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. https://angel.co/freeport-1

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  • Lone, Crackpot Inventor Gets Big Military Contract for Helihovercraft

    In the annals of sci-fi and, in fact, history, it’s the lone inventor, toiling away in his basement, who discovers amazing insights and is ignored, tragically, by the general public. Luckily, Geoff Hatton got the word out before aliens/zombies/ninjas could attack the President. Hatton’s project, a hovercraft/helicopter platform that can fly at an almost unlimited height and offers… Read More

  • Stink-free Durian

    A Thai scientist has invented an oderless variety of durian, an Asian fruit famous for possessing an odor so nauseating that its banned from many hotels, airlines, and even the Singapore subway. Durian newbs often describe the fruit as smelling like dirty feet, an unwashed locker room, or dead cat, but aficionados swear by the distinct smell and even claim to grow to like it. This is… Read More

  • Kids and Gaming: A Daddy's Perspective


    It’s 10 o’clock. Do you know what your kids look like? Clive Thompson is a pretty cool guy. He covers tech without dumbing things down and he has a kid, so I can relate to his musings on video gaming and the little ones. He basically says, along with Brian “Grandpa” Crecente of Kotaku, that games are like movies — let the wee ones only watch video games with the… Read More

  • Dash Express Looking for Beta Testers

    The Dash Express is an Internet-connected GPS device with cellular and and WiFi built-in. It essentially “talks” to other Dash devices and informs other users of traffic issues and allows for point of interest search. You can even send GPS directions to your unit from the house. They’re looking for nation-wide road testers to rock out with the Dash Express for the summer… Read More

  • Mario on Apple TV

    This is so cool. It’s great to see the Apple TV is a full-bore mini-PC with some amazing power under the hood. If I didn’t love my the Apple TV on its own so much I’d tear it down and make it a Nintendo 64 in a second. via Giz Read More

  • Leaked 360 Dashboard Updates

    Apparently GameSpot posted — and yanked — a video of the 360 Dashboard updates coming May 7. Good stuff includes: - Releases May 7th.
    – Add up to 600 Windows Live Messenger contacts to your Friends List.
    – Text chat with up to 6 Live Messenger contacts at once during games or movies.
    – The Marketplace will be getting its own Dashboard Blade.
    – The… Read More

  • Google 411: Hello? Operator?

    Google Labs has just quietly launch a new 411 service accessible by dialing 1-800-GOOG-411. Michael at TechCrunch writes: The product is completely automated and there is no way to talk to a human for additional or clarifying information. You tell it your city and state, and then ask for a specific business or business category. In my tests the product was excellent. Although the voice… Read More

  • Happy Spring

    We’re taking a half-day today out of deference to religious tradition and simply because we’re all really sleepy and cold here in the northeast. Have a great long weekend and blessed whatever you celebrate. Read More

  • Linux iPod Proof-of-Concept Virus in the Wild

    There’s an iPod virus. Before you encase your Nano in lucite, however, please understand that this virus is merely a proof-of-concept that runs only on iPodLinux and requires manual intervention to begin infecting .ELF files. Let’s just say that there are no iPod viruses, currently, but there are apparently homebrew apps that could be exploited in nasty ways. ‘Nuf… Read More

  • Nokia N95 Preview

    http://s86.photobucket.com/remix/player.swf?videoURL=http%3A%2F%2Fvid86.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fk90%2Fcrunchgear%2FApril%25202007%2F266b1f22.pbr&hostname=stream86.photobucket.com Nokia knows intelligent design. Not unlike God, who apparently formed bananas to fit gracefully into the human hand, Nokia pays close attention to its product life cycle. While many of the N-series phones… Read More

  • Apple TV Free-for-All

    I’ve been following the supposed Apple firmware anti-hack updates and I’m glad to say my refusal to post fifteen things about how Apple is against the hax0rs was validated by Engadget and a few other folks. In short, Apple doesn’t care what you do with your Apple TV — or any device, for that matter — but don’t come whining to the Genius Bar if you brick… Read More

  • Even Mossberg Can't Figure Out His PC

    This is a problem near and dear to my heart. I rarely test PCs and laptops anymore simply because it takes too long. Back when I worked at Laptop Magazine, the #3 best-selling tech magazine in the Honolulu airport, I had the pleasure of unboxing, starting up, and testing hundreds of models and every time I tried to run my tests I had to uninstall reams and reams of veritable crap. It was one… Read More

  • WEP, She Is Not So Secure, You Know

    According to researchers Erik Tews, Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, and Andrei Pyshkin of Darmstadt Technical University it’s possible to crack a WEP key in about a minute. The trio proved that with a nice set of encoded data and a little processing power allows you to crack a 104-bit WEP key. Didn’t we already know that WEP was useless? WEP key wireless cracking made easy [TheRegister] Read More

  • WJAu Speaks on Second Life Marketing


    I’m not very big on Second Life — I have enough trouble making my first one work — but it’s interesting to see SL grow and change from a group of geeks reliving Snow Crash to some sort of media darling. Wagner James Au is writing about a study from Komjuniti about marketing in Second Life. 72% of respondents didn’t like SL marketing while 40% thought the concept… Read More

  • The Mystery of the Multiple Apple TVs

    Holmes: Ah, Mr. Watson. Let us take a pipe of opium and discuss this matter, shall we?
    Watson: Yes, Dear Mr. Holmes. Let’s.
    H: Attention, then, please. We have here the page for the Airport Extreme Base Station. What do you see?
    W: An overpriced 802.11n device?
    H: You are an ignorant buffoon, Dear Mr. Watson, and your mother was a fishwife. To that end, we return to our examinations. Read More

  • Flash-based Laptop for $30

    Very cool. Addonics is selling a $30 Compact Flash adapter that allows you to boot from any CF card just like a standard 2.5″ hard drive. The adapter comes in SATA and IDE and can use multiple flash cards at once. Clearly, you’d need a few hundred for some fat CF cards — $260 for 24GB — but the read and write speeds will be phenomenal. This will become extremely… Read More

  • Microsoft to Abolish DRM, Offer PlaysForDamnSure Program to OEMs for $25 per Unit, Sell Zunes in Red, Orange, Pink

    Sorry. That headline is misleading, as was the CNET headline we sourced this from. Only the red, orange, and pink news has any legs. No, Microsoft is not really planning to abolish DRM. Essentially, this is just Zune’s Jason Reindorp musing on the possibility of considering the idea of getting rid of all DRM on the Zune, as if it were Microsoft’s decision. In reality, Microsoft… Read More

  • Ikea Prefab Housing: The Instruction Manual is Four Pages Long


    While I’m not sure if they’re including a hex key and cheap screws with these houses, it’s an idea whose time has come. Looking around right now I notice almost 90% of our furniture is from Ikea and, if given the land mass, I’d build and install one of these BoKlok housing cubes in a second. Unfortunately, you don’t pick these up out in Elizabeth, New Jersey… Read More

  • Rumor: Free Zune With Music Subscription

    Zune-Online is positing that a new, flash-based Zune will soon be available for free with a Zune subscription. They really don’t have much overall information on the concept or actual device, so take it with a grain of salt. I’m not a big Zune fan, but I’ll admit I was excited back when it first launched. However, as we all know, the iPod juggernaut is a hard beast to break. Read More

  • Sprint UpStage Video Review

    It took me 2 hours to trim this down to a viewable format and it’s still kind of choppy. The short story is this: new phone from Sprint. Plays music. Only has a 64MB memory card, although some folks are saying there will be more. Actually quite cool. Product Page Read More