the year of 5G. It was going to be the year the next-generation wireless technology helped reverse some troubling macro trends for the industry — or at the very least helped
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