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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • The Gold Apple Watch Could Cost As Much As $1,200

    The Gold Apple Watch Could Cost As Much As $1,200

    A jewelry contact familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that the gold, 18-karat version of the Apple Watch could cost around $1,200 retail when it launches in January. This has been corroborated, based on size and weight, by jewelers familiar with the material Apple is using to make its Apple Watch Edition pieces. It should be noted that this is an estimate and the piece could come in… Read More

  • Samsung Attacks Apple’s Keynote With “It Doesn’t Take A Genius” Ads

    Samsung Attacks Apple’s Keynote With “It Doesn’t Take A Genius” Ads

    Samsung has released a series of videos lampooning this week’s Apple announcement, a move that is at once familiar and not unexpected. There are six of them in total, including one on screen size, in a series called “It Doesn’t Take A Genius.” Collect them all. After years of cringey, tone-deaf commercials, the company has finally grown a few claws and even made fun… Read More

  • Canviz Lets You Put Animated GIFs On Your Wall

    Canviz Lets You Put Animated GIFs On Your Wall

    Boring old pictures are, without a doubt, boring. That’s why there’s Canviz. Designed by artists to allow them to share animated photographs and graphics, Canviz is a “museum grade” screen for your wall. Writes the creator, MM Waters: This project began with an idea my wife had. She wanted to create living portraits of ourselves, places we go, things we do… Read More

  • FishingBooker Helps You Book Fishing Trips

    FishingBooker Helps You Book Fishing Trips

    This year’s Audience Choice at Disrupt SF has a WHALE of a tale to tell you. Called FishingBooker.com, this Belgrade-based company is streamlining the process of booking fishing boats. Yes. Really. Founded by Vukan Simic and Nemanja Cerovac, the startup won a pitch-off I attended in Montenegro this year and came all the way from Serbia to hang out on the show floor. When they heard… Read More

  • Correction: Switzerland Now Has An Incredible Competitor

    Correction: Switzerland Now Has An Incredible Competitor

    So here we are, in the hours after the official launch of the Apple Watch, and we need to address just what the watch means for Switzerland. When I first saw the watch I literally thought that Jony Ive was right in regards to how – ahem – ruined the Swiss watch industry was. However, as I thought about what the Apple Watch was (and wasn’t) I’ve come to a more… Read More

  • Palate Home Puts a Precision Robot Chef in Every Kitchen

    Palate Is A Smart Grill That Takes The Work Out Of Cooking

    While the standard George Foreman has long been the go-to grill for busy executives on the go, it’s time for Big George to hang up his gloves. Palate Smart Grill is on the scene and launching at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014. This smart grill will cook almost any food perfectly based on weight, composition, and desired done-ness and can be controlled via your mobile device. Read More

  • Tune In On Today At 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific For The Launch Of TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie

    Tune In On Today At 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific For The Launch Of TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie

    TechCrunch is about to embark on a brand new adventure. We’re coming at you in a way that you’ve never seen heard before. World, prepare yourself for TechCrunch Radio! We’re collaborating with the fine folks at Sirius XM to connect with our readers in a brand new way. Jordan Crook and I will host the show, and each week, we’ll dedicate a good portion of our show to… Read More

  • Dan Gilbert Says Detroit's Bouncing Back | Full Interview

    Detroit’s Dan Gilbert Comes To Silicon Valley

    Dan Gilbert is a powerful man – in Detroit. Now he wants to convince Silicon Valley to move to America’s Motor City where they’ll have wide open offices, inexpensive living, and access to amazing talent. Gilbert, the chairman of Rock Ventures and the owner of Quicken Loans, owns 60 buildings in downtown Detroit that house 12,000 employees. He is also an active backer in… Read More

  • CoinSafe May Have Solved The Bitcoin Transaction Speed Problem

    CoinSafe May Have Solved The Bitcoin Transaction Speed Problem

    Bitcoin transactions aren’t actually instant. Because each transfer requires a number of confirmations via the mining process, some Bitcoin moves can take minutes or even half an hour. CoinSafe, however, may have created a solution that can process BTC transactions in seconds. CoinSafe, a company founded by Michael Flaxman and Tom Chokel, is a “free Bitcoin ATM service.”… Read More

  • Partpic Makes It Easier To Find Repair Parts For Your Whozits, Whatsits, And More

    Partpic Makes It Easier To Find Repair Parts For Your Whozits, Whatsits, And More

    Are your thingamobs broken? Did the knob fall off of your widget? Partpic has you covered. The company, which is launching at the TC Startup Battlefield in San Francisco, was created to allow consumers to snap a picture of a replacement part and immediately receive a part number and order page in return. Read More

  • The Original Disruptor, Clayton Christensen, And VC Bill Hambrecht Talk About The Theory Of Disruption

    The Original Disruptor, Clayton Christensen, And VC Bill Hambrecht Talk About The Theory Of Disruption

    Investment bankers Bill Hambrecht and Clayon Christensen took to the Disrupt SF stage today to defend the concepts of disruption and to address the ways the Valley predicted the future of financial services and technology. Christensen is the author of The Innovator’s Dilemma and a lauded professor at the Harvard Business School. His writing on “disruption,” a concept he says… Read More

  • Mark Cuban's Cyber Dust Shrinks Your Digital Footprint | Full Interview

    Mark Cuban Talks His Drive To Build Companies, And How He Wants To Destroy Silicon Valley

    Dear Silicon Valley: Mark Cuban wants to kick your ass. At Disrupt SF today, the noted investor and bon vivant talked about his drive to build companies and his feelings about San Francisco. “Fuck y’all. I want to win,” he said, talking about his drive to found companies. Read More

  • If Switzerland Is Fucked, Then The iWatch Is, Too

    If Switzerland Is Fucked, Then The iWatch Is, Too

    As we approach Peak iWatch, it’s important to consider just what the new device (if it even launches) will do to the watch market as a whole. I can assure you – and this is based on a deep and nuanced understanding of the Swiss watch industry – that the jolly watchmakers of Geneva aren’t giving the iWatch a second thought. First, let’s address where we got the… Read More

  • A Peek Behind The Scenes At Disrupt SF

    A Peek Behind The Scenes At Disrupt SF

    Can’t make it to Disrupt SF? Want to see what exactly the team is doing behind the scenes? Watch this shaky, inaugural video by our new drone, Jitterz, as she flies around the backstage area, through the presentation space, and out into the Hackathon/Start-up Alley room. It’s our first effort at drone-video and, as you can see, it’s a load of dangerous, low-flying… Read More

  • Time to Code | Disrupt SF Hackathon

    A Walk Through The Disrupt Hackathon

    It’s still early at the Disrupt Hackathon but that doesn’t mean hackers, programmers, and other cool folks aren’t busy working away. We’ll be posting updates from the floor over the next few hours but until then enjoy this random walk featuring Jon Sheiber and I as we wander the Hackathon crowds. Read More

  • The Feds Found The Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Thanks To A Leaky CAPTCHA

    The Feds Found The Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Thanks To A Leaky CAPTCHA

    You may have heard that the infamous Dread Pirate Robets AKA Ross Ulbricht’s Silk Road was taken down thanks to a problem in his anonymous Tor server. Now, however, Brian Krebs has shown us just how the Feds found Ulbricht’s server and, additionally, the pirate himself. A hole in the Silk Road’s anonymity appeared because of a leaky CAPTCHA prompt. CAPTCHA, as we all well… Read More

  • 3D Printed Hands Just Got Better Thanks To These DIY Wolverine Claws

    3D Printed Hands Just Got Better Thanks To These DIY Wolverine Claws

    What could be better than giving disabled kids a new pair of hands? How about slapping a set of claws on those hands! Aaron Brown, a maker and volunteer for the group Enabling The Future, has been building 3D printed prosthetic hands for kids who are missing fingers. These hands are given away for free and the group has made countless children quite happy. Now they can be happier. Brown built… Read More

  • 3Doodler Launches New Accessories Including A Much-Needed, Anti-Burninating Foot Pedal

    3Doodler Launches New Accessories Including A Much-Needed, Anti-Burninating Foot Pedal

    In todays small, hand-held 3D printer news, we learn that 3Doodler (think of a hot glue gun with a lot more usability) has released a few new accessories including a foot pedal that allows you to extrude filament without having to press the button on the device. I played with the 3Doodler a few months ago and was duly impressed. In the right hands – and with the right degree of… Read More

  • Join Us For A Screening Of Print The Legend, A Movie About Makerbot And Formlabs, On Sunday

    Join Us For A Screening Of Print The Legend, A Movie About Makerbot And Formlabs, On Sunday

    If you like 3D printing and you’re free on Sunday night, I’d like to take you to a movie. Print The Legend is an amazing (and dramatic) tale of Makertbot, Formlabs, and 3D printing in general. You can grab tickets right here and I’ll be leading a panel discussion afterwards with Co-Director J. Clay Tweel, Executive Producer Walter Kortschak, and Co-Producer Andrew Kortschak. Read More

  • Moto 360 Smartwatch

    Hands On With The Moto 360, The First Round Smart Watch

    As we approach Peak Smartwatch at the Apple event next week, manufacturers are racing to offer product to those who might not want to bow down to Cupertino in the coming months. The latest contender is the Moto 360, a steel and leather beauty that launched today alongside the new Motorola X. Although I’ve been duly impressed by the Samsung Gear series, you will immediately notice that… Read More

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