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.

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  • Amazon’s Fire HD 7 Is A Low-Priced Tablet For The Avid Reader

    Amazon’s Fire HD 7 Is A Low-Priced Tablet For The Avid Reader

    The Fire HD 7 is the latest in the long-running Fire line of LCD ereaders. Amazon has taken great pains to make this new model lighter, smaller, and more robust and, for my money, I’d say that this $139 reader is the best dedicated reader on the market, barring the e-ink Kindle line. Let’s look under the hood. Basics 7 inch 216 ppi 1280×800 pixel display 11.9 ounces Up to… Read More

  • SoundFocus Wants To Make The iPhone Case For Audiophiles

    SoundFocus Wants To Make The iPhone Case For Audiophiles

    The Amp is many things to many people. The iPhone-compatible device clicks over your device and offers a backup batter, dual speakers, and, for the audiophile out there, a noise reducing pre-amp that can make your tinny MP3s sound like a live orchestra (your results may vary.) Created by Alex Selig and Varun Srinivasan, the product is designed to improve iPhone audio exponentially. Using… Read More

  • Join Eben Upton, Father Of The Raspberry Pi, At Disrupt London

    Join Eben Upton, Father Of The Raspberry Pi, At Disrupt London

    The Raspberry Pi has made hardware hacking as easy as, I suppose, pie. This tiny single-board computer launched a thousand projects and has sold 3 million units so far, a true juggernaut in the world of open source hardware. It’s an amazingly usable little tool and one of my favorite gadgets. And now we get to meet one of the founders of the project, Eben Upton, on stage at Disrupt London… Read More

  • Division Furtive Introduces A Line Of Super-Secret High Tech Watches

    Division Furtive Introduces A Line Of Super-Secret High Tech Watches

    As an International Man of Mystery I’m often parachuted into dangerous places where I only have my wits, my iPhone, my iPad Mini, my protein bars, my suitcase full of clothes, my special travel socks, my hair gel, my toothpaste, some magazines, and my Advil to protect me. Now I hope to have a Division Furtive Type 50 watch. Originally announced in 2012, these odd watches are a mix of low… Read More

  • TinyScreen Lets You Put A Tiny Screen On It

    TinyScreen Lets You Put A Tiny Screen On It

    Need to put a tiny screen on your tiny thing? Is it your life’s mission to play Flappy Bird on the smallest device possible? Do you have excellent vision? Then put a TinyScreen on it! This surprisingly clever little screen is about as big as a postage stamp and it works with the Tinyduino programmable board. The screen is small enough to fit into a watch casing and you can even use it… Read More

  • What Is Happening To Bitcoin Right Now?

    What Is Happening To Bitcoin Right Now?

    We’re back, baby! Almost! After a precipitous drop to below $300 over the weekend, the price of Bitcoin is slowly inching up this afternoon after an interesting 31,000 BTC sell-off that blew up the market early this morning. The “wall,” which appears to have been instigated by a single Bitcoin owner or a group which they’re calling the “Bitcoin Whale,”… Read More

  • HarperCollins Will Give Authors A “Buy Now” Button For Their Own Books

    HarperCollins Will Give Authors A “Buy Now” Button For Their Own Books

    In what seems to be an effort to reduce the power Amazon has over book sales, Harper Collins has announced a new service for authors that allows them to add a “Buy Now” button to their personal websites and social feeds which transfers buyers directly to the hc.com online store. In addition, authors will receive better royalty rates on affiliate sales. From the… Read More

  • London Hardware Alley Registrations End This Week! Hurry!

    London Hardware Alley Registrations End This Week! Hurry!

    It’s Hardware Alley time again and we want to see you 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 from robotic drones to 3D printers. We try… Read More

  • Canadian Pastafarian In Year-Long Fight To Wear Colander In License Pic

    Canadian Pastafarian In Year-Long Fight To Wear Colander In License Pic

    Respecting religious beliefs is a cornerstone of any modern society. Everyone has a right to wear whatever they want on their head in accordance to their private beliefs and the case of Obi Canuel vs. the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia (essentially the BC DMV) is no exception. You see Canuel is a practicing minister of Pastafarianism and believes that wearing a colander on his head will… Read More

  • Robocoin Announces A New Wallet Service To Meld The Physical With The Virtual

    Robocoin Announces A New Wallet Service To Meld The Physical With The Virtual

    Robocoin, maker of Bitcoin ATMs, has announced a new service called Robocoin Wallet. The service, which acts as a bitcoin wallet directly connected to the company’s public ATMs, allows you to store your BTC and send and receive cash via the Internet or directly through their service. The wallet essentially removes the final step needed for most common bitcoin buys. At the ATM, users… Read More

  • Little Moe Is A Robot That Hunts And Kills Ebola

    Little Moe Is A Robot That Hunts And Kills Ebola

    A San Antonio-based company called Xenex has risen to media prominence recently thanks to their ultraviolet pulse robot called Little Moe. The robot can enter and clean a hospital room in five minutes and destroy the virus by fusing its DNA. You can watch the cute local news piece about the below. The technology isn’t particularly new. It works by flashing surfaces with ultraviolet… Read More

  • Amazon Launches WriteOn To Compete Against Crowd-Writing Sites Like Wattpad

    Amazon Launches WriteOn To Compete Against Crowd-Writing Sites Like Wattpad

    Amazon has launched a crowd-editing and -writing service called WriteOn into private beta. In an announcement on the Kindle Author Forums, the company said that the site would act as a “community where readers and writers come together around the creative process to make good stories great and great stories better.” You can try it now at https://writeon.amazon.com/ with the invite… Read More

  • Back To The Magic With The Formlabs Form 1+

    Back To The Magic With The Formlabs Form 1+

    One of my favorite 3D printers has been the Formlabs Form 1. Using a unique technology in home printing, stereolithography, the Formlabs folks have created a usable, fun, and surprisingly versatile home 3D printer that produces pro-quality pats. Now that printer has gotten better. First, a bit of explanation that I added to my original Form 1 review. The $3,299 Form 1+ is a… Read More

  • Expert Witness For Silk Road Suggests FBI Lied About How They Accessed Back-End Servers

    Expert Witness For Silk Road Suggests FBI Lied About How They Accessed Back-End Servers

    According to a court document released today, expert witness Joshua J. Horowitz, a lawyer and tech expert, believes the FBI is not telling the whole truth when it comes to how they found the back-end server owned by the alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht. In the document, reproduced below, Horowitz says that his “practice is concentrated on criminal defense matters that… Read More

  • Keep Calm And Attend Hardware Alley In London

    Keep Calm And Attend Hardware Alley In London

    It’s Hardware Alley time again and we want to see you 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 from robotic drones to 3D printers. We try… Read More

  • #GapGate Widens As Samsung Responds Saying Some Space Is To Be Expected

    #GapGate Widens As Samsung Responds Saying Some Space Is To Be Expected

    Korean owners of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 have noticed that their brand new devices sport an unusual feature – a gap between the bezel and the screen that can fit a business card. The Gal Note 4, which hasn’t reached our shores, sold out on launch day. Now the gap appears to be a perfectly normal occurrence. Samsung even addresses the gap in their documentation, noting that… Read More

  • You Can Play Tetris On This Steampunk Bracelet

    You Can Play Tetris On This Steampunk Bracelet

    Keven Bates, the creator of the Arduboy programmable business card, has taken his upcoming project and stuffed it into the coolest bracelet you’ll see all week. The wearable, made of copper and exposed circuitry (do not get it wet, naturally) can play Tetris on a tiny LCD screen. You move the blocks by tapping the sides of the bracelet and it scrolls the falling parts across multiple… Read More

  • Garmin Announces A New Running Watch, The Super Smart Forerunner 920XT

    Garmin Announces A New Running Watch, The Super Smart Forerunner 920XT

    Running watches can either be dead simple – see Timex’s Ironman line – or complex. Garmin usually errs on the side of complex. Their latest running watch, the 920XT, will be available before the holiday and promises enough bells and training whistles to help you go from couch to (probably not) a 100 miler in a few weeks. The new Forerunner looks similar to the previous… Read More

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Suffering From #GapGate

    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Suffering From #GapGate

    Another day, another -Gate. This time the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the latest phablet to enamor the Android crowd, has been reported shipping with a thin gap between the screen and the walls of the case. The issue, reported on iTToday in South Korea, seems to affect a small number of devices. According to the piece, two pieces of paper or a business card can fit snugly into the gap. This… Read More

  • Reddit Plans Its Own Cryptocurrency To Give Back To Its Users After $50 Million Raise

    Reddit Plans Its Own Cryptocurrency To Give Back To Its Users After $50 Million Raise

    Reddit, the so-called front page of the internet, has raised $50 million in Series B on a $500 million valuation with intentions to give back 10 percent of the round’s equity to the community. The monster round is led by Sam Altman, CEO of Y Combintaor, with participation from Andreesen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital, as well as individual investors like Peter Thiel, Ron Conway, Jared… Read More

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