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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  • Startup Sues A Domain Name Owner To Grab A 16-Year-Old URL

    Startup Sues A Domain Name Owner To Grab A 16-Year-Old URL

    Jason Kneen is a programmer and happens to own about a hundred domain names picked up over a sixteen year period. One of those, workbetter.com, he purchased in 1999 and it has been available on his site for years. In late April 2014 a company, OfficeLinks, approached him about buying the domain for use as a URL for their co-working space. @jasonkneen @hjmehta Jason: We're sorry about… Read More

  • Join Us At Our TC Pitch-Off Next Week In Budapest

    Join Us At Our TC Pitch-Off Next Week In Budapest

    On July 10, 2015 I’ll be rolling into Budapest to hold our first official TechCrunch Pitch Off in the city of my forefathers (my grandfather’s name was actually Nagy!) We’ll be inviting eight startups on stage to compete to win a table at TechCrunch Disrupt or, for second place, two tickets to the event in SF on September 21-23. You can grab tickets here. To apply for the… Read More

  • Vulnerability In Security Service Lifelock Could Have Exposed Logins And Passwords

    Vulnerability In Security Service Lifelock Could Have Exposed Logins And Passwords

    A vulnerability discovered by security researchers Eric Taylor and Blake Welsh could turn an innocuous “refer-a-friend” page into an official-looking phishing page. By adding encoded HTML to the end of a basic URL, Taylor and his partner were able to simulate a Lifelock login page that could potentially grab usernames and passwords from unsuspecting users. Read More

  • Beware Bitcoiners Bearing Gifts

    Beware Bitcoiners Bearing Gifts

    During patches of turbulence, pilots are trained to steer into the airborne trouble, much like when a driver encounters black ice. To increase the odds of coming out unscathed in either scenario, it’s critical to remain as calm as possible, even when all hell is breaking loose. Greece is now in a slide and her citizens, young and old, are looking for ways to keep their savings intact. One… Read More

  • Researchers Use Femtosecond Lasers To Display Touchable Images In The Air

    Researchers Use Femtosecond Lasers To Display Touchable Images In The Air

    A Japanese company called Aerial Burton has been using lasers to ionize air molecules in midair for a few years now, thereby creating bright pixels that float in space. Using the original system, however, you were essentially creating floating plasma which could burn you if you touched it. Now, however, the researchers at the University of Tsukuba, Utsunomiya University, Nagoya Institute… Read More

  • SlashDB Can Turn Any Data Source Into A Website

    SlashDB Can Turn Any Data Source Into A Website

    Most programmers like two things: pizza and things that make their work easier. That’s why I was especially interested in SlashDB, a product that purports to turn any data source into accessible XML, JSON, or HTML. Created by programmer Victor Olex, the system allows you to connect almost any data to the web in a few seconds with a REST API. “SlashDB is an automated web API for… Read More

  • The Race To The Bottom Is Now Hitting Professional 3D Printers

    The Race To The Bottom Is Now Hitting Professional 3D Printers

    The eagle-eyed among you will notice something interesting about the Riverside Photocuring 3D Printer pictured above. Almost all of the design – from the removable build plate to the jolly front button – is a direct homage to the Formlabs Form 1. One could assume, therefore, that the Riverside should (and does) print 3D objects as well as the Form 1 and should be a comparable product. Read More

  • New Process Can Print Stretchy Electronics Onto Your Clothes

    New Process Can Print Stretchy Electronics Onto Your Clothes

    Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a single-step process to print conductive material on cloth, allowing manufacturers to build stretchable wearables that can test vital signs like heart rate and muscle contraction. From the release: Now, Professor Takao Someya’s research group at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering has developed an… Read More

  • Could This 1970s Patek Philippe Be The Inspiration For The Apple Watch?

    Could This 1970s Patek Philippe Be The Inspiration For The Apple Watch?

    In what could be the most interesting conspiracy theory of the morning, the folks at ABlogToWatch have found a watch that could have been the inspiration for Apple Watch. It’s a Patek Philippe Ellipse Ref. 3582 (3582G) made in the 1970s and usually sold through high end watch stores. The piece, which is amazingly rare in white gold, almost perfectly matches the case shape of the Apple… Read More

  • Deskdoo Gives You A Virtual Desktop For All Your Business Needs

    Deskdoo Gives You A Virtual Desktop For All Your Business Needs

    The vision of a virtual desktop right in your browser has long danced in the heads of IT administrators and most solutions were interesting but underpowered. Now thanks to HTML5, however, it’s a lot easier to recreate a desktop experience in the browser, as Deskdoo proves. Poland-based Deskdoo gives you and your employees a sort of central repository for almost anything. You can… Read More

  • Now They’ve Gone And Stuck Android Onto A Graphing Calculator

    Now They’ve Gone And Stuck Android Onto A Graphing Calculator

    Today in our ongoing series of people putting one thing into another thing, we present Android running on a Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX, a robust graphing calculator popular with the pre-calc set. The calculator has about 100MB of storage and 64MB of RAM but has enough power to run Android 1.6 aka Donut. Obviously you’re not going to make very many calls using your graphing calculator… Read More

  • Ascribe Raises $2 Million To Ensure You Get Credit For Your Art

    Ascribe Raises $2 Million To Ensure You Get Credit For Your Art

    Digital scarcity is an oxymoron. Unless it isn’t. Thanks to a recently funded startup called Ascribe, artists and writers can now create unique copies of their work that can be bought and sold and cannot, in theory, be duplicated. The founders, Bruce Pon, Trent McConaghy, and Masha McConaghy have experience in banking, hardware, and curation. Masha, a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne, curated at… Read More

  • Lenovo Announces A $130 Windows PC In A Stick

    Lenovo Announces A $130 Windows PC In A Stick

    If you’ve ever wanted to plug a Windows machine into your TV for a little hot and heavy Excel slinging, you’re in luck. Lenovo has just announced a $130 stick, the Ideacenter Stick 300, that connects to any display via HDMI. These single-stick computers are nothing new but this one has an Intel Baytrail Z3735F CPU, 2GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. It also has a built-in… Read More

  • Watch Mac OS 7.5.5 Running On An Apple Watch

    Watch Mac OS 7.5.5 Running On An Apple Watch

    Nick Lee, a dedicated programmer with access to WatchOS 2.0, has ported Mac OS 7.5.5 to his wrist. That’s right: the OS you used in the 1990s to make your ‘zine can now boot – albeit slowly – on your Apple Watch. He used Mini VMac, an “early Mac emulator,” and recompiled it for the Watch. Can the Watch actually run these sorts of programs well? Sure. The… Read More

  • The LightFreq Square2 Lets You Rock Out With Your Lights On

    The LightFreq Square2 Lets You Rock Out With Your Lights On

    Your speaker is in my lightbulb! No, your lightbulb is in my speaker! Thanks to the new LightFreq Square2, we’re both right. The Square2 is a lightbulb with built-in speaker and intercom. To use it you simply unscrew your current lightbulbs and screw in the Square2. Then, via the app, you can stream music to each lightbulb separately or all of them simultaneously and even talk to other… Read More

  • How Clifford Stoll Sells Klein Bottles From Under His House

    How Clifford Stoll Sells Klein Bottles From Under His House

    Clifford Stoll wrote one of my favorite books, The Cuckoo’s Egg, and then went a little goofy about the future of the Internet. But that’s OK because Cliff now sells Klein Bottles, “a one-sided surface which, if traveled upon, could be followed back to the point of origin while flipping the traveler upside down,” from his home. The most interesting thing, however, is… Read More

  • Kinova Robotics | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Kinova Robotics Gives The Disabled A Helping Hand

    Montreal-based Kinova Robotics was founded in part because of one man – the founder’s uncle, Jaco, a disabled inventor who created a manipulator for his wheelchair out of a hot dog pincher, some microswitches, and some complex electronics. This early attempt, while primitive, was the basis for a whole series of amazing – and amazingly useful – robotic… Read More

  • Reminder: We’ll See You Tomorrow At The First Summer TC Pitch Off In Warsaw

    Reminder: We’ll See You Tomorrow At The First Summer TC Pitch Off In Warsaw

    Just a reminder that we’ll be holding the first summer TC Pitch Off in Warsaw on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8:30 PM to Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 2:00 AM (CEST). We’ll be taking over the Champions Sports Bar in the Marriott in downtown Warsaw and we’ll have a full pitch-off at the event and throw back some brews. The kind folks at Bitspiration have organized some subsidized… Read More

  • 3D-Printed Wheels Give Bubbles Her Mobility Back

    3D-Printed Wheels Give Bubbles Her Mobility Back

    Another day, another cute dog with a new lease on life thanks to 3D-printed wheels. Today we meet Bubbles, a Dachshund born without front legs. Her owner, Trevor Byers, noticed she was missing her legs when she was in the whelping box and was concerned for her quality of life. However, as she grew, it became clear that little Bubbles could be happy if only she had some sort of wheelchair on… Read More

  • The Latest Government Hack Is Bad, But Not As Bad As We Think

    The Latest Government Hack Is Bad, But Not As Bad As We Think

    Shortly after the recent Office Of Personal Management data hack, word surfaced on the Dark Net – essentially the hidden Internet – that some of the personal records were for sale. According to security expert Brian Krebs, however, this data could be less damaging than first thought. This is not to say the release of any personal information isn’t a catastrophe. However… Read More

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