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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  • ScottEVest Founder Puts In Bid For SkyMall

    ScottEVest Founder Puts In Bid For SkyMall

    It’s back! Venerable SkyMall, that inflight catalog full of stepping stools for dogs and hearing gadgets, may have a second life thanks to the larger-than-life CEO of ScottEVest, Scott Jordan. Jordan, who we interviewed at CES this year, is putting in a bid for the company and hopes to turn it around by bringing it into the 21st century. Read More

  • Nielsen Shows Kindle Unlimited Users Buy More Books

    Nielsen Shows Kindle Unlimited Users Buy More Books

    Amazon has been unsurprisingly reticent about sharing data about their Kindle Unlimited program, a subscription system that lets you download ostensibly free ebooks, mostly from Indie authors. Nielsen research is showing that users who subscribed to Kindle Unlimited spend more on books in general, on a monthly basis, than those who do not. Nate Hoffelder has done a bit of analysis and saw… Read More

  • The Pirx One Printer Mixes High Design And 3D Tech

    The Pirx One Printer Mixes High Design And 3D Tech

    Poland is a hotbed (get it?) for 3D printing and now up-and-comer Pirx is entering the fray. Their printer, the Pirx One, is a $1,199 PLA printer with some seriously classy looks and optional heated bed for ABS support. The printer is a standard FDM device that prints layers of plastic into a cohesive whole. The team has added a few extras including a heavy steel frame and acceptable build… Read More

  • Quantum Dot Displays Could Lead To Cheaper, Thinner Screens

    Quantum Dot Displays Could Lead To Cheaper, Thinner Screens

    Devices can’t get thinner for a few reasons. While a lighter, thinner battery would be amazing, screens still take up a lot of gadget real estate, a fact that is mitigated slightly by e-ink and other “flat” displays. Now, however, researchers are turning to Quantum Dot displays, screens that use light-emitting nanocrystals to display multiple colors in a screen that is… Read More

  • Today Is The Last Day To Vote For The Crunchies!

    Today Is The Last Day To Vote For The Crunchies!

    There are just a few hours left to cast your vote for the best startups, the best founders, and the best tech achievements and more at our amazing event in SF next week. The Crunchies will be held on February 5, but we are about to close voting and we are also about to raise ticket prices by 15% so please act now. Read on to learn more. The Crunchies is the defining event for startups in SV… Read More

  • Purism Aims To Build A Philosophically Pure Laptop

    Purism Aims To Build A Philosophically Pure Laptop

    Purism Librem 15 is a laptop that is not free as in beer but it is instead free as in “absolutely free and open and uncontrolled by outside forces ensures complete control of every aspect of the hardware at all times.” And that’s a good thing. Created by Todd Weaver, the laptop is being funded on CrowdSupply and has already hit $270,000, surpassing its $250,000 goal. An… Read More

  • Kredo Helps You Make Your Portfolio Fancy

    Kredo Helps You Make Your Portfolio Fancy

    You may be fancy and everybody already knows this, but does your portfolio reflect that? Kredo, a new portfolio app, will help you and those around you find out just how fancy you are. Created by Lukas Dryja and Tyler Rooney, Kredo was built after the pair realized their artist friends had no online portfolios. A good, custom website cost money so they decided to bootstrap a cheap solution. It… Read More

  • iSwapp Is A Clean, Well-Lighted Place For Swapping Your Unwanted Stuff

    iSwapp Is A Clean, Well-Lighted Place For Swapping Your Unwanted Stuff

    Craigslist, ever extant, still lumbers like some forgotten Jurassic leviathan in the fading light of classified ads. But what’s that rustling in the hedge? Why it’s iSwapp, a clever solution to person-to-person commerce that encourages buyers and sellers to meet at a neutral location as soon as the whim hits. Founded by Christopher Hall, Mohammed Mosayed, Nahid Hassan, and Juan… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Coinbase Raises $75M

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Coinbase Raises $75M

    Welcome back to TCBTC, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast on the cryptocurrency bitcoin. Bitcoin managed to pull out of a price tailspin this week, edging back north of the key $200 price point. Also, Coinbase, a popular bitcoin startup, raised a massive $75 million round of funding. Read More

  • Researchers Create A Teleportation Machine

    Researchers Create A Teleportation Machine

    While you probably don’t want this latest project from the Hasso Plattner Institute to “beam you up” just yet, researchers have created a teleportation machine in that the object you are “sending” is destroyed and then reassembled on a 3D printer. Teleportation, as it’s commonly understood, suggests the movement of one object to another place, perhaps… Read More

  • Jamstik+ | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: The Jamstik+

    We’re back after a long break and I bet you missed our mugs on TC’s Fly or Die. This week we present the Jamstik+, a surprisingly cool little musical instrument that immediately got Jordan a-humming and a-strumming. You can take a closer look at the Jamstik+ here but, generally, you’re looking at a mini-guitar that is actually a MIDI keyboard. By playing this thing as you… Read More

  • The Digital Chord Chart Is A DIY Way To Learn The Guitar

    The Digital Chord Chart Is A DIY Way To Learn The Guitar

    It is my understanding, and correct me if I’m off base here, that you’re into piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. Furthermore, you’re not into yoga and, I suspect this is unrelated but let’s not quibble, you have half a brain. And if you like making 3D-printed guitar necks at midnight on your home workbench, then you should probably take a look at this… Read More

  • The New Jamstik+ Is A Musician’s Best Friend

    The New Jamstik+ Is A Musician’s Best Friend

    As a wannabe guitarist, I find that the hardest thing to do is sit down and actually play guitar. When I first saw the Jamstik, a five-fret mini electronic guitar, I was impressed. It was about as big as a sub bun and featured strings that never had to be tuned. To play it you simply chorded and strummed as usual and you could transmit your MIDI-translated noodlings to a mobile app or your… Read More

  • New “Dry” EKG Sensors Pave The Way For Advanced Wearable Heath Devices

    New “Dry” EKG Sensors Pave The Way For Advanced Wearable Heath Devices

    Researchers at North Carolina State University have built a new form of “dry” EKG/EMG sensors that allow doctors to get high-density data on a patient’s heart performance in a package that can be worn for extended periods of time. Traditional EKG sensors require a wet gel layer to be placed down between a patient’s skin and the sensor and cannot be left on the body for… Read More

  • Spark Announces A Jolly, Candy-Like Button For Your Wi-Fi Interactivity Needs, IFTTT Interactions

    Spark Announces A Jolly, Candy-Like Button For Your Wi-Fi Interactivity Needs, IFTTT Interactions

    If you, like Stimpy, can’t stop yourself from pressing buttons due to Space Madness, Spark has something for you. A new product, called the Spark Button, is essentially just that: a button. What will happen when you press it? Maybe something good? Maybe something bad? I guess we’ll never know. But what we will know is that this is essentially an interface device for the Spark… Read More

  • Makerbot Adds Thingiverse Groups, A Way To Share Models With Like-Minded Makers

    Makerbot Adds Thingiverse Groups, A Way To Share Models With Like-Minded Makers

    Thingiverse, Makerbot’s collection of public 3D models, is one of the keys to its continued success. However, thus far it has been a fairly lonely affair with users uploading their models and interacting with individuals only rarely. Now there’s Thingiverse Groups, a small tweak that lets you create an online group of like-minded makers. Quoth the Makerbot blog: Our new… Read More

  • Sharebox3D Lets You Share 3D Printers With Friends, Family, Enemies

    Sharebox3D Lets You Share 3D Printers With Friends, Family, Enemies

    The folks behind Sharebot, a simple 3D printer, have taken to Indiegogo to introduce Sharebox3D, a system for sharing 3D printers with remote users. The app, which works on smartphones and tablets, allows you to choose a model and print it just as you would print a document on a 2D printer. The app lets you store model files (STLs) and slice them on the fly, turning them into models that a… Read More

  • Swiss Police Confiscate The Things Purchased Randomly By A Darknet Bot

    Swiss Police Confiscate The Things Purchased Randomly By A Darknet Bot

    Robots need ketamine too! And to supply their robot with drugs a group of Swiss techno-artists programmed an agent to randomly buy an item on a random darknet site with bitcoin, resulting in a cache of drugs and other contraband that, at first, was a fun art project and then caught the eye of the authorities. Called the Random Darknet Shopper, the robot simply found a random item and bought it. Read More

  • Lizard Squad’s Plaintext Customer List Leaked As Another Member Is Arrested

    Lizard Squad’s Plaintext Customer List Leaked As Another Member Is Arrested

    The Lizard Squad, the group of hackers credited with taking down Xbox Live and PSN over the holiday, have been compromised and much of their data leaked. Brian Krebs received a listing of the Lizard Squad’s LizardStresser customer database and noted that the group made about $11,000 in bitcoin serving up denial-of-service on demand. At the same time police arrested an alleged member of… Read More

  • How The Watch Industry Will Save Itself

    How The Watch Industry Will Save Itself

    The night before the launch I asked a friend who had insider knowledge about the product. I posited that the watch would be something you wore on one wrist and that I could wear my beloved mechanicals – my massive Bell & Ross, my Speedmaster Mark II, and my world timer Jaeger-LeCoultre – on my other wrist. I’d be a little like Nicolas Hayek, the beloved CEO of the… Read More

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