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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs) and [G+ him](https://plus.google.com/u/0/102814019596965765116/posts) here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Be An Apple 2-Dollar 802.11n WiFinnaire!

    Be An Apple 2-Dollar 802.11n WiFinnaire!


    We originally thought Apple’s 802.11n would cost $5 but Apple will now only charge $1.99 to pop in a little patch to enable 802.11n in current AirPort cards and routers. Purchasers of the $179 Airport Extreme Base Station ,AKA the thing that looks like Apple TV, get the patch for free. Why are they charging anything at all? So they can can keep up with Generally Accepted Accounting… Read More

  • Nokia Shows Off Near Field Communication

    The big boys have been talking about NFC (basically RFID) for years now and it will probably never hit a cellphone near you but PhoneScoop did their due diligence and took a tour of the wonders of “putting your phone next to a picture of your best gal and having it call her.” Why not just put her on speed dial? PhoneScoop via RingNokia Read More

  • MobileCrunch's Take on Nokia N800

    MobileCrunch's Take on Nokia N800

    Oliver at MobileCrunch got his mitts on a Nokia N800 for a whole month and wrote a fairly detailed and expository review of the Internet tablet that would be king. His final assessment? All in all I love this device. I love the convenience, I love the size, I love the instant on/off capability. I think it does many things well and the excitement that I feel when engaged with the… Read More

  • Mossberg on Vista: Best Windows Yet, Awful Purdy

    , be ready for a flood of praise and excoriation. The latest comes from Walthus Mossberg the Great of the WSJ who says: Vista is much prettier than previous versions of Windows. Its icons look better, windows have translucent borders, and items in the taskbar and in folders can display little previews of what they contain. Security is supposedly vastly better; there are some new free… Read More

  • The Amazing Mexican Ball-Dropping Robot

    Some seniors in Guadalajara, Mexico made a cool-looking robot arm that can pick up balls and drop them — no mean feat — and it’s all run with a modified Playstation controller. The real draw, however, is the amazing video score. Imagine if they added that kind of music to everything you did in life — a swell of horns when you buy a burger, a trill of violins after taking… Read More

  • Orb MyCasting: iTunes + Wii = Hotness

    Orb MyCasting: iTunes + Wii = Hotness


    Orb MyCasting is a program that allows you to stream music and photos from your PC to your Wii. Using the Wii’s built-in Opera browser, Orb creates a mini-server inside your subnet and displays your content right on the Wii’s screen. This isn’t really amazing news, but it’s clearly a nice way to get around the Massive and Prevalent Stupidity Currently Surrounding… Read More

  • Wal-Mart Can Come Over and Ride My Wii

    in order to check out. Screw y’all, Wal-Mart. Bundle this. Nintendo Wii Holiday Bundle Read More

  • Blu-Ray Cracked [??]

    encryption system. I’m calling bull on this one. I suspect someone will deAACS Blu-Ray with a standalone drive and a PC, just like they did with HD-DVD, but what do I know? This just in: Possible Blu-ray title/volume key exploit found on PS3 [HDTVBlogger via PS3Scene via Gizmodo] Read More

  • HTC VOX Spotted

    HTC VOX Spotted


    that looks like a direct successor to the Hermes and Herald line. Click the image for a bigger pic. The image was apparently taken using satellite imagery but it seems to point to the product actually hitting someone’s line-up this year. It’s a Quad-band GSM phone with EDGE so it probably won’t hit T-Mobile but it would be strange for Cingular/AT&T to cannibalize… Read More

  • AdFree.tv: Will Rip and Convert for Beer Money

    AdFree.tv: Will Rip and Convert for Beer Money


    Not sure what to make of this odd site. It looks to be a labor of love by a young student with dreams of “watching ad-free TV” but I think it will be shut down faster than a bull fight in a Hummel figurine plant. That said, go and get thee some 40 Year Old Virgin while old Mr. Crenshaw is napping in his corner office. AdFreeTV Read More

  • Wherefore Art Thou, DRM?

    Wherefore Art Thou, DRM?

    Ars Technica and BusinessWeek take a cold, hard look at the reasons behind DRM and why — assuming honest people won’t break DRM — it’s still in play. Essentially, content providers are afraid of losing control over their content. Back when wax cylinders were all the rage and VHS tapes were hitting the market, Jack Valenti was actually worried that multiple people… Read More

  • Penny Arcade Weighs in on CES

    Penny Arcade Weighs in on CES

    I’m just going to quote these guys and leave it at that. This is how I felt ALL THE TIME in Vegas. I can only see, oh, two hundred or so flat-panel televisions before I feel confident that they are very flat indeed. It was fun to see the men in the show’s car audio cavern pretend that they weren’t huge dorks and were, in fact, masculine, but that’s all. They seemed… Read More

  • First Pirated HD-DVD Movie Hits BitTorrent

    , weighing in at 19GB, has appeared on the Interwebs and is now being happily seeded and downloaded as we speak. This is hilarious for multiple reasons, but the most telling one is a conversation I remember at an event over the summer. A well-intentioned rep was telling journos that HD-DVD is uncrackable because it “checks online” for a key of some sort. While this is ostensibly… Read More

  • Razer Collection: Getting Better All the Time

    Razer Collection: Getting Better All the Time


    After much fanfare, Razer has begun steadily releasing hardware in its high-end gaming peripherals line. The latest is some sort of 2.1 sound system called the Mako. The THX-certified system uses two satellite speakers, a subwoofer, and a wonky little remote control that hangs out like a gaming lolly. Will it improve your in-game audio? The one shown at CES was just a mock-up, but if… Read More

  • 13 Minutes with the Nokia N76: 12 Minutes too Many?

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=5036622942191935859&hl=en Stefan at Ring Nokia loves Nokia. He wants to work for them. He loves them so much that he locked himself up with the N76 and videotaped himself talking about it for 13 minutes. While we can’t speak for his sanity, if you enjoy or are at least aware of the existence of Nokia, feel free to click away. But… Read More

  • Dummy Nokia E61i In the Wild

    Dummy Nokia E61i In the Wild

    I dug the E61 and I suppose I’ll dig the E61i. This updated version of Nokia’s Symbian smartphone has all the slim good looks of the E61 but hopefully none of the nasty slowdown problems. What you see here is actually a “dummy” version for cellphone stores and costs a mere $22.99 for those so inclined. An interesting opportunity to for Nokia fetishists, but little real… Read More

  • Netflix Offering PC Video Streaming

    , another brand steps up and begins offering stuff folks really want. Starting today, Netflix will start offering streaming movies for free to subscribers. On Tuesday, Mr. Hastings will begin to answer that question. Netflix is introducing a service to deliver movies and television shows directly to users’ PCs, not as downloads but as streaming video, which is not retained in… Read More

  • TiVo Fast-Foward Ads: They're Back

    and the BEGINNING of the next segment? Apparently this only appears over certain pre-coded commercials but best of all you can plop your ass down for more commercials by clicking the green thumbs-up button. Please don’t make me get MythTV on your ass and give up my TiVo subscription entirely. I thought we were friends. TiVo’s Fast Forward Ads Are Back [Surmise] Read More

  • Microsoft eToilet: Fun-neee!

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/off switch, and holds 5 billions songs. It also accepts and macerates human waste! And we missed the secret meeting. The eToilet is not unlike a regular toilet in its basic functions, but includes a 21-inch flat-screen monitor built into the toilet lid itself that swings out on a swivel arm when in use. Many of its functions… Read More

  • iPhone != Newton?

    iPhone != Newton?

    CG reader Bruce sent us a note today pointing out an interesting aspect of the the iPhone decision. He writes: A lot is being said about the exclusive Cingular deal, no 3G, and the high price for a phone. How about short term positioning this as a true “pocket pc”? It has a PC O/S, wifi access for online use, great screen, etc… If Apple wants to sell this through their… Read More