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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  • Urgent.ly Is Uber For When Your Ride Breaks Down

    Urgent.ly Is Uber For When Your Ride Breaks Down

    When you break down, the assumption is that you need help urgent.ly. That’s why Urgent.ly exists. This on-demand roadside assistance app aims to be the Uber of what happens if your car can’t be used as an Uber anymore. Founded by Chris Spanos, Surendra Goel, and Luke Kathol, the service allows you to pinpoint your location and request help. Spanos, who worked as a GM of Repair.com… Read More

  • Announcing TechCrunch’s Blockbuster 2015 Events

    Announcing TechCrunch’s Blockbuster 2015 Events

    TechCrunch’s many events are famous (and sometimes infamous) and we want you to join us as we travel the globe to bring you insightful, fun, and valuable experiences. We have events for all comers including our meetups where you can network and see great new companies, the August Capital party where SF goes to sweat in the sun and do deals, and Disrupt where it all happens and legends… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Phorm, Samsung’s Eavesdropping TV, And Xiaomi

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Phorm, Samsung’s Eavesdropping TV, And Xiaomi

    This week, we saw a new iPad case that creates physical buttons at the flip of a switch, a TV that listens in on your conversations, and heard that Xiaomi is planning its entry into the States. It’s been hectic to say the least. Read More

  • Journalist David Carr Dead At 58

    Journalist David Carr Dead At 58

    David Carr was a scarecrow of a man, wiry and sharp, his eyes bright and a smile bubbling up here and there when he knew he was right or when he was proud of you. Those who were subjects of his anger wouldn’t soon forget him, however. In one notable exchange with the editors of Vice magazine he sat patiently as co-creator Shane Smith bad-mouthed Carr’s home since 2002, the New… Read More

  • The Fitbit Charge HR Brings Back The Basics

    The Fitbit Charge HR Brings Back The Basics

    As a longtime lover of all things Fitbit, I’ve missed the good old days. The bright, readable displays and the little tidbits like a slowly growing flower to indicate progress were a real joy back in 2008 when the company launched onstage at Disrupt. Now, seven years later, after multiple styles and sizes, after the launch of the diminutive Flex and the odd Zip, we come to the Charge… Read More

  • Quantum of the Seas | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Inside The IT Room Of A High-Tech Cruise Ship

    In order to prevent electrical fires, cables on a ship can’t be spliced. This means that a cable that starts at one end of the massive Quantum Of The Seas, Royal Caribbean’s latest pleasure ship, has to be over 1,139 feet long to reach the other end. That’s a lot of cable and it’s a lot of cable management. Welcome to the world of on-ship IT, a discipline with its… Read More

  • Join Us In Barcelona During MWC

    Join Us In Barcelona During MWC

    Here we go! We’ve finalized the event space, have collected some great sponsors, and we’re ready to rumble. But you’d best hurry because tickets are almost out and when we hit 200 we’re not going to add any more. We’ll see you in Barcelona! Here’s what’s up: we’re holding a Meetup and Pitch-off in Barcelona on March 3rd and we want you there. Read More

  • Bookniture Is A Book And Also Furniture

    Bookniture Is A Book And Also Furniture

    You love books… but you also love places to sit. You’re in a bind. The evil Dictator of your tiny country says you can only one of the two – a book or a chair. What to do? If you have Bookniture, you can thumb your nose right at Generalissimo Alibria’s state photograph and sit on your book. What is this thing? Well, it’s basically a fold-away form of furniture made… Read More

  • RoboCore Is A Core For Your Robo

    RoboCore Is A Core For Your Robo

    Krakow-based RoboCore has just launched on Kickstarter and is looking for a mere $50,000 to help you build better robots. The device is essentially a brain for your robotic projects. It is compatible with LEGO MindStorms and allows you to control multiple servos and sensors. You can also stream audio and video through the box. You program it via an IDE and then upload instructions… Read More

  • Voltera, The Electronics Printer, Launches To Much Fanfare

    Voltera, The Electronics Printer, Launches To Much Fanfare

    One of our absolute favorites from the Hardware Battlefield just launched on Kickstarter and they are, if you’ll excuse the cliché, crushing it. The company appeared on our stage at CES 2015 and showed of an early working prototype. Now, however, they’re ready to take orders and start shipping. The printer is essentially a PCB maker. You put in a board, upload a circuit diagram… Read More

  • It’s Time To Rethink Our Smart Things

    It’s Time To Rethink Our Smart Things

    There was a section so common in big name CES tech presentations that it was almost comical. After announcing some widget or the other, a cheerful CEO would stand on stage and talk about how smart everything would soon become thanks to the SmartAppliance Framework or some such nonsense. The television can talk to the fridge which in turn can tell the washer to turn on. You can connect your… Read More

  • A Security Researcher Just Dumped 10 Million Real Passwords

    A Security Researcher Just Dumped 10 Million Real Passwords

    Security researcher Mark Burnett released a torrent of 10 million passwords and usernames, a trove of comparatively anonymized data that he sourced from open websites from around the web. The passwords and usernames are older and most probably dead and, most importantly, Burnett sourced them from websites that were “generally available to anyone and discoverable via search engines in… Read More

  • Join Us In Barcelona On March 3 At The Mini-Meetup And Pitch-Off

    Join Us In Barcelona On March 3 At The Mini-Meetup And Pitch-Off

    You may have noticed a few posts about our Barcelona Mini-Meetup and Pitch-Off over the past week and it looks like we’ve finally nailed down a location and time. Forget everything you heard so far. Here’s the real information. Note: to offset the cost of the space and food, we’re charging €5.50. The previous RSVP list is not valid so please buy a ticket if you intend… Read More

  • TC BTC Podcast: Bitcoin Mining, Coinbase Exchange & Bitcoin Pricing

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: A New Exchange And The World Of Mining

    Today marked a special episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast, as both John Biggs and myself were in the same city. We crashed the TCTV studio to shoot a video build of our little show. This time around, we dug into Coinbase’s new exchange and what it might mean for the maturation of bitcoin itself, along with a look at a massive bitcoin mining operation that constitutes… Read More

  • Raspberry Pi 2, Microsoft Buys Sunrise & Drunk Drone Flies Into White House

    CrunchWeek: Raspberry PI, Microsoft Buys Sunrise, And Drunk Drones

    There is nothing that is better to soothe your Crunchies hangover than a breezy video clip with John Biggs, Greg Kumparak, and myself, digging through the biggest, and most interesting story of the week. The new Raspberry PI device, and its ability to run Windows 10 caused a ruckus in recent days, as did Microsoft’s in-motion purchase Sunrise. Finally, drones should not be flown drunk… Read More

  • A Rare Look Inside A Massive Bitcoin Mine

    A Rare Look Inside A Massive Bitcoin Mine

    Bitcoin mining is not a pretty business. It requires lots of specialized servers that are essentially unusable for normal computing and lots of cooling. But when you bring thousands of miners together in the same room, things really get ugly. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Friendship!

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Friendship!

    We were all physically in the same room for this podcast, which is the first time that has ever happened. That said, we covered a multitude of topics, including the new Nintendo 3DS, the potential Swatch smartwatch and the first-world problems of folks who own multiple IoT products. Read More

  • Highly Dexterous Robot Can Fold Balloon Animals, Close Zip-Ties

    Highly Dexterous Robot Can Fold Balloon Animals, Close Zip-Ties

    The Terminator: The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line November 14th, 2014. Human decisions are removed from strategic balloon animal-making. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, November 30th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug. Sarah Connor: Skynet fights back. The Terminator: Yes. It folds eight balloon fish… Read More

  • ZappyLab Makes It Easier To Experiment

    ZappyLab Makes It Easier To Experiment

    Scientists have it rough. Not only do they have to protect us from giant monsters from another dimension (see Pacific Rim, Cloverfield) but they also have to create reproducible experiments and techniques in the lab. That’s where ZappyLab comes in. TC Radio Pitch-off winner ZappyLab, and their first product, Protocols.io, aim to help researchers build and share experimental… Read More

  • Unwinding The Swatch Group Smartwatch Announcement

    Unwinding The Swatch Group Smartwatch Announcement

    The Swatch Group dropped a bombshell – in its staid way – announcing plans to release a smartwatch in the next three months, potentially to coincide with the April launch of the Apple Watch. First, understand that watch companies don’t know how to market to tech consumers. As I wrote here, Swatch is an integral part in the haute horology industry, a sort of heavy base for… Read More