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 and G+ him here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • The ATLAS Bipedal Robot Is Ready To Build Your Warehouse/Battle Station

    The ATLAS Bipedal Robot Is Ready To Build Your Warehouse/Battle Station

    We’ve been following MIT’s ATLAS, the bipedal robot, for a while now. We’ve seen the cute little guy walk, toddle, and climb over obstacles but now he can reach down, grab a heavy metal girder, and drag it around like a beast. Our little robo-monster is growing up! The demo, which was presented at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Hong Kong… Read More

  • Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis Will Move To Create Innovation Lab Using Stratasys Tools

    Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis Will Move To Create Innovation Lab Using Stratasys Tools

    Bre Pettis, CEO of Makerbot, is stepping down to create a co-branded Stratasys/Makerbot “innovation lab” where he will use 3D printers to work with artists, designers, and makers. Makerbot President Jenny Lawton will move into the CEO position and Pettis will be on the Makerbot board of directors. Read More

  • KnCMiner Raises $14 Million To Take Bitcoin Mining To The Moon

    KnCMiner Raises $14 Million To Take Bitcoin Mining To The Moon

    Swedish maker of bitcoin miners, KnCMiner, has announced a $14 million Series A to help build out new mining chips along with hosted mining services. Founded by Sam Cole and Andreas Kenner, the company raised with GP Bullhound advising. Creandum led the round. “The funding will enable KnCMiner to expand its mining operations and ability to offer services to consumers in relation to… Read More

  • Haven Keeps Your Doors Locked Without Keys

    Haven Keeps Your Doors Locked Without Keys

    Here’s a clever solution to keeping your door locked: It’s called Haven and it attaches to the floor and the doorframe. To open your door, you simply disengage the floor attachment and open it normally. There are no locks to pick or deadbolts to crack, simply because you don’t need to use those to keep the door closed. Created by Alex Bertelli, former Army man turned… Read More

  • Raspberry Pi Gets A Better Browser

    Raspberry Pi Gets A Better Browser

    For most of the English-speaking world, Raspberry Pi getting a new, improved web browser is a blip at best. But for a few elite hackers and educators, it’s a blessing. For years, RaspPi users have suffered from a fairly janky browser that is built into the stock version of Raspbian Linux. While you could roll your own browser, it wasn’t high on anyone’s list. Now, however… Read More

  • Logitech Releases A Surprisingly Useful Bluetooth Keyboard That Connects To Three Devices

    Logitech Releases A Surprisingly Useful Bluetooth Keyboard That Connects To Three Devices

    Keyboards, schmeeboards, amirite? But wait! Take a look at the Logitech K480, a unique Bluetooth keyboard that can connect to three devices simultaneously and allows you to switch between them using a little dial. The devices sit in a trench over the keyboard and you can swap from, say, a computer to a phone to a tablet. At $50 the K480 is an acceptably priced accessory. It features… Read More

  • The Meta Watch M1 Is A Next-Gen Smartwatch That Isn’t Ugly

    The Meta Watch M1 Is A Next-Gen Smartwatch That Isn’t Ugly

    While I could go on and on about the features, the battery life, and the fancy software, the Meta Watch M1, the latest from former Fossil engineer Bill Geiser and designer Frank Nuovo, stands out because it’s not ugly. Designed to look more like a regular watch than any smartwatch I’ve seen so far, all of the functionality including call pick-up and control, music management, and… Read More

  • 3DHubs Raises $4.5 Million To Make Local 3D Printing Global

    3DHubs, a 3D printer matching service, has raised a $4.5 million Series A to help bring their local 3D printing system to the world. The service, which allows you to find and order 3D prints from printers in your area, is similar to other services like MakeXYZ and 3DLt but is already available overseas. Founded by former 3D Systems employees Brian Garret and Bram de Zwart, the site was one of… Read More

  • Sonos Kills The Bridge And Goes Almost Totally Wireless

    Sonos Kills The Bridge And Goes Almost Totally Wireless

    Wireless speaker company Sonos has updated its entire streaming system to allow for nearly wireless speaker connectivity. Until today, the only way to connect an entire home to the same speaker network was to use something called a Bridge, a $50 box that connected directly to your router via Ethernet. Now, however, the system can connect directly to your wireless router, bypassing the… Read More

  • An Interview With The Potato Salad King Of Ohio, Zack Danger Brown

    An Interview With The Potato Salad King Of Ohio, Zack Danger Brown

    It’s rare to meet a comedy genius at a Tee Jaye’s Country Place in Columbus, Ohio, but that’s just what I did when I sat down for breakfast with Zack Danger Brown, the guy who blew up the Internet a few weeks ago with his exciting potato salad Kickstarter. Brown has rocketed to fortune and glory thanks to his gag and is now (potentially) going to give a talk at SXSW and… Read More

  • What Students Really Carry Back To School

    What Students Really Carry Back To School

    Back-to-school stories are click fodder. They allow for marketers to feel they are directly addressing a group of easy marks. After all, when is your life more insecure than on the cusp of a grade change or a trip to college? The world, then, is in upheaval, you hunt for answers, sometimes in the pages of periodicals that offer wine aerators and coffee subscriptions as potential sources of… Read More

  • Former Teacher And Current Entrepreneur Walter Duncan Offers Advice On Getting Things Done

    In honor of back to school we’re talking to creatives, VCs, and, in this case, entrepreneurs about what it takes to succeed. Walter Duncan is a really nice guy and dedicated “teacherpreneur” who has created a test-taking app. His start-up has taken in hundreds of thousands in funding and the accolades from teachers are never-ending. We asked him what it took to be a… Read More

  • Niall Is Making Luxury Watches In Kansas City

    Niall Is Making Luxury Watches In Kansas City

    When you think of Kansas City a few things come to mind: barbecue, blues, and Étienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont, the first Frenchman to settle the area and his excellent treatise “Exact Description of Louisiana, of Its Harbors, Lands and Rivers, and Names of the Indian Tribes That Occupy It, and the Commerce and Advantages to Be Derived Therefrom for the Establishment of a… Read More

  • An Interview With Max Gurvits, Boy VC

    An Interview With Max Gurvits, Boy VC

    Max Gurvits is an investor. Based in Bulgaria, the peripatetic VC is almost everywhere, showing up at events around the world and scouting out some amazing ideas. I talked to him about how he became a VC at a comparatively young age and what it takes to make it in investing for our back to school series. Read More

  • A Chat With Jack Conte, Musician And Entrepreneur

    A Chat With Jack Conte, Musician And Entrepreneur

    Jack Conte is a busy guy. He and his partner, Nataly Dawn, are on tour with Pomplamoose, a band that rivals only OK Go in their dedication to weird and wacky video production and Conte is also co-founder of Patreon, a way to pay artists for their work. This interview, part of our back to school series, is aimed at getting to the bottom of what it means to be a musician in the Internet age and… Read More

  • The Promise And Perils Of 3D Printer Popularity

    The Promise And Perils Of 3D Printer Popularity

    I’ve stopped writing about a few things recently, mostly because of fatigue. First, I’m not that interested in merchants accepting bitcoin – these little blips are primarily PR moves and little else and I just don’t get as wound up about mass adoption of BTC as the true believers. I’m also not interested in covering crowdfunded 3D printers. Same problem: fatigue… Read More

  • 3D-Printed ‘Bump Key’ Can Open Almost Any Lock

    3D-Printed ‘Bump Key’ Can Open Almost Any Lock

    Bump keys are primitive tools used by locksmiths (and HAXoRZ) to knock open simple locks. Until now, many locks were secure simply because they were too complex to be bumped and, as a result, you had a bit of security by obscurity. That’s all changing. Read More

  • Ruben Bolling Talks About Cartooning As A Career In The Internet Age

    It’s back to school time and we decided to share some insight and advice from some amazing people. The first participant in our BTS school series of interviews is Ruben Bolling (pictured here), a lawyer-turned-cartoonist who moved from print to a primarily online presence thanks to his poignant, pithy, and hilarious art. Read More

  • MB&F Mixes Up Sci-Fi Canon With A New High-Tech Music Box

    MB&F Mixes Up Sci-Fi Canon With A New High-Tech Music Box

    Watchmaker MB&F aka Maximilian Büsser & Friends is well known for its dedication to the sci-fi cause. Many of the watches – some costing over $100,000 – are reminiscent of robots, steampunk engines, and alien heads. Now, however, you and yours can own a handmade music box that looks like a weird USS Enterprise and plays, oddly enough, the Star Wars theme. Read More

  • The Original Night Trap Programmers Want To Release A New Version Of The Campy Classic

    The Original Night Trap Programmers Want To Release A New Version Of The Campy Classic

    Night Trap was released in 1992 for the Sega CD and the horror survival title was one of the most divisive and notorious games ever made. Now the original creators want to re-release the title in beautiful HD, a move that should send gamers of a certain age into a tizzy. The game was one of the first to use digital video, and told the story of a group of co-eds trapped in a house of horrors. Read More