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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  • This Lizard-Inspired Robot Does A Barrel Roll

    This Lizard-Inspired Robot Does A Barrel Roll

    In today’s episode of “Post Featuring A Robot Doing A Barrel Roll,” we present the FlipBot, an RC car that uses the tricks used by real lizards to flip in midair. It’s essentially a car with a tail. When the FlipBot takes a sweet jump, the tail spins quickly to twist the body of the car in the air while the tail essentially remains in the same position. Given that… Read More

  • Gold Dealer Drops Credit Card Payments For Bitcoin

    Gold Dealer Drops Credit Card Payments For Bitcoin

    The world of gold bullion sales is often peopled by the odd and interesting. Joseph Castillo is one of the latter. The owner of Agora Commodities, his company now only accepts Bitcoin for online sales, a move that has reduced fraud and improved his service. Castillo talked to Coindesk about his decision, saying that “What we had to do to protect ourselves against card fraud, we no… Read More

  • The “Robo Brain” Will Use The Internet To Teach Robots

    The “Robo Brain” Will Use The Internet To Teach Robots

    If you’re wondering when Skynet went live, look no further. Last July, Cornell researchers turned on Robo Brain, a system that scours the Internet and teaches robots how to think. While we’re a few years late (this was supposed to happen on August 4, 1997), the Robo Brain is actually working. By taking images and concepts available on the public web, Robo Brain can teach robots… Read More

  • Plan B Uses Old Printer Parts To Create Detailed 3D Models

    Plan B Uses Old Printer Parts To Create Detailed 3D Models

    If you’re bored this weekend, go ahead and tear apart your old inkjet printer and grab a few pieces of aluminum. Then head over to Yvo de Haas’ website and get cracking. His new project, called Plan B, is an open source 3D printer that lets you print solid plastic objects by binding a thin layer of plastic powder with an old printer head. How does it work? Well the Plan B is a… Read More

  • This New Card Skimmer Is Almost As Thin As A Credit Card

    This New Card Skimmer Is Almost As Thin As A Credit Card

    Good old Brian Krebs has the scoop on a new card skimmer found in Europe. How is it different? It literally fits right into the card slot of any ATM, essentially allowing unfettered access to cards as they slide through. Add in a tiny camera and you’ve got a complete card cloning system. The skimmer is powered by a simple watch battery and uses a very small PCB and magnetic strip reader… Read More

  • Engineers Build A 3D Printing OS For All Printers Everywhere

    Engineers Build A 3D Printing OS For All Printers Everywhere

    If you’ve used any 3D printers over the past year or so, you’ll notice one thing: fragmentation. A few use open source apps (which are abysmal) and many use homebrew solutions which range from amazing to “meh.” Now a group of engineers wants to create a standardized, usable OS for all 3D printers, ensuring that any time you click a button to print a 3D model… Read More

  • There Is One New Book On Amazon Every Five Minutes

    In an interesting post, writer Claude Nougat estimated the total number of books on Amazon – about 3.4 million at last count (a number that could include apps as well) and then figured out how many books were added in a day. Nougat noticed that the number rose by 12 books in an hour, which suggests that one new book is added every five minutes. And, most likely, it’s probably an… Read More

  • There Is Now A Bitcoin ATM In Manhattan

    There Is Now A Bitcoin ATM In Manhattan

    Bitcoin ATM producers Lamassu and operator PYC Bitcoin have announced the first BTM in Manhattan. The BTM, located in Flat 128 in the West Village is one of the first in the city. “It’s really exciting for all of us,” said Matt Russell of PYC Bitcoin. “As a team of bitcoiners we get to aid adoption and plus it’s a really cute machine.” Flat 128 sells… Read More

  • Nook And Samsung Announce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, An Android Tablet For Reading

    Nook And Samsung Announce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, An Android Tablet For Reading

    In an effort to bring the Nook platform to a more familiar – and more fully-featured – device, Nook has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch tablet made primarily by Samsung. It includes something called the “Barnes & Noble Advantage,” a deeply linked app that allows for book downloads as well as tech support “It’s the first ever… Read More

  • Make Your Own Lonely Electric Zoo Of One Using Wavepot

    Make Your Own Lonely Electric Zoo Of One Using Wavepot

    Knob-twiddlers take note: Wavepot is a cool new way to program some hot EDM beats in the privacy of your bedroom/techno cave. Designed to be a live, programmable digital audio workstation (at this point it’s more of a digital signal processor), the website lets you program music and sound the way you’d program a web page or simple app. You set up the parameters, add various… Read More

  • In Memory Of Journalist James Wright Foley

    In Memory Of Journalist James Wright Foley

    James Wright Foley, a 40-year-old freelance journalist, is dead, killed far from home and alone. It is a tragedy and a horror. None of us have ever had to be as brave as James Wright Foley in our efforts as journalists and none of us here can understand the cost of his sacrifice. Foley was kept captive in Syria since 2012 and his image only now resurfaced in a terrible video taken by the… Read More

  • Liam Casey, AKA Mr. China, Will Join Us At Disrupt SF

    Liam Casey, AKA Mr. China, Will Join Us At Disrupt SF

    I am personally pleased to announce that Mr. China himself, Liam Casey, will appear on our TechCrunch Disrupt stage to talk about the rising tide for hardware startups. Casey has spent the last two decades in Shenzhen, China where he has become the go-to supplier for almost every major hardware manufacturer on the Fortune 100. He will talk to me about gear, gadgets, and his new accelerator… Read More

  • The Garmin Fenix 2 Brings The Running Watch Into A Dystopian Future

    The Garmin Fenix 2 Brings The Running Watch Into A Dystopian Future

    You’re in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise. It’s crawling toward you… how do you train yourself to outrun it? I like to think you’d probably want a $400 Fenix 2 from Garmin. I’ve used Garmin running watches since their first, bulbous balls of GPS electronics were launched in the early 2000s. Now, after… Read More

  • UniPi Is A Powerful Board That Can Control Your Smart Home

    UniPi Is A Powerful Board That Can Control Your Smart Home

    In the near future we will all live in smart homes. Our doors will open automatically, our air conditioners will know when we are too hot, and our toilets will understand our deepest needs. And the device to tie everything together? The Unipi. Created by a pair of Czech engineers, Adam Škorpík and Tomas Hora, the UniPi connects to a Raspberry Pi and includes eight relays for turning on and… Read More

  • Watch A Robotic Copter Land On A Moving Platform

    Watch A Robotic Copter Land On A Moving Platform

    Like Voltron, robots will soon need to coordinate landings and docking with absolutely precision in difficult conditions. That’s what a group of researchers have solved by allowing a robot and a movable landing platform to communicate in order to coordinate a perfect landing. As you can see, the quadcopter and a tank-like platform both converge on a pre-set location and both robots… Read More

  • Booting A PDP-11

    Booting A PDP-11

    As we move swiftly into an era of ubiquitous computing, Internets of Things, and mind-machine connections via wetware, it’s important to step back and take a look at where we’ve been. That’s why this How-To by Trammell Hudson is so cool. It shows how to boot a PDP-11 so you can play Adventure on a monochrome screen and reminds us that old computer were as finicky as Model… Read More

  • The Mystery Of Lorem Ipsum

    The Mystery Of Lorem Ipsum

    If you’ve spent any time around designers or the Internet, you’ll at least have a passing familiarity with a chunk of text so pervasive online that it’s almost invisible. Called Greeking or Lorem Ipsum, the chunk of Latin is used by many designers as a placeholder for text on Internet pages. And, until recently, it could have been a secret language for spies. First, a bit… Read More

  • Getting My Brain Back

    Getting My Brain Back

    I can’t do it anymore. This has been a summer of social media. I’ve used it endlessly, made plans on it, chatted, read it religiously, and watched countless friends and friends of friends go on vacation. I’ve played a game of whack-a-mole with LinkedIn invitations and I’ve streamlined my automatic Tweeting systems. I’ve watched the world buzz by 140 characters at… Read More

  • The Bolstr Bag Is A Gadget Toter’s Best Friend

    The Bolstr Bag Is A Gadget Toter’s Best Friend

    We rarely talk about bags on TC these days (except during Bag Week) but here’s a crowdfunding project that I think would be perfect for all of us multi-phone, laptop-toting nerdotrons. Call the Bolstr, this U.S.-made bag is small enough to be unobtrusive and not fancy enough to rank as a true murse. Created by Cleveland native Jay Yoo, the thin back features pockets for all your… Read More

  • The Guy Who Kickstarted Potato Salad Wasn’t Just Trolling Us All

    The Guy Who Kickstarted Potato Salad Wasn’t Just Trolling Us All

    It’s come to our attention that PotatoStock is a go. Zack “Danger” Brown, a Columbus, Ohio native, previously confirmed that he will put the proceeds raised from his potato salad Kickstarter to good use, namely founding PotatoStock, a philanthropic music festival featuring “gallons” of potato salad. The festival, which will be held on September 27 in… Read More

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