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.

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  • Google Engineers Go Geek on Hard Drives


    After using hundreds of thousands of hard drives in their quest for world domination, Google knows a thing or two about spinning platters. All of their hard work has been distilled into one academic paper describing correlations between hard drive age, manufacturer, and data density. The most interesting finding? SMART, the system used to test hard drives for imminent failure, is all but… Read More

  • Sirius and XM Merging Today?

    The NY Post is running some rumors that XM and Sirius are merging today, creating a satellite radio juggernaut that will be nigh unstoppable. The deal would meld XM and Sirius into one 12 million subscriber network and get Sirius out of a major hole. Both of the companies, while offering excellent content, are now learning what old media learned only a few years ago: if you build it… Read More

  • Cellular Plant Communicator

    Well this is clever if not aged, but I hadn’t seen it yet, so here we go. This is a plant that tells you how thirsty it is. Essentially it’s a sensor that measures soil moisture and relays it through an open source phone system which allows it to “tell” you if its thirsty over the phone. What good does that do when you’re next to the plant? Who knows, but at least… Read More

  • Buy Your Own Voting Machine for $82

    Princeton Computer Science Professor Andrew Appel and his students bought five Sequoia voting machines over the Internet for $82 each and are now reverse engineering the monsters to figure out how horribly our democracy is dying. The professor bought them from election officials in North Carolina during a government auction. Sequoia is well-known for their claims that opening up their… Read More

  • Internet Addict Sues IBM, Goes on Internet

    I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. It seems a 58 year old vet at IBM was caught on adult chatrooms at work, fired, and is now suing Big Blue for $5 million, citing Internet addiction. “Plaintiff was discharged by IBM because he visited an Internet chat room for a sexual experience during work after he had been previously warned,” the company said. Now I like me some… Read More

  • iPhonePricingFakery–?

    So we started out thinking that this was the fakest ad in the world but now some research firm has confirmed — by sending me a bloody email — that in fact they’ve been passing these ads out to respondents and asking their opinions. Please note that the Apple iPhone pricing piece which is on your website was obtained from a research respondent who had signed a legally… Read More

  • Dude, 3GSM is Cashed


    I’m wrapping up coverage here at the show and thought it might be nice to look back at everything I’ve seen. The show is about GSM — a strange focus, obviously — but there is enough coolness here to fill a few phone shops. The things I saw here weren’t groundbreaking — everyone is holding their breath, it seems, in anticipation of the iPhone… Read More

  • Barablu: Free VoIP on WiFi Phones

    Today is the day of weird little companies, apparently. Barablu is a downloadable desktop and mobile product that allows you to send and receive VoIP calls, chat, and create conferences of up to 49 people. It’s available for Pocket PC and a number of smartphones and works in concert with a desktop application that basically does the same thing. It’s different than Skype in that… Read More

  • Nokia Video Center Hands On

    So this is what YouTube on a Nokia looks like. It’s more of a video RSS feed, but it’s still pretty cool. There are only Reuters and YouTube up there right now, it seems, but it allows you to add channels and browse video thumbnails. Coolness. Read More

  • Motorola Ming Hands On

    Here’s a quick look at the Moto Ming. It’s not very exciting, just a tiny little Linux phone, but it’s got an odd UI and looks nothing like anything else at their booth. Read More

  • CryptoGraf: SMS in Secret

    CryptoGraf is a tiny company that is basically selling RSA/ARS encrypting SMS software. You can try a free trial at CryptoGraff.com and it works with Symbian Series 60 phones but it doesn’t work with any of Nokia’s N-Series phones. Why am I telling you this? Well, maybe you have to send secrets to your mom or something. The website is gimp-tastic but it looks like a useful… Read More

  • The State of Mobile Content

    Just came in from Hall 7 where 3GSM is hosting mobile content providers. I’m not quite sure what they are thinking over there — or even if they are thinking at all — but that was one sorry bunch of companies. Let me offer a window into the mind of a mobile content provider. Everything is either porn or puppies, as this image shows. In fact, some companies are selling porn… Read More

  • Golla Laptop Bags: GOOOOOLLLLAAAAA

    We’re fairly big fans of the Golla mobile bags and now the company has come out with a nice collection of laptop bags to round out their selection. They have an interesting drawstring closure inside and are big enough for a laptop and a few magazines. I wouldn’t try stuffing a camera in there, though. Product Page Read More

  • HP iPAQ 514 Voice Messenger: Surprising

    I’m honestly not sure what to make of the 514. On one hand it’s a WinMo 6 smartphone with WiFi, on the other hand it’s an iPAQ without a touchscreen. Essentially, HP made a phone, not a PDA with phone features. It’s about as big as an old school Nokia candybar and it looks OEM-tastic with a very odd trade dress that I haven’t seen in HP products before. Read More

  • Hands On With All the Samsung Ultras: Can You Say Ultra Purdy?

    I’m not wetting myself over these or anything, but they’re quite clever. All of Samsung’s new Ultra line is really quite impressive, especially the paper-thin 5.9. I can imagine, however, how Ultra Painful it is to get a shard of Samsung Ultra in your gluteus maximus when you sit down on it and it Ultra cracks in half. Read More

  • Coilgunosapien: Destroy All Humans

    Marcus of Evosapien has added a mini-railgun to his Robosapien — which already has a damn flamethrower on it — and can now complete the destruction of the Eastern seaboard using his robot army. Read More

  • On the Road With the Nokia 6110

    Convergence is a hard nut to crack. I have yet to meet anyone who uses their cellphone as an MP3 player — although they’re out there — and now Nokia wants us to use their phones as GPS devices. Read More

  • The Prada Phone In Its Natural Habitat

    There she is, friends. Hidden behind glass, guarded by beautiful women, ensconced in a leather box. I’m not sure which pre-libidinal fantasy they’re trying to inspire, but it certainly looks like something mommy doesn’t want us to touch. Read More

  • KeyTouch: Interesting Enough to Matter

    I stumbled upon KeyTouch while trying to tackle a pair of Ukrainians who wouldn’t stop talking about the LG Shine in their Kraken-howl language. It’s not particularly ground-breaking, but it’s a text entry system that uses the directional keys to pick characters after each keypress. Say, for example, you wanted to type AK 47. You would hit the 2 key and see a little compass… Read More

  • Toshiba G900: Meh

    Took a look at the Toshiba WinMo 6 line today and I can’t say I was impressed. They’re pretty to look at but what you’re essentially seeing is anything and everything by HTC stuffed into a case marked “Toshiba.” Essentially this is a powerful smartphone with fingerprint recognition and a Sony-Ericisson-esque 2-megapixel camera. It’s got WiFi and 64MB… Read More