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 and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. You can [Tweet him here]( Email him directly at

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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  • Pentax Launches Two New Point and Shoots

    The S10 Pentax has just announces two new Optios, the Z10 with 7X optical zoom and the S10, a 10-megapixel super-slim model. Both cameras ship in September for $249.99. Read More

  • Laser Beam Wristwatch: 100% Computer Controlled

    Clearly, we’ve evolved since 1985. via WWR Read More

  • SNES Games That Defined a Generation

    I missed the whole SNES thing back in the 1990s, but it’s nice to see some titles from my childhood and to catch up on old friends like Samus, Link, and Burt Reynolds wearing a bathrobe and little else — that last one wasn’t a video game character, just a recurring fantasy. Read More

  • Blogspot Completely Down?

    In the wake of the Great Skype Outage of 2007 everyone who is everyone in IT should be watching their servers and production code like a flock of hawks. Well, it looks like Google isn’t taking my advice because as of 10:43 EST it looks like Blogspot is completely down. I’m OK with that — my Commander Ackbar fan fiction network uses WordPress — but shouldn’t… Read More

  • New Nanos in the Wild

    9to5Mac has some hot pictures of the new widescreen Nano that Apple may or may not be launching ever. Real? Fake? Who knows. We trade in rumor, here, and exchange rate is our sanity. Nano Spy Pics [9to5mac] Read More

  • Sprint Nextel Raises Messaging Rate, Does Not Allow Customers to Fly Free, Free As the Wind Blows

    Sprint Nextel just raised their messaging rates to 20 cents per casual SMS and, in a particularly sneaky move, modified their terms of service to ensure that customers couldn’t slip out of their contracts after the change. Read More

  • Dell Failing in Consumer Satisfaction Sez WSJ

    I’d love to give you more information on this story, but the Wall Street Journal is still rocking the “walled garden” approach to newsgathering so we’ll paraphrase and link to a blog that deserves linkage. Read More

  • iPhone Firmware Update Released: Your Hacks are Safe

    Apparently all of the iPhone hackers can now rejoice because the current update didn’t brick their hardware. Release 1.02 includes only “bug fixes” which is code for “embedding tracking bits into every piece of software so Steve and his robot army and destroy those who know how to work the iPhone tool chain.” Look for mass death and destruction by the time update… Read More

  • Verizon's Motorola Q 9m: First Look

    They’re doing it again. After years of disappointing phones, I can honestly say that I’m excited about the Moto Q 9m. This phone, aimed at the youth market, is primarily a music phone and takes advantage of Verizon’s V Cast music service (*cough $1.99 for tracks cough* WTF? *ahem*) in a package that is far removed from the original Q. Read More

  • iPhone in Europe in Time for Förder Chröstmas-tide

    The Financial Times is reporting that the iPhone will be available in Germany, France and the UK under T-Mobile, Orange, and O2, respectively. This odd move — choosing to go with three different operators — is an example of the oddly fractured nature of European cell providers. Read More

  • Poppet: Not A Small Child From the Victorian Era, Is Actually Useful

    We here at CrunchGear fear the elderly and their strange powers, and so we revel in anything that will turn their gimlet eyes from our soft, tasty underbellies and back onto their daily pill ration. To wit: the Poppet, a solution to a fairly big problem. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: The Final Prizes Until the Final Countdown

    OK. Just got a chance to go through all the entries and here are the winners of the final prizes. Special thanks to ALL of the sponsors and extra special love and kisses to Blast Media for sponsoring our party. Great fun was had by all and sundry. For more coverage take a look at TheSocial on CNET. Anyone else post about the event? Remember: the main event is still going on. We require a… Read More

  • CrunchGear 1st Birthday Bash Recap and Photos

    We at one of the “other” Crunch blogs celebrated our first birthday last night and we have a plethora of pictures featuring some of the New York tech scene. It wasn’t quite a bunch of tanned, attractive people partying under a fading Palo Alto sunset, but was still a party. Special thanks to all the sponsors and Blast Media for allowing us to give out great prizes —… Read More

  • When Woz Wuz Young

    Not sure what to make of this commercial featuring the Woz and his fancy new Datsun, but it sure makes me want to buy… I’m not sure what. Apples? Datsuns? via Macenstein Read More

  • "Call Center From Hell:" Disgruntled Call Center Employee Spills All

    Not sure what to make of this missive I found in our comments, but it makes for an interesting read. This guy apparently worked at Audatex Ann Arbor in Michigan and hated every minute of it. The most interesting thing? He was a French speaker and therefore couldn’t go to lunch with the other French speaker because then they would totally blow out the “bi-lingual” calling… Read More

  • Cloudprint: When 50 Internet Cafes in Goa Aren't Enough

    HP has unveiled a new printing technology, called CloudPrint, that allows you to upload documents to HP’s servers in PDF format and then print them anywhere in the world. You send the file through the free service and receive an SMS with a “pick-up” code. You can then go to any Cloudprint printer — HP provides a handy map — and type in the code to print your… Read More

  • Hey, Ladies! Hey, What? I Will Track You Using Satellite Technology

    It isn’t April, so this can’t be a joke, but the Aphrodite Project looks pretty darn odd. It is some sort of shoe — a platform pump, I believe they call it — that contains a GPS tracker and little compartment for money, mace, and pictures of Mama, is sleeping on the Russian steppes, far, far from this horrible nightclub. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Last Call for Birthday Fun

    Just a reminder: our red hot Red Sky party is still on. We’ll be meeting on the 20th at 7pm and we’ll have some great giveaways. If you’ve sent an RSVP to either or on the Facebook group, then you and all your guests are accounted on the list and you’ll be entered in the giveaway drawings. Click through to read the specifics. IF YOU RECEIVED AN… Read More

  • Amazon Leaks Canon 40D Specs

    Looks like Amazon pulled another blooper with the Canon EOS 40D. Eagle-eyed shoppers found a page stating that the camera would drop September 20th for $1,299 (body only). It still has a 10-megapixel sensor but they’ve also found out that it will have a 3-inch display and a new 802.11b/g transmitter add-on called the WFT-E3A. Full specs after the jump. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Pinnacle PCTV To Go Wireless

    It’s down to the wire now and we still how some red-hot prize to give away. It’s a Sunday, so lets drop a quick Pinnacle PCTV To Go Wireless on y’all and call it a day. What is it? Simply plug Pinnacle PCTV To Go into your video, satellite or digital cable TV source—run the set-up wizard and you are ready to watch your favorite TV shows, sporting events, movies, news… Read More