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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs) and [G+ him](https://plus.google.com/u/0/102814019596965765116/posts) here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • The Lomo’Instant Blows Through Crowdfunding Goal To Bring Artistic Instant Photography To The Masses

    The Lomo’Instant Blows Through Crowdfunding Goal To Bring Artistic Instant Photography To The Masses

    Lomography makes weird cameras that take weird pictures – on purpose. The New York-based company is famous for their work at rebuilding old fixed-focus camera styles that produced photographs that were a cross between a Soviet-era crime scene snapshot and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s street photography. Now the company is looking to launch the Lomo’Instant, an instant camera that… Read More

  • New Materials Let You Bake Your Own Robot

    New Materials Let You Bake Your Own Robot

    MIT researcher Daniela Rus wants to help you bake a robot. Not out of cake batter, silly (although that would be delicious.) Instead, Rus’ project involves cutting out and “printing” plastic materials that change shape when baked, essentially allowing for self-forming objects that build themselves. The system takes a 3D CAD file and flattens it, adding creases that react to… Read More

  • Meet Raptor, The New Running Robot That Will Smother Your Soul In Fear

    Meet Raptor, The New Running Robot That Will Smother Your Soul In Fear

    Another day, another bipedal robot that will eventually run you down and crush you! This new robot, called the Raptor, can run 26 miles an hour without falling over and even jump over obstacles. Read More

  • Swivl Refocuses on Teachers & Presentations

    Swivl CEO Brian Lamb Talks About Life After Crowdfunding

    Brian Lamb started Swivl with a vision: he wanted to make it easier for videographers and presenters to film themselves live. Using a clever little dock that panned around to follow a Bluetooth remote control, the Swivl raised $157,000 on Kickstarter and was released in 2012. Read More

  • MIT Researchers Create An App That Turns Selfies Into Works Of Art

    MIT Researchers Create An App That Turns Selfies Into Works Of Art

    Sure you can add filters to your Instagram pictures to make that shot of your dog sitting near a puddle look like some kind of lobotomized-Ansel-Adams gelatin plate but can you make your head shots look amazing? YiChang Shih, a researcher at MIT, has figured out how. Read More

  • TrueCrypt, An Open-Source Whole-Disk Encryption System, Leaves Users High And Dry

    TrueCrypt, An Open-Source Whole-Disk Encryption System, Leaves Users High And Dry

    Users of TrueCrypt, the open source whole-disk encryption solution for Windows and Mac, should probably find something else ASAP. Ostensibly attributed to Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting Windows XP, the app and website have been pulled from the Internet leaving thousands of users in a lurch. Read More

  • The NewViewWear Wearable Camera Hides In Your Shirt

    The NewViewWear Wearable Camera Hides In Your Shirt

    Elvis Costello once sang of watching detectives, an act that, to most of us, has been difficult. Now with the always-on, always-recording wearable NewViewWear camera, however, you can see them “shoot, shoot, shoot” and them “red dogs under illegal legs” no matter how they try to hide. Read More

  • Qeexo Fingersense Promo Video

    Qeexo Raises $2.3 Million To Tell A Knuckle From A Nail

    Qeexo, an offshoot of Carnegie Mellon’s Human Computer Interaction lab, has raised $2.3 million led by Sierra Ventures. The technology allows smartphones to tell the difference between the tip of a finger and a knuckle when tapping or swiping, a feature that you probably didn’t know you wanted but now, that you think about it, sounds pretty cool. They are also announcing the… Read More

  • Beijing Says “Ni Hao” To Bitcoin ATMs While Dish Teams Up With Coinbase

    Beijing Says “Ni Hao” To Bitcoin ATMs While Dish Teams Up With Coinbase

    Robocoin, makers of a bitcoin ATM, have announced the availability of the first BTC ATM in Beijing. Based at the 798 Art Zone, an old factory in Beijing’s Chaoyang District, the ATM can be accessed by members only and, in order to avoid the ire of Chinese authorities, is being billed as a system for the trading of virtual goods. The CEO of Robocoin Asia, Yao Lee and founder of the… Read More

  • Hachette And Amazon Fire Verbal Shots Over Contract Dispute

    Hachette And Amazon Fire Verbal Shots Over Contract Dispute

    When we last left retail giant Amazon and publishing giant Hachette, the companies were at an impasse over contract negotiations, resulting in some of the most egregious efforts by Amazon to bury Hachette’s titles by slowing down shipment, raising prices, and even refusing to sell certain books entirely. Read More

  • MakerBot Responds To Critics Who Claim It Is Stealing Community IP

    MakerBot Responds To Critics Who Claim It Is Stealing Community IP

    MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis made an official statement regarding the claims that the company has patented a number of community-created 3D printing improvements and tools. The claims emerged after a number of MakerBot patents appeared online. “At MakerBot we file patents. There is a Patent Office and patent process and we have chosen, since the beginning of MakerBot, to participate in… Read More

  • LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow

    LeVar Burton Takes To The Internet To Bring Reading Rainbow To All Kids

    If a butterfly is in the sky and you feel you could, feasibly, fly twice as high, why not turn to Kickstarter to bring about the second coming of the Reading Rainbow? If you’re LeVar Burton, that’s just what you do. The classic educational program beloved by 80s kids is already on the iTunes store along with a number of Reading Rainbow-branded books and apps for kids. What Burton… Read More

  • The $199 MOD-T Printer May Not Amaze, But It Points Towards The Future Of Home 3D Printing

    The $199 MOD-T Printer May Not Amaze, But It Points Towards The Future Of Home 3D Printing

    When netbook prices fell below $200 around 2010, it was a big deal. This milestone meant that the race to the bottom had started, but the resulting firestorm of popularity brought about the rise of the tablet ecosystem as well as the rise of slim, high-powered machines like the Macbook Air. The MOT-t, a new printer backed by Idealab, aims to repeat history with its $199 New Matter MOD-t… Read More

  • How To Mine Bitcoins With The HexFury ASIC USB Miner

    How To Mine Bitcoins With The HexFury ASIC USB Miner

    At this point, unless you steal power from the electrical grid in some weird squat or you have your own hydroelectric plant, home bitcoin mining is a sucker’s game. Sure you can make a little and you definitely help out the bitcoin network by processing the hashes that make up bitcoin transactions, but plugging in your own hardware usually means huge electricity bills and a trickle of BTC… Read More

  • German Researchers Build A Plane Controlled By Your Brain

    German Researchers Build A Plane Controlled By Your Brain

    While the more pedantic among us would argue that every plane is controlled by our brains, German researchers at the Technische Universität München and the TU Berlin have created a plane that eschews all the messy, meaty bits (your head, your hands) that sit between the brain and the plane. Read More

  • The Next Open Source Battle Is Being Waged In The 3D Printing Industry

    The Next Open Source Battle Is Being Waged In The 3D Printing Industry

    After its creation in 1991 it took another eight years or so to be widely recognized, but during that period, arguments arose as to what Linux really was. Could Red Hat, a company founded in 1993, sell services around it? Who made money when you sold a CD containing the latest version of Mandrake Linux? Who owned code written on top of Linux for specific purposes? To the open source community… Read More

  • Quick Key, The Quiz Scanning App For Teachers, Raises Over $250,000

    Quick Key, The Quiz Scanning App For Teachers, Raises Over $250,000

    When we last saw Quick Key, founder Walter Duncan was working to get his quiz grading app into schools across the country. Now they’ve announced a $250,000 raise to help expand their reach and improve the product. The app, which streamlines the grading process utilizing optical character recognition, has so far been used to scan 300,000 quizzes. One teacher, Younis Aydin, in Istanbul… Read More

  • The Internet Is Now Part Of The Crime Scene

    The Internet Is Now Part Of The Crime Scene

    Elliot Rodger, a young man with some horrible ideas and serious mental problems, killed at least six people in Santa Barbara. He left pages of digital photos and hours of video detailing his pain and his envy. In the voice of an entitled boy not given what he wants, he talks about being alone while others are together. He became a misogynist through his own twisted self-reflection. Now his… Read More

  • Amazon Keeps Fighting Big Publishers But Authors Pay The Price

    Amazon Keeps Fighting Big Publishers But Authors Pay The Price

    It’s Amazon’s world and we’re just living in it. As the company continues to flex its muscle against big publishers – this time against Hachette – the average author could be excused for feeling a bit of schadenfreude. Publishers have run the show for a long time and their efforts at cultural curation have resulted in million dollar deals for Snooki and bupkus… Read More

  • A Paralyzed Teen Will Kick The First World Cup Ball Thanks To A Robotic Exoskeleton

    A Paralyzed Teen Will Kick The First World Cup Ball Thanks To A Robotic Exoskeleton

    The 2014 World Cup begins next month in Brazil and will feature something truly amazing: the plan is for a paralyzed, non-ambulatory Brazilian teenager to stand up and kick the first ball of the first game using a motorized exoskeleton and special 3D-printed helmet. Created by an international team of designers and engineers, the video shows Colorado State University’s design for the… Read More