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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  • Kinova Robotics | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Kinova Robotics Gives The Disabled A Helping Hand

    Montreal-based Kinova Robotics was founded in part because of one man – the founder’s uncle, Jaco, a disabled inventor who created a manipulator for his wheelchair out of a hot dog pincher, some microswitches, and some complex electronics. This early attempt, while primitive, was the basis for a whole series of amazing – and amazingly useful – robotic… Read More

  • Reminder: We’ll See You Tomorrow At The First Summer TC Pitch Off In Warsaw

    Reminder: We’ll See You Tomorrow At The First Summer TC Pitch Off In Warsaw

    Just a reminder that we’ll be holding the first summer TC Pitch Off in Warsaw on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8:30 PM to Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 2:00 AM (CEST). We’ll be taking over the Champions Sports Bar in the Marriott in downtown Warsaw and we’ll have a full pitch-off at the event and throw back some brews. The kind folks at Bitspiration have organized some subsidized… Read More

  • 3D-Printed Wheels Give Bubbles Her Mobility Back

    3D-Printed Wheels Give Bubbles Her Mobility Back

    Another day, another cute dog with a new lease on life thanks to 3D-printed wheels. Today we meet Bubbles, a Dachshund born without front legs. Her owner, Trevor Byers, noticed she was missing her legs when she was in the whelping box and was concerned for her quality of life. However, as she grew, it became clear that little Bubbles could be happy if only she had some sort of wheelchair on… Read More

  • The Latest Government Hack Is Bad, But Not As Bad As We Think

    The Latest Government Hack Is Bad, But Not As Bad As We Think

    Shortly after the recent Office Of Personal Management data hack, word surfaced on the Dark Net – essentially the hidden Internet – that some of the personal records were for sale. According to security expert Brian Krebs, however, this data could be less damaging than first thought. This is not to say the release of any personal information isn’t a catastrophe. However… Read More

  • Publishing’s Kickstarter Moment

    Publishing’s Kickstarter Moment

    First, some ranting: getting an Indie book reviewed is almost impossible. It took a publisher’s backing to make the The Martian a hit and Hugh Howey had to create his own publisher, Broad Reach to get official attention on the NYT bestseller rankings. In fact, the New York Times Book Review, arguably the only book review that matters these days, doesn’t publish… Read More

  • Reminder: We’ll See You On June 23 For The First Summer TC Pitch Off In Warsaw

    Reminder: We’ll See You On June 23 For The First Summer TC Pitch Off In Warsaw

    Just a reminder that we’ll be holding the first summer TC Pitch Off in Warsaw on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8:30 PM to Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 2:00 AM (CEST). We’ll be taking over the Champions Sports Bar in the Marriott in downtown Warsaw and we’ll have a full pitch-off at the event and throw back some brews. The kind folks at Bitspiration have organized some subsidized… Read More

  • SEC Reg A+ Will Now Let You Crowdfund Equity

    SEC Reg A+ Will Now Let You Crowdfund Equity

    Crowdfunding just got a little bit more interesting. According to SEC Regulation A+, as of today companies can secure funding via crowdfunding provided they are compliant with a set of very specific laws and standards. “These new rules provide an effective, workable path to raising capital that also provides strong investor protections,” said SEC Chair Mary Jo White in a release… Read More

  • Bartesian Is A Robotic Bartender That Can Make Cocktails From Capsules

    Bartesian Is A Robotic Bartender That Can Make Cocktails From Capsules

    Another day, another robotic bartender that can make your favorite drinks using a pod-based system of flavors and booze. This time the robot is called Bartesian and it uses little K-Cup-like pods to squirt out Margaritas, Cosmopolitans, and Uptown Rocks. What of the booze, you ask? The Bartesian uses little glass bottles full of various liquors to add a little kick to your drink. You can fill… Read More

  • Join Us June 23 For The First Summer TC Pitch Off In Warsaw

    Join Us June 23 For The First Summer TC Pitch Off In Warsaw

    Come one, come all to the first summer TC Pitch Off in Warsaw on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8:30 PM to Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 2:00 AM (CEST). We’ll be taking over the Champions Sports Bar in the Marriott in downtown Warsaw and we’ll have a full pitch-off at the event and throw back some brews. The kind folks at Bitspiration have organized some subsidized beers for us although… Read More

  • Kindle Announces New $119 Paperwhite E-Reader With A Font That’s Easy On The Eyes

    Kindle Announces New $119 Paperwhite E-Reader With A Font That’s Easy On The Eyes

    Amazon has just announced the availability of a new $119 Paperwhite e-reader with a 6-inch 300ppi display and a new font and book layout system that will make it easier to dig into The Martian during summer vacation. The reader will ship on June 30 and is available for pre-order now. It also includes a backlight and is available with or without cellular data and Amazon’s… Read More

  • Study Finds That Active Video Gaming May Be As Good For Kids As Playing Outside

    Study Finds That Active Video Gaming May Be As Good For Kids As Playing Outside

    Researchers at the University Of Tennessee At Knoxville have confirmed what my kids believe they already know – that some video gaming can be as physically intense for younger gamers as playing outside. Before you let your toddlers have a four-hour Minecraft session, however, check out the methodology: During a three-week period, each child engaged in one active video gaming session… Read More

  • Polish Startup Filmaster Sells To Samba TV For €1 Million

    Polish Startup Filmaster Sells To Samba TV For €1 Million

    Filmaster, a movie recommendation engine built by a team in Warsaw, Poland, has sold to Samba TV for a little over €1 million. Filmaster was funded by HackFwd and HardGamma Ventures although the founders kept most of the company as it was sold. Described as a service that offers movie recommendations using “its own proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning… Read More

  • GameStop Buys ThinkGeek

    GameStop Buys ThinkGeek

    What do you do when your primary physical sales channel is drying up? You sell something that your audience loves, preferably online, and if that doesn’t work you buy someone that does. To that end, GameStop, the beleaguered game sales company, has bought ThinkGeek, a beleaguered geek toy company, for $140 million at $20 a share. GameStop profit was up last year thanks to solid console… Read More

  • The Benarus Megalodon Lumbers Back To Life On Kickstarter

    The Benarus Megalodon Lumbers Back To Life On Kickstarter

    We first looked at the original Benarus Megalodon dive watch in 2012 when the massive timepiece first appeared on land. Designed by Steve Laughlin of Overland Park, KS (not a place normally associated with deep dives), the watch is 49mm in diameter, 19mm thick and is designed as a high-compression dive watch. You could, with a little sanding, fit two Apple Watches into one of these. Laughlin… Read More

  • The FTC Goes After Its First Failed Crowdfunding Campaign

    The FTC Goes After Its First Failed Crowdfunding Campaign

    The Federal Trade Commission just posted some fascinating details regarding a settlement related to a failed crowdfunded project. The project, a board game called The Doom That Came to Atlantic City, raised $122,874 and failed to deliver. The creators, Lee Moyer and Keith Baker, had planned to manufacture and ship the Cthulhu-themed board game in 2013 but their manufacturer, Erik Chevalier… Read More

  • Knotable’s Note Instantly Is A One-Stop Dumping Ground For All Your Ideas

    Knotable’s Note Instantly Is A One-Stop Dumping Ground For All Your Ideas

    Amol Sarva has been making cool things for most of the past decade. You’ll remember him from devices like the Peek and Halo but his new web company, Knotable, is building cool productivity tools that work right in the browser. Now he and his partner Edward Shenderovich have launched a service called Knotable Note Instantly that allows you to take notes and make task lists right in… Read More

  • Let’s Meet In Gdynia, Warsaw, And Krakow

    Let’s Meet In Gdynia, Warsaw, And Krakow

    As is my wont, I like to spend the warm summer months in Central Europe, far from sandy beaches, palm trees and piña coladas. Instead, I prefer Zywiec, the Baltic and conifers. Therefore I invite you and yours to come out to our meet ups in Gdynia, Warsaw, and Krakow where we’ll eat fine sausages and network under the Polish stars. Read More

  • Kevin Rose’s Watchville And Watch Blog Hodinkee Find The Time To Merge

    Kevin Rose’s Watchville And Watch Blog Hodinkee Find The Time To Merge

    There are a few major players in the niche of watch media and Ben Clymer’s Hodinkee is one of the biggest. The site, which features bold photos of classic and contemporary watches worth more than all of our cars combined alongside interviews, has merged with Kevin Rose’s Watchville, an aggregator that lets watch obsessives read the latest news. Rose, who will become CEO of… Read More

  • Sextronauts Want Your Help Funding The First Porno Shot In Space

    Sextronauts Want Your Help Funding The First Porno Shot In Space

    Another day, another attempt to shoot a crowdfunded pornographic film in space for three million dollars. PornHub [NSFW] has created an Indiegogo page to help support their effort to film the first porn in space, the aptly titled SEXPLORATION. The plan is to send actors and, presumably, a camera crew into space where they will film the procreative act. The plan is a perfect storm of modern… Read More

  • U.S. Legislation Aims To Ban Plastic Guns Metal Detectors Can’t Detect

    U.S. Legislation Aims To Ban Plastic Guns Metal Detectors Can’t Detect

    Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and a group of Democrats have proposed the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, legislation that would require all guns to contain enough metal to be detected by metal detectors and X-Ray machines at checkpoints and airports. The legislation is aimed squarely at 3D printed guns like the so-called Liberator. The legislation would require that all guns, plastic… Read More