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.

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  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: BlackFriday!

    We’re bringing this podcast to you a little early so you can arm yourself before going into Black Friday! Join Greg Kumparak, Matt Burns, and Darrell Etherington as we skewer Zelda and talk about the best laptops for your money! We invite you to enjoy our weekly podcasts every Friday at 3 p.m. Eastern and noon Pacific. And feel free to check out the TechCrunch Gadgets Flipboard… Read More

  • Thankful

    Thankful

    Time’s running out. We fear. We long for escape. We all succumb to fire, disease, and sloth. There’s not a lot to be thankful for. But it’s getting better. We have mastered many infectious diseases and we can manage life expectancy and infant mortality with some degree of success. Most of us survive past the first few hours of life these days. We can be thankful for… Read More

  • Razor Crazy Cart | Hands On

    Gift Guide: The Razor Crazy Cart

    While I did say that the Razor Crazy Cart was, well, crazy, it’s well worth a closer look if you have the space and safety equipment to send your kids careening around your driveway at about twenty miles per hour. That’s right: this is your dream go-kart from the folks who made the Razor scooters and, if you have the space and helmets it’s the best fun your kids will have… Read More

  • Expressiv Is An Irish MIDI Guitar With Some Groovy Light Effects, Man

    Expressiv Is An Irish MIDI Guitar With Some Groovy Light Effects, Man

    Hey, man, is that a MIDI guitar with amazing internal lighting effects? Well turn it up! Hot on the heels of the GTar and the Jamstik we present the Expressive, a guitar designed by Rob O’Reilly. The Kickstarter, which ends today, sold the guitars for about $450 and aims to ship in March. Does the world need another MIDI guitar? Sure. This model scans the fretboard to see where your… Read More

  • Pomplamoose Details The Cost Of Being An Indie Band

    Pomplamoose Details The Cost Of Being An Indie Band

    In a surprising display of transparency, Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn aka Pomplamoose detailed what it took to run a 28-city tour of the US. The bottom line? The band made $135,983 in income… and incurred $147,802 in expenses. Essentially, they lost a little over $11,000. But what does this mean for a modern Indie band? Conte writes that all is not lost. First, obviously, is the… Read More

  • Inspace Aims To Rocket Us Into Virtual Reality

    Inspace Aims To Rocket Us Into Virtual Reality

    In the yeaaaaarrrr 2000! As I recall, we were all supposed to be flying around with jetpacks and using Minority Report-esque hardware by now, but that still hasn’t come to pass. Thankfully the folks at InSpace are on the job. The system, which is mostly software, allows you to see media and information in a three-dimensional space. Before you chortle into your beard while thinking of all… Read More

  • Regin Spying Software Has Been Attacking Governments And Corporations Since 2008

    Regin Spying Software Has Been Attacking Governments And Corporations Since 2008

    Symantec has found an unusual new threat called Regin aka Backdoor.Regin. The software, which is essentially a very powerful Trojan Horse, appears to have been circulating in the wild since 2008 and has been hitting governmental, industrial, and individual systems with impunity, using sophisticated encryption and targeting systems to spy on targets. The anti-virus company has released a… Read More

  • The ‘Brief History Of Graphics’ Video Series Is Your Monday Morning Pong Pick-Me-Up

    The ‘Brief History Of Graphics’ Video Series Is Your Monday Morning Pong Pick-Me-Up

    A video series by Stuart Brown of XboxAhoy has created one of the nicest mini-documentaries I’ve watched in a while. The five-part series that looks at computer graphics from Pong to Galaxian to Street Fighter and beyond. The whole series – complete with Brown’s soothing brogue – is a great look at the history of game graphics and the tools that programmers used to… Read More

  • Weaved Hauls Your Raspberry Pi Projects Online

    Weaved Hauls Your Raspberry Pi Projects Online

    Playing with Raspberry Pi is a lot of fun, but what happens when you want to get some real work done? While it’s not difficult to make a RaspPi board do cool stuff, getting it to communicate with the wider world is a bit of a challenge. That’s why Ryo Koyama, Mike Johnson, and Doug Olekin made Weaved. While the goal is a bit broad – “Weaved is looking to enable Internet… Read More

  • A Gift Guide For The Childless Who Have To Buy Gifts For Children

    A Gift Guide For The Childless Who Have To Buy Gifts For Children

    Buying toys for kids is like trying to help a couple of strangers carry a couch up two flights of steps. While your assistance may be appreciated, in theory, you’re probably going to end up doing something wrong. To that end, we present five toys that are, in theory, amazing (and I like all of them and you should, if the child in question is old enough to handle them, buy them) but that… Read More

  • eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print In 2018

    eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print In 2018

    PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. What does this mean? Essentially that a ebook popularity and pricing stabilizes, users will spend more on bits than they will on pulp. The resulting switch could be the final nail in the print coffin. The NYT created this chart of rising revenue from… Read More

  • Makerclub Helps You Learn 3D-Printed Robotics

    Makerclub Helps You Learn 3D-Printed Robotics

    Want to make a giant 3D-printed spider robot? A humanoid help-mate? A robotic scorpion with a powerful, electrified tail? Makerclub can probably help. Created as a place for makers to come together and discuss 3D printed robotics, the service is now part commerce site, part repository, and part educational resource. Interestingly, the service is also offering a hardware brain on Indiegogo to… Read More

  • Mikme Is A Portable, Multitrack Recording Rig For Your Cool Band

    Mikme Is A Portable, Multitrack Recording Rig For Your Cool Band

    If you got your first real six string at the Five and Dime and you and you and some guys from school got together to record some songs primarily during and around the summer of 1969, you probably could have used the Mikme. The Mikme is a box-shaped microphone that can sit anywhere in the room and record, the creator claims, audiophile-quality sound wirelessly. It connects to a phone or tablet… Read More

  • Incoming MakerBot CEO Is Focused on Perfecting Their Ecosystem

    Makerbot CEO Jenny Lawton On Ramping Up A Fast-Moving Company

    3D printer company Makerbot experienced almost exponential growth. After a few years in a cramped Brooklyn warehouse, the team grew from 20 to 600 in a few short years and the company was bought by Stratasys, a major player in the professional printing space. Makerbot’s new CEO, Jenny Lawton, sat down with us to talk a bit about what it meant to be a global company and how it felt… Read More

  • Seed Lab Creates A Seamless Connection Between You And Your Kettle

    Seed Lab Creates A Seamless Connection Between You And Your Kettle

    A few months ago, the guys at Seed Labs showed me an Internet of things product that piqued my interest. While the product isn’t quite fully-baked, it was essentially a low power Bluetooth chip that could fit into any device – a lightbulb, a kettle, a toaster – and report, without pairing, to a cellphone. In other words you could simply plug in a lamp and your phone would… Read More

  • The Don’t-Leave-Home-Without-It Machine Ensures You Do As It Says

    The Don’t-Leave-Home-Without-It Machine Ensures You Do As It Says

    In one of the greatest examples of LittleBits engineering I’ve seen in a while, maker Sean Ragan made a little box that reminds you to take objects when you leave the house. You can place anything inside it – glasses, a wallet, your pills, the skull of a marmot – and it will ring a bell if you pass by it without taking the item out. ´┐╝Nowadays we’ve got more stuff… Read More

  • Yes, Ashton, There Are Journalists

    Yes, Ashton, There Are Journalists

    Ashton Kutcher, actor and occasional Disrupt participant, has something to say about journalism. Yesterday he Tweeted, apropos of Uber: What is so wrong about digging up dirt on shady journalist? @pando @TechCrunch @Uber — ashton kutcher (@aplusk) November 19, 2014 This created a hand-wringing media storm that caused journalists to chuckle and shrug. He was schooled in multiple venues… Read More

  • Senator Al Franken Asks Uber’s CEO Tough Questions On User Privacy

    Senator Al Franken Asks Uber’s CEO Tough Questions On User Privacy

    Senator Al Franken, Chairman of the Subcommittee On Privacy, Technology, and the Law, has posted a public letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in which he addresses many of the claims made over the past few days that the company has consistently compromised user privacy as a matter of course. “I am especially troubled because there appears to be evidence of practices inconsistent with… Read More

  • Researchers Train Computers To Make Up Magic Tricks

    Researchers Train Computers To Make Up Magic Tricks

    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic but what if the technology actually creates magic? A group of researchers at the Queen Mary University of London have trained a computer to create magic tricks using puzzle pieces and cards that are reproducible by humans. This isn’t HAL sawing a woman in half, however. The tricks are very basic mathematical… Read More

  • PacketSled Secures Your Network With An Easy-To-Understand War Room

    PacketSled Secures Your Network With An Easy-To-Understand War Room

    In my years as a programmer and network manager (I still kind of do that stuff when I handle my own servers) I’ve discovered that the tools used have been far from intuitive. While powerful, command-line and web-based systems tend to be confusing, apocryphal, or messy. That’s why Packetsled piqued my interest. This startup has produced a network monitoring tool that uses an… Read More

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