John Biggs

Biggs is a contributor for TechCrunch. He 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).

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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  • Garmin releases its first luxury smartwatch, the Fenix Chronos

    Garmin releases its first luxury smartwatch, the Fenix Chronos

    Garmin has just announced the Fenix Chronos, an amazingly elegant smartwatch with all the features of their standard GPS exercise watches – the Vivoactve, for example – with a case and aesthetic that would be at home in a fine watch shop. That’s right: this is the first fancy smartwatch that you could wear in the boardroom, bedroom, and gym. Oh, and it costs $1,499.99 for… Read More

  • Anglr is Fitbit for fishing

    Anglr is Fitbit for fishing

    As an avid non-fisher it’s hard for me to quite grasp the depths of depravity associated with a fishing trip. Waking up at 4am? Swinging a pole at some water? Drinking beers all morning in a hot boat? Catching and eating a squirming live thing? Not for me. The folks at Anglr want to change my mind. Their product, the Anglr Tracker, is an activity tracker for fishing. You attach it to… Read More

  • Whisker sensors could control the robots of the future

    Whisker sensors could control the robots of the future

    Rats and other whiskered animals use senses that we don’t yet possess. In addition to being able to run mazes and lick our faces to confirm we aren’t covered in BBQ sauce, scientists have confirmed that some animals use their flowing front whiskers to sense wind position, a technique that could be used in future direction-sensing robots. A team of students working at… Read More

  • John Gruber and pals shut down Vesper, their syncing notes app for iOS

    John Gruber and pals shut down Vesper, their syncing notes app for iOS

    In what amounts to a very detailed and very heartfelt whitepaper on building and shutting down a business, John Gruber has written about shutting down Vesper, his iOS notes app and syncing service. Vesper was one of the most elegant and usable pieces of software I’ve used. Sadly, it was too easy to abandon once syncing came to nearly everything in iOS and, although the product had a… Read More

  • Postleaf is an open-source blogging platform for the design-conscious

    Postleaf is an open-source blogging platform for the design-conscious

    Content management systems are boring until you have to use one. You can install a little Drupal or WordPress, pick up some Squarespace, or just dump to Medium, the graveyard for posts about protein shakes and VC funding. But what if you could roll your own CMS? And what if you made it really cool? That’s what Cory LaViska did. LaViska is the founder of SurrealCMS and has been making it… Read More

  • It’s time to strap on your Skeletonized Androgyne Royale

    It’s time to strap on your Skeletonized Androgyne Royale

    Something meets boy, and something meets girl and they both look the same and they’re overjoyed in this world. But how much more overjoyed would they be if they could on a Skeletonized Androgyne Royale from Manufacture Royale? This wild watch costs a mere $61,000 and might be good for your father but not for your dad. What is this monster, exactly? Basically it is a… Read More

  • Happy 25th birthday, Linux

    Happy 25th birthday, Linux

    Linux will turn 25 years old on August 25, the day Linus Torvalds sent out his fateful message asking for help with a new operating system. “I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike… Read More

  • Roll your own business cards with this 3D-printed embosser

    Roll your own business cards with this 3D-printed embosser

    While we all know the best business cards are printed on bone paper with lettering in Silian Rail, the second best business cards are the ones you roll yourself right in front of your intended recipient. This wild 3D printed card roller lets you do just that. Built by maker Paul Myers, the embosser rolls paper between two 3D-printed tubes to press a design onto the card. You can take a look… Read More

  • New lithium metal tech can create ultralight car batteries and thinner phones

    New lithium metal tech can create ultralight car batteries and thinner phones

    Soon cars, drones, phones, and almost anything with a battery are about to get a boost from a new MIT spin-out, SolidEnergy Systems. The company promises to double the battery life of basic lithium ion batteries and will also offer smaller batteries with the power of bigger cells. Why is this technology important? Because it is better than current battery tech and can maintain an energy… Read More

  • The Megaprocessor is an awe-inspiring multi-ton CPU project

    The Megaprocessor is an awe-inspiring multi-ton CPU project

    What did you do this summer? A few outdoor concerts, maybe some grilling. But did you complete a room-sized 40,000 transistor CPU made entirely by hand? Didn’t think so. James Newman wanted to create a CPU that students could use to learn about computing. He realized he needed to use transistors, but instead of embedding thousands of them into a chunk of silicon, he hand-wired… Read More

  • Goodbye, Gawker

    Goodbye, Gawker

    While the fate of Gawker is still unclear – last-minute Hail Mary media saves are the norm when it comes to online properties (even if it does gut the site) – what is clear is that Gawker as we once knew it is dead. The current staff probably won’t stick around only to fall under some less beneficent ruler and Univision doesn’t want what is perceived as a hive of snark… Read More

  • GOAT legs will let future robots handle rough terrain with ease

    GOAT legs will let future robots handle rough terrain with ease

    A Master’s Thesis by CMU’s
    Simon Kalouche posits a new form of robotic leg, one designed for maximum range of motion and, more importantly, an easily control method for force reduction. In other words, this is the kind of leg you want on your robot when you send it to Mars. GOAT stands for Gearless Omni-directional Acceleration-vectoring Topology and uses a single motor and… Read More

  • Strangify your life with the Stranger Things title generator

    Strangify your life with the Stranger Things title generator

    The meme of the moment is here and it’s pretty creepy. As our own Romain Dillet points out the title artistry for the Netflix series Stranger Things is surprisingly beautiful and compelling. Now the good folks at design studio Nelson Cash are letting make our own. While many of the titles I’ve seen so far aren’t very scary it’s still fun to make the thing say funny… Read More

  • Everything you need to know about the NSA hack (but were afraid to Google)

    Everything you need to know about the NSA hack (but were afraid to Google)

    In what Edward Snowden deems “not unprecedented” hackers calling themselves the Shadow Brokers have collected NSA-created malware from a staging server run by the
    Equation Group, an internal hacking team. The Shadow Brokers published two chunks of data, one “open” chunk and another encrypted file containing the “best files” that they will sell for at least… Read More

  • Naborly lets landlords screen tenants automagically

    Naborly lets landlords screen tenants automagically

    Picture this: you own a nice building in San Francisco and you want to rent to some good old-fashioned salt-of-the-earth folks for not much money. I realize this is a fantasy but play along. How do you confirm the tenants you bring in are not a bunch of deadbeats? Naborly has some ideas. The startup, founded by Dylan Lenz, Zeke Kan, and Anastasia Fox from the University of British Columbia… Read More

  • Watch manufacturer Sinn loses its mind with a hybrid mechanical/Apple Watch band

    Watch manufacturer Sinn loses its mind with a hybrid mechanical/Apple Watch band

    As we approach the coming mechanical watch apocalypse strange things will begin happening. Dogs and cats shall live together. Beloved watch brands
    shall buy each other for no good reason. And storied and historical watchmakers will bow to the will of Cupertino. Behold, then the first horseman: it’s called the
    Sinn Dual Strap System and it consists of two strap halves. On one half you… Read More

  • The Onion Omega2 lets you add Linux to your hardware projects

    The Onion Omega2 lets you add Linux to your hardware projects

    Need a tiny, $5 computer to build a robot that will bring you your slippers, initiate a massage chair session, and pour out your daily dose of bourbon?
    The Onion Omega2 can do all that and more. This tiny board is Arduino-compatible but also runs Linux natively. This means you can plug it in and get a command line or access the system via a desktop-like web interface. It has Wi-Fi built in and… Read More

  • How Apple will convince us to love the dongle

    How Apple will convince us to love the dongle

    Hi, and welcome to my obligatory hot take on the nearly confirmed no-headphone-jack iPhones we’re about to see rolling out of Apple. I’m not an absolute fan of this idea, but we’ve seen this sort of behavior from Apple before — most notably the move from the 30-pin dock jack that probably caused a bit of an e-waste problem, forcing users and most notably hotels to… Read More

  • See you tonight in Columbus

    See you tonight in Columbus

    I’ll be in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, August 10, to hold a night of pitches and open mic shenanigans so bring your guitar and pitching shoes. The event will be at O’Toole’s 4796 W Broad St, right off I-270. We’ll start at 7 p.m. sharp with pitches, so get there after work. And at 8pm or so we’ll have an open stage with live music – I’m going to… Read More

  • Chaos Monkeys is this year’s best non-business book about business

    Chaos Monkeys is this year’s best non-business book about business

    Chaos Monkeys, written by former Facebooker and current houseboater Antonio Garcia Martinez, is a book about the human side of the Valley. Rich in anecdote, detail, and memory, it tells the story of a little startup sailing between the twin tankers of Twitter and Facebook and, in the end, floundering for a moment before being swept up in their wake. It’s a book every founder should read… Read More

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