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.

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  • The $19 Spark Photon Can Turn Anything Into A Web-Connected Whatsit

    The $19 Spark Photon Can Turn Anything Into A Web-Connected Whatsit

    The original Spark Core was a Kickstarter hit but it had a fatal flaw: you had to be a total electronics nerd to figure it out. Now, however, you can be less of a nerd with the Spark Photon. The Photon is very similar to the original Core but it’s slightly faster and more compact. To use it you connect a sensor or motor to the core and then interact with it using a simple programming… Read More

  • The Galaxy Note Edge Is A True Cutting-Edge Phablet

    The Galaxy Note Edge Is A True Cutting-Edge Phablet

    Samsung either plays it entirely safe – see most of the Galaxy Tab line – or entirely gonzo. Whether it’s the chimerical Galaxy K Zoom or their curved TV, it’s as if the company has one floor dedicated to making vanilla ice cream an another dedicated to making unicorn-tear-flavored gelato. And it’s on that latter floor that the Galaxy Note Edge was born. First… Read More

  • Meble.pl Is An IKEA Run By Robots

    Meble.pl Is An IKEA Run By Robots

    Custom furniture is hard. Either you’re talking about something high-end with all sorts of frippery or something deliriously low-end like a countertop. What about the middle? The folks at Meble.pl, a Polish furniture manufacturer, are aiming for that interesting (and lucrative) market. First off, bear with me. The Meble.pl website is awful and the company has been around since 2008 as a… Read More

  • The Wearhaus Arc Connects Headphone Wearers In Wireless Concert

    The Wearhaus Arc Connects Headphone Wearers In Wireless Concert

    Wireless headphones are fairly rare, a few current models excluded, and good wireless headphones are exceptionally rare. The guys at Wearhaus, however, have created some wireless cans that might just be the coolest things we’ve seen all week. The headphones play back music, as you would expect, and connect wirelessly to any Bluetooth phone. There is a built-in battery and a ring of… Read More

  • The Oatmeal Addresses Net Neutrality As Only The Oatmeal Could

    The Oatmeal Addresses Net Neutrality As Only The Oatmeal Could

    The Internet routes around damage, which is why I suspect this whole Net Neutrality mess will become moot once users realize that they can hobble Cox and Time Warner as easily as they hobble their users. However, thanks to saber-rattling from the big carriers, it looks like the whole thing will be a slog with moneyed folks leading up the pro-Big-Cable cause. For example, this Tweet by the… Read More

  • Chinese Programmer Sticks Windows 95 On An iPhone 6 Plus

    Chinese Programmer Sticks Windows 95 On An iPhone 6 Plus

    Today in “putting stuff onto things on which they don’t belong,” we present a user, xyq058775, and his exciting admission that he installed Windows 95 on a brand new iPhone. He used a tool called iDos, an open source DOSBox-like app to install the OS. He found that most of it worked fine but he was unable to upgrade to Windows XP. And we can assume he was also able to… Read More

  • More Dark Markets Shut As Authorities Lead Crackdown

    More Dark Markets Shut As Authorities Lead Crackdown

    The UK National Crime Agency has posted a notice describing a series of six arrests that coincided with the takedown of the Silk Road 2.0. Authorities have also taken down two other dark markets, Hydra and Cloud 9, both hidden on the TOR network. The six people arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs were a 20-year-old man from Liverpool city centre, a… Read More

  • We Need Your Hardware Battlefield Submissions Right Now

    We Need Your Hardware Battlefield Submissions Right Now

    Look, people, we’re giving you the chance of a lifetime here: this is Hardware Battlefield where participating startups getting free exhibition space at the 2015 International CES and competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy. For the first time, TechCrunch has partnered with the CEA to be an official media partner of the tradeshow. This means companies selected to… Read More

  • Biorobotic Roaches Can Use Microphones To Search Rubble For Survivors

    Biorobotic Roaches Can Use Microphones To Search Rubble For Survivors

    Another day, another insectobot connected to a small, audio-sensing cyborg harness. Two researchers at the North Carolina State University, Dr. Alper Bozkurt and Matt Shipman, have mounted a small circuit board to a live cockroach and connected leads to the bug’s brain. By playing special tones, the board can trick the cockroach into moving left or right, essentially turning the bug into… Read More

  • Insecam Displays Unsecured Webcams From Around The World

    Insecam Displays Unsecured Webcams From Around The World

    An odd site called Insecam purports to display 73,000 unsecured webcams from around the world, most of them CCTV and simple IP cameras. All of the cameras have two things in common – they’re streaming on publicly accessible network ports and they are still using the default passwords, thereby allowing anyone with a web-crawling robot and the wherewithal to type admin/admin to… Read More

  • Former Space X Employee Arrested For Alleged Silk Road 2.0 Involvement

    Former Space X Employee Arrested For Alleged Silk Road 2.0 Involvement

    The alleged operator of the Silk Road 2.0, Blake Benthall, has been arrested by the FBI in San Francisco after federal agents shut down the site on Wednesday. The site was a copy of the original Silk Road, a secure black market site allegedly run by Ross Ulbricht. The FBI announced the arrest on its New York Twitter feed. Read More

  • This Portable Raspberry Pi Console Will Bring Back The Arcade Games Of Your Misspent Youth

    This Portable Raspberry Pi Console Will Bring Back The Arcade Games Of Your Misspent Youth

    The eNcade hopes to capitalize on your misplaced nostalgia. Essentially a Raspberry Pi inside a cute case, the portable console promises to add online multi-player to classic games, thereby allowing you to Joust with players around the world or Mario Brothers your friends across town. The console is 3D printed and contains a fully assembled Pi with arcade inputs. Anyone can build one of… Read More

  • A New Bullet Can Make 3D-Printed Guns A Reality

    A New Bullet Can Make 3D-Printed Guns A Reality

    3D printed guns aren’t very compelling right now. Because of the vagaries of plastic and the methods used to manufacture weapons like the Liberator, your gun can turn itself into a hand grenade if you’re not careful. But engineer Michael Crumling might have a solution. Read More

  • Researchers Send Robotic Penguin Babies In To Monitor Real Penguins

    Researchers Send Robotic Penguin Babies In To Monitor Real Penguins

    As we approach the coming AI singularity, it will be important for the robots to move among us to track us undetected. If this article in Nature Methods is any indication, they will do this by dressing up a small four-wheeled rover as a facsimile of a baby George Clooney and, as paparazzi snap away, the robot will tag us using RFID chips and carry some of us away for study. That’s all in… Read More

  • Limdesk Is A Customer Support Center In A Box

    Limdesk Is A Customer Support Center In A Box

    Okay, not really in a box because that would be cruel to the support personnel but still putting customer support people in boxes would probably be more efficient if you put some holes in the box and fed them. But that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about Limdesk.com. Based in Poland, the software allows you to create a simple client-management system… Read More

  • Pillow Talk Lets You Send Your Heartbeat To Your Lover Remotely

    Pillow Talk Lets You Send Your Heartbeat To Your Lover Remotely

    Long distance relationships are hard. First, obviously, there’s the distance. Then there is the worrying, the fussing, and the concern that your significant other is going to movies without you. Fear and recrimination follow and anger results and things fall apart. Pillow Talk by LittleRiot hopes to solve that. Read More

  • Ahoy, Space Pirates, Spend Your Booty On This Crazy Watch

    Ahoy, Space Pirates, Spend Your Booty On This Crazy Watch

    Arrr! Here be space pirates and where there are space pirates there is need of a $230,000 mechanical watch. Wild watch makers MB&F have just announced their MB&F HM6, a watch based on a 1970s cartoon called Capitaine Flam (Captain Flame). The bulbous watch is built of titanium alloy and you can tell the time using the little curved bulbs on one end of the piece. You can see more… Read More

  • Tom Magliozzi, Co-Host Of NPR’s Car Talk, Dead At 77

    Tom Magliozzi, Co-Host Of NPR’s Car Talk, Dead At 77

    Before laptops, before cellphones, and before computers, hackers hacked machines. For most of the last century, the machine of choice was the car. Car repair, like chess, took a day to learn and a lifetime to master and the tricks we use today – 3D printing, tag-team programming, agile design – were born in the garages of the 1950s and 1960s. John Muir’s book, How to Keep… Read More

  • Check Out This Amazing Transparent Car

    Check Out This Amazing Transparent Car

    Spectrum has posted some amazing video of a “transparent” car created by Japanese researchers. The car uses projectors, cameras, and special mirrors to reflect what’s outside the car onto the surfaces inside. The resulting images allow you to see what’s going on all around the vehicle, even behind you and in blind spots. Created by Susumu Tachi and Masahiko Inami of… Read More

  • Is Samsung Sliding Into Home Or Just Sliding?

    Is Samsung Sliding Into Home Or Just Sliding?

    These days Samsung is a mobile behemoth — with a bit of an earnings problem. The company reported its lowest profit in three years, a drop of 60 percent to $3.9 billion. It’s a huge stumble but, as the astute among you will note, it’s still $3.9 billion dollars in profit. Read More