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.

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  • Wii Mod-Chip: It Works


    I have a confirmation that the CycloWiz — a Wii mod-chip that allows for backup, import, and DVD-/+R compatibility as well as enhanced GameCube compatibility — is real and its fabulous. A close friend of the CG team installed his CycloWiz this weekend and is currently enjoying the fruits of his soldering job. He said the upgrade was quite easy and he only had an issue cracking… Read More

  • Upcoming: PMA and GDC, CTIA and CeBIT

    The crack CrunchGear team is on the ground and headed all over the world to grab the latest and greatest for you, our kind readers. Blake is at the GDC and Josh is at PMA this week then we’ve got Blake and I at CTIA in sunny Orlando, Florida. Finally, we’ve got a stringer rocking CeBIT in sunny Germany where we expect big things out of the strudel industry. That said, things might… Read More

  • Vista Falls on Own Sword, Hacked To Bits

    Haxors have discovered how to trick Vista into thinking its running on an OEM machine and bypassing the activation and validity check entirely. The hack involves adding a BIOS certificate specific to a certain OEM which Vista then accepts as legitimate. After the brute-force keygen — which seems to be hoax — and the things like this hack its abundantly clear that Vista activation is… Read More

  • Octopart: A Million Little Pieces

    I recently tore apart a 40GB iPod photo to discovered, much to my chagrin, that I had ripped the headphone connector in my haste. Unfortunately I didn’t know about Octopart a few days ago but I did find what I needed at iFixIt, much to my relief. Octopart is a web electronics aggregator that finds all sorts of components for the geek in all of us. You type in what you’re looking… Read More

  • RIAA: Thanks and Pirate Again!


    Those scamps! The RIAA is asking kids to settle online and when they fork over a good $3,500 they get a jolly message from Fat Mitch thanking them for their business. Maybe those selfsame kids need to start using more secure sharing protocols, ensuring that the RIAA will be chasing straw men for the rest of their short, ignoble careers? RIAA Likes Piracy [ReviewLister] Read More

  • CrunchGear on the Road

    When we’re not spotting gadgets or watching Tron, the guys at CrunchGear like to travel. We will be at four shows this month and would love to get in touch with folks who are attending/like beer. Here’s the low-down: Blake is at GDC 2007. Contact him at blake at crunchgear dot com. Josh is at PMA 2007. Contact him at josh at crunchgear dot com. John and Blake are at CTIA 2007. Get… Read More

  • Kotaku Faces Down PS3 PR, Receives a Jewish Benediction

    In the Hebrew custom, those who fight against a mighty foe and win receive a song written by a noted village bard in their honor. Look it up. David got “Mandy” after slaying Goliath. GameJew continues this custom by creating an ode to Brian Crecente of Kotaku who posted some scandalous, earth-shattering news on the PS3’s North American and International strategy &mdash… Read More

  • Activate Your Copy of Vista The Old Fashioned Way: With H/\X0R P{}W3RZ


    There is a fairly interesting little file rolling around the Interwebs which creates and tries thousands of Vista keys based on a single product key without Vista getting wise to your antics. The program takes your install key and creates a bunch of activation keys. It then “tries” them and may or may not activate your copy over the course of a few hours — or, ominously… Read More

  • The Beeb on the Yout: BBC + YouTube

    and BBC News, and will be ad-free. BBC Worldwide content will carry ads and clips from popular shows and, finally, BBC News will only be available outside the UK and will also carry ads. It will include clips from the regular news reports. Old Farlettrousers, or the Smoke, as the BBC is called in England, has always been ahead of the curve on this who Internet concept, and they can only be… Read More

  • Mobeam: Scan Your Cellphone At the Supermarket

    I was never big on those “take a picture of a barcode and buy Britney tickets” schemes so popular with mobile solutions providers, but this sort of turns that whole concept on its head. Mobeam, created by Ecrio, provider of streaming mobile apps for NTT DoCoMo, flashes any light source on the handset to simulate a barcode for any laser scanner. That’s right. The clerk at… Read More

  • Lenovo Recalls ThinkPad Batteries

    Not a huge deal, but Lenovo has recalled 205,000 Sanyo Electric battery packs that were sold with R60, R60e, T60, T60p, Z60m, Z61e, Z61m, and Z61p series laptops. The batteries have heating issues that could result in notebook damage — read: explosions. Lenovo sold the battery as an accessory for $180 and is part number FRU P/N 92P1131. If you have the battery, contact Lenovo online or… Read More

  • Bittorrent Video Store: Not an Auspicious Start

    , for some godawful reason, and discovered that the Bittorrent video sales site leaves a lot to be desired. After a 47 minute download time, the movie was ready to watch… or was it? I transferred Nacho Libre to my PC, eager to get my Jack Black fix for the day. However, as if it wasn’t frustrating enough that I couldn’t buy the movie under Windows, that was just the beginning… Read More

  • CompUSA Officially Closing 126 Stores

    CompUSA, everyone’s favorite place to hang out while waiting for the sig. other to come out of Kohl’s, is closing 126 stores, or 50% of its current crop, to create a cash infusion of $440 million. Most of these stores are “old” which presumably means they were laid out in the 1800s and are no longer competitive in the face of Best Buy and Circuit City. The closure is… Read More

  • Mobeam: Barcode Scanning With the Backlight?


    I was never big on those “take a picture of a barcode and buy Britney tickets” schemes so popular with mobile solutions providers, but this sort of turns that whole concept on its head. Mobeam, created by Ecrio, provider of streaming mobile apps for NTT DoCoMo, flashes any light source on the handset to simulate a barcode for any laser scanner. That’s right. The clerk at… Read More

  • Media Demagnetizer for the Rich


    In the odd world of high-end audio, everything is a factor. Take this little device, for example. It’s a media demagnetizer that allows you to demagnetize everything from your vinyl to your prized CDs. Why, you ask? I suppose it reduces crackle and prevents your Florgo 5000 $20,000 CD player from blowing up. How much does it cost to demagnetize your media? $2,900. A bit much, it seems… Read More

  • Confirmed: V-Cast Mobile Video Pricing and Launch


    Laptop just confirmed that Verizon is launching V-Cast video tomorrow. The service will cost $15 a month or $25 a month for video and mobile web. There will only be a few markets at launch including Albuquerque and Salt Lake City, but expect UHF bands to clear up in other cities soon. This is mostly exciting for Verizon customers who like video on the mobile, which is something we are… Read More

  • Pete Rojas Cuts Lines

    Can you say blogfight? UPDATE – It seems there was no line for the press, but where I was standing there sure seemed like a line. Perhaps there’s no line for people who get the PR folks attention while the rest of the journos stand quietly waiting to be checked in? Read More

  • Cellblock: Fast Video and Image Vlogging

    I’m actually quite intrigued by this simply because it could be a great way to put out “breaking news” at shows or events. This is nothing new: you take some video or an image and it pops up in a Cellblock window almost immediately after sending, without transcoding or other nastiness. The service uses a standard email address – presumably you could just email content… Read More

  • Make Your iPod Mini Flash-ilized

    page and pop in your new drive. Easy peasy. Now your Mini has no moving parts, more space, and you gain a feeling of power over your own things. Great for everyone. I actually did a similar thing by replacing my 40GB iPod Photo’s hard drive with a 60GB, again thanks to iFixIt. I can’t encourage you to hack your gear enough. It’s our right and it empowers us as geeks. Turn… Read More

  • iRiver Clix 2 Reviewed, So Great They Made the Review Into a Big JPEG


    The iRiver Clix 2 is a 2.2″ media player with a Flash UI and standard audio and video playback. It’s fairly cool and has a high-resolution screen and a bit less power consumption thanks to a new AMOLED screen and 2- or 4-gigabyte models available in the US along with an 8GB landing in April. What angers me, however, is the writer’s decision to make the entire review one… Read More