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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  • Mother's Day Zune Contest: Come On!


    Come on, guys! Free Zunes? For your moms? That’s like free ice cream for kittens! Please send in those entries or your moms will be very unhappy. We’re calling them all right now. Seriously… hear the ringing? Read on for how your mom can win. Read More

  • TechSelector: Select Your Tech

    TechSelector is a new service for gadget newbies. You basically answer a few questions, run down a list of suggestions, and check out through any number of retail websites. For example, when you look for an MP3 player, it asks you what type you’re looking for — hard drive, flash, or CD (!!) — and then run downs the list of options until it brings up a few possibilities. When… Read More

  • How's Our Driving?

    It’s been almost a year since CrunchGear opened floodgates of snark and treachery onto the masses and thus far we’ve been called fanboys, shills, and morons. We can take it. However, we want to know what you really think. Give us a few pithy comments or send an email to john at crunchgear dot com if you have something private to say. What are we missing? What are you looking for? Read More

  • Ken Kutaragi Resigns, Weeping Heard in Solid Snake's Condo

    Ken Kutaragi, chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment, will step down in June and will be replaced by Kazuo Hirai, former SCEA head. Reasons include the slow uptake of the PS3 and problems with PSP and UMD format popularity in the face of rivals Nintendo and Microsoft. This is a sad day for video gaming simply because Kutaragi essentially rebuilt high-end video gaming after the tumble in the… Read More

  • Tables Turned Audibot

    No, it’s not a new transforming sports coupe. It’s a Linux-based broadcasting box that connects to the internet and streams any audio source and then makes it available for download via iTunes or any RSS compatible MP3 service. The device costs $1200 in the Pro version and $600 for a “reborn” version that is made from a scavenged old PC. The company also offers a… Read More

  • Windows Longhorn Server Beta 3 Available

    Want you some next-gen server technology, IT dork? Why not head over to this 32-bit or this 64-bit ISO download site and serve yourself up some Longhorn. I haven’t followed Microsoft server warez since my legitimate IT days, so I’m not quite sure anyone is particularly interested, but here are a few improvements: Read More

  • GearBoard: Don't Forget!

    The GearBoard is hanging out over on the side there, all by its lonesome, and would love some gear. Need a PIX 506E Firewall for $650? Need a Digital Rebel? Give it a click. It lets you reach a whole new audience that the other sites just don’t have: intelligent, computer-savvy folks who know bargain when they see one. Read More

  • Apple Q2 Earnings Report: The Aftermath

    We don’t cover earnings reports that much simply because the news sequestered therein is usually geared more towards the folks who get paid $100K to cover earnings reports, a stalwart band to which we do not belong. That said, here goes: Apple sold 1,517,000 computers (36 percent more than last year’s Q2) and 10,549,000 iPods this quarter (24 percent growth). They saw revenue of… Read More

  • Sony to Release ATRAC-, Bloatware-free Walkman

    What’s more surprising? That Sony is releasing a drag-and-drop Walkman, the B100, that doesn’t use a music loading app and won’t support ATRAC or that there’s a site dedicated to ATRAC news? I’m going with the latter. The Walkman comes in 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB versions and should be available next month, probably only in Japan. Do we care? Not specifically, but… Read More

  • Fixya: Fixya Junk


    How do we get tech support? Well, you can RTFM or call the help-line. That usually results in a 25% chance of fixing the problem. Then you can do a search, find a forum mentioning your problem, post (“HEY GUYZ MY IPOD BROKED SCREEN WHATTF? HELP!!!!”) or pay a fee at Experts Exchange, a site that seems to have an answer to every question but is so hard to navigate that you… Read More

  • Reminder: Sansa Connect Reader Response Contest


    Just a reminder: We’re also giving away two little devices that many of you are eager to get your greasy paws on: the Sansa Connect from SanDisk. Make the jump for full details: Read More

  • Ballmer on Zune Phone, Moon Landing: Poppycock!

    , we told you Microsoft was working on some sort of phonish, Zunish system or device that would play music and maybe let us watch a little CSS dancing around — they’re SO cute — on our phones. Well, Steve Ballmer just confirmed that it won’t be an actual device. Instead, it will be a piece of software. But as long as he’s throwing the possibilities out there, he… Read More

  • Transformers: Robots in Your Shoes

    Our friend Convoy here — the shoe, not the the girl — is the latest partnership between Nike and the Transformers. Convoy is basically a shoe that transforms into a robot, which is pretty damn dopey by anyone’s standards. Clearly, someone out there will want a shoe transformer, but I’m not sure it’s me.
    How much for this piece of Transformericana? $22 on… Read More

  • Vonage, Safe for Now, Needs Your Help


    Har dee har har It is rare for us to be nice to astroturfing efforts by major corporations, but as a happy Vonage user for a number of years, I’ll bite. Vonage was just granted a stay just as things looked bleak and can stay in business.The company, needless to say, is angry. They’re expressing that anger through a new site, FreeToCompete, which they’re using as a first step… Read More

  • WordPress Mobile Plugin Updated


    There are two types of people in this world: people who use WordPress and people who don’t. If you’re in the first group, you’re in luck. Andy Moore has released an updated WordPress Mobile plugin that allows readers to visit your site on a mobile phone or device with reduced browser capabilities. The plugin is quite well-constructed and immediately senses an incoming… Read More

  • LoTR Online: I Just Wet My Pants

    I’m not a big MMO gamer, but I’ve been hoping and dreaming on LoTR Online since I was a baby in my mother’s womb. I actually have a boxed copy upstairs and I’m about to install it — I have to take some meetings and write for you people a bit before I do — but there’s something about being a dwarf in the Prancing Pony that gets me hot and bothered. The… Read More

  • Sidekick 3 Review: Are You There, God? It's Me, Austin

    Sorry we’re posting so many Sidekick videos, but I visited my own SK iD review and saw some related video along with some very pithy and cogent commentary (“do you have to activate it 2 use it”). This is one of the standouts, friends, and from now on all of CG video will be in this vein. We will bring you the shiniest, happiest gadgets fresh from the puppy fields of Boogie… Read More

  • Sidekick ID: Now Works in All 360 Degrees

    Dear Marketing Executives: Please don’t release viral video into the wild. You’ll eventually find it on YouTube where people will immediately realize it’s some sort of strange attempt at astroturfing and someone will be fired for failing to realize the model at the end of this video is holding the damn phone upside down. Thank you. Read More

  • OpenDNS: The Ultimate In Short-Cut Coolness

    DNS is boring. Seriously. I’m yawning as I type this. However, OpenDNS is adding some very unusual features to their already speedy nameserver service. OpenDNS is a separate DNS nameserver system that offers a few interesting things. First, it speeds up your browsing time, subtracting a few seconds with each query. Second, it offers “search completion.” Whenever you mis-type… Read More

  • More Reality Bedding For Almost Free


    At least he died happy. Reality Bedding is going nutso, people, and they’re giving away Twin XL/Full Size Sleeping Beauties bedding for $20 plus shipping. The bedding is usually $60, but because they apparently like us for some strange reason they’re offering this promo. Head on over, click on through, and start hitchiking under the Big Top. Promo Read More