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). 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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  • Joel And His Robot Friends Will Rocket Back To TV With A Kickstarted MST3K

    Joel And His Robot Friends Will Rocket Back To TV With A Kickstarted MST3K

    In what will go down as the best example of a crowdfunded media project ever in the entire known universe forever, the team that put together the original Mystery Science Theatre 3000 are about to crash through their goal of raising $2 million to start filming the show again. For those who left the house in the 1980s and 1990s, MST3K is a show the made fun of cheesy movies. Joel Hodgson and… Read More

  • Fleks3D Lets You Pull Your 3D Prints Out Of Your Printer With A Quickness

    Fleks3D Lets You Pull Your 3D Prints Out Of Your Printer With A Quickness

    Pulling a 3D print out of your printer is usually a process fraught with conflict. Who will do it? Can you hire someone? Why does it have to be so painful? Has the deity abandoned us Earth people, leaving us to fend for ourselves in a cold, unfeeling universe? Probably not, but it’s still a pain in the butt. You see, normal 3D printers extrude onto a smooth build plate treated with either… Read More

  • Real Estate App Oliver Adds Live Video Walkthroughs Of Your Next Hovel

    Real Estate App Oliver Adds Live Video Walkthroughs Of Your Next Hovel

    When we first met Oliver, the app was just entering its first phase of development. It basically allowed apartment owners and house hunters to come together in a marriage born of carnal desire and a nice two bedroom in an area with good schools. Now the company has added something quite clever: Periscope-based visits to apartments you might want to rent. Read More

  • So You’ve Been Breached

    So You’ve Been Breached

    Breaches happen the way Hemingway said you go bankrupt: gradually then suddenly. There is no telling where and when a hacker can enter your servers and there is no telling when or where all of your customer’s private information will appear – whether neatly packaged for sale on the dark web or splashed on a torrent site. All that is clear, however, is that breaches affecting… Read More

  • Billon Is Making It Easy To Pay Your Favorite Twitch Streamers

    Billon Is Making It Easy To Pay Your Favorite Twitch Streamers

    Peer-to-peer payments are a big thing these days. I pay you, you pay me, and never the banks shall touch your cash. Billon, a Polish fintech company, is doing their own flavor of P2P by connecting Twitch streamers and other content creators with an audience that can easily tip them using a seamless system of payment. Founded by Andrzej Horoszczak, Maciek Luczak, and Robert Kaluza, the company… Read More

  • Have A Hardware Startup? Launch In TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield At CES

    Have A Hardware Startup? Launch In TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield At CES

    Hardware Battlefield is back! We’re excited to announce that for the third year in a row, TechCrunch is hosting a startup competition at CES that focuses on hardware companies. We want to help you launch your company at the world’s largest consumer electronic tradeshow. Time is running out to enter your company. Submit your application by November 18 at 9pm PT to compete for free… Read More

  • The Tag Heuer Watch Is Google’s Best Effort To Get Wearables Over The Luxury Hump

    The Tag Heuer Watch Is Google’s Best Effort To Get Wearables Over The Luxury Hump

    If you weren’t busy drinking coffee or staring out the window yesterday you could have seen Tag Heuer launch their new Android Wear device, the Carrera Connected. The watch has a handsome titanium case and nice crystal and contains an Android Wear device created specifically for Tag by Intel and Google. In all it’s an interesting proposition: a $1,500 Tag on a rubber strap that… Read More

  • Linux Ransomware Is Now Attacking Webmasters

    Linux Ransomware Is Now Attacking Webmasters

    A new bit of ransomware is now attacking Linux-based machines, specifically the folders associated with serving web pages. Called Linux.Encoder.1 the ransomware will encrypt your MySQL, Apache, and home/root folders. The system then asks for a single bitcoin to decrypt the files. From Dr.Web Antivirus: Once launched with administrator privileges, the Trojan dubbed Linux.Encoder.1… Read More

  • Luma, Quite Improbably, Makes Wi-Fi Setup Fun

    Luma, Quite Improbably, Makes Wi-Fi Setup Fun

    Wi-fi setup is usually pretty easy: you find a space in the house, hire a team of radio experts to scan it for dead spots and an entire IT team to manage security and QoS. Then you try to connect from the back patio and discover that you can’t watch YouTube from the picnic table. To remedy this Dr. Paul Judge and Mike Van Bruinisse created Luma. This tiny Wi-Fi hotspot connects using a… Read More

  • HTC Encourages You To “Be Different” While Not Being Different

    HTC Encourages You To “Be Different” While Not Being Different

    HTC has released a new commercial whose primary message is Be Different. While this would be fine in general, I suspect many of us will notice a distinct similarity between this commercial and a number of other commercials, including one filmed three decades ago, in which a troublemaker tears down the status quo in order to sell consumer electronics. This idea, obviously, doesn’t belong… Read More

  • Enter A World Of Crazy Sensual Mix-Ups With A DIY Synesthesia Mask

    Enter A World Of Crazy Sensual Mix-Ups With A DIY Synesthesia Mask

    Synesthesia, aka the mixing of the senses, is a super power to be feared. But while many synesthetes have boring talents – imagining numbers as colors, for example – this DIY hack lets you turn color into scents, thereby unlocking the rainbow of potential fruit flavors. Created by Zachary Howard, the system works by reading colors on various surfaces and then responding with a… Read More

  • 3DPhotoWorks Brings Great Art To The Blind

    3DPhotoWorks Brings Great Art To The Blind

    Art belongs to everyone and enlightenment is available to all. Thus we present 3DPhotoWorks, a project that aims to bring the “world’s greatest art” to the blind. The team, led by John Olson wants to convert famous paintings into digitally sculpted objects that blind people can touch and experience. Olson became a Life Magazine photographer at 21 and in 1968 he shot… Read More

  • Monica + Andy Launch A Same-Day Baby Box To Celebrate The Miracle Of Life

    Monica + Andy Launch A Same-Day Baby Box To Celebrate The Miracle Of Life

    There are few things more joyous than the birth of a new baby. Buying snow tires comes to mind as does the process of removing that little piece of dried E-Z Cheese from the spray can when you’re ready to make a delicious midnight snack, but few other things even come close to the welcoming of new life into the world. Monica Royer and Andy Dunn of Monica + Andy want to help you… Read More

  • Researchers Can Now Create 3D-Printed (Plastic) Hair

    Researchers Can Now Create 3D-Printed (Plastic) Hair

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have created a system to put realistic-looking plastic hair on 3D printed objects. While this doesn’t help the follicularly challenged humans among us it does allow you to add cute hairdos to 3D printed characters and even simulate hard growth on living things. The system uses a standard 3D printer with special programming that extrudes a little plastic… Read More

  • We Want You To Show Your Gear At Hardware Battlefield

    We Want You To Show Your Gear At Hardware Battlefield

    People get ready: applications for TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield are now open. Submit your application by November 18 at 9pm PT to compete for free demo space at the Consumer Electronics Show, $50,000 prize and the Metal Man trophy. Hardware Battlefield is part of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield series, but with a few small differences. Of course, there is the requirement… Read More

  • New SEC Ruling Brings Equity Crowdfunding Even Closer

    New SEC Ruling Brings Equity Crowdfunding Even Closer

    The idea that the average consumer i.e. a non “high net-worth individual” could invest in a small equity round has been in the works since June but a new rule released last week now brings the US closer to true equity crowdfunding. You can check out the entire release here but, in general, it opens the door to a new form of investment. Companies will be able to raise a maximum of… Read More

  • The Czur Scanner Can Build A Digital Library Five Minutes At A Time

    The Czur Scanner Can Build A Digital Library Five Minutes At A Time

    When the Visigoths burned Library Of Alexandria you can bet that old Ptolemy I Soter would have loved to have had a Czur (pronounced “Cesar”) scanner in his palatial marble-clad staterooms. The Czur is basically a book scanner on steroids that allows you to scan a 300-page book – or priceless scroll of ancient knowledge – in about five minutes. The Czur is a sort of… Read More

  • This Cube Robot Can Climb Up Little Hills Thanks To Its Springy Tongues

    This Cube Robot Can Climb Up Little Hills Thanks To Its Springy Tongues

    Imagine you’re a squishy cube. Imagine you need to climb a hill. How do you do it? With your tongue(s), of course. Researchers at CSAIL at MIT have created a little cube robot that can propel itself around by swiping at surfaces with metal tongues. The tongues turn around an axis and stick out briefly, jettisoning the robot into space for a moment as it rolls over obstacles. While… Read More

  • Meet Me In St. Louis (And Brooklyn)

    Meet Me In St. Louis (And Brooklyn)

    A young man named Matt Burns and I will be in St. Louis very soon and we want to see you. Yes, you. You, the person reading this right now. You are very special to us. So let’s meet in St. Louis! We will hold the first TC Pitch-Off on Tuesday, November 17th at the PBR Cowboy Bar on 601 Clark Avenue. #202. St. Louis, MO 63102. You can register here. We are looking for some companies to… Read More

  • Operation KKK Is Beginning To Unmask Hate Group Members

    Operation KKK Is Beginning To Unmask Hate Group Members

    Operation KKK, an Anonymous-led effort to shut down the Ku Klux Klan, has begun in earnest. The main Twitter account is reporting that many KKK-related sites are down after concerted hacking efforts and that more are to come as they prepare for an action called HoodsOff on November 5. The Ku Klux Klan is classified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law… Read More

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