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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  • iPorn fer Yer iPhone

    Playboy, always at the forefront of high technology and commerce, has created some special wallpapers for your iPhone. Not much skin in these — they want you to “buy” their “magazine” to see boobs — but it’s important that people understand that even in the dusty halls of Playboy, behind a vaseline-stained skrim and rolls of gauzy curtain material… Read More

  • Steven Levy Is Asked "What's the Frequency, Kenneth" Newsweek’s Steven Levy gets manhandled by someone who apparently wanted his mic on Fox News today. Levy, the lucky dog, actually had an iPhone and speculation was rife that he was getting his stuff stoled. Read More

  • WebShell: An Ajax App for Admins

    Now this is an interesting little bugger. It’s an SSH application for the iPhone written in Ajax and available for download onto your favorite servers. Back when I used to be a sysadmin I always looked for SSH implementations for my portable devices. Not having one was usually a dealbreaker. I wouldn’t call this an ideal solution — it could be rife with insecurity &mdash… Read More

  • Get a Free iPhone Condom if You Have an iPhone

    Did you just get your iPhone? Want to put it in a little cozy? Wrappers has 50 of their little iPod condom thingies to give away provided you have proof of iPhone ownership. Wrappers’ covers are designed for using your Apple iPhone in its natural state. To use your iPhone, you remove the cover. Read More

  • iPhone Third Leg In Apple Chair, Apple Chair Sucks to Sit On

    Dave at MobileCrunch dug up an interesting comment by his Steve-ness about the iPhone being the third leg in the Apple chair, next to iPod and Mac. During the internal Jobs-note, however, an employee asked if the iPhone would cannibalize the iPod, to which Jobs responded that he’d rather see Apple cannibalize it’s own gear rather than someone else. So, as Dave points out, that chair… Read More

  • iPhone Overload at CrunchGear

    Our intrepid intern Ilya is down at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan shooting live video of people waiting in line. Watch as he watches the folks watching for the iPhone (click “more” below to see the stream). For our complete coverage, click here. Only a few hours left before this news-cycle hog dissipates and we can all go back to thinking about more important stuff. Read More

  • AT&T Speedier Because of Something That Starts With i?

    Late last night some AT&T geeks started benchmarking their network speed. Suddenly, after months of sub-standard EDGE speeds, they noticed 200+kbps during most trials, suggesting that someone out there has been tweaking things to make iPhone browsing a little less like pulling teeth. Read More

  • Geeking Up the Huffington Post

    A few months ago some of the CG crew were offered a spot on the Huffington Post, which is essentially a big free-for-all that includes work by Henry Rollins and a few other cultural luminaries along with a bunch of media schlubs like me. I decided to talk to their audience about the iPhone, explaining in no uncertain terms that they’d better get their noses out of their Kafka and pay… Read More

  • For Your Refreshment: "The Nothing to Do With iPhone" Tag

    Tired of iPhone coverage? Want a safe haven? Click here to read stories with nothing to do with the iPhone. CrunchGear: Always Thinking of You, Our Dearest, Cutest, Little Reader. Read More

  • IT Ads Throughout History (OK, Just the 1980s)

    ComputerWorld has rounded up a number of old-timey computer ads touting $12K 80MB disk systems and some sort of new thing called E-Mail. “Your mailbox is the terminal on your desk. Punch a key and today’s correspondence and messages are displayed instantly.” Wow-mazing! It’s been years since I’ve really enjoyed a technology ad — probably not since the Viao… Read More

  • Verizon Knows Where You'll Be Friday Night

    Verizon: Come to our party or we’ll shoot this dog. You’ll be standing in line for the new LG VX 9400 multimedia and TV phone plus some kind of music kit with 2GB memory card for only $99, right? That’s why all of the New York area Verizon stores will be open late on Friday night in anticipation of the hordes who will be beating down their doors hunting for a phone that is… Read More

  • Microsoft Attempts Another Low-Cost PC Solution for India

    AMD and Microsoft, two great tastes that taste great together, are teaming up to sell a new PC, the IQ, in Bangalore and Pune, India for about $513. The PCs run Windows Vista Basic — no flying windows for you, kids — and Works along with some test prep and English learning programs as well as an MSN IQ Education Channel. The PCs will be distributed by Zenith… Read More

  • SimpleWeather Makes Time's Top 25 Websites

    How quickly they grow up. Our little Vince Veneziani’s website,, made it to the top 25 websites Time magazine’s editors can’t live without. How cool is that? Little Vince thought up SimpleWeather while trying to make some granny porn and wanted to see what the weather was like in Boston — a real hotspot when it comes to granny porn. The resulting… Read More

  • Bad Jobs: Barnyard Masturbator, Microsoft Security Response Center Engineer

    Popular Science has posted its list of “bad jobs” in science and Microsoft Security Response Center Engineer ranks up there with hale-feces researchers as a pretty bad way to make a living. Working at the response center “is one of the toughest jobs to have,” said Griesi, a program manager with the MSRC. “But with tough challenges come great reward. The article… Read More

  • T-Mobile Hotspot@Home Video

    This is the official Hotspot@Home video from T-Mobile for use on television stations around the world. It’s kind of dopey, but there are some good shots of the gear in here so I figured you all might like to see it. Read More

  • The New York Times Has Them a Tech Blog

    The New York Times geeks now have a big, old blog called Bits. Bits stands for Business – Innovation – Technology – Society, although I’d have preferred it if it had stood for Bionic – Infant – Terrorizing – Syborg. How cool would that be? It would be like a cyborg, but with an s. Let’s all try to send them a little link love. Those guys… Read More

  • Finally Confirmed: What the iPhone Won't Do For You

    Make your bed. Increase penile length and girth. Remind you of your first kiss. Get you laid after June 31st. Accept an offer to spend a weekend with you on the Jersey Shore after just meeting you at Hogs and Heifers. Visit you in prison. Expand your horizons through a complex, ancient ritual involving the iPhone, peyote, a bottle of rubbing alcohol, and a picture of your dead… Read More

  • T-Mobile Hotspot@Home Review

    My back porch: a hotspot! I live on a quiet street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. I’m definitely not out in the country nor are there any tall buildings around that could potentially mess with my cellphone signal. Yet when a T-Mobile rep came by the house last summer, he found that I have no service in my front vestibule — yeah, I got a vestibule, what of it? — and just a few bars… Read More

  • Microsoft Reclusa Quick Look

    Just got the Microsoft/Razer Reclusa in to play with and I’m happy to report it looks pretty cool. It has backlit keys and a full set of programmable keys up and down the sides for macros and other functions. There are two dials, one for volume and one programmable one and the key size and response time isn’t killer but it feels much quicker than my Apple keyboard, so… Read More

  • Tivoli Audio NetWorks Go Prototype

    A l33t tipster just sent us a note about the Tivoli Audio NetWorks Go, some sort of portable Internet radio that seems to support FM and streaming WiFi. It looks pretty slick, especially knowing it comes from Tivoli, the folks who make radios look like art. She reports: the little black one I sent you is a prototype of the Tivoli Audio NetWorks Go
    portable, rechargeable radio–gets about… Read More