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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  • 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

  • Hardware Alley In SF Wants YOU

    Hardware Alley In SF Wants YOU

    It’s that time again: Hardware Alley time! We want you to exhibit at Disrupt this September and we won’t take “Ehhh, maybe.” for an answer. Disrupt runs from September 21 – 23, 2015 and features a number of new pavilions including a dedicated VR area. It’s an amazing opportunity to launch your new product and we invite you with open, loving arms. What is… Read More

  • Owlet, The Smart Baby Bootie, Raises $7 Million Series A

    Owlet, The Smart Baby Bootie, Raises $7 Million Series A

    Owlet, the teenie tiny bootie that goes on babies and informs you if they’ve stopped breathing, has raised a $7 million A round, adding some solid numbers to their already impressive $1.85 million seed. The company, led by Jordan Monroe, Kurt Workman, and Zack Bomsta, aims to use the cash to help prepare for its public launch. Read More

  • Demonsaw Uses “Social Cryptography” To Share Files And Data Anonymously

    Demonsaw Uses “Social Cryptography” To Share Files And Data Anonymously

    While Demonsaw sounds like it would be an amazing metal band, it’s actually a sharing system built by a senior programmer at Rockstar Games. The creator, Eijah, was part of the core team for Grand Theft Auto V and Max Payne 3 and is also a dedicated privacy activist. Demonsaw is his solution to the age-old problem of sharing information anonymously. “Privacy is very important to me. Read More

  • New Stretchy Electronics Will Help Us Stay Healthy And Safe

    New Stretchy Electronics Will Help Us Stay Healthy And Safe

    Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are working on a new form of electronics encased in a stretchy, bendable casing that allows you to wrap leads around body parts and even sense strain and stress in buildings, airplanes, and other vehicles. The product of the Department of Defense’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation… Read More

  • Behold! The Laptop Butler That Holds Your Drink To Your Laptop

    Behold! The Laptop Butler That Holds Your Drink To Your Laptop

    As we approach the New Age, a thousand portents churn on the horizon. Dogs and cats begin living together. A man has found something he mislaid months before in a place he has already looked. And, as was written in days of old, the Laptop Butler would rise to hold our drinks to our laptops. But what is the Laptop Butler? It is a drink holder that attaches to your laptop. Why? So you can put… Read More

  • Disney Announces Star Wars-Themed Attractions, Thereby Ensuring Force Will Be With Us All

    Disney Announces Star Wars-Themed Attractions, Thereby Ensuring Force Will Be With Us All

    Disney has announced that they will add multiple Star Wars-themed attractions to their two parks. You’ll be able to visit 14 acres of space worlds including a “never-before-seen planet,” a “trading port” (where you’ll be able to buy sweatshirts), and even a ride that lets you drive the Millennium Falcon. “I am thrilled to announce the next chapter… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Samsung, 3D Printing, And The Coolest Cooler

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Samsung, 3D Printing, And The Coolest Cooler

    Samsung unveiled new phones and Samsung Pay this week, causing a bit of buzz in the world of mobile. Because we simply can’t resist it, we discussed the latest in 3D printing, while the Coolest Cooler has become the second-most funded project on Kickstarter. We discuss all of this, and our future romantic relationships with robots, on the latest episode of the TC Gadgets… Read More

  • RetroPie 3 Lets You Play Old Games On Your New Pi

    RetroPie 3 Lets You Play Old Games On Your New Pi

    The RetroPie project has always been one of the best things about the Raspberry Pi. This software suite turns your tiny, single-board computer into a retro gaming engine and has powered such exciting projects as the CupCade. RetroPie includes all of the emulators necessary to play anything from the Atari 2600 to the Game Boy Advance. The new version, 3.0, is available for download here it… Read More

  • Bitcoin Provider Cubits Aims To Help Greeks Move Their Money

    Bitcoin Provider Cubits Aims To Help Greeks Move Their Money

    Bitcoin services provider Cubits.gr and Greek exchange BTCGreece have teamed up to help Greek citizens move cash out of the country to suppliers and business partners. Founded by Julian Mautner, Tim Rehder, and Andreas Lehrbaum, the companies hope to work around capital controls in the country to get businesses running again in the country. Essentially the team is building a cross-border… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: LocalBitcoins Leaves New York, And The Number 8

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: LocalBitcoins Leaves New York, And The Number 8

    Happy Friday, friends, and welcome to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s mostly-weekly podcast on all things bitcoin. This week John Biggs was in San Francisco, so we recorded the audio in the studio. Here’s to hoping it’s better than usual. This week we dug into the exit of LocalBitcoins from New York state, the 8 megabyte block size, and something about fiat wallets… Read More

  • Link-Sharing Site This. Raises $610,000 Seed Round

    Link-Sharing Site This. Raises $610,000 Seed Round

    Who may be on first and What may be on second but This. is on its first seed round. The media company, incubated inside of Atlantic Media, is a “curation platform for people passionate about journalism, art and entertainment.” Users can share their favorite content by submitting just one link a day, thereby reducing the noise associated with similar systems. Andrew Golis founded… Read More

  • Windows 10 Is Now Available For The Raspberry Pi

    Windows 10 Is Now Available For The Raspberry Pi

    Want to run a stripped-down version of Windows on your Raspberry Pi? Sure you do. Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows for embedded devices, is now available from Microsoft and looks to be an interesting alternative to Raspbian and other Linux-based portable OSes. What is it, exactly? First, it’s Microsoft’s effort to get ahead of the single-board computer craze. It is… Read More