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 and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. You can [Tweet him here]( Email him directly at

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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  • Salon is Down With iPhone Mania First Machinist and now this! Well, I think the Machinist is better, but whatevs. This video, hot on the tail of last month’s news, is kind of cute and actually more than a little annoying. Czech it out! Read More

  • EA Says Games Need to Innovate, Releases "Games Need to Innovate 2007," Soon to Launch "Games Need to Innovate 2008"

    “We’re boring people to death and making games that are harder and harder to play.” That’s what John Riccitiello, CEO of EA said to the WSJ. Sing it, Johnny. EA, the kings of launching boring and hard video games that try to cash in on franchises and crappy movies, has finally seen the light. His criticism is nothing new. Everyone from Peter Molyneux to the drunk… Read More

  • Java Could be Activated on iPhone

    This is some wishful thinking, really, but there is Java acceleration built into the Samsung S3C6400 processor which iPhonistas believe could possibly feasibly allow Java to run natively on the iPhone. Since Steve said that Java eats rotten goat tongues, don’t expect to see any Java any time soon, but it’s nice to know that we can, potentially, at some point in time, see Java… Read More

  • OpenDNS Honcho David Ulevitch Profiled in NYT

    Would you buy DNS from this man? Well, you don’t have to. We love us some OpenDNS. It’s useful — the new “short-cut” feature and pR0n blocking are great to keep us undistracted and working — its CEO, David Ulevitch, was a really cool guy. Plus the kid is only 25. Well, John “The Animal” Markoff wrote all about him and his company. It’s… Read More

  • No Free Phone Calls For You: Blyk Delayed

    Blyk is supposed to be some sort of Euro-only free cellphone service that depends on ads and interstials to offer free calls and texting to subscribers. As we all remember, this business model really works well — just look at eMachines, for gosh sakes — but that won’t stop fools from trying it. To that end, it turns out the the service is currently delayed and probably… Read More

  • CrunchGear Central European Meet-up: First Stop, Budapest

    I’ve been hinting at a CrunchGear reader meet-up somewhere in Central Europe and I’ve decided to hold the first one next week in Budapest. I have to confirm the date, time, and location, but I’m looking for Hungarian folks who might have something to show off or talk about to a group of cool, tech savvy readers and I’m also looking for sponsors and/or giveaways. If… Read More

  • Creative ZEN Stone Plus Shipping?

    Reader Rajiv sent in a note informing us that he spotted the ZEN Stone Plus — the Stone with the screen — on Amazon. It’s $69.99 and apparently they have it in stock, although it could be a glitch, especially because the Amazon says that it weighs “1 pounds.” Pounds, baby, pounds! Product Page Read More

  • Sprint Muziq by LG Review

    Creating a musicphone in this post-iPhone landscape is a difficult proposition. You used to get the obvious comparisons to the iPod and now you have to contend with what some folks are calling the “bestest iPod in the whole wide world and even in China! (TM)”. It’s enough to make a carrier cry. But Sprint knows that it has to keep releasing phones and it knows that it might… Read More

  • Taser to Sell Tasing Shotgun Shell

    All we are saying/Is give potentially lethal shots to the head with an electronic shotgun shell a chance Taser is one of our least favorite companies — they make weapons and then deny their lethality — but at least they keep some of our boys in blue safe and offer another way of stopping folks without putting a bullet in their leg. They’re announcing a new product, XREP… Read More

  • New Parallels Ads: I'm a Mac and You're a PC and I'm an Undying Metaphor for the War Between Two Methods for Writing Data to Magnetic Disks, Displaying Information

    Parallels, everyone’s favorite thing to download once, install, try, and then remove because there’s really nothing you need to install on your Mac from Windows except maybe an IDE or game or something, created a set of fairly cool Mac vs. PC ads that don’t drive the whole divide into the ground. Read More

  • MediaDefender: "It's Not What You Think"

    Randy Saaf, CEO of MediaDefender, a company I excoriated yesterday, dropped us a line explaining that MiiVi was not a trap and instead an internal MediaDefender project, hence the failure to hide their tracks. He explains: MiiVi has nothing to do with the MPAA, the RIAA, or any music or movie studio. It was not even meant to be used by the general public at this time. MiiVi has nothing to… Read More

  • Pogue on HotSpot@Home: It's Cool

    I’ve been using T-Mobile’s HotSpot@Home from Poland this week and I can honestly say that the service is a lifesaver if you’re a frequent pond-hopper. David Pogue tends to agree, saying that T-Mobile is CRAZY for doing this but has some good reasons. Because T-Mobile benefits, too. Let’s face it: T-Mobile’s cellular network is not on par with, say, Verizon’s. Read More

  • Universal Can Supply Music "At-Will" to iTunes

    Universal Music has confirmed that they will not renew their current contract with Apple and will only supply music “at will.” This means that Apple will not have the entire Universal catalog but only selected albums, at Universal’s discretion. Although this sounds potentially “bad,” it’s actually not. It’s a way to fire a shot across Apple’s… Read More

  • NSFW Bloops

    I sincerely apologize if our NSFW nuclear strike against launchr — a site that was copying our text and links wholesale without even the slightest attribution — caused discomfort and/or coffee to spray on your keyboard. Apparently forces beyond my control, namely our RSS feed, did not accept our updates as I had hoped. I therefore offer this picture of a kitten from KittenWars as… Read More

  • New Gadgets Drain Even More Power than Old Gadgets, Bears Defecate In Woods

    The Energy Saving Trust, the UK’s answer to NAMBLA, published a report entitled “The Ampere Strikes Back” which states that modern gadgets are sucking down massive amounts of electricity and by 2020 TVs will use 1.4% of domestic electricity. Clearly, this isn’t big news, but it does remind us that electricity is essentially a scarce resource — until we… Read More

  • iPhone vs. Treo: Bum-fight!

    Palm’s Multi-touch Interface: Place Hand On Keyboard, Press
    PalmInfoCenter (new motto: “Hey, Guys, Over Here, Treos. Who Wants a Treo? Guys?”) ran a detailed review comparing the Treo to the iPhone. As we all expected, the Treo came out ahead in almost all categories except “Ability to get you laid.” Essentially, the reviewer pointed out that the Treo is a… Read More

  • New DS Camera, Face Training Software, You Like to Train Your Face! Okay! Mario!

    Clearly the world has run out of game ideas. Why? Because Nintendo is launching a new game and camera for the DS that lets you… train your face. The game, called Otona No DS Kao Training, offers “facening” exercises to keep your lips and cheeks tight and limber. Dude. Don’t ask me. I just report on this stuff. Rumor has it that Nintendo will also come out with a… Read More

  • Central European Meet-up?

    Howdy, Central Europeaners. I’m currently in Warsaw, Poland and I wanted to see if any of our readers in nearby cities — Krakow, Gdansk, Vienna, Lodz, Wroclaw, Budapest, or Prague — would like to meet up and talk tech in the next few weeks. If you live in or around these cities, drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com or enter the poll below and I’ll tally the… Read More

  • Best Commenter Accounts Evar

    We have a great number of really cool folks commenting fairly regularly so I’d like to invite you to email us requesting a commenter account. These accounts will eventually let you do cool stuff. Promise. Send an email to commenter @ crunchgear dot com with your requested commenter name, password, and email address in the subject line (“joesmith, pookie,”). Read More

  • MPAA Caught Red-Handed in Sting: Durn Them Duke Boys!

    I know this spread like wildfire last night, but it’s pretty funny. The MPAA hired a company, MediaDefender, to stop piracy. How did they do it? Through a fake video download site called MiiVi, a red hot download site full of red hot videos. The catch? It makes you download spyware that reports back on stolen video found on your computer. What a treat! How did the world find out about… Read More