John Biggs

Biggs is a contributor for TechCrunch. He 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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs).

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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  • Hitachi Rollerball Interface Concept

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Another concept device using a very cool system of see-through rollerballs and a back button to do just about anything. They had a few mock-ups and it really makes sense once you see how smoothly everything works with just a ball. Maybe the next iPod can get a scroll-ball? Read More

  • Sony Rolly: MP3-playing robot or glistening, ambulatory Aibo turd?

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf This video of the Sony Rolly MP3 player sums up everything that is wrong with the former electronics giant — a lack of vision, the inability to produce products people want, and ham-handed attempts at fun that are quickly quashed by higher ups. Thats, said, just look at that little bastard roll! Read More

  • Amazing 3D gesture-based Pioneer GPS system

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf I was wandering around the show floor when I came upon this little gem. It’s a gesture-based 3D system that lets you control your dashboard GPS/radio with a wave of your finger. It’s over at the Carrozzeria booth, which is an offshoot of Pioneer. The icons that pop up float in 3D and you wave and bat… Read More

  • Sony announces updated Reader, eBook lovers around the world to meet in a phone booth to celebrate


    Call me Mr. Crazypants — it’s a Hungarian name, I think — but aren’t we done with eBook readers? I could see eBooks on the iPhone or eBooks on our laptops, but a standalone reader is just too esoteric and niche to really go far. I want this stuff to work but it’s just not in the cards. That said, Sony just announced their new Sony Reader. It will cost $300 and… Read More

  • Crazy, uber-skinny Sharp HDTVs

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf I got a chance to circle the new ultra-slim sharp LCDs. They look amazing and they’re so damn thin it’s incredible. There’s one shot in there of an LCD sliding up out of some cabinet and it looks like a piece of paper popping up. These are truly flat screens. Read More

  • Toshiba Booth Tour

    I love the Qosmio line of Toshiba laptops and this collection of Gigabeats, phones, and cameras made me pee a little. Essentially the entire laptop line is very slick with unique touches like HDDVD playback and odd applications for music and photo viewing. Read More

  • Panasonic's DIGA Blu-Ray/DVD Recorders: 18 hours on one BR disk

    Our first stop was a huge announcement by Panasonic about their line of DIGA Blu-Ray/DVD recorders. The recorders — BW700/800/900 on the Blu-Ray side and XW200V/100/300 on the DVD side — include monstrous hard drives and we’ll probably never see them over here. The Blu-Ray series starts at 250GB and tops out at 1TB of internal storage. It records to DVD and Blu-Ray and… Read More

  • CEATEC 2007: The sky over the Chiba Bridge was the color of a TV set tuned to no channel


    Hello, true-believers. I just landed in Narita last night and I’m getting ready to wander the halls at CEATEC, one of the biggest CE and component shows in Asia. Not sure what I’ll see here but I’m sure it will be fabulous. Stay tuned and follow my travels here. If you emailed me about meeting up, I’ll get back to you this afternoon. If you’re in Japan and want… Read More

  • My Stint on the Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy Show

    There are a couple of wacky, wacky guys out in Atlanta who put on a health and fitness show every Thursday evening. After weeks of missed connections, I finally got to sit in on one of the tapings and even got to say a few words on gadgets I used on the road to finishing my marathon. Take a listen. They guys are hilarious and I even mention Yoda. It sounds like I’ll be on every other week… Read More

  • CrunchGear in Japan

    Hey, guys. I’ll be in Tokyo for CEATEC next week. If you’d like to meet up for some sake and iPhone fondling and/or Web 2.0 talk, please drop me a line at john @ crunchgear.com. My schedule is still kind of up in the air but I hope to have an evening free for karaoke. See you soon! Read More

  • Destroy all phones: Portable GSM phone jammer


    Want to know why I don’t got to the movies anymore? Because consistently and without fail all the times I’ve gone in the past two years I’ve sat behind or in front of — always very near — people talking on the phone. Seriously. So in leiu of throwing Junior Mints at them, I suspect I’ll just get this portable phone jammer for $166 and cut them off at… Read More

  • CrunchGear in Japan

    Hey, guys. I, John Biggs (not Mike) will be in Tokyo for CEATEC next week. If you’d like to meet up for some sake and iPhone fondling and/or Web 2.0 talk, please drop me a line at john @ crunchgear.com. My schedule is still kind of up in the air but I hope to have an evening free for karaoke. See you soon! Read More

  • ViaMichelin x970 quick look


    The Michelin Red Book is Europe’s premier restaurant guide. Yes, it’s sponsored by a tire company but its rankings are so highly regarded that an eatery can make or break its reputation based on a star from the guide’s reviewers. It’s big overseas, but not so big over here, which is why ViaMichelin, a GPS device maker and mapping service, has a hard road ahead of… Read More

  • Vista will eat itself

    Don Reisinger knows what’s good for Microsoft and that’s burying all copies of Vista in New Mexico along with E.T. for the Atari 2600. He points out all of Microsoft’s failures — no extras, a stunning resemblance to OS X/Linux, and slow updates — and refuses to see the good deep in Vista’s heart. The time is up. Microsoft must abandon Vista and move on. Read More

  • iPhone update 1.1.1: the aftermath

    And so it begins. After Apple released the iPhone 1.1.1 Update yesterday, there are conflicting reports of seamless activations and happy customers mixed in with cries of anguish from AT&T customers locked out of their iPhones as well as a collective shudder as unlocked iPhone users watch the boards for news of the coming 3rd Party App Holocaust (they opened for Metallica in 1998. They… Read More

  • Erector SpyKee: Erector

    Nikko and Erector just launched the Spykee Spy Robot, a Johnny-5-esque little fellow that recharges itself and includes a webcam and MP3 player all in a clever little package. It costs about $299 and lets you watch your family remotely, ensuring that your domicile will be safe from robo-phobic burglers. It reacts to motion so when someone pops in for a visit the SpyKee can email their picture… Read More

  • iPhone Firmware Update May or May Not Brick the Hell Out of Your iPhone

    I’m a Digital Life right now so I can’t test my hacked, smacked, and cracked iPhone, but Gizmodo has a great thread about the iPhone unlock and the vagaries of the new firmware which includes the Wi-Fi Music Store and a few other improvements. As far as I can tell there are no issues with the upgrade, but who knows for sure. At least we know that the original FUD wasn’t quite… Read More

  • Disney Mobile Shuts Down, Goofy Cries Bitter Tears of Regret

    As you may have heard from your Fairy Godmother, Disney Mobile is now kaput. The service is essentially dead and your phone, complete with Minnie, Mickey, or Wee Heinrich, a misguided pre-war character that didn’t win Disney many friends in the international community. What does this mean for the poor folks who bought the phones? Well, they’ll reimburse you and/or you’ll still… Read More

  • Intel Research Wants Your Gadgets To Know You, Love You, Hold You Forever

    Intel’s research labs aren’t like other research labs. If anyone is going to be able to incite the first war against the machine, it will be some guy in a bunny suit who insults an Intel 8-core autonomous Jeep with dual Gatling guns. Now, however, their goal is to create mini-systems that can “understand” us and react accordingly. In a longish interview, Intel describes… Read More

  • Gizmo VOIP for BlackBerry

    Get some VOIP strange on your BlackBerry with the Gizmo project. Similar to Skype and the like, Gizmo is completely free and allows you to IM and make calls from your BlackBerry using their own native software. BlackBerry Download Page Read More