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 and G+ him here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Elimi Turns Dating Into Truth Or Dare

    Elimi Turns Dating Into Truth Or Dare

    Hey, are you interested in ladies or men? Do you like to flirt with a capital F? Then Elimi is for you (or perhaps not if you prefer to meet potential partners at the church, club, or local rendering plant). Created by Adam Labedzki and Sebastian Brzuzek, the app allows you to enter into a sort of flirtatious version of truth or dare without the dare part. It’s a cute idea. Users… Read More

  • An Interview With Alex Blumberg, Public Radio Journalist Turned Entrepreneur

    An Interview With Alex Blumberg, Public Radio Journalist Turned Entrepreneur

    If you’ve listened to public radio at all in the past decade you’ll recognize the voice of Alex Blumberg. Part of the adenoidal-voice-amazing-stories class of broadcasters, Blumberg worked on This American Life and the amazing Planet Money where he explained complex topics in succinct ways. Now he’s an entrepreneur trying to build his own podcasting empire by changing the… Read More

  • MCX Invites Us Into Their Startling Vision Of Future Credit Card Fee Avoidance

    MCX Invites Us Into Their Startling Vision Of Future Credit Card Fee Avoidance

    Merchants don’t like credit cards. The fees associated are onerous and wildly convoluted. For example, I challenge you to find a single source of information one the Internet regarding these fees that isn’t a spam-laden lead generation engine. Merchants take these lumps as the cost of doing business. That’s why MCX and its associated system, CurrentC, exists. And, like… Read More

  • The HP Sprout Is A Bold But Goofy Experiment In Projected Interfaces

    The HP Sprout Is A Bold But Goofy Experiment In Projected Interfaces

    According to HP, what the world needs now is a touch-sensitive mat onto which are projected little 3D interface objects coupled with a touchscreen monitor. In fact, what the world precisely needs is Sprout. This $1,899 computer is the latest in HP’s efforts to remain relevant. Created as a sort of multi-media workstation a la the original Surface table, the computer has a built-in… Read More

  • William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’ Is A Wild Ride Into The Future

    William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’ Is A Wild Ride Into The Future

    If any writer defined our collective nerd future and made computing cool it was William Gibson. As accessible as Raymond Carver and imaginatively dark as Philip Pullman, Gibson made it easy to dip into a continuum that every future IT department drone could understand. Rather than giving us flying cars and robo-dragons, Gibson pulled all of our current technologies out like candy… Read More

  • Clueless Founder “Hacks” Jason Calacanis’ Voicemail After Spoofing Phone Calls

    Clueless Founder “Hacks” Jason Calacanis’ Voicemail After Spoofing Phone Calls

    I don’t like to bring up these little lapses of judgement (or, in this case, horrendous lapses of reason) but it’s an interesting story and deserves at least a brief mention. An entrepreneur, who shall remain nameless, wanted Jason Calacanis and Tim Ferris to invest in his startup. Instead of emailing the two, the founder spoofed a phone call from Ferris to Calacanis, assuming… Read More

  • Solid Concepts Announces Another 3D-Printed Metal Gun

    Solid Concepts Announces Another 3D-Printed Metal Gun

    Solid Concepts, a company that specializes in 3D printing in metal and now owned by Stratasys, as announced their second 3D-printed metal gun, the Reason. Their first gun, the 1911, as well as this one were made by sintering – melting – metal powder with a laser. However, from the detail on the barrel and handle it’s clear the company has improved the technology immensely… Read More

  • New iPhones Selling Faster Than Galaxy Note 4 In Korea

    New iPhones Selling Faster Than Galaxy Note 4 In Korea

    In an interesting turn of events, the WSJ is reporting that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are outselling the Galaxy Note 4 in Korea, a bit of news that should give Samsung pause. Pre-orders for the new phones hit 100,000 on the first day of pre-orders compared to 30,000 units for the Galaxy Note 4. Analyst Lee Seung-woo, an analyst with IBK Securities said that he expected the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus… Read More

  • A Long Walk Through Startup Alley At Disrupt London

    A Long Walk Through Startup Alley At Disrupt London

    In part 500 of our continuing series featuring some of the most amazing startups on Earth, we present my endless walk through Startup Alley at Disrupt London. Given the terror associated with a large, inebriated man approaching you from all directions with a microphone, I’m pleased to note that everyone at the event was able to pitch with a professionalism that’s rare even in… Read More

  • The ChronodeVFD Resurrects Old Displays For A Cool New Watch

    The ChronodeVFD Resurrects Old Displays For A Cool New Watch

    I am, as you may know, a sucker for watches that use older display technologies (see also Nixie tubes). For example, this cool watch by freelance engineer John De Cristofaro uses a vacuum fluorescent display tube, an early form of digital display that cast a bright blue light and was first used in 1980s-era electronics. They will be familiar to folks who owned Subarus with digital displays… Read More

  • Myriam Joire AKA tnkgrl Is Out At Pebble

    Myriam Joire AKA tnkgrl Is Out At Pebble

    Myriam Joire, evangelist for the wearables company Pebble, has been fired from her position. She was Tech Evangelist at the company and spoke at a number of events, including an event in Amsterdam and another in London this week. “Wow! I just found out that I’m no longer with Pebble,” she said in a tweet. Read More

  • Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer

    Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer

    Eee-urrk-urrk-urrk-urk! A pair of Japanese hobbyists have built a transforming robot that can walk or, when in sports car form, drive around autonomously. It’s called the J-deite Quarter and is four feet tall. The goal, apparently, is to make a full-sized transformer… just because they can. The team consists of Kenji Ishida and Wataru Yoshizaki of Brave Robotics and Asratec. The… Read More

  • Researchers Want To Send Us To The Moon Using Robots And Oculus Rift

    Researchers Want To Send Us To The Moon Using Robots And Oculus Rift

    A researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, Daniel Shafrir, and his team want to do something incredible: they want to send a rover to the moon and then let us, the Earthlings, control it and look out of its stereoscopic cameras as it tumbles around that barren alien rock. The researchers are working to win a $30 million prize from Google to beam video back from the moon. The team, called… Read More

  • Join Me Tomorrow In Krakow

    Join Me Tomorrow In Krakow

    I’ll be speaking at an event held by Geek Girls Carrots Crakow, a group of amazing programmers who are working to bring everyone onto the STEM wagon. The event will be held at Przemys┼éowa 12 in Krakow, Poland at 7pm. You can sign up here. I’ll also be attending and judging AGHacks, the biggest student Hackathon in Poland. This event will include “DARMOWE JEDZENIE I… Read More

  • Hardware Alley Pt. 3

    A Random Walk Through Hardware Alley

    Where else in the world can you see a 3D printer named after a simian, a 2000-core super chip, and an inexpensive hearing test in the same room? Hardware Alley at Disrupt London, that’s where. I love visiting the hardware booths at Disrupt and this event was no exception. Everyone had some amazing hardware that worked in amazing ways and I was able to visit nearly all of the companies on… Read More

  • Carvey Is A Powerful CNC Machine For The Rest Of Us

    Carvey Is A Powerful CNC Machine For The Rest Of Us

    Robotic CNC machines – cutting systems that use spinning tools to swipe through metal, wood, and plastic – are cool but ugly. Most of them are as big as a fridge and designed to carve out objects in a few minutes but none will sit quietly on your desk and do its business with aplomb and elegance. Now, however, there’s Carvey. Carvey is the Form 1 of CNC. Designed to be a… Read More

  • Japanese 3D-Printed Gun Maker Is Sentenced To Two Years In Jail

    Japanese 3D-Printed Gun Maker Is Sentenced To Two Years In Jail

    Yoshitomo Imura, an employee at the Shonan Institute of Technology in Japan, was arrested last may for printing and firing a 3D-printed gun called the ZigZag. He printed three guns in total and was arrested for running afoul of Japan’s strict gun laws. The prosecutors warned that Imura’s actions were a threat and felt he was “flaunting” his skill. They… Read More

  • Zap Puts Ads On Top Of Taxi Cabs As They Scoot Around Town

    Zap Puts Ads On Top Of Taxi Cabs As They Scoot Around Town

    Unlike startups Zoom, Pow, Zing, and Schwongooza, Turkish startup Zap is trying to disrupt the on-taxi advertising market. By placing bright LED signs on the top of standard cabs, the company aims to turn dead space into a lucrative advertising spot for drivers and fleets. Founded by Yigit Kipman, Ahmet Bati and Emrecan Bati, the company has received a $100,000 grant to expand through Europe… Read More

  • Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin

    Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin

    The folks at Carnegie Mellon’s Future Interfaces Group have made something really cool. Essentially, they are using small lasers to paint icons onto your skin through the bottom of a watch. The icons are touch sensitive and can be projected in any shape. The team consists Gierad Laput, Robert Xiao, Xiang Chen, Scott E. Hudson, and Chris Harrison, researchers at CMU’s… Read More

  • The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

    The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

    In 1935, Sir Allen Lane and V. K. Krishna Menon founded Penguin Books, a company dedicated to producing high-quality, small-format paperback books for the world market. These small, well-made little books introduced some amazing fiction, philosophy, classical thought and spiritualism to a hungry audience, and the low price made it easy to build a library of amazing titles that could fit into… Read More

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