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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • A Peek Behind The Scenes At Disrupt SF

    A Peek Behind The Scenes At Disrupt SF

    Can’t make it to Disrupt SF? Want to see what exactly the team is doing behind the scenes? Watch this shaky, inaugural video by our new drone, Jitterz, as she flies around the backstage area, through the presentation space, and out into the Hackathon/Start-up Alley room. It’s our first effort at drone-video and, as you can see, it’s a load of dangerous, low-flying… Read More

  • Time to Code | Disrupt SF Hackathon

    A Walk Through The Disrupt Hackathon

    It’s still early at the Disrupt Hackathon but that doesn’t mean hackers, programmers, and other cool folks aren’t busy working away. We’ll be posting updates from the floor over the next few hours but until then enjoy this random walk featuring Jon Sheiber and I as we wander the Hackathon crowds. Read More

  • The Feds Found The Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Thanks To A Leaky CAPTCHA

    The Feds Found The Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Thanks To A Leaky CAPTCHA

    You may have heard that the infamous Dread Pirate Robets AKA Ross Ulbricht’s Silk Road was taken down thanks to a problem in his anonymous Tor server. Now, however, Brian Krebs has shown us just how the Feds found Ulbricht’s server and, additionally, the pirate himself. A hole in the Silk Road’s anonymity appeared because of a leaky CAPTCHA prompt. CAPTCHA, as we all well… Read More

  • 3D Printed Hands Just Got Better Thanks To These DIY Wolverine Claws

    3D Printed Hands Just Got Better Thanks To These DIY Wolverine Claws

    What could be better than giving disabled kids a new pair of hands? How about slapping a set of claws on those hands! Aaron Brown, a maker and volunteer for the group Enabling The Future, has been building 3D printed prosthetic hands for kids who are missing fingers. These hands are given away for free and the group has made countless children quite happy. Now they can be happier. Brown built… Read More

  • 3Doodler Launches New Accessories Including A Much-Needed, Anti-Burninating Foot Pedal

    3Doodler Launches New Accessories Including A Much-Needed, Anti-Burninating Foot Pedal

    In todays small, hand-held 3D printer news, we learn that 3Doodler (think of a hot glue gun with a lot more usability) has released a few new accessories including a foot pedal that allows you to extrude filament without having to press the button on the device. I played with the 3Doodler a few months ago and was duly impressed. In the right hands – and with the right degree of… Read More

  • Join Us For A Screening Of Print The Legend, A Movie About Makerbot And Formlabs, On Sunday

    Join Us For A Screening Of Print The Legend, A Movie About Makerbot And Formlabs, On Sunday

    If you like 3D printing and you’re free on Sunday night, I’d like to take you to a movie. Print The Legend is an amazing (and dramatic) tale of Makertbot, Formlabs, and 3D printing in general. You can grab tickets right here and I’ll be leading a panel discussion afterwards with Co-Director J. Clay Tweel, Executive Producer Walter Kortschak, and Co-Producer Andrew Kortschak. Read More

  • Moto 360 Smartwatch

    Hands On With The Moto 360, The First Round Smart Watch

    As we approach Peak Smart Watch at the Apple event next week, manufacturers are racing to offer product to those who might not want to bow down to Cupertino in the coming months. The latest contender is the Moto 360, a steel and leather beauty that launched today alongside the new Motorola X. Although I’ve been duly impressed by the Samsung Gear series, you will immediately that the… Read More

  • Alibaba Proposes To Go Public For As Much as $66 Per Share, Valuing The Firm At More Than $160B

    Alibaba Proposes To Go Public For As Much as $66 Per Share, Valuing The Firm At More Than $160B

    Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant run by Jack Ma, has submitted F-1 paperwork to the SEC with the expectation that it will go public on September 8 under the NYSE symbol BABA. The filing appeared on SEC.gov today. 20.1 million shares will be on offer. Japanese investor Softbank currently owns 34 percent of the company while Yahoo owns 22 percent. The initial price is expected to hit at… Read More

  • The ATLAS Bipedal Robot Is Ready To Build Your Warehouse/Battle Station

    The ATLAS Bipedal Robot Is Ready To Build Your Warehouse/Battle Station

    We’ve been following MIT’s ATLAS, the bipedal robot, for a while now. We’ve seen the cute little guy walk, toddle, and climb over obstacles but now he can reach down, grab a heavy metal girder, and drag it around like a beast. Our little robo-monster is growing up! The demo, which was presented at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Hong Kong… Read More

  • Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis Will Move To Create Innovation Lab Using Stratasys Tools

    Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis Will Move To Create Innovation Lab Using Stratasys Tools

    Bre Pettis, CEO of Makerbot, is stepping down to create a co-branded Stratasys/Makerbot “innovation lab” where he will use 3D printers to work with artists, designers, and makers. Makerbot President Jenny Lawton will move into the CEO position and Pettis will be on the Makerbot board of directors. Read More

  • KnCMiner Raises $14 Million To Take Bitcoin Mining To The Moon

    KnCMiner Raises $14 Million To Take Bitcoin Mining To The Moon

    Swedish maker of bitcoin miners, KnCMiner, has announced a $14 million Series A to help build out new mining chips along with hosted mining services. Founded by Sam Cole and Andreas Kenner, the company raised with GP Bullhound advising. Creandum led the round. “The funding will enable KnCMiner to expand its mining operations and ability to offer services to consumers in relation to… Read More

  • Haven Keeps Your Doors Locked Without Keys

    Haven Keeps Your Doors Locked Without Keys

    Here’s a clever solution to keeping your door locked: It’s called Haven and it attaches to the floor and the doorframe. To open your door, you simply disengage the floor attachment and open it normally. There are no locks to pick or deadbolts to crack, simply because you don’t need to use those to keep the door closed. Created by Alex Bertelli, former Army man turned… Read More

  • Raspberry Pi Gets A Better Browser

    Raspberry Pi Gets A Better Browser

    For most of the English-speaking world, Raspberry Pi getting a new, improved web browser is a blip at best. But for a few elite hackers and educators, it’s a blessing. For years, RaspPi users have suffered from a fairly janky browser that is built into the stock version of Raspbian Linux. While you could roll your own browser, it wasn’t high on anyone’s list. Now, however… Read More

  • Logitech Releases A Surprisingly Useful Bluetooth Keyboard That Connects To Three Devices

    Logitech Releases A Surprisingly Useful Bluetooth Keyboard That Connects To Three Devices

    Keyboards, schmeeboards, amirite? But wait! Take a look at the Logitech K480, a unique Bluetooth keyboard that can connect to three devices simultaneously and allows you to switch between them using a little dial. The devices sit in a trench over the keyboard and you can swap from, say, a computer to a phone to a tablet. At $50 the K480 is an acceptably priced accessory. It features… Read More

  • The Meta Watch M1 Is A Next-Gen Smartwatch That Isn’t Ugly

    The Meta Watch M1 Is A Next-Gen Smartwatch That Isn’t Ugly

    While I could go on and on about the features, the battery life, and the fancy software, the Meta Watch M1, the latest from former Fossil engineer Bill Geiser and designer Frank Nuovo, stands out because it’s not ugly. Designed to look more like a regular watch than any smartwatch I’ve seen so far, all of the functionality including call pick-up and control, music management, and… Read More

  • 3DHubs Raises $4.5 Million To Make Local 3D Printing Global

    3DHubs Raises $4.5 Million To Make Local 3D Printing Global

    3DHubs, a 3D printer matching service, has raised a $4.5 million Series A to help bring their local 3D printing system to the world. The service, which allows you to find and order 3D prints from printers in your area, is similar to other services like MakeXYZ and 3DLt but is already available overseas. Founded by former 3D Systems employees Brian Garret and Bram de Zwart, the site was one of… Read More

  • Sonos Kills The Bridge And Goes Almost Totally Wireless

    Sonos Kills The Bridge And Goes Almost Totally Wireless

    Wireless speaker company Sonos has updated its entire streaming system to allow for nearly wireless speaker connectivity. Until today, the only way to connect an entire home to the same speaker network was to use something called a Bridge, a $50 box that connected directly to your router via Ethernet. Now, however, the system can connect directly to your wireless router, bypassing the… Read More

  • An Interview With The Potato Salad King Of Ohio, Zack Danger Brown

    An Interview With The Potato Salad King Of Ohio, Zack Danger Brown

    It’s rare to meet a comedy genius at a Tee Jaye’s Country Place in Columbus, Ohio, but that’s just what I did when I sat down for breakfast with Zack Danger Brown, the guy who blew up the Internet a few weeks ago with his exciting potato salad Kickstarter. Brown has rocketed to fortune and glory thanks to his gag and is now (potentially) going to give a talk at SXSW and… Read More

  • What Students Really Carry Back To School

    What Students Really Carry Back To School

    Back-to-school stories are click fodder. They allow for marketers to feel they are directly addressing a group of easy marks. After all, when is your life more insecure than on the cusp of a grade change or a trip to college? The world, then, is in upheaval, you hunt for answers, sometimes in the pages of periodicals that offer wine aerators and coffee subscriptions as potential sources of… Read More

  • Former Teacher And Current Entrepreneur Walter Duncan Offers Advice On Getting Things Done

    Former Teacher And Current Entrepreneur Walter Duncan Offers Advice On Getting Things Done

    In honor of back to school we’re talking to creatives, VCs, and, in this case, entrepreneurs about what it takes to succeed. Walter Duncan is a really nice guy and dedicated “teacherpreneur” who has created a test-taking app. His start-up has taken in hundreds of thousands in funding and the accolades from teachers are never-ending. We asked him what it took to be a… Read More