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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  • ZappyLab Makes It Easier To Experiment

    ZappyLab Makes It Easier To Experiment

    Scientists have it rough. Not only do they have to protect us from giant monsters from another dimension (see Pacific Rim, Cloverfield) but they also have to create reproducible experiments and techniques in the lab. That’s where ZappyLab comes in. TC Radio Pitch-off winner ZappyLab, and their first product, Protocols.io, aim to help researchers build and share experimental… Read More

  • Unwinding The Swatch Group Smartwatch Announcement

    Unwinding The Swatch Group Smartwatch Announcement

    The Swatch Group dropped a bombshell – in its staid way – announcing plans to release a smartwatch in the next three months, potentially to coincide with the April launch of the Apple Watch. First, understand that watch companies don’t know how to market to tech consumers. As I wrote here, Swatch is an integral part in the haute horology industry, a sort of heavy base for… Read More

  • The Blank Das Keyboard 4C Is For Mavis Beacon Graduates Only

    The Blank Das Keyboard 4C Is For Mavis Beacon Graduates Only

    “She remembered the deck he’d used, the one he’d taken with him, a gray factory-custom Hosaka with unmarked keys. It was a cowboy’s deck; he’d insisted on traveling with it, even though it caused problems during customs checks.”
    –Mona Lisa Overdrive I’ve wanted a blank keyboard since high school. As a young nerd, I pictured myself rocking a… Read More

  • Study: Facebook Can Cause Depression

    Study: Facebook Can Cause Depression

    Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have found that being envious of your Facebook friends can lead to depression, a finding that should give some of us pause. Based on a survey of 700 students, the study found that users who engage in “surveillance use” – “brows[ing] the website to see how their friends are doing compared with their own lives”… Read More

  • The TechCrunch Barcelona Mini Meet-Up And Pitch-Off Is Go

    The TechCrunch Barcelona Mini Meet-Up And Pitch-Off Is Go

    Since I posted about a potential Mini Meet-Up in Barcelona I’ve gotten quite a few emails and requests to attend. To that end, I’ve decided to open Pitch-Off applications and RSVPs for a few days to get a rough number of how many people will attend. I don’t know if we’ll charge at the door or have to charge a nominal fee – 5 Euro or so – via EventBrite but… Read More

  • Teen Can Play Guitar Thanks To A 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand

    Teen Can Play Guitar Thanks To A 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand

    Diego Corredor wanted to play guitar but lost his right hand at birth. While he could use a prosthesis to grab a glass of water or pick up objects, he wasn’t able to hold a pick and strum the strings. Then a group of makers at 3D Gluck came along. The team worked with Corredor, who lives in Colombia, to build a custom prosthetic that he could use to play guitar. Because it didn’t… Read More

  • Uber Opening Robotics Research Facility In Pittsburgh To Build Self-Driving Cars

    Uber Opening Robotics Research Facility In Pittsburgh To Build Self-Driving Cars

    Driver-on-demand service Uber is building a robotics research lab in Pittsburgh, PA to “kickstart autonomous taxi fleet development,” sources close to the decision have confirmed to TechCrunch. They say the company has hired talent from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, including lead engineering and commercialization experts. Read More

  • Join Us In Barcelona For A Mini-Meetup And Pitch-Off During MWC

    Join Us In Barcelona For A Mini-Meetup And Pitch-Off During MWC

    Hello, friendly folks. We are planning on holding a mini-meetup in Barcelona during MWC, offering you guys a chance to pitch TC writers and potentially hold a pitch-off for free tickets to Disrupt New York. We need your help. Since this is an ad hoc thing, we’ll need a little assistance in choosing a venue and potentially a drinks sponsor. I have heard good things about El Nacional but… Read More

  • The Freedom Clip Breaks Coffee Pod DRM Because Java Wants To Be Free, Man

    The Freedom Clip Breaks Coffee Pod DRM Because Java Wants To Be Free, Man

    The latest Keurig K-Cup machines have a dirty secret: built into the little ground coffee pods that so many know and love is a nefarious form of DRM. A special ink found only on real cups (and damaged by use) ensures that you can only use “real” K-Cups, thereby preventing you from making your own pirate cups. But freedom’s just another word for sticking it to the man, and… Read More

  • Milk Nanny Automatically Makes A Refreshing Bottle Of Formula For Baby

    Milk Nanny Automatically Makes A Refreshing Bottle Of Formula For Baby

    As a parent I understand that gadgets like the Milk Nanny will be forgotten – like the Diaper Genie and the no-pacifier rule – five months into the severe sleep-deprivation experiment that is parenthood. As a gadget freak, however, I do think it’s pretty cool. It’s a simple device. The system holds an amount of formula and water. When you need formula you simply press… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: An Interview With Luis Buenaventura Of Rebit

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: An Interview With Luis Buenaventura Of Rebit

    Welcome back to TCBTC, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast on the cryptocurrency bitcoin. This week Alex is on vacation so I recorded a short interview with Luis Buenaventura Of Rebit, a major Bitcoin remitter in the Philippines. Luis gave us a quick look under the hood of his growing business. Click here to download an MP3 of this show.
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  • Up Close With Coinbase Exchange

    Up Close With Coinbase Exchange

    It’s been a few days since Coinbase launched its official Exchange, a dashboard for active bitcoin traders that lets you buy and sell based on real-time pricing. I thought I’d sit down and put it through its paces and see just how usable this tool was for the average BTC fan, as well as folks who might want to add BTC to their trading regimen. Read More

  • 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

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