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. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com.

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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  • OrgPlus Live: Org Charts Aren't Boring!

    It’s always a little weird when a stodgy-sounding task goes all Web 2.0. Case in point, creating organizational charts. Software vendor Human Concepts makes OrgPlus, the go-to app for such an activity and
    OrgPlus Live is the new Web-based version of said software. Don’t think you need org charts? Well, maybe it’s just that you don’t know any better. Of course some of… Read More

  • Polar Bears and the Art of Interface Design


    Try as they might, the animators couldn’t find and delete LazyEye.cpp from the render farm servers. Bill Higgins brings up quite a few interesting points in his article, “the Uncanny Valley of user interface design.” Read it before you read this. Essentially he’s saying that there is a “sweet spot” that user interfaces — be they desktop programs or… Read More

  • HP eBook Reader: Watch Out, Sony, HP is After Your Five Customers!

    http://admin.brightcove.com/destination/player/player.swf This is essentially a prototype HP eReader introduced last week in Shanghai but clearly someone else besides big S is thinking about electronic ink. This one has a little slider thing at the bottom that you use to turn pages. Whoop-de-doo. via Notebooks.com Read More

  • WebTime Elite

    As a watch nut, I rarely drool over TokyoFlash’s odd designs or timepieces. Sure, they’re creative, but I’m a mechanical snob. Whatever. I like this one. This is an updated version of their WebTime watch which tells the time using overlapping polygons. It’s a clever design, great materials, and it’s just readable enough to be useful while not alienating the world. Read More

  • HP's Point and Search

    http://admin.brightcove.com/destination/player/player.swf Ok. Maybe I can wrap my mind around this demo. It’s basically a PDA with GPS and wireless that knows where you are and lets you “point” at buildings for reviews, maps, information, and phone numbers. There’s another video after the jump, but both of them are squonky for me on OS X so let me know what you think. Read More

  • Unboxing the Halo 3 Zune: Almost As Exciting As Reboxing It

    http://www.gearlive.com/video/newflvplayer.swf Call me a Sulky Sally, but I’m about as excited about the Halo 3 Zune as I am about paying my mortgage — I guess it’s necessary, but it really doesn’t charge me up. Apparently the rest of the world disagrees and, in order to be fair to those people I’ve posted Unboxing.com’s video of opening a box containing… Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    Well, we had quite a bit of fun this week telling the world about piracy and watching iTunes get cracked. We also have a contest running — all you have to do is tell us your ISP horror stories and you could win a Sansa Connect. Most importantly, however, Peter Suciu has been examining game violence this week, talking with game designers, ESRB representatives, and trying — but… Read More

  • Boo Hoo For Us

    Man, the Japanese smartphone marketers are getting mean. This video features some sort of squid monster making fun of Westerners — we’re the nice piece of sushi — for having crappy phones. You can use your phones as wallets? You have biometrics? Most importantly, you can play interactive games, huh? Well so can we. Ours are called talking to women, not playing with Gundam at… Read More

  • Nokia 8600: Meh? Eh?

    After seeing the RAZR 2, I’m ready for anyone to launch anything that will excite me to no end. Is this leaked photo of the Nokia 8600 it? Well, it looks awful purdy, which is cool, and has that 8000-series flip down keypad protector, which is cool. Apparently all it has are: GPRS & EDGE
    Quadband
    2 Meg camera
    Bluetooth Which is kind of like saying it has an internal antenna and a… Read More

  • Engadget Shanks Apple

    Bloops. After following up on a false lead — essentially a faked internal Apple email — Engadget’s Ryan Block drove Apple stock down 2.2 percent. Let that be a lesson to all of us: just because it says @apple.com at the end of the email doesn’t mean it’s from Steve. Engadget sends Apple stock plunging on iPhone rumor [CNET]
    False alarm: iPhone NOT delayed… Read More

  • Vortex Sex Toy: For the Love of All That Is Holy, Please, No

    Hey, ladies! Got 35 quid? Not afraid to suck out your insides? Head on over to Love Honey and pick up the Vortex Vibrations Suction Vacuum Cleaner Vibrator. How does it work? Hell if I know. All I do know is that I would not try to sell a sex toy to and/or for women using a large bald man who smiles impishly when he sees paper rustle. Product Page Read More

  • Sprint Launches Two Low-End Phones, Monsieurs M510 and M300

    2007 is the year of the smooth phone. Case in point: the two newly released clamshells from Sprint/Samsung. The M300 is a basic phone with a clever mirror finish on the front and it supports Bluetooth and Spring Vision. VGA camera, yadda yadda. It’s 3.6 inches long and offers 3.2 hours of talk time. There’s an external 96×96 pixel color screen and an internal 128×160… Read More

  • Kodak EasyShare 5300 All-in-One Printer Review

    Some — myself included — would say that printer evolution is spent. The ink-jet was essentially the end of the line for printer makers. By sticking some tiny holes in an ink bottle and hooking those selfsame holes up to electricity, you got a pretty passable imitation of most other high-resolution printing technologies at a price that is quite acceptable. So we were OK with… Read More

  • Color A4 E-Paper: Porn Just Got Even Portable-er

    LG and Philips just announced that they’ve created the first A4-sized sheet of color e-paper, a massive step forward in the future of portable reading matter and/or pornography. Trust me — the first color e-paper device will not be used to deliver an illustrated version of As I Lay Dying to the masses. The sheet is completely flexible and uses power only to redraw the screen during… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Essential Guide to Piracy

    Vince at CrunchGear has written a layperson’s guide to piracy, explaining the scene, the tools, and the mindset of bored teens and organized criminals alike. While you won’t be able to download Spiderman 3 with the information he provides, it’s a fascinating look at one of the most divisive topics in computing today. Help Key: The Essential Guide to Piracy Read More

  • Happy Mother's Day, Ladies



    Here are our two winners for the iPod contest. Perhaps a little of their love will rub off through the screen onto you.
    There’s a great runner-up after the jump. I think mom should have told us all not to wear the shorts with the pale legs. Read More

  • Mini-Apple Stores In Best Buy: Joe Six Pack's Got Himself OS X

    Best Buy has been selling Apples for quite a while, but now they’re opening official mini-stores within their computer sales area. There are apparently no official Apple Store employees on staff — just the regular Best Buy folks — and you probably won’t be picking up Mac Pro uber-desktops but it’s nice to know now everyone has the chance to drool over a bunch… Read More

  • Beatles Potentially Might Just Want To Hold Your iPod


    The Beatles It seems Sir Paul may have finally decided to let the Beatles become the DigiBeatles. His current album, “Memory Almost Full,” will appear digitally when it is released by Starbucks’ Hear Music label on June 5. It will also appear on iTunes along with the rest of the Beatles’ extensive catalog. I’m not quite sure what all the fuss is about, though. I… Read More

  • Vonage May Skirt Patent Horrors

    Another day, another Vonage store. It seems that there are some workarounds that Vonage is planning on using to let users call landlines over VoIP. For those not in the know, Verizon has been hounding Vonage for infringing on a number of patents dealing with VoIP call transfers. The updates/improvements should be software based and sufficiently obtuse enough to ensure that judges become… Read More

  • But Sleep Won't Come the Whole Night Through/Your GPS Will Tell On You

    It’s about time that movie GPS technology has finally hit the mainstream. This odd little device uses 2 AAA batteries and captures GPS tracking data for up to 8 weeks on one charge. The device is great for catching cheating spouses, kids who say they’re going to the library when they’re really going to the malt shop, and Will Smith when government agents steal his identity. Read More