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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs). 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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  • Study: Music Is The Food Of Love

    Study: Music Is The Food Of Love

    In what is probably one of the most unique studies involving iBeacons, music, and sex anyone has ever done, a researcher (in connection with Apple Music and Sonos) has found that music in the home increases togetherness, closer “proximity,” and leads to 67% more sex worldwide. Now before you say “Hey, this is just Apple and Sonos trying to sell us product” understand… Read More

  • The Trashbot Will Eat And Sort Your Garbage

    The Trashbot Will Eat And Sort Your Garbage

    Robots need excitement. If their lives don’t provide instead they’ll incite violence. Common sense. Simple common sense. But robots also need trash. That’s why the Trashbot is so cool. This robotic trash can will automatically sort all of your garbage, pitching metals into one can and non-recyclables into another. The project is still in its relative infancy but… Read More

  • This Psycho-Pass Dominator Replica Switches Battle Modes Like Wow

    This Psycho-Pass Dominator Replica Switches Battle Modes Like Wow

    While I am not a huge fan of anime – I stopped at Akira and never picked it back up – I can appreciate attention to detail and true proplica badassery when I see it. And so we present the Dominator from Psycho-Pass, a quick-converting replica gun that moves from “paralyzer” to “eliminator” mode. It also connects to your smartphone for some added fun… Read More

  • Hamster Pad Helps You Find Cool Slack Communities

    Hamster Pad Helps You Find Cool Slack Communities

    Are you a Slovenian web dev? A French iOS programmer? A sad person in need of friends? Get thee to the Hamster Pad. This new site Matt Schlicht and his buddy Adam McKenna aggregates hundreds of Slack communities, from programming-centric rooms to rooms for writers. “Nothing like Hamster Pad exists right now. We have literally taken the Slack API and started to create an entire social… Read More

  • iRobot Has Sold Its Defense And Security Business

    iRobot Has Sold Its Defense And Security Business

    In an effort to divest itself of the defense and security market, iRobot has sold its D&S assets to form another company dedicated to all things military. The new company is led by CEO Sean Bielat, a former Marine officer. From the release: The iRobot Defense & Security (D&S) organization is excited to announce that it will become a standalone, privately held Robotics… Read More

  • Mast Mobile, The Mullet Of Carriers, Offers Business Up Front And A Party In The Back

    Mast Mobile, The Mullet Of Carriers, Offers Business Up Front And A Party In The Back

    Once, long ago, my personal phone number became my business phone number. The result? I now get business calls all day long and no one I know calls me just to chat. This could be an issue between myself and my diminishing circle of friends but it could also be a solution for Mast Mobile. This new carrier, powered by Virgin Mobile USA, lets you have two phone numbers on one phone. Callers to… Read More

  • This Semi-Automatic Gun Is “95 Percent” 3D Printed

    This Semi-Automatic Gun Is “95 Percent” 3D Printed

    Another day, another 3D-printed gun. This one comes to us from a carpenter from West Virginia who calls himself Derwood. His gun is “95 percent” 3D printed which means the important bits – springs, firing pins, etc. – are handmade or repurposed (the barrel comes from a Glock) while the stock, magazine, and upper and lower receivers are printed on a Fusion F306 3D… Read More

  • Crypter Encrypts Your Facebook Chats For Maximum Security

    Crypter Encrypts Your Facebook Chats For Maximum Security

    Imagine you’re Edward Snowden with a Facebook profile. You text an ace reporter at the Guardian and have a new bit of information to share: you totally found a great new coffee place in the heart of Moscow where the CIA can’t poison you with thallium. How do you send that news securely over Facebook Messenger? Crypter is the answer. Created by a Max Mitchell, a student at… Read More

  • Das Keyboard Releases New Gaming Hardware For AWSD Jockeys

    Das Keyboard Releases New Gaming Hardware For AWSD Jockeys

    Das Keyboard, makers of super-clicky, super-heavy keyboards for hacker ninja warriors has announced a new line of keyboards and mice for the gaming set. Called Division Zero, the new X40 keyboard has a metal top panel, LED-lit keys, and new gold-plated switch contacts. The top panel is removable and replaceable and n-key rollover for maximum badassery. They’ve also launched an M50 mouse… Read More

  • This Roving Robot Makes Its Own Martian Landing Pad

    This Roving Robot Makes Its Own Martian Landing Pad

    Robots will soon be heading into space before us in order to feel things out, prepare living spaces, and set up booze delivery services. But first we have to land on the planet in question which is where PISCES Helelani shines. This rover is designed to land on a planet and prepare a surface for future rockets to alight. The rover, which includes a shovel and robotic arm, can clear a patch of… Read More

  • Motorola’s 360 Sport Lets You Swipe While You Sweat

    Motorola’s 360 Sport Lets You Swipe While You Sweat

    In the slow march towards smarter everything, one specific space has been tough to take on: sports watches. No matter what anyone tells you, a very basic, very usable Garmin or Fitbit still beats smartwatches by a mile for usability and accuracy. However, products like the Motorola 360 Sport are quickly catching up. First the bad news: this isn’t quite the sports watch you’re… Read More

  • Startup Step-By-Step: Raising

    Startup Step-By-Step: Raising

    I’m taking a last look around the room. It’s five in the morning and the black car is idling outside. The driver has already called me and I quietly whispered that I was coming down. My wife, my long-limbed and tangled in sheets, is asleep. In the small light on my bedside table I see her settle into the warm place where I just was and I wish I could lie back down to… Read More

  • Let’s Meet In Pittsburgh Tomorrow

    Let’s Meet In Pittsburgh Tomorrow

    I will be in Pittsburgh tomorrow for Quit Yer Pitching’, pitch-off in the heart of Iron City. I’d like to see yuns there. As a CMU grad Pittsburgh is near and dear to my heart. From the O to the Beehive (RIP) some of my formative years were spent in a stupor of coffee and fat. I want to see what you guys are up to in PGH and want to eat some Primanti Brothers, in that order. You… Read More

  • Don’t Worry: You Can’t 3D Print A Machine Gun

    Don’t Worry: You Can’t 3D Print A Machine Gun

    Prepare yourself for an onslaught media panic because the Ghost Gunner, essentially a kit that lets you print your own AR-15 lower receiver, is ready to ship and getting press attention again. The Ghost Gunner comes to us from Defense Distributed, the creator of the first 3D-printed gun. Here’s the truth: the Ghost Gunner is not a gun. It is not even part of a gun. It is essentially a… Read More

  • Study Finds Social Media Leads To Sleep Disturbance

    Study Finds Social Media Leads To Sleep Disturbance

    Just when you thought it was safe to click on that funny Facebook video of an aardvark carrying a shovel to dig a hole under a cinderblock wall while a pair of Peruvian flute-players cavort in green onesies, researchers at the University Of Pittsburgh have found that social media wreaks havoc on your sleep patterns. The bottom line? “Young adults who spend a lot of time on social… Read More

  • iAllocate Is A Robot That Helps You Invest Your Cash

    iAllocate Is A Robot That Helps You Invest Your Cash

    Robots are everywhere. They help lawyers make decisions, they sweep up after our parties, and now they can help you figure out how to invest your money. In fact, an Atlanta-based company called iAllocate is using artificial intelligence to suggest where you should be stashing your millions. “Currently, iAllocate.me provides investors of all levels a DIY set of tools to not only… Read More

  • Gravit Lets You Illustrate In Your Abode Or On The Road

    Gravit Lets You Illustrate In Your Abode Or On The Road

    There have been plenty of tools around that replace powerful photo editors but very few that replace tools like Illustrator. Sure you can fake it but what if you want truly unique designs like the one above? Pretty tough. Gravit is a design tool that resides deep within the cloud and lets you create documents, advertisements, and illustrations within your browser. Created by Alexander Adam… Read More

  • Leica Introduces A New Underwater Camera

    Leica Introduces A New Underwater Camera

    Just in time for underwater basket-weaving season Leica has introduced the Leica X-U, a rugged, waterproof camera that records full HD video. The camera has a 16.5-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and fixed Leica Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH lens. It has a fast maximum aperture of f/1.7 for selective focusing and you can add an underwater filter to keep the lens and camera dry while rolling in the deep. Read More

  • Join Me In Pittsburgh Next Week For Quit Yer Pitchin’

    Join Me In Pittsburgh Next Week For Quit Yer Pitchin’

    The folks at #spkpgh have invited me to judge a pitch-off in Pittsburgh on January 28 and I’d like to see yuns there. As a CMU grad Pittsburgh is near and dear to my heart. From the O to the Beehive (RIP) some of my formative years were spent in a stupor of coffee and fat. I want to see what you guys are up to in PGH and want to eat some Primanti Brothers, in that order. You can get… Read More

  • Atlas, The Humanoid Robot, Could Become Your Android Butler

    Atlas, The Humanoid Robot, Could Become Your Android Butler

    Here’s to good old Atlas, the walking humanoid robot. He walks, he runs, he carries heavy loads and now – as part of a calibration program – he can do chores around the house. This video shows the team at IHMC Robotics running calibration tests on Atlas. These tests let the operators understand how he moves in the world and what they need to do to tweak his motions. For… Read More

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