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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  • Sextronauts Want Your Help Funding The First Porno Shot In Space

    Sextronauts Want Your Help Funding The First Porno Shot In Space

    Another day, another attempt to shoot a crowdfunded pornographic film in space for three million dollars. PornHub [NSFW] has created an Indiegogo page to help support their effort to film the first porn in space, the aptly titled SEXPLORATION. The plan is to send actors and, presumably, a camera crew into space where they will film the procreative act. The plan is a perfect storm of modern… Read More

  • U.S. Legislation Aims To Ban Plastic Guns Metal Detectors Can’t Detect

    U.S. Legislation Aims To Ban Plastic Guns Metal Detectors Can’t Detect

    Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and a group of Democrats have proposed the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, legislation that would require all guns to contain enough metal to be detected by metal detectors and X-Ray machines at checkpoints and airports. The legislation is aimed squarely at 3D printed guns like the so-called Liberator. The legislation would require that all guns, plastic… Read More

  • Leica Announces The Q, A Fixed-Focus Camera For The Posh Photographer

    Leica Announces The Q, A Fixed-Focus Camera For The Posh Photographer

    Leica has just announced the Leica Q, a fixed-focus camera aimed at street photography and folks who don’t want to carry lenses around. The camera, which has a non-removable Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens, is striking in its simplicity and power but, I suspect the $4,250 price tag will have many pro-am photographers chortling into their camera bags. Unlike previous “special… Read More

  • Indian Programmer Exposes Code Injection, Gets A Cease And Desist From The Injectors

    Indian Programmer Exposes Code Injection, Gets A Cease And Desist From The Injectors

    In an exciting example of the Streisand Effect, an Indian Airtel customer, Thejesh GN, discovered that the carrier had begun using Flash Networks Layer8 “monetization” (read “ad injection”) solutions. The code, which appeared on most mobile webpages downloaded via Airtel’s network, consists of a pair of basic JavaScript injectors. Thejesh published the code… Read More

  • Rhombus Lets Businesses Accept Payments By Text

    Rhombus Lets Businesses Accept Payments By Text

    Since millennials don’t use credit cards, cash, or even beads and shells, the only way to get them to pay for anything is through their smartphone. Add in a text-to-pay service like Rhombus and you’ve got Williamsburg catnip. This new app allows people to pay you via a special contact number. For example, a customer can text you an order – “five large soy chai latte… Read More

  • Meet Aaron Brown, One Of The Amazing Volunteers Giving Kids New 3D-Printed Hands

    Meet Aaron Brown, One Of The Amazing Volunteers Giving Kids New 3D-Printed Hands

    If you’ve been following my coverage of E-Nable, a volunteer organization dedicated to 3D-printing prosthetic hands for kids, you’ll be familiar with Aaron Brown’s work. He makes “superhero” hands in multiple colors and recently completed this fun Wolverine model for a young man born without fingers. The hand includes removable “blades” and is blue… Read More

  • PornTime Is PopcornTime For Other Kinds Of Movies

    PornTime Is PopcornTime For Other Kinds Of Movies

    If you’ve ever used PopcornTime you’ll agree that the Internet is at once amazing and highly subversive. PopcornTime, for example, is a great celestial jukebox of movies streamed from Torrent sites in seconds, a proposition that frightens studios but pleases the consumer. PornTime, by corollary, is a great celestial jukebox of porn streamed from those same Torrent sites that… Read More

  • South Korean Team KAIST Wins DARPA Robotics Challenge With Bipedal Wunderdroid

    South Korean Team KAIST Wins DARPA Robotics Challenge With Bipedal Wunderdroid

    The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals is a tough contest. Designed encourage researchers to create robots that can handle multiple difficult environments and tasks including breaching a door, turning a valve, and negotiating obstacles, many robots entered but only one won – DRC-HUBO from a joint team that included researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Team KAIST from… Read More

  • Legoizer Turns Any Image Into A Lego Kit

    Legoizer Turns Any Image Into A Lego Kit

    In the future, everything will be made of Lego if the Legoizer has anything to say about it. This system, really a piece of pixelation software, turns images into Lego creations by breaking them into block-sized chunks and supplying a shopping list and list of instructions. For example, the image above takes 34 rows of Lego to build and requires a few hundred pieces of various colors… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Facebook Lite, Shopping On Pinterest, Brain-Powered Passwords

    Happy Friday! It’s time for another episode of CrunchWeek, the show that throws a few of us bloggers in front of TechCrunch TV cameras to chew the fat about some of the more interesting tech news stories of the past seven days. Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Live In Tumbleweed City

    Hello, friends, and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast. This time around the bend, our own John Biggs and myself sat — live, in person! — in TechCrunch’s recently reconstructed video space to discuss why your servant is The Worst, and also to dig into Bitlicense. Read More

  • Chronos Is A Little Disk That Ensmartens Your Dumb Watch

    Chronos Is A Little Disk That Ensmartens Your Dumb Watch

    Now that I’ve nearly abandoned my collection of watches thanks to the evil Apple Watch, I’m starting to miss the staid, steady ticking of a good mechanical. But how can I be endlessly bothered by a little electronic thing and still celebrate the artistry of the fine watchmaker? Chronos! Chronos is a little disk that fits on the bottom of your fancy watch with… Read More

  • Your Brain Waves Could Replace Passwords

    Your Brain Waves Could Replace Passwords

    Researchers at Binghamton University have discovered that, with a bit of training, your computer can identify you based on the way your brain reacts to certain words. This means that instead of a password you could simply listen to a few words and unlock your super secret files. Read More

  • The Kisai Link Is A Bluetooth Wearable That Hides The Geekiness

    The Kisai Link Is A Bluetooth Wearable That Hides The Geekiness

    As a slave to fashion, I have to look great all the time. But how can I do that when I have to wear so many amazing wearables? You can’t have fashion and electronics. Luckily, Tokyoflash has just the thing. Called the Kisai Link, this is basically a little Bluetooth dongle that you wear on your wrist. It notifies you of phone calls and messages via various blinking LEDs as well as… Read More

  • Splatoon Is Nintendo’s Way Forward

    Splatoon Is Nintendo’s Way Forward

    Both extremes bother me. On one hand I can’t play games like Witcher or Bloodborne with the kids in the room and I don’t want my 9-year-old playing them. On the other hand I see no value in the sloppy freemium games that seem to have infected my kids’ laptops and iPads. This mind-numbing digital pablum, usually offered as a sort of casual gaming experience – is absolute… Read More

  • Spark Is An Email Client That Shows You What’s Important, Lets You Delete What Isn’t

    Spark Is An Email Client That Shows You What’s Important, Lets You Delete What Isn’t

    Email clients are like noses: everyone’s got one and they’re absolutely essential to your survival. There’s Mailbox and Outlook and Gmail and all the rest and now there’s Spark. Created by the folks who brought you Readdle, Spark splits your emails up into three sections – important notes, “pins” or starred emails, and all the rest. It is also… Read More

  • WatchTF, Asus?

    WatchTF, Asus?

    It’s fairly common practice for cheaper manufacturers to ape more expensive “premium” brands as soon as it’s clear that customer sentiment is headed in a certain direction. This week at Computex, however, Asus dumped a doozy. Take a look at the above video. It’s like a mad-eyed parody of an Apple Watch advertisement. The watches bands look cheap and derivative… Read More

  • The 3D-Printed Peek Camera Helps Diagnose Eye Disease In Developing Areas

    The 3D-Printed Peek Camera Helps Diagnose Eye Disease In Developing Areas

    The Peek, or Portable Eye Examination Kit app, is a smartphone based system for diagnosing eye problems. It uses a 3D-printed add-on that can allow ophthalmologists to give detailed and complete eye exams in the field using an app and a small camera overlay. Created by British ophthalmologists, the system recently hit £130,475 on Indiegogo and is now up for pre-order by doctors. The Peek can… Read More

  • The Whoop.De.Doo Is A Pleasure Machine Dreamed Up By Roboticists

    The Whoop.De.Doo Is A Pleasure Machine Dreamed Up By Roboticists

    Another day, another highly advanced pleasure device on Indiegogo. This one is called Whoop.De.Doo and comes to us from Anna Maresova, a designer in Prague. Maresova, who studied at the Faculty of Art and Design of J. E. Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem as well as at the University of Derby, invented the system while working on her Master’s thesis, the aptly titled “A Set of… Read More

  • 10 Years Of TechCrunch

    The first TechCrunch post appeared on June 11, 2005. It was a profile of a new version of Technorati which had begun scanning real-time news feeds called “blogs.” These news sources – which had existed before the turn of the century – were rising in prominence but TC co-founder Michael Arrington didn’t see himself as a blogger. Instead, he was starting a new… Read More

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