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 and G+ him here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Comments Weirdness

    isn’t catching. Considering it’s caught 95,790 spam comments so far, we can’t complain but there are still some that slip through. Anyway, don’t double post. Just be patient. If it doesn’t go through immediately, it’s probably in the queue and one of us will get to it soon. Read More

  • Remembrance of Gadgets Past Quick Contest

    Speak, memory, in the form of a rambling, ostentatious review of the Nokia N93. Sing, muses, of her great beauty and zoom features. Resound, harp, on her moblogging software and how good she made you feel in France. Prance, Brian Lam, in adulation of this 4000 word pean to free Nokia cellphones. Puke, readers, at reviews that are too long by half. I was very self conscious of the weight of it… Read More

  • Datacolor SpyderTV Hands On

    Prior to sitting down to view that yearly bacchanal of violence and beer last night, the SAG Awards (I TiVo-ed it, natch), I decided to whip out the SpyderTV by Datacolor to calibrate my 56-inch JVC DLP. One of the major issues I’ve always had with this HD TV is that standard definition TV always looks washed out and messy, especially when running through the TiVo. In order to at least… Read More

  • Free International Calling Yanked… Not Quite

    at the Times. It was essentially a free international number that terminated in Iowa and then connected you to international numbers anywhere around the world. We used it quite a bit until they yanked it. Read More

  • Watch Porn in Your Visor

    GadgetUniverse has an interesting product up. It’s a visor mounted DVD player with FM transmitter and apparently allows your bored passengers to enjoy red hot work-out porn from the comfort of your Impala’s bucket seats. At $299.95, it seems a little iffy but the 7-inch device can play DVDs, VCDs, and MP3 disks as well as SD cards. It also has a TV tuner and a touch screen. Read More

  • HD VoIP: Wha?

    What the heck? HD VoIP is apparently the latest marketing scheme by Canadian telco Iristel. Apparently it adds CD quality voice calls to standard VoIP which is, to put it lightly, about as useful as… I don’t even know. Sounds essentially like bullshit. Generally, friends, VoIP is fairly low quality simply because it can be. If you want high quality VoIP get a nice headset and… Read More

  • How to Install Vista

    Har har har! Opie and Anthony via Gizmodo Read More

  • Web Services Help Heal Your Pain: Ring Exchange

    Are you done with her? Did she make that “snort snort” noise in the bathroom one too many times? Is her hair slightly off-color and won’t match your new speakers? Does she want to talk about your “cheating” again? Well, drop her like a bad habit and resell her engagement ring at a tidy profit. Yes, friends, the Internet has finally found a way to turn heartache… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, TechCrunch France

    Ouriel Ohayon, editor of TC France, is celebrating his site’s 1st birthday today and had his readers create some excellent celebratory logos. We don’t often highlight the other members of the esteemed TC family, but Ouriel is doing a bang-up job and now that his site is on to solid foods and is almost walking, we’re just tickled. TechCrunch France Read More

  • RIM+MusicGremlin: Ehh? It's Possible?

    and were impressed, but it seems to have disappeared and might just have been eaten by RIM. The rumor, in its entirety, reads: I heard from a **highly credible** authority that RIM will be buying MusicGremlin… so look for a Blackberry-WiFi enabled music player mashup coming soon. So do what you feel with that, people. Read More

  • Breastmilk: The Other White Milk

    I rarely get caught up in quixotic Internet causes, but this is too good to pass up. It includes three things close to my heart: breasts and the milk therein, big pork, and, for some additional gadget-tasticness, you could add in some robot breast pumps or something. Plus this poor lady is from Columbus, my home town, so rock and roll. ANYWAY, she is a lactivist. Fair enough. Our son was… Read More

  • ATHF Is the Bomb!

    Here’s a video of the Boston bombers in action. I assure you that Al Queda will now commandeer this technique of “creating cartoon characters using LEDs” to take down most of Akron, Ohio. Click through below for some excellent video of their stoner-tastic press conference. Update: Cartoon Marketing Ignites Bomb Scare [Alternet]
    Show your Mooninite Pride! Read More

  • Samsung NV7 OPS Quick Look

    A quick tour of the Samsung NV7 OPS, a 7.2-megapixel camera that costs about $300 online right now. It’s quite compact — except for the honking 7x zoom lens — but it’s a departure from the standard “silver plastic” camera we’ve been seeing recently. Release Page [Samsung] Read More

  • Jim Allchin Retires, Checks Email, Leads Masses to Vista

    , retired on January 30 and is now posting in his dotage as he putters around the house playing guitar and looking at cereal. After 17 years of hard-core programming, it’s kind of silly to see this guy posting to his Vista blog in a manner not befitting the guy that ordered a bunch of pale programmers to make an Aero “Glass” interface, but it’s nice that Bill… Read More

  • Zune Phone Coming Soon?

    CrunchGear has some exclusive info on a Zune-enabled phone coming from Microsoft later this year. Hot on the heels of Vista, we can’t be sure if this is a software addition to their current mobile line up or an actual device, but now that they’re in the race with the Zune itself, it makes sense they’ll try to beat the iPhone at its own game. More details to come but check… Read More

  • Windows Mobile Device Center: Suck on This, ActiveSync


    Well this is a fine kettle of fish. Windows has just launched beta versions of their 32- and 64-bit syncing software, Windows Mobile Device Center, or NAMBLA. The software is obviously prettier than ActiveSync and it includes all the regular sync junk along with media sync, on device file-browsing, and improved set-up and recognition. I never thought I’d say this, but Windows is… Read More

  • iPhone Lovers: Let's Not Fight

    Apple and Cisco have agreed to keep talking about the iPhone and will not sue until Apple has had a good sit-down with Dr. Phil and decides that yes, it wants this baby. SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple and Cisco have agreed to extend the time for Apple to respond to the lawsuit to allow for discussions between the companies with the aim of reaching agreement on trademark rights… Read More

  • Vista Aero: Linux Is Eating Your Lunch

    Take a look at this screengrab from an AMD machine running Linux. What are we seeing? Wobbly, transparent windows, hot UI effects, an amazing 3D task switcher, and enough eye-candy to make Vista Ultimate look like Midnight Commander. I’m not saying we all go out and pick up a copy of Ubuntu, but maybe that’s actually what I’m saying. What is this machine running? An older… Read More

  • Sony Profit Down, Nintendo Profit Up: Is CG Wrong?


    Wii: Great for babies, the mentally deficient. It seems that Sony’s games division lost 54.2 billion yen ($445 million dollars) after the release of the PS3 this year. The company attributes the loss to problems during the launch including a general inability to make any units available to anyone. They also had some kind of problem with exploding batteries. In related news, the Times… Read More

  • The Floppy is Dead, Part 523

    PC World, a British computer superstore, has stopped ordering floppies and will stop selling them when their on-hand supplies run out. While this is not news to us super nerds, it’s important to note that we once were able to drag files over back and forth between computers on little disks of spinning plastic that could hold 1.44 megabytes of data. Let’s all bow our heads for a… Read More