John Biggs

John Biggs
Biggs is the East Coast Editor of TechCrunch. Biggs has written for the New York Times, InSync, USA Weekend, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Money and a number of other outlets on technology and wristwatches. He is the former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo.com and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. You can Tweet him here and G+ him here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Zap Puts Ads On Top Of Taxi Cabs As They Scoot Around Town

    Zap Puts Ads On Top Of Taxi Cabs As They Scoot Around Town

    Unlike startups Zoom, Pow, Zing, and Schwongooza, Turkish startup Zap is trying to disrupt the on-taxi advertising market. By placing bright LED signs on the top of standard cabs, the company aims to turn dead space into a lucrative advertising spot for drivers and fleets. Founded by Yigit Kipman, Ahmet Bati and Emrecan Bati, the company has received a $100,000 grant to expand through Europe… Read More

  • Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin

    Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin

    The folks at Carnegie Mellon’s Future Interfaces Group have made something really cool. Essentially, they are using small lasers to paint icons onto your skin through the bottom of a watch. The icons are touch sensitive and can be projected in any shape. The team consists Gierad Laput, Robert Xiao, Xiang Chen, Scott E. Hudson, and Chris Harrison, researchers at CMU’s… Read More

  • The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

    The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

    In 1935, Sir Allen Lane and V. K. Krishna Menon founded Penguin Books, a company dedicated to producing high-quality, small-format paperback books for the world market. These small, well-made little books introduced some amazing fiction, philosophy, classical thought and spiritualism to a hungry audience, and the low price made it easy to build a library of amazing titles that could fit into… Read More

  • #GamerGate Is The Future Of Troll Politics

    #GamerGate Is The Future Of Troll Politics

    I’ve refrained from talking about GamerGate because the entire thing has been so baffling. The hysteria and name-calling seemed counter-productive and, as a veteran of many flame wars (see BlackBerry, Notion Ink, and Palm) I saw all the signs of a tempest in a teapot that was run through forums and IRC channels and dedicated to putting down dissenting views in favor of… Read More

  • Autonomous Boats Are Helping The Navy Swarm On Threats

    Autonomous Boats Are Helping The Navy Swarm On Threats

    I rarely like to focus on military robots but this video is fascinating. It talks about the SWARM program, a system for controlling multiple boats in a body of water and ensuring they don’t crash into each other and can easily swarm on another ship as needed. These boats, which are connected via software called Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing, can be armed but… Read More

  • Bag Week: Daame Bags

    Bag Week: Daame Bags

    While I can’t say that Daame Bags are the best daame bags we’ve tested (see what I did there?), I can say that they are definitely an interesting rethinking of the women’s laptop bag. We tested two types – a wide leather laptop tote and other 13-inch model. I showed both of these to a human woman, my wife, who said that she liked the elegant and spare design but noted… Read More

  • Watch These Tiny Robots As They Fly Well With Others

    Watch These Tiny Robots As They Fly Well With Others

    The quadccopters at the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab are truly trained to follow the golden robot rule: fly with others as you’d fly with yourself. Thanks to researchers Yash Mulgaonkar, Gareth Cross and Vijay Kumar, we can see how close these little flying robots are to their noble goal. Read More

  • Bag Week: The Nomadic WT-18 Wise-Walker Toto

    Bag Week: The Nomadic WT-18 Wise-Walker Toto

    Can true bag pleasure be had for $81? I think so. I’ve fallen in love with Nomadic brand bags over the years and I would like to tell you about the Nomadic WT-18 Wise Walker Toto, a Japanese bag sold by JetPens that is just about amazing. I’ve used many Nomadic bags over the years and this is the second time I’ve featured Nomadic in bag week. This bag I actually received as… Read More

  • The Zortrax M200 Is The Underdog 3D Printer That Could Make It To The Big Leagues

    The Zortrax M200 Is The Underdog 3D Printer That Could Make It To The Big Leagues

    We’ve been following Zortrax for years. This small Polish upstart gathered some interesting PR when they first launched and they’ve built a few solid 3D printers after creating a burgeoning 3D printer part business in Central Europe. Now, however, it seems they’re all grown up. Basics Prints in ABS 7.87 x 7.87 x 7.28 ” build area Includes software Wi-Fi… Read More

  • Join Me In Wroclaw And Krakow Next Week

    Join Me In Wroclaw And Krakow Next Week

    As you prepare for your flight to London for TC Disrupt I will encourage you – nay, implore you – to join me in Wroclaw and Krakow before and after the main event in the UK. I will be speaking at TechSaturdays in Wroclaw on Saturday, October 18 where we’ll hold a small pitch-off. The winner will get a Start-up Alley table at TC Disrupt in any city (including London if you… Read More

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Is A Nearly Perfect Mini Tablet

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Is A Nearly Perfect Mini Tablet

    Like the great zeppelins of old, nobody expected the Galaxy Note to fly. The phones were too big, the embedded stylus too silly. I reminded us all of the bad old days when PIMs were black and white and bulky. But Samsung persevered and Apple followed suit and now we enter the era of the phablet, a time of strange portents and weird UIs. A time where a phone that makes all other phones seem… Read More

  • Welcome To Bag Week 2014

    Welcome To Bag Week 2014

    It has been a tradition at TechCrunch to dedicate an entire week (or, in this case, a truncated week) to bags. Big bags. Small bags. Little bags. Tall bags. All bags, (almost) all the time. With that in mind, we present to you Bag Week 2014, our annual celebration of things that hold things. We understand that you, as a tech professional, love to put your computers into things. Therefore… Read More

  • The Sonos Boost Expands Your Musical Reach

    The Sonos Boost Expands Your Musical Reach

    Wireless music player maker, Sonos, has released the Boost, an add-on to their system that allows Sonos devices to work up to 50% further than the standard Wi-Fi range – 90 feet as compared to about 60 feet for the average Wi-Fi hotspot. The Boost device also improves signal intensity and, more important, creates a dedicated network for Sonos devices, protecting from the vagaries of… Read More

  • The Pi-Top, A Raspberry Pi-Powered Laptop, Is Hitting The Crowdfunding Trail

    The Pi-Top, A Raspberry Pi-Powered Laptop, Is Hitting The Crowdfunding Trail

    Yee-haw! Saddle up and roll ‘em out because the Pi-Top Raspberry Pi laptop is ready to ride! We last met this laptop when it was still a gleam in a group of students’ eye. Now it’s a fully operational crowdfunding project and they’re looking for $80,000 to begin shipping the devices. The kit itself costs $249 with a motherboard or $200 without. You can also simply… Read More

  • Bitcoin Breaks $400

    Bitcoin Breaks $400

    Bitcoin is currently hovering at around $400 on Bitstamp, a rise of over $100 since last week’s doldrums. While there doesn’t seem to be a direct reason for the rise, BTC fans are pointing to the documentary called The Rise And Rise of Bitcoin as improving general sentiment. Public sentiment is one reason to invest in bitcoin but I doubt it’s the only one. The market is… Read More

  • Dorian Nakamoto Is Suing Newsweek

    Dorian Nakamoto Is Suing Newsweek

    Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the man Newsweek claimed was the mysterious founder of Bitcoin, has created a web page asking for donations in his fight to sue the magazine after he was allegedly “targeted and victimized by a reckless news organization.” Read More

  • Shave Like The Ancients Did With The Beluga Razor

    Shave Like The Ancients Did With The Beluga Razor

    As you prepare to apply your Barbasol and your hair pomade while whistling a bit of Benny Goodman, what razor to do you reach for? Do you grab a seven-bladed monstrosity, cast in bright orange plastic and chrome and made to last three shaves? No. You reach for a single blade beauty, a razor that can shave four star generals and the common Joe with equal aplomb. You’re going to reach for… Read More

  • Monsieur, The Drink Robot, Raises $2 Million

    Monsieur, The Drink Robot, Raises $2 Million

    A robotic bartender named Monsieur and his human partners have raised $2 million in seed investment from BIP Capital with Base Ventures, Paul Judge, TechSquare Labs, NFL star Derrick Morgan, and NBA star Glen Davis. The funding will go towards building more Monsieur drink robots for bars, restaurants, and my bedroom. Read More

  • Get Your Gearbox Out Of The Rear With Efneo

    Get Your Gearbox Out Of The Rear With Efneo

    We don’t usually put mechanical bike stuff up here, but I suspect many bike lovers will consider Efneo the Yo or Clinkle of bike improvements. It’s a front gearing system that has one gear and three internal switches. The gearing changes just like a regular front derailleur system but it uses a planetary gearing system to handle the changes. Why is this important? First it’s… Read More

  • Pioneering App Mag, The Magazine, Is Shutting Down In December

    Pioneering App Mag, The Magazine, Is Shutting Down In December

    The Magazine, an app magazine founded by Marco Arment, is shutting down in December. The magazine, which carried tech stories from prominent authors, is now owned by writer Glenn Fleishman who explained that the title, while profitable from day one, just wasn’t picking up subscribers fast enough to remain viable. Fleishman wrote: ´┐╝The sad truth has been that, while profitable from… Read More

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