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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  • Scientists “Train” Water To Move On Its Own

    Scientists “Train” Water To Move On Its Own

    In what could be a useful trick for moving chemicals from one point to another, scientists at the University of Southern Denmark and Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, Czech Republic have created a method to “move” liquids through an alcohol base. While that alone isn’t very cool, just look at the video above: in it you see a small droplet of colored water move… Read More

  • For Those About To Rock The Jamstik, We Salute You

    For Those About To Rock The Jamstik, We Salute You

    I love stringed MIDI instruments. After messing with the gTar two years ago I’ve been looking for the perfect portable MIDI device that allows me to meld my inability to play keyboards with my sub-par guitar skills. Perhaps I’ve finally found my perfect match. We first met the Jamstik last year and I’ve been waiting to get my hands on a unit since. The team is finally… Read More

  • CloudFlare Adds SSL To All Customers In Advance Of Google’s Focus On Security

    CloudFlare Adds SSL To All Customers In Advance Of Google’s Focus On Security

    Google dancers have been in a tizzy recently after the company announced that secure websites will be ranked higher in listings, a move that has made a million SEO salespeople instant experts in SSL (and improved the general security of the web.) CloudFlare, a company that launched at Disrupt, has one-upped them all, however, by offering free and easy encryption to all of their… Read More

  • Solve Your BendGate Woes With This 3D Printed iPhone Case

    Solve Your BendGate Woes With This 3D Printed iPhone Case

    Did your surprisingly tight pants bend your iPhone 6 Plus? Did your bony butt ruin your iPhone 6? Did you place your iPhone into a vice and bend it with pliers? 3D printing can help! This pre-bent iPhone 6 case is available on Shapeways and costs $19.99. The creator, Fernando Sosa, is offering the case in multiple colors including Bent Blue, Pressure Purple, and OMG Orange. Sosa is famous… Read More

  • Taking A Ride With The Luminox P-38 Valjoux Automatic 9461 Chronograph

    Taking A Ride With The Luminox P-38 Valjoux Automatic 9461 Chronograph

    Luminox is best known for their no-nonsense three-handed quartz models with unique Tritium tubes on the hands. These amazingly bright and compact watches are popular with military and police. But what about WWII era fighter pilots? Who will build a watch for them? Now the company has their back. The Luminox P-38 Valjoux Automatic 9461 (let’s just call it the P-38 Chrono) is a brand new… Read More

  • Bring Your Robot To Hardware Alley In London Next Month

    Bring Your Robot To Hardware Alley In London Next Month

    Your robot deserves to roam free. That’s why you should bring him/her/it to Hardware Alley at Disrupt London! The alley, which runs during the last day of Disrupt, features all of my favorite startups – the hardware ones – in glorious technicolor. What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware startups (and other cool gear makers) that features everything… Read More

  • If You Watch One Video Featuring An Arduino-Powered Stepper Motor Music Box Today, Make It This One

    If You Watch One Video Featuring An Arduino-Powered Stepper Motor Music Box Today, Make It This One

    Today in devices that use stepper motors to make beautiful music we present to you this Arduino-powered, Raspberry-Pi containing music box that uses simple stepper motors to grind out merry tunes and a pair of servos to supply a percussion backup. The box, created by Jeremy Weatherford, is surprisingly simple. The Raspberry Pi contains the music and activates the stepper motors at the right time. Read More

  • Sysdig Now Detects Shellshock Intrusions For Fun And Profit

    Sysdig Now Detects Shellshock Intrusions For Fun And Profit

    The folks at Sysdig have your back, sysadmins. The founder, Loris Degioanni, has posted an update to his open source system monitor that can look for Shellshock attacks in real time. Because the HTTP requests used by Shellshock exploits are quite unique, the monitor can watch for attacks on the bash shell automatically and let you know when hackers are trying to get in. From… Read More

  • Designer Builds A 3D-Printable “Imura Revolver” In Honor Of Arrested Japanese Maker

    Designer Builds A 3D-Printable “Imura Revolver” In Honor Of Arrested Japanese Maker

    When Japanese police arrested Yoshitomo Imura for printing his own revolvers, 3D printing advocates in some circles were up in arms. The guns, which only fired blanks, were simple test models called the Zig-Zag. Now, in honor of Imura’s work in 3D printing, a CAD designer has created a newer, better gun that could be used to fire real bullets. The designer, who calls himself WarFairy… Read More

  • The $5 Lineable Bracelet Tracks Your Kids When They Wander Away

    The $5 Lineable Bracelet Tracks Your Kids When They Wander Away

    The Lineable, the unfortunately named tracking bracelet for kids, aims to make it easier for parents to keep tabs on their little ones thanks to the magic of beacons. Essentially a wearable iOS-compatible beacon, the device notifies you when your child is too far away and it allows other iPhones to become a sort of ad hoc GPS system that can track your little one through the dark, scary… Read More

  • Motorola’s Moto X Should Be Your Next Android Phone

    Motorola’s Moto X Should Be Your Next Android Phone

    As we enter the era of the ubiquitous Big Phone, it’s refreshing to hold something like the slim and light second-generation Moto X. Priced at $500 unlocked and about $99 with a contract, this 5.2-inch phone with 1080p OLED screen and Gorilla Glass front is a step beyond the latest from LG and, while not as feature-rich as the Samsung Galaxy S5, well worth a look as an upgrade to… Read More

  • TechShop | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: TechShop, The SF Workshop Where Hardware Is Born

    I get to meet some amazing people during our TC Makers shoots and TechShop CEO Mark Hatch is no exception. A former Green Beret, Hatch is the kind of guy who can build a PCB in the morning and run a million-dollar network of amazing technology workshops in the afternoon. TechShop, which began in Menlo Park and expanded across the country, is a membership-based workshop where anyone can learn to… Read More

  • Amazon Looking To The Wisdom Of Crowds To Find New Authors

    Amazon Looking To The Wisdom Of Crowds To Find New Authors

    According to a Kindle Direct Publishing forum user, Amazon is quietly rolling out a way to find diamonds in the proverbial publishing rough. The unnamed project would bring a crowd approach to the acquisition of new titles using a voting system that ranks new books based on crowd favorites. The forum posting notes that some KDP authors (essentially indie authors using the platform) have… Read More

  • MakerBot’s Bre Pettis Launches Bold Machines, A Workshop For 3D-Printed Stuff

    MakerBot’s Bre Pettis Launches Bold Machines, A Workshop For 3D-Printed Stuff

    After a slightly surprising move away from a managerial role at MakerBot, former CEO Bre Pettis has finally announced what he’s working on: Bold Machines, an “Innovation Workshop” for MakerBot parent company Stratasys. Designed to be a creative skunkworks for the 3D printing company, Bold Machines will design cool 3D prints, work with artists and inventors, and even make movies. Read More

  • The Biggest Joystick

    Up Close With The Biggest Joystick In The World (That We Know Of)

    A member of the Udoo team, Michelangelo Guarise, was at the Maker Faire in New York this weekend with a special treat: something that appears to be one of the biggest working joysticks in the world. Built by the Udoo team, the massive stick and two Frisbee buttons allowed children of all ages to play emulated games on a little LCD screen connected to Guarise’s creation. Udoo, as… Read More

  • A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them

    A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them

    Robots need love, too. That’s why MIT researchers have added a touch-force sensor to the robotic Baxter, allowing him to register gentle caresses, tender hand-holding, and the sense the he is loved and in love. Okay, not really. But now Baxter, a robot used in manufacturing and to perform repetitive tasks, can carry out those tasks with a certain gentleness and grace thanks to the… Read More

  • UK Engineers 3D Print Their Own Raspberry Pi Laptop

    UK Engineers 3D Print Their Own Raspberry Pi Laptop

    Is there anything a robotic system for the extrusion of plastic in to solid forms over time can’t do? We present to you today the Pi-Top, a Raspberry Pi-based laptop that is completely 3D-printed and lasts hours on a single charge. The kit, which will launch as a Kickstarter soon, offers a 13.3-inch screen and a little keyboard and trackpad combo for data entry. Viola! A little open… Read More

  • Notion Ink Quietly Releases The Cain Windows Tablet

    Notion Ink Quietly Releases The Cain Windows Tablet

    I place this here not as a recommendation to buy but as a reminder of the great Notion Ink Wars of 2011. At the time, Notion Ink was offering an Android tablet that everyone thought was the second coming and, when the dust settled, it was a fat load of nothing. And now they’re back. Read More

  • Join Us In Hardware Alley At Disrupt London, Won’t You?

    Join Us In Hardware Alley At Disrupt London, Won’t You?

    Disrupt London is fast approaching and I’d love to see you in our amazing Hardware Alley. This even, which runs during the last day of Disrupt, features all of my favorite startups – the hardware ones – in glorious technicolor. What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware startups (and other cool gear makers) that features everything from robotic drones to… Read More

  • Regular Facebook Users Are More Likely To Fall For Phishing Scams

    Regular Facebook Users Are More Likely To Fall For Phishing Scams

    Researchers at SUNY Buffalo have found that habitual Facebook users — those who are on the site more frequently than their peers — were more susceptible to phishing scams. How did they figure this out? By asking them about their habits and then surreptitiously creating a fake friend who then asked them for private information, including their student ID number and date of birth. Read More

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