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.

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  • Watch These Tiny Robots As They Fly Well With Others

    Watch These Tiny Robots As They Fly Well With Others

    The quadccopters at the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab are truly trained to follow the golden robot rule: fly with others as you’d fly with yourself. Thanks to researchers Yash Mulgaonkar, Gareth Cross and Vijay Kumar, we can see how close these little flying robots are to their noble goal. Read More

  • Bag Week: The Nomadic WT-18 Wise-Walker Toto

    Bag Week: The Nomadic WT-18 Wise-Walker Toto

    Can true bag pleasure be had for $81? I think so. I’ve fallen in love with Nomadic brand bags over the years and I would like to tell you about the Nomadic WT-18 Wise Walker Toto, a Japanese bag sold by JetPens that is just about amazing. I’ve used many Nomadic bags over the years and this is the second time I’ve featured Nomadic in bag week. This bag I actually received as… Read More

  • The Zortrax M200 Is The Underdog 3D Printer That Could Make It To The Big Leagues

    The Zortrax M200 Is The Underdog 3D Printer That Could Make It To The Big Leagues

    We’ve been following Zortrax for years. This small Polish upstart gathered some interesting PR when they first launched and they’ve built a few solid 3D printers after creating a burgeoning 3D printer part business in Central Europe. Now, however, it seems they’re all grown up. Basics Prints in ABS 7.87 x 7.87 x 7.28 ” build area Includes software Wi-Fi… Read More

  • Join Me In Wroclaw And Krakow Next Week

    Join Me In Wroclaw And Krakow Next Week

    As you prepare for your flight to London for TC Disrupt I will encourage you – nay, implore you – to join me in Wroclaw and Krakow before and after the main event in the UK. I will be speaking at TechSaturdays in Wroclaw on Saturday, October 18 where we’ll hold a small pitch-off. The winner will get a Start-up Alley table at TC Disrupt in any city (including London if you… Read More

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Is A Nearly Perfect Mini Tablet

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Is A Nearly Perfect Mini Tablet

    Like the great zeppelins of old, nobody expected the Galaxy Note to fly. The phones were too big, the embedded stylus too silly. I reminded us all of the bad old days when PIMs were black and white and bulky. But Samsung persevered and Apple followed suit and now we enter the era of the phablet, a time of strange portents and weird UIs. A time where a phone that makes all other phones seem… Read More

  • Welcome To Bag Week 2014

    Welcome To Bag Week 2014

    It has been a tradition at TechCrunch to dedicate an entire week (or, in this case, a truncated week) to bags. Big bags. Small bags. Little bags. Tall bags. All bags, (almost) all the time. With that in mind, we present to you Bag Week 2014, our annual celebration of things that hold things. We understand that you, as a tech professional, love to put your computers into things. Therefore… Read More

  • The Sonos Boost Expands Your Musical Reach

    The Sonos Boost Expands Your Musical Reach

    Wireless music player maker, Sonos, has released the Boost, an add-on to their system that allows Sonos devices to work up to 50% further than the standard Wi-Fi range – 90 feet as compared to about 60 feet for the average Wi-Fi hotspot. The Boost device also improves signal intensity and, more important, creates a dedicated network for Sonos devices, protecting from the vagaries of… Read More

  • The Pi-Top, A Raspberry Pi-Powered Laptop, Is Hitting The Crowdfunding Trail

    The Pi-Top, A Raspberry Pi-Powered Laptop, Is Hitting The Crowdfunding Trail

    Yee-haw! Saddle up and roll ‘em out because the Pi-Top Raspberry Pi laptop is ready to ride! We last met this laptop when it was still a gleam in a group of students’ eye. Now it’s a fully operational crowdfunding project and they’re looking for $80,000 to begin shipping the devices. The kit itself costs $249 with a motherboard or $200 without. You can also simply… Read More

  • Bitcoin Breaks $400

    Bitcoin Breaks $400

    Bitcoin is currently hovering at around $400 on Bitstamp, a rise of over $100 since last week’s doldrums. While there doesn’t seem to be a direct reason for the rise, BTC fans are pointing to the documentary called The Rise And Rise of Bitcoin as improving general sentiment. Public sentiment is one reason to invest in bitcoin but I doubt it’s the only one. The market is… Read More

  • Dorian Nakamoto Is Suing Newsweek

    Dorian Nakamoto Is Suing Newsweek

    Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the man Newsweek claimed was the mysterious founder of Bitcoin, has created a web page asking for donations in his fight to sue the magazine after he was allegedly “targeted and victimized by a reckless news organization.” Read More

  • Shave Like The Ancients Did With The Beluga Razor

    Shave Like The Ancients Did With The Beluga Razor

    As you prepare to apply your Barbasol and your hair pomade while whistling a bit of Benny Goodman, what razor to do you reach for? Do you grab a seven-bladed monstrosity, cast in bright orange plastic and chrome and made to last three shaves? No. You reach for a single blade beauty, a razor that can shave four star generals and the common Joe with equal aplomb. You’re going to reach for… Read More

  • Monsieur, The Drink Robot, Raises $2 Million

    Monsieur, The Drink Robot, Raises $2 Million

    A robotic bartender named Monsieur and his human partners have raised $2 million in seed investment from BIP Capital with Base Ventures, Paul Judge, TechSquare Labs, NFL star Derrick Morgan, and NBA star Glen Davis. The funding will go towards building more Monsieur drink robots for bars, restaurants, and my bedroom. Read More

  • Get Your Gearbox Out Of The Rear With Efneo

    Get Your Gearbox Out Of The Rear With Efneo

    We don’t usually put mechanical bike stuff up here, but I suspect many bike lovers will consider Efneo the Yo or Clinkle of bike improvements. It’s a front gearing system that has one gear and three internal switches. The gearing changes just like a regular front derailleur system but it uses a planetary gearing system to handle the changes. Why is this important? First it’s… Read More

  • Pioneering App Mag, The Magazine, Is Shutting Down In December

    Pioneering App Mag, The Magazine, Is Shutting Down In December

    The Magazine, an app magazine founded by Marco Arment, is shutting down in December. The magazine, which carried tech stories from prominent authors, is now owned by writer Glenn Fleishman who explained that the title, while profitable from day one, just wasn’t picking up subscribers fast enough to remain viable. Fleishman wrote: ´┐╝The sad truth has been that, while profitable from… Read More

  • Amazon’s Fire HD 7 Is A Low-Priced Tablet For The Avid Reader

    Amazon’s Fire HD 7 Is A Low-Priced Tablet For The Avid Reader

    The Fire HD 7 is the latest in the long-running Fire line of LCD ereaders. Amazon has taken great pains to make this new model lighter, smaller, and more robust and, for my money, I’d say that this $139 reader is the best dedicated reader on the market, barring the e-ink Kindle line. Let’s look under the hood. Basics 7 inch 216 ppi 1280×800 pixel display 11.9 ounces Up to… Read More

  • SoundFocus Wants To Make The iPhone Case For Audiophiles

    SoundFocus Wants To Make The iPhone Case For Audiophiles

    The Amp is many things to many people. The iPhone-compatible device clicks over your device and offers a backup batter, dual speakers, and, for the audiophile out there, a noise reducing pre-amp that can make your tinny MP3s sound like a live orchestra (your results may vary.) Created by Alex Selig and Varun Srinivasan, the product is designed to improve iPhone audio exponentially. Using… Read More

  • Join Eben Upton, Father Of The Raspberry Pi, At Disrupt London

    Join Eben Upton, Father Of The Raspberry Pi, At Disrupt London

    The Raspberry Pi has made hardware hacking as easy as, I suppose, pie. This tiny single-board computer launched a thousand projects and has sold 3 million units so far, a true juggernaut in the world of open source hardware. It’s an amazingly usable little tool and one of my favorite gadgets. And now we get to meet one of the founders of the project, Eben Upton, on stage at Disrupt London… Read More

  • Division Furtive Introduces A Line Of Super-Secret High Tech Watches

    Division Furtive Introduces A Line Of Super-Secret High Tech Watches

    As an International Man of Mystery I’m often parachuted into dangerous places where I only have my wits, my iPhone, my iPad Mini, my protein bars, my suitcase full of clothes, my special travel socks, my hair gel, my toothpaste, some magazines, and my Advil to protect me. Now I hope to have a Division Furtive Type 50 watch. Originally announced in 2012, these odd watches are a mix of low… Read More

  • TinyScreen Lets You Put A Tiny Screen On It

    TinyScreen Lets You Put A Tiny Screen On It

    Need to put a tiny screen on your tiny thing? Is it your life’s mission to play Flappy Bird on the smallest device possible? Do you have excellent vision? Then put a TinyScreen on it! This surprisingly clever little screen is about as big as a postage stamp and it works with the Tinyduino programmable board. The screen is small enough to fit into a watch casing and you can even use it… Read More

  • What Is Happening To Bitcoin Right Now?

    What Is Happening To Bitcoin Right Now?

    We’re back, baby! Almost! After a precipitous drop to below $300 over the weekend, the price of Bitcoin is slowly inching up this afternoon after an interesting 31,000 BTC sell-off that blew up the market early this morning. The “wall,” which appears to have been instigated by a single Bitcoin owner or a group which they’re calling the “Bitcoin Whale,”… Read More

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