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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  • Your Brain Waves Could Replace Passwords

    Your Brain Waves Could Replace Passwords

    Researchers at Binghamton University have discovered that, with a bit of training, your computer can identify you based on the way your brain reacts to certain words. This means that instead of a password you could simply listen to a few words and unlock your super secret files. Read More

  • The Kisai Link Is A Bluetooth Wearable That Hides The Geekiness

    The Kisai Link Is A Bluetooth Wearable That Hides The Geekiness

    As a slave to fashion, I have to look great all the time. But how can I do that when I have to wear so many amazing wearables? You can’t have fashion and electronics. Luckily, Tokyoflash has just the thing. Called the Kisai Link, this is basically a little Bluetooth dongle that you wear on your wrist. It notifies you of phone calls and messages via various blinking LEDs as well as… Read More

  • Splatoon Is Nintendo’s Way Forward

    Splatoon Is Nintendo’s Way Forward

    Both extremes bother me. On one hand I can’t play games like Witcher or Bloodborne with the kids in the room and I don’t want my 9-year-old playing them. On the other hand I see no value in the sloppy freemium games that seem to have infected my kids’ laptops and iPads. This mind-numbing digital pablum, usually offered as a sort of casual gaming experience – is absolute… Read More

  • Spark Is An Email Client That Shows You What’s Important, Lets You Delete What Isn’t

    Spark Is An Email Client That Shows You What’s Important, Lets You Delete What Isn’t

    Email clients are like noses: everyone’s got one and they’re absolutely essential to your survival. There’s Mailbox and Outlook and Gmail and all the rest and now there’s Spark. Created by the folks who brought you Readdle, Spark splits your emails up into three sections – important notes, “pins” or starred emails, and all the rest. It is also… Read More

  • WatchTF, Asus?

    WatchTF, Asus?

    It’s fairly common practice for cheaper manufacturers to ape more expensive “premium” brands as soon as it’s clear that customer sentiment is headed in a certain direction. This week at Computex, however, Asus dumped a doozy. Take a look at the above video. It’s like a mad-eyed parody of an Apple Watch advertisement. The watches bands look cheap and derivative… Read More

  • The 3D-Printed Peek Camera Helps Diagnose Eye Disease In Developing Areas

    The 3D-Printed Peek Camera Helps Diagnose Eye Disease In Developing Areas

    The Peek, or Portable Eye Examination Kit app, is a smartphone based system for diagnosing eye problems. It uses a 3D-printed add-on that can allow ophthalmologists to give detailed and complete eye exams in the field using an app and a small camera overlay. Created by British ophthalmologists, the system recently hit £130,475 on Indiegogo and is now up for pre-order by doctors. The Peek can… Read More

  • The Whoop.De.Doo Is A Pleasure Machine Dreamed Up By Roboticists

    The Whoop.De.Doo Is A Pleasure Machine Dreamed Up By Roboticists

    Another day, another highly advanced pleasure device on Indiegogo. This one is called Whoop.De.Doo and comes to us from Anna Maresova, a designer in Prague. Maresova, who studied at the Faculty of Art and Design of J. E. Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem as well as at the University of Derby, invented the system while working on her Master’s thesis, the aptly titled “A Set of… Read More

  • An Interview With Nathaniel Popper, Author Of Digital Gold

    If you’ve been reading the site lately you’ll notice we’ve gone Digital Gold-crazy. First we started with an amazing excerpt outlining the story of 21.com. Then we posted a review and a podcast and now we present an short interview with the author in our studio in New York. Popper and I go through his theories behind the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, why the couldn’t… Read More

  • The Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

    The Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

    The alleged owner of the Silk Road, an online black market, has been sentenced to life in prison by Judge Katherine B. Forrest in a Federal District Court in Manhattan. He was found guilty on seven charges, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, narcotics conspiracy and money laundering. Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: A Conversation With Nathaniel Popper

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: A Conversation With Nathaniel Popper

    This week on TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast, our own John Biggs sat down with Nathaniel Popper, author of Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money, a new book focused on the cryptocurrency. Read More

  • Meet An Origami Robot That Can Build Itself, Run Around, And Then Dissolve

    Meet An Origami Robot That Can Build Itself, Run Around, And Then Dissolve

    Robots are supposed to be huge and hulking like Big Dog, but what happens when they are as light as a feather? MIT researchers recently demonstrated a tiny robot that can fold itself from a sheet of thin material, walk around and carry loads, and then dunk itself in acetone to completely dissolve. The robot, which is controlled by electromagnets, can build itself in a few seconds and then… Read More

  • Nathaniel Popper’s Digital Gold Sheds Light On The Rise Of Bitcoin

    Nathaniel Popper’s Digital Gold Sheds Light On The Rise Of Bitcoin

    The world of bitcoin is like the Lord Of The Rings without the Hobbits. You’ve got Sauron (Satoshi Nakamoto, who essentially wants freedom from law), Saruman (Ross Ulbricht, the technologist who wants to unleash the currency no matter the cost). They are battled by folks like Boromir (the hapless Mark Karpeles), Aragon (Wences Casares, the hidden knight) and the elves (Cameron and… Read More

  • With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

    With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

    Indie authors seem to be living in an age of wonders. They can upload a PDF and sell it instantly on Kindles and tablets. They can print-on-demand like merry little Gutenbergs, slinging their wares from India to Indiana. They can raise an army of fans to crowdfund their latest opus. But all is not rosy in the world of indie publishing. The tools – the things that were supposed to turn us… Read More

  • TravelersBox Raises $4.5 Million To Turn Your Change Into Money

    TravelersBox Raises $4.5 Million To Turn Your Change Into Money

    While TravelersBox may sound like a fight club for paunchy, tired business executives who spend months on a plane per year, it’s actually a box that lets you turn your foreign currency – change mostly – into dollars and Euro and then sends the value right to your Paypal, Skype, or Starbucks account. Founded by Tomer Zussman, Idan Deshe, and Dror Blumenthal, the company has… Read More

  • MasterCard Send Speeds Up Money Transfers With A Little P2P Magic

    MasterCard Send Speeds Up Money Transfers With A Little P2P Magic

    Sending money is hard. Sure we’ve got bitcoin for some and PayPal for some more and the horrible SWIFT and ACH systems for the rest of us schlubs but no one has quite cracked the money transfer trick. MasterCard Send is a good start. Created as an effort to follow the Federal Reserve initiative aimed at speeding up the money transfer system, Send allows instant disbursements –… Read More

  • Jim Gaffigan Is Using Grassroots Web Marketing for His New Show

    Jim Gaffigan, Comedian And POTI, Talks About His New Show

    Jim Gaffigan, comedian and official President Of The Internet, stopped in at our New York studio where we talked about his new show that is now streaming on JimGaffigan.com. The show will air on TV Land in a few months but he posted the first episode online so fans could watch – and learn to love – his new sitcom. Read More

  • Happy Bitcoin Pizza Day!

    Happy Bitcoin Pizza Day!

    Every May 22 cyphernerds around the world celebrate Bitcoin Pizza Day, the day when early bitcoin enthusiast and programmer Laszlo Hanyecz offered 10,000 bitcoins – about $25 at that time – for two Papa John’s pizzas (pictured above). In 2010 he posted this to a bitcoin message board: I’ll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I… Read More

  • Watch This High School Computer Club Channel Tay Tay

    Watch This High School Computer Club Channel Tay Tay

    In my high school years I learned programming from a robust man with a large mustache who practiced his golf swing while we coded in Pascal. Not once did we ever sing and I doubt he would have been able to make us had he tried. The teachers at the Whittell High School Computer Club in Zephyr Cove, Nevada have clearly figured out that secret formula. The Whittell High Computer Club and AP… Read More

  • Radio Shack Still Owes Makers Money

    Radio Shack Still Owes Makers Money

    After a brief – but energetic – flirtation with hardware startups, Radio Shack went bankrupt, leaving many creditors in the cold. The hardest hit? Those same hardware startups. According to an open database of creditors, Radio Shack owes the likes of Afinia, Parallax, and LittleBits thousands of dollars. Seeed Studio is owed the most: $806,051.63
    Maker Media (MAKE Magazine) is owed… Read More

  • Rumor Has It That Pebble Is On The Rocks Even With $18 Million In The Bank

    Rumor Has It That Pebble Is On The Rocks Even With $18 Million In The Bank

    Smartwatch maker Pebble seems to be in some trouble. According to sources close to the company, the company is having trouble maintaining its growth and has turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit. Valley VCs have been turning down the company’s requests for new capital. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky offered no comment. The company, which… Read More

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