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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  • 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

  • Polymer Vision Readius


    I finally found the Polymer Vision Readius nestled quite close to the press room. This is the rollable display everyone has been talking about and it’s actually quite cool. The device is about as big as a flashlight and has a 5-inch greyscale, 16 “color” screen that updates in about a second. This is more like the Sony Reader than anything else and it doesn’t appear to… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6 In Excruciating Detail

    I hate long video, but this was basically the only way to show you all what WinMo 6 would look like and include. Take a gander if you dare. The real meat is in the beginning, but it’s interesting to see all the improvements. Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6: The Straight Dope

    What do we know about Windows Mobile 6? For starters, it’s coming to the T-Mobile Dash before it comes to anything else in the U.S. and it’s also coming to Cingular, but there is definitely no real information on which handsets will run it. Read More

  • NeoNode: Little, Black, Different

    Got a chance to look at the NeoNode, an odd little device that is essentially a GSM cellphone designed solely for media. It has an optical touchscreen and runs Windows CE under a massively overhauled shell. It can play back video and music and is quite small, about 2 inches by 2 inches. No U.S. availability but it looks like it will hit Europe in May. I talked to the CEO of the company and… Read More

  • Motorola Q9 Hands On

    Where are Qs 2 through 8? I asked Motorola this and they weren’t quite sure. The Q9 is quite peppy – much faster than the Q1 — and will (unofficially) run WinMo 6. Read More

  • Motorola Z8 Hands On

    Got some quality time with the Z8. It’s quite similar to the RIZR but it has this little kink in it that folds it over when you open it. The OS, which is Symbian, is much improved over the standard RAZR garbage. Is this the phone to bring Moto out of their doldrums? Potentially. It’s interesting and improved enough to be contender. Read More

  • Nokia Quick Tour

    Took a run at the Nokia booth. One interesting little tidbit is the new hands-free car kit from Nokia, the CK-15W. It includes a mini screen that mounts to your dashboard and a scrolling wheel for browsing contacts and calls. The screen was very compact and very bright. Got some shots of the E61i and the N77 after the jump. Read More

  • CrunchGear @ 3GSM

    CrunchGear is attending 3GSM in Barcelona this year so head over to the site to see the latest in cellphones the U.S. won’t see for years and years. If you’re in town and want to talk tech, email me at john at crunchgear dot com and we can enjoy a fine Iberian jamon. Read More

  • Nokia N77


    The N77 isn’t much to look at — just a longish video phone with DVB-H satellite video and 20MB of storage with miniSD expansion. It has a 2.4-inch screen and works with most music and video formats. Flip it for side viewing and talk into it like the candybar it is. About $500 in Euro/Asia zones, $500+the cost of a full DVB-H roll-out (approx. $3.5 billion) in the U.S. Available… Read More

  • Nokia 6110, 3110: Plain Jane Phones With Some Interesting Features


    The $500 6110 is our first interesting phone and includes GPS and mapping software. It has 40MB storage along with HSDPA and assisted GPS, which relies on terrestrial signals allowing you to get a signal even if you’re out of satellite range. It supports miniSD and a 2-megapixel camera. Read More

  • Nokia: Now With YouTube!


    What’s all this, then? Nokia’s new Video Center offers RSS video feeds along with content directly from YouTube, no browser needed. Initially available on the N95, Nokia’s fattie media phone, it will be available for S60 phones including the N93i down the line. How is it integrated? Well, the Video Center looks sort of like Apple’s Front Row and offers YouTube… Read More