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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  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple Watch, Pebble Time, Moto E, And Galaxy S6 Leaks!

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple Watch, Pebble Time, Moto E, And Galaxy S6 Leaks!

    It’s been a busy week. Apple sent out invitations to its Apple Watch event on March 9, and Pebble released its next-gen watch on Kickstarter and raised more than $6 million in half a day. Meanwhile, Motorola released the Moto E smartphone, and photos of the Samsung Galaxy S6 reportedly leaked this week. 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

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Blockchain Or Bitcoin?

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Blockchain Or Bitcoin?

    Hello and welcome back to another edition of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s very own bitcoin podcast hosted by your humble servant and John Biggs. This week week we chewed over the importance of both bitcoin and the blockchain, and how they are more linked than some people seem to wish. You can’t mine for free after all. Read More

  • Join Us For Hardware Alley In New York, Won’t You?

    Join Us For Hardware Alley In New York, Won’t You?

    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 funders 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 to May 6 and will be held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. It’s an amazing… Read More

  • We Need Your Disrupt NY Battlefield Submissions Right Now!

    We Need Your Disrupt NY Battlefield Submissions Right Now!

    Disrupt NY will be here in no time, and you know what that means. You should probably get started on Disrupt NY Battlefield applications. We’re about to close submissions so we want you to be able to get your application in ASAP. For those of you who don’t yet know, the Startup Battlefield is a world-renowned startup competition. It’s like the Gymnastics portion of the… Read More

  • Are You Ready For The Barcelona Meetup?

    Are You Ready For The Barcelona Meetup?

    We’re less than a week away from the Pitch-Off in Barcelona and we’re excited to see you. 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. Special dispensations may be made if you contact us but I doubt we can help. If you didn’t make pitch-off the cut… Read More

  • The Spark Electron Adds Cellular Data To Your DIY Projects

    The Spark Electron Adds Cellular Data To Your DIY Projects

    Spark has grown from a gleam in the eye of CEO Zach Supalla to a fully baked prototyping platform. These tiny boards allow you to make programmable Wi-Fi-enabled systems with a few lines of code and a few electronic connections. But Supalla wants to give you more. The company has just announced the Spark Electron, a cellular-data enabled version of the Spark. It comes in 2G and 3G options with… Read More

  • StopLift Watches You At The Self-Checkout

    StopLift Watches You At The Self-Checkout

    If you’ve ever, say, robbed a Whole Foods and written about it, you may want to think twice about trying it again. Malay Kundu’s service StopLift is watching. StopLift is one of those ideas that makes perfect sense and also makes you wonder if you’re being watched. A combination camera/image detection system, it watches self- and staffed checkout systems for signs of theft… Read More

  • MakerBot CEO Moves Into Leadership Role At Parent Company Stratasys

    MakerBot CEO Moves Into Leadership Role At Parent Company Stratasys

    More juggling at MakerBot as current CEO Jenny Lawton moves to Stratasys to become executive vice president Special Projects, a leadership role inside the 3D printer company’s parent. Lawton, who took over from founding CEO Bre Pettis last August, sees the move as an opportunity to take a “strategic global position” in the parent company. “It’s a real opportunity… Read More

  • NVBOTS Wants To Make 3D Printers As Easy As Toasters

    NVBOTS Wants To Make 3D Printers As Easy As Toasters

    Right now 3D printing curriculums, if they exist, are fairly sparse. Putting a two thousand dollar machine in front of a grade schooler usually ends up in a lot of 3D printed Yoda heads and not much education while the learning curve for most 3D design tools is steep. That’s what the founders of NVBOTS, AJ Perez, Forrest Pieper, Christopher Haid, and Mateo Peña Doll, are looking to… Read More

  • Here Are The Pitch-Off Contestants For Our TC Barcelona Meetup

    Here Are The Pitch-Off Contestants For Our TC Barcelona Meetup

    I’d like to announce the pitch-off entrants for our event in Barcelona next week. They are a group of interesting Euro startups with the chops needed to make it globally. If you didn’t make the cut, do not fear: just find us at the event and tell us a little about your startup. We’re happy to take cards and follow up. Contestants will have two minutes to pitch and four minutes… Read More

  • Urgent.ly Is Uber For When Your Ride Breaks Down

    Urgent.ly Is Uber For When Your Ride Breaks Down

    When you break down, the assumption is that you need help urgent.ly. That’s why Urgent.ly exists. This on-demand roadside assistance app aims to be the Uber of what happens if your car can’t be used as an Uber anymore. Founded by Chris Spanos, Surendra Goel, and Luke Kathol, the service allows you to pinpoint your location and request help. Spanos, who worked as a GM of Repair.com… Read More

  • Announcing TechCrunch’s Blockbuster 2015 Events

    Announcing TechCrunch’s Blockbuster 2015 Events

    TechCrunch’s many events are famous (and sometimes infamous) and we want you to join us as we travel the globe to bring you insightful, fun, and valuable experiences. We have events for all comers including our meetups where you can network and see great new companies, the August Capital party where SF goes to sweat in the sun and do deals, and Disrupt where it all happens and legends… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Phorm, Samsung’s Eavesdropping TV, And Xiaomi

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Phorm, Samsung’s Eavesdropping TV, And Xiaomi

    This week, we saw a new iPad case that creates physical buttons at the flip of a switch, a TV that listens in on your conversations, and heard that Xiaomi is planning its entry into the States. It’s been hectic to say the least. Read More

  • Journalist David Carr Dead At 58

    Journalist David Carr Dead At 58

    David Carr was a scarecrow of a man, wiry and sharp, his eyes bright and a smile bubbling up here and there when he knew he was right or when he was proud of you. Those who were subjects of his anger wouldn’t soon forget him, however. In one notable exchange with the editors of Vice magazine he sat patiently as co-creator Shane Smith bad-mouthed Carr’s home since 2002, the New… Read More

  • The Fitbit Charge HR Brings Back The Basics

    The Fitbit Charge HR Brings Back The Basics

    As a longtime lover of all things Fitbit, I’ve missed the good old days. The bright, readable displays and the little tidbits like a slowly growing flower to indicate progress were a real joy back in 2008 when the company launched onstage at Disrupt. Now, seven years later, after multiple styles and sizes, after the launch of the diminutive Flex and the odd Zip, we come to the Charge… Read More

  • Quantum of the Seas | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Inside The IT Room Of A High-Tech Cruise Ship

    In order to prevent electrical fires, cables on a ship can’t be spliced. This means that a cable that starts at one end of the massive Quantum Of The Seas, Royal Caribbean’s latest pleasure ship, has to be over 1,139 feet long to reach the other end. That’s a lot of cable and it’s a lot of cable management. Welcome to the world of on-ship IT, a discipline with its… Read More

  • Join Us In Barcelona During MWC

    Join Us In Barcelona During MWC

    Here we go! We’ve finalized the event space, have collected some great sponsors, and we’re ready to rumble. But you’d best hurry because tickets are almost out and when we hit 200 we’re not going to add any more. We’ll see you in Barcelona! Here’s what’s up: we’re holding a Meetup and Pitch-off in Barcelona on March 3rd and we want you there. Read More

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