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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  • Tron-Club Sends Circuits To Your Home In Jolly Packages

    Tron-Club Sends Circuits To Your Home In Jolly Packages

    While Tron-Club sounds more like a weekly meeting of Tron enthusiasts who enjoy dressing up in unitards and making whooshing sounds as they pretend to ride invisible Lightcycles, it’s actually a service that sends circuits to your home. Why? Because you should learn electronics, that’s why. As hardware becomes easier to build and understand, programmers are finding themselves at… Read More

  • Judge Throws Out Cybersquatting Claims For 16 Year Old Domain

    Judge Throws Out Cybersquatting Claims For 16 Year Old Domain

    In what has to be one of the best court transcripts about a domain name I’ve read, Judge Lewis Kaplan essentially eviscerated the attorney for Office Space Solutions, a company that was attempting to sue programmer Jason Kneen on the grounds of “warehousing” a domain for 16 years. You can read the back story here but, in short, Kneen, who lives in the UK, did not want to sell… Read More

  • The Commodore PET Has Been Reincarnated As A Phone

    The Commodore PET Has Been Reincarnated As A Phone

    The 1980s are back again! The guys who bought the Commodore name are releasing an Android smartphone for about $300. The price includes some bog standard specs but, most important, includes two emulators so you can play classic 1980s games right on your screen. The phone will appear in Europe first – including Italy and Poland – but if you remember programming guessing games in… Read More

  • Only Two Weeks Left Before Our TC Polish Meetup Tour

    Only Two Weeks Left Before Our TC Polish Meetup Tour

    Oj, śpieszmy, oj, śpieszmy, chłopaki na lewo! I will be rolling down Poland holding three exciting meetups in three exciting cities and I want to see you there. We are running the meetups from the July 28th until July 30th. Tickets are free and will sell out FAST so grab them quickly. July 28 – Gdynia Tickets
    July 29 – Warsaw Tickets – SOLD OUT
    July 30 – Krakow… Read More

  • 3D Systems Releases New Filament That Dissolves In Water

    3D Systems Releases New Filament That Dissolves In Water

    Moisture, as they say, is the essence of wetness. It’s now also a great way to remove support material from 3D-printed objects. Printing complex objects requires rafts and supports. These hold the pieces in place and, in theory, are supposed be easily removable with a little tugging. In reality, however, support material can make a mess of your project. With this filament, however… Read More

  • Experts Find A Third Hacking Team Flash Exploit, Call For An End To The Madness

    Experts Find A Third Hacking Team Flash Exploit, Call For An End To The Madness

    TrendMicro has posted yet another 0day AKA urgent Flash hole that could put your data at risk. The Hacking Team, a group of professional hackers who supplied governments with hacking tools and whose entire information database was recently leaked, used this exploit to attack computers without the user’s knowledge. The new vulnerability, CVE-2015-5123, follows two other 0day exploits. Read More

  • BudapestCrunch II Was A Great Success

    BudapestCrunch II Was A Great Success

    I got to Budapest after a massive storm had gone from northern Europe through to the Central hills and plains. Trees were downed and it had cooled off considerably and I thanked the meet-up gods for ensuring that I wouldn’t sweat through my clothes. I also realized that we were truly celebrating BudapestCrunch II, not one. The inaugural Budapest event happened way back in 2007 when I… Read More

  • The MB&F MusicMachine 3 Is A Rich Nerd’s Dream

    The MB&F MusicMachine 3 Is A Rich Nerd’s Dream

    As we approach Peak Star Wars at last week’s Comic-Con, I’d like to present something so inexplicable yet potentially beguiling that it seems on the verge of exploding into a supernova of rich nerd lust. It is the MusicMachine 3, a music box shaped like an Imperial TIE Fighter. In fact the MusicMachine 3 contains two mechanical music playback systems, hidden in the rear of the fighter. Read More

  • Maker Creates A 3D-Printed “Poison Dart Gun”

    Maker Creates A 3D-Printed “Poison Dart Gun”

    Maker Peter Alaric DeSimone has created a 3D-printed dart pistol that shoots 40mm blowgun darts using a piston system. The entire gun takes about eight hours to build and features rubber bands to bring the piston down and reset the trigger. DeSimone made a point to note that the gun is completely legal and is a direct reaction to proposed regulation that could make all gun blueprints –… Read More

  • Watch Adam Savage And Chris Hadfield Walk Comic-Con Floor In Some Amazing Space Suits

    Watch Adam Savage And Chris Hadfield Walk Comic-Con Floor In Some Amazing Space Suits

    Adam Savage is one of our most beloved makers and real astronaut Chris Hadfield is a modern Earth hero. Together they make one of the funnest sets of fake astronauts in all of San Diego. Every year Savage dresses up as Adam Incognito and walks the show floor at Comic-Con. Hiding inside complex costumes, Savage is nearly unrecognizable until he takes off his mask or helmet. This year, to muddy… Read More

  • Microsoft Shows The Augmented Future Of HoloLens

    Microsoft Shows The Augmented Future Of HoloLens

    Microsoft has posted a bit of CG describing what it will feel like to use the HoloLens, their augmented reality helmet, in real life. The resulting video, shot at Case Western Reserve University, shows doctors examining bodies as they float in midair, creating a new way to teach anatomy. The resulting interaction – pinching to hide images, swiping through musculature – is… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Block Size And Price Spikes

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Block Size And Price Spikes

    TCBTC, TechCrunch’s premier bitcoin podcast, is back. After a brief hiatus, John Biggs and myself are here to make yet another hash out of bitcoin. Biggs is in Poland, making this among our first multi-continent shows. (We’ll be back in the TechCrunch studio live, on video, in about a month. But for now, we’re Skypin’.) We hit on the block size debate, Greece and… Read More

  • Michael Casey, Bitcoin Reporter, Is Heading To The MIT Media Lab

    Michael Casey, Bitcoin Reporter, Is Heading To The MIT Media Lab

    Michael Casey, the co-author of The Age Of Cryptocurrency is leaving a senior columnist position at the Wall Street Journal to work at MIT Media Lab as Senior Advisor at the Digital Currency Initiative. Why? “This was just too exciting an opportunity to pass up,” he said. “I sincerely believe that this is one of those moments in which a new technological platform has the… Read More

  • Barnes & Noble Closes International Nook Store

    Barnes & Noble Closes International Nook Store

    The Digital Reader found an interesting email sent to international Nook users about the Nook app for Windows. Essentially it informs international Nook users outside the US or the UK that their content will be removed from Windows machines and their money refunded. “We recently announced that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have agreed to terminate their commercial… Read More

  • Convicted Silk Road Owner Ross Ulbricht Sends His First Note From Prison

    Convicted Silk Road Owner Ross Ulbricht Sends His First Note From Prison

    The alleged mastermind of the Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, has sent his first note from prison, a handwritten missive posted on FreeRoss.org, a site dedicated to news about the Ulbricht’s case and fundraising for his legal costs. The letter was sent to the attendees of PorcFest or Porcupine Fest, a “free state” festival focused on cryptocurrencies, alternative viewpoints… Read More

  • YouTuber PewDiePie Responds To Haters After They Discover He Made $7 Million Last Year

    YouTuber PewDiePie Responds To Haters After They Discover He Made $7 Million Last Year

    Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie is the king of the YouTubers. He’s a YouTube star with 9 billion views and Expressen, a Swedish newspaper, estimated that he made $7 million last year on advertising, a feat that is no longer an outlier in the burgeoning world of online stardom. In the video Kjellberg described his 5 year career as a YouTube star whose entire oeuvre is dedicated to playing… Read More

  • Adobe Is Patching A Hole The Hacking Team Used To Exploit Flash

    Adobe Is Patching A Hole The Hacking Team Used To Exploit Flash

    Many companies have best practices and the Hacking Team, the “computer security experts” who sold hacking tools to various federal and state agencies around the world, are no exception. Their database of information includes a number of interesting hacking tips, including mention of a 0-day, unpatched hole in Adobe Flash that the company is currently closing. Security researcher… Read More

  • This 3D-Printed Hydroponic System Snaps Together Like Pot-Laced LEGO

    This 3D-Printed Hydroponic System Snaps Together Like Pot-Laced LEGO

    As we move towards a 420 future, hydroponic systems for a bit of homegrown foliage will be in great demand. The folks at 3Dponics are ready. They’ve announced a sort of modular hydroponic garden that snaps together like stoner LEGO and feature little pots, shields, and filters for your wee buds. The 3Dponics folks are planning to release more information later this week but presumably… Read More

  • Citibank Is Working On Its Own Digital Currency, Citicoin

    Citibank Is Working On Its Own Digital Currency, Citicoin

    In a move that should be of no surprise to anyone familiar with the space, Citibank has admitted to running a test platform for digital currencies and is pondering its own solution, CitiCoin. According to the International Business Times, Citigroup has built its own digital currency based on bitcoin and the blockchain. This, in itself, isn’t very difficult – anyone can create a… Read More

  • Join TC In A Three City Polish Meetup Tour

    Join TC In A Three City Polish Meetup Tour

    If your plan this summer is to rock down to Electric Avenue why not swing by Gdynia, Warsaw, and Krakow first. I will be rolling down Poland holding three exciting meetups in three exciting cities and I want to see you there. We are running the meetups from the July 28th until July 30th. Tickets are free and will sell out FAST so grab them quickly. July 28 – Gdynia Tickets
    July 29… Read More

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