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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  • The Proud Interplay of Journalistic Spirit: Smashing a Camera Phone

    We at CG like to explore all facets of any particular issue and, as a result, we are open to comments and, more importantly, intelligent video commentary by our readership. Luckily, YouTube isn’t just for kitten movies: it also allows for the sort of pithy commentary on the news of the day that we come to expect from the bathroom stalls at Wayne’s Hog Pit on Route 40. Speak, muses… Read More

  • Tellme Launches Free 411 Business Search Service

    Tellme Networks has announced that it will be launching a new service that enables users to quickly find information while on the go. The service functions similar to to 411, but users can request information through voice, SMS, or Mobile Web. By requesting “Business Search” at the voice prompt, the service will allow you to find businesses in a particular category and return… Read More

  • Microsoft Silverlight: Like Flash Only Microsoftier


    Think on this, people: Macromedia introduced true video embedding in Flash a little more than a year ago and it spawned a billion-dollar company and made another billion-dollar company quake in its boots. So now we have Silverlight, a streaming solution from MS that runs on Windows and Mac and can deliver HD-quality video with a few clicks. Read More

  • Fitness By CrunchGear 2007

    Summer is around the corner and, although it may not look like it outside, you might soon want to walk on the beach with your shirt off and not have Greenpeace try to roll you back into the surf. That’s why CG is running a full set of fitness features — round-ups, advice, and great tech tips — to help you prepare for warmer weather. Let’s face it. The CG crew consists of… Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007: The End

    And so it goes… SkypeWillMakeYaJump was the final secret subject line and it didn’t appear in an image — but did appear in a movie, a semantic difference that may create a firestorm of controversy that will last through the ages. And the final winner is: Kitty! Special thanks to Skype and SMC for their great products and look for more contests from your friends at CG this year. Read More

  • Intel Creating New UMPC Platform, Will Use Old UMPC Platform to Hold Up Cafeteria Tables, Maybe Make Some Nice Planters

    InfoWorld, newly online-only, is reporting that Intel is creating a new UMPC platform, McCaslin, to replace its insanely popular older UMPC platform. The new system will run at up to 800MHz and support Windows Vista. The new platform should start dribbling out in the next year. Look for it at the next CeBIT next to the booth selling boob-shaped mice. Intel expected to launch new UMPC… Read More

  • Sidekick ID Video Review

    Part One of One in which Your Hero field strips the Sidekick ID in order to Create a Clever and Vexing Combination of two Disparate Colors. See also
    Sidekick ID Hands On Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 5

    We’ve finally hit the wall, people. One more kit left. Yesterday’s kit is now winging its way to OffBeat Mammal while one more waits spinning in its launch tube, primed for almost any of our 5-10 loyal readers. Where will the secret subject line be? Who will win the last kit? What am I talking about? BTW – the secret subject line is not SkypeMe. Read More

  • Sidekick ID Hands On


    The Sidekick ID: Don’t Call It a Comeback The Sidekick line is an odd animal. It’s not smartphone nor is it a fashion phone, but it seems to straddle the line between the two so precariously that it becomes everything to everyone. I’ve used the SK3 since it came out and found it to be the best messaging phone I’ve ever used, bar none. Symbian, WinMo and Linux have… Read More

  • Cosplay Dance: Why, Japan, Why?

    Cosplay Dance: Why, Japan, Why? Free Skype? Cosplayers dance. Police come. Cosplayers scatter. Rinse. Repeat. via TokyoMango Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 4


    Another day, another Great Skype contest. This time Brad B. won the prize for discovering that Skype is even better than a nice slice of chipped ham. Remember: the secret Skype subject lines will be hidden somewhere in one or many posts, so read and read some more. Confused? Click here. Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    Trade show season is over — finally — and the CG team is deeply ensconced in their respective basements, clattering away at the news. This week we review the Sansa Connect, spill the beans on the SK ID, and discover that Apple may be considering a subscription service. We’re also giving away a Skype phone kit — there are still two left, so head on over. Don’t need… Read More

  • SimpleTech 500GB External Hard Drive Hands On

    Good hard drives come in all shapes and sizes, from the practical, boxy models popular with IT folks to the fancy-pants portable units that artistes and poets use to store their highfalutin’ work. The SimpleTech 500GB is an amalgam of those two: small and unobtrusive enough to be ignored but with styling that screams “I take part in Critical Mass rides and might go to Burning Man… Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 3


    Day 2 has come and gone and only a few folks found the “IAmaSkypeNinja” secret subject line. Lucky reader Scott F. won yesterday’s prize. Will you win today’s? Here’s how to win: look for our secret subject line and email us at contest@crunchgear.com. The subject line is in CamelCase, with embedded capital letters, and it wasn’t “project… Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 2


    Hey, kids! Did you find the secret word? Did we “project” it enough for you? Are you “watching” for it? Not sure what I’m talking about? Click here or just read on. Read More

  • Nokia N95 Hands On

    http://s86.photobucket.com/remix/player.swf?videoURL=http://vid86.photobucket.com/albums/k90/crunchgear/April%202007/266b1f22.pbr&hostname=stream86.photobucket.com Nokia, Nokia, Nokia. What are we going to do with you? You’re selling a $749 smartphone without a keypad and a pokey, unintuitive OS with no compelling out-of-the-box functionality. But, despite its definite drawbacks… Read More

  • Bell & Ross Blue BR01

    The Basel show is going on this week — it’s a big watch show in Switzerland where the pashahs and Captains of Industry send their buyers to pick up a few $100,000 trinkets. One stand-out item is this updated Bell & Ross BR01 Instrument Series watch. It’s an automatic timepiece with a honking big case and blue luminous hands. If you have to ask how much it costs, you… Read More

  • New Day, New Apple TV Ad

    Seriously. Apple marketing folks know how to push all the right buttons. Look at the signifiers in this: Jack Black, lovable underdog. The iMac: beautiful computer that no one owns but the audience wants. The house: California ranch with lots of light. Then you hit the TV in a nice spacious living room and there’s Jack Black again, rocking out. Pull back, show the box in all its… Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 2


    Alright, friends, as of 9AM EST, we’re no longer accepting “SkypeMe” subject lines. Now you’ll have to scour our posts for the next secret subject line. Yesterday’s winner is Dan K. who, to recap, will receive: Read More

  • Introducing CrunchGear.com/Gear

    We here at CrunchGear understand your pain. You’re an early adopter, you have loads of junk lying around, and you need somewhere to buy and sell cool gadgetry without the hassle of scammers and spammers. Introducing CrunchGear.com/gear. This new service uses Edgeio’s classified ads serving technology to propagate your CG/gear listings all over the Interweb and costs $2 per item. Read More