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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  • UK Print Book Sales Fall As Ebooks Rise

    UK Print Book Sales Fall As Ebooks Rise

    Although U.S. print sales have been steady, the UK Publishers Association is reporting a very interesting trend. Generally, print revenues dropped 5 percent to £2.7 billion and ebook revenues rose by 11 percent to £563 million. While ebooks still make up just a fraction of the books sold, it’s clear that ebooks are creeping up on print in a very real way. Read More

  • MysteryVibe Crescendo Is A Snake-Like Buzzy Thinger For Your Down-There Parts

    MysteryVibe Crescendo Is A Snake-Like Buzzy Thinger For Your Down-There Parts

    Stop reading now if you don’t want to hear about another super-cool flexible vibrator for the ladies. Go on. Try this post. It’s pretty innocuous. Everyone that’s left okay with a bit of the old fiddly diddly? Good. Read More

  • The CHIP Is A $9 Computer That Can Almost Do It All

    The CHIP Is A $9 Computer That Can Almost Do It All

    If you need a computer about the size of a credit card, look no further. The CHIP is a $9 single-board computer that runs Linux and can do just about anything you want it to… including play Quake. The board includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well as optional ports for VGA and HDMI monitors. On board you’ll find a 1GHz processor, 512 RAM, and 4GB of storage. You can install a light… Read More

  • Watch These Drones Dance Merrily ‘Round The Maypole

    Watch These Drones Dance Merrily ‘Round The Maypole

    Under the guise of “high-g quadcopter training” the folks at ETH Zurich have tethered multiple drones to a central pole and are teaching them to do 50 km/h accelerations of up to 13 gs. In short, these guys are going really fast and not hitting each other, which is amazing. From the release: The testbed allows the characterization of the flight behavior of quadrocopters at… Read More

  • Dog Lovers Can Now Print These Amazing Open-Source Doggy Wheels

    Dog Lovers Can Now Print These Amazing Open-Source Doggy Wheels

    Dog carts are common but clunky. These little carts, attached to disabled dogs via straps and webbing, are often expensive and rarely cool. Now, however, you can get your disabled dog some sweet open-source wheels for the price of a quick 3D print and some rubber. The Adaptable Wheelchair For Handicapped Dogs costs about $150 to build and can be resized for your pooch. The first recipient, a… Read More

  • Keurig CEO Blames Coffee Pod DRM For Falling Sales

    Keurig CEO Blames Coffee Pod DRM For Falling Sales

    In what amounts to a win for the anti-DRM crowd, Keurig CEO Brian Kelley said the 23% drop in sales came from his move to prevent coffee lovers from using unofficial K-Cups in its 2.0 machines. After the company’s patent on the K-Cup expired, the company added a lock to its new machines to prevent the use of refillable cups and cups from outside manufacturers. Users also filed a… Read More

  • How Thieves Stole The Most Expensive Watch In The World: An Excerpt From Marie Antoinette’s Watch

    How Thieves Stole The Most Expensive Watch In The World: An Excerpt From Marie Antoinette’s Watch

    The following is a long excerpt from my new book, Marie Antoinette’s Watch: Adultery, Larceny, & Perpetual Motion that I wanted to share with you here on the site. It details a 1983 break-in at the L.A. Mayer Museum in Jerusalem where some of the rarest, most expensive, and most striking watches ever built were on display. The rarest of all – the Marie Antoinette by… Read More

  • A Random Walk Down Hardware Alley

    Every Disrupt I gather some of the coolest hardware startups in the world into one place – Hardware Alley. This cavalcade of gear is one of my favorite parts of Disrupt and I try to walk through the entire thing on video so you can meet some of the startups. Some of my favorites? The Parashoot, Supplyhog, and the kitten toy Kittyo – although everyone was great. Read More

  • Retail Expert Francine Della Badia Joins Bonobos As New CEO

    Retail Expert Francine Della Badia Joins Bonobos As New CEO

    Former Bonobos CEO Andy Dunn is “stepping up” to Executive Chairman of the company and will be replaced by retail expert Francine Della Badia. Dunn will become a brand ambassador and media face for the company while Della Badia will handle day-to-day business and manage the company’s Bonobos, AYR, and Maide lines. “It was a huge decision,” said Dunn. “I… Read More

  • Gate Tells You When The Postman Rings Once

    Gate Tells You When The Postman Rings Once

    The folks at Gate want you to know when the postman is coming. Their new product, available now on Kickstarter, is a smart mailbox sensor that tells you when someone is digging in your post box or dropping off letters. The system, which mounts to both traditional “rural” mailboxes as well as in-door “flap” models, pings you when the mail is coming and can even estimate… Read More

  • Join New York Mayor Bill de Blasio At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    Join New York Mayor Bill de Blasio At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    The best thing about Disrupt is that it brings together so many amazing people. To wit: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will join us on stage at Disrupt New York for an amazing interview with our own Kim-Mai Cutler. Mayor de Blasio succeeds a Disrupt favorite, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, on our stage and will talk about the future of and in New York. A former New York City Public Advocate… Read More

  • Researchers Create The Ultimate Smartphone Ultra Zoom To See And Measure Strands Of DNA

    Researchers Create The Ultimate Smartphone Ultra Zoom To See And Measure Strands Of DNA

    Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles have created a smartphone ultra zoom solution that allows scientists in the field to image and size DNA. The tool, which uses a little 3D-printed box that acts as a high-resolution microscope, can be used to see objects as small as two nanometers in width. Read More

  • How To Install Windows 10 IoT On Your Raspberry Pi 2

    How To Install Windows 10 IoT On Your Raspberry Pi 2

    Thanks to the release of Windows 10 for multiple single-board computers, tinkerers are now waking up to the possibility of running Windows as a usable and surprisingly polished alternative open source operating systems like Raspbian. But how do you run Windows on a RaspPi? And why? First, I invite you to check out Microsoft’s refreshingly complete GitHub page where they offer… Read More

  • Micro Tug Robots Can Pull Objects 2,000 Times Their Own Weight

    Micro Tug Robots Can Pull Objects 2,000 Times Their Own Weight

    Like the noble ant or the sassy-yet-lovable tugboat, Micro Tugs can pull more than their own weight. The robots, which come from Stanford’s Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab, use a “controllable adhesive” plate that sticks to surfaces only when shear pressure is applied. In one case a 12 gram robot was able to pull objects 2,000 times its own weight. Read More

  • Watch A Drone Fall In Love In Pomplamoose’s New Video

    Watch A Drone Fall In Love In Pomplamoose’s New Video

    Friends of TC, Pomplamoose, just posted a new video that features a lady, a drone and a single rose. The song, Madonna’s Like A Prayer redone in a decidedly jaunty style, is great but the video storyline is greater. You see, in the year 2022 a drone becomes sentient and falls in love with a woman who lives in what looks like a fashionable SF bunker. The drone knows that his/her love flies… Read More

  • New Materials Could Make Star Wars-Style 3D Screens

    New Materials Could Make Star Wars-Style 3D Screens

    Everyone’s favorite wonder material, graphene, could soon create realistic 3D screens for mobile devices and smartphones. Whereas most 3D displays have thus far depended on fancy glasses or, in a last resort, parallax barriers that simulate 3D in the same way those gaudy pictures of waterfalls and winking ladies simulate movement. Read More

  • Identified Technologies’ Drones Will Automatically Map Your Job Site So You Don’t Have To

    Identified Technologies’ Drones Will Automatically Map Your Job Site So You Don’t Have To

    Mapping a job site – be it a construction site, oil field, or giant human battery pod factory – is a tough job. That’s why Identified Technologies’ Dick Zhang wants you to send in the drones. His company, which is funded to the tune of $2 million, allows you to send a quadcopter around your job site to create a topographical map of the situation. It is completely… Read More

  • The Emperor’s New Watch

    The Emperor’s New Watch

    More likely, however, watching the sun crawl across the ground in front of a tower was humankind’s first inkling that his days were meted out in tick-tock bursts. Egyptian obelisks, in fact, doubled as sundials and the Book of Isaiah records the use of a sundial in 700 BC. The first clocks were little more than egg timers designed tell monks when to rise or bakers when to check… Read More

  • Slideshow: The Cinder Sensing Cooker Won’t Burn Your Food To A Crisp

    Slideshow: The Cinder Sensing Cooker Won’t Burn Your Food To A Crisp

    I’m a lucky lad. Every so often the creators of a really cool, really revolutionary cooking devices come to my house and make me food and this time it was Cinder. Think of Cinder as a George Foreman Grill that went to MIT. Designed to cook everything perfectly, the system can cook, sear, and grill automatically, allowing you to place food in the machine and have it cooked to perfection… Read More

  • Welcome To The Age Of 4D Printers

    Welcome To The Age Of 4D Printers

    Welcome to Future World where the weird is commonplace! To wit: engineers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science have created a 4D printer. That doesn’t mean the printer outputs objects into the space-time continuum. Instead, it means they are building objects that can change based on the physics of the materials used. By extruding objects in multiple materials… Read More

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