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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  • Radio Shack Still Owes Makers Money

    Radio Shack Still Owes Makers Money

    After a brief – but energetic – flirtation with hardware startups, Radio Shack went bankrupt, leaving many creditors in the cold. The hardest hit? Those same hardware startups. According to an open database of creditors, Radio Shack owes the likes of Afinia, Parallax, and LittleBits thousands of dollars. Seeed Studio is owed the most: $806,051.63
    Maker Media (MAKE Magazine) is owed… Read More

  • Rumor Has It That Pebble Is On The Rocks Even With $18 Million In The Bank

    Rumor Has It That Pebble Is On The Rocks Even With $18 Million In The Bank

    Smartwatch maker Pebble seems to be in some trouble. According to sources close to the company, the company is having trouble maintaining its growth and has turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit. Valley VCs have been turning down the company’s requests for new capital. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky offered no comment. The company, which… Read More

  • Makers: Pitch At Make It In Brooklyn In June, Gain Fortune And Glory

    Makers: Pitch At Make It In Brooklyn In June, Gain Fortune And Glory

    Everyone knows that Brooklyn is where it’s at (because I happen to live there) but did you know it’s also home to some amazing makers? We want to feature some of these fearless creators at Make It In Brooklyn event on June 25 and we want you to pitch. Five finalists in the Tech and Maker category will be chosen – think of Tech as apps and services and Maker as hardware… Read More

  • The Light Phone Is The Anti-Smartphone

    The Light Phone Is The Anti-Smartphone

    The Light Phone is the opposite of every other phone in existence. It is thin, light, lasts 20 days on a charge, and literally does nothing but make and answer calls. It’s as if the makers of the Sports Illustrated Football Phone had studied the timeless teachings of William Walker Atkinson and created a telephone that was the platonic ideal of the ultimate telecommunication device. The… Read More

  • Bocusini Will 3D Print Your Food Like A Fine Robotic Pastry Chef

    Bocusini Will 3D Print Your Food Like A Fine Robotic Pastry Chef

    Soon we will all walk into a weird, unstaffed restaurant called Casa Automa where robots will grill burgers and serve you perfectly-shaped marzipan treats and write your name on a frosted cake so delicate that you don’t want to eat it. After all, we are quickly entering a world of entry-level 3D food printers like the Bocusini. The Bocusini won’t print you a burger. Instead, think… Read More

  • Why I’m Still Wearing My Apple Watch

    Why I’m Still Wearing My Apple Watch

    As TechCrunch’s resident watch nerd, I have been asked many times if I’m swapping my Omegas and Seikos and JLCs for the Apple Watch. And I have. I honestly have. I’ve worn the Apple Watch every day since I got it and I don’t know when I’m going to strap on a mechanical next. It’s the saddest thing in the world for me to say but, after years of calling each… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Verizon On The Horizon

    This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Verizon On The Horizon

    Can you hear me now? Hopefully you can after a month of silence out of the TC Gadgets Podcast team. But freshly acquired by Verizon, we’re back and ready to chat. The deal, which is still subject to regulatory approval, is valued at $4.4 billion. I don’t want to ruin the surprise of the podcast, so I’ll just ask you to direct your attention to the player below. Check out… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Russia And Presidential Dreams

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Russia And Presidential Dreams

    It’s Friday, which means that your friends at TCBTC, the TechCrunch bitcoin podcast, are back with another heaping helping of all things bitcoin. Let’s bit! This week, John Biggs and I almost managed to say nothing that will annoy the faithful, but by the end of the episode that was no longer the case. We’re going to bring back our friend Lopp next week to dig into the… Read More

  • Spark.io Is Now Particle.io Because There Were Too Many Sparks

    Spark.io Is Now Particle.io Because There Were Too Many Sparks

    Zach Supalla, founder of Spark, has just announced they’ve changed their name to Particle. While this state of matter transfer from plasma to solid is uncommon in physics, this name change was necessitated by the fact that there were already plenty of companies – and tech products – named “spark.” “If you search ‘Spark’ on the USPTO’s… Read More

  • Jim Gaffigan Goes Digital, Gives Away First Episode Of His New Show Online

    Jim Gaffigan Goes Digital, Gives Away First Episode Of His New Show Online

    Comedian Jim Gaffigan has released the first episode of his new sitcom, the appropriately-named Jim Gaffigan Show. The show appears two months before it will be aired on television, an interesting move for the comedian and his channel, TV Land. The show is available for streaming but not download. Gaffigan followed Louis CK to the web when he released his recent specials as paid downloads and… Read More

  • Verizon Flaw Allowed Privileged Customer Access Through IP Spoofing

    Verizon Flaw Allowed Privileged Customer Access Through IP Spoofing

    Buzzfeed uncovered – and Verizon closed – a gaping security hole in Verizon’s customer service systems. The exploit was based on Verizon’s seemingly unprotected customer information page that appeared when users visited a certain website from an IP address familiar to Verizon’s servers. This meant that someone with knowledge of a customer’s IP address… Read More

  • MashMe Turns You Into An Animated Character Automagically

    MashMe Turns You Into An Animated Character Automagically

    Have you ever wanted to be a dinosaur? A female (??) robot? A kitten woman? Man, have you come to the right place. Croatian company MashMe wants to make your weird dreams come true. The company makes animation software that follows your movements and recreates them on the screen. The software will cost $10 and let you animate multiple characters including the aforementioned robot and dinosaur. Read More

  • Swarming Robots Can Now Follow Your Fingertips

    Swarming Robots Can Now Follow Your Fingertips

    Controlling large swarms of robots is hard, at least on a human scale. But what if you trained them to follow your finger – via a tablet – much like you’d train a swarm of cats to follow a laser pointer. Now you’re cooking with gas. Georgia Tech’s GRITS Lab has created a system for moving multiple independent robots around just by touching a screen. Wherever… Read More

  • Print Your Own Bust Of Edward Snowden

    Print Your Own Bust Of Edward Snowden

    Although police removed the original Edward Snowden bust from Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park, now you and your friends can print your own eight-inch Snowdens for placement nearly anywhere. The 3D file, available on Thingiverse, depicts a strong-jawed, pensive Snowden wearing his signature glasses. Read More

  • Top Five Verizon Commercials

    Top Five Verizon Commercials

    In honor of our recent joyous union, I present the top five Verizon commercials that I was able to find in about 10 minutes. It should be noted that I have never had Verizon service — mostly because they had awful international coverage for most of the decade. I also think I pissed off their PR person once a long time ago and I haven’t actively covered them since 2010 or so. Read More

  • Mosaic Offers Color 3D Printing Using An Ingenious Automatic Mixing System

    Mosaic Manufacturing made waves a few weeks ago with the launch of the Palette, a system for printing multi-colored 3D objects. We were lucky enough to hang out with the team in Montreal where they showed us their device in the flesh, proving that they probably have one of the most compelling color printing add-ons in the market. Read More

  • Rand Paul Appoints Bitcoin-Friendly Overstock CEO To Tech Counsel

    Rand Paul Appoints Bitcoin-Friendly Overstock CEO To Tech Counsel

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has appointed Overstock.com CEO Patrick Bryne to his tech counsel, a group that includes Michele Weslander Quaid of Google, and Brandon Hudgeons of Schoox and will help shape the presidential candidate’s tech platform. Read More

  • UK Print Book Sales Fall As Ebooks Rise

    UK Print Book Sales Fall As Ebooks Rise

    Although U.S. print sales have been steady, the UK Publishers Association is reporting a very interesting trend. Generally, print revenues dropped 5 percent to £2.7 billion and ebook revenues rose by 11 percent to £563 million. While ebooks still make up just a fraction of the books sold, it’s clear that ebooks are creeping up on print in a very real way. Read More

  • MysteryVibe Crescendo Is A Snake-Like Buzzy Thinger For Your Down-There Parts

    MysteryVibe Crescendo Is A Snake-Like Buzzy Thinger For Your Down-There Parts

    Stop reading now if you don’t want to hear about another super-cool flexible vibrator for the ladies. Go on. Try this post. It’s pretty innocuous. Everyone that’s left okay with a bit of the old fiddly diddly? Good. Read More

  • The CHIP Is A $9 Computer That Can Almost Do It All

    The CHIP Is A $9 Computer That Can Almost Do It All

    If you need a computer about the size of a credit card, look no further. The CHIP is a $9 single-board computer that runs Linux and can do just about anything you want it to… including play Quake. The board includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well as optional ports for VGA and HDMI monitors. On board you’ll find a 1GHz processor, 512 RAM, and 4GB of storage. You can install a light… Read More

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