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 Benarus Megalodon Lumbers Back To Life On Kickstarter

    The Benarus Megalodon Lumbers Back To Life On Kickstarter

    We first looked at the original Benarus Megalodon dive watch in 2012 when the massive timepiece first appeared on land. Designed by Steve Laughlin of Overland Park, KS (not a place normally associated with deep dives), the watch is 49mm in diameter, 19mm thick and is designed as a high-compression dive watch. You could, with a little sanding, fit two Apple Watches into one of these. Laughlin… Read More

  • The FTC Goes After Its First Failed Crowdfunding Campaign

    The FTC Goes After Its First Failed Crowdfunding Campaign

    The Federal Trade Commission just posted some fascinating details regarding a settlement related to a failed crowdfunded project. The project, a board game called The Doom That Came to Atlantic City, raised $122,874 and failed to deliver. The creators, Lee Moyer and Keith Baker, had planned to manufacture and ship the Cthulhu-themed board game in 2013 but their manufacturer, Erik Chevalier… Read More

  • Knotable’s Note Instantly Is A One-Stop Dumping Ground For All Your Ideas

    Knotable’s Note Instantly Is A One-Stop Dumping Ground For All Your Ideas

    Amol Sarva has been making cool things for most of the past decade. You’ll remember him from devices like the Peek and Halo but his new web company, Knotable, is building cool productivity tools that work right in the browser. Now he and his partner Edward Shenderovich have launched a service called Knotable Note Instantly that allows you to take notes and make task lists right in… Read More

  • Let’s Meet In Gdynia, Warsaw, And Krakow

    Let’s Meet In Gdynia, Warsaw, And Krakow

    As is my wont, I like to spend the warm summer months in Central Europe, far from sandy beaches, palm trees and piƱa coladas. Instead, I prefer Zywiec, the Baltic and conifers. Therefore I invite you and yours to come out to our meet ups in Gdynia, Warsaw, and Krakow where we’ll eat fine sausages and network under the Polish stars. Read More

  • Kevin Rose’s Watchville And Watch Blog Hodinkee Find The Time To Merge

    Kevin Rose’s Watchville And Watch Blog Hodinkee Find The Time To Merge

    There are a few major players in the niche of watch media and Ben Clymer’s Hodinkee is one of the biggest. The site, which features bold photos of classic and contemporary watches worth more than all of our cars combined alongside interviews, has merged with Kevin Rose’s Watchville, an aggregator that lets watch obsessives read the latest news. Rose, who will become CEO of… Read More

  • Sextronauts Want Your Help Funding The First Porno Shot In Space

    Sextronauts Want Your Help Funding The First Porno Shot In Space

    Another day, another attempt to shoot a crowdfunded pornographic film in space for three million dollars. PornHub [NSFW] has created an Indiegogo page to help support their effort to film the first porn in space, the aptly titled SEXPLORATION. The plan is to send actors and, presumably, a camera crew into space where they will film the procreative act. The plan is a perfect storm of modern… Read More

  • U.S. Legislation Aims To Ban Plastic Guns Metal Detectors Can’t Detect

    U.S. Legislation Aims To Ban Plastic Guns Metal Detectors Can’t Detect

    Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and a group of Democrats have proposed the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, legislation that would require all guns to contain enough metal to be detected by metal detectors and X-Ray machines at checkpoints and airports. The legislation is aimed squarely at 3D printed guns like the so-called Liberator. The legislation would require that all guns, plastic… Read More

  • Leica Announces The Q, A Fixed-Focus Camera For The Posh Photographer

    Leica Announces The Q, A Fixed-Focus Camera For The Posh Photographer

    Leica has just announced the Leica Q, a fixed-focus camera aimed at street photography and folks who don’t want to carry lenses around. The camera, which has a non-removable Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens, is striking in its simplicity and power but, I suspect the $4,250 price tag will have many pro-am photographers chortling into their camera bags. Unlike previous “special… Read More

  • Indian Programmer Exposes Code Injection, Gets A Cease And Desist From The Injectors

    Indian Programmer Exposes Code Injection, Gets A Cease And Desist From The Injectors

    In an exciting example of the Streisand Effect, an Indian Airtel customer, Thejesh GN, discovered that the carrier had begun using Flash Networks Layer8 “monetization” (read “ad injection”) solutions. The code, which appeared on most mobile webpages downloaded via Airtel’s network, consists of a pair of basic JavaScript injectors. Thejesh published the code… Read More

  • Rhombus Lets Businesses Accept Payments By Text

    Rhombus Lets Businesses Accept Payments By Text

    Since millennials don’t use credit cards, cash, or even beads and shells, the only way to get them to pay for anything is through their smartphone. Add in a text-to-pay service like Rhombus and you’ve got Williamsburg catnip. This new app allows people to pay you via a special contact number. For example, a customer can text you an order – “five large soy chai latte… Read More

  • Meet Aaron Brown, One Of The Amazing Volunteers Giving Kids New 3D-Printed Hands

    Meet Aaron Brown, One Of The Amazing Volunteers Giving Kids New 3D-Printed Hands

    If you’ve been following my coverage of E-Nable, a volunteer organization dedicated to 3D-printing prosthetic hands for kids, you’ll be familiar with Aaron Brown’s work. He makes “superhero” hands in multiple colors and recently completed this fun Wolverine model for a young man born without fingers. The hand includes removable “blades” and is blue… Read More

  • PornTime Is PopcornTime For Other Kinds Of Movies

    PornTime Is PopcornTime For Other Kinds Of Movies

    If you’ve ever used PopcornTime you’ll agree that the Internet is at once amazing and highly subversive. PopcornTime, for example, is a great celestial jukebox of movies streamed from Torrent sites in seconds, a proposition that frightens studios but pleases the consumer. PornTime, by corollary, is a great celestial jukebox of porn streamed from those same Torrent sites that… Read More

  • South Korean Team KAIST Wins DARPA Robotics Challenge With Bipedal Wunderdroid

    South Korean Team KAIST Wins DARPA Robotics Challenge With Bipedal Wunderdroid

    The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals is a tough contest. Designed encourage researchers to create robots that can handle multiple difficult environments and tasks including breaching a door, turning a valve, and negotiating obstacles, many robots entered but only one won – DRC-HUBO from a joint team that included researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Team KAIST from… Read More

  • Legoizer Turns Any Image Into A Lego Kit

    Legoizer Turns Any Image Into A Lego Kit

    In the future, everything will be made of Lego if the Legoizer has anything to say about it. This system, really a piece of pixelation software, turns images into Lego creations by breaking them into block-sized chunks and supplying a shopping list and list of instructions. For example, the image above takes 34 rows of Lego to build and requires a few hundred pieces of various colors… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Facebook Lite, Shopping On Pinterest, Brain-Powered Passwords

    Happy Friday! It’s time for another episode of CrunchWeek, the show that throws a few of us bloggers in front of TechCrunch TV cameras to chew the fat about some of the more interesting tech news stories of the past seven days. Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Live In Tumbleweed City

    Hello, friends, and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast. This time around the bend, our own John Biggs and myself sat — live, in person! — in TechCrunch’s recently reconstructed video space to discuss why your servant is The Worst, and also to dig into Bitlicense. Read More

  • Chronos Is A Little Disk That Ensmartens Your Dumb Watch

    Chronos Is A Little Disk That Ensmartens Your Dumb Watch

    Now that I’ve nearly abandoned my collection of watches thanks to the evil Apple Watch, I’m starting to miss the staid, steady ticking of a good mechanical. But how can I be endlessly bothered by a little electronic thing and still celebrate the artistry of the fine watchmaker? Chronos! Chronos is a little disk that fits on the bottom of your fancy watch with… Read More

  • Your Brain Waves Could Replace Passwords

    Your Brain Waves Could Replace Passwords

    Researchers at Binghamton University have discovered that, with a bit of training, your computer can identify you based on the way your brain reacts to certain words. This means that instead of a password you could simply listen to a few words and unlock your super secret files. Read More

  • The Kisai Link Is A Bluetooth Wearable That Hides The Geekiness

    The Kisai Link Is A Bluetooth Wearable That Hides The Geekiness

    As a slave to fashion, I have to look great all the time. But how can I do that when I have to wear so many amazing wearables? You can’t have fashion and electronics. Luckily, Tokyoflash has just the thing. Called the Kisai Link, this is basically a little Bluetooth dongle that you wear on your wrist. It notifies you of phone calls and messages via various blinking LEDs as well as… Read More

  • Splatoon Is Nintendo’s Way Forward

    Splatoon Is Nintendo’s Way Forward

    Both extremes bother me. On one hand I can’t play games like Witcher or Bloodborne with the kids in the room and I don’t want my 9-year-old playing them. On the other hand I see no value in the sloppy freemium games that seem to have infected my kids’ laptops and iPads. This mind-numbing digital pablum, usually offered as a sort of casual gaming experience – is absolute… Read More

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