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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  • Intel And Google Team Up With TAG Heuer To Bring Android Wear Uptown

    Intel And Google Team Up With TAG Heuer To Bring Android Wear Uptown

    Your next Android Wear watch could be a TAG Heuer. Intel and Google are today announcing a partnership with the iconic watch brand that will result in a TAG-branded Swiss watch powered by Android Wear. The announcement came at the start of Baselworld, the world-famous watch show in Basel, Switzerland where companies like TAG and Swatch are looking to retain market share. The partnership is… Read More

  • Skimmers Are Now Grabbing Your Credit Card Data At The Door

    Skimmers Are Now Grabbing Your Credit Card Data At The Door

    Just when you thought you were safe, the card skimmers are at it again. This time they’re placing their card readers inside the door locks that require you to dip your card before you can enter an ATM vestibule. According to Brian Krebs, the scammers hide the readers inside the comparatively unnoticed locks and then add a small hidden camera around the ATM. They grab your card data via… Read More

  • Clearpath Raises $11.2 Million To Automate Warehouses In A Decidedly Non-Creepy Way

    Clearpath Raises $11.2 Million To Automate Warehouses In A Decidedly Non-Creepy Way

    Unlike the robots in Five Nights At Freddy’s, Clearpath’s new products won’t sneak up on you in the dark while you’re guarding an abandoned warehouse. In fact, their products are aimed at making warehouse workers’ lives easier and decidedly non-scary. The company, which recently raised an $11.2 million ($14 million CAD) Series A from RRE Ventures after six years… Read More

  • A Chat With Project Mosul About Rebuilding A Ruined History

    A Chat With Project Mosul About Rebuilding A Ruined History

    Matthew Vincent is one of the members of Project Mosul, an effort to recreate the lost artifacts at the Mosul Museum that were recently destroyed by ISIS fighters. By taking pictures and images of the broken artifacts, the group hopes to recreate them with 3D printers, storing at least the shape and quality of the originals to keep them safe, at least in a digital form. He spoke with me about… Read More

  • Project Mosul Aims To Resurrect The Artifacts Destroyed By ISIS

    Project Mosul Aims To Resurrect The Artifacts Destroyed By ISIS

    In what could be one of the most interesting and important uses of 3D scanning to come along in a long while, the Initial Training Network for Digital Cultural Heritage is working to collect photographs of the destroyed statues that can be used to piece together 3D models of the destroyed artifacts. With enough visual data, the group should be able to recreate the objects to scale and undo… Read More

  • Romain Jerome Announces The Subcraft, The Mechanical Watch That Looks Digital

    Romain Jerome Announces The Subcraft, The Mechanical Watch That Looks Digital

    Sometimes it’s nice to have a little something mechanical in your life. To wit: the Romain Jerome Subcraft is the company’s latest “novelty” – a watch not made for mass production – that displays the hour on a side readout and the minutes on a dial on top of the case. This $24,000 watch – that’s 2 Apple Watch Editions, give or take – is… Read More

  • WellDeserved Is A (Fake) Startup That Pokes Fun At Tech’s Privilege

    WellDeserved Is A (Fake) Startup That Pokes Fun At Tech’s Privilege

    Have a free Google Lunch you don’t take advantage of because you’re eating only local blueberries this week? Does your company have a masseuse you don’t use because you’re touch-phobic? WellDeserved is for you. The app allows you to sell the things you get for free. Pass your health insurance on, temporarily, to someone with a compound fracture. Give someone else the… Read More

  • Marketers Tricked SXSW Tinder Users With A Chatbot

    Marketers Tricked SXSW Tinder Users With A Chatbot

    There are a few universal truths in online dating: most photos are carefully staged, most profiles are slightly puffed-up, and most people on them (and this is clearly fast-changing) are actually human. Until some unlucky Tinder users spotted Ava. A company promoting the movie Ex Machina created a fake account, Ava, with a photo of the star of the movie. Ava is an AI in the film and… Read More

  • InsiteVR Makes It Easy To Bring 3D Models Into Your Virtual World

    InsiteVR Makes It Easy To Bring 3D Models Into Your Virtual World

    As we all entire the bright VR future we find ourselves at an impasse: we all have amazing 3D models we want to see appear before us like tiny digital floating incubi but how do you get those selfsame models into your randomly generated digital pleasure palace? That’s where YC company InsiteVR comes in. Founded by Columbia roommates Angel Say and Russell Varriale, the project started out… Read More

  • Fly Into Space Thanks to the Hackaday Prize | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Your World-Changing Project Could Send You To Space

    Usually on TC Makers we visit a team or factory building something incredible. Now, however, we’re showcasing an incredible opportunity for you guys. The venerable Hackaday has announced what they are calling the Hackaday Prize. The goal is to get individuals or teams to work on projects that will change the world and the best one wins amazing trip: a space flight on the carrier of… Read More

  • The Woolet Is A Wallet That Yells At You When You Leave It Behind

    The Woolet Is A Wallet That Yells At You When You Leave It Behind

    The Internet of Things promised us a deeper connection with our objects. We would be hugging our toasters, marrying our fridges, and sleeping with our bathroom scales. But nothing out there so far could talk back to us until the Woolet. The Woolet is a wallet that contains a small beacon that connects to your phone. When you leave (or lose) your wallet, the phone will buzz to let you know. Read More

  • Watch Tony Stark Deliver A Real Bionic Arm To A Happy Fan

    Watch Tony Stark Deliver A Real Bionic Arm To A Happy Fan

    The real Tony Stark AKA Robert Downey Jr. in conjunction with EnablingTheFuture delivered a real bionic prosthesis to a young fan, Alex, who was born without most of his right arm. The project, led by Albert Manero, aims to make low-cost 3D-printed arms for the disabled and Alex’s looks so much like a real Iron Man arm that even Stark was jealous. It’s wonderful to see these sorts… Read More

  • TransitScreen Raises $600,000 To Bring Bright, Shiny Screens To Bus Stops And Subways

    TransitScreen Raises $600,000 To Bring Bright, Shiny Screens To Bus Stops And Subways

    In the future we will all wear amazing silver underpants and look at our incoming bus and subway transfers on a screen from TransitScreen. Created by a lone entrepreneur with a dream and some LCDs, TransitScreen is a sort of timetable for mass transit. However, these things can sit in multiple places including in the lobby of your favorite building where they display train times, information… Read More

  • Join Us At The First Montreal TC Pitch-Off And Meetup

    Join Us At The First Montreal TC Pitch-Off And Meetup

    TechCrunch is headed to Montreal on April 1 and we want to see you there. We’re going to hold a whirlwind tour of our neighbors to the north, landing first in Montreal and then in Toronto the next day. Our goal? To bring some amazing startups down to Disrupt in May. Sign up today! The meetup starts at 7pm and goes until 10:30pm. It will be a hoot. Tickets cost $10 and include drinks. Read More

  • Join Us In Hardware Alley

    Join Us In Hardware Alley

    We want to see you in New York for Disrupt NY 2015, our annual celebration of all things startup. 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 and you’re some of my favorite people. Disrupt runs from May 4-6 and will be held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. It’s an amazing event… Read More

  • ATRIAS, The Bipedal Robot, Keeps Standing Even After You Sweep The Leg

    ATRIAS, The Bipedal Robot, Keeps Standing Even After You Sweep The Leg

    In what is sure to be one of the videos that our future robot overlords bring up at the trial of Galacicus 5000 v. The Human Race as an example of cruelty against androids, a researcher kicks and pushes ATRIAS, a bipedal robot. The robot, built by researchers at Oregon State University, remains upright throughout the abuse by hopping from one leg to another, essentially repairing its balance… Read More

  • Pioneering Tech Blog GigaOm Is Shutting Down

    Pioneering Tech Blog GigaOm Is Shutting Down

    GigaOm, a tech blog founded by journalist turned VC Om Malik, is shutting down after finding itself unable to repay creditors. The site has been serving up tech news (and has served as a direct competitor to TechCrunch) since 2006. Initially Twitter chatter backed up reports of the site’s demise. “Gigaom is shutting down. The site. And the company. But Om built something amazing and… Read More

  • TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple Watch, New MacBook, ResearchKit, HBO Now And More

    TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple Watch, New MacBook, ResearchKit, HBO Now And More

    Today served up quite a bit of information around the Apple Watch, the new MacBook, and the introduction of ResearchKit, HBO Now, and much more. And as tech nerds, we can’t help but talk about it until our minds have shut down entirely. If you want to listen in on the babble… well, we’re here for you. Read More

  • The Apple Watch Enters The World Of Haute Horology

    The Apple Watch Enters The World Of Haute Horology

    As anyone who has popped into a watch store can tell you, high-end watches are expensive. Amazingly expensive. Cheaper Rolexes cost about $7,500 in stainless steel and a Panerai or Patek can’t be had for anything less than $12,000. And that’s exactly where the Apple Watch Edition lands – smack in the middle of the rarefied air of Haute Horology. Before you grumble about… Read More

  • Apple Just Canceled The Right Click

    Apple Just Canceled The Right Click

    Years ago, when Steve Jobs decided that mice needed only one button, Apple had a problem. While Mac users were busy clicking on things all over the screen, PCs added a second button, the right click, in order add a second layer of interaction, a feature that eventually forced Cupertino’s hand and created the control-click. Even as mice added button after button and trackpads still… Read More