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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  • Apple Just Canceled The Right Click

    Apple Just Canceled The Right Click

    Years ago, when Steve Jobs decided that mice needed only one button, Apple had a problem. While Mac users were busy clicking on things all over the screen, PCs added a second button, the right click, in order add a second layer of interaction, a feature that eventually forced Cupertino’s hand and created the control-click. Even as mice added button after button and trackpads still… Read More

  • US Marshals Sell The Last Of The Seized Silk Road Bitcoins

    US Marshals Sell The Last Of The Seized Silk Road Bitcoins

    US Marshals have sold the last batch of 50,000 seized Silk Road bitcoins at auction after a surprisingly quiet sealed bidding process. The USMS has not announced the name of the winner of the entire collection of bitcoin but VC Tim Draper has been quietly buying these seized coins for the past year. The auction marks the end of one of the oddest US auctions on record. When the Marshals… Read More

  • Publishizer Is A Crowdfunding Solution That Connects Authors With Publishers

    Publishizer Is A Crowdfunding Solution That Connects Authors With Publishers

    As a seasoned self-published author with an excess of one book under my belt, I’ve been looking for new and interesting publishing tools for indie writers. Recently I found something called Publishizer, a crowdfunding system just for books. While I’m not entirely convinced it’s the way to go for new authors, it does seem like a compact and focused solution for getting your… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Do You Even Invest?

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Do You Even Invest?

    Hello and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast. This time around, myself and John Biggs kick over the news that a new bitcoin-facing investment vehicle is getting itself put together and public. Can it help bitcoin achieve greater price stability over time? Also joining us is Jameson Lopp of BitGo, who broke down the finer technical points of paper… Read More

  • Join Us At Hardware Alley At Disrupt NY

    Join Us At Hardware Alley At Disrupt NY

    We want to see you in New York for Disrupt NY 2015, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs and I’d love to meet you. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. Disrupt runs from May 4-6 and will be held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. It’s an amazing event… Read More

  • Let’s Face It: The Apple Watch Will Sell More Than A Million Units In Its First Month

    Let’s Face It: The Apple Watch Will Sell More Than A Million Units In Its First Month

    As we approach AW-Day, the naysayers are coming out to put their hand in front of the bottle of champagne that will be used to christen the S.S. Apple Watch. The most prominent of those naysayers was Mark Wilson, a traditionally even-keeled fellow who, in his own way, is pushing the pro- and anti-Apple Watch argument forward. I won’t even debase his post with the term clickbait: he has a… Read More

  • HTC And Valve Have Cracked The VR Code

    HTC And Valve Have Cracked The VR Code

    “I’ve been doing this for fifteen years,” I told HTC’s mild-mannered demo wrangler at MWC today. “And this is the first time I’ve been actually excited about a technology in five.” He had just walked me through one of the best demos I had ever seen. It was the HTC Vive, a sensor-studded helmet with dual hand controllers that allowed me to enter almost… Read More

  • Hold My Beer, Because You’re About To Ride A DIY Gas-Powered Go-Kart

    Hold My Beer, Because You’re About To Ride A DIY Gas-Powered Go-Kart

    If you’ve ever dreamt of pulling a Little Rascals and riding down a massive hill on a wooden scooter, have we got a Kickstarter for you. The PlyFly Go-Kart is a flat-pack built-it-yourself go-kart that runs on a gasoline engine and can go up to 25 miles per hour. The kit is made of cut wood and assembles in about a day. It includes a 2.5 or 4 HP gas engine for maximum rev action. The… Read More

  • Publisher Revenues Down As Ebook Buying Slows

    Publisher Revenues Down As Ebook Buying Slows

    Publishing conglomerates Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster are facing tough times this quarter as ebook sales fell and total profit dropped 5.6% at S&S and approximately 12% for RPH. The potential culprits? A lack of blockbuster books and low ebook sales. While ebooks sales are still dwarfed by paperback and hardback sales, publishers are now seeing even less revenue from… Read More

  • Here’s A Closer Look At The Montblanc Smart Band For Fancy Watches

    Here’s A Closer Look At The Montblanc Smart Band For Fancy Watches

    Montblanc, a Swiss luxury company, recently announced a little add-on to its mechanical watch line – the e-Strap, a small OLED system that displays notifications on the bottom of your watch band. I snorted at the concept back in January but now we get to nod sagely at the implementation. To be clear I don’t think Montblanc is doing anything wrong here. They know smartwatches… Read More

  • Tomorrow Is The Barcelona Meet Up And Pitch-Off!

    Tomorrow Is The Barcelona Meet Up And Pitch-Off!

    The Barcelona Meet Up is tomorrow! Huzzah! If you’ve purchased tickets already, good for you. They are a rare commodity. If you haven’t then you’re kind of out of luck because the event is sold out. Remember, you must have an official Eventbrite ticket to join us. If you do not have an Eventbrite ticket you are not registered. If you simply added your name to the original… Read More

  • Cyanogen Goes Fancy

    Cyanogen Goes Fancy

    Cyanogen, a “community” Android version that allowed users of older phones to get some of Android’s newer features, is going just a bit more corporate in the wake of its partnership with Qualcomm. The commercial Cyanogen OS and the more community-minded CyanogenMod will become Qualcomm’s Android of choice for its new Snapdragon processors. It is also rebranding in the… Read More

  • Samsung MWC 2015 Liveblog

    Samsung MWC 2015 Liveblog

    We’re here in Barcelona at Samsung’s 2015 Unpacked event where the company is expected to unveil a┬ánew flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone. Join us for live updates of the phone’s makers big reveal…   Read More

  • PiJuice Adds Power To Your Pirojects

    PiJuice Adds Power To Your Pirojects

    If you’ve ever used a Raspberry Pi you’ll notice that it’s great until you need to unplug it. While you can add a battery (the PiPhone had one), it’s not quite as easy as all that. Now, however, you can simply plug in the PiJuice and power your Pi on the fly. The PiJuice is a “hat” that fits on top of the Raspberry Pi and includes a 1400 mAh battery… Read More

  • WebOS Shambles Back From The Grave In LG’s Latest Smartwatch

    WebOS Shambles Back From The Grave In LG’s Latest Smartwatch

    LG has officially announced the Watch Urbane and the Watch Urbane LTE, two handsome wearables that they had previously announced at the end of February. Why should you care? Well, primarily because the Urbane LTE are bucking Google and instead are running webOS and is a fully-featured phone with NFC and a bigger battery. It’s almost as if WebOS, like the old man in the wagon, is calling… Read More

  • Two New Lumia 640 Models Discovered After Microsoft Leak

    Two New Lumia 640 Models Discovered After Microsoft Leak

    A few pieces of data point to two new Lumia models, the 640 and 640 XL, a pair of low-end phones that should be announced tomorrow morning. The device specs were posted on NokiaPowerUser and point to a 5-inch 640 device, as well something called the 640 XL, which should be slightly bigger and follow the Lumia 1320. Read More

  • Dogfish Head Brewery | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: We Sample The Goods At The Dogfish Head Brewery

    Beer is my favorite food. That means I was especially excited to be able to visit the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE, a palace dedicated to the production of some of the nicest beers around. Sam Calagione, founder of the company, wanted to make weird beers at his restaurant on the beach. As he got better – and bolder – he began experimenting with all sorts of amazing… Read More

  • Swiss Watch Makers Announce An Activity Tracking System Designed To Hide Inside Fancy Watches

    Swiss Watch Makers Announce An Activity Tracking System Designed To Hide Inside Fancy Watches

    If you’ve been wondering how Switzerland was going to react to the coming of the Apple Watch, ponder no more: two smaller luxury watch companies, Alpina and Frederique Constant, have added electronic components to otherwise staid analog watches, essentially turning a fancy timepiece into a sort of mechanical Fitbit. The platform, called Manufacture Modules Technologies or MMT, is… Read More

  • A Chat With The Researcher Who Found Online Bystanders Won’t Stop Bullying

    A Chat With The Researcher Who Found Online Bystanders Won’t Stop Bullying

    Kelly Dillon, a Doctoral Candidate at the Ohio State University School of Communication, found that people generally won’t act when they see someone bullied online. This news, while not surprising to anyone with a passing interest in technology, is worrying. In short, if you’re bullied online, don’t expect help. Read More

  • Study: Most People Won’t Stop Online Bullies

    Study: Most People Won’t Stop Online Bullies

    In 1964 a woman named Kitty Genovese was stabbed and left for dead in Kew Gardens, Queens. She screamed for help over a half hour while bystanders and apartment-dwellers above apparently ignored her pleas. Her assailant had time to disguise himself during the attack. She died of her injuries, and experts at the time called the failure of bystanders to act “Genovese Syndrome.” While… Read More

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