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.

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  • Help Key: Putting Video Onto Your Apple TV

    So you’ve got an Apple TV yet, for some strange reason, you’re not satisfied with $9.99 downloads of Disney classics. What is a fan of HDMI-enabled video playback devices to do? Here’s a quick tutorial on getting video from almost any source onto your Apple TV. Read More

  • LG Prada Phone Available as a Pre-Order for the Mentally Deficient


    “Limited Service” is right. After playing with the Prada last week, I can’t say that I’m particularly enthused about this plaything of the deluded. Someone out there might be interested, however, so post we must. The phone is available now from Orange Mobile in the UK for £19.99 for the handset with a £35 per month contract.
    LG Prada Phone: Order Yours Today… Read More

  • Reporter Gets Shot With Pain Gun

    Yay! AP reporters! Yay! Pain guns! Yay! Effective military protection using high energy waves! Yay! Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic! via Giz Read More

  • EMI's Eric Nicoli/Apple's Steve Jobs EMI Presentation Live Notes

    8:21 EST – Entire music catalog available DRM-free on iTunes.
    5 million songs in the catalog.
    No manufacturing costs.
    Take things to the next level.
    Interoperability. Music bought from iTunes won’t play on other players. Interoperable, but it’s a hassle.
    Even though users don’t want to play that music on other players, the might.
    Audiophiles can still tell the difference. Read More

  • EMI Selling DRM-Free Music

    Wow. Mere hours after April Fool’s Day — sorry, fanboys, for our attacks on your sacred cows yesterday — and we get work that Steve is hitting London-town to announce that EMI will start selling DRM-free music. In a major reversal of the music industry’s longstanding antipiracy strategy, EMI Group PLC is set to announce Monday that it plans to sell significant… Read More

  • Motorola CHPACBRA


    Motorola has just announced its latest handset, the MotoCHPACBRA, 3G biologically-based system that can transmit messages via the distended carcasses of ravaged goats. The CHPACBRA uses an internal battery and play music, although all it sings is a scratchy, screaming rendition of some Los Tigres del Norte classics. Unfortunately, it’s still in FCC testing and has killed the housepets of… Read More

  • Battery Backup in a Cellphone


    The Philips Xenium NRG — apparently Zorbiantium SPRFLY was already taken — is the first “commercial” mobile phone to use Techitium’s BackuPower system which allows phone users to add a little AAA battery to a phone to get a bit more juice without charging. The old fella at their booth wouldn’t let me take pictures, but it basically looks like a white… Read More

  • Video Share From AT&T

    In a conference with Cingular/AT&T about their new service, Video Share, a mobile-to-mobile video chat service reminiscient of video chat in Europe. The service is rolling out this summer. The best part? They’re partnering with WWE and Napster for some video and music hotness. Also, we’ll be seeing a new phone from Apple – something called the iPhone –… Read More

  • BlueAnt: SuperToof

    BlueAnt has a few hot devices out this CTIA. The first is the Supertooth Light, a $99 car system with mini microphone and comparatively easy set up. The Supertooth mounts to your sun visor and lasts 15 hours of talk time or 800 hours of standby, which means it can hang out up there until the next presidential administration. Read More

  • Newton Peripherals MoGo Headset


    The MoGo Headset got a little buzz last month and now it looks like it’s reaching that important shipping stage. This headset is a mere 5 millimeters (440 kilometers or .333 yards) thick and there are plans — plans, mind you — to embed them into handsets themselves where they nestle, quietly, recharging. Best of all? The press CD came with this sassy photo of the Lady of MoGo… Read More

  • VoiceSignal VSearch: Embedded Voice Search


    VoiceSignal makes the majority of voice recognition systems found in almost every major handset made. Never heard of them, you say? Well, that’s because they’re so embedded that its a struggle for them to even get their logos on the handset screens. Any time you issue a voice command, however, there is an excellent chance you’re using VoiceSignal technology. Now… Read More

  • HOMBRE: Ajax-alike Thin Client for Any Phone

    HOMBRE, which stands for Hands On Mobile Runtime Environment, is a 65 kilobyte environment for building mobile applications. It can run on almost any handset and actually uses the handset’s on board applications and API calls to play video, audio, and access network features. The UI itself is quite nice and reminiscent of Helio and Adobe’s Web 2.0 reflection-tastic UIs you find on… Read More

  • Plantronics Pulsar 260

    I don’t usually get excited about headsets, but the Plantronics Pulsar series has produced a few strong stereo headsets and the 260 is the latest of the bunch. The headset comes with noise-isolating earbuds and a tiny little Bluetooth dongle with microphone. The headset will sell form $109.95 and includes inline answer buttons and fast forward/rewind buttons right on the unit. It also has… Read More

  • Helio Ocean: Hello, Nurse!

    and I am glad to say that the Ocean is all that and a bag of chips. The device is smaller than a Sidekick 3 and has a number of unique features including GPS photo tagging, consolidated messaging and IM support, and an amazingly easy to use browser and UI. This is a sea change in the MVNO space, friends. Helio has gotten messaging for the masses right and is gunning for Sidekick fans. The… Read More

  • LG's U.S. Shine: The Verizon VX8700


    This shine doesn’t have the “I can kill you with this thing” styling of the Korean LG Shine, but I suppose thin is in here across the pond and clearly that’s where LG is headed. This diminutive CDMA clamshell is pretty styling with punched metal buttons and brushed metal stylin’. Is it good for the road warrior. Nah. Would I kick it out of bed for eating toffee? Read More

  • Synaptics: The Prada and the Scrawla


    I popped by Synaptics today, just on a whim, and was lucky to catch the LG Prada in its native habitat: lying, unloved, on a table. All that was missing was a credit card and some blow and we’d have an image of the phone’s true future milieu. But I digress. Read More

  • Gemini eXplo: A Tiny, Little Phone-based Sim


    What do you get when you meld Second Life with mobile ad serving with Japanese teenagers? eXplo.
    Read the rest at MobileCrunch… Read More

  • Kyocera: HOT SCOOPZ


    One stand-out device I saw this evening was the Kyocera E5000, an oddly shaped cellie with a fluid, sexy aesthetic. No real info yet, but really the draw is the design. Look at that odd hinge. Look at the chrome. Sex in a clamshell, correct? Best of all, we got the hot scoop on a new U.S. carrier, Carrier Logo. It seems Kyocera is making this phone just for them and we’ll hound them all… Read More

  • HTC Shift: Vista In Your Pants


    Didn’t get a good shot of this UMPC under glass but it was quite small and promising. I’ve pretty much given up on UMPCs as a mainstream set of devices, but bless HTC for making a go of it again. This wee one has wireless, a 7-inch touchscreen, and supports WAN like UMTS and GSM. We’ll grabs some better photos when they take it out of its cryogenic case. Read More

  • Samsung UpStage


    I was lucky to get my hands on the Samsung UpStage this evening and saw a mobile music phone with enough of a draw to warrant even, maybe, potentially, downloading from a mobile music store. Clearly the real draw here is the idea that you can literally turn the phone into a dedicated music player instead of relying on a half-assed piece of music playing software. In the flesh, the phone is… Read More