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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  • The ToneWoodAmp Blows Amplified Sound Out Of Your Guitar’s Sound Hole

    The ToneWoodAmp Blows Amplified Sound Out Of Your Guitar’s Sound Hole

    Are you ready to amp up your acoustic guitar to the MAXXXX? The ToneWoodAmp has got you covered. This surprisingly cool Kickstarter project is essentially a speaker that takes the sound coming in from your acoustic guitar, modifies it, and then reproduces it automatically so you can hear it out of the guitar body. It’s great for folks who might not have access to effects pedals or a… Read More

  • Doctors Can Now Successfully 3D Print A Knee Joint

    Doctors Can Now Successfully 3D Print A Knee Joint

    While this footage isn’t as exciting as I’d like it to be – I’d really prefer a big old gross close-up of a splayed knee joint – what it represents is pretty wonderful. Essentially, doctors at the Columbia University Medical Center have been able to print a knee meniscus using a degradable plastic scaffold and a protein growth system. The body then subsumes… Read More

  • Bonobos | TechCrunch Makers

    TechCrunch Makers: Bonobos Headquarters Ramps Up For The Holidays

    When I first approached Bonobos for an episode of TC Makers I was convinced I’d be able to visit a huge warehouse at the edge of town where a gaggle of monkeys was sewing together travel jeans and hipster flannel. Instead, I was invited into a relatively small New York office where designers, web folks, and customer service representatives were working on selling clothing on the… Read More

  • Indiegogo Life Helps You Fund Good Deeds

    Indiegogo Life Helps You Fund Good Deeds

    Indiegogo has launched a new service called Indiegogo Life, a free, eight-click process for funding life events like weddings and birthdays and for raising money for individuals. The company is careful to note that this is not a system for charities but for people who want to buy a present for a mutual friend or privately help out a family in need. “We’ve always been open to… Read More

  • Spanish Newspapers Want Google News Back

    Spanish Newspapers Want Google News Back

    The Internet is like a delicate rainforest ecosystem. You remove one player and the rest suffer and die. That happened in Spain this week when the government there began cracking down on Google. The Spanish government is requiring the company to pay Spanish news providers every time their content appears on the site. The search giant will shut down Google News there in response and no content… Read More

  • The Founder’s Guide To Email Security

    The Founder’s Guide To Email Security

    With the horror of the Sony Pictures breach unfolding in slow motion before us, we are reminded that operational security – OpSec – is absolutely key at any company. Whether or not you traffic in high-value data, the expectation that your servers are secure enough and that your data is worthless is foolhardy. You will be compromised and it will hurt. Read More

  • Analysts Claim Teens Still Prefer Print Books

    Analysts Claim Teens Still Prefer Print Books

    In a flawed bit of analysis, Nielsen researchers are claiming that e-book adoption is slow among teens, an interesting finding if it were actually true. Read More

  • SendVid Makes It Easy To Upload And Send Video

    SendVid Makes It Easy To Upload And Send Video

    The folks that brought you Shared a few years ago are at it again. This time they’re trying to make it easy to share video. Called SendVid, the new service is as simple as can be. You upload a video and then share it. End of story. Want to edit it? Want to add a filter? Want to add a soundtrack? Go somewhere else, bub. Read More

  • Convoy! The Fueloyal Is A Smart Fuel Cap For Truckers

    Convoy! The Fueloyal Is A Smart Fuel Cap For Truckers

    Breaker breaker 10-4 good buddy. We got Fueloyal on your tail coming up off the exit. This robotic fuel cap essentially keeps track of the fuel poured into your vehicle independently of the truck itself and lets fleet owners ensure they no one is stealing the fuel poured into their 18-wheelers. Called the iCap 1000, the system fits into your Class-A truck gashole and tracks the gallons poured. Read More

  • The da Vinci 1.0 AiO Is The Future Of All-In-One 3D Printers

    The da Vinci 1.0 AiO Is The Future Of All-In-One 3D Printers

    As we enter the second half of this, the Decade of 3D Printing, we are coming to a crossroads. On one hand the Rebel open source RepRap crowd are clamoring to keep 3D printing free, man, while the Imperial forces of 3D Systems and Stratasys – along with countless imitators all attempting to commercialize 3D printing and create the first popular home printer – are locked in a race… Read More

  • New “Shingled” Hard Drives Hold Terabytes For Pennies A Gig

    New “Shingled” Hard Drives Hold Terabytes For Pennies A Gig

    While the last time most of us thought of shingles was when we were itchy in eighth grade, Seagate has been thinking of them as a way to store data. Called Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) Drives, Seagate’s new drives can store 8 terabytes of data for about 3 cents a gigabyte. Read More

  • Whose Your Landlord Checks Out Your Place For You Before You Rent It

    Whose Your Landlord Checks Out Your Place For You Before You Rent It

    Ofo Ezeugwu wants you to like your landlord. His new start-up, Whose Your Landlord (he explains about the Whose vs. Who’s here), rates landlords, allowing you to ensure you don’t get a stinker when you sign your rental contract. Ezeugwu, who went to Temple University and is an “actor and model, & former licensed life, accident, and health insurance producer,” hopes… Read More

  • Ralph Baer, The Grandfather Of Gaming, Dead At 92

    Ralph Baer, The Grandfather Of Gaming, Dead At 92

    On weekends, my basement could be considered a shrine and church to Ralph Baer. It is there that my children congregate and play video games for hours, a pastime now as familiar as gathering around an open flame was to our early forbears. Ralph Baer, who died on December 6 at the age of 92, lit a thousand digital fires in a thousand cozy living rooms. He was the grandfather of gaming. A… Read More

  • Forget Mistletoe Drones, These Inventory Drones Are Where It’s At

    Forget Mistletoe Drones, These Inventory Drones Are Where It’s At

    Let Amazon have its scuttling crab-like robots that can move entire shelves – a German company is working on an inventory management system that will fly around warehouses and confirm whether items are in stock. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics has created a sort of mobile antenna that can move through a warehouse and ping RFID tags (or read barcodes) on… Read More

  • Researchers Create Shapes In The Air Using Ultrasound

    Researchers Create Shapes In The Air Using Ultrasound

    When you give a mouse a VR headset he’s going to ask for some haptics to go with it. To that end, researchers at the University of Bristol have created a system for projecting invisible “shapes” in the air using ultrasound. When your hand enters a sphere, for example, you feel the edges and the contours of it and, in the case of multiple objects, the contours and spaces… Read More

  • Print Your Own Crossguard Lightsaber

    Print Your Own Crossguard Lightsaber

    Star Wars fans rejoice: you can now print your own lightsaber on your 3D printer and even design your own crossguard saber just like that one dude in the new movie. LeFabShop, a French 3D printing outfit, has created a set of files that can be used to print almost any type of lightsaber in any color. The Instructable they made is a great resource for Star Wars fans and includes handles… Read More

  • TGI Friday’s Mistletoe Drone Injures Photographer In Brooklyn

    TGI Friday’s Mistletoe Drone Injures Photographer In Brooklyn

    The following sentence has never been written in the history of human language: A mistletoe-toting drone flying in a crowded Sheepshead Bay TGI Friday’s restaurant cut a photographer’s face after it careened out of another reporter’s hand. The fact that I had to write this sentence is proof that marketing departments and drone operators need some time apart. You see, TGI… Read More

  • Comcast Makes It More And More Difficult To Opt-Out Of Internet Sharing

    Comcast Makes It More And More Difficult To Opt-Out Of Internet Sharing

    As we learned back in June, Comcast has decided to turn every cable router on its network into a public wi-fi access point. While this may sound like a good idea – free Internet for all Comcast subscribers everywhere is the goal – the reality clashes with the Internet user’s sense of freedom and control. And, unfortunately, Comcast is making it harder and harder to opt out… Read More

  • Kindle Needs A “Subscribe To Author” Button

    Kindle Needs A “Subscribe To Author” Button

    When Amazon launched the Kindle Unlimited service last July, the idea was that popular indie authors could use the service as a way to gather royalties and raise their author profiles in tandem. The all-you-can-eat reading service was supposed to help, not harm, authors. The opposite has been the case. After the launch of KU a number of prolific writers have seen sales drop precipitously. Read More

  • U.S. Marshals Complete Second Auction Of Silk Road Bitcoin

    U.S. Marshals Complete Second Auction Of Silk Road Bitcoin

    The U.S. Marshals Service has completed the second auction of bitcoin seized from the original Silk Road. The auction, consisting of 50,000 BTC, is the latest in a seized BTC sell-off that began in June. Read More

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