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 Digital Chord Chart Is A DIY Way To Learn The Guitar

    The Digital Chord Chart Is A DIY Way To Learn The Guitar

    It is my understanding, and correct me if I’m off base here, that you’re into piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. Furthermore, you’re not into yoga and, I suspect this is unrelated but let’s not quibble, you have half a brain. And if you like making 3D-printed guitar necks at midnight on your home workbench, then you should probably take a look at this… Read More

  • The New Jamstik+ Is A Musician’s Best Friend

    The New Jamstik+ Is A Musician’s Best Friend

    As a wannabe guitarist, I find that the hardest thing to do is sit down and actually play guitar. When I first saw the Jamstik, a five-fret mini electronic guitar, I was impressed. It was about as big as a sub bun and featured strings that never had to be tuned. To play it you simply chorded and strummed as usual and you could transmit your MIDI-translated noodlings to a mobile app or your… Read More

  • New “Dry” EKG Sensors Pave The Way For Advanced Wearable Heath Devices

    New “Dry” EKG Sensors Pave The Way For Advanced Wearable Heath Devices

    Researchers at North Carolina State University have built a new form of “dry” EKG/EMG sensors that allow doctors to get high-density data on a patient’s heart performance in a package that can be worn for extended periods of time. Traditional EKG sensors require a wet gel layer to be placed down between a patient’s skin and the sensor and cannot be left on the body for… Read More

  • Spark Announces A Jolly, Candy-Like Button For Your Wi-Fi Interactivity Needs, IFTTT Interactions

    Spark Announces A Jolly, Candy-Like Button For Your Wi-Fi Interactivity Needs, IFTTT Interactions

    If you, like Stimpy, can’t stop yourself from pressing buttons due to Space Madness, Spark has something for you. A new product, called the Spark Button, is essentially just that: a button. What will happen when you press it? Maybe something good? Maybe something bad? I guess we’ll never know. But what we will know is that this is essentially an interface device for the Spark… Read More

  • Makerbot Adds Thingiverse Groups, A Way To Share Models With Like-Minded Makers

    Makerbot Adds Thingiverse Groups, A Way To Share Models With Like-Minded Makers

    Thingiverse, Makerbot’s collection of public 3D models, is one of the keys to its continued success. However, thus far it has been a fairly lonely affair with users uploading their models and interacting with individuals only rarely. Now there’s Thingiverse Groups, a small tweak that lets you create an online group of like-minded makers. Quoth the Makerbot blog: Our new… Read More

  • Sharebox3D Lets You Share 3D Printers With Friends, Family, Enemies

    Sharebox3D Lets You Share 3D Printers With Friends, Family, Enemies

    The folks behind Sharebot, a simple 3D printer, have taken to Indiegogo to introduce Sharebox3D, a system for sharing 3D printers with remote users. The app, which works on smartphones and tablets, allows you to choose a model and print it just as you would print a document on a 2D printer. The app lets you store model files (STLs) and slice them on the fly, turning them into models that a… Read More

  • Swiss Police Confiscate The Things Purchased Randomly By A Darknet Bot

    Swiss Police Confiscate The Things Purchased Randomly By A Darknet Bot

    Robots need ketamine too! And to supply their robot with drugs a group of Swiss techno-artists programmed an agent to randomly buy an item on a random darknet site with bitcoin, resulting in a cache of drugs and other contraband that, at first, was a fun art project and then caught the eye of the authorities. Called the Random Darknet Shopper, the robot simply found a random item and bought it. Read More

  • Lizard Squad’s Plaintext Customer List Leaked As Another Member Is Arrested

    Lizard Squad’s Plaintext Customer List Leaked As Another Member Is Arrested

    The Lizard Squad, the group of hackers credited with taking down Xbox Live and PSN over the holiday, have been compromised and much of their data leaked. Brian Krebs received a listing of the Lizard Squad’s LizardStresser customer database and noted that the group made about $11,000 in bitcoin serving up denial-of-service on demand. At the same time police arrested an alleged member of… Read More

  • How The Watch Industry Will Save Itself

    How The Watch Industry Will Save Itself

    The night before the launch I asked a friend who had insider knowledge about the product. I posited that the watch would be something you wore on one wrist and that I could wear my beloved mechanicals – my massive Bell & Ross, my Speedmaster Mark II, and my world timer Jaeger-LeCoultre – on my other wrist. I’d be a little like Nicolas Hayek, the beloved CEO of the… Read More

  • A Million-Dollar Robot Suit Is Available On Amazon Japan

    A Million-Dollar Robot Suit Is Available On Amazon Japan

    A few years ago we wrote about something called a Kuratas, a robotic mech suit that allowed the wearer to fire a BB Gatling gun whenever they smile at their soon-to-be vanquished enemies. When it appeared in 2012 everyone thought it was a funny joke. Now it’s available on Amazon Japan for $1 million. The robot is obviously a bit hobbled – the powers that be don’t want us… Read More

  • Alleged Silk Road Mastermind Claims Head Of Mt. Gox Was The Real Dread Pirate Roberts

    Alleged Silk Road Mastermind Claims Head Of Mt. Gox Was The Real Dread Pirate Roberts

    If you read the headline above and said “Huh?” then you are not alone. It seems Ross Ulbricht, the alleged head of Silk Road, was not the real owner of the site. According to Ulbricht’s attorney, the creator was one Mark Karpeles, the disgraced head of Mt. Gox, an exchange that imploded theatrically in February. Motherboard has a reporter at the trail who noted that… Read More

  • Duke Researchers Create Artificial Human Muscles

    Duke Researchers Create Artificial Human Muscles

    As a representative of M.U.S.C.L.E., I find artificial muscles a bit unseemly. However, researchers at Duke University have been able to grow their own twitching tissue, a first that could allow researchers to test drugs on working muscle without damaging a live host. Read More

  • The Rainbow After The Bitcoin Storm

    The Rainbow After The Bitcoin Storm

    BTC value fell below the $200 mark for a brief period overnight, a move that is causing many Bitcoin bulls a bit of concern. The currency has been falling steadily since the holiday and is now at or below the levels set when BTC exchange Mt.Gox imploded. It is currently at $186.53 and relatively stable. However, that price is a far cry from the heady $1,000 days of late 2013, a price that I… Read More

  • MarkForged: Carbon Fiber 3D Printing

    MarkForged Shows Us 3D-Printed Parts That Even Fezzik Couldn’t Break

    At the surface, the products made with a MarkForged Mark One printer don’t look like they’d be very strong. Printed in a crude-looking white and beige filament, the wrenches and tools demoed by founder Greg Mark at CES this year looked like any other 3D-printed object – flimsy and unfinished. However, once you tried to break them, amazement set in. The wrench he built based… Read More

  • Teddy The Guardian, The Protective Plushie, Gets $400K In Seed Investment

    Teddy The Guardian, The Protective Plushie, Gets $400K In Seed Investment

    Teddy the Guardian, unlike his animatronic cousin, Teddy Ruxpin, will not terrify your children. Teddy is actually a vital signs sensor that allows parents to check a child’s temperature and heart rate with a single tap of the bear’s paw. Because it’s also a beloved toy, the child won’t be frightened and doctors and parents can see the results inside a mobile app in… Read More

  • Boy Is Presented 3D-Printed Storm Trooper Prosthetic From The 501st, Vader’s Own Legion

    Boy Is Presented 3D-Printed Storm Trooper Prosthetic From The 501st, Vader’s Own Legion

    In part infinity in our continuing series of heart-warming 3D-printing events, we present Liam and his amazing 3D-printed Clone Trooper arm. A cool dude named John Peterson printed the arm for Liam after learning about E-Nable, a group of volunteers who print arms and hands for kids. Liam’s arm, for example, is a RIT model that works with kids with an elbow but no forearm. Peterson built… Read More

  • John Biggs Interviews Karolina Boladz

    A Look Inside The World Of European Hardware Funding

    Karolina Boladz is the COO of Zortrax, a 3D printer company in Poland. Her company grew out of a Kickstarter project that ballooned and is now in the running to be one of the largest and most popular printers in Europe. However, unlike her competitors, Zortrax had a hard road to funding and ended up issuing bonds in lieu of raising an A Round. The result? A strong company that is opening… Read More

  • Some Of The Best Video From CES 2015

    Some Of The Best Video From CES 2015

    CES is a huge show. While we focused on Hardware Battlefield, in truth we covered miles of convention center and shot hours of film. And we want you to watch some of the best of it. While you can enjoy all of our video over here, I’ve picked out a few of our favorite clips to show the madness, the dronelove, and the magic of CES. It’s a massive event and it’s loads of fun… Read More

  • The Lizard Squad’s “Lizard Stresser” Service Runs On Hacked Routers

    The Lizard Squad’s “Lizard Stresser” Service Runs On Hacked Routers

    Security expert Brian Krebs has analyzed the Lizard Stresser, an attack tool created by the so-called Lizard Squad hacker collective and touted as a test for webmins who needed to see what happens to their services under duress. His discovery? The network of attack computers actually consists of insecure and compromised home routers. This is the network used to take down the Playstation… Read More

  • John Biggs Talks to James Park of Fitbit

    Fitbit CEO James Park Talks About Wearables And The Apple Watch

    Fitbit recently announced a new smart devices, the Surge and the Charge and took to CES to show just how cool they were. I got the chance to sit down with CEO James Park to talk wearables, heart rate monitors, and his expectations for the Apple Watch. See, Fitbit isn’t afraid and I’m not sure they should be. While a true popular wearable will cut into some fashion and tech… Read More

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