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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs) and [G+ him](https://plus.google.com/u/0/102814019596965765116/posts) here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Liam Casey, AKA Mr. China, Will Join Us At Disrupt SF

    Liam Casey, AKA Mr. China, Will Join Us At Disrupt SF

    I am personally pleased to announce that Mr. China himself, Liam Casey, will appear on our TechCrunch Disrupt stage to talk about the rising tide for hardware startups. Casey has spent the last two decades in Shenzhen, China where he has become the go-to supplier for almost every major hardware manufacturer on the Fortune 100. He will talk to me about gear, gadgets, and his new accelerator… Read More

  • The Garmin Fenix 2 Brings The Running Watch Into A Dystopian Future

    The Garmin Fenix 2 Brings The Running Watch Into A Dystopian Future

    You’re in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise. It’s crawling toward you… how do you train yourself to outrun it? I like to think you’d probably want a $400 Fenix 2 from Garmin. I’ve used Garmin running watches since their first, bulbous balls of GPS electronics were launched in the early 2000s. Now, after… Read More

  • UniPi Is A Powerful Board That Can Control Your Smart Home

    UniPi Is A Powerful Board That Can Control Your Smart Home

    In the near future we will all live in smart homes. Our doors will open automatically, our air conditioners will know when we are too hot, and our toilets will understand our deepest needs. And the device to tie everything together? The Unipi. Created by a pair of Czech engineers, Adam Škorpík and Tomas Hora, the UniPi connects to a Raspberry Pi and includes eight relays for turning on and… Read More

  • Watch A Robotic Copter Land On A Moving Platform

    Watch A Robotic Copter Land On A Moving Platform

    Like Voltron, robots will soon need to coordinate landings and docking with absolutely precision in difficult conditions. That’s what a group of researchers have solved by allowing a robot and a movable landing platform to communicate in order to coordinate a perfect landing. As you can see, the quadcopter and a tank-like platform both converge on a pre-set location and both robots… Read More

  • Booting A PDP-11

    Booting A PDP-11

    As we move swiftly into an era of ubiquitous computing, Internets of Things, and mind-machine connections via wetware, it’s important to step back and take a look at where we’ve been. That’s why this How-To by Trammell Hudson is so cool. It shows how to boot a PDP-11 so you can play Adventure on a monochrome screen and reminds us that old computer were as finicky as Model… Read More

  • The Mystery Of Lorem Ipsum

    The Mystery Of Lorem Ipsum

    If you’ve spent any time around designers or the Internet, you’ll at least have a passing familiarity with a chunk of text so pervasive online that it’s almost invisible. Called Greeking or Lorem Ipsum, the chunk of Latin is used by many designers as a placeholder for text on Internet pages. And, until recently, it could have been a secret language for spies. First, a bit… Read More

  • Getting My Brain Back

    Getting My Brain Back

    I can’t do it anymore. This has been a summer of social media. I’ve used it endlessly, made plans on it, chatted, read it religiously, and watched countless friends and friends of friends go on vacation. I’ve played a game of whack-a-mole with LinkedIn invitations and I’ve streamlined my automatic Tweeting systems. I’ve watched the world buzz by 140 characters at… Read More

  • The Bolstr Bag Is A Gadget Toter’s Best Friend

    The Bolstr Bag Is A Gadget Toter’s Best Friend

    We rarely talk about bags on TC these days (except during Bag Week) but here’s a crowdfunding project that I think would be perfect for all of us multi-phone, laptop-toting nerdotrons. Call the Bolstr, this U.S.-made bag is small enough to be unobtrusive and not fancy enough to rank as a true murse. Created by Cleveland native Jay Yoo, the thin back features pockets for all your… Read More

  • The Guy Who Kickstarted Potato Salad Wasn’t Just Trolling Us All

    The Guy Who Kickstarted Potato Salad Wasn’t Just Trolling Us All

    It’s come to our attention that PotatoStock is a go. Zack “Danger” Brown, a Columbus, Ohio native, previously confirmed that he will put the proceeds raised from his potato salad Kickstarter to good use, namely founding PotatoStock, a philanthropic music festival featuring “gallons” of potato salad. The festival, which will be held on September 27 in… Read More

  • Makerbot Releases Zee, A Blank Canvas For Artists

    Makerbot Releases Zee, A Blank Canvas For Artists

    Not content with selling the best-selling consumer 3D printer on the market, Makerbot is working hard to become a force in just-in-time design and alternative art. Zee is a small figure inspired by paintable toys like Kid Robot’s Munny, Zee is designed to be printed out and decorated. It is available on Makerbot’s digital store for 99 cents. Zee is part of Makerbot’s effort… Read More

  • Watch A Thousand Micro Robots Self-Assemble Into Wild Shapes

    Watch A Thousand Micro Robots Self-Assemble Into Wild Shapes

    The madmen at Harvard have finally done it: they’ve simulated real life swarms with tiny robots, thereby bringing the coming robot apocalypse that much closer. Or maybe they just created some really cool proof-of-concept robotic self-assembly systems. Either way, what you’re seeing is a set of a thousand “kilobots” that can self-assembled into shapes and patterns. The… Read More

  • AirEnergy Is An Upgradable Wind Turbine You Can Keep In A Backpack

    AirEnergy Is An Upgradable Wind Turbine You Can Keep In A Backpack

    Have you ever wanted to become a self-sufficient hermit, living off the grid and generating all your own energy? Well you can stop drying out and burning your number-twos because here comes AirEnergy 3D. This Polish crowdfunding project is a compact, portable, and upgradable wind turbine that consists of blades and a base station. Created by the folks at Omni3D, a 3D printer manufacturer… Read More

  • DISH TV Now Accepts Bitcoin Payments

    DISH TV Now Accepts Bitcoin Payments

    Another day, another major corporation accepting BTC. This time it’s DISH TV, a satellite TV provider that is working with Coinbase to accept bitcoin payments online. Why is this news? Well, considering Overstock is now accepting $15,000 a day in Bitcoin sales, there is clearly some demand for paying for goods and services in cryptocurrency. Is this a gimmick on DISH’s part… Read More

  • Onename.io Aims To Streamline Bitcoin Transactions

    Onename.io Aims To Streamline Bitcoin Transactions

    If you wanted to send me bitcoin right now you could either type in ‘1JPrpxRagtzuzY4KWCNV2hBhybqyaTrVwA’ or just look for “johnbiggs” on Onename. That’s what two Princeton grads are hoping you’ll do, anyway. Onename.io was founded by Muneeb Ali and Ryan Shea, two engineers who thought they could fix bitcoin transactions. The goal is simple: to offer a… Read More

  • Pour Your Pellets Into The Sculptify David For Some 3D Printing

    Pour Your Pellets Into The Sculptify David For Some 3D Printing

    Most home 3D printing systems use a few basic tools to build objects. First you have a build plate and an extruder. A motor pulls plastic filament through a heated nozzle and squeezes it out, slowly but surely creating layer after layer until you have a 3D-printed Pokemon knock-off. But specialized filament is comparatively expensive, and the raw resource from which it’s made… Read More

  • The End (Of Hardware Alley Submissions) Is Nigh

    The End (Of Hardware Alley Submissions) Is Nigh

    We need you at Hardware Alley. But we’re about to shut down submissions. You need to get cracking. We want you there. So maybe get a ticket? Or ask me for a free one if you’re bootstrapping? Either way, let’s do this thing. Remember: It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs, and I’d love to meet you. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world… Read More

  • The Enactive Torch Is A Sensor That Helps The Blind “See”

    The Enactive Torch Is A Sensor That Helps The Blind “See”

    A new type of sensor could help the blind “see” objects in front of them. Called the Enactive Torch, the device sends out infrared signals which enable the user to sense nearby objects, thanks to a small buzzer attached to the wrist which alerts them if they’re about to crash into a door frame or wall. Think of it as a cane on steroids. Created by Luis Favela, Tom Froese… Read More

  • The Das Keyboard 4 Is The Hacker’s Choice

    The Das Keyboard 4 Is The Hacker’s Choice

    One of the defining images of the cyberpunk movement of the 1980s and 90s was William Gibson’s cyberspace decks. Although never explicitly described, they seemed to be something like a self-contained keyboard with electrode leads hanging off and a sometimes unmarked keyboard that hackers used to jack into the Matrix. I remember running around in my parents’ basement with my… Read More

  • Getting Orwell Wrong

    Getting Orwell Wrong

    I was ready to come to Amazon’s defense (and I will, eventually). In their long letter to the writing community, they made some excellent points. They inflamed our passions, gave us historical context for our discontent, and then quoted none other than George Orwell on the disruptive nature of paperbacks and the need for evil publishers to crack down on upstart, low-priced alternatives. Read More

  • An Interview With Josh Garza, CEO Of GAW Miners, On His $1 Million Purchase Of BTC.com

    An Interview With Josh Garza, CEO Of GAW Miners, On His $1 Million Purchase Of BTC.com

    On Monday GAW Miners CEO Josh Garza announced the purchase of BTC.com for $1 million. The domain, which now points to a landing page, is to be a beachhead on the war to make bitcoin a household name and, like sex.com before it, the purchase garnered a lot of attention. But why BTC.com? And why $1 million? I spoke with Garza about his purchase. TC: $1 Million, huh? Where’d you get all… Read More