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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  • Don't Worry, Kids, the Sidekick 4 is Coming

    The Sidekick 4 AKA the Shuriken looks like it might beat down that ugly Zante and make it lick its jet-black boots. The guys at Hiptop3 have found mention of a 3-inch widescreen Sharp device with 1.3-megapixel camera and MicroSD slot. Looks like it’s going to hit the US next Christmas, although it could drop earlier as there is some mention of Germany in there. Sidekick 4 aka the… Read More

  • When JP Morgan Talks, People Shouldn't Listen: No iPhone Nano

    JP Morgan has retracted Kevin Chang’s, statement about an iPhone Nano coming like in five days and it will have like so many cool things like maybe a phone that makes free phone calls to like your friends and that it will run on T-Mobile and have a cool file browser and let you put your own ringtones on it and it will have three screens, one on the top so you can see who’s calling… Read More

  • Super Video Heroes: Louderbeck and Belmont Leave Respective News Outfits

    Well this is an odd lumpkin of news. Jim Louderbeck, PC Magazine (“The Magazine You No Longer Read”) EIC, has been replaced by Lance Ulanoff, PC Mag’s reviews editor. Louderbeck, who launched TechTV back when there was still money in the media world, appears to be headed to video site Revision3. Read More

  • Microsoft Reader Optimized for Origami, All Five Origami Lovers Rejoice

    I thought UMPCs had gone the way of the Tablet PC and polio, but not so. Apparently Microsoft has just rewritten its Reader application for Origami, allowing at least a VW Beetle-load of people the opportunity to read ebooks in all their magical, blazing glory. Next: MineSweeper redesigned for maximum Microsoft Surface compatibility. Product Page via Origami Project Read More

  • Huzzah! Pirates Share Video Rather Than Rip DVDs, Rarely Ride in Helio-Copters, Never Use Hair Pomade!

    Well, now we’re getting somewhere in the war against piracy. Analysts at NPD have cracked the code to a pirates mind-set and discovered that people rarely “rip” or remove video from Digital Video Discs and instead “share” files on services like “Napstore” and “BitDonkey,” two “files sharing services.” “There is an urban… Read More

  • iPhone File System Hacked

    Well, it had to happen. The IRC-loving haxors who figured out how too drop kick the activation requirements have found a way to browse the iPhone’s file system. The result is an amazing feat of prestidigitation: they basically moved the Safari icon to the main set of icons. Not a huge deal, but impressive enough. Not much available on how they did it — a tool will be available… Read More

  • Silly Woman! Only One iPhone Per Customer!

    I’m not quite sure what’s going on here. It actually looks more staged than real, but it seems some moron bought first place in line in Dallas for $800 and then sauntered in expecting to buy out the store. Instead, she was told she could only buy one and the guy she bought out got a phone and a bunch of cash. Pretty dopey. via MobilitySite Read More

  • Best Buy Tech Tells All

    Consumerist, the site every CEO loves to hate, just ran a huge interview with a former Best Buy employee who essentially said that Geek Squad techs pirated MP3s, sold amateur porn to amateur porn sites, and generally come from that expensive yet dangerous school of IT admins — the Devry. benpopken: Is porn-stealing then a form of insubordination and acting out?
    hashand: Well, more a sense… Read More

  • CrunchGear Budapest Meet-up Registration Page

    I’m 90% certain we’ll hold this on Tuesday night at 7pm at a yet undisclosed venue. If you are attending, please register through the link below. Event Registration Read More

  • CrunchGear Central European Meet-up: First Stop, Budapest

    I’ve been hinting at a CrunchGear reader meet-up somewhere in Central Europe and I’ve decided to hold the first one next week in Budapest. I have to confirm the date, time, and location, but I’m looking for Hungarian folks who might have something to show off or talk about to a group of cool, tech savvy readers and I’m also looking for sponsors and/or giveaways. If… Read More

  • Salon is Down With iPhone Mania

    http://images.salon.com/ent/video_dog/VideoDogPlayer.swf First Machinist and now this! Well, I think the Machinist is better, but whatevs. This video, hot on the tail of last month’s news, is kind of cute and actually more than a little annoying. Czech it out! Read More

  • EA Says Games Need to Innovate, Releases "Games Need to Innovate 2007," Soon to Launch "Games Need to Innovate 2008"


    “We’re boring people to death and making games that are harder and harder to play.” That’s what John Riccitiello, CEO of EA said to the WSJ. Sing it, Johnny. EA, the kings of launching boring and hard video games that try to cash in on franchises and crappy movies, has finally seen the light. His criticism is nothing new. Everyone from Peter Molyneux to the drunk… Read More

  • Java Could be Activated on iPhone

    This is some wishful thinking, really, but there is Java acceleration built into the Samsung S3C6400 processor which iPhonistas believe could possibly feasibly allow Java to run natively on the iPhone. Since Steve said that Java eats rotten goat tongues, don’t expect to see any Java any time soon, but it’s nice to know that we can, potentially, at some point in time, see Java… Read More

  • OpenDNS Honcho David Ulevitch Profiled in NYT


    Would you buy DNS from this man? Well, you don’t have to. We love us some OpenDNS. It’s useful — the new “short-cut” feature and pR0n blocking are great to keep us undistracted and working — its CEO, David Ulevitch, was a really cool guy. Plus the kid is only 25. Well, John “The Animal” Markoff wrote all about him and his company. It’s… Read More

  • No Free Phone Calls For You: Blyk Delayed


    Blyk is supposed to be some sort of Euro-only free cellphone service that depends on ads and interstials to offer free calls and texting to subscribers. As we all remember, this business model really works well — just look at eMachines, for gosh sakes — but that won’t stop fools from trying it. To that end, it turns out the the service is currently delayed and probably… Read More

  • CrunchGear Central European Meet-up: First Stop, Budapest

    I’ve been hinting at a CrunchGear reader meet-up somewhere in Central Europe and I’ve decided to hold the first one next week in Budapest. I have to confirm the date, time, and location, but I’m looking for Hungarian folks who might have something to show off or talk about to a group of cool, tech savvy readers and I’m also looking for sponsors and/or giveaways. If… Read More

  • Creative ZEN Stone Plus Shipping?

    Reader Rajiv sent in a note informing us that he spotted the ZEN Stone Plus — the Stone with the screen — on Amazon. It’s $69.99 and apparently they have it in stock, although it could be a glitch, especially because the Amazon says that it weighs “1 pounds.” Pounds, baby, pounds! Product Page Read More

  • Sprint Muziq by LG Review


    Creating a musicphone in this post-iPhone landscape is a difficult proposition. You used to get the obvious comparisons to the iPod and now you have to contend with what some folks are calling the “bestest iPod in the whole wide world and even in China! (TM)”. It’s enough to make a carrier cry. But Sprint knows that it has to keep releasing phones and it knows that it might… Read More

  • Taser to Sell Tasing Shotgun Shell


    All we are saying/Is give potentially lethal shots to the head with an electronic shotgun shell a chance Taser is one of our least favorite companies — they make weapons and then deny their lethality — but at least they keep some of our boys in blue safe and offer another way of stopping folks without putting a bullet in their leg. They’re announcing a new product, XREP… Read More

  • New Parallels Ads: I'm a Mac and You're a PC and I'm an Undying Metaphor for the War Between Two Methods for Writing Data to Magnetic Disks, Displaying Information

    Parallels, everyone’s favorite thing to download once, install, try, and then remove because there’s really nothing you need to install on your Mac from Windows except maybe an IDE or game or something, created a set of fairly cool Mac vs. PC ads that don’t drive the whole divide into the ground. Read More