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 and G+ him here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Time Is Running Out For Extra Early Bird Disrupt Tickets

    Time Is Running Out For Extra Early Bird Disrupt Tickets

    Time is almost up for the extra early bird pricing for Disrupt SF on September 8-10. Our extra early bird sale price cuts $250 off the price of the already discounted early bird price, hence the name “extra” early bird special. Read More

  • Tokyo-Based Artist Arrested For 3D Printing Her Vagina

    Tokyo-Based Artist Arrested For 3D Printing Her Vagina

    A 42-year-old artist named Megumi Igarashi has been arrested in Tokyo for transmitting 3D models of her vagina which, under Japanese obscenity laws, is considered illegal. She sent the files via email to customers who bought copies on her website. She was raising money to build a vagina-shaped boat. The files in question are, to be clear, fairly stylized representations of the female form, as… Read More

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    Product Guy Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

    Product Guy Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

    If there’s one guy in the world who knows whether or not he wants to cancel his Comcast service, it’s Ryan Block. The former head of Engadget, founder of GDGT, and now product dude at AOL, Block probably knows exactly why he wants to cancel his Comcast service and, presumably, he’s not going to tell you or a Comcast service rep who refuses to take “No” for an answer. Read More

  • Researchers Create A Flying Drone That Can Light Your Snapshots

    Researchers Create A Flying Drone That Can Light Your Snapshots

    Is there anything flying quadcopters can’t do (besides give birth to human babies… yet?) Researchers at MIT and Cornell have created a flying flash rig that connects a light meter, photographic flash, and continuous light source so that photographers can get perfect shots from any angle. Read More

  • Beer: The Best Use Of Crowdfunding Or The Most Best Use Of Crowdfunding?

    Beer: The Best Use Of Crowdfunding Or The Most Best Use Of Crowdfunding?

    As a man who loves his water, malt, and hops, it’s inspiring to see the high-tech process of crowdfunding be applied to the re-creation of early microbrews. To wit: the daughter of legendary microbrewer Jack McAuliffe is attempting to bring back one of the first microbrews in America, New Albion Ale. McAuliffe, the elusive grandfather of the craft beer movement, first founded his brewery… Read More

  • Bitcoin Mining Company Buys Critical Site To Improve Search Results

    Bitcoin Mining Company Buys Critical Site To Improve Search Results

    You’ll be excused for not being aware of Buttcoin.org, a bitcoin site that has been critical of both the endlessly optimistic spirit of the bitcoin community and, more important, of the broken hardware users have received from so-called bitcoin mining providers. One company, Butterfly Labs, decided to turn that double frown upside-down, so to speak, and purchased the site outright in… Read More

  • Crooks Reanimate A Dead Botnet To Target High-Value Bank Accounts

    Crooks Reanimate A Dead Botnet To Target High-Value Bank Accounts

    In something that sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie, hackers have reanimated an apparently dead botnet called Gameover Zeus even as malware researchers dismantled the previous version of the network. The botnet, essentially a collection of zombie computers that can be activated to perform denial of service attacks on banks and other financial firms in order to hide thefts from… Read More

  • Kids Can Now Teach Robots To Play Angry Birds – For Science!

    Kids Can Now Teach Robots To Play Angry Birds – For Science!

    In what must be the cutest example of human-robot interaction I’ve seen in recent months, researchers at Georgia Tech are helping kids teach robots how to play Angry Birds and, in the process, help the kids regain muscle movement and control. The process is fairly simple. Kids play games and a little two-legged robot watches. The robot keeps an eye on the score, recreates what the child… Read More

  • The Orange Maker Spins The Plate To Make Better 3D Prints

    The Orange Maker Spins The Plate To Make Better 3D Prints

    We’ve just passed the stage where 3D printers themselves were exotic devices of magic and wonder, and now individual types of 3D printers are exotic devices of magic and wonder. To wit: Orange Maker. This stereolithographic (SLA) printer is fairly standard – a UV light shoots through a special liquid which hardens into an object. However, thanks to a spinning print base, the… Read More

  • This Humanoid Robot Uses Walking Sticks To Climb Over Rubble

    This Humanoid Robot Uses Walking Sticks To Climb Over Rubble

    Oussama Khatib and Shu-Yun Chung have brought us the SupraPed. Khatib and Chung, researchers at Stanford, are working on a system to allow bipedal robots extra stability by giving them a pair of walking sticks. Unlike us weak humans, however, the robots will bend and twist in all sorts of ways to get across chasms or over large obstacles. Read More

  • Publishing Startup Tablo Raises $400,000 Seed Round

    Publishing Startup Tablo Raises $400,000 Seed Round

    Tablo.io, a publishing platform built by 21-year-old Ash Davies, has raised $400,000 from Y Combinator partner Kevin Hale and Paul Reining. The company offers a Wattpad-like self-publishing experience – albeit with a superior design aesthetic – and a friction-free way to publish to Amazon and iBooks from your finished book. Read More

  • Samsung’s Race To The Bottom

    Samsung’s Race To The Bottom

    It’s happened before and it’s happened again – a popular commodity appears and is remade in so many permutations and from so many manufacturers that the differentiation ultimately focuses on price. When this happens, the small players sneak in with cheap hardware, the big players stumble and try to buoy sales with higher-end models (an example of this is the Dell Adamo as… Read More

  • Clime Sensors Are Tiny Tags That Tell You When Things Are Heating Up

    Clime Sensors Are Tiny Tags That Tell You When Things Are Heating Up

    Why do you need a tiny climate sensor? Who knows, but Clime is making them. These tiny sensors – shaped like little candies – can transmit the current temperature wirelessly to phones and other devices and will soon able to offer far more interesting data with the help of a tiny chip-based sensor array. Read More

  • Gunmaker Skirts Laws By 3D-Printing A Single Firearm Part

    Gunmaker Skirts Laws By 3D-Printing A Single Firearm Part

    A gunmaker who calls himself Buck O’Fama (get it?) has posted a video of his 3D-printed Ruger Charger receiver. This single part, which usually holds the serial number and is an integral part of the firing mechanism, is, technically, the only part that defines a weapon as an actual gun. By printing his (or her) own, O’Fama has essentially skirted the law that requires all firearms… Read More

  • Watch This Beautiful 3D-Printed Tourbillon In Action

    Watch This Beautiful 3D-Printed Tourbillon In Action

    I’ve been watching my buddy Nicholas Manousos for a few years now. He’s been designing and printing large representations of various watch parts and movements and posting them on Facebook for a while, and he’s just completed his pièce de résistance: a working tourbillon in brightly colored plastic. Read More

  • Amazon Sends Letter To Try To Take Authors “Out Of The Middle” Of The Hachette Dispute

    Amazon Sends Letter To Try To Take Authors “Out Of The Middle” Of The Hachette Dispute

    Amazon is flexing another muscle in the ongoing Hachette dispute. In a letter obtained by the New York Times, David Naggar, VP of Kindle content, is offering 100 percent of all profits for some Hachette authors and has forwarded the offer to the Authors Guild, a long-time opponent of all things Amazon. “We agree that authors are caught in the middle while these negotiations drag on… Read More

  • Announcing The Winner Of KrakowCrunch: Fashionote

    Announcing The Winner Of KrakowCrunch: Fashionote

    Deep in the heart of Krakow, in a billiards hall called The Stage, nine amazing startups appeared before over 150 amazing members of the Polish startup community. They pitched, the parried questions, and in the end, one company one. It was one or the best and most respectful meet-ups we’ve ever held and I’m glad I got to witness it. Our Krakow pitch-off was a last-minute decision… Read More

  • Bitcoin Vault Xapo Raises $20 Million From Greylock, Index And Announces BTC Debit Cards Are Shipping This Month

    Bitcoin Vault Xapo Raises $20 Million From Greylock, Index And Announces BTC Debit Cards Are Shipping This Month

    Secure BTC vault Xapo has announced it’s raised $20 million from Greylock Partners and Index Ventures, bringing its total investment capital to $40 million. Other investors include Emergence Capital Partners, Max Levchin, Yuri Milner, and Jerry Yang. Read More

  • We’ll See You Tonight At KrakowCrunch

    We’ll See You Tonight At KrakowCrunch

    Get your tickets printed and your networking pants on because tonight is KrakowCrunch, the first TC pitch-off in Krakow. As a reminder it’s happening today, Monday, July 7 at The Stage, ul. Lobzowska 3, from 6pm until 11pm. Read More

  • Programmer Craig Muth Kickstarts A New Version Of His (Arguably Amazing) Shell, Xiki

    Programmer Craig Muth Kickstarts A New Version Of His (Arguably Amazing) Shell, Xiki

    Put on your nerd hats, kids, and let’s sit back and bask in the glory of Xiki. Created by Craig Muth, founder of Memorize, Xiki and its shell product, xsh, allows for some amazing autocompletion tricks, as well as interactive command line trickery that would make the average bash ninja salivate. The previous version of the shell is available now but Muth is Kickstarting a new… Read More