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. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com.

Disclosures: John is an unpaid advisor to Riffle, a social books platform. John is CEO of Freeport Mobile, Inc. Bre Pettis, formerly of Makerbot, is an investor.

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  • Samsung Stock Down For Fifth Month In A Row

    Samsung Stock Down For Fifth Month In A Row

    Samsung shares fell another 8.1 percent this month, losing $12 billion in value. The company has lost $44 billion in value since April. Analysts believe that low demand for the company’s new smartphones and upstart rivals – including the fan favorite OnePlus – are hitting the company in a big way. Because most smartphones are approximately the same, there is little… Read More

  • Good News, Everyone! Chrome Just Killed Flash Ads

    Good News, Everyone! Chrome Just Killed Flash Ads

    Chrome, the browser used by over 50% of the Internet, is officially preferring HTML5 ads over Flash content, a move that should finally dump the failed media platform into the trash heap of history. Quoth Google: In June, we announced that Chrome will begin pausing many Flash ads by default to improve performance for users. This change is scheduled to start rolling out on September 1… Read More

  • Federal Agent Pleads Guilty To Obstruction And Money Laundering In Silk Road Case

    Federal Agent Pleads Guilty To Obstruction And Money Laundering In Silk Road Case

    U.S. Secret Service special agent Shaun W. Bridges of Laurel, Maryland, pleaded guilty today before the U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California to obstruction and money laundering that occurred during the Silk Road case. He will be sentenced on December 7, 2015. “Mr. Bridges has now admitted that he brazenly stole $820,000 worth of digital currency… Read More

  • Samsung Announces The Samsung Gear S2, Now More Round

    Samsung Announces The Samsung Gear S2, Now More Round

    Samsung has just announced their new smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2. The watch is unique in that it has a round rotating bezel – the thing on the edge of the crystal – in addition to two buttons on the side for home and back. It runs Samsung’s Tizen OS, a system used by Samsung in their original Gear models. Samsung, however, isn’t announcing compatibility today… Read More

  • Prepare Yourself For A Rollicking Bitcoin Panel At TechCrunch Disrupt

    Prepare Yourself For A Rollicking Bitcoin Panel At TechCrunch Disrupt

    What do you get when you put a Casares, a Popper, and a Lee on stage? Some Bitcoin madness, that’s what. Join us at Disrupt in San Francisco next month where we’ll talk to some of the biggest names in cryptocurrency – entrepreneur Wences Casares, New York Times writer Nathaniel Popper, and China’s bitcoin king, Bobby Lee – about what’s next for BTC. These… Read More

  • The Tactico Geomaster Is A Crowdfunded Watch I Could Get Behind

    The Tactico Geomaster Is A Crowdfunded Watch I Could Get Behind

    There are more Kickstarter watches out there these days than grains of sand on the beach. Everyone with a quartz movement and a NATO strap figures they can make and sell some kind of fashion watch to the masses, a concept that is as silly as it is flawed. That’s why the Tactico Geomaster GMT is actually interesting. First, it uses a mechanical ETA movement – an rare movement these… Read More

  • The Perfect Storm Bass Preamp Contains Secret Soviet Technology

    The Perfect Storm Bass Preamp Contains Secret Soviet Technology

    There’s a lot about this Kickstarter project to dissuade me from writing about it. First, this is a bass preamp, a little box that sits between the bass player and the amplifier. It is a device that is interesting only to a certain subset of musician and it is expensive – $1,495 for the early bird models. Heck, it doesn’t even look like it will hit its goal. But the… Read More

  • The OnePlus 2 Returns With Another Indie Phone Powerhouse

    The OnePlus 2 Returns With Another Indie Phone Powerhouse

    If you’ve been out of the Android game for a while you’d be hard-pressed to understand why people love OnePlus so much. These phones, conceived by the folks who initially launched Oppo, are aimed at the Android connoisseur, if such a person exists, and they have a rabid fanbase of folks who clamor for units with every launch. It’s hard to find them, you’ll probably… Read More

  • DJI Phantom 3 Pro | Review

    The DJI Phantom 3 Professional Is The Easiest Drone I’ve Ever Flown

    DJI didn’t start out as the best entry-level drone maker on the market but, at this point, it’s safe to say that they’ve taken the crown from Parrot and are truly creating flying machines worth flying. The new Phantom 3 Professional is the gold standard for quadcopter and I was amazed at the ease-of-use and quality of the photos and video it took. The Phantom 3 is essentially… Read More

  • Why We Look

    Why We Look

    We look because it’s there. We humans look towards violence in order to define it, to decide where we must run (or if we should stand and fight). We are fascinated by suffering. There is a cognitive bias towards the terrible. Many complain that there is not enough “happy” news. The problem is that there is happy news all around us, we just don’t notice. A baby smiling… Read More

  • Breaking: Vegemite May Power The Electronics Of The Future

    Breaking: Vegemite May Power The Electronics Of The Future

    Ok, not really, but this is pretty cool. Vegemite is a disgusting yeast paste beloved by far too many people. While I wouldn’t recommend actively eating it, Professor Marc in het Panhuis at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science figured out that you can 3D print the paste and use it to carry current, effectively creating Vegemite bio-wires. What does this mean? Soon… Read More

  • 3D-Printed Microfish May Soon Inject Themselves In Your Body

    3D-Printed Microfish May Soon Inject Themselves In Your Body

    Not unlike those fortune-telling fish you used to get at joke shops a new form of 3D-printed microfish – fish, not fiche – can wiggle and jiggle and wriggle inside you, dropping off medicine and cleaning up toxins as they go. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created nano-sized fish out of materials that can react to their environment, allowing them to… Read More

  • Vim On A Typewriter Will Endear You To Grizzled Unix Experts

    Vim On A Typewriter Will Endear You To Grizzled Unix Experts

    There have been many mechanical keyboard solutions in the past few years, most notably an IBM Selectric with serial out that let you klack away like Ada Lovelace directly into a printed email. However, the real Holy Grail has been the ability to transmit mechanical key presses directly to a computer using a few bits of electronics. Well, it’s been done and it’s glorious. An… Read More

  • Martian’s New Smartwatch Hides The Power Inside An Unassuming Package

    Martian’s New Smartwatch Hides The Power Inside An Unassuming Package

    The Martian Voice Command Envoy tries hard make you think it’s not a smartwatch. The model I tested, a black faux diver with a non-working bezel and quartz movement, looks more like a drugstore Timex than a piece of precision electronics. However, hidden inside the normal-sized case is one of the better notification systems I’ve used. The company has been making smartwatches since… Read More

  • Hackers Now Going After Ashley Madison Targets

    Hackers Now Going After Ashley Madison Targets

    Hackers have taken to the 36 million email list stolen during the Ashley Madison hack to attempt to extort folks who may or may not have used the app to cheat. Brian Krebs has spoken to an admin in Milwaukee named Rick Romero who has been actively blocking outgoing emails asking hacked users to send a single bitcoin to keep their accounts private. Hello, Unfortunately, your data was leaked… Read More

  • Frédérique Constant Aims Upscale For Their Refined Horological Smartwatch

    Frédérique Constant Aims Upscale For Their Refined Horological Smartwatch

    “If the roast beef is right, they’ll be back,” said Thornton Mellon and that has been the motto of Swiss watchmakers since the beginning of the burgeoning smartwatch revolution. It’s the expectation (potentially flawed) that old customers will stick with the brands through thick and/or thin and new, fashion-forward customers – customers who might not be enamored… Read More

  • LightBlue Bean+ Is An Arduino Board With Bluetooth Built-In

    LightBlue Bean+ Is An Arduino Board With Bluetooth Built-In

    If you’re anything like me you understand the power of Arduino but are stymied by limitations of education, imagination, or wireless connectivity to implement it into your own life. Thanks to the LightBlue Bean+, however, one of those roadblocks has been torn down. The Bean+ is basically an Arduino board that can be programmed via Bluetooth LE. Not unlike the Particle boards, this… Read More

  • Sampler Is Like Those People Who Give You Free Warm Cheeseballs At Costco But Only On The Internet

    Sampler Is Like Those People Who Give You Free Warm Cheeseballs At Costco But Only On The Internet

    Giving out samples on the street is kind of silly. Taking a little cup of urine-colored sports drink or a nasty bag of chips offers little in the way of customer generation and it usually ends up in a messy sidewalk and tired sample givers. But what if you could give away urine-colored sports drinks over the Internet? Now you’re cooking with gas! Marie Chevrier at Sampler wants to make… Read More

  • The Internet Is Awful

    The Internet Is Awful

    We were on the coast of Croatia when we saw our first nude sunbather. He was an older gentlemen who probably looked good in a suit but now, skin pruned from the water and his body hair plastered to a half-wiry/half-fat frame, he looked like a drowned cat with an impressive appendage. We kept sailing and saw more of them – an obese woman who showed us her backside as she lolled in the sun… Read More

  • Watch A Girl Named Isabella Unpack A New 3-D Printed Arm

    Watch A Girl Named Isabella Unpack A New 3-D Printed Arm

    At this point in the 3D-printing game it should be obvious why the tech exists and why we should all own 3D printers: because they can change lives. Nowhere is that point hammered home more than in videos featuring the E-nable arms. In this latest video a girl named Isabella gets an amazing purple and pink 3D-printed hand from a volunteer named Stephen Davies who built and delivered the arm… Read More

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