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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs) and [G+ him](https://plus.google.com/u/0/102814019596965765116/posts) here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • German Researchers Build A Plane Controlled By Your Brain

    German Researchers Build A Plane Controlled By Your Brain

    While the more pedantic among us would argue that every plane is controlled by our brains, German researchers at the Technische Universität München and the TU Berlin have created a plane that eschews all the messy, meaty bits (your head, your hands) that sit between the brain and the plane. Read More

  • The Next Open Source Battle Is Being Waged In The 3D Printing Industry

    The Next Open Source Battle Is Being Waged In The 3D Printing Industry

    After its creation in 1991 it took another eight years or so to be widely recognized, but during that period, arguments arose as to what Linux really was. Could Red Hat, a company founded in 1993, sell services around it? Who made money when you sold a CD containing the latest version of Mandrake Linux? Who owned code written on top of Linux for specific purposes? To the open source community… Read More

  • Quick Key, The Quiz Scanning App For Teachers, Raises Over $250,000

    Quick Key, The Quiz Scanning App For Teachers, Raises Over $250,000

    When we last saw Quick Key, founder Walter Duncan was working to get his quiz grading app into schools across the country. Now they’ve announced a $250,000 raise to help expand their reach and improve the product. The app, which streamlines the grading process utilizing optical character recognition, has so far been used to scan 300,000 quizzes. One teacher, Younis Aydin, in Istanbul… Read More

  • The Internet Is Now Part Of The Crime Scene

    The Internet Is Now Part Of The Crime Scene

    Elliot Rodger, a young man with some horrible ideas and serious mental problems, killed at least six people in Santa Barbara. He left pages of digital photos and hours of video detailing his pain and his envy. In the voice of an entitled boy not given what he wants, he talks about being alone while others are together. He became a misogynist through his own twisted self-reflection. Now his… Read More

  • Amazon Keeps Fighting Big Publishers But Authors Pay The Price

    Amazon Keeps Fighting Big Publishers But Authors Pay The Price

    It’s Amazon’s world and we’re just living in it. As the company continues to flex its muscle against big publishers – this time against Hachette – the average author could be excused for feeling a bit of schadenfreude. Publishers have run the show for a long time and their efforts at cultural curation have resulted in million dollar deals for Snooki and bupkus… Read More

  • A Paralyzed Teen Will Kick The First World Cup Ball Thanks To A Robotic Exoskeleton

    A Paralyzed Teen Will Kick The First World Cup Ball Thanks To A Robotic Exoskeleton

    The 2014 World Cup begins next month in Brazil and will feature something truly amazing: the plan is for a paralyzed, non-ambulatory Brazilian teenager to stand up and kick the first ball of the first game using a motorized exoskeleton and special 3D-printed helmet. Created by an international team of designers and engineers, the video shows Colorado State University’s design for the… Read More

  • The Kairos Mechanical Smartwatch Blends Tradition And High Tech

    The Kairos Mechanical Smartwatch Blends Tradition And High Tech

    As a watch fan I’ve seen them all: the Fossils, the Rolexes, the Omegas, and now the Kairosii. Created by a team of engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs, these watches feature a standard automatic mechanical watch (the kind you wind) behind a tinted crystal that can show notifications right on the surface. How does it work? The mechanical portion is a standard Miyota Japan 82S7… Read More

  • Apple’s Beats Deal Is Happening, And It’s A Dre Acquihire

    Apple’s Beats Deal Is Happening, And It’s A Dre Acquihire

    A well-placed source has confirmed rumors that Apple’s acquisition of Beats “is happening” but was close to falling apart multiple times. The source said with “70% certainty” that Apple’s planned multi-billion-dollar acquisition of headphone maker Beats will go through. But Apple isn’t buying Beats for the technology, they’re buying the talent. Read More

  • A Danger Programmer Pours One Out For The Hiptop

    A Danger Programmer Pours One Out For The Hiptop

    With all this talk of laplets, tablets, iPhones, and GalTabs, we often forget one of the finest mobile platforms ever created, the Hiptop. But Chris DeSalvo didn’t forget. One of the original programmers for Danger’s groundbreaking hardware and software platform wrote a beautiful meditation last January on his work and the way it changed mobile. The piece didn’t get much… Read More

  • May 22 Is Bitcoin Pizza Day

    May 22 Is Bitcoin Pizza Day

    Four years ago this week, on May 22, 2010, a BTC fan and programmer named Laszlo Hanyecz offered 10,000 Bitcoins – about $40 at that time – for two Papa John’s pizzas (pictured above). He wrote: I’ll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I have some left over for the next day. I like having left over pizza to nibble on later. You can… Read More

  • A Microscope-Inspired Extruder Design Could Add Fine Detail To 3D Prints

    A Microscope-Inspired Extruder Design Could Add Fine Detail To 3D Prints

    If you’ve ever used a microscope you’ll recognize the C.E.M. Crown Extruder. This specially designed head, the brainchild of German engineer Cem Schnitzler, can twist to bring hot filament in contact with multiple styles of printing head, allowing you to lay down different diameters of 3D-printed plastic. A system of motors and pulleys controls the head position and can turn to… Read More

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 | First Look

    A Walk Through The Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s Ultralight Laplet

    To top off our cavalcade of Surface coverage today, I present a very quick walk-through of the Surface Pro 3 with a special guest star. So far, the laplet (laptop-tablet) is quite an improvement over the original Surface. Make no mistake: This is a full PC. Read More

  • Weev Sends A Screed To The Federal Government Asking For 28,296 Bitcoins In Restitution

    Weev Sends A Screed To The Federal Government Asking For 28,296 Bitcoins In Restitution

    Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer penned a long letter to the United States Federal Government today asking for restitution for the 38 months he spent in custody, including time he spent in an upstate NY prison. His letter, which quotes Shakespeare and calls bomber Timothy McVeigh a patriot, is sure to turn any court in the land against him, which, I suspect, is his goal. Read More

  • Microsoft Surface Event Live Blog

    Microsoft Surface Event Live Blog

    Microsoft is holding a Surface event today, and that means it’s probably time for some new tablet hardware from the Windows-maker. The Surface tablets are a somewhat unusual family of devices, in that they’re made special just for Windows 8, Microsoft’s controversial hybrid OS designed for both touch and traditional desktop computing. The Surface 2 range, unveiled last… Read More

  • Hugh Howey, Author Of The “Silo Saga,” Talks About Making It Big In Self-Publishing

    Hugh Howey, Author Of The “Silo Saga,” Talks About Making It Big In Self-Publishing

    Hugh Howey is a best-selling Sci-Fi author with a long and interesting pedigree. He’s been a yacht captain, a computer guy and, most recently, a bona fide publishing sensation. His book, the Wool Omnibus, started as a novella on the Amazon Kindle Store and suddenly blossomed into a massive, multi-volume opus that is a #1 Bestseller on Amazon and the winner of Kindle Book Review’s… Read More

  • Western Union And eBay Try To Horn In On Bitcoin With New Patents

    Western Union And eBay Try To Horn In On Bitcoin With New Patents

    Two weeks ago, Western Union received a patent for “Alternative value exchange systems and methods,” which, in short, is a way for the company to use and accept “alternative currencies.” At the time of filing, back in 2009, these currencies included barter systems like Bartercard and virtual gold and dollars from various online sources, including Second Life and World… Read More

  • Watch Hardware Hackers Fly A Drone Over The Burj Khalifa, The Tallest Building In The World

    Watch Hardware Hackers Fly A Drone Over The Burj Khalifa, The Tallest Building In The World

    Robotics isn’t all stomping metal men and robotic dogs – it’s also about beauty. The folks from Team BlackSheep proved this by flying a powerful, long-range drone over the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. And when I say over, I mean over. Read More

  • Novena, The Crowdsourced, Fully-Open Laptop, Is Shipping This Winter

    Novena, The Crowdsourced, Fully-Open Laptop, Is Shipping This Winter

    Hardware magician Bunnie Huang’s Novena laptop, a completely open source computing machine, is fully funded and will ship in January. There are thirteen hours left in the crowdfunding effort but so far the system has surpassed its goal of $100,000 and is one course to raise over $500,000. Read More

  • Qleek Brings Your Music Back In To The Physical Realm

    Qleek Brings Your Music Back In To The Physical Realm

    When I first heard about Qleek I was a little skeptical. You see, it’s a music player that uses physical, wooden blocks called Tapps to activate digital playback. You want to listen to some Jazz? Find the Coltrane block and stick it into the player. Want to listen to OK Computer? Dig out the block and slot it to make yourself a little fitter and happier. It’s like the old days… Read More

  • Samsung Goes For Another Round In The Wearables Ring With The Gear 2

    Samsung Goes For Another Round In The Wearables Ring With The Gear 2

    If I’ve noticed any sort of trend in the wearables space it’s that watches now look like watches. Runners will remember early Garmin GPS watches that looked like bulbous alien egg sacs on your wrists while even the Omate wrist computer still looks like an unlanced polyp. But almost everyone else – Pebble, Basis, and the like – have created devices that are one step… Read More