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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  • Chat App Chat.Center Rebrands, Dumps Freemium Model In A Bid For Businesses

    Chat App Chat.Center Rebrands, Dumps Freemium Model In A Bid For Businesses

    When we last left ChatCenter it was running on the URL chatcenter.me and was aimed at creating a one-stop spot for chatting. Now, a few months later, it has moved from a freemium product and gone full software as a service. It will offer $1.99 chat accounts so businesses can jibber jabber with customers via an embeddable widget and it has also snagged the Chat.Center. What a difference a… Read More

  • iRobot Is Working On A Robotic Mower That’s Angering Astronomers

    iRobot Is Working On A Robotic Mower That’s Angering Astronomers

    According to a number of FCC filings, robotic vacuum maker iRobot is working on an automatic lawnmower – and they’re irking radio astronomers. The project, which is still under wraps, uses low power radio beacons to delineate the corners of your yard, ensuring your robotic mower doesn’t scoot into the back forty. Unlike other automatic systems – which use wires or… Read More

  • A Designer Is Making 3D Models Of The Nasties In The D&D Monster Manual

    A Designer Is Making 3D Models Of The Nasties In The D&D Monster Manual

    You are in a large room. There is a basket in the northeast corner and a door to your right. It is paved in cobblestones and there is blood on the stones in the center of the room. Your party enters from the south. Suddenly, from off of the room’s ceiling of comes a Hook Horror! What do you do? If you said “Stop for a few minutes to download and 3D print most of the D&D… Read More

  • Not Quite Smart, The Luminox ANU Chronograph Is At Least Quite Bright

    Not Quite Smart, The Luminox ANU Chronograph Is At Least Quite Bright

    This weekend’s watch review comes to us from Luminox, a manufacturer well-known for their amazingly bright luminescent hands and pips. Luminox uses small tubes of tritium coated with phosphor. As the tritium decays it excites the phosphor, allowing the tubes to glow for years without “charging” in sunlight. It’s a neat trick and it affords amazing readability in the dark. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, And Apple Watch

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, And Apple Watch

    I’m just going to be honest with you. We record the Gadgets Podcast on Thursday and publish it on Friday. We can usually get away with it, but on the eve of Apple Watch pre-orders, we had a hard time faking it. In the time between recording, the Apple Watch went from being available only through the words of early reviewers to being up for pre-order to being delayed to June… Read More

  • TC Makers: We Learn How MarkForged Prints Unbreakable Objects

    We first met the folks at MarkForged at CES where they showed us their printer that could create nearly unbreakable objects. By weaving carbon fiber between layers of plastic, the team made some of the coolest 3D printed objects we’ve ever seen. I went to Boston where we met MarkForged’s founder Greg Mark who walked us through his workshop from start to finish. There we saw… Read More

  • HarperCollins Is Taking Aim At Amazon As Contract Lapses

    HarperCollins Is Taking Aim At Amazon As Contract Lapses

    Publisher HarperCollins is trying to go its own way as its contract with Amazon lapses this year. The company, which received the same renewal contract as the other big publishers, namely Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan, seems to be holding off in order to both try its hand at online book sales and flex a bit of muscle against the Bezos book empire. HC has been fairly successful… Read More

  • 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

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