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.

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  • We Need Your Hardware Battlefield Submissions Right Now

    We Need Your Hardware Battlefield Submissions Right Now

    Look, people, we’re giving you the chance of a lifetime here: this is Hardware Battlefield where participating startups gettingĀ free exhibition space at the 2015 International CES and competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy. For the first time, TechCrunch has partnered with the CEA to be an official media partner of the tradeshow. This means companies selected to… Read More

  • Biorobotic Roaches Can Use Microphones To Search Rubble For Survivors

    Biorobotic Roaches Can Use Microphones To Search Rubble For Survivors

    Another day, another insectobot connected to a small, audio-sensing cyborg harness. Two researchers at the North Carolina State University, Dr. Alper Bozkurt and Matt Shipman, have mounted a small circuit board to a live cockroach and connected leads to the bug’s brain. By playing special tones, the board can trick the cockroach into moving left or right, essentially turning the bug into… Read More

  • Insecam Displays Unsecured Webcams From Around The World

    Insecam Displays Unsecured Webcams From Around The World

    An odd site called Insecam purports to display 73,000 unsecured webcams from around the world, most of them CCTV and simple IP cameras. All of the cameras have two things in common – they’re streaming on publicly accessible network ports and they are still using the default passwords, thereby allowing anyone with a web-crawling robot and the wherewithal to type admin/admin to… Read More

  • Former Space X Employee Arrested For Alleged Silk Road 2.0 Involvement

    Former Space X Employee Arrested For Alleged Silk Road 2.0 Involvement

    The alleged operator of the Silk Road 2.0, Blake Benthall, has been arrested by the FBI in San Francisco after federal agents shut down the site on Wednesday. The site was a copy of the original Silk Road, a secure black market site allegedly run by Ross Ulbricht. The FBI announced the arrest on its New York Twitter feed. Read More

  • This Portable Raspberry Pi Console Will Bring Back The Arcade Games Of Your Misspent Youth

    This Portable Raspberry Pi Console Will Bring Back The Arcade Games Of Your Misspent Youth

    The eNcade hopes to capitalize on your misplaced nostalgia. Essentially a Raspberry Pi inside a cute case, the portable console promises to add online multi-player to classic games, thereby allowing you to Joust with players around the world or Mario Brothers your friends across town. The console is 3D printed and contains a fully assembled Pi with arcade inputs. Anyone can build one of… Read More

  • A New Bullet Can Make 3D-Printed Guns A Reality

    A New Bullet Can Make 3D-Printed Guns A Reality

    3D printed guns aren’t very compelling right now. Because of the vagaries of plastic and the methods used to manufacture weapons like the Liberator, your gun can turn itself into a hand grenade if you’re not careful. But engineer Michael Crumling might have a solution. Read More

  • Researchers Send Robotic Penguin Babies In To Monitor Real Penguins

    Researchers Send Robotic Penguin Babies In To Monitor Real Penguins

    As we approach the coming AI singularity, it will be important for the robots to move among us to track us undetected. If this article in Nature Methods is any indication, they will do this by dressing up a small four-wheeled rover as a facsimile of a baby George Clooney and, as paparazzi snap away, the robot will tag us using RFID chips and carry some of us away for study. That’s all in… Read More

  • Limdesk Is A Customer Support Center In A Box

    Limdesk Is A Customer Support Center In A Box

    Okay, not really in a box because that would be cruel to the support personnel but still putting customer support people in boxes would probably be more efficient if you put some holes in the box and fed them. But that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about Limdesk.com. Based in Poland, the software allows you to create a simple client-management system… Read More

  • Pillow Talk Lets You Send Your Heartbeat To Your Lover Remotely

    Pillow Talk Lets You Send Your Heartbeat To Your Lover Remotely

    Long distance relationships are hard. First, obviously, there’s the distance. Then there is the worrying, the fussing, and the concern that your significant other is going to movies without you. Fear and recrimination follow and anger results and things fall apart. Pillow Talk by LittleRiot hopes to solve that. Read More

  • Ahoy, Space Pirates, Spend Your Booty On This Crazy Watch

    Ahoy, Space Pirates, Spend Your Booty On This Crazy Watch

    Arrr! Here be space pirates and where there are space pirates there is need of a $230,000 mechanical watch. Wild watch makers MB&F have just announced their MB&F HM6, a watch based on a 1970s cartoon called Capitaine Flam (Captain Flame). The bulbous watch is built of titanium alloy and you can tell the time using the little curved bulbs on one end of the piece. You can see more… Read More

  • Tom Magliozzi, Co-Host Of NPR’s Car Talk, Dead At 77

    Tom Magliozzi, Co-Host Of NPR’s Car Talk, Dead At 77

    Before laptops, before cellphones, and before computers, hackers hacked machines. For most of the last century, the machine of choice was the car. Car repair, like chess, took a day to learn and a lifetime to master and the tricks we use today – 3D printing, tag-team programming, agile design – were born in the garages of the 1950s and 1960s. John Muir’s book, How to Keep… Read More

  • Check Out This Amazing Transparent Car

    Check Out This Amazing Transparent Car

    Spectrum has posted some amazing video of a “transparent” car created by Japanese researchers. The car uses projectors, cameras, and special mirrors to reflect what’s outside the car onto the surfaces inside. The resulting images allow you to see what’s going on all around the vehicle, even behind you and in blind spots. Created by Susumu Tachi and Masahiko Inami of… Read More

  • Is Samsung Sliding Into Home Or Just Sliding?

    Is Samsung Sliding Into Home Or Just Sliding?

    These days Samsung is a mobile behemoth — with a bit of an earnings problem. The company reported its lowest profit in three years, a drop of 60 percent to $3.9 billion. It’s a huge stumble but, as the astute among you will note, it’s still $3.9 billion dollars in profit. Read More

  • Super-Agent Andrew Wylie Calls Amazon An “ISIS-Like Distribution Channel”

    Super-Agent Andrew Wylie Calls Amazon An “ISIS-Like Distribution Channel”

    Andrew Wylie is a major book agent who many in the milquetoast publishing industry call the “jackal.” His fiery pronouncements are much-read in certain circles and his latest one, in a speech given at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, is a doozy. Wylie, who sees Amazon as a threat to all that is good and holy in the book industry, called the organization… Read More

  • Your Next Passport Could Be On The Blockchain

    Your Next Passport Could Be On The Blockchain

    A blockchain tinkerer named Chris Ellis has created a system to build an actual digital passport that, through use of the Bitcoin blockchain and some encryption, will allow you to identify yourself online and off. Called World Citizenship, the project just launched on Github and shows some definite promise. “The goal of this project is to learn and layout a simple process for anyone in… Read More

  • This Ambulance Drone Can Fly Into Trouble With First Aid

    This Ambulance Drone Can Fly Into Trouble With First Aid

    A Dutch engineer has created a flying defibrillator for emergency situations. The drone, called the Ambulance Drone, would be stationed at various points in the city. In an emergency, people on the scene can call it in and it arrives a few seconds later. The built-in defibrillator unit can be used by anyone and it allows doctors to monitor the situation after the shocks are administered. The… Read More

  • Elimi Turns Dating Into Truth Or Dare

    Elimi Turns Dating Into Truth Or Dare

    Hey, are you interested in ladies or men? Do you like to flirt with a capital F? Then Elimi is for you (or perhaps not if you prefer to meet potential partners at the church, club, or local rendering plant). Created by Adam Labedzki and Sebastian Brzuzek, the app allows you to enter into a sort of flirtatious version of truth or dare without the dare part. It’s a cute idea. Users… Read More

  • An Interview With Alex Blumberg, Public Radio Journalist Turned Entrepreneur

    An Interview With Alex Blumberg, Public Radio Journalist Turned Entrepreneur

    If you’ve listened to public radio at all in the past decade you’ll recognize the voice of Alex Blumberg. Part of the adenoidal-voice-amazing-stories class of broadcasters, Blumberg worked on This American Life and the amazing Planet Money where he explained complex topics in succinct ways. Now he’s an entrepreneur trying to build his own podcasting empire by changing the… Read More

  • MCX Invites Us Into Their Startling Vision Of Future Credit Card Fee Avoidance

    MCX Invites Us Into Their Startling Vision Of Future Credit Card Fee Avoidance

    Merchants don’t like credit cards. The fees associated are onerous and wildly convoluted. For example, I challenge you to find a single source of information one the Internet regarding these fees that isn’t a spam-laden lead generation engine. Merchants take these lumps as the cost of doing business. That’s why MCX and its associated system, CurrentC, exists. And, like… Read More

  • The HP Sprout Is A Bold But Goofy Experiment In Projected Interfaces

    The HP Sprout Is A Bold But Goofy Experiment In Projected Interfaces

    According to HP, what the world needs now is a touch-sensitive mat onto which are projected little 3D interface objects coupled with a touchscreen monitor. In fact, what the world precisely needs is Sprout. This $1,899 computer is the latest in HP’s efforts to remain relevant. Created as a sort of multi-media workstation a la the original Surface table, the computer has a built-in… Read More

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