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.

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Latest from John Biggs

  • Zune Soon at Wal-Mart: Boon?

    Zune Soon at Wal-Mart: Boon?

    Looks like Wal-Mart is getting ready to sell us the Zune. Not much info – just a “coming soon” graphic – but it looks like Microsoft has these in the pipe and may be ready to ship soon. We’ll keep you posted. Product Page [Wal-Mart via Gizmodo] Read More

  • Widow Leased Rotary Phone for 42 Years

    Widow Leased Rotary Phone for 42 Years

    A widow in Canton, Ohio, Ester Strogen, first leased two black rotary phones in the 1960s. Although most major carriers informed their customers that they didn’t have to lease anymore back in 1985, Strogen must have missed that memo and the phone company – who was getting $29.10 a month out of this poor, harmless lady – didn’t feel like mentioning it to her. Strogen’s… Read More

  • iPod Dying: Oh No!

    iPod Dying: Oh No!

    There’s a he said/she said going on in the blogosphere this week about the seeming demise of Apple due to slow uptake of the iTunes store. This is because, according to major research organizations: It seems like somebody got a calculator out and did something like the following: capacity of 60 million iPods sold / 1 billion plus purchased songs ~ 20 songs per iPod. So this, in essence… Read More

  • Digital Cuckoo Clock

    Digital Cuckoo Clock

    Well, now this is a funny little thing, isn’t it. It’s a cuckoo clock with a digital readout – it’s hard to see, but it’s in the middle of that weird leaf. No price because this is a piece of designware by Reddish in Israel, but it’s a cute concept. Product Page [Reddish via Gadgetizer] Read More

  • TiVo: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

    TiVo: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

    Well, it had to happen – the company that has ensconced the idea of a DVR in the hearts of millions has lost its good will. I’ll say it loud and I’ll say it proud – TiVo is the best thing that ever happened to my TV-watching experience. As a parent of an eight-month-old, my evenings are spent curled up on the couch waiting for our little angel to turn eighteen. TiVo has… Read More

  • Gyration GyroTransport Quick Look

    Here’s a quick video of the Gyration Gyrotransport in action. This $199 device will be out on Monday, September 18th. It’s extremely small and worked on both PC and Mac with absolutely no trouble – just plug it in and you’ve got an AIRMOUSE (!!!!). We’ll have a full review on Monday. Read More

  • Vista Error Reporting: Really Beta

    Vista Error Reporting: Really Beta

    Is this what lies in store for us? What’s next? “Error: Your Choice in Music is Not Cool Enough for the Zune?” “Error: Insert Floppy Disk?” Tee hee. Best Windows Error Ever [Development Web] Read More

  • Altec Lansing USB 5.1 Speakers

    Altec Lansing USB 5.1 Speakers

    Here’s a strange duck. Although Bose is doing this with their Companion line, these Altec Lansing speakers are USB only and include audio in and out but no optical connector. Presumably these speakers use a driver on the PC to smooth out the audio and create the surround-sound effect. It also includes a remote. Priced at $249.95, they’re an interesting idea. Not sure how popular… Read More

  • Zune in Action

    Not sure why we didn’t get this sooner, but this is the vaunted Zune in action. The UI looks pretty hot but remember what they say about eye-candy. I’m actually pretty excited about this, though. When MS does their research, they do a great job on hardware. Zune Video Upclose [MobilityToday] Read More

  • iTunes 7.0: Apple Gives Will Wheaton Back His iTunes Music

    iTunes 7.0: Apple Gives Will Wheaton Back His iTunes Music

    It appears Star Trek is a very popular show. Actor Will Wheaton – who played Jean Luc La Forge on Star Trek: The Voyage Out of Your Parents’ Basement – complained that all of his purchased music disappeared from his iPod after upgrading to iTunes 7.0. Apple quickly called him and helped him out of his jam, but if you’ve never sucked face with a Klingon then I doubt… Read More

  • Bathys Automatic Watches

    Bathys Automatic Watches

    I’m a watch freak so I decided to share this with you all. This is a Bathys Automatic, designed by John Patterson in Kaua’i. This guy is a surfer and wanted to make a watch that could withstand a heavy pounding on some of the island’s amazing beaches. He designed his first watch last year, sold out all of his quartz models, and went to Switzerland to have automatics made. The… Read More

  • Race to 2000 Update: 1500

    Race to 2000 Update: 1500

    Remember, friends, only 500 comments stand between you and a black iPod. Read more about the contest here. Read More

  • Inkling: The Invisible Hand Says Cubs May Win It

    Inkling: The Invisible Hand Says Cubs May Win It

    Inkling is a fantasy stock market that predicts outcomes based on the free market. It works like this: users create questions and potential outcomes (“Will it rain tomorrow?”, “At which major technology conference will Bill Gates shed his human skin and reveal his angelic beauty high above Mount Rainier?”) and other users buy and sell shares based on their belief that a… Read More

  • Inkling: The Invisible Hand Predicts iPods, Other Stuff

    Inkling: The Invisible Hand Predicts iPods, Other Stuff

    is a fantasy stock market that predicts outcomes based on the free market. It works like this: users create questions and potential outcomes (“Will it rain tomorrow?”, “At which major technology conference will Bill Gates shed his human skin and reveal his angelic beauty high above Mount Rainier?”) and other users buy and sell shares based on their belief that a particular… Read More

  • We Leika the Leica Line-Up

    We Leika the Leica Line-Up

    Just had to use a pun this morning. Anyway, Leica is launching four digital cameras this October at Photokina in Cologne and we got a chance to play with them a few weeks ago. We sat on the news until today but we’re happy to report that if you liked the film Leica line, you’ll like these cameras. We begin with the M8, which – if you’ve ever seen Eurotrip or pictures of… Read More

  • Zune Promises MySpace-like Connectivity

    Zune Promises MySpace-like Connectivity

    Just got off the phone with Microsoft about the new Zune and the magic therein. It’s a 30GB player that comes in three colors – black, white, and brown – and plays back most major file formats. That much you can read over at CrunchGear so head over there if you want the specs. Of specific interest to TC readers, however, is the social sharing system. The Zune has 802.11… Read More

  • CrunchGear and the Race to 2000 Update

    CrunchGear and the Race to 2000 Update

    Looks like we’re hovering at 1,345 comments today. Remember, friends: the commentor to post the 2,000 comment gets a special black iPod Nano… OK, not so special, but it’s still a Nano. More info here. Read More

  • Samsung IP-830w Confirmed

    Samsung IP-830w Confirmed

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/GSM smartphone with Windows Mobile and EVDO. It's pretty hefty, but it's a real world phone and includes a Sprint SIM card that has roaming agreements with multiple international GSM carriers. Read More

  • CTIA 2006 Coverage: Morons – FIGHT!

    CTIA 2006 Coverage: Morons – FIGHT!

    For your enjoyment, a recreation of the noble and traditional art of Japanese Sumo as performed by two drunken fools. Read More

  • State of the CTIA Union

    State of the CTIA Union

    Hidey Ho. It’s about 3pm in LA right now and we’re winding down from a whirlwind of meetings that started early this morning. Add in the Apple announcements – meh except for the iTV – and the Crunchsters are beat! Read More