John Biggs

Biggs is a contributor for TechCrunch. He 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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs).

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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  • Kodak Is Bringing Back Super 8

    Kodak Is Bringing Back Super 8

    If you’ve always wanted to shoot video using the tools your parents probably used to film each other naked then Yves Behar and Kodak have a product for you. Super 8 was a cartridge-based film standard that became surprisingly popular after its release in 1965. It has remained popular with vintage film buffs and now Eastman Kodak is working on a $400 to $750 Super 8 camera for the… Read More

  • Porsche Design Revs Up A Drive That Powers Your MacBook

    Porsche Design Revs Up A Drive That Powers Your MacBook

    CES is a time of bad photoshopping and the above image is a perfect example. That said, the product it hopes to sell is quite compelling. It’s basically a USB-C desktop hard drive that connects to and powers USB-C devices – primarily the new MacBook. Called the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive, the drive has a single USB-C port and a power port. The USB-C simultaneously powers… Read More

  • The Griffin BreakSafe Brings MagSafe Back To The MacBook

    The Griffin BreakSafe Brings MagSafe Back To The MacBook

    If you have small children, pets, or drunken roommates you understand the value of MagSafe. These chargers woulds snap off and on magnetically without damaging your computer or port and they were amazingly great at saving your laptop from tipping onto the floor. But with the launch of the USB-C MacBook MagSafe seemed doomed – until now. This $40 cable adds magnets to your power cord… Read More

  • Makerbot Releases The Smart Extruder+

    Makerbot Releases The Smart Extruder+

    Makerbot has just announced the availability of their new Smart Extruder+, a PLA 3D printer head that offers “better performance over a longer period of time.” This is the first major upgrade to Makerbot’s extruder since the launch of their Fifth Generation printer. The new head is the first that has been tested by parent company Stratasys for reliability. I tested an… Read More

  • As “Paying The Writer” Gets Easier, Whither Bookstores?

    As “Paying The Writer” Gets Easier, Whither Bookstores?

    There has been a bit of fussiness in publishing over the past few weeks regarding the rise of used bookstores as cultural centers/ways to screw writers. While many are coming down on the side of “any exposure, even through piracy” is good, many more writers are taking the “pay the writer” tack. The good news is that they’re both right. First, let’s look at… Read More

  • The Rokos Core OS Turns Your Raspberry Pi Into A Bitcoin Node

    The Rokos Core OS Turns Your Raspberry Pi Into A Bitcoin Node

    The Rokos Core, now in its fourth version, is a disk image for Raspberry Pis that can turn your single-board computer into a full bitcoin node. The system will allow you to hold a bitcoin wallet and mine, send, and receive bitcoin over the network. Understand that without specialized hardware this thing is essentially the way to actively waste electricity and/or hold bitcoin. However, because… Read More

  • Acer Goes All-In With Rugged And All-In-One Chrome Devices

    Acer Goes All-In With Rugged And All-In-One Chrome Devices

    Remember Chromebooks? Acer does. The company has announced a $180 “rugged” Chromebook laptop and an iMac-like all-in-one – called a Chromebase – with optional touchscreen. The devices are low cost and promise a bit of performance. The laptop, the CB3-131, has an 11.6-inch display, Intel Celeron processor, and up to 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It also has an SD… Read More

  • Samsung Goes After Sonos With A New Wireless Soundbar System

    Samsung Goes After Sonos With A New Wireless Soundbar System

    Wireless whole-home audio is a tough nut to crack. Only a few folks – primarily Sonos – have cracked it but Samsung is hot on the whole-home kick with the HW-K950, a Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar that includes three forward-facing and two upward speakers. The HW-K950 can connect to subwoofers and rear speaker units wirelessly which means you don’t have to drag speaker cable… Read More

  • My 2016 Tech Predictions

    I’ve been thinking about some of the cool things happening in the world and I wanted to note a few important trends I’m seeing. From Money to Hoverboards, things are changing quickly. Read More

  • Disney Research Creates A Robot That Can Fly Up Walls

    Disney Research Creates A Robot That Can Fly Up Walls

    Disney Research and the research group at ETH Zurich have created a car that can drive, fly, jump, and ride up walls. By using propellers and wheels, the robot can fly over obstacles and then smack against walls for a little vertical action. Called the VertiGo, the robot’s wheels are actually unpowered. All of the motion comes from the propellers which send it rolling across the ground… Read More

  • This 3D-Printed Star Destroyer Is Two Feet Long

    This 3D-Printed Star Destroyer Is Two Feet Long

    The Star Destroyer, one of the largest ships in the Star Wars universe, has been recreated in excruciating detail in the form of a two-foot long 3D-printed ship consisting of thousands of small parts. It was, as the creator suggested, a big job. You can check out a set of images here but, sadly, there aren’t plans just yet. Using a PowerSpec 3D Pro printer and three rolls of filament… Read More

  • Debian Creator Ian Murdock Dead At 42

    Debian Creator Ian Murdock Dead At 42

    Ian Murdock – the ‘ian’ in Debian – was found dead at his home in San Francisco on Monday. The cause is yet unknown. Murdock was an integral figure in the open source movement. His Debian Project – and his work at Docker – were groundbreaking. Announced in 1993 and released in 1996, Murdock named the distro after his then wife, Debra, and himself. Debian… Read More

  • Watch Two Guys Stick A GoPro Into A Homemade Pneumatic Cannon And Shoot It Really High

    Watch Two Guys Stick A GoPro Into A Homemade Pneumatic Cannon And Shoot It Really High

    There are few things as exciting as shooting things into the air using a 3D-printed cannon. That’s why this video is so important – and so educational. The two lads who made it, David and Ryan, have created a sort of cannonball for their GoPro and then have been shooting it up, up, up until it tumbles, whistling back to the ground. But this is pretty dumb, you say. It’s just… Read More

  • Even In The Face Of Ebook Hegemony Used Bookstores Are Still Popular

    Even In The Face Of Ebook Hegemony Used Bookstores Are Still Popular

    In an article that should bring you and yours a bit of holiday warmth, the Washington Post has found that despite Amazon used bookstores are still thriving – for now. They have found that various factors including the aging of the Baby Boom generation, the headwinds of digital adoption, and the general need for a place of community have all led to a resurgence in used bookstores. The… Read More

  • RoboFisher Will Let You Fish In Even The Harshest Of Storms

    RoboFisher Will Let You Fish In Even The Harshest Of Storms

    Blow, blow, thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man’s inability to fish in thee! In northern, colder climes, fish, as we all know, tend to freeze right in place and take nutrients in through their skin because they have their pores open all the time. But what if you want to go catch some of those fish? Robofisher has the answer. This service allows you to rent time on a fishing… Read More

  • Fluxo Is A Lamp That Exhibits True Smarts

    Fluxo Is A Lamp That Exhibits True Smarts

    Good lighting can mean the difference between time for business and business time. That’s why Fluxo is so cool. This unique crowdfunded light bulb can do all the color-changing magic you’re used to but can also cast light in various directions including up at the ceiling and at specific corners of the room. The light is surprisingly compact but features a number of LEDs that can… Read More

  • A New System Lets Self-Driving Cars “Learn” Streets On The Fly

    A New System Lets Self-Driving Cars “Learn” Streets On The Fly

    SegNet is a new system created by the University of Cambridge that can “read” a road and assess various features including street signs, road markers, people, and even sky. The system looks at an RGB image of a road and then classifies different layers using a Bayesian analysis of the scene. From the release: ´┐╝The first system, called SegNet, can take an image of a street scene… Read More

  • Esplorio Records Your Journey So You Don’t Have To

    Esplorio Records Your Journey So You Don’t Have To

    Before I took an arrow to the knee I was quite the adventurer. From Dragonsreach to Blue Palace I’ve visited them all and I have the mugs and commemorative shot glasses to prove it. But what about photos and web checkins? It’s hard to get those at a Khajiit souvenir shop. Esplorio is trying to make it easier to record your trips on the fly. The app maps your trip passively and… Read More

  • Researchers Use A Fiery Robot To 3D Print Glass

    Researchers Use A Fiery Robot To 3D Print Glass

    Glass printing is, as you can imagine, a pretty heady process. It requires a lot of heat and a lot of luck and a general acceptance that your print will look awful simply because the glass will cool unevenly. Once you get over all of those things, however, you’re ready to rock and roll. Researchers at Virginia Tech and the Rhode Island School of Design have created a system and lab… Read More

  • Bask, Friends, In The Glory Of A Full-Sized, 3D-Printed BB-8

    Bask, Friends, In The Glory Of A Full-Sized, 3D-Printed BB-8

    If you love Star Wars have we got a 3D printing project for you. MontyBug of the BB8BuildersClub has posted a build record of his model BB-8 droid. The droid is made of 3D printed parts and a little Arduino board to run his lights and Monty spent hours sanding and filling the surfaces. Each piece is separately 3D printed and glued together and the whole thing is about the coolest thing… Read More

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