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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  • The Whoop.De.Doo Is A Pleasure Machine Dreamed Up By Roboticists

    The Whoop.De.Doo Is A Pleasure Machine Dreamed Up By Roboticists

    Another day, another highly advanced pleasure device on Indiegogo. This one is called Whoop.De.Doo and comes to us from Anna Maresova, a designer in Prague. Maresova, who studied at the Faculty of Art and Design of J. E. Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem as well as at the University of Derby, invented the system while working on her Master’s thesis, the aptly titled “A Set of… Read More

  • An Interview With Nathaniel Popper, Author Of Digital Gold

    If you’ve been reading the site lately you’ll notice we’ve gone Digital Gold-crazy. First we started with an amazing excerpt outlining the story of 21.com. Then we posted a review and a podcast and now we present an short interview with the author in our studio in New York. Popper and I go through his theories behind the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, why the couldn’t… Read More

  • The Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

    The Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

    The alleged owner of the Silk Road, an online black market, has been sentenced to life in prison by Judge Katherine B. Forrest in a Federal District Court in Manhattan. He was found guilty on seven charges, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, narcotics conspiracy and money laundering. Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: A Conversation With Nathaniel Popper

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: A Conversation With Nathaniel Popper

    This week on TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast, our own John Biggs sat down with Nathaniel Popper, author of Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money, a new book focused on the cryptocurrency. Read More

  • Meet An Origami Robot That Can Build Itself, Run Around, And Then Dissolve

    Meet An Origami Robot That Can Build Itself, Run Around, And Then Dissolve

    Robots are supposed to be huge and hulking like Big Dog, but what happens when they are as light as a feather? MIT researchers recently demonstrated a tiny robot that can fold itself from a sheet of thin material, walk around and carry loads, and then dunk itself in acetone to completely dissolve. The robot, which is controlled by electromagnets, can build itself in a few seconds and then… Read More

  • Nathaniel Popper’s Digital Gold Sheds Light On The Rise Of Bitcoin

    Nathaniel Popper’s Digital Gold Sheds Light On The Rise Of Bitcoin

    The world of bitcoin is like the Lord Of The Rings without the Hobbits. You’ve got Sauron (Satoshi Nakamoto, who essentially wants freedom from law), Saruman (Ross Ulbricht, the technologist who wants to unleash the currency no matter the cost). They are battled by folks like Boromir (the hapless Mark Karpeles), Aragon (Wences Casares, the hidden knight) and the elves (Cameron and… Read More

  • With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

    With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

    Indie authors seem to be living in an age of wonders. They can upload a PDF and sell it instantly on Kindles and tablets. They can print-on-demand like merry little Gutenbergs, slinging their wares from India to Indiana. They can raise an army of fans to crowdfund their latest opus. But all is not rosy in the world of indie publishing. The tools – the things that were supposed to turn us… Read More

  • TravelersBox Raises $4.5 Million To Turn Your Change Into Money

    TravelersBox Raises $4.5 Million To Turn Your Change Into Money

    While TravelersBox may sound like a fight club for paunchy, tired business executives who spend months on a plane per year, it’s actually a box that lets you turn your foreign currency – change mostly – into dollars and Euro and then sends the value right to your Paypal, Skype, or Starbucks account. Founded by Tomer Zussman, Idan Deshe, and Dror Blumenthal, the company has… Read More

  • MasterCard Send Speeds Up Money Transfers With A Little P2P Magic

    MasterCard Send Speeds Up Money Transfers With A Little P2P Magic

    Sending money is hard. Sure we’ve got bitcoin for some and PayPal for some more and the horrible SWIFT and ACH systems for the rest of us schlubs but no one has quite cracked the money transfer trick. MasterCard Send is a good start. Created as an effort to follow the Federal Reserve initiative aimed at speeding up the money transfer system, Send allows instant disbursements –… Read More

  • Jim Gaffigan Is Using Grassroots Web Marketing for His New Show

    Jim Gaffigan, Comedian And POTI, Talks About His New Show

    Jim Gaffigan, comedian and official President Of The Internet, stopped in at our New York studio where we talked about his new show that is now streaming on JimGaffigan.com. The show will air on TV Land in a few months but he posted the first episode online so fans could watch – and learn to love – his new sitcom. Read More

  • Happy Bitcoin Pizza Day!

    Happy Bitcoin Pizza Day!

    Every May 22 cyphernerds around the world celebrate Bitcoin Pizza Day, the day when early bitcoin enthusiast and programmer Laszlo Hanyecz offered 10,000 bitcoins – about $25 at that time – for two Papa John’s pizzas (pictured above). In 2010 he posted this to a bitcoin message board: I’ll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I… Read More

  • Watch This High School Computer Club Channel Tay Tay

    Watch This High School Computer Club Channel Tay Tay

    In my high school years I learned programming from a robust man with a large mustache who practiced his golf swing while we coded in Pascal. Not once did we ever sing and I doubt he would have been able to make us had he tried. The teachers at the Whittell High School Computer Club in Zephyr Cove, Nevada have clearly figured out that secret formula. The Whittell High Computer Club and AP… Read More

  • Radio Shack Still Owes Makers Money

    Radio Shack Still Owes Makers Money

    After a brief – but energetic – flirtation with hardware startups, Radio Shack went bankrupt, leaving many creditors in the cold. The hardest hit? Those same hardware startups. According to an open database of creditors, Radio Shack owes the likes of Afinia, Parallax, and LittleBits thousands of dollars. Seeed Studio is owed the most: $806,051.63
    Maker Media (MAKE Magazine) is owed… Read More

  • Rumor Has It That Pebble Is On The Rocks Even With $18 Million In The Bank

    Rumor Has It That Pebble Is On The Rocks Even With $18 Million In The Bank

    Smartwatch maker Pebble seems to be in some trouble. According to sources close to the company, the company is having trouble maintaining its growth and has turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit. Valley VCs have been turning down the company’s requests for new capital. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky offered no comment. The company, which… Read More

  • Makers: Pitch At Make It In Brooklyn In June, Gain Fortune And Glory

    Makers: Pitch At Make It In Brooklyn In June, Gain Fortune And Glory

    Everyone knows that Brooklyn is where it’s at (because I happen to live there) but did you know it’s also home to some amazing makers? We want to feature some of these fearless creators at Make It In Brooklyn event on June 25 and we want you to pitch. Five finalists in the Tech and Maker category will be chosen – think of Tech as apps and services and Maker as hardware… Read More

  • The Light Phone Is The Anti-Smartphone

    The Light Phone Is The Anti-Smartphone

    The Light Phone is the opposite of every other phone in existence. It is thin, light, lasts 20 days on a charge, and literally does nothing but make and answer calls. It’s as if the makers of the Sports Illustrated Football Phone had studied the timeless teachings of William Walker Atkinson and created a telephone that was the platonic ideal of the ultimate telecommunication device. The… Read More

  • Bocusini Will 3D Print Your Food Like A Fine Robotic Pastry Chef

    Bocusini Will 3D Print Your Food Like A Fine Robotic Pastry Chef

    Soon we will all walk into a weird, unstaffed restaurant called Casa Automa where robots will grill burgers and serve you perfectly-shaped marzipan treats and write your name on a frosted cake so delicate that you don’t want to eat it. After all, we are quickly entering a world of entry-level 3D food printers like the Bocusini. The Bocusini won’t print you a burger. Instead, think… Read More

  • Why I’m Still Wearing My Apple Watch

    Why I’m Still Wearing My Apple Watch

    As TechCrunch’s resident watch nerd, I have been asked many times if I’m swapping my Omegas and Seikos and JLCs for the Apple Watch. And I have. I honestly have. I’ve worn the Apple Watch every day since I got it and I don’t know when I’m going to strap on a mechanical next. It’s the saddest thing in the world for me to say but, after years of calling each… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Verizon On The Horizon

    This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Verizon On The Horizon

    Can you hear me now? Hopefully you can after a month of silence out of the TC Gadgets Podcast team. But freshly acquired by Verizon, we’re back and ready to chat. The deal, which is still subject to regulatory approval, is valued at $4.4 billion. I don’t want to ruin the surprise of the podcast, so I’ll just ask you to direct your attention to the player below. Check out… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Russia And Presidential Dreams

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Russia And Presidential Dreams

    It’s Friday, which means that your friends at TCBTC, the TechCrunch bitcoin podcast, are back with another heaping helping of all things bitcoin. Let’s bit! This week, John Biggs and I almost managed to say nothing that will annoy the faithful, but by the end of the episode that was no longer the case. We’re going to bring back our friend Lopp next week to dig into the… Read More

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