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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs) and [G+ him](https://plus.google.com/u/0/102814019596965765116/posts) here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Ring MyBell

    Ring MyBell

    If you’ve ever nearly ended up under an SUV or been doored by a sleepy minivan-driver, you’ll appreciate the MyBell. Designed by the folks at MyBell.co in Brooklyn, the $99 horn allows you to add up two digital audio files and multiple custom light patterns that will blast drivers with 105 decibels of noise and 110 lumens of light. The resulting cacophony should keep you out from… Read More

  • Tell Me Dave Lets You Train A Robot To Respond To Complex Commands

    Tell Me Dave Lets You Train A Robot To Respond To Complex Commands

    Sudo make me a sandwich, anyone? A new research project by a computer science team at Cornell University is using human volunteers to train robots to perform tasks. How is it unique? They’re showing robots how to infer actions based on very complex, human comments. Instead of having to say “move arm left 5 inches” they are hoping that, one day, robots will respond to… Read More

  • Hardware Battlefield Finalist CubeSensors Raises A $700,000 Seed Round In Bitcoin

    Bitcoins are everywhere these days! CubeSensors, a Slovenian hardware startup that is making mini environmental sensors for homes, has just received a $700,000 seed round from the founders of BTC payments platform, Bitstamp. The cash came in the form of crypto currency. In addition to the funding, the company is also selling their Cubes for bitcoin in addition to fiat currency, which is a… Read More

  • Dynamic Yield, A Tricksy Content Server, Raises $12.25 Million From Marker LLC

    Dynamic Yield, A Tricksy Content Server, Raises $12.25 Million From Marker LLC

    In an era of finely-tuned advertising efforts are on the rise and web organizations that don’t consist of underpaid college grads at Buzzfeed-esque puppy mills are waning, there is a movement afoot to create customized and A/B tested content at all times. That’s what Dynamic Yield hopes to do and they just raised another $12.25 million to do it. Read More

  • The Reports Of Fire Phone’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

    The Reports Of Fire Phone’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

    The cynics among us believe that the Amazon Fire Phone is going to be a flop. As Matt Haughey shows us in the above image, a phone attached to a product finder sounds like a mercenary mess, aimed at improving Amazon’s life and not ours. Our own Darrell Etherington believes that the price is too high at $199 (and a wild $649 for an unlocked model). Instead, he believes that it should cost… Read More

  • Doozers Become Real Thanks To These Cement-Laying Minibuilders

    Doozers Become Real Thanks To These Cement-Laying Minibuilders

    The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona is working on a set of robots that will soon be able to build complex structures by extruding layers of concrete, a process that might be a bit slow but that will allow strange, unique shapes to be formed using concepts popularized by plastic 3D printers. Read More

  • Coined, A Documentary On Cryptocurrency, Needs Your Fiat Cash

    Coined, A Documentary On Cryptocurrency, Needs Your Fiat Cash

    What the world needs now is more converge of dogecoin. Luckily, the folks at Coined: The Story of Cryptocurrency are on the case. The film, created by Chris Higgins and Adam Cornelius, is going to be released next year but still needs $72,000 for production costs. That’s where you and your fiat currency comes in. “We’re cutting through the noise to tell more personal… Read More

  • Microsoft Social Media “Strategist” Targets The Wrong Guy

    Microsoft Social Media “Strategist” Targets The Wrong Guy

    Oh, social media strategists, will you never learn? Even after the great Samsung Debacle of a few months ago, a “strategist” working on behalf of Microsoft (and I don’t believe this is Microsoft’s fault, honestly, because even Microsoft wouldn’t be this stupid) sent our own former EIC and anti-payola-crudsader Michael Arrington a nice note: Read More

  • Poetica Is A Clever Text Editor That Lets You Phone A Friend

    Poetica Is A Clever Text Editor That Lets You Phone A Friend

    I’m a sucker for text editors. I’ve got all of them. Scrivener is my favorite by far. But I do enjoy me a good Google Docs now and again. Ommwriter, too. Now there’s Poetica. It’s really nice. Read More

  • ChatCenter Is A Global, Secure Chat System That Lets Anyone Drop You A Line

    ChatCenter Is A Global, Secure Chat System That Lets Anyone Drop You A Line

    There is no dearth of chat apps out there. From WhatsApp to Viber to Skype, you can’t walk a mile in Palo Alto without tripping over an emoji. That said, ChatCenter, a new service from TechCrunch co-founder Keith Teare and two engineers, Alex Komarov and Sergey Zhukov, is an interesting addition to the glut. Read More

  • 3D Systems Shows Off Its Super-Fast 3D-Printing Assembly Line

    3D Systems Shows Off Its Super-Fast 3D-Printing Assembly Line

    The biggest problem in 3D printing is mass production. While prototyping one or two items per day is fine for small manufacturers, what if you want to customize hundreds or thousands phone cases for Google’s Project Ara phone? Read More

  • What Is “Below Cost” In E-Book Pricing?

    What Is “Below Cost” In E-Book Pricing?

    Today’s big overnight news is that Apple has settled with consumers and states in a pricing suit, the details of the settlement as yet undisclosed. Don’t worry: you won’t have to register a $10,000 windfall with the IRS because Apple asked publishers to raise prices and force Amazon to do the same in order to beat Bezos’ $9.99 stranglehold on the e-book giant. Read More

  • Rendor Turns Your Single-Camera Smartphone Into A Real 3D Scanner

    Rendor Turns Your Single-Camera Smartphone Into A Real 3D Scanner

    Using a piece of paper with a specially printed grid and a regular smartphone, Rendor may have just cracked the 3D scanning code. The system allows you to create a 3D scan of almost any object simply by taking video of it from every angle. The program interpolates the shape of the object based on how it is positioned on the grid and then generates a usable 3D file. Read More

  • Swatch’s Sistem51 Rethinks The Mechanical Watch

    Swatch’s Sistem51 Rethinks The Mechanical Watch

    I have a soft spot for mechanical watches which is why the so called Sistem51 (Swatch calls it the shouty SISTEM51) is so near and dear to my heart. It is, in short, one of the most interesting developments in mass-market micro mechanics since the invention of the quartz Timex, a mix of cool high-tech and ridiculous, Tamogotchi-like old tech that it’s interesting that it hasn’t… Read More

  • This Chocolate Drone Will Fly Directly Into Your Distended Belly

    This Chocolate Drone Will Fly Directly Into Your Distended Belly

    Look: you and I both know what’s going on here. This is either a viral ad for Milka or a riff on Üter Zörker at the Springfield Chocolate Factory but let’s retract our marketing antennae for a moment and just revel in the idea: this is video of a quadcopter made of chocolate. The body is made of chocolate. The motors, obviously, are metal and the propellers plastic, but the rest… Read More

  • MakerBot Now Shipping Massive Z18 3D Printer

    MakerBot Now Shipping Massive Z18 3D Printer

    When MakerBot announced the Z18 printer last January at CES, there wasn’t much of a shipping date. Now, however, the company has begun shipping the massive 3D printer to customers who have pre-ordered thus far and expect to ship from their Brooklyn factory in six to eight weeks for new orders. Read More

  • This DIY Game Boy Pocket Uses A Raspberry Pi To Bring You Absolute, Unending Joy

    This DIY Game Boy Pocket Uses A Raspberry Pi To Bring You Absolute, Unending Joy

    Imagine if I told you, almost 20 years ago, that you could put every single Game Boy game (plus a bunch of others) inside of your Game Boy Pocket without having to buy or swap out cartridges. “Forsooth, what wizardry is this,” you’d say. “Tell me more, time-traveler.” Prepare yourself, twenty-years-ago-you, because your brain is about to explode. This DIY project… Read More

  • Formlabs 3D Printing Workshop | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Making The Future With The Team At Formlabs

    A few weeks ago I visited the headquarters of Formlabs in Somerville, Mass. where I had the pleasure of meeting the entire team in their small – but growing – workshop. There I saw a repair bay, research room, and even a molecular lab where materials scientists are hard at work making new solutions for the company’s unique SLA printer. When I first met the guys from… Read More

  • Boom Goes The Bitcoin

    Boom Goes The Bitcoin

    Dropped, as Yoda would say, the other shoe has. U.S. Marshals are now selling off 29,656.51306529 BTC, about $18 million in bitcoin at today’s $600 price. The sale announcement drove prices down for a brief period overnight moving the needle down from $620 to $608. Read More

  • CoinVox Brings Bitcoin Donations To Politicians

    CoinVox Brings Bitcoin Donations To Politicians

    Sending a bitcoin isn’t that hard – if you know what you’re doing. But since the Federal Election Commission OKed the use of bitcoin by political action committees, things have gotten a little hairy. CoinVox, a service created by Christopher David, is looking to smooth the path from your bitcoin wallet to your favorite politician’s war chest. The service is fairly… Read More