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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  • Little Girl Gets An Amazing Purple And Pink 3D-Printed Arm

    Little Girl Gets An Amazing Purple And Pink 3D-Printed Arm

    Another day, another life changed thanks to ubiquitous 3D printing. This time makers made a little girl named Faith a Flamingo-like pink and purple arm that lets her grasp objects when she flexes. The arm, which is almost entirely 3D-printed except for some straps and screws, lets her pick up objects, play and even ride a bike. Read More

  • Another Swiss Watch Company Jumps On The Activity Tracker Train

    Another Swiss Watch Company Jumps On The Activity Tracker Train

    Mondaine is a Swiss watch company with a solid pedigree. Their clever watch design is based on the Swiss railways clocks created by a designer named Hans Hilfiker in 1944. It is eminently readable and was a whimsical collector’s favorite for years. Now, however, they’ve decided to add a little bit of technology to their most designer-centric watch, the Helvetica. The Helvetica… Read More

  • You Can Now Use Your Cellphone As A 3D Modeling Tool

    You Can Now Use Your Cellphone As A 3D Modeling Tool

    Researchers have created a new technology that uses the camera and accelerometers in an average cellphone to measure real objects in 3D space. Created at Carnegie Mellon University, you can use the system to build “3D models of the world” just by waving your phone around an object or scene. The accelerometers, called inertial measurement units, roughly tell the phone’s… Read More

  • Rittenhouse Raises Over 550 To Bring Advanced Rights Management To The Automatic CRM Cloud

    Rittenhouse Raises Over 550 To Bring Advanced Rights Management To The Automatic CRM Cloud

    Rittenhouse, a joint venture between Jordan Ventures and Chrysomalinia, raised Series A funding to the tune of 550 in order to bring virtual VR-based interactivity to the Cranston Advanced CRM through immediate gratification and gamification. Rittenhouse CEO Paul Littleton explained that his company was now the largest supplier of post-CRM rapid innovation systems in the West and he expects… Read More

  • See You This Week In Montreal And Toronto

    See You This Week In Montreal And Toronto

    Here we go! TechCrunch is winging its way to Montreal and Toronto this week for some amazing meetups. We want to see you there so I hope you’ve purchased your ticket, eh. All the pitch-off companies are picked and the judges are in line to offer pithy commentary. The pitch-offs will follow our tried and true formula. We’ll pick 6 to 8 startups per city and they will have 60 seconds… Read More

  • The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Is The New Hotness

    The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Is The New Hotness

    The smartphone to beat this season is the Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s slim, stylish, and powerful, a mashup between the previous Galaxy S series with the original iPod Touch. It’s well-made and unique, a combination rarely found in cellphones these days and it is as far from the Galaxy S5 as the T-1000 was from the original Terminator. In short, it’s pretty cool and probably the only… Read More

  • This Easy Cheese 3D Printer Offers Sweet, Golden Disruption

    This Easy Cheese 3D Printer Offers Sweet, Golden Disruption

    We toss the word “disruption” around far too frivolously here but I think we’ve finally found a product that deserves to be called amazing, magical, game-changing, and – dare I say it? – disruptive. It is an Easy Cheese 3D printer, four words that have never been brought together in the English language yet that are so important to the future of mankind. Read More

  • The End Of Hardware Alley Registrations Is Nigh!

    The End Of Hardware Alley Registrations Is Nigh!

    It’s almost April and Hardware Alley, our annual celebration of all things hardware, is nearly full. You need to sign up ASAP and let me know you’re coming because I want to see you and your bright, shining, robotic amazingness on our show floor. Disrupt runs from May 4-6 and will be held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. It’s an amazing event and you can check it… Read More

  • Schrödinger’s Meerkat

    Schrödinger’s Meerkat

    We humans are mostly boring. Our daily activity, unless carefully curated by the entertainment complex, is mundane and few people outside of our immediate family and circle of friends care about us. It is into this cold, dark world that Meerkat was born. A “massive” hit at SXSW, the app allows us to stream live video to folks who follow us on Twitter. When you initiate a stream… Read More

  • The HTC One M9 Is Trying Hard To Stand Out In The Android Crowd

    The HTC One M9 Is Trying Hard To Stand Out In The Android Crowd

    Repetition, it’s been said, is a sign of persistence and dedication. It’s also a sign of insanity. That’s where HTC is right now and, while it would be a fine place to be if there was no strong competition in the smartphone market (just ask Samsung), it’s not a great position for a company facing Xiaomi and other smartphone players on the prowl. And repetition is what… Read More

  • ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone

    ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone

    A new 3D-printed drone called the ELF VR Nano is available for pre-order on Indiegogo and for download on Thingiverse. That’s right: you can either buy the product and receive pre-printed parts or you can simply print it yourself. It’s one of the purest open source hardware plays I’ve seen in a long while and it just goes to show how cool it is to be able to print your… Read More

  • Fantasical 2 Makes Your Cal Fantastic-er

    Fantasical 2 Makes Your Cal Fantastic-er

    Fanatical Fantastical users rejoice! The app, which makes adding appointments to your calendar as easy as clicking a button on top of your Mac menu bar and typing “Eat pork with Alex at 5pm on Wednesday,” has completely revamped its scheduling system and now supports complex requests (“Eat pork with Alex every Tuesday”) and reminders (“Remind me to eat pork with… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Poker, BitPay And Growth

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Poker, BitPay And Growth

    Hello friends and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast on all things bitcoin. This episode we were joined by Sonny Singh of BitPay, one of the largest bitcoin companies around, to talk about the state of bitcoin itself, as well as the firm’s recent deal with Neteller. Read More

  • Olio Creates A Homebrew Smartwatch With Some Amazing Features

    Olio Creates A Homebrew Smartwatch With Some Amazing Features

    It’s not every day I’m impressed by a smartwatch. Plenty of Android Wear and Pebble devices have come and gone and aside from a brief “Huh” I haven’t really let any of them capture my attention. Olio is different. The brainchild of former Apple and HP product designer Steven Jacobs, he wanted a watch that was rugged, usable, and easy to read. While he was aware of… Read More

  • mDrawBots Will Draw On Your Wall, Floor And Eggs

    mDrawBots Will Draw On Your Wall, Floor And Eggs

    mDrawBots, a Kickstarter project from MakeBlock, are very reminiscent of old-timey Erector sets with one interesting difference: These robots can actually do cool stuff. Designed to be customizable, the kits allow you to build robots that will draw on walls and floors, and even draw sassy little faces on eggs. The robot moves around each surface like an ink plotter, laying down a line here… Read More

  • Did Socratic.org Raise $6 Million?

    Did Socratic.org Raise $6 Million?

    What is integrity? How do you find a missing gas valve in a system? How do you find instantaneous rate of change? Don’t ask me, ask Socratic. The e-learning company just raised a $6 million Series A from Shasta Ventures, Spark Capital, and the Omidyar Network and they are asking “What is the meaning of all this money?” Founded two years ago by tech veterans Chris Pedregal… Read More

  • Hey, New Orleans, Let’s Talk Startups Tonight

    Hey, New Orleans, Let’s Talk Startups Tonight

    Good morrow, good citizens of New Orleans, I bid thee attend an impromptu meet and greet in your fair city tonight at 7:30pm at sublime Barcadia, a strange land full of libation of merriment. I’m in town for NOEW and I’ll be speaking tomorrow morning but I’d like to get to know some of the startups in the area and I can think of no better place than in a location that… Read More

  • Apple Watch, Shmapple Watch. Here’s A Watch That’s Full Of Ants!

    Apple Watch, Shmapple Watch. Here’s A Watch That’s Full Of Ants!

    Assume, for sanity’s sake, that this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. If we begin our exploration of the Ant Watch on that basis we are able to suspend, for a moment, our disbelief and consider deeply and truly the madness of wearing a watch full of ants on your wrist. Read More

  • New Ransomware Encrypts Your Game Files

    New Ransomware Encrypts Your Game Files

    If you’re in love with your Diamond Armor and Sword combo, you might want to back up your computer. A new form of ransomware called TeslaCrypt has been found that primarily targets game files. This means when it attacks it will encrypt all of your saved game files and ask you for about $1,000 to access them again. Usually your only TeslaCrypt is targeting files associated with games… Read More

  • The Jivr E-Bike Zips, Zooms, And Folds

    The Jivr E-Bike Zips, Zooms, And Folds

    The electric bike, like the electric car and, for some, electric underwear, has long been the dream of futurists. Many have tried to make a solid, portable, and foldable bike and many have failed. Perhaps Jivr hasn’t? This chainless bike was created by a Polish inventor Marcin Piatkowski. It can go about 20 miles per hour with a 20-mile range and it is light enough to pedal if your… Read More