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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  • CrunchGear This Week

    Just popping in to talk a little trash and mention that CG has all kinds of exciting Sidekick ID coverage along with Fitness Week featuring all sorts of goodies including Marathon Training for Nerds, a review of the Bowflex Revolution, and a piece on Women’s Fitness Gear. Read More

  • Marathon Training for Nerds


    Mmmmm… lube-y. I’ve been a runner since sophomore year in college. It was easy to take up and easy to do — just go in a straight line and don’t fall — and aside from a few years of Kenpo Karate and some bouts at the gym I did very little else in terms of real exercise. I felt happy that I could run two miles, come home, shower, and get on with my day. But I… Read More

  • BlackBerry Outage Spreads!

    Thanks, Sam! Aaron writes: Blackberrycool.com was down too. Aaron At least he got a message out before the entire network exploded! Read More

  • Why Video Games Don't Cause Violence

    We very rarely cover current, non-tech events on this site, simply because they don’t often overlap with our mission to bring tech news to a broad audience. However, I’ve decided to post on the various reactions to the Virginia Tech shooting from pundits who blame violent behavior on video games. Read More

  • TurboTax Fails on Tax Day: Bloops!

    The TurboTax forums lit up yesterday as hundreds of frustrated filers tried to press submit but only got server capacity issues. Hrmmm… the IRS only allows e-filing through CPAs or certain web services and those web services fail dismally. Sounds like the efficiency of the private sector at work! A typical post? Okay, so the deadline has come and gone and I still cannot get my filings to… Read More

  • Steve Rubel Apologizes for Saying He Doesn't Read PC Mag


    Louderback counters with a right and it looks like the fight is OVEEERRRRRRR! GRRR! Tech press fight! Steve Rubel, a blogger and PR ninja for Edelman, wrote that he doesn’t read the dead-tree version of PC Magazine and just throws that noise in the tee-rash when it lands on his doorstep. Then Jim Louderback, EIC of PC Mag is all like “WAT? PERV! BAN HIM FRM IRC!” and Steve… Read More

  • Free* Reality Bedding for CG Readers

    Do you like beds? Do you like bedding? Do you like pictures of ladies kissing? Well, you’re in luck because Reality Bedding is offering free — all you pay is shipping — XL/Full Size bedding from a special promo site. The bedding features a specially printed image by photographer Tanya Chalkin and, if you play your cards right, will be the only women on your bed until you move… Read More

  • BlackBerry Outage Kills Three, Causes Mass Firing of F*cking Stupid Executive Assistants


    I need my email. Do you hear me? I need my email! At about 5PM PDT last night, RIM’s push mail servers seemingly failed and created a mass outage in the “Western hemisphere,” leaving hundreds of men in chinos and shirts with their company name stitched above the breast pocket aghast and potentially causing multiple heart attacks and angry calls to the Help Desk to… Read More

  • The Proud Interplay of Journalistic Spirit: Smashing a Camera Phone

    We at CG like to explore all facets of any particular issue and, as a result, we are open to comments and, more importantly, intelligent video commentary by our readership. Luckily, YouTube isn’t just for kitten movies: it also allows for the sort of pithy commentary on the news of the day that we come to expect from the bathroom stalls at Wayne’s Hog Pit on Route 40. Speak, muses… Read More

  • Tellme Launches Free 411 Business Search Service

    Tellme Networks has announced that it will be launching a new service that enables users to quickly find information while on the go. The service functions similar to to 411, but users can request information through voice, SMS, or Mobile Web. By requesting “Business Search” at the voice prompt, the service will allow you to find businesses in a particular category and return… Read More

  • Microsoft Silverlight: Like Flash Only Microsoftier


    Think on this, people: Macromedia introduced true video embedding in Flash a little more than a year ago and it spawned a billion-dollar company and made another billion-dollar company quake in its boots. So now we have Silverlight, a streaming solution from MS that runs on Windows and Mac and can deliver HD-quality video with a few clicks. Read More

  • Fitness By CrunchGear 2007

    Summer is around the corner and, although it may not look like it outside, you might soon want to walk on the beach with your shirt off and not have Greenpeace try to roll you back into the surf. That’s why CG is running a full set of fitness features — round-ups, advice, and great tech tips — to help you prepare for warmer weather. Let’s face it. The CG crew consists of… Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007: The End

    And so it goes… SkypeWillMakeYaJump was the final secret subject line and it didn’t appear in an image — but did appear in a movie, a semantic difference that may create a firestorm of controversy that will last through the ages. And the final winner is: Kitty! Special thanks to Skype and SMC for their great products and look for more contests from your friends at CG this year. Read More

  • Intel Creating New UMPC Platform, Will Use Old UMPC Platform to Hold Up Cafeteria Tables, Maybe Make Some Nice Planters

    InfoWorld, newly online-only, is reporting that Intel is creating a new UMPC platform, McCaslin, to replace its insanely popular older UMPC platform. The new system will run at up to 800MHz and support Windows Vista. The new platform should start dribbling out in the next year. Look for it at the next CeBIT next to the booth selling boob-shaped mice. Intel expected to launch new UMPC… Read More

  • Sidekick ID Video Review

    Part One of One in which Your Hero field strips the Sidekick ID in order to Create a Clever and Vexing Combination of two Disparate Colors. See also
    Sidekick ID Hands On Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 5

    We’ve finally hit the wall, people. One more kit left. Yesterday’s kit is now winging its way to OffBeat Mammal while one more waits spinning in its launch tube, primed for almost any of our 5-10 loyal readers. Where will the secret subject line be? Who will win the last kit? What am I talking about? BTW – the secret subject line is not SkypeMe. Read More

  • Sidekick ID Hands On


    The Sidekick ID: Don’t Call It a Comeback The Sidekick line is an odd animal. It’s not smartphone nor is it a fashion phone, but it seems to straddle the line between the two so precariously that it becomes everything to everyone. I’ve used the SK3 since it came out and found it to be the best messaging phone I’ve ever used, bar none. Symbian, WinMo and Linux have… Read More

  • Cosplay Dance: Why, Japan, Why?

    Cosplay Dance: Why, Japan, Why? Free Skype? Cosplayers dance. Police come. Cosplayers scatter. Rinse. Repeat. via TokyoMango Read More

  • The Great Skype Contest of 2007, Day 4


    Another day, another Great Skype contest. This time Brad B. won the prize for discovering that Skype is even better than a nice slice of chipped ham. Remember: the secret Skype subject lines will be hidden somewhere in one or many posts, so read and read some more. Confused? Click here. Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    Trade show season is over — finally — and the CG team is deeply ensconced in their respective basements, clattering away at the news. This week we review the Sansa Connect, spill the beans on the SK ID, and discover that Apple may be considering a subscription service. We’re also giving away a Skype phone kit — there are still two left, so head on over. Don’t need… Read More