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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  • iPhone Field Test Mode Explored

    Want to be just like that cool guy in the truck who gets to walk around testing cellular reception? Just enter “*3001#12345#*” into your iPhone — you can even do it during a call. This key combination opens the iPhone’s field test mode which is basically a little set or readouts that report on current cellular conditions, firmware information, and all the good stuff… Read More

  • Q-Bean: Go to the Website, Trust Me

    The Q-Bean is some sort of wireless audio transmiting device that consists of a Windows/Linux/Mac compatible dongle and a little bean-shaped thing. How does it work? You plug in the dongle, it starts to transmit to the bean, and you can even use it as a microphone. You listen to the audio through a headset attached to the bean. According to the website, the Q-Bean is cool and you can clip it… Read More

  • Smokey the Burninating MacBook Power Adapter

    Justin Stangel, one of the writers for David Letterman, took a nice video of his MacBook adapter initiating its self-destruct sequence and smoking like a 60-year-old spinster on Bingo night. via Giz Read More

  • CrunchGear Budapest Meet-up Update


    As much as I’d like to supply some confirmation or good news right now, I’m sad to say that I can’t confirm the date, location, or time of our upcoming meet-up. It WILL happen. I just can’t say when. Why? Because the postal service sucks. In order to save a few bucks — so I could maybe buy some beers for you guys — I had Matt send the iPhone 3-5 Day… Read More

  • Add Your Own Ringtone to the iPhone

    While this functionality should soon be available in some sort of cool open source UI package, the folks at HacktheiPhone have broken down the process into 23 easy to follow steps that involve downloading the iPhone restore files, hacking the crap out of them, putting your own ringtone into a folder, and uploading it. I’m going to put on an MP3 of my mom telling me how good I am. And… Read More

  • James Wagner Au to Second Life Marketers: Don't Be Stupid

    Everyone’s favorite games writer (after Peter Suciu), James Wagner Au, went about debunking five major myths about Second Life. The myths he debunks — that it has a population of 5 billion or 5 lonely weirds, that it is full of porn, penises, and dancing vulvas, etc. — are aimed at marketers who might be thinking of advertising in the world and are put off by dancing… Read More

  • JVC GZ-HD3 Hard Drive High Definition Videocam

    Word is going around about a new 60GB video camera from JVC, the GZ-HD3. The teeny cam will support 1440 x 1080 resolution and include an SDHC slot. No real official announcements, and when CamcorderInfo talked to the folks at the big Vic they said they had no official announcements, so I guess we’ll have to sit on our hands and wait. JVC Shows Off New High Definition Everio GZ-HD3… Read More

  • Motorola PEBL: Can We Try This Again?

    The Motorola PEBL was actually quite cool. In a year of angular, flat, and unappealing cellphones, the orotund and organic PEBL felt like something you might have placed on your back at an exclusive spa. Instead, it’s UI was an insipid as the RAZR’s and it just wasn’t angular, flat, and unappealing enough for the free-phone desiring masses. And so we come to the ROKR U9… Read More

  • The Dawn of Nerd: HP Looks Back at the Calculator, Gets Pantsed

    Ask any accountant or rocket scientist — HP makes some of the best calculators on the block. TI might have the graphing market sewn up — I had a weird friend who made a basketball game on his TI-81 (you typed in the angle of the shot and hit or missed the basket. Dude was a genius) — but when it comes to spelling 5318008 or rocking amortization rates, you come strapped with HP… Read More

  • VNC for iPhone

    Here’s an iPhone app for you geeks out there. VNC is a virtual desktop server that simply displays and allows you to interact with any desktop running a VNC server. Well, one version of the VNC program, TightVNC, allows for HTTP access so it’s trivial to then get to your desktop just by visiting your PC through Safari. Viola! VNC! OK, so it’s not earth-shattering. However, it… Read More

  • Nyko Wii Party Station

    I think Nyko is pretty aware of its target demographic. Let’s see: they play games in small groups, hence charging stations for four Wiimotes. Then they have a strange little scoring read-out so one of the players — the one who loves numbers — can keep score. Then it has four white drink cups and a chip dish. Finally, it has a hand dryer. Nyko, in a nutshell, has described… Read More

  • APPLE IPOD SOON TO HAVE ZUNE-LIKE CAPABILITIES, ABILITY TO KILL NINJAS

    I’ve been talking with PatentMonkey’s Cory about the latest breathless report of an Apple patent purporting to describe Zune-like sharing capabilities. Well, we’ve come to the conclusion that these patents don’t mean “Apple will make this iPod tomorrow night at send it to your Grandma’s house by Saturday.” It means that Apple has patented something with… Read More

  • iPods Can Kill


    …provided you’re hiding under a tree in a thunderstorm and, freakishly, lightning hits you instead of the tree and runs down the length of the iPod earbuds and blows out your ear drums and blows up your iPod. I mean, otherwise, you’re fine. Apparently a 37-year-old jogger in British Columbia (is that even a place?) got hit by a bolt of lightning resulting in severe burns. Read More

  • Samsung MM-X5: An iPod Dock

    Need an alarm clock? A radio tuner? A CD player? An iPod dock? Well, Samsung’s got you covered with their $199 MM-X5. It also plays back audio from a USB drive and looks like Darth Vader’s bidet. It should be available in October, but you could also just get any of the other 5,000 clock radio/iPod docks out there while you wait. Samsung Unveils MM-X5 iPod Dock/CD Player Combo [Giz] Read More

  • Taco Bell, Avatars, and the Decline of Western Civilization

    When Nero looked out over the ruins of Rome, he must have seen something like the TV Me! promotion from Taco Bell. The Bell, creators of the Fourthmeal and purveyors of food for the stoned, has an open casting call for customers to appear in its co-branded spots during the MTV Video Music Awards. Before you go get your hair done, however, the casting call is for 3D avatars created using Gizmoz… Read More

  • Om Malik Buys an iPhone, Sky Turns Blood Red Over Silicon Valley


    Cross now… Cross now…
    Om “The Animal” Malik just bought an iPhone. This is the same guy who said he’d never ever get an iPhone because it was… oh! It’s sooooo shiny. And has a touchscreen! Ooooh… me want! I just thought this hard-boiled pic was classic, actually. He looks like Deckert tracking down the next replicant. My iPhone Confession… Read More

  • Yellow Submarine iPod Coming Soon, Complete With Beatles Catalog

    I dig the Beatles. I really do. When I was in grade school my dad’s vinyl collection was just about the coolest thing ever and he had the Stones and some Hugh Masakela and quite a few Beatles albums. Good times. Good times. So now that we’re fairly certain that a Yellow Submarine version of the iPod is coming out complete with the entire Beatles back catalog, I have to ask… Read More

  • iLoad Can Now Rip DVDs, Still Fairly Silly


    This one guy who makes Wingspan’s iLoad hasn’t been very kind to the online community. His rants against people who consider the product derivative and silly are legendary and I’ve personally been flamed twice by this guy. I let Ken Sander review the iLoad because I wanted nothing to do with it. I think he did a good, fair job. It’s basically a small-form-factor PC… Read More

  • Build Your Own Hidden Door Bookshelf

    A lot of us have doors in our homes that don’t really go anywhere important. Do you really need to get into the closet where you keep the Halloween decorations and Aunt Claire’s desiccated body every day? Why not add a secret bookshelf doorway! Kenbob has posted a great Instructable — albeit designed by his father-in-law — about how to create a secret doorway out of… Read More

  • XBox Chatpad Outed, Will Cost $30, Available Sept. 4

    XBox360Fanboy found the product page for the mini XBox360 Chatpad, the little device that will fit under your gamepad and let you type messages to your friends and neighbors. It will cost $30, will be available on September 4, and that’s all we know right now. Product Page Read More