John Biggs

Biggs is a contributor for TechCrunch. He 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).

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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  • 6th Grader Builds Company on Earnings from MMORPG Sales

    This isn’t quite our forte, but it’s insane nonetheless. Arjun Mehta, a 6th-grader in Silicon Valley is creating a company called PlaySpan for buying and selling virtual goods. Fair enough. A little website hosted on Dad’s server in the basement, maybe $500 in sales a month. Cool, right? Well, the kid just raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. What is he going to do with… Read More

  • EA Games Available for Pre-Order on Apple Store


    Reader Steve sent us a tip that some newer EA games — Tiger Woods Golf ’08, Madden NFL ’08 — are now available for pre-order on the Apple Store. They’ll ship in 4 to 6 weeks and they’re on par with EA pricing. Big news? Nah, but it’s nice to know they’re thinking of us. Product Page Read More

  • David Berlind Discovers Gravity, Tendency of Products to Improve in Future Iterations


    Sorry, but this picture also fits here I came to this story through a great rebuttal on Macalope which I strongly suggest you read. Essentially David “Le Obvious” Berlind is saying that a 3G iPhone aka iPhone 2 will reduce sales of the old iPhone aka iPhone 1. Now, I’m no prognosticator, but as far as I can tell this has been Apple’s M.O. during the Jobs era. While… Read More

  • Dearest Little Asstunnels: The MediaDefender Take-Down Reactions

    Ars is reporting on responses by Meganova and other torrent sites to MediaDefender, the company that poisons P2P for “big media” in the U.S of A. While we don’t condone downloading private email, it is funny to watch the world’s premiere content protection group get hit in this way. The sooner companies work with these haxor punks the better, because things can only go… Read More

  • Branded Gphone On Its Way, I Begin Salting and Peppering My Hat

    I’ve always said Google won’t launch a branded phone but it seems that Google may launch a branded phone. DigiTimes is reporting that Google is kinda sorta definitely releasing a Gphone but, and this a big but: [they have] yet to finalize the handset’s specifications, OS, production contractor and operating partners, according to sources at Taiwan handset makers. Read More

  • Free Unlocked iPhone Winner: Tom

    Once you offer to give stuff away, all sorts come out of the woodwork. Take Tom for example. This “spry chap” give us an earful with his cockney meanderings, forcing us to sit up and “take note of his bonnet” when our random number generator picked his number. Jolly good show, you old sod! Cor blimey gov, what I wouldn’t do to get a butchers hook at yer… Read More

  • Bell&Ross BR02 Instrument Diver

    Bell&Ross, makers of “that big watch with the huge face that looks really cool” just launched the BR02 Instrument Diver, a 1000m diver with helium escape valve that looks like it belongs on a submarine. The Instrument line has traditionally focused on aviation-themed pieces, so this is a major departure. The pips and hands are covered in lume and there is a date window and… Read More

  • XRT3D: Holy Crap

    Now here’s a great little product. It’s called XTreme Reality 3D and it’s a piece of software that works with your webcam to let you control applications and games with your hand in real space. You simple wave your hand in front of a webcam to zoom in, zoom out, and pan through screens, maps, and games. Think of the Wii but without the batons and you’ve got the idea. Read More

  • Liquor.com: Five Dollars, Why I Oughta!

    Don’t click through yet, friends, but Liquor.com has a site in the works that will let you pop over, order a few dozen bottles of Smirnoff, and drink up in honor of your shattered dreams, gimlet-eyed lovers, and failures as a human. The site will be one of the first to be able to legally deliver hard booze to 39 states and it even offers a recommendation engine — great for parties… Read More

  • Remember: Enter to Win an Unlocked 8GB iPhone


    In honor of the UK iPhone launch, we’re giving away a free unlocked iPhone. Do it! Do it now! Entry Info Read More

  • How to Add Apps to Your iPhone, Video Edition

    For those of you who are about to win an iPhone, we offer this video on how to essentially mess the thing up with all kinds of funky applications, most of which crash a lot — sorry, MobileChat! — and clutter the interface. But on the flipside, some of the apps are great and isn’t it fun to hack? Thought so. <a HREF=" Read More

  • CG Exclusive: Bose Launches $399 Computer Speaker System, The MusicMonitor


    Better photo from SciFi Tech Some of the CG guys are out in Massachusetts today and sent the first pics of the new aluminum-clad Bose MusicMonitor, a dual speaker computer system for PCs. There is no sub-woofer but knowing Bose they did some sort of audio cloaca magic to make things sound pretty good. Like them or hate them, they make a nice sounding product at a mid-level price. Here’s… Read More

  • Vista Service Pack 1: XP


    Memories, in the corners of my mind… BBSpot is reporting that Vista Service Pack 1 will improve speed and performance by installing Windows XP, one of Microsoft’s earlier product updates. They went on to note that the next version of Windows, Windows 7, will be available in the next 18 to 20 months, give or take four years. “Ever since I install (sic) Vista I’ve wanted… Read More

  • Kerpoof: You Know, For Kids

    If you have kids — even kids you don’t know about — send them over to Kerpoof. It’s a Flash app that lets you create little movies and stories in the browser using “object-oriented” techniques to animate and move little characters over a preset background. There are quite a few little tricks the app uses, including controlling lighting in real time. Not a lot… Read More

  • UK iPhone Onslaught: All the Deets


    Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Well, it wasn’t quite live but Mike did get some great shots and video of the iPhone UK launch and if you comment on the last story you can enter to win an 8GB unlocked iPhone sent almost anywhere in the world where GSM and GPRS flows like the sweet waters the Thames. Charts, Charts, Charts: How The U.S. and UK iPhone… Read More

  • UK iPhone Released November 9 Plus Win an Unlocked iPhone

    An 8-gigabyte iPhone will be launched in the UK (according to CrunchGear) on November 9 for 269 quid or USD $542, a considerable price increase as it leaps over the pond. O2 will be providing service and free WiFi will be available from The Cloud, a UK pay-as-you-go public WiFi provider. The WiFi music store will also appear on UK iPhones next month, allowing for on-the-go downloads from… Read More

  • Viewdle Promo Video

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf This is what the Viewdle guys were showing off during TC40. It all looks like some kind of crazy futuristic blockbuster thriller but it’s real and it works. Very cool tech. It basically lets you search inside of video. Say you’re looking for Brad Pitt. Viewdle will recognize faces within video and… Read More

  • iKan: Scan Your Groceries at Home

    I’ve seen a number of these “do your shopping from home” products over the last few years but iKan seemed to have some value. It’s a little white device that sits on your counter and connects to the network via Wi-Fi. The device has a barcode scanner that can scan almost any product — you could feasibly put this in your office as well and order pens and paper… Read More

  • Live Coverage from Apple Announcement in London Tomorrow


    TC writer Mike Butcher will be in London tomorrow liveblogging the Apple announcement as it happens. We will be using a new subdomain, live.crunchgear.com to livepost the news as it happens so check back early and often. It at 10am GMT, 2am PDT (Cali), 5am (New York) EDT, but we’ll be here, slaving away for you all. Read More

  • TripIt: Put All Your Trip Stuff Into One Place

    Cool little thing from TC40. There’s a new site, TripIt, that adds bookings to one central location. For example, you make multiple reservations for a trip — flights, car rentals, hotel reservations — and send them to TripIt. TripIt puts them onto one easily readable page and adds basic information like directions, weather, and special events. You can also send your streams… Read More