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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  • SlingLink Powerline Solutions: SlingBox Over Electrical Lines


    SlingBox just launched the SlingLink TURBO 1 ($99.99) and SlingLink TURBO 4 ($149.99) for home users. These powerline routers allow you to connect to your SlingBox over your home’s powerlines and not wirelessly or through a wireless or wired bridge. You can get similar gear for about the same price and, in my experience, powerline hasn’t matched a good old fashioned wireless or… Read More

  • Brooklyn Engrish


    Nothing odd here… Just something cute from the weekend’s festivities. My wife bought this beach toy, some sort of snapping turtle with shovels and buckets attached. When she got it home, we were amazed to find the most blatant disregard for English and cultural sensitivity since, oh, BenQ slapped their spokesmodel up against the ruins of the WTC. Read More

  • Pater Obsoletis: Votes Tallied, the Winner Is…

    Well, I tallied all the write-ins and all the comments and it looks like we have a winner. But first, a huge shout-out to Hitachi for hooking us up with the P42H401: Hitachi’s more than 50 years of TV experience, manufacturing and image refinement come together in the 42″ HD1080 Plasma HDTV. Hitachi uses proprietary technology to redefine High Definition, providing outstanding… Read More

  • Pater Obsoletis: The Final Countdown

    We didn’t get very many entries, but the entries we did get were great. Hit the jump for the videos and to vote for the best and technologically dullest Pater in existence. We’ll close voting on Friday at 12pm EST so the winner can tell Pops the good news. Read More

  • Sidebar Fixins

    Been futzing with the sidebar this morning. Let me know if it screws anything up — or is screwed up — on your browser. Read More

  • The Handmade Guns of Chechnya

    Ever play video games and look at the odd, futuristic and/or steampunk weapons and say “Wow, wouldn’t it be great if that were real?” Well, just head over to war-torn Chechnya where you can enjoy the thrill of firing a pirated, hand-made Dirty-Harry-style Magnum with all the excitement of having it blow up in your hand. These guns were confiscated by the Russian Army and show… Read More

  • T-MobileSignal: Unauthorized T-Mobile Forum Just Begging for a C&D

    More power to the cats over at T-MobileSignal, but they better get that TMo pink off of their forum or the Germans are going to blitz their inbox. Essentially, this is a fairly lively T-Mobile forum that answered some burning questions for some of our readers, so let’s all go over and wish them the best of luck. However, as Vincent at MyiPhone found out, trademark lawyers don’t… Read More

  • Leopard First Impressions Published, Quashed


    The lucky devils who got a dev version of OS X Leopard posted some tidbits and were quickly DESTROYED by legions of Apple lawyers. They are now circling the planet in a Kryptonian Phantom Zone but their words remain: • Mail is really great, seems super fast
    • Spotlight much more responsive, no pauses as you type
    • Safari seems faster and now has that styled text editor as in FireFox… Read More

  • Oots Oots Oots: You Gotta Believe the Equalizer BPM Helps You Raise The Roof

    Hey, funboys! Get a room! And while you’re at it, get an Equalizer BPM watch from Tokyoflash. This watch measures the audible BPM of any sound source — they’re saying it works as a heart rate monitor as well, but I doubt it — but for $65 you really can’t go wrong. It even has a little flashlight for picking out your next track. Hmmm… Dancing Queen or… Read More

  • The Toy Polaris Sub Revealed

    As a child of the early seventies, I grew up in a time between the scams on the Interwebs and scams on the backs of comic books. My parents were fairly savvy when it came to this kind of stuff, but on this one point they were dead wrong: the Polaris Sub, once available for a mere $6.98, kicked major ass. Look at this kid. Happy, submarining, just waiting for dirty commies to roll up on him. Read More

  • Pater Obsoletis: VOTE TIME

    We didn’t get very many entries, but the entries we did get were great. Hit the jump for the videos and to vote for the best and technologically dullest Pater in existence. We’ll close voting on Friday at 12pm EST so the winner can tell Pops the good news. Read More

  • Seth Porges Ha8s on the iPhone on Attack of the Show

    Hey, Seth, angry much about technology that EVERYONE LOVES AND YOU ARE TOTALLY WRONG ABOUT? Sorry. Just kidding. Seth was on G4TV on Tuesday and he kicked that Dummies book guy in the pooper. Hi-res version Read More

  • Spartan DX: Come for the DNA Testing, Stay for the iPod Nano

    DNA testers have historically been clunky devices saddled with heavy instruction manuals and even heavier price tags. I had a girlfriend who used to run DNA tests things and it looked like she was making espresso with one of those eagle-topped coffee makers. So what would you say about a standalone device that looks like a VHS tape rewinder and costs $15K? If you’re a biochemist… Read More

  • Pater Obsoletis: You Guys Came Through and Dads Everywhere Are Happier

    We didn’t get very many entries, but the entries we did get were great. Hit the jump for the videos and to vote for the best and technologically dullest Pater in existence. We’ll close voting on Friday at 12pm EST so the winner can tell Pops the good news. Read More

  • Happy Birthday, TechCrunch


    Our godfather site, TechCrunch, is two years old and we here at CG want to thank Don Arringtono for making this one of the best ALMOST years — we’re one in August — of our lives. We may not always show it, but his hard work and trust in this little team makes us all feel great and it’s an honor to work under such a respected overseer. Thanks, Mike. Happy Second… Read More

  • Viral Marketing How-To-Not: Sony

    SCENE: Two Sony marketing folks in a conference room. One is languidly stroking a PS3. “Hey, Frank. We need to make some viral video. You know, to support Blu-Ray.”
    “I hear the director for our new commercials got really drunk and kept the cameras rolling. Most of the footage is garbage.”
    “That sounds great. Kids love crappy video.”
    “Ok, but the… Read More

  • Safari's Porn Mode

    TUAW just dug up “private mode” in the new Safari 3 beta, a feature that deletes downloaded files, keeps no cookies, and doesn’t hold onto passwords or personal info. As someone who enjoys certain types of sites now and again — OK, every 15 minutes — it’s nice to know this is out there. It will definitely save on lawyer bills during the divorce… Read More

  • Win a 42-Inch Plasma: 24-Hours Until Contest Is Over

    Is anyone entering this contest? Are you all really that busy? Contest Info Read More

  • WTF IS UP WITH WINDOWS SAFARI!!! FONT RENDERING!

    WHO LET THIS GARBAGE LEAVE CUPERTINO! LOOK AT THOSE FONTS ABOVE! THE TOP IS FROM SAFARI AND THE OTHER IS FROM IE7 WTF IS GOING ON AT APPPLE ARE THEY ON CRACK WHA! COPME ON! JEFF ATWOOD IS SAYING: It looks like they’ve skewed the contrast of the fonts to an absurdly low level. YOU”RE DAMN RIGHT THEY DID, JEFF! WHAT A MESS! THIS LOOKS LIKE A DOG PUKED ON A COPY OF THE FOUNTAINHEAD! Read More

  • Contest: End The Scourge of Pater Obsoletis, Win a 42-Inch TV

    UPDATE: We’re now voting here for the winner. Please visit and vote! Get out your Sally Struthers wigs, readers, because we’re going to end a major blight on our fair land: Pater Obsoletis. Pater Obsoletis is a wasting brain disease that encourages fathers, fathers to be, and men in general to own, purchase, and use devices which are vastly out of date. We want to bring this problem… Read More