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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • BBC Tetris Documentary: Amazing

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=4662636869909322164&hl=en Digg just found this great 60 minute documentary on Tetris. I’d suggest saving this link and heading home for a good viewing because it’s really an amazing documentary. They literally make the story of a simple Russian puzzle game into a fascinating thriller. Way to go, loyal subjects of the Queen. Read More

  • Verizon Turned Down iPhone Deal, Now Cries, Cries, Cries

    Let’s take a look at this first paragraph. Ahem… Verizon Wireless, the No. 2 U.S. cellphone carrier, passed on the chance to be the exclusive distributor of the iPhone almost two years ago, balking at Apple’s rich financial terms and other demands. Let’s read that again… Verizon Wireless, the No. 2 U.S. cellphone carrier, passed on the chance to be the… Read More

  • Uncomfortable Game Demo

    This is a 23 minute demo for a new video game company and their amazing product, something to do with Lego pirates and Sponge Bob. It’s really long, but it’s early and the coffee takes a while to cool and it’s almost painful to watch the demo go off the rails — completely on purpose. Read More

  • Wii Hacked?

    Not sure what to make of this, but the Inquirer is reporting that a group calling themselves The Ninja Team has created a modchip for the Wii that can play backed-up games. It’s apparently a 5-point soldered chip and will be available in the next month. I feel like calling bull on this, but we shall see. Wii hacked to play backups [TheInquirer] Read More

  • We're All Pirates

    A study of 2,600 Americans — not a representative sample, I suspect — discovered that a full 18 percent of them pirate movies. What does this mean? It means, by extrapolation, that there are 25 million filthy, horrible downloaders out there. Of that grouping, only a miniscule number used download services like CinemaNow or Amazon Unbox while 80 percent used peer-to-peer piracy… Read More

  • One Man's Wii-pinion

    , circa 1998. Read More

  • You're My Fave! Contest

    from T-Mobile. Super-slim and sophisticated. Slide the Samsung t629 open to reveal an impressive array of features: 1.3 megapixel camera, high-resolution screen, MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity, and a quad-band worldphone in a stunning silver finish. Thanks to Samsung and T-Mo for hooking us up. The contest ends on Wednesday, January 31 at noon EST. Read More

  • Get Vista, Get Free T-Mobile Hotspottage

    Microsoft and T-Mobile are teaming up to show the world the magic of hotspot-enabled Vista. For 90 days after a full Vista purchase customers will be able to use T-Mobile’s national hotspots for free, showing them that Vista and this new wireless technology called “WiFi” can work hand in hand to bring us to a better, brighter future. Free T-Mobile Hotspot for Vista Users… Read More

  • Fox Sues the Little Guy Over Simpsons and 24

    on YouTube and did what any self-respecting media company would do these days—it sued. But they’re not suing YouTube. They’re subpoenaing the company to release the name of the offending subscriber. The “24” episodes in question actually appeared on YouTube before their primetime Jan. 14 premiere on the Fox broadcast network, which spread four hour long episodes… Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    Hola, Amigos. It’s been a while since we talked ‘atcha. We’ve been busy at CES and MacWorld and generally posting all sorts of exciting stuff. This week we’re giving away a Samsung T629 phone and discovering that the iPhone will come with free service and will be available in Canada. We also learn that Vista comes with free T-Mobile hotspot access, Las Vegas will become… Read More

  • Nokia N800 Quick Look

    I take a gander at the Nokia N800, their latest N-Series Internet tablet. Much cooler than the 770 but I’m still not convinced it’s a total must-have. UPDATE – Improved the audio a bit. Product Page Read More

  • XP To Live Until 2010

    is already on its way but that doesn’t mean XP will go away without a fight. Microsoft will support XP Home until about 2010, which means you can spyware that baby up for a full three years before Microsoft stops taking your calls. It is going to be significantly extended” [Darren Huston, president of Microsoft's Japan unit] said in an interview with Kyodo News. “When I… Read More

  • iBoy: iPod + GameBoy

    Upset that your old-school GameBoy can’t play music and that your iPod doesn’t look like an old-school GameBoy? Well, one clever bloke went out and did something about it. Behold the iBoy, a strange mash-up of iPod and GameBoy that just barely makes sense, in a cosmic way. There are full pics of the process if you’d like to recreate it yourself, but I wouldn’t suggest it. Read More

  • Make Your Own Squid Vicious iPod Cosy

    Hokey smokes! Someone out there is stalking CG editors because they apparently know two things about us — we love squids and Vince loves to knit! Make magazine just found an amazing how-to that lets you make your very own blue squid iPod cosy complete with horrible, all-seeing eyes and dangerous stingy stingers. Project Page [Craftster via Make] Read More

  • HD DVD to Fail, PS3 Bites Back, and Big TVs For Cheap: CNET Predicts

    David Carnoy, fairly well-known guy who is aware of technology, dropped a list of seven predictions for 2007. He seems just about spot on about some of them — 60-inch plasma for $2,000, digital photo frames being the next smash consumer product — but it will be interesting to see how some of his more controversial opinions pan out. First, he believes that HD-DVD is dead and… Read More

  • Nokia N800 Hands On

    Got the N800 yesterday and I can’t say I’m blown away. I liked the N770 — a lot of folks didn’t — and this is an impressive upgrade but it’s not currently a must have. One interesting little thing? There’s an ingenious stalk webcam that pops out of the side. Maemo is just about the same, with few improvements, but the overall experience seems much… Read More

  • Vista Service Pack 1: A Band-Aid for a Baby

    Sure, Vista is a but a wee bairn but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve a major service pack. We can expect the software to roll out in the Fall with a few fixes for “high-impact issues” including fixes in security, deployment, and stability. Why should we care? Because this promises to break a few things down the line and means the Vista is really hitting the… Read More

  • Free iPhone*

    …and by offering up all of your private information you can get one! All you have to do is click ad spam on one of thousands of websites. Remember, however, you probably won’t get one because it’s all based on availability and the fact that skeezy outfits like this are preying on your ignorance. Fulfillment may be delayed based on availability. Once you have completed the… Read More

  • It's Official: Blu-Ray DRM Cracked

    , Janvitos has decrypted a full Blu-Ray movie without even owning any Blu-Ray equipment. This is very embarrassing. Full DVD decryption took a few years, at least in any usable form. This took… oh… a few weekends. This isn’t a formal crack, but it’s more of a proof-of-concept. There’s no telling what they’re going to do with the keys once folks start… Read More

  • TellMe: A Robot Does the Searching, You Do the Swearing

    Oliver at MobileCrunch and Mike at TC got to test out the latest version of TellMe, a voice-enabled search service that lets you tell a robot what you’re looking for. The robot then sends you a map, if necessary, and lets you call the locaation or SMS directions to friends. TellMe requires a tiny standalone app for the mapping and it seems to be free right now, so it’s a… Read More