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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  • See you next week in Warsaw and Krakow Crunch Network

    See you next week in Warsaw and Krakow

    Looking forward to seeing you all in Warsaw and Krakow. There will be much rejoicing and smalec. It is my understand that you all are watching “football” matches in the “Eurozone Cup” (Americans know nothing about “soccer”) but I think it’s a great opportunity to network in Polska and practice your pitching. The Warsaw event will be held on June 13… Read More

  • Researchers pack massive amounts of data into a stream of light Crunch Network

    Researchers pack massive amounts of data into a stream of light

    If you’re hungry for a little holographic data storage and transfer this morning have I got a flapjack for you. Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg have packed 100 times more data into a light stream by using a pair of holographic Spatial Light Modulators to encode and decode transmissions. Their paper, which has been published in Nature, details a… Read More

  • The birds, the weather stations, and me: A cautionary tale Crunch Network

    The birds, the weather stations, and me: A cautionary tale

    It began with two birds. Starting in April a small family of sparrows took up residence in the rain gutter outside of my bedroom window. The birds, at first, were a happy pair but over the weeks they began an insipid sort of cheeping associated with broken toys and bored children. I would wake in a daze, dream smoke clearing in my head, as they peeped on and on. They birds were in the drain. Read More

  • Let’s share a piwo in Warsaw and Krakow Crunch Network

    Let’s share a piwo in Warsaw and Krakow

    I’ve finalized the meetups in both Krakow and Warsaw and am pleased to invite you to an evening of piwo, pitching, and Polish. The Warsaw event will be held on June 13 at Campus Warsaw 27/31 Ząbkowska. It starts at 8pm and we’ll have five startups pitching on stage. The Krakow event is on June 15 at Forum Przestrzenie, 28 Marii Konopnickiej. Five different startups will pitch. Read More

  • Let’s meet in Warsaw and Krakow next week Crunch Network

    Let’s meet in Warsaw and Krakow next week

    It’s that time again: EuroBiggs arrives in Poland and would like to enjoy a Lech with you all. I’ll be in Poland for a week and would love to meet up in Warsaw on the 13th and in Krakow on the 15th. The Krakow meetup is already set. It will be held at Forum Przestrzenie, 28 Marii Konopnickiej on June 15th at 9pm. All are invited and we’ll hold a mini-pitchoff. You can sign… Read More

  • The Alvieri Firenze brings a bubbly touch to the traditional watch Crunch Network

    The Alvieri Firenze brings a bubbly touch to the traditional watch

    Like tea and toddler’s birthday parties, everything is better with bubbles. This interesting new Kickstarter watch has a unique “bubble” or convex track around its face, a feature that will be familiar to folks who like De Bethune and may want something similar… but much, much cheaper. The watch comes in two styles – standard and with a lunar calendar – and… Read More

  • Startup step-by-step: The battle Crunch Network

    Startup step-by-step: The battle

    Every battle is won before it is fought. This bit of pop wisdom, brought down to us from Sun Tzu and countless motivational speakers, is the koan for a generation of can-do entrepreneurs. But there is another version of this line, one that is less rosy. Every battle is won or lost before it is fought. In the all-singing, all-dancing world of entrepreneurial theatre, the important part is the… Read More

  • Tronc off Crunch Network

    Tronc off

    It’s junior year in the elongated, two-hundred-year long college education of American media and things are getting weird. The nerds are still playing pinochle and hanging out in the library but they’re getting antsy. The cool kids are trying new things while the liberal arts majors are getting MBAs. The prankster lacrosse players are being sent to the dean. And then there are… Read More

  • Whirlpool crowdfunds a beer maker Crunch Network

    Whirlpool crowdfunds a beer maker

    Like the movie in which Robert DeNiro plays an intern, venerated appliance brand Whirlpool is spreading its wings, dusting off the cobwebs, and crowdfunding a beer maker. The product, called Vessi, ferments and dispenses suds and even has a system for reducing and managing sediment. The system comes from W Labs, Whirlpool’s product design skunkworks, and is part of Indiegogo’s… Read More

  • 360-degree camera maker Jeffrey Martin talks about what it takes to film for VR Crunch Network

    360-degree camera maker Jeffrey Martin talks about what it takes to film for VR

    This week on the Technotopia podcast I interviewed Jeffrey Martin, the creator of 360Cities and the maker of the Sphericam. Martin is a skilled 360-degree camera operator and has created amazing panoramas of cities around the world. “I’ve been working with VR since the days of CRT monitors,” he said as he explained the challenges and changes coming to us thanks to new… Read More

  • Dish ships the HopperGo, a tiny little cloud player for TV on the run Crunch Network

    Dish ships the HopperGo, a tiny little cloud player for TV on the run

    Originally announced at CES in January, the minuscule HopperGo is a 64GB USB drive with a built in wireless access point. The little device connects to your Dish Hopper 3 or Hopper 2 – essentially Dish’s DVR – and sucks down up to 100 hours of TV. You can then unplug the little bugger and watch for four hours on one charge through the Dish Anywhere app. When I first pulled… Read More

  • Heavy Internet use leads to school burnout in teens Crunch Network

    Heavy Internet use leads to school burnout in teens

    As if you didn’t need more proof that your darn kids need to get off the computer and into the back yard, researchers at the University of Helsinki and Department of Psychology have found that excessive Internet use — essentially bordering on addiction — leads to school burnout in teens. There isn’t much detail on the definition of excessive use (you’ll know it… Read More

  • Boom makes your music sound boomin’ and/or slammin’ Crunch Network

    Boom makes your music sound boomin’ and/or slammin’

    Boom for iOS is an app that changes your music, presumably for the better. The app is an equalizer that adds depth and bass to regular MP3 files, turning audio played through even the junkiest of ear buds into something worth listening to complete with better bass and the sort of 3D sound that makes various speakers “appear” in mid-air. Now obviously the changes aren’t… Read More

  • Zmodo’s Pivot gives you 24/7 monitoring on the cheap Crunch Network

    Zmodo’s Pivot gives you 24/7 monitoring on the cheap

    We’ve come a long way from the days of pale beige IP webcams with wonky interfaces and limited recording times. Today’s webcams, like the Zmodo Pivot, are motion-sensing, low-light seeing, and notification-rich cylinders that hide out in secret places and store video for days at a time. In essence webcams have morphed from wonky toys to actual tools and, in the process, have gone… Read More

  • Technotopia: Haseeb Awan on why the sun is rising on Asian startups Crunch Network

    Technotopia: Haseeb Awan on why the sun is rising on Asian startups

    This week’s Technotopia features Haseeb Awan, founder of a YC bitcoins startup who is creating a new way to reduce currency volatility. Haseeb is pretty bearish on the current financial markets but he sees the growth of Asia and India as a true powerhouse that will be able to use all of the cool new stuff the world is building in a very real way. You can download the podcast here or… Read More

  • Purism builds a secure tablet with physical wi-fi and camera switches Crunch Network

    Purism builds a secure tablet with physical wi-fi and camera switches

    Purism, proud makers of one of the first truly open laptops, is moving into the world of pro-level tablets. Their latest product, the Librem 11, is a tablet that runs any GNU/Linux version (they recommend the ultra-secure Qubes) and can double as a laptop. The company made waves with their 15 and 13 laptops and they are bringing the same level of security to the $1,299 tablet. While that’s… Read More

  • Chemists create an app that can tell if your beer is skunked Crunch Network

    Chemists create an app that can tell if your beer is skunked

    Bummer, dude! That’s what you say when you find out your whole keg of Heiney is totally skunked but it doesn’t matter because you’ll totally still drink it after you finish the pony keg of Sammo’s Irish Red. But what if I told you that folks in Spain have figured out a way to use an app to tell if your beer is a mess? Whoa, right? Whoa, indeed. Chemists at the… Read More

  • Ransomware maker TeslaCrypt shuts down after releasing master key Crunch Network

    Ransomware maker TeslaCrypt shuts down after releasing master key

    Ransomware makers TeslaCrypt have shut down after saying sorry for all the damage they caused. This move, which has allowed anti-ransomware researchers to create a fool-proof decryption app, TeslaDecoder. The ransomware would hunt down and encrypt video games on your Windows PC, something that I suspect upset quite a few gamers in the few years that the malware was active. The news means that… Read More

  • DistroKid’s music payment system now lets you send cash to everyone on a track Crunch Network

    DistroKid’s music payment system now lets you send cash to everyone on a track

    Philip Kaplan’s DistroKid is a system designed to let musicians post their music to streaming services like Spotify and iTunes and then get royalties when their music is played. Thus far Kaplan and his small team have been sending one payment out to each musician and the musicians had to send smaller payments to collaborators and other musicians on the track. Now, however, he’s… Read More

  • Laugh.ly is a streaming radio app dedicated to comedy Crunch Network

    Laugh.ly is a streaming radio app dedicated to comedy

    If you, like Dick Van Dyke, love to laugh loud and long and clear, then Laugh Radio hopes you’ll tune in. This standalone audio app offers a searchable achieve of streaming comedy for fans of chortling, guffawing, and snorting. “We’re building great technology from the ground up, designed for spoken word and applied to comedic performances,” said the founder Dave… Read More

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