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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  • eBuddy Lets You Access Your IM from Anything

    While there are software apps that will already let you use multiple IM programs, the Dutch have now made it possible to chat from virtually any computer or mobile device. eBuddy provides Web and mobile instant messaging services, enabling you to chat with your MSN, Yahoo and AIM contacts without actually having to download or install any software. Read the rest at MobileCrunch… Read More

  • LunchrTime.com: SUP Fo0d in SF OMG MBLE

    Sorry for cross-posting so much to MC, but this is another cool service. If you’re in the Bay Area, you can get yourself some good eats using your mobile. Anyone who goes out for lunch knows that you’ll spend more time waiting in line than you do actually eating. And while many restaurants let you fax in your order, some businesses have discouraged employees from using the fax… Read More

  • Dude, You're Gonna Get a Dell at a Store


    Would you buy a computer from this man? Direct PC seller Dell is looking into the retail sales model, a move that may spell the end of the great “direct-only” PC sales technique. Facing slow growth and attacks on all sides by bargain basement vendors as well as higher-end brands that have already taken readily to showing up in Best Buy and Circuit City, Michael Dell is… Read More

  • Brian Lam FIGHT!

    Gizmodo’s BLAM got himself a Transformer and like made it fight the old Transformers and was all like I’m going to make it beat up a Moto Q and then stuff got like SO weird. via Giz Read More

  • Give Your Momma a Zune Contest: Vote Off

    Here are our entrants in the Give Your Momma a Zune contest. Apparently our goodwill and kindness were misunderstood as many thought that offering a mother a Zune was tantamount to insult and ridicule. Just the opposite. These are women, young and old, who are cool enough to put up with our moronic obsessions, accept our failings, and revel in our joys. Maybe your mom didn’t want a… Read More

  • Joost Adds Turner Broadcasting Content, Open For All

    First, the big news: as of today, existing users of Joost — everyone’s favorite TV thing that no one quite understands but everyone wants — can share invites with their friends. If you know someone who wants Joost, you can now give it to them. That kicks ass. Joost is also now offering content from Turner Broadcasting System for download over Joost. The deal includes… Read More

  • Ebay Widgets: Share Your Auctions With More than Just Nigerian Scammers and the Elderly

    http://www.podtech.net/player/podtech-player.swf?bc=59ffa73f-fa0a-4441-a71d-28e7d425017f Well here’s a bit of news from eBay I can get behind. I’ve all but given up on eBay at this point — I’ve just stopped selling stuff there because of numerous scam experiences — but this is something I could use. It’s a new flash widget that lets you show any number… Read More

  • Vudu: Set-Top Box for Movies

    Vudu is a small company that is tackling an age-old problem: how to get movies onto your TV without stuttering, buffering, or forcing you to walk to the mailbox. The solution? P2P. The Vudu box will store the beginnings of movies you might enjoy watching and then methodically — and quickly — download bits of the movie from peers on the Vudu network. “But wait,” you… Read More

  • Help Key: Burning Discs, Not Coasters

    As I was thinking about this week’s Help Key topic, I tried to remember a few things that really made me angry when I first started using computers and when I first started using a Mac. My biggest pet peeve? Dead DVDs and CDs that littered my home office like so many belly-up roaches. Optical disks are, at this point in the game, mostly being used to store media and, in a pinch… Read More

  • Apple Store to Take Up Full NY Block

    I’m not quite sure who Apple is going after here — skinny models? roughnecks? — but the NY Post just announced that they are installing a new store at 9th Avenue and 14th Street, way out in the Meatpacking District. It is an odd but fitting choice of location for a new 32,000 square foot Apple store. The Post is reporting that the store will take up three stories in an… Read More

  • 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