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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  • Original Enigma Machine For Sale

    Currently priced at a bit over $20,000, this real German Enigma machine is apparently in full working order and only needs “bulbs,” presumably for the internal display. The Enigma machine confounded the Allies for years and was essentially the precursor to the modern computer and the men and women of Project Ultra who finally cracked the code are proto-hackers to whom many of us… Read More

  • Dontcha Think This Meme is About Dead?

    This video requires no explanation nor does it actually require you to view it. Just rub yourself all over with lamp oil, listen to the Pussycat Dolls, and kiss your iPhone until you fall asleep. Read More

  • Keen vs. Weinberger: The Plot (by Amateurs) Against America

    Why is this man smiling? I was on my way to the outhouse with some print-outs of the WSJ opinion page — the newsprint version is too harsh — when I noticed an interview between Andrew Keen, writer of The Cult of the Amateur, and David Weinberger, author of Everything is Miscellaneous. Mr. Keen’s argument runs in the cranky old man watching Elvis on Ed Sullivan vein. He… Read More

  • 10 Gmail Apps: You Know, For Gmail

    I don’t really use Gmail’s web interface, but if I did I’d download all ten of these apps and plugins and make my Gmail experience that much better. I think the best one on this list is Gmail This bookmarklet which allows you to send blog postings and other things just by clicking a button. Most of the tools are for Firefox only, but a few are cross-platform. Top 10… Read More

  • iPhone Now Can Use Any Cingular SIM Card

    The folks at hacktheiphone have figured out how to use any Cingular SIM card in the iPhone, regardless of type or service plan. Heck, you can even drop an old one in there that doesn’t even work. Read More

  • Dark Army of Pirates Transcribing Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling's Land Rover and Nice House Outside of London, TechCrunch Gets MoM Lawyer-Gram

    TorrentFreak is reporting that Harry Potter lovers are currently transcribing the entire Harry Potter photo PDF set, slaving over keyboards like a band of iterate monks illuminating a massive manuscript involving an evil one, a young savior, and the ultimate sacrifice — not the Bible, silly, but the secularist, witchcraft filled Satanism of J.K. Rowling’s unholy scribbling! Sony… Read More

  • Join Our Facebook Group

    Why? I don’t know! But I’m sure we’ll have a blast. Facebook Group Read More

  • MUD Creator Richard Bartle on MMORPGS

    If Richard Bartle were dead, he’d be rolling over in his grave! Richard Bartle is the guy you need to thank for bringing you obesity, acne, and an obsession with the Wyrmbog in Dustwallow Marsh. See, Bartle is the guy who created Multi-User Dungeons and, as a result, added a new form of media to the now crowded world of electronic interaction. Read More

  • 3D Mailbox: My Eyes!

    Dear 3D Mailbox Development Team: In the name of all good and holy, please euthanize your marketing team and CEO. Product Page Read More

  • AT&T Researching Femtocell Suppliers, Completely Ignoring Burgeoning Atto- and Yoctocell Market

    Femtocells are mini cellphone repeaters that are supposed to improve cell reception in homes and businesses. Like T-Mobile’s Hotspot@Home, femtocells allow smaller devices to most of the heavy lifting for carriers, reducing strain on an already over-worked cellular infrastructure. It seems AT&T is looking at building a femtocell network by supplying consumers with the cells in… Read More

  • Thomson ROC3205 3-in-1 Remote Control Review

    I think this is a Euro-only device, but I bought this 3-in-1 universal remote yesterday for my father-in-law here in Poland and I consider it an example of some of the worst quality CE design in the free world. Add the fact that the remote was broken right out of the box and you’ve got one of the biggest turds I’ve ever laid eyes on. Read More

  • The iPhone is Like a Big Chocolate Milkshake and a Hug From Mom [rant]I think this video from Senor Scoble explains essentially what Apple products are about: emotion. As you watch this nice lady from XEODesign talk about emotion in iPhone gaming, you kind of understand why PCs don’t have the same rabid fan base as Macs. As I said back during the Vista launch… Read More

  • Cowon iAudio 7: Audiophile's Mini-Dream?

    Gadgetaholic likes them some Cowon iAudio devices and this latest version, the iAudio 7, is making them very, very happy. It is a mini player that improves and enhances audio with on-board audio improvement technologies along with a 60 hour battery life. It has a 160×128 TFT screen for video playback and line-in for recording. It can also display images and supports just about every… Read More

  • Soundwave: Behind the Music

    Poor Soundwave. I always wondered how he got so small when he transformed. Now we know: his heart was broken. Read More

  • Apple Store Down: Maybe It's Backlit, Multi-Touch, Kitten-shaped Phone-less iPhones!

    With all the slobber-blogging going on about new patents and fancy new iPhone-less iPhones, it’s just so hard to wait for what Apple will unveil when the store comes back in a few hours with amazing updates and updated amazingness. Let’s all play the game of “What will Apple release?” in comments. I’ll start: nothing of any particular interest. Read More

  • Q&A With Samsung's New Blogger Relations Ninja: THud

    Travis Hudson, formerly of Gizmodo, is now in charge of new media relations for Samsung cellphones. Why? Because Samsung, and their PR company, MWW, saw a hole and the needed to fill it with someone who can probably program a Samsung phone in his sleep. Travis is a close friend and great writer and we got a chance to have an exclusive sit-down and talk about his new position and the way MWW… Read More

  • RIAA Must Pay $68,685.23 After Losing to a Nice Mom

    You couldn’t ask for better PR! Anti-pirates sued Debbie Foster for owning stolen music. She decided to fight back, hired a lawyer, and began legal proceedings. Instead of backing down, the RIAA then decided to sue her daughter. Three years and lots of money later, the RIAA lost the case and now must pay Debbie for her trouble. The key phrase here is the judge’s ruling that there is… Read More

  • Someone Took the Cranky Pill This Morning: Maddox On the iPhone

    Those of you in an office: be glad I cropped this picture. Because our faces are all up Apple’s warm places, we rarely step back and examine competing viewpoints. For example, famous blogger Maddox thinks anyone who likes the iPhone is a huge moron and he believes the Nokia E70, with its flip out keyboard and hot appz, is the best thing since agape love. His article begins: Read More

  • CrunchGear Budapest Meet-up: The US Postal Service Eats Donkey Ween

    So on July 9, 2007, Matt sent the iPhone. It arrived at some sort of station on the 11th then was returned to the station for “insufficient address.” Yes, friends, the US Postal Service doesn’t know where Poland is. I’m trying to figure this mess out and will be back with you shortly. I think I’m going to have to cancel the trip because, as handsome as I am, I… Read More

  • Bell & Ross BR 01 Phantom

    Bell & Ross makes big honking aviator watches that look like jet plane read-outs. Their latest, the Phantom, has a low visibility face that lights up with lume in the darkness, ensuring your dark ops position will be given away by a watch face that glows like a flashlight. No price or availability but expect it to be in the $4,000-$6,000 range. Bell & Ross BR 01 Phantom [WristWatchReview] Read More