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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  • Convoy! The Fueloyal Is A Smart Fuel Cap For Truckers

    Convoy! The Fueloyal Is A Smart Fuel Cap For Truckers

    Breaker breaker 10-4 good buddy. We got Fueloyal on your tail coming up off the exit. This robotic fuel cap essentially keeps track of the fuel poured into your vehicle independently of the truck itself and lets fleet owners ensure they no one is stealing the fuel poured into their 18-wheelers. Called the iCap 1000, the system fits into your Class-A truck gashole and tracks the gallons poured. Read More

  • The da Vinci 1.0 AiO Is The Future Of All-In-One 3D Printers

    The da Vinci 1.0 AiO Is The Future Of All-In-One 3D Printers

    As we enter the second half of this, the Decade of 3D Printing, we are coming to a crossroads. On one hand the Rebel open source RepRap crowd are clamoring to keep 3D printing free, man, while the Imperial forces of 3D Systems and Stratasys – along with countless imitators all attempting to commercialize 3D printing and create the first popular home printer – are locked in a race… Read More

  • New “Shingled” Hard Drives Hold Terabytes For Pennies A Gig

    New “Shingled” Hard Drives Hold Terabytes For Pennies A Gig

    While the last time most of us thought of shingles was when we were itchy in eighth grade, Seagate has been thinking of them as a way to store data. Called Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) Drives, Seagate’s new drives can store 8 terabytes of data for about 3 cents a gigabyte. Read More

  • Whose Your Landlord Checks Out Your Place For You Before You Rent It

    Whose Your Landlord Checks Out Your Place For You Before You Rent It

    Ofo Ezeugwu wants you to like your landlord. His new start-up, Whose Your Landlord (he explains about the Whose vs. Who’s here), rates landlords, allowing you to ensure you don’t get a stinker when you sign your rental contract. Ezeugwu, who went to Temple University and is an “actor and model, & former licensed life, accident, and health insurance producer,” hopes… Read More

  • Ralph Baer, The Grandfather Of Gaming, Dead At 92

    Ralph Baer, The Grandfather Of Gaming, Dead At 92

    On weekends, my basement could be considered a shrine and church to Ralph Baer. It is there that my children congregate and play video games for hours, a pastime now as familiar as gathering around an open flame was to our early forbears. Ralph Baer, who died on December 6 at the age of 92, lit a thousand digital fires in a thousand cozy living rooms. He was the grandfather of gaming. A… Read More

  • Forget Mistletoe Drones, These Inventory Drones Are Where It’s At

    Forget Mistletoe Drones, These Inventory Drones Are Where It’s At

    Let Amazon have its scuttling crab-like robots that can move entire shelves – a German company is working on an inventory management system that will fly around warehouses and confirm whether items are in stock. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics has created a sort of mobile antenna that can move through a warehouse and ping RFID tags (or read barcodes) on… Read More

  • Researchers Create Shapes In The Air Using Ultrasound

    Researchers Create Shapes In The Air Using Ultrasound

    When you give a mouse a VR headset he’s going to ask for some haptics to go with it. To that end, researchers at the University of Bristol have created a system for projecting invisible “shapes” in the air using ultrasound. When your hand enters a sphere, for example, you feel the edges and the contours of it and, in the case of multiple objects, the contours and spaces… Read More

  • Print Your Own Crossguard Lightsaber

    Print Your Own Crossguard Lightsaber

    Star Wars fans rejoice: you can now print your own lightsaber on your 3D printer and even design your own crossguard saber just like that one dude in the new movie. LeFabShop, a French 3D printing outfit, has created a set of files that can be used to print almost any type of lightsaber in any color. The Instructable they made is a great resource for Star Wars fans and includes handles… Read More

  • TGI Friday’s Mistletoe Drone Injures Photographer In Brooklyn

    TGI Friday’s Mistletoe Drone Injures Photographer In Brooklyn

    The following sentence has never been written in the history of human language: A mistletoe-toting drone flying in a crowded Sheepshead Bay TGI Friday’s restaurant cut a photographer’s face after it careened out of another reporter’s hand. The fact that I had to write this sentence is proof that marketing departments and drone operators need some time apart. You see, TGI… Read More

  • Comcast Makes It More And More Difficult To Opt-Out Of Internet Sharing

    Comcast Makes It More And More Difficult To Opt-Out Of Internet Sharing

    As we learned back in June, Comcast has decided to turn every cable router on its network into a public wi-fi access point. While this may sound like a good idea – free Internet for all Comcast subscribers everywhere is the goal – the reality clashes with the Internet user’s sense of freedom and control. And, unfortunately, Comcast is making it harder and harder to opt out… Read More

  • Kindle Needs A “Subscribe To Author” Button

    Kindle Needs A “Subscribe To Author” Button

    When Amazon launched the Kindle Unlimited service last July, the idea was that popular indie authors could use the service as a way to gather royalties and raise their author profiles in tandem. The all-you-can-eat reading service was supposed to help, not harm, authors. The opposite has been the case. After the launch of KU a number of prolific writers have seen sales drop precipitously. Read More

  • U.S. Marshals Complete Second Auction Of Silk Road Bitcoin

    U.S. Marshals Complete Second Auction Of Silk Road Bitcoin

    The U.S. Marshals Service has completed the second auction of bitcoin seized from the original Silk Road. The auction, consisting of 50,000 BTC, is the latest in a seized BTC sell-off that began in June. Read More

  • New Technique Allows Researchers To Extract Audio From Silent Video

    New Technique Allows Researchers To Extract Audio From Silent Video

    By looking at the minute vibrations in high speed video, researchers at the Department of Engineering of the Catholic University of America have created a method for extracting sound data from high-speed silent video footage. From the release: The authors used a subset-based image-correlation approach to detect the motions of points on the surface of an object, capturing target images with… Read More

  • SuperDuino Is A Tiny Arduino Board With A Built-in Touchscreen

    SuperDuino Is A Tiny Arduino Board With A Built-in Touchscreen

    Another day, another Arduino project. This time it’s something called SuperDuino, a tiny touchscreen powered by a coin cell battery and backed up by a tiny Arduino-Like processor. The kit can be used to build smartwatches and other mini devices and costs about $25 for the entire system. You can add microSD readers, Bluetooth, and wireless connectivity to the SuperDuino, as well. Read More

  • Cryptomatic Bitcoin Watches Are A Sign Of The Coming BTC Apocalypse

    Cryptomatic Bitcoin Watches Are A Sign Of The Coming BTC Apocalypse

    I love me some watches, that’s for sure, but I’m not sure what I think about these Cryptomatic watches made by a private label manufacturer in Hong Kong. The watches aren’t techie at all – they’re basically Hong Kong-made mechanical timepieces with a big Bitcoin symbol on the front – but the real value is the retail model. First, understand that I… Read More

  • The Father Of The Powersquid Launches A Bluetooth-Enabled Carbon Fiber Drone

    The Father Of The Powersquid Launches A Bluetooth-Enabled Carbon Fiber Drone

    Chris Hawker, the creator of the Powersquid, and some of his buddies at Trident Design have created a new flying drone, the Carbon Flyer. The Flyer is an ultralight airplane that flies under its own power and controlled via Bluetooth. A tiny camera streams the flight to your phone. Read More

  • 3D Systems v. Formlabs Patent Lawsuit Dismissed

    3D Systems v. Formlabs Patent Lawsuit Dismissed

    The lawsuit between Formlabs and 3D Systems relating to stereolithography has been dismissed with prejudice, a move that frees Formlabs to make their printers without fear of further patent problems. 3D Systems first sued Formlabs back in 2012 for patent infringement related to their laser-based stereolithography techniques. In the interim, the company has grown to 100 people and has released… Read More

  • New ATM Skimmers Connect To The Card Reader Via A Nearly Invisible Hole

    New ATM Skimmers Connect To The Card Reader Via A Nearly Invisible Hole

    A new advance in credit card theft technology has hit the streets and it’s pretty clever. The ATM hackers are now drilling a small hole near the card reader and inserting a bit of electronics that connects to the ATM’s innards. The hole is then covered by a decal and the skimmer fished out once the thieves are ready to take in their haul. Discovered by the European ATM Security… Read More

  • This 3D-Printed Star Wars Ball Bot Is Ready To Awkwardly Co-Pilot Your X-Wing

    This 3D-Printed Star Wars Ball Bot Is Ready To Awkwardly Co-Pilot Your X-Wing

    Today’s Fun 3D Printable™ comes to us from Thingiverse user lilykill. The model is rendered in 3D and the head is connected to the ball body so it won’t be able to spin freely. The best thing, though? The model is life-size and can be printed to be about as big as R2-D2. Read More

  • Arthur Chu, “The Jeopardy! Guy,” Talks About Gamergate And Web Harassment

    Arthur Chu, “The Jeopardy! Guy,” Talks About Gamergate And Web Harassment

    Arthur Chu is best known for his odd – but winning – Jeopardy! strategy. He brought a web native’s attitude and methodology to win almost $300,000 on the show. He is now an outspoken anti-Gamergate writer and agreed to answer a few questions regarding his experience bearing the brunt of GG online attacks. Read More