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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  • Activate Your Copy of Vista The Old Fashioned Way: With H/\X0R P{}W3RZ


    There is a fairly interesting little file rolling around the Interwebs which creates and tries thousands of Vista keys based on a single product key without Vista getting wise to your antics. The program takes your install key and creates a bunch of activation keys. It then “tries” them and may or may not activate your copy over the course of a few hours — or, ominously… Read More

  • The Beeb on the Yout: BBC + YouTube

    and BBC News, and will be ad-free. BBC Worldwide content will carry ads and clips from popular shows and, finally, BBC News will only be available outside the UK and will also carry ads. It will include clips from the regular news reports. Old Farlettrousers, or the Smoke, as the BBC is called in England, has always been ahead of the curve on this who Internet concept, and they can only be… Read More

  • Mobeam: Scan Your Cellphone At the Supermarket

    I was never big on those “take a picture of a barcode and buy Britney tickets” schemes so popular with mobile solutions providers, but this sort of turns that whole concept on its head. Mobeam, created by Ecrio, provider of streaming mobile apps for NTT DoCoMo, flashes any light source on the handset to simulate a barcode for any laser scanner. That’s right. The clerk at… Read More

  • Lenovo Recalls ThinkPad Batteries

    Not a huge deal, but Lenovo has recalled 205,000 Sanyo Electric battery packs that were sold with R60, R60e, T60, T60p, Z60m, Z61e, Z61m, and Z61p series laptops. The batteries have heating issues that could result in notebook damage — read: explosions. Lenovo sold the battery as an accessory for $180 and is part number FRU P/N 92P1131. If you have the battery, contact Lenovo online or… Read More

  • Bittorrent Video Store: Not an Auspicious Start

    , for some godawful reason, and discovered that the Bittorrent video sales site leaves a lot to be desired. After a 47 minute download time, the movie was ready to watch… or was it? I transferred Nacho Libre to my PC, eager to get my Jack Black fix for the day. However, as if it wasn’t frustrating enough that I couldn’t buy the movie under Windows, that was just the beginning… Read More

  • CompUSA Officially Closing 126 Stores

    CompUSA, everyone’s favorite place to hang out while waiting for the sig. other to come out of Kohl’s, is closing 126 stores, or 50% of its current crop, to create a cash infusion of $440 million. Most of these stores are “old” which presumably means they were laid out in the 1800s and are no longer competitive in the face of Best Buy and Circuit City. The closure is… Read More

  • Mobeam: Barcode Scanning With the Backlight?


    I was never big on those “take a picture of a barcode and buy Britney tickets” schemes so popular with mobile solutions providers, but this sort of turns that whole concept on its head. Mobeam, created by Ecrio, provider of streaming mobile apps for NTT DoCoMo, flashes any light source on the handset to simulate a barcode for any laser scanner. That’s right. The clerk at… Read More

  • Media Demagnetizer for the Rich


    In the odd world of high-end audio, everything is a factor. Take this little device, for example. It’s a media demagnetizer that allows you to demagnetize everything from your vinyl to your prized CDs. Why, you ask? I suppose it reduces crackle and prevents your Florgo 5000 $20,000 CD player from blowing up. How much does it cost to demagnetize your media? $2,900. A bit much, it seems… Read More

  • Confirmed: V-Cast Mobile Video Pricing and Launch


    Laptop just confirmed that Verizon is launching V-Cast video tomorrow. The service will cost $15 a month or $25 a month for video and mobile web. There will only be a few markets at launch including Albuquerque and Salt Lake City, but expect UHF bands to clear up in other cities soon. This is mostly exciting for Verizon customers who like video on the mobile, which is something we are… Read More

  • Pete Rojas Cuts Lines

    Can you say blogfight? UPDATE – It seems there was no line for the press, but where I was standing there sure seemed like a line. Perhaps there’s no line for people who get the PR folks attention while the rest of the journos stand quietly waiting to be checked in? Read More

  • Cellblock: Fast Video and Image Vlogging

    I’m actually quite intrigued by this simply because it could be a great way to put out “breaking news” at shows or events. This is nothing new: you take some video or an image and it pops up in a Cellblock window almost immediately after sending, without transcoding or other nastiness. The service uses a standard email address – presumably you could just email content… Read More

  • Make Your iPod Mini Flash-ilized

    page and pop in your new drive. Easy peasy. Now your Mini has no moving parts, more space, and you gain a feeling of power over your own things. Great for everyone. I actually did a similar thing by replacing my 40GB iPod Photo’s hard drive with a 60GB, again thanks to iFixIt. I can’t encourage you to hack your gear enough. It’s our right and it empowers us as geeks. Turn… Read More

  • iRiver Clix 2 Reviewed, So Great They Made the Review Into a Big JPEG


    The iRiver Clix 2 is a 2.2″ media player with a Flash UI and standard audio and video playback. It’s fairly cool and has a high-resolution screen and a bit less power consumption thanks to a new AMOLED screen and 2- or 4-gigabyte models available in the US along with an 8GB landing in April. What angers me, however, is the writer’s decision to make the entire review one… Read More

  • The WiiPhone: iPhone Interface on PocketPC

    Looks like those 5 million patents Steve was talking about didn’t stop one clever wag from creating a fully function iPhone shell for Windows Pocket PC. This guy has done everything — except make Windows look like less of a piece of crap after you get past the sexy initial UI. It’s like walking into a brand new home and finding oily rags and offal piled up in every… Read More

  • Clipmarks: A Highlighter for the Web


    The NY-based team at Clipmarks just launched 2.0 of their product, a unique web clipping system that allows you to take just the paragraphs, sentences, or multimedia you want from a page while maintaining a link to the original document. Their CEO, Eric Goldstein, was a lawyer who was fed up with cutting and pasting citations into a Word file only to discover that the 100 page mess… Read More

  • Meet the New Boss, Same As the Old Boss

    Hello MobileCrunch readers. The guys at CrunchGear have been tasked to update and moderate MobileCrunch and we will soon be ramping up with a new lead reporter focusing on Mobile 2.0. Before we begin, however, I’d like to get your input on what you’d like to see here. We will definitely be running M2.0 profiles, just as the Oliver did, but we’d also like to bring some of… Read More

  • Sony Rear-Projections: Uber-thin

    I was talking to some folks who knew people who worked at Sony and they are pissed. Essentially the marketing budget gets eaten up by things like this — a 1080p 3LCD TV with a slim-line design — and the rest of the company gets the shaft. This model, the KDF-46E3000, is a thin rear-projection that comes in 37-, 46-, and 50-inch models. Say what you want about Sony TVs, but this… Read More

  • Sony Bluetooth Headphones: Surpisingly Attractive


    I’ve seen a lot of Bluetooth headphones in my day including offerings from Koss and Plantronics but these are a pair that I could probably wrap my head into… errr… you know what I mean? Wrap around my head? The Sony DR-BT21G uses all the latest Bluetooth protocols and pairs with both phones and a whatever Bluetooth dongle you care to use. No price and it looks like… Read More

  • Samsung GX10 Hands On

    The Samsung GX10 is a beefy DSLR from a company well-known for its slim-and-sexy point-and-shoots. While it’s done a consumer DSLRs before, this 10.2-megapixel beast is quite a step up from the previous 6-megapixel version, the GX1S, they sold for about $550 last year. As a burgeoning camera nut, I was excited to see the GX10 entering an already crowded marketplace. Does it have a… Read More

  • Zune Douchery Angers New Yorkers

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-3938916002153088312&hl=en I don’t know what the Zune promo folks were thinking, but they put a big Zune car out in front of Max Fish at 3AM, angering more than one infinitely patient New Yorker in the process. Even in a city where it’s common to see people defecating on street corners at 4:45AM — true story! &mdash… Read More