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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  • 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

  • William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’ Is A Wild Ride Into The Future

    William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’ Is A Wild Ride Into The Future

    If any writer defined our collective nerd future and made computing cool it was William Gibson. As accessible as Raymond Carver and imaginatively dark as Philip Pullman, Gibson made it easy to dip into a continuum that every future IT department drone could understand. Rather than giving us flying cars and robo-dragons, Gibson pulled all of our current technologies out like candy… Read More

  • Clueless Founder “Hacks” Jason Calacanis’ Voicemail After Spoofing Phone Calls

    Clueless Founder “Hacks” Jason Calacanis’ Voicemail After Spoofing Phone Calls

    I don’t like to bring up these little lapses of judgement (or, in this case, horrendous lapses of reason) but it’s an interesting story and deserves at least a brief mention. An entrepreneur, who shall remain nameless, wanted Jason Calacanis and Tim Ferris to invest in his startup. Instead of emailing the two, the founder spoofed a phone call from Ferris to Calacanis, assuming… Read More

  • Solid Concepts Announces Another 3D-Printed Metal Gun

    Solid Concepts Announces Another 3D-Printed Metal Gun

    Solid Concepts, a company that specializes in 3D printing in metal and now owned by Stratasys, as announced their second 3D-printed metal gun, the Reason. Their first gun, the 1911, as well as this one were made by sintering – melting – metal powder with a laser. However, from the detail on the barrel and handle it’s clear the company has improved the technology immensely… Read More

  • New iPhones Selling Faster Than Galaxy Note 4 In Korea

    New iPhones Selling Faster Than Galaxy Note 4 In Korea

    In an interesting turn of events, the WSJ is reporting that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are outselling the Galaxy Note 4 in Korea, a bit of news that should give Samsung pause. Pre-orders for the new phones hit 100,000 on the first day of pre-orders compared to 30,000 units for the Galaxy Note 4. Analyst Lee Seung-woo, an analyst with IBK Securities said that he expected the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus… Read More

  • A Long Walk Through Startup Alley At Disrupt London

    A Long Walk Through Startup Alley At Disrupt London

    In part 500 of our continuing series featuring some of the most amazing startups on Earth, we present my endless walk through Startup Alley at Disrupt London. Given the terror associated with a large, inebriated man approaching you from all directions with a microphone, I’m pleased to note that everyone at the event was able to pitch with a professionalism that’s rare even in… Read More

  • The ChronodeVFD Resurrects Old Displays For A Cool New Watch

    The ChronodeVFD Resurrects Old Displays For A Cool New Watch

    I am, as you may know, a sucker for watches that use older display technologies (see also Nixie tubes). For example, this cool watch by freelance engineer John De Cristofaro uses a vacuum fluorescent display tube, an early form of digital display that cast a bright blue light and was first used in 1980s-era electronics. They will be familiar to folks who owned Subarus with digital displays… Read More

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