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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  • AOL Suggests Five Items Not to Buy, Loses Advertisers

    . Why, you ask? If you’re simply looking for a fun game system, you can find a Nintendo Wii (try eBay) or Xbox for around $400. You could also simply wait for more PS3 games or for the system itself to come down in price. Heresy! What does AOL know anyway! And they also say don’t buy Vista. What douches. Let’s go and flame them, fellow sub-literate fanboys. Fly! Fly! Top… Read More

  • Guitar Hero Commodore 64 Interface

    I was never really good at Guitar Hero — too fast! Too much hard music! — but I think I could probably rock it on the C64 if they eventually ported/cloned it. After all, I was really good at Falcon Quest and that 20 questions program that we used to play back in grade school. Anyway, Toni’s Shredz64 is an effort to connect the Guitar Hero controller to a Commodore 64 using an… Read More

  • Emancipate Yourself From iTunes Slavery

    , a program that will play your music on any computer, even one without iTunes. The iPod and iTunes are both great products, but to some the inability to use it anywhere and everywhere is a bit grating. This definitely settles the score. Hack Attack: Add music and movies to your iPod from any computer without iTunes [Lifehacker] Read More

  • Competitive Gaming Goes Hollywood


    Amish competitive gaming uses no electricity. With the rise of real “faces” like Fatal1ty and his ilk, competitive gaming is starting to really hit NASCAR levels. Major League Gaming is now working on bringing competitive gaming footage to TV, mobiles, and online for the amusement of ever-ravenous fans. Their deal, in partnership with Flame Ventures and talent agency Endeavor… Read More

  • Japanese Keychain Fobs: Gizmo Never Looked So Great

    Ahh, the Japanese — forever misreading cultural clues. These cellphone fobs are fairly cool. There’s a Gremling in there and some sort of green pea thing and a kewpie doll. But what’s this? A Sambo charm? A smoking baby? Something must be in the water over at Japanese Cellphone Fob Design Central. Only in Japan: Politically incorrect phone charms [Mad4MobilePhones] Read More

  • Wiitube: Social Networking for the Nunchuck Set

    , so you know it’s got to be good. What’s it all about? What are the two best things in the world of technology today? Obviously it is the Nintendo Wii and Uploading Videos. So why not combine them? Oh, we did, and we got Wiitube! Clearly, niches must be filled, people. Niches must be filled! Site Read More

  • The Full XM+Sirius Announcement Call

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=2086083982842883267&hl=en Here is the entire XM+Sirius earnings call that went out yesterday along with all of the slides. Great stuff. Why does Mel Karmazin love “best-of-breed” so much? Thanks, EarningsCast! Read More

  • Running Over the Nokia N76 With a Limo

    The boys at MobileBurn ran over a Nokia N76 just to see what would happen. The result? Not a scratch and nary a crack. Pretty cool. Read More

  • TXTDrop.com: Free SMS


    In the spirit of AllCallsForFree or whatever that latest Iowa free international number is, TXTDrop is offering free SMS calls. No catch, just a little added tag at the end of the message advertising the service. There’s even an OS X widget and the mandatory Web 2.0 logo. Give it a go — while its still free. Web Page Read More

  • 419 Scammers Find the Parrot is Deceased

    I’m not sure how many folks are falling for 419 scams anymore — there are plenty of other scams out there that are working considerably better right now — but one scambaiter got his scammers to act out the Dead Parrot sketch. Quite funny. 419 scammers tricked into re-creating Dead Parrot Sketch [BoingBoing] Read More

  • Palm on the Block, Nokia In the Running

    Like the late, great Compaq, Palm looks like it’s going to be subsumed by a bigger company in the next few days. Rumors abound regarding a possible purchase by Nokia, although Motorola is also in the running. What does that mean for us? Probably Symbian-based Treo-esque devices or, heaven forefend, Windows Mobile or Palm devices coming out of the Finnish giant. The only real precedent… Read More

  • 3X DVD Launched: Kinda HD, But Not

    3X DVD is a red-laser DVD standard that works on HD DVD players but uses standard DVD discs rather than the more expensive HD DVD disks. The discs, which are now available, offer AACS copy protection but transcode video to VC-1 or AVC and lower the resolution to 720p, not bad, but definitely not great. This sounds sort of like the VCD standard — popular with pirates but not with anyone else. Read More

  • Gamers Make Better Surgeons


    A study appearing in the Archives of Surgery has found a strong correlation between gaming skills and strong surgical skills. Surprise, surprise. After looking at 33 doctors at the Beth Israel Medical Center, the study’s authors discovered that those who played video games did better at 36-hour surgical skills test. They also proposed that video games are a great way to train brain… Read More

  • A Quick Call for Help

    I’m running a marathon in June. I’m taking part in Team in Training, a part of the the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and they offer training and support during the ordeal/sporting event to volunteers who agree to raise money for them. They’re also flying me out to the marathon site, in San Diego, and will probably transport my body back to Brooklyn when I cross the finish… Read More

  • Kronoforms Robot Watch

    Wow! I had one of these when I was a kid! Amazing! And check out the battle station! via Watchismo Read More

  • Google Engineers Go Geek on Hard Drives


    After using hundreds of thousands of hard drives in their quest for world domination, Google knows a thing or two about spinning platters. All of their hard work has been distilled into one academic paper describing correlations between hard drive age, manufacturer, and data density. The most interesting finding? SMART, the system used to test hard drives for imminent failure, is all but… Read More

  • Sirius and XM Merging Today?

    The NY Post is running some rumors that XM and Sirius are merging today, creating a satellite radio juggernaut that will be nigh unstoppable. The deal would meld XM and Sirius into one 12 million subscriber network and get Sirius out of a major hole. Both of the companies, while offering excellent content, are now learning what old media learned only a few years ago: if you build it… Read More

  • Cellular Plant Communicator

    Well this is clever if not aged, but I hadn’t seen it yet, so here we go. This is a plant that tells you how thirsty it is. Essentially it’s a sensor that measures soil moisture and relays it through an open source phone system which allows it to “tell” you if its thirsty over the phone. What good does that do when you’re next to the plant? Who knows, but at least… Read More

  • Buy Your Own Voting Machine for $82

    Princeton Computer Science Professor Andrew Appel and his students bought five Sequoia voting machines over the Internet for $82 each and are now reverse engineering the monsters to figure out how horribly our democracy is dying. The professor bought them from election officials in North Carolina during a government auction. Sequoia is well-known for their claims that opening up their… Read More

  • Internet Addict Sues IBM, Goes on Internet

    I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. It seems a 58 year old vet at IBM was caught on adult chatrooms at work, fired, and is now suing Big Blue for $5 million, citing Internet addiction. “Plaintiff was discharged by IBM because he visited an Internet chat room for a sexual experience during work after he had been previously warned,” the company said. Now I like me some… Read More