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. https://angel.co/freeport-1

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  • Print Your Own Crossguard Lightsaber

    Print Your Own Crossguard Lightsaber

    Star Wars fans rejoice: you can now print your own lightsaber on your 3D printer and even design your own crossguard saber just like that one dude in the new movie. LeFabShop, a French 3D printing outfit, has created a set of files that can be used to print almost any type of lightsaber in any color. The Instructable they made is a great resource for Star Wars fans and includes handles… Read More

  • TGI Friday’s Mistletoe Drone Injures Photographer In Brooklyn

    TGI Friday’s Mistletoe Drone Injures Photographer In Brooklyn

    The following sentence has never been written in the history of human language: A mistletoe-toting drone flying in a crowded Sheepshead Bay TGI Friday’s restaurant cut a photographer’s face after it careened out of another reporter’s hand. The fact that I had to write this sentence is proof that marketing departments and drone operators need some time apart. You see, TGI… Read More

  • Comcast Makes It More And More Difficult To Opt-Out Of Internet Sharing

    Comcast Makes It More And More Difficult To Opt-Out Of Internet Sharing

    As we learned back in June, Comcast has decided to turn every cable router on its network into a public wi-fi access point. While this may sound like a good idea – free Internet for all Comcast subscribers everywhere is the goal – the reality clashes with the Internet user’s sense of freedom and control. And, unfortunately, Comcast is making it harder and harder to opt out… Read More

  • Kindle Needs A “Subscribe To Author” Button

    Kindle Needs A “Subscribe To Author” Button

    When Amazon launched the Kindle Unlimited service last July, the idea was that popular indie authors could use the service as a way to gather royalties and raise their author profiles in tandem. The all-you-can-eat reading service was supposed to help, not harm, authors. The opposite has been the case. After the launch of KU a number of prolific writers have seen sales drop precipitously. Read More

  • U.S. Marshals Complete Second Auction Of Silk Road Bitcoin

    U.S. Marshals Complete Second Auction Of Silk Road Bitcoin

    The U.S. Marshals Service has completed the second auction of bitcoin seized from the original Silk Road. The auction, consisting of 50,000 BTC, is the latest in a seized BTC sell-off that began in June. Read More

  • New Technique Allows Researchers To Extract Audio From Silent Video

    By looking at the minute vibrations in high speed video, researchers at the Department of Engineering of the Catholic University of America have created a method for extracting sound data from high-speed silent video footage. From the release: The authors used a subset-based image-correlation approach to detect the motions of points on the surface of an object, capturing target images with… Read More

  • SuperDuino Is A Tiny Arduino Board With A Built-in Touchscreen

    SuperDuino Is A Tiny Arduino Board With A Built-in Touchscreen

    Another day, another Arduino project. This time it’s something called SuperDuino, a tiny touchscreen powered by a coin cell battery and backed up by a tiny Arduino-Like processor. The kit can be used to build smartwatches and other mini devices and costs about $25 for the entire system. You can add microSD readers, Bluetooth, and wireless connectivity to the SuperDuino, as well. Read More

  • Cryptomatic Bitcoin Watches Are A Sign Of The Coming BTC Apocalypse

    Cryptomatic Bitcoin Watches Are A Sign Of The Coming BTC Apocalypse

    I love me some watches, that’s for sure, but I’m not sure what I think about these Cryptomatic watches made by a private label manufacturer in Hong Kong. The watches aren’t techie at all – they’re basically Hong Kong-made mechanical timepieces with a big Bitcoin symbol on the front – but the real value is the retail model. First, understand that I… Read More

  • The Father Of The Powersquid Launches A Bluetooth-Enabled Carbon Fiber Drone

    The Father Of The Powersquid Launches A Bluetooth-Enabled Carbon Fiber Drone

    Chris Hawker, the creator of the Powersquid, and some of his buddies at Trident Design have created a new flying drone, the Carbon Flyer. The Flyer is an ultralight airplane that flies under its own power and controlled via Bluetooth. A tiny camera streams the flight to your phone. Read More

  • 3D Systems v. Formlabs Patent Lawsuit Dismissed

    3D Systems v. Formlabs Patent Lawsuit Dismissed

    The lawsuit between Formlabs and 3D Systems relating to stereolithography has been dismissed with prejudice, a move that frees Formlabs to make their printers without fear of further patent problems. 3D Systems first sued Formlabs back in 2012 for patent infringement related to their laser-based stereolithography techniques. In the interim, the company has grown to 100 people and has released… Read More

  • New ATM Skimmers Connect To The Card Reader Via A Nearly Invisible Hole

    New ATM Skimmers Connect To The Card Reader Via A Nearly Invisible Hole

    A new advance in credit card theft technology has hit the streets and it’s pretty clever. The ATM hackers are now drilling a small hole near the card reader and inserting a bit of electronics that connects to the ATM’s innards. The hole is then covered by a decal and the skimmer fished out once the thieves are ready to take in their haul. Discovered by the European ATM Security… Read More

  • This 3D-Printed Star Wars Ball Bot Is Ready To Awkwardly Co-Pilot Your X-Wing

    This 3D-Printed Star Wars Ball Bot Is Ready To Awkwardly Co-Pilot Your X-Wing

    Today’s Fun 3D Printable™ comes to us from Thingiverse user lilykill. The model is rendered in 3D and the head is connected to the ball body so it won’t be able to spin freely. The best thing, though? The model is life-size and can be printed to be about as big as R2-D2. Read More

  • Arthur Chu, “The Jeopardy! Guy,” Talks About Gamergate And Web Harassment

    Arthur Chu, “The Jeopardy! Guy,” Talks About Gamergate And Web Harassment

    Arthur Chu is best known for his odd – but winning – Jeopardy! strategy. He brought a web native’s attitude and methodology to win almost $300,000 on the show. He is now an outspoken anti-Gamergate writer and agreed to answer a few questions regarding his experience bearing the brunt of GG online attacks. Read More

  • Clime Stickers Are Up For Pre-Order, Will Tell You (And Baby) If It’s Cold Outside

    Clime Stickers Are Up For Pre-Order, Will Tell You (And Baby) If It’s Cold Outside

    I first covered Clime a few months ago when they were little more than 3D-printed nubbins. Now these nubbins have brains. Essentially they are tiny indoor/outdoor thermometers. You can put them anywhere and then check your mobile device for the temperature. You may have something similar in your home – they used to called them weather thermometers – but older systems are far… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: BlackFriday!

    We’re bringing this podcast to you a little early so you can arm yourself before going into Black Friday! Join Greg Kumparak, Matt Burns, and Darrell Etherington as we skewer Zelda and talk about the best laptops for your money! We invite you to enjoy our weekly podcasts every Friday at 3 p.m. Eastern and noon Pacific. And feel free to check out the TechCrunch Gadgets Flipboard… Read More

  • Thankful

    Thankful

    Time’s running out. We fear. We long for escape. We all succumb to fire, disease, and sloth. There’s not a lot to be thankful for. But it’s getting better. We have mastered many infectious diseases and we can manage life expectancy and infant mortality with some degree of success. Most of us survive past the first few hours of life these days. We can be thankful for… Read More

  • Razor Crazy Cart | Hands On

    Gift Guide: The Razor Crazy Cart

    While I did say that the Razor Crazy Cart was, well, crazy, it’s well worth a closer look if you have the space and safety equipment to send your kids careening around your driveway at about twenty miles per hour. That’s right: this is your dream go-kart from the folks who made the Razor scooters and, if you have the space and helmets it’s the best fun your kids will have… Read More

  • Expressiv Is An Irish MIDI Guitar With Some Groovy Light Effects, Man

    Expressiv Is An Irish MIDI Guitar With Some Groovy Light Effects, Man

    Hey, man, is that a MIDI guitar with amazing internal lighting effects? Well turn it up! Hot on the heels of the GTar and the Jamstik we present the Expressive, a guitar designed by Rob O’Reilly. The Kickstarter, which ends today, sold the guitars for about $450 and aims to ship in March. Does the world need another MIDI guitar? Sure. This model scans the fretboard to see where your… Read More

  • Pomplamoose Details The Cost Of Being An Indie Band

    Pomplamoose Details The Cost Of Being An Indie Band

    In a surprising display of transparency, Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn aka Pomplamoose detailed what it took to run a 28-city tour of the US. The bottom line? The band made $135,983 in income… and incurred $147,802 in expenses. Essentially, they lost a little over $11,000. But what does this mean for a modern Indie band? Conte writes that all is not lost. First, obviously, is the… Read More

  • Inspace Aims To Rocket Us Into Virtual Reality

    Inspace Aims To Rocket Us Into Virtual Reality

    In the yeaaaaarrrr 2000! As I recall, we were all supposed to be flying around with jetpacks and using Minority Report-esque hardware by now, but that still hasn’t come to pass. Thankfully the folks at InSpace are on the job. The system, which is mostly software, allows you to see media and information in a three-dimensional space. Before you chortle into your beard while thinking of all… Read More

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