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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  • Welcome To The Age Of 4D Printers

    Welcome To The Age Of 4D Printers

    Welcome to Future World where the weird is commonplace! To wit: engineers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science have created a 4D printer. That doesn’t mean the printer outputs objects into the space-time continuum. Instead, it means they are building objects that can change based on the physics of the materials used. By extruding objects in multiple materials… Read More

  • Watch The First Donut In Space

    Watch The First Donut In Space

    It’s hard to believe that a month ago humans were unable to launch a donut into space. It was March 2015 and the world was in turmoil. Space travel was but a dream for even the richest pastry and we humans would never be able to grasp the concept of – let alone plan the injection of – a pastry in space. How things have changed. Benjamin and Alexander J√∂nsson are brothers… Read More

  • The UDOO Neo Adds More Power To The Ultimate DIY Board

    The UDOO Neo Adds More Power To The Ultimate DIY Board

    The original UDOO board was pretty amazing. A merging of Raspberry Pi and Arduino, the system let you run a tiny computer on a single board as well as control electronic projects. It was a very geeky little tool and proved to be quite popular. Well, the UDOO is back and it’s a lot better. The new UDOO Neo includes a Raspberry Pi, an Arduino board, a 9-axis sensor, magnetometer… Read More

  • The Couchlet Puts Your Power Where Your Posterior Is

    The Couchlet Puts Your Power Where Your Posterior Is

    Ready to get your mind blown? You better sit down. So Chris Hawker, creator of the Power Squid is back and he wants to put power… near your butt. His new product, the Couchlet, is a foldable USB power system that peeks up between your couch cushions or mattresses and lets you plug in while seated or lying down. I know, right? It costs $16. Heck, for a limited time it’s actually $16… Read More

  • Matternet To Test The First Real Drone Delivery System In Switzerland

    Matternet To Test The First Real Drone Delivery System In Switzerland

    The Swiss postal service, Swiss Post, is going to attempt drone deliveries for the first time ever using Matternet, a company working on perfecting drone-based delivery systems. The first tests will happen in Switzerland this summer as proof of concept to “to clarify the legal framework, consider local conditions and explore the technical and business capabilities of the… Read More

  • Winklevoss Twins, Activate! Join Them For A Chat About Bitcoin At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    Winklevoss Twins, Activate! Join Them For A Chat About Bitcoin At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    TechCrunch Disrupt NY is two weeks away and I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking with Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss on stage on May 6th at 12:20pm. The pair will talk to us about their bitcoin investments, their new bitcoin exchange, Gemini, and bitcoin regulation in New York and beyond. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are bitcoin bulls and VC investors in bitcoin-based companies. Read More

  • Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

    Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

    In the process of growth, startups change. They change from scrappy three-person operations to behemoths with new employees rolling in daily. They go on hiring sprees and the founders no longer know the people sitting at cubicles outside their offices. Bigger companies – Google and the like – start sniffing around. And those changes add up – going from 50 mph to lightspeed is… Read More

  • Robocoin, The Bitcoin ATM, Adds A Way To Send Cash Overseas

    Robocoin, The Bitcoin ATM, Adds A Way To Send Cash Overseas

    Remittances – sending cash overseas – has always been bitcoin‘s killer app. Now the guys at Robocoin have made it more killer. Their new product, called Romit, is basically a way to send cash through a Robocoin ATM to another ATM or merchant account at fees far lower than other remittance providers. Robocoin runs 20 ATMs around the world including systems in Hong Kong… Read More

  • New Plate System Lets You 3D Print Like It’s 1989

    New Plate System Lets You 3D Print Like It’s 1989

    If you’re of a certain age and certain technical predilection you’ll remember tractor-feed printers. These printers had little sprocketed wheels that pulled long rolls of paper through, ensuring you got beautiful dot-matrix prints every time. 3D printing is about to have its own 1989 moment, surprisingly, thanks to ECHOdrive. The ECHOdrive is vacuum system that moves a sheet… Read More

  • A Robot That Bought Drugs Online Is Now Free From Police Custody

    A Robot That Bought Drugs Online Is Now Free From Police Custody

    If that headline doesn’t make much sense, welcome to the 21st century when a program designed to automatically buy random items from illegal marketplaces can be arrested by Swiss police. As you’ll recall, Swiss police seized a program called Darknet Shopper, a bot that visited darknet markets and bought random items with bitcoin. Most of the items were mundane – counterfeit… Read More

  • Clickjackers: Inside The Strange New World Of Modern Spyware

    Clickjackers: Inside The Strange New World Of Modern Spyware

    On the surface, the extension (which is currently reading as malware according to most virus scanners and is effectively dead) brings up pop-ups as you browse. However, if you’re an affiliate marketer – essentially a website creator who makes money by sending customers to pages like booking.com or brazzers.com – you would find lots to hate about WeLikeTheWeb’s… Read More

  • Moscase Is Like Batman’s Utility Belt For Your iPhone

    Moscase Is Like Batman’s Utility Belt For Your iPhone

    The average phone case is basically a piece of plastic that protects your device when you drop it. But what if you could add modular features to your iPhone like a heart rate monitor, a grappling hook, or a backup battery? Now you can. Moscase comes to use from Hungary and is being crowdfunded to the tune of $150,000. The case protects your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and has a removable back. You… Read More

  • This DIY Raspberry Pi Laptop Is Perfect For Your Weekend Machinations

    This DIY Raspberry Pi Laptop Is Perfect For Your Weekend Machinations

    My favorite DIY projects are ones that an idiot like myself can do in a few days. To wit, this Raspberry Pi laptop that lets you create a portable computer with keyboard and mouse with only a few parts. The project uses the PiJuice battery module and a 5-inch TFT module. In this project you simply cut or print a case for the screen – this one uses laser cut wood – and an HDMI cable. Read More

  • This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

    This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

    Like the football phone or the Dick Tracy two-way wrist radio, humankind has always dreamt of melding two technologies together to create a synergistic improvement on our meager, exhausting existence. Today we have NailIO, a solution that adds a ray of light to our user interface needs by melding touchpads and thumbs. What is NailIO? It’s a wearable sensor that sits on your thumbnail. Read More

  • Soundbrenner Pulse Helps You Get Down To Your Own Sick Beat

    Soundbrenner Pulse Helps You Get Down To Your Own Sick Beat

    If you find yourself staying out too late with nothing in your brain, perhaps you could use the Soundbrenner Pulse. This haptic smartwatch won’t make calls or manage your calendar for you but it will buzz out time while playing a musical instrument, allowing you to stay on the beat while you’re wailing on the sax or burbling on your kazoo. The watch is, quite simply, a wearable… Read More

  • Join Us At The TC Pitch-Off In Budapest And Zagreb

    Join Us At The TC Pitch-Off In Budapest And Zagreb

    Ahoy, Hungary and Croatia, TC is in town and we’d love to see you. As part of Startup AddVenture, we’ll be holding a mini pitch-off in Budapest and Zagreb. We’ve been through this part of the world a few times but this time we’re giving away two tickets to Disrupt New York to the winners so you’ll want to take part. I will be in Budapest on April 18 starting at 9am… Read More

  • A Pair Of Robot Hands To Help In The Kitchen

    A Pair Of Robot Hands To Help In The Kitchen

    While robots have long been relegated to harsh environments like deserts and nuclear waste dumps, now they will hit the harshest environment of all: your kitchen. By using two robotic arms from a company called ShadowRobotics, a company called Moley has created a robotic chef that can chop, stir, saut√©, and serve. Created by Mark Oleynik, the robotic arms are programmed to precisely… Read More

  • New Treadmill Tech Will Make Your Run More Realistic

    New Treadmill Tech Will Make Your Run More Realistic

    A new technology from researchers at Ohio State allows runners to feel as if they are speeding up or slowing down naturally. The treadmill-based tech takes sonar readings of the user’s position on the belt and can tell when to crank things up or slow things down. Created by Steven T. Devor, associate professor of kinesiology, and former graduate student Cory Scheadler, the system… Read More

  • Home Automation System Seed Labs Launches Silvair Control To Make Your Lightbulbs Smart

    Home Automation System Seed Labs Launches Silvair Control To Make Your Lightbulbs Smart

    As our homes becoming increasingly wired (or unwired) it’s important for our teakettles to talk to our fridges and, potentially, for both to gang up on our vacuums. But how? They can now use something called the Silvair Control from Seed Labs. We last met up with Seed Labs last November when they showed me a working system to control electronics in the home using an open and very usable… Read More

  • Kaspersky Releases A CoinVault Ransomware Remover

    Kaspersky Releases A CoinVault Ransomware Remover

    Chalk one up for the good guys. Anti-virus maker Kaspersky has released an fix for those suffering from the CoinVault ransomware, a piece of software that encrypts your private files and decrypts them when you pay a certain amount of bitcoin to a random wallet. It’s a horrible piece of malware. Luckily the creators didn’t quite lock down their system properly and there is now plenty… Read More

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