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.

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  • BlackBerry Classic | Hands On

    Hands On With The Blackberry Classic

    It’s been a long time coming: Blackberry’s return to its roots. Rather than chasing the pack, Blackberry has brought back exactly what its fans have been wanting in a package that is usable, fun, and solid. But can it save the company? I’m a fan of the $450 Classic and will post a full review on Monday but until then I’ve prepared a brief hands on. I’ve found… Read More

  • Reddit Announces RedditNotes, A Way To Share Equity With Readers

    Reddit Announces RedditNotes, A Way To Share Equity With Readers

    Reddit, the world’s favorite repository for funny and/or pornographic images (and wide-ranging discussions on almost any topic), has announced a RedditNotes initiative, a method to give equity to the site’s readers using a lottery method. Read More

  • EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Classic Dive Watch

    EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Classic Dive Watch

    Two entrepreneurs and engineers have taken to Kickstarter to fund a new line of dive watches, EDI. The watches, in addition to looking just a bit like sword-hand divers of the early Blancpain era, use an EDI E-353 automatic movement with self-winding features, as well as a handsome steel case. What’s truly interesting, however, is the provenance. Read More

  • Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Once

    Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Once

    It’s rare to see the future unfold in front of our eyes this dramatically but here it is: the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab has helped a man who lost both his arms in a “freak electrical accident” connect to dual robotic arms by connecting to and reading from his nervous system. The results aren’t quite staggering as he still has limited control over the… Read More

  • Bitcoin Falls Even As Some Russians Turn To Cryptocurrency

    Bitcoin Falls Even As Some Russians Turn To Cryptocurrency

    Bitcoin fell to $307 overnight and is now hovering at about $311, a move that analysts are attributing to panic selling. At the same time, BTC-to-ruble transactions rose to 230%, from 230 trades in the last 30 day period to 819 trades. This rise in transactions, though minor, mirrors the efforts by account holders in Cyprus in 2013 to move cash out of that haven country after banks there… Read More

  • ZZ Photo Is A Photo App That Can Organize Your Snapshots By Pet

    ZZ Photo Is A Photo App That Can Organize Your Snapshots By Pet

    Does your photo management solution recognize your cat? Your mom? Your dog? No, it does not. That’s why there’s ZZ Photo. The app, built by a Ukrainian team, is essentially a shoebox for all of your photos but with a few smarts built in. It is Windows-only right now but the team is working on mobile and Mac versions of the app. The app won our weekly TC Radio Pitch-Off thanks to… Read More

  • Santa’s Robotic Elf Sings A Merry Tune

    Santa’s Robotic Elf Sings A Merry Tune

    This holiday season it’s important to remember the true meaning of Christmas: the slow encroachment of robots upon human existence and the expectation of the enslavement of Homo sapiens by 2050. To that end we present a pair of jolly robotic hands that pick up candy and place it into a stocking – a feat that was all but impossible a few years ago. These dextrous hands come from… Read More

  • Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago”

    Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago”

    She works for Sony Pictures. She said she’s now working in an office on lock-down, a throwback to an earlier time when the Internet wasn’t around. “We are stuck in 1992 over here,” she said. She requested anonymity but agreed to talk a bit about her day-to-day experience as a Sony Pictures Employee post-hack. She said things were getting back to normal and were, in… Read More

  • US Officials Believe North Korea Was Involved In Sony Hacks

    US Officials Believe North Korea Was Involved In Sony Hacks

    U.S. officials say they believe that North Korea’s government was involved in the large-scale hack of Sony servers, which led to the leak of troves of Sony data from emails to unreleased projects, according to the NYT. Federal cyber-security sources say that there is evidence indicating that the hack was routed through computers in Singapore, Thailand, Italy, Bolivia and Cyprus, ABC reports. Read More

  • Can BlackBerry Catch A Break?

    Can BlackBerry Catch A Break?

    BlackBerry just announced the Classic, a phone that looks warped into 2014 via 2009. While by all rights it appears to be solid QWERTY solution in a non-QWERTY world, it’s hilarious that the company announced their latest and greatest on the eve of what could be the opening of the Cuban embargo and, more important, massive upheaval in one of Blackberry’s major markets, Russia… Read More

  • Anonymous Allegedly Attacking Swedish Servers For Pirate Bay Shutdown

    Anonymous Allegedly Attacking Swedish Servers For Pirate Bay Shutdown

    Anonymous is attacking Swedish government servers, including police services, in retaliation for the shutdown of the The Pirate Bay, a bit torrent aggregator. The attacks, mostly denial-of-service efforts, have been most recently aimed at the Swedish police. The main site, polisen.se, is currently live. Target: http://t.co/7n6zorlkFH IP… Read More

  • Meet The Somabar, A Home Bartending Robot With Class

    Meet The Somabar, A Home Bartending Robot With Class

    There once was a man from Blue Grouse
    Who wanted to become fully soused
    He got in his car
    And went to the bar
    And wished he had stayed in his house. “A robot I need,” said he.
    “To prepare a tipple for me.”
    He bought some steel rods
    And some whiskey pods
    And started to work on his spree. The robot he made is a thrill
    It spits out your booze with a chill
    Called the Somabar
    Read More

  • Dog Can Walk Again Thanks To 3D Printing

    Dog Can Walk Again Thanks To 3D Printing

    Another day, another animal given a new lease on life thanks to 3D printing. This time it’s Derby, a dog born with deformed legs who, with the help of some folks at 3DSystems, now runs alongside his owners with gleeful abandon. Derby’s front legs have been augmented with two blade-like attachments that Who’s-a-Good-Boy uses to run and scamper. Derby was placed into a foster… Read More

  • The ToneWoodAmp Blows Amplified Sound Out Of Your Guitar’s Sound Hole

    The ToneWoodAmp Blows Amplified Sound Out Of Your Guitar’s Sound Hole

    Are you ready to amp up your acoustic guitar to the MAXXXX? The ToneWoodAmp has got you covered. This surprisingly cool Kickstarter project is essentially a speaker that takes the sound coming in from your acoustic guitar, modifies it, and then reproduces it automatically so you can hear it out of the guitar body. It’s great for folks who might not have access to effects pedals or a… Read More

  • Doctors Can Now Successfully 3D Print A Knee Joint

    Doctors Can Now Successfully 3D Print A Knee Joint

    While this footage isn’t as exciting as I’d like it to be – I’d really prefer a big old gross close-up of a splayed knee joint – what it represents is pretty wonderful. Essentially, doctors at the Columbia University Medical Center have been able to print a knee meniscus using a degradable plastic scaffold and a protein growth system. The body then subsumes… Read More

  • Bonobos | TechCrunch Makers

    TechCrunch Makers: Bonobos Headquarters Ramps Up For The Holidays

    When I first approached Bonobos for an episode of TC Makers I was convinced I’d be able to visit a huge warehouse at the edge of town where a gaggle of monkeys was sewing together travel jeans and hipster flannel. Instead, I was invited into a relatively small New York office where designers, web folks, and customer service representatives were working on selling clothing on the… Read More

  • Indiegogo Life Helps You Fund Good Deeds

    Indiegogo Life Helps You Fund Good Deeds

    Indiegogo has launched a new service called Indiegogo Life, a free, eight-click process for funding life events like weddings and birthdays and for raising money for individuals. The company is careful to note that this is not a system for charities but for people who want to buy a present for a mutual friend or privately help out a family in need. “We’ve always been open to… Read More

  • Spanish Newspapers Want Google News Back

    Spanish Newspapers Want Google News Back

    The Internet is like a delicate rainforest ecosystem. You remove one player and the rest suffer and die. That happened in Spain this week when the government there began cracking down on Google. The Spanish government is requiring the company to pay Spanish news providers every time their content appears on the site. The search giant will shut down Google News there in response and no content… Read More

  • The Founder’s Guide To Email Security

    The Founder’s Guide To Email Security

    With the horror of the Sony Pictures breach unfolding in slow motion before us, we are reminded that operational security – OpSec – is absolutely key at any company. Whether or not you traffic in high-value data, the expectation that your servers are secure enough and that your data is worthless is foolhardy. You will be compromised and it will hurt. Read More

  • Analysts Claim Teens Still Prefer Print Books

    Analysts Claim Teens Still Prefer Print Books

    In a flawed bit of analysis, Nielsen researchers are claiming that e-book adoption is slow among teens, an interesting finding if it were actually true. Read More

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