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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  • It’s Time To Rethink Our Smart Things

    It’s Time To Rethink Our Smart Things

    There was a section so common in big name CES tech presentations that it was almost comical. After announcing some widget or the other, a cheerful CEO would stand on stage and talk about how smart everything would soon become thanks to the SmartAppliance Framework or some such nonsense. The television can talk to the fridge which in turn can tell the washer to turn on. You can connect your… Read More

  • A Security Researcher Just Dumped 10 Million Real Passwords

    A Security Researcher Just Dumped 10 Million Real Passwords

    Security researcher Mark Burnett released a torrent of 10 million passwords and usernames, a trove of comparatively anonymized data that he sourced from open websites from around the web. The passwords and usernames are older and most probably dead and, most importantly, Burnett sourced them from websites that were “generally available to anyone and discoverable via search engines in… Read More

  • Join Us In Barcelona On March 3 At The Mini-Meetup And Pitch-Off

    Join Us In Barcelona On March 3 At The Mini-Meetup And Pitch-Off

    You may have noticed a few posts about our Barcelona Mini-Meetup and Pitch-Off over the past week and it looks like we’ve finally nailed down a location and time. Forget everything you heard so far. Here’s the real information. Note: to offset the cost of the space and food, we’re charging €5.50. The previous RSVP list is not valid so please buy a ticket if you intend… Read More

  • TC BTC Podcast: Bitcoin Mining, Coinbase Exchange & Bitcoin Pricing

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: A New Exchange And The World Of Mining

    Today marked a special episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast, as both John Biggs and myself were in the same city. We crashed the TCTV studio to shoot a video build of our little show. This time around, we dug into Coinbase’s new exchange and what it might mean for the maturation of bitcoin itself, along with a look at a massive bitcoin mining operation that constitutes… Read More

  • Raspberry Pi 2, Microsoft Buys Sunrise & Drunk Drone Flies Into White House

    CrunchWeek: Raspberry PI, Microsoft Buys Sunrise, And Drunk Drones

    There is nothing that is better to soothe your Crunchies hangover than a breezy video clip with John Biggs, Greg Kumparak, and myself, digging through the biggest, and most interesting story of the week. The new Raspberry PI device, and its ability to run Windows 10 caused a ruckus in recent days, as did Microsoft’s in-motion purchase Sunrise. Finally, drones should not be flown drunk… Read More

  • A Rare Look Inside A Massive Bitcoin Mine

    A Rare Look Inside A Massive Bitcoin Mine

    Bitcoin mining is not a pretty business. It requires lots of specialized servers that are essentially unusable for normal computing and lots of cooling. But when you bring thousands of miners together in the same room, things really get ugly. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Friendship!

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Friendship!

    We were all physically in the same room for this podcast, which is the first time that has ever happened. That said, we covered a multitude of topics, including the new Nintendo 3DS, the potential Swatch smartwatch and the first-world problems of folks who own multiple IoT products. Read More

  • Highly Dexterous Robot Can Fold Balloon Animals, Close Zip-Ties

    Highly Dexterous Robot Can Fold Balloon Animals, Close Zip-Ties

    The Terminator: The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line November 14th, 2014. Human decisions are removed from strategic balloon animal-making. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, November 30th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug. Sarah Connor: Skynet fights back. The Terminator: Yes. It folds eight balloon fish… Read More

  • ZappyLab Makes It Easier To Experiment

    ZappyLab Makes It Easier To Experiment

    Scientists have it rough. Not only do they have to protect us from giant monsters from another dimension (see Pacific Rim, Cloverfield) but they also have to create reproducible experiments and techniques in the lab. That’s where ZappyLab comes in. TC Radio Pitch-off winner ZappyLab, and their first product, Protocols.io, aim to help researchers build and share experimental… Read More

  • Unwinding The Swatch Group Smartwatch Announcement

    Unwinding The Swatch Group Smartwatch Announcement

    The Swatch Group dropped a bombshell – in its staid way – announcing plans to release a smartwatch in the next three months, potentially to coincide with the April launch of the Apple Watch. First, understand that watch companies don’t know how to market to tech consumers. As I wrote here, Swatch is an integral part in the haute horology industry, a sort of heavy base for… Read More

  • The Blank Das Keyboard 4C Is For Mavis Beacon Graduates Only

    The Blank Das Keyboard 4C Is For Mavis Beacon Graduates Only

    “She remembered the deck he’d used, the one he’d taken with him, a gray factory-custom Hosaka with unmarked keys. It was a cowboy’s deck; he’d insisted on traveling with it, even though it caused problems during customs checks.”
    -Mona Lisa Overdrive I’ve wanted a blank keyboard since high school. As a young nerd, I pictured myself rocking a Hosaka… Read More

  • Study: Facebook Can Cause Depression

    Study: Facebook Can Cause Depression

    Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have found that being envious of your Facebook friends can lead to depression, a finding that should give some of us pause. Based on a survey of 700 students, the study found that users who engage in “surveillance use” – “brows[ing] the website to see how their friends are doing compared with their own lives”… Read More

  • The TechCrunch Barcelona Mini Meet-Up And Pitch-Off Is Go

    The TechCrunch Barcelona Mini Meet-Up And Pitch-Off Is Go

    Since I posted about a potential Mini Meet-Up in Barcelona I’ve gotten quite a few emails and requests to attend. To that end, I’ve decided to open Pitch-Off applications and RSVPs for a few days to get a rough number of how many people will attend. I don’t know if we’ll charge at the door or have to charge a nominal fee – 5 Euro or so – via EventBrite but… Read More

  • Teen Can Play Guitar Thanks To A 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand

    Teen Can Play Guitar Thanks To A 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand

    Diego Corredor wanted to play guitar but lost his right hand at birth. While he could use a prosthesis to grab a glass of water or pick up objects, he wasn’t able to hold a pick and strum the strings. Then a group of makers at 3D Gluck came along. The team worked with Corredor, who lives in Colombia, to build a custom prosthetic that he could use to play guitar. Because it didn’t… Read More

  • Uber Opening Robotics Research Facility In Pittsburgh To Build Self-Driving Cars

    Uber Opening Robotics Research Facility In Pittsburgh To Build Self-Driving Cars

    Driver-on-demand service Uber is building a robotics research lab in Pittsburgh, PA to “kickstart autonomous taxi fleet development,” sources close to the decision have confirmed to TechCrunch. They say the company has hired talent from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, including lead engineering and commercialization experts. Read More

  • Join Us In Barcelona For A Mini-Meetup And Pitch-Off During MWC

    Join Us In Barcelona For A Mini-Meetup And Pitch-Off During MWC

    Hello, friendly folks. We are planning on holding a mini-meetup in Barcelona during MWC, offering you guys a chance to pitch TC writers and potentially hold a pitch-off for free tickets to Disrupt New York. We need your help. Since this is an ad hoc thing, we’ll need a little assistance in choosing a venue and potentially a drinks sponsor. I have heard good things about El Nacional but… Read More

  • The Freedom Clip Breaks Coffee Pod DRM Because Java Wants To Be Free, Man

    The Freedom Clip Breaks Coffee Pod DRM Because Java Wants To Be Free, Man

    The latest Keurig K-Cup machines have a dirty secret: built into the little ground coffee pods that so many know and love is a nefarious form of DRM. A special ink found only on real cups (and damaged by use) ensures that you can only use “real” K-Cups, thereby preventing you from making your own pirate cups. But freedom’s just another word for sticking it to the man, and… Read More

  • Milk Nanny Automatically Makes A Refreshing Bottle Of Formula For Baby

    Milk Nanny Automatically Makes A Refreshing Bottle Of Formula For Baby

    As a parent I understand that gadgets like the Milk Nanny will be forgotten – like the Diaper Genie and the no-pacifier rule – five months into the severe sleep-deprivation experiment that is parenthood. As a gadget freak, however, I do think it’s pretty cool. It’s a simple device. The system holds an amount of formula and water. When you need formula you simply press… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: An Interview With Luis Buenaventura Of Rebit

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: An Interview With Luis Buenaventura Of Rebit

    Welcome back to TCBTC, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast on the cryptocurrency bitcoin. This week Alex is on vacation so I recorded a short interview with Luis Buenaventura Of Rebit, a major Bitcoin remitter in the Philippines. Luis gave us a quick look under the hood of his growing business. Click here to download an MP3 of this show.
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  • Up Close With Coinbase Exchange

    Up Close With Coinbase Exchange

    It’s been a few days since Coinbase launched its official Exchange, a dashboard for active bitcoin traders that lets you buy and sell based on real-time pricing. I thought I’d sit down and put it through its paces and see just how usable this tool was for the average BTC fan, as well as folks who might want to add BTC to their trading regimen. Read More

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