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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  • Wherefore Art Thou, DRM?

    Ars Technica and BusinessWeek take a cold, hard look at the reasons behind DRM and why — assuming honest people won’t break DRM — it’s still in play. Essentially, content providers are afraid of losing control over their content. Back when wax cylinders were all the rage and VHS tapes were hitting the market, Jack Valenti was actually worried that multiple people… Read More

  • Penny Arcade Weighs in on CES

    I’m just going to quote these guys and leave it at that. This is how I felt ALL THE TIME in Vegas. I can only see, oh, two hundred or so flat-panel televisions before I feel confident that they are very flat indeed. It was fun to see the men in the show’s car audio cavern pretend that they weren’t huge dorks and were, in fact, masculine, but that’s all. They seemed… Read More

  • First Pirated HD-DVD Movie Hits BitTorrent

    , weighing in at 19GB, has appeared on the Interwebs and is now being happily seeded and downloaded as we speak. This is hilarious for multiple reasons, but the most telling one is a conversation I remember at an event over the summer. A well-intentioned rep was telling journos that HD-DVD is uncrackable because it “checks online” for a key of some sort. While this is ostensibly… Read More

  • Razer Collection: Getting Better All the Time


    After much fanfare, Razer has begun steadily releasing hardware in its high-end gaming peripherals line. The latest is some sort of 2.1 sound system called the Mako. The THX-certified system uses two satellite speakers, a subwoofer, and a wonky little remote control that hangs out like a gaming lolly. Will it improve your in-game audio? The one shown at CES was just a mock-up, but if… Read More

  • 13 Minutes with the Nokia N76: 12 Minutes too Many?

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=5036622942191935859&hl=en Stefan at Ring Nokia loves Nokia. He wants to work for them. He loves them so much that he locked himself up with the N76 and videotaped himself talking about it for 13 minutes. While we can’t speak for his sanity, if you enjoy or are at least aware of the existence of Nokia, feel free to click away. But… Read More

  • Dummy Nokia E61i In the Wild

    I dug the E61 and I suppose I’ll dig the E61i. This updated version of Nokia’s Symbian smartphone has all the slim good looks of the E61 but hopefully none of the nasty slowdown problems. What you see here is actually a “dummy” version for cellphone stores and costs a mere $22.99 for those so inclined. An interesting opportunity to for Nokia fetishists, but little real… Read More

  • Netflix Offering PC Video Streaming

    , another brand steps up and begins offering stuff folks really want. Starting today, Netflix will start offering streaming movies for free to subscribers. On Tuesday, Mr. Hastings will begin to answer that question. Netflix is introducing a service to deliver movies and television shows directly to users’ PCs, not as downloads but as streaming video, which is not retained in… Read More

  • TiVo Fast-Foward Ads: They're Back

    and the BEGINNING of the next segment? Apparently this only appears over certain pre-coded commercials but best of all you can plop your ass down for more commercials by clicking the green thumbs-up button. Please don’t make me get MythTV on your ass and give up my TiVo subscription entirely. I thought we were friends. TiVo’s Fast Forward Ads Are Back [Surmise] Read More

  • Microsoft eToilet: Fun-neee!

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/off switch, and holds 5 billions songs. It also accepts and macerates human waste! And we missed the secret meeting. The eToilet is not unlike a regular toilet in its basic functions, but includes a 21-inch flat-screen monitor built into the toilet lid itself that swings out on a swivel arm when in use. Many of its functions… Read More

  • iPhone != Newton?

    CG reader Bruce sent us a note today pointing out an interesting aspect of the the iPhone decision. He writes: A lot is being said about the exclusive Cingular deal, no 3G, and the high price for a phone. How about short term positioning this as a true “pocket pc”? It has a PC O/S, wifi access for online use, great screen, etc… If Apple wants to sell this through their… Read More

  • An Interview With a Patent Attorney: The iPhone Case

    Mmmm… that’s good legalese! Mad4MobilePhones interviewed Eric Ramage of Alexander Ramage Associates on the legality of Ciscos suit against Apple. The gist is basically that Cisco will probably get a nice fat settlement, but the various tricks and tactics used by Apple, including creating a rumored front company called Ocean Telecom in Trinidad and Tobago, smack of bad John… Read More

  • Who Killed CES?

    When I touched down at JFK last Thursday I started thinking about why I felt so dissatisfied on this trip to CES. I put those dread thoughts into the back of my mind as I fought off a CES-induced stomach flu all weekend but now that I’m fresh and seemingly five pounds lighter I finally have some time to work things out. Read More

  • iMainGo Portable Speakers at CES: Really Loud

    Well, looks like we missed another hot booth. Portable Sound Labs was showing off the iMainGo, a unique mini-speaker system for iPod that runs on four AAA batteries. The speakers have an alarm function that can be set through the speakers themselves. In terms of audio quality, the reviewer was quite pleased and the speakers offered loud sound without distortion. How much does this kit cost? A… Read More

  • Primitive Zune Chat

    My friends and I have so little to say to each other that this would be perfect. ChikaZune is a collection of graphics files that can be sent back using Zune’s phot sharing system. Each image contains containing snippets of text — “Are you busy later?” “Dude!” “I’m pregnant.” You could feasibly create a very simple conversation and… Read More

  • Bloops: Cisco Sues Apple

    Some interesting news out of Cisco today: Cisco today announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Apple, Inc., seeking to prevent Apple from infringing upon and deliberately copying and using Cisco’s registered iPhone trademark. Will it effect the Cupertino giant? Absolutely not. But it makes for a nice downtick… Read More

  • Lensbabies: Lenses Like Babies

    Every once in a while we get lucky enough to see an actually cool product. This is the Lensbaby, an odd lens that allows you to create selective focus images, meaning you can “sharpen up” on spot on a scene leave the rest in sporty blur. This would have been great for taking action shots on the floor, but we didn’t get a chance to try it on our gear.
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  • Samsung E890 Touchscreen Phone

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/audio player. Fairly basic and fairly teeny, but it's pretty and the touchscreen is great. Oh well. We'll never see it here, so why even bother? Read More

  • LG Shining On

    We’ve been drooling over the LG Shine for a while now and it was nice to see it live and in the flesh. The Shine is part of LG’s Black Label series — whatever that means — and is clad in steel. It has a 2-megapixel camera and 1GB of built-in storage. Here we see the “Hangul” version with poet Yoon Dong-joo’s “Night of Counting Stars”… Read More

  • Pogue, Blam Play with iPhone, Pee a Little

    What “feels amazing in your hand,” is “not too slick or too rough, or that shows grease and fingerprints too much,” has an incredible web browsing experience, and is “dark and contrasty.” No, it’s not a smoked-glass dildo and a session on MILFhunter.com. It’s the iPhone. David Pogue AND Gizmodo’s Brian Lam both got to fondle the… Read More

  • Apple iPhone FAQ

    Just got done with an interview with some folks from Cingular on the iPhone and they tipped their hand just enough for us to compile a quick FAQ on the parasitic relationship that is the Apple-Cingular partnership. Read More