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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  • The HTC One M9 Is Trying Hard To Stand Out In The Android Crowd

    The HTC One M9 Is Trying Hard To Stand Out In The Android Crowd

    Repetition, it’s been said, is a sign of persistence and dedication. It’s also a sign of insanity. That’s where HTC is right now and, while it would be a fine place to be if there was no strong competition in the smartphone market (just ask Samsung), it’s not a great position for a company facing Xiaomi and other smartphone players on the prowl. And repetition is what… Read More

  • ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone

    ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone

    A new 3D-printed drone called the ELF VR Nano is available for pre-order on Indiegogo and for download on Thingiverse. That’s right: you can either buy the product and receive pre-printed parts or you can simply print it yourself. It’s one of the purest open source hardware plays I’ve seen in a long while and it just goes to show how cool it is to be able to print your… Read More

  • Fantasical 2 Makes Your Cal Fantastic-er

    Fantasical 2 Makes Your Cal Fantastic-er

    Fanatical Fantastical users rejoice! The app, which makes adding appointments to your calendar as easy as clicking a button on top of your Mac menu bar and typing “Eat pork with Alex at 5pm on Wednesday,” has completely revamped its scheduling system and now supports complex requests (“Eat pork with Alex every Tuesday”) and reminders (“Remind me to eat pork with… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Poker, BitPay And Growth

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Poker, BitPay And Growth

    Hello friends and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast on all things bitcoin. This episode we were joined by Sonny Singh of BitPay, one of the largest bitcoin companies around, to talk about the state of bitcoin itself, as well as the firm’s recent deal with Neteller. Read More

  • Olio Creates A Homebrew Smartwatch With Some Amazing Features

    Olio Creates A Homebrew Smartwatch With Some Amazing Features

    It’s not every day I’m impressed by a smartwatch. Plenty of Android Wear and Pebble devices have come and gone and aside from a brief “Huh” I haven’t really let any of them capture my attention. Olio is different. The brainchild of former Apple and HP product designer Steven Jacobs, he wanted a watch that was rugged, usable, and easy to read. While he was aware of… Read More

  • mDrawBots Will Draw On Your Wall, Floor And Eggs

    mDrawBots Will Draw On Your Wall, Floor And Eggs

    mDrawBots, a Kickstarter project from MakeBlock, are very reminiscent of old-timey Erector sets with one interesting difference: These robots can actually do cool stuff. Designed to be customizable, the kits allow you to build robots that will draw on walls and floors, and even draw sassy little faces on eggs. The robot moves around each surface like an ink plotter, laying down a line here… Read More

  • Did Socratic.org Raise $6 Million?

    Did Socratic.org Raise $6 Million?

    What is integrity? How do you find a missing gas valve in a system? How do you find instantaneous rate of change? Don’t ask me, ask Socratic. The e-learning company just raised a $6 million Series A from Shasta Ventures, Spark Capital, and the Omidyar Network and they are asking “What is the meaning of all this money?” Founded two years ago by tech veterans Chris Pedregal… Read More

  • Hey, New Orleans, Let’s Talk Startups Tonight

    Hey, New Orleans, Let’s Talk Startups Tonight

    Good morrow, good citizens of New Orleans, I bid thee attend an impromptu meet and greet in your fair city tonight at 7:30pm at sublime Barcadia, a strange land full of libation of merriment. I’m in town for NOEW and I’ll be speaking tomorrow morning but I’d like to get to know some of the startups in the area and I can think of no better place than in a location that… Read More

  • Apple Watch, Shmapple Watch. Here’s A Watch That’s Full Of Ants!

    Apple Watch, Shmapple Watch. Here’s A Watch That’s Full Of Ants!

    Assume, for sanity’s sake, that this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. If we begin our exploration of the Ant Watch on that basis we are able to suspend, for a moment, our disbelief and consider deeply and truly the madness of wearing a watch full of ants on your wrist. Read More

  • New Ransomware Encrypts Your Game Files

    New Ransomware Encrypts Your Game Files

    If you’re in love with your Diamond Armor and Sword combo, you might want to back up your computer. A new form of ransomware called TeslaCrypt has been found that primarily targets game files. This means when it attacks it will encrypt all of your saved game files and ask you for about $1,000 to access them again. Usually your only TeslaCrypt is targeting files associated with games… Read More

  • The Jivr E-Bike Zips, Zooms, And Folds

    The Jivr E-Bike Zips, Zooms, And Folds

    The electric bike, like the electric car and, for some, electric underwear, has long been the dream of futurists. Many have tried to make a solid, portable, and foldable bike and many have failed. Perhaps Jivr hasn’t? This chainless bike was created by a Polish inventor Marcin Piatkowski. It can go about 20 miles per hour with a 20-mile range and it is light enough to pedal if your… Read More

  • This Amazingly Limber Bionic Arm Connects To Your Smartphone

    This Amazingly Limber Bionic Arm Connects To Your Smartphone

    A Japanese company called Exiii has created a sub-$300 bionic arm that connects to your cellphone in order to perform some surprisingly limber maneuvers. The arm uses 3D printed parts to make it easy to build and assembled and it can be repaired or reprinted in multiple colo Read More

  • Cyanogen Grabs Another $80 Million In Funding

    Cyanogen Grabs Another $80 Million In Funding

    Everyone’s favorite version of “open” Android is putting on its big business pants. The company just, which recently announced a partnership with Qualcomm has raised $80 million in funding from various providers, a hefty sum for a company that started out as a community driven mobile OS. Investors included Premji Invest, Twitter Ventures, Qualcomm Incorporated… Read More

  • Join Us In Toronto And Montreal For An Early April Meetup

    Join Us In Toronto And Montreal For An Early April Meetup

    We’ve finalized the meetups in Montreal and Toronto and we want to see you there. We originally announced the Montreal meetup a few days ago and now we have all the details. Montreal is happening on April 1 (no fooling) and Toronto is happening on April 2. Be there or be a loonie. The pitch-offs will follow our tried and true formula. We’ll pick 6 to 8 startups per city and they… Read More

  • Omega Announces New Ceramic Speedmasters For Well-To-Do Astronauts

    Omega Announces New Ceramic Speedmasters For Well-To-Do Astronauts

    When it comes to cool new materials, Apple has nothing on watchmakers. First announced in 2013, Omega has expanded its “Dark Side Of The Moon” line with two new ceramics – a gray and a white – and improved Super-LumiNova at the pips and indicators for legibility at night. The pieces, why decidedly low-tech when compared to smartwatches, are surprisingly high-tech in… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Millennials Hate Banks

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Millennials Hate Banks

    Welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s premier and only bitcoin podcast. This week John Biggs and I¬†riffed through¬†data regarding Kids These Days and banks, and also interviewed Boris Wertz, a venture capitalist and former entrepreneur who invests in bitcoin related startups. We are always looking for awesome guests to come kick it on the show. Shoot me, Alex, an email… Read More

  • The Wearables Road Ahead

    The Wearables Road Ahead

    I had a meeting with a smartwatch maker last night who showed me one of the coolest wearables I’d seen in a while. It will launch in a few days and it looks gorgeous with amazing attention to detail and a deep understanding of what has been missing in the smartwatch space thus far. He and his team have been working on it for a while and they know what they’re doing. From the case… Read More

  • Anti-Censorship Service Greatfire Is Under Attack

    Anti-Censorship Service Greatfire Is Under Attack

    Greatfire, a service that monitors blocked websites in China, is suffering from a DDOS attack that is sending 2.6 billion requests per hour to its servers – a 2500% increase in traffic – with the aim of destroying the business. The company is currently seeing $30,000 in bandwidth fees per day and but is hoping for amnesty from Amazon who hosts its data. NGO’s use the service… Read More

  • Rethink Robotics, Home Of Baxter, Brings A New Robot Arm To The Party

    Rethink Robotics, Home Of Baxter, Brings A New Robot Arm To The Party

    Remember Baxter, the robotic arm with a smiling face that you can teach to do simple, repeatable tasks? Well he has a little brother! Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer is a smaller, lighter Baxter with a higher-precision hand. While Baxter was designed to, say, place items in a box over and over again, Sawyer can be used for “tasks that require significant agility and flexibility.”… Read More

  • Intel And Google Team Up With TAG Heuer To Bring Android Wear Uptown

    Intel And Google Team Up With TAG Heuer To Bring Android Wear Uptown

    Your next Android Wear watch could be a TAG Heuer. Intel and Google are today announcing a partnership with the iconic watch brand that will result in a TAG-branded Swiss watch powered by Android Wear. The announcement came at the start of Baselworld, the world-famous watch show in Basel, Switzerland where companies like TAG and Swatch are looking to retain market share. The partnership is… Read More

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