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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  • Join Us At Our TC Budapest Pitch-Off On Friday

    Join Us At Our TC Budapest Pitch-Off On Friday

    On July 10, 2015 I’ll be rolling into Budapest to hold our first official TechCrunch Pitch Off in the city of my forefathers (my grandfather’s name was actually Nagy!) We’ll be inviting eight startups on stage to compete to win a table at TechCrunch Disrupt or, for second place, two tickets to the event in SF on September 21-23. Here’s the problem: we’re sold out. Read More

  • Scientists Turn To Seahorses For Nearly Unbreakable Limbs

    Scientists Turn To Seahorses For Nearly Unbreakable Limbs

    Researchers at Clemson University have created a new sort of robotic design based on the long, curled tail of the seahorse. The seahorse is unique because it consists of “square prisms surrounded by bony plates that are connected by joints.” Other animal tails are cylindrical and therefore easily crushed. The researchers write: Researchers found that the square prototype was… Read More

  • Writers Are Going Cuckoo For KU

    Writers Are Going Cuckoo For KU

    If you haven’t been following the Indie writing market I don’t blame you. It’s pretty crazy right now. After Amazon decided to tweak the royalties payouts to reflect how much readers actually read the books they downloaded as part of the Kindle Unlimited service writers have gone into an absolute tizzy over what’s fair and not fair and what it means to get paid for… Read More

  • Designer Turns A Konica Film Camera Into A Digital Shooter With 3D-Printed Parts

    Designer Turns A Konica Film Camera Into A Digital Shooter With 3D-Printed Parts

    The Konica Auto S3 is considered by camera lovers to be one of the best low-cost rangefinder pocket shooters. Originally made in 1973 it features a 38mm f1.8 lens and internal leaf shutter. But it also shot 35mm film. A designer, Ollie Baker, gave the camera a new lease on life by pulling the back of the camera, adding a few 3D-printed parts, and creating the ultimate… Read More

  • Arcade Dreams

    Arcade Dreams

    Summer always makes me think of the 7-11 at the end of East Lakeview in Columbus, Ohio. I was about eight. My grandmother took us there every week to get comic books, which were near the front window, by the counter. In the back corner, in darkness, was a Star Wars stand up arcade game. On the day it first appeared it bleated a snippet of the Star Wars theme and my ears perked up. It took a… Read More

  • Startup Sues A Domain Name Owner To Grab A 16-Year-Old URL

    Startup Sues A Domain Name Owner To Grab A 16-Year-Old URL

    Jason Kneen is a programmer and happens to own about a hundred domain names picked up over a sixteen year period. One of those, workbetter.com, he purchased in 1999 and it has been available on his site for years. In late April 2014 a company, OfficeLinks, approached him about buying the domain for use as a URL for their co-working space. @jasonkneen @hjmehta Jason: We're sorry about… Read More

  • Join Us At Our TC Pitch-Off Next Week In Budapest

    Join Us At Our TC Pitch-Off Next Week In Budapest

    On July 10, 2015 I’ll be rolling into Budapest to hold our first official TechCrunch Pitch Off in the city of my forefathers (my grandfather’s name was actually Nagy!) We’ll be inviting eight startups on stage to compete to win a table at TechCrunch Disrupt or, for second place, two tickets to the event in SF on September 21-23. You can grab tickets here. To apply for the… Read More

  • Vulnerability In Security Service Lifelock Could Have Exposed Logins And Passwords

    Vulnerability In Security Service Lifelock Could Have Exposed Logins And Passwords

    A vulnerability discovered by security researchers Eric Taylor and Blake Welsh could turn an innocuous “refer-a-friend” page into an official-looking phishing page. By adding encoded HTML to the end of a basic URL, Taylor and his partner were able to simulate a Lifelock login page that could potentially grab usernames and passwords from unsuspecting users. Read More

  • Beware Bitcoiners Bearing Gifts

    Beware Bitcoiners Bearing Gifts

    During patches of turbulence, pilots are trained to steer into the airborne trouble, much like when a driver encounters black ice. To increase the odds of coming out unscathed in either scenario, it’s critical to remain as calm as possible, even when all hell is breaking loose. Greece is now in a slide and her citizens, young and old, are looking for ways to keep their savings intact. One… Read More

  • Researchers Use Femtosecond Lasers To Display Touchable Images In The Air

    Researchers Use Femtosecond Lasers To Display Touchable Images In The Air

    A Japanese company called Aerial Burton has been using lasers to ionize air molecules in midair for a few years now, thereby creating bright pixels that float in space. Using the original system, however, you were essentially creating floating plasma which could burn you if you touched it. Now, however, the researchers at the University of Tsukuba, Utsunomiya University, Nagoya Institute… Read More

  • SlashDB Can Turn Any Data Source Into A Website

    SlashDB Can Turn Any Data Source Into A Website

    Most programmers like two things: pizza and things that make their work easier. That’s why I was especially interested in SlashDB, a product that purports to turn any data source into accessible XML, JSON, or HTML. Created by programmer Victor Olex, the system allows you to connect almost any data to the web in a few seconds with a REST API. “SlashDB is an automated web API for… Read More

  • The Race To The Bottom Is Now Hitting Professional 3D Printers

    The Race To The Bottom Is Now Hitting Professional 3D Printers

    The eagle-eyed among you will notice something interesting about the Riverside Photocuring 3D Printer pictured above. Almost all of the design – from the removable build plate to the jolly front button – is a direct homage to the Formlabs Form 1. One could assume, therefore, that the Riverside should (and does) print 3D objects as well as the Form 1 and should be a comparable product. Read More

  • New Process Can Print Stretchy Electronics Onto Your Clothes

    New Process Can Print Stretchy Electronics Onto Your Clothes

    Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a single-step process to print conductive material on cloth, allowing manufacturers to build stretchable wearables that can test vital signs like heart rate and muscle contraction. From the release: Now, Professor Takao Someya’s research group at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering has developed an… Read More

  • Could This 1970s Patek Philippe Be The Inspiration For The Apple Watch?

    Could This 1970s Patek Philippe Be The Inspiration For The Apple Watch?

    In what could be the most interesting conspiracy theory of the morning, the folks at ABlogToWatch have found a watch that could have been the inspiration for Apple Watch. It’s a Patek Philippe Ellipse Ref. 3582 (3582G) made in the 1970s and usually sold through high end watch stores. The piece, which is amazingly rare in white gold, almost perfectly matches the case shape of the Apple… Read More

  • Deskdoo Gives You A Virtual Desktop For All Your Business Needs

    Deskdoo Gives You A Virtual Desktop For All Your Business Needs

    The vision of a virtual desktop right in your browser has long danced in the heads of IT administrators and most solutions were interesting but underpowered. Now thanks to HTML5, however, it’s a lot easier to recreate a desktop experience in the browser, as Deskdoo proves. Poland-based Deskdoo gives you and your employees a sort of central repository for almost anything. You can… Read More

  • Now They’ve Gone And Stuck Android Onto A Graphing Calculator

    Now They’ve Gone And Stuck Android Onto A Graphing Calculator

    Today in our ongoing series of people putting one thing into another thing, we present Android running on a Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX, a robust graphing calculator popular with the pre-calc set. The calculator has about 100MB of storage and 64MB of RAM but has enough power to run Android 1.6 aka Donut. Obviously you’re not going to make very many calls using your graphing calculator… Read More

  • Ascribe Raises $2 Million To Ensure You Get Credit For Your Art

    Ascribe Raises $2 Million To Ensure You Get Credit For Your Art

    Digital scarcity is an oxymoron. Unless it isn’t. Thanks to a recently funded startup called Ascribe, artists and writers can now create unique copies of their work that can be bought and sold and cannot, in theory, be duplicated. The founders, Bruce Pon, Trent McConaghy, and Masha McConaghy have experience in banking, hardware, and curation. Masha, a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne, curated at… Read More

  • Lenovo Announces A $130 Windows PC In A Stick

    Lenovo Announces A $130 Windows PC In A Stick

    If you’ve ever wanted to plug a Windows machine into your TV for a little hot and heavy Excel slinging, you’re in luck. Lenovo has just announced a $130 stick, the Ideacenter Stick 300, that connects to any display via HDMI. These single-stick computers are nothing new but this one has an Intel Baytrail Z3735F CPU, 2GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. It also has a built-in… Read More

  • Watch Mac OS 7.5.5 Running On An Apple Watch

    Watch Mac OS 7.5.5 Running On An Apple Watch

    Nick Lee, a dedicated programmer with access to WatchOS 2.0, has ported Mac OS 7.5.5 to his wrist. That’s right: the OS you used in the 1990s to make your ‘zine can now boot – albeit slowly – on your Apple Watch. He used Mini VMac, an “early Mac emulator,” and recompiled it for the Watch. Can the Watch actually run these sorts of programs well? Sure. The… Read More

  • The LightFreq Square2 Lets You Rock Out With Your Lights On

    The LightFreq Square2 Lets You Rock Out With Your Lights On

    Your speaker is in my lightbulb! No, your lightbulb is in my speaker! Thanks to the new LightFreq Square2, we’re both right. The Square2 is a lightbulb with built-in speaker and intercom. To use it you simply unscrew your current lightbulbs and screw in the Square2. Then, via the app, you can stream music to each lightbulb separately or all of them simultaneously and even talk to other… Read More

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