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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  • 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

  • Crunchgear Budapest Meet-Up Update

    OK. No iPhone yet so I can’t book my flight. HOPEFULLY I’ll have some news today, but I’m not holding my breath. Those of you who were planning on getting plastered with me tomorrow or Wednesday, please save your livers for later this week or early next week. Read More

  • Soylent Green is People, iPod OS is OS X!

    UPDATE – The story is also totally fake. If it’s early in the morning for you right now and you haven’t had your coffee, feel free to skip this story. Basically, it says that OS X, in the form of the Mach kernel, has been inside the iPod all along — except for a brief period when it was the Pixo OS — and that… ZZZZZZ… huh? Read More

  • Buy Bumblebee on the 'Bay

    Love the Transformers? Want a to pretend you own one? Want to pretend girls will talk to you? Then bid on this genuine Bumblebee prop from Transformers. Now priced at $30K, the prop is a fully tuned ’77 Chevy Camaro with Autobot logo on the steering wheel and is apparently currently in El Segundo, California waiting for you to pick it up. While Bumblebee would have been much cooler if… Read More

  • $99 HD DVD Player Not So Much $99

    After a weekend of speculation, Engadget has finally gotten to the bottom of the mystery of the $99 HD DVD player that will be available at the Home Media Expo in Las Vegas this week. The deal, which looked at first like some sort of massive CE dump on the market, is actually only available to conference attendees. Ticket prices for the show can hit about $500 so if you’re really into HD… Read More

  • Cellfons Mak U Luz Brain! Why I Laff?

    According to a study at Trinity College Dublin, those of us who use cellphones suffer from reduced recall, information overload, and an acute inability to remember birthdays and phone numbers. Here’s an important fact: As many as a third of those surveyed under the age of 30 were unable to recall their home telephone number without resorting to their mobile phones or to notes. Read More

  • Microsoft Is a Bunch of Stealing Crooks (Actually, They Both Stole a Religious Symbol With Deep Cultural Meaning)

    Apple knows Taoism. Their devices have a yin and a yang and the human isn’t dreaming it’s a laptop, it’s a laptop dreaming it’s a human, dig? That’s why their Universal symbol is a yin/yang. Trippy. So when Microsoft flips the symbol and slaps Vista and XPOffice logos on there, the fanbois go mad with frothing anger. I think Lao Tzu should actually be angry in… Read More

  • iPhone Field Test Mode Explored

    Want to be just like that cool guy in the truck who gets to walk around testing cellular reception? Just enter “*3001#12345#*” into your iPhone — you can even do it during a call. This key combination opens the iPhone’s field test mode which is basically a little set or readouts that report on current cellular conditions, firmware information, and all the good stuff… Read More

  • Q-Bean: Go to the Website, Trust Me

    The Q-Bean is some sort of wireless audio transmiting device that consists of a Windows/Linux/Mac compatible dongle and a little bean-shaped thing. How does it work? You plug in the dongle, it starts to transmit to the bean, and you can even use it as a microphone. You listen to the audio through a headset attached to the bean. According to the website, the Q-Bean is cool and you can clip it… Read More

  • Smokey the Burninating MacBook Power Adapter

    Justin Stangel, one of the writers for David Letterman, took a nice video of his MacBook adapter initiating its self-destruct sequence and smoking like a 60-year-old spinster on Bingo night. via Giz Read More

  • CrunchGear Budapest Meet-up Update

    As much as I’d like to supply some confirmation or good news right now, I’m sad to say that I can’t confirm the date, location, or time of our upcoming meet-up. It WILL happen. I just can’t say when. Why? Because the postal service sucks. In order to save a few bucks — so I could maybe buy some beers for you guys — I had Matt send the iPhone 3-5 Day… Read More

  • Add Your Own Ringtone to the iPhone

    While this functionality should soon be available in some sort of cool open source UI package, the folks at HacktheiPhone have broken down the process into 23 easy to follow steps that involve downloading the iPhone restore files, hacking the crap out of them, putting your own ringtone into a folder, and uploading it. I’m going to put on an MP3 of my mom telling me how good I am. And… Read More

  • James Wagner Au to Second Life Marketers: Don't Be Stupid

    Everyone’s favorite games writer (after Peter Suciu), James Wagner Au, went about debunking five major myths about Second Life. The myths he debunks — that it has a population of 5 billion or 5 lonely weirds, that it is full of porn, penises, and dancing vulvas, etc. — are aimed at marketers who might be thinking of advertising in the world and are put off by dancing… Read More

  • JVC GZ-HD3 Hard Drive High Definition Videocam

    Word is going around about a new 60GB video camera from JVC, the GZ-HD3. The teeny cam will support 1440 x 1080 resolution and include an SDHC slot. No real official announcements, and when CamcorderInfo talked to the folks at the big Vic they said they had no official announcements, so I guess we’ll have to sit on our hands and wait. JVC Shows Off New High Definition Everio GZ-HD3… Read More

  • Motorola PEBL: Can We Try This Again?

    The Motorola PEBL was actually quite cool. In a year of angular, flat, and unappealing cellphones, the orotund and organic PEBL felt like something you might have placed on your back at an exclusive spa. Instead, it’s UI was an insipid as the RAZR’s and it just wasn’t angular, flat, and unappealing enough for the free-phone desiring masses. And so we come to the ROKR U9… Read More

  • The Dawn of Nerd: HP Looks Back at the Calculator, Gets Pantsed

    Ask any accountant or rocket scientist — HP makes some of the best calculators on the block. TI might have the graphing market sewn up — I had a weird friend who made a basketball game on his TI-81 (you typed in the angle of the shot and hit or missed the basket. Dude was a genius) — but when it comes to spelling 5318008 or rocking amortization rates, you come strapped with HP… Read More

  • VNC for iPhone

    Here’s an iPhone app for you geeks out there. VNC is a virtual desktop server that simply displays and allows you to interact with any desktop running a VNC server. Well, one version of the VNC program, TightVNC, allows for HTTP access so it’s trivial to then get to your desktop just by visiting your PC through Safari. Viola! VNC! OK, so it’s not earth-shattering. However, it… Read More

  • Nyko Wii Party Station

    I think Nyko is pretty aware of its target demographic. Let’s see: they play games in small groups, hence charging stations for four Wiimotes. Then they have a strange little scoring read-out so one of the players — the one who loves numbers — can keep score. Then it has four white drink cups and a chip dish. Finally, it has a hand dryer. Nyko, in a nutshell, has described… Read More


    I’ve been talking with PatentMonkey’s Cory about the latest breathless report of an Apple patent purporting to describe Zune-like sharing capabilities. Well, we’ve come to the conclusion that these patents don’t mean “Apple will make this iPod tomorrow night at send it to your Grandma’s house by Saturday.” It means that Apple has patented something with… Read More

  • iPods Can Kill

    …provided you’re hiding under a tree in a thunderstorm and, freakishly, lightning hits you instead of the tree and runs down the length of the iPod earbuds and blows out your ear drums and blows up your iPod. I mean, otherwise, you’re fine. Apparently a 37-year-old jogger in British Columbia (is that even a place?) got hit by a bolt of lightning resulting in severe burns. Read More