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. https://angel.co/freeport-1

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  • The T Machine Swipes All The Tinders

    The T Machine Swipes All The Tinders

    Human interaction is hard. Humans are weird animals, covered in hair and full of blood and stuff and getting to know one or two for the purposes of procreation or whatever is really hard. But not if you have Tinder! It’s a dating app that lets you pick people based on appearance. But what if you really can’t tell if a human is pretty? That’s a stumper but finally, there’s… Read More

  • The Point Will Watch Your House While You’re Away

    The Point Will Watch Your House While You’re Away

    When you leave home, who makes sure all of your newspapers, back issues of TV Guide, and take-out containers are safe? If all goes according to plan, the Point has got your back. The point is essentially a simple sensor that listens for loud noises – glass breaking, doors opening – and senses motion. If anything happens you’ll receive a notification, allowing you to… Read More

  • William Gibson Talks Life on "The Peripheral"

    An Interview With William Gibson, Author Of The Future

    William Gibson didn’t invent the Web but he gave us the language we use to describe it. His original Sprawl trilogy defined the buzz of the dot-com days and led the futurist charge in media including inspiring Wired, Mondo 2000, and much of the Matrix trilogy. Fast forward to his Bridge trilogy and you see the beginnings of a strange new San Francisco peopled with hackers, murderers… Read More

  • Sintratec Is Going To Build The First Sintering Desktop 3D Printer

    Sintratec Is Going To Build The First Sintering Desktop 3D Printer

    A Swiss company called Sintratec is planning to release the world’s first sintering 3D printer for the desktop. Sintering, which is the process of building a 3D object by shooting lasers at a layer of nylon powder, is one of the best ways to make high resolution objects that are completely solid. The company is planning to launch the product on Indiegogo soon and will charge $4,000 for… Read More

  • Hachette And Amazon Reach Pricing Agreement

    Hachette And Amazon Reach Pricing Agreement

    Merry pre-Christmas. The war is over. Amazon and the Hachette Book Group have agreed on a new, “multi-year” agreement for ebook and print sales. The agreement allows Hachette to set all pricing for its ebooks and will receive “better terms when it delivers lower prices for readers.” In other words, Hachette can set its own prices but it will be rewarded for not… Read More

  • The $19 Spark Photon Can Turn Anything Into A Web-Connected Whatsit

    The $19 Spark Photon Can Turn Anything Into A Web-Connected Whatsit

    The original Spark Core was a Kickstarter hit but it had a fatal flaw: you had to be a total electronics nerd to figure it out. Now, however, you can be less of a nerd with the Spark Photon. The Photon is very similar to the original Core but it’s slightly faster and more compact. To use it you connect a sensor or motor to the core and then interact with it using a simple programming… Read More

  • The Galaxy Note Edge Is A True Cutting-Edge Phablet

    The Galaxy Note Edge Is A True Cutting-Edge Phablet

    Samsung either plays it entirely safe – see most of the Galaxy Tab line – or entirely gonzo. Whether it’s the chimerical Galaxy K Zoom or their curved TV, it’s as if the company has one floor dedicated to making vanilla ice cream an another dedicated to making unicorn-tear-flavored gelato. And it’s on that latter floor that the Galaxy Note Edge was born. First… Read More

  • Meble.pl Is An IKEA Run By Robots

    Meble.pl Is An IKEA Run By Robots

    Custom furniture is hard. Either you’re talking about something high-end with all sorts of frippery or something deliriously low-end like a countertop. What about the middle? The folks at Meble.pl, a Polish furniture manufacturer, are aiming for that interesting (and lucrative) market. First off, bear with me. The Meble.pl website is awful and the company has been around since 2008 as a… Read More

  • The Wearhaus Arc Connects Headphone Wearers In Wireless Concert

    The Wearhaus Arc Connects Headphone Wearers In Wireless Concert

    Wireless headphones are fairly rare, a few current models excluded, and good wireless headphones are exceptionally rare. The guys at Wearhaus, however, have created some wireless cans that might just be the coolest things we’ve seen all week. The headphones play back music, as you would expect, and connect wirelessly to any Bluetooth phone. There is a built-in battery and a ring of… Read More

  • The Oatmeal Addresses Net Neutrality As Only The Oatmeal Could

    The Oatmeal Addresses Net Neutrality As Only The Oatmeal Could

    The Internet routes around damage, which is why I suspect this whole Net Neutrality mess will become moot once users realize that they can hobble Cox and Time Warner as easily as they hobble their users. However, thanks to saber-rattling from the big carriers, it looks like the whole thing will be a slog with moneyed folks leading up the pro-Big-Cable cause. For example, this Tweet by the… Read More

  • Chinese Programmer Sticks Windows 95 On An iPhone 6 Plus

    Chinese Programmer Sticks Windows 95 On An iPhone 6 Plus

    Today in “putting stuff onto things on which they don’t belong,” we present a user, xyq058775, and his exciting admission that he installed Windows 95 on a brand new iPhone. He used a tool called iDos, an open source DOSBox-like app to install the OS. He found that most of it worked fine but he was unable to upgrade to Windows XP. And we can assume he was also able to… Read More

  • More Dark Markets Shut As Authorities Lead Crackdown

    More Dark Markets Shut As Authorities Lead Crackdown

    The UK National Crime Agency has posted a notice describing a series of six arrests that coincided with the takedown of the Silk Road 2.0. Authorities have also taken down two other dark markets, Hydra and Cloud 9, both hidden on the TOR network. The six people arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs were a 20-year-old man from Liverpool city centre, a… Read More

  • We Need Your Hardware Battlefield Submissions Right Now

    We Need Your Hardware Battlefield Submissions Right Now

    Look, people, we’re giving you the chance of a lifetime here: this is Hardware Battlefield where participating startups getting free exhibition space at the 2015 International CES and competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy. For the first time, TechCrunch has partnered with the CEA to be an official media partner of the tradeshow. This means companies selected to… Read More

  • Biorobotic Roaches Can Use Microphones To Search Rubble For Survivors

    Biorobotic Roaches Can Use Microphones To Search Rubble For Survivors

    Another day, another insectobot connected to a small, audio-sensing cyborg harness. Two researchers at the North Carolina State University, Dr. Alper Bozkurt and Matt Shipman, have mounted a small circuit board to a live cockroach and connected leads to the bug’s brain. By playing special tones, the board can trick the cockroach into moving left or right, essentially turning the bug into… Read More

  • Insecam Displays Unsecured Webcams From Around The World

    Insecam Displays Unsecured Webcams From Around The World

    An odd site called Insecam purports to display 73,000 unsecured webcams from around the world, most of them CCTV and simple IP cameras. All of the cameras have two things in common – they’re streaming on publicly accessible network ports and they are still using the default passwords, thereby allowing anyone with a web-crawling robot and the wherewithal to type admin/admin to… Read More

  • Former Space X Employee Arrested For Alleged Silk Road 2.0 Involvement

    Former Space X Employee Arrested For Alleged Silk Road 2.0 Involvement

    The alleged operator of the Silk Road 2.0, Blake Benthall, has been arrested by the FBI in San Francisco after federal agents shut down the site on Wednesday. The site was a copy of the original Silk Road, a secure black market site allegedly run by Ross Ulbricht. The FBI announced the arrest on its New York Twitter feed. Read More

  • This Portable Raspberry Pi Console Will Bring Back The Arcade Games Of Your Misspent Youth

    This Portable Raspberry Pi Console Will Bring Back The Arcade Games Of Your Misspent Youth

    The eNcade hopes to capitalize on your misplaced nostalgia. Essentially a Raspberry Pi inside a cute case, the portable console promises to add online multi-player to classic games, thereby allowing you to Joust with players around the world or Mario Brothers your friends across town. The console is 3D printed and contains a fully assembled Pi with arcade inputs. Anyone can build one of… Read More

  • A New Bullet Can Make 3D-Printed Guns A Reality

    A New Bullet Can Make 3D-Printed Guns A Reality

    3D printed guns aren’t very compelling right now. Because of the vagaries of plastic and the methods used to manufacture weapons like the Liberator, your gun can turn itself into a hand grenade if you’re not careful. But engineer Michael Crumling might have a solution. Read More

  • Researchers Send Robotic Penguin Babies In To Monitor Real Penguins

    Researchers Send Robotic Penguin Babies In To Monitor Real Penguins

    As we approach the coming AI singularity, it will be important for the robots to move among us to track us undetected. If this article in Nature Methods is any indication, they will do this by dressing up a small four-wheeled rover as a facsimile of a baby George Clooney and, as paparazzi snap away, the robot will tag us using RFID chips and carry some of us away for study. That’s all in… Read More

  • Limdesk Is A Customer Support Center In A Box

    Limdesk Is A Customer Support Center In A Box

    Okay, not really in a box because that would be cruel to the support personnel but still putting customer support people in boxes would probably be more efficient if you put some holes in the box and fed them. But that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about Limdesk.com. Based in Poland, the software allows you to create a simple client-management system… Read More

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