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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  • Polish 3D printer company Zortrax lied about contract with Dell

    Polish 3D printer company Zortrax lied about contract with Dell

    Two years ago when the international 3D printing industry was still a much-contended space a small Polish company called Zortrax made waves – and raised capital – on the news that it had signed a contract with Dell for 5,000 3D printers. I reported the news in 2014 and researched the implications more deeply later that year and found little that might concern an investor or fan… Read More

  • Reminder: We’re meeting in Columbus on Wednesday

    Reminder: We’re meeting in Columbus on Wednesday

    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 pitch deck. 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 8 p.m. we’ll have an open stage with live music – I’m going to play with… Read More

  • Let’s meet in Columbus, Ohio, next week

    Let’s meet in Columbus, Ohio, next week

    This is going to be fun. I’ll be in Columbus, Ohio, next week, Wednesday, August 10, and I’ll be holding a night of pitches and open mic shenanigans so bring your guitar. 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 8 p.m. we’ll have an open stage with live… Read More

  • The new age of empathy

    The new age of empathy

    I’ve been rolling past videos on Facebook and Twitter for a while now, wondering why social media is so fascinated by puppies being saved from floods, babies hearing for the first time and grandmothers who have something sassy and wise to say about body acceptance. And, recently, I’ve come to realize what is going on. Whether it seems like it or not, we are entering a new age… Read More

  • BrightWork launches to bring easy web app building for front end folks

    BrightWork launches to bring easy web app building for front end folks

    Front end folks and back end folks just can’t get together. The back end folks are always like “Node.js” and the front end folks are like “Node what?” and then there’s a fight and someone gets the hose and it just turns into a big mess. BrightWork, a TechStars Chicago company, has a solution. Founded by former Twilio engineer Josh Carter and Nike developer… Read More

  • Talking the future of education with Convergent Media founder Rob Anderson

    Talking the future of education with Convergent Media founder Rob Anderson

    This week on Technotopia I talk to Rob Anderson, founder of Convergent Media Group and a former founding team member at MTV Russia. Anderson has some interesting ideas on education and the necessity for a true way to assess and hire based on personality types and skills. Anderson is constantly hiring for his media company and he’s looking forward to a future when we will all be working a… Read More

  • The Freewrite is the ultimate distraction-free writing tool

    The Freewrite is the ultimate distraction-free writing tool

    riting on a computer is awful. Without discipline – in my case, at least – an effort to get out 1,000 words of non-fiction usually ends up consisting of thirty minutes of web browsing before writing, intermittent Facebook trips while tapping out a few hundred words, and a nice jaunt through Hacker News at the 750 word mark. I get the job done, but I know my brain isn’t doing… Read More

  • TSA key cracker Johnny Xmas tells us how to stay safe while traveling

    TSA key cracker Johnny Xmas tells us how to stay safe while traveling

    A few days ago we reported that a group of hackers at the HOPE Conference in New York told the world that they had cloned the last TSA Master Key. These keys, which were leaked in a Washington Post article, are a bit of security theatre coupled with a lot of poor engineering. Johnny Xmas believes, however, that personal security is important, and he wanted to tell us how they cracked the keys… Read More

  • What’s this whole email thing about, anyway?

    What’s this whole email thing about, anyway?

    What do you know about the Clinton email scandal? If you’re anything like me, not much — yet! Let’s take a stroll into our political Swamp of Sadness where both parties are currently mired. One candidate became stuck there while trying to beat the dead horse of the Crooked Hillary meme and the other candidate is sinking simply because government email is just so damn… Read More

  • Scuro’s titanium dive watch hits on all cylinders

    Scuro’s titanium dive watch hits on all cylinders

    As TC’s resident watch hound I like to try to find you all a few interesting crowdfunded timepieces. What’s important to me, however, is the quality and the uniqueness of the piece. That’s why I like the perfect storm of crowdfunded watch magic called the Scuro. It is a massive dive watch with a unique design, titanium case, and automatic movement. Plus you can get it for… Read More

  • Security experts have cloned all seven TSA master keys

    Security experts have cloned all seven TSA master keys

    Key escrow — the process of keeping a set of keys for yourself “just in case” — has always been the U.S. government’s modus operandi when it comes to security. From the disastrous Clipper chip to today, the government has always wanted a back door into encryption and security. That plan backfired for the TSA. The TSA, as you’ll remember, offers a set of… Read More

  • Program your own self-driving racer with FormulaPi

    Program your own self-driving racer with FormulaPi

    Self-driving race cars are a few years away but why not simulate the roar of robotic Formula 1 cars with a little Raspberry Pi magic? The folks at Piborg are offering the opportunity for hackers and makers to try and drive their own autonomous car brain in a centralized race. They’ve launched a Kickstarter and they’re looking for folks to download the autonomous racing code, modify… Read More

  • See you tonight in Chicago

    See you tonight in Chicago

    See you tonight! We’ll be meeting at 7pm in the MakeOffices space in the Loop. There will be some free beers and chicken sandwiches. We’ll hold a pitchoff at 8pm and close up at 9pm and perhaps we can go carousing afterwards. The pitch-off will be very cool. I’ve already picked nine contestants and we have two VC judges. First place winners of the pitch off will get a table… Read More

  • Update on the Chicago Mini-Meetup: We have a space!

    Update on the Chicago Mini-Meetup: We have a space!

    We’ve found a location for our mini-meetup tomorrow! We’ll be meeting at 7pm in the MakeOffices space in the Loop. There will be some free beers and maybe we can get some pizzas in or something. We’ll hold a pitchoff at 8pm and close up at 9pm and perhaps we can go carousing afterwards. I’ll be picking the pitch-off companies tomorrow morning at 8am so be prepared. I… Read More

  • The giant’s fall

    The giant’s fall

    One of the saddest scenes in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy is watching the slow-moving Ents – the massive tree shepherds that took days to decide whether or not to react Sauron’s onslaught – are cut down by the wily Orcs. Only a few fall in the battle but when they do the giants of the forests that at first seemed so powerful are exposed to be easily vanquished. They won… Read More

  • Let’s meet in Chicago for a mini-meetup

    Let’s meet in Chicago for a mini-meetup

    I’ll be in Chicago this week and I’d love to meet some startups. I’m thinking about holding a micro-mini-meetup on Tuesday, July 26 at a location to be determined. Here’s what I need from you all: Email or tweet me with recommendations where we can meet. I like to just hang out in bars but I could do a co-working space. I know there are a few in town but I’ve… Read More

  • 100% Fun

    100% Fun

    If 2016 taught us anything it’s that the internet isn’t fun anymore. It’s not that a soulless network of computers interconnected via TCP/IP was ever supposed to be fun. It’s that eventually fun overlaid itself on that network and created a world where nearly everyone could interact without fear. Kids grew up in a world where it was easier to talk to someone in… Read More

  • Print your own triple-axis tourbillon (trust me, it’ll be cool)

    Print your own triple-axis tourbillon (trust me, it’ll be cool)

    In the world of horology there are few things fancier than the tourbillion and there are few things extra fancier than a triple-axis model. Originally invented by Abraham Louis Breguet, the tourbillion was a modification designed to ensure that a watch would keep good time in any number of positions – in a pocket, on a desk, or jostling around in a bag. It does this by spinning… Read More

  • For my daughter

    For my daughter

    My daughter is almost eight. She likes princesses and Harry Potter and doll houses and making videos to Taylor Swift songs and she has a few very clear influences and/or heroes. Mal from the Descendents. Hermione. My wife. Me. Her great-grandmother Sadie. And now I want her to be influenced by the Ghostbusters. The new Ghostbusters, not the version with Murray and Aykroyd. I want her to love… Read More

  • The Yamaha LL-TA Guitar turns a lonely little room into a concert hall

    The Yamaha LL-TA Guitar turns a lonely little room into a concert hall

    “Well you’re in your little room,” wrote the bard. “And you’re working on something good. But if it’s really good you’re gonna need a bigger room.” With the Yamaha LL-TA you can have just that. The $1,600 Yamaha LL-TA – the TA stands for Transacoustic – is an acoustic guitar with a built-in effects processor and actuator that augments… Read More