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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  • 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

  • PYOD Lets Your Print Your Own D

    PYOD Lets Your Print Your Own D

    Ahem. We begin this post by noting that the forthcoming material relates to human sexuality and should be construed as NSFW if you work at a retirement home for men or women of the cloth. The rest of y’all, hop on in! So PYOD is a product that aims to allow you to print your own dildo. The service wants to become your one stop shop for custom dildonics in that you can design the contour… Read More

  • Oku Skin Care Sensor

    Oku Warns You Before You Get The Pizza Face

    If you’re like me, your face is a pock-marked mess, oozing with pus and fluids and endlessly painful. But there is hope for people like me. There is Oku. This little sensor can see through your skin to give you advice on skin care and can even tell you when your pimples are about to settle down and disappear. It costs $299 and connects to an iPhone app to assess your skin health. The… Read More

  • Introducing The Hardware Battlefield Finalists For 2015: Fogo Digital, Looksee, Peeple, Sutro, Voltera

    Introducing The Hardware Battlefield Finalists For 2015: Fogo Digital, Looksee, Peeple, Sutro, Voltera

    It’s been a long, hard battle here deep in the deserts of Las Vegas but the judges have chosen and we are ready to rock and roll. We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Hardware Battlefield in Las Vegas where 15 amazing companies vied for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man statue. All the Hardware Battlefield companies did an amazing job and the judges were endlessly impressed. Read More

  • Slingshot Down the Strip with SCOTTYeVEST | CES 2015

    A Ride With The Pocket Man

    Scott Jordan has been a tech fixture for almost a decade. His company, ScotteVest, makes clothing for gadget lovers, feature pockets for almost everything including tablets, phones, water bottles, and even passports. Now he’s taking on a new persona, Pocket Man, and trying to help people follow their passion. While his adventure is a little self-promotional, he means well. He’s… Read More

  • Petnet Feeder For Pets

    Petnet Ensures Your Beasts Are Well-Fed

    Robotic pet-food dispensers are nothing new, but what happens when your robotic pet food dispenser is smarter than your pet. Petnet can help you find out. The system dispenses food automatically based on your preset schedule. You can even tell it which foods you’re serving Fido or Fidette, and it will dispense according to the animal’s diet. Read More

  • The Voltera V-One Makes Circuit Boards In Minutes

    The Voltera V-One Makes Circuit Boards In Minutes

    Building circuit boards is fun but difficult. While you could do it at home with a some etchant and some clear plastic, Voltera hopes to make the entire process much easier with their V-One circuit printer. The creators, James Pickard, Jesus Zozaya, and Alroy Almeida all studied Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo and got together to solve the problem of rapid… Read More

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