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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  • Sprint Drops Sirius

    Sprint Nextel is dropping Sirius Hits, its streaming audio service, to bring 10 new channels of mobile music. The carrier will also add video from CNN, the Weather Channel, E!, NFL, and Fox Sports. No details on pricing or, mor importantly, why they decided to drop Sirius but perhaps their retooling their offerings to use the new WiMAX service they’ll be selling in select… Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Entry #1: Flame-On!


    The first entry in our Laptop Horror Stories contest. I had an RDI laptop for doing enterprise software demos at customer sites. The laptop was a SPARC Solaris workstation (only slightly smaller) that ran on 4 rechargeable D-cell batteries taped together (lasted 20 minutes on a charge if it was new). The system was the size of today’s big media-center laptops, so not fun to travel with. Read More

  • AppleTV Shipping (?)


    I’ve been hitting the Apple store every few days looking to see when my Apple TV is shipping. However, I never thought to check my credit card statement. A blogger checked his and saw that Apple charged his account for the AppleTV which, if the Apple store is to believed, means stuff is going out the door as we speak. It doesn’t look like its shipping according to my account screen… Read More

  • MyStrands Mobile: Series 60 Community Music Player

    Hot on the tail of Slacker comes another social music service, MyStrands Mobile. This S60 application offers music discovery as well as music sharing and builds on a library of 6 million tracks. You and your friends can share your current playlists and collects your playback history on your own MyStrands page.
    Read the rest on MobileCrunch… Read More

  • MobileCrunch Gets a New Lead Writer

    link on the site. Russell Shaw is a Portland, Oregon-based author, journalist and blogger. Former author of the BBHub BlackBerry blog on AOL, his work also appears on ZDNet, TMCNet, AllBusiness.com and the Huffington Post. Russ is also author of seven books, on topics ranging from streaming media to wireless networking. His website is at RussellShaw.net Read More

  • Laptop Horror Stories Contest

    Hello, kiddies… welcome to the Crypt of Laptop Horror Stories (TM). You have until next Monday, 12pm EST, to send me your worst laptop horror stories — how your laptop fell into a toilet, how your Gateway exploded on your granny’s lap — and you could win one of three beautiful prizes. Koss Cobalt Bluetooth Headphones One of two RhinoSkin 13″ MacBook Cases in Black… Read More

  • MyStrands Mobile Adds Community To Streaming Audio


    Symbian Series 60 users should take a look at MyStrands mobile, a compelling music sharing app that creates social playlists – you and your buds can share music – and discovery though tags and search. It even supports multiple languages so you and your friends in France can share your Serge Gainsbourg playlists. The service accesses a collection of six million songs, so… Read More

  • MyStrands Mobile: Now With Community

    Hot on the tail of Slacker comes another social music service, MyStrands Mobile. This S60 application offers music discovery as well as music sharing and builds on a library of 6 million tracks. You and your friends can share your current playlists and collects your playback history on your own MyStrands page. It’s officially available now and the video above gives you a good idea of what… Read More

  • NewsGator Go!: Now for Java and Blackberry


    NewsGator Go!, previously only available for Windows Mobile, is now available for Blackberries and Java-capable phones including models from Nokia, Motorola, and Samsung. This version synchronizes with your online NewsGator account and caches articles for later, offline consumption. You can also send stories via email through the program’s interface. Read the rest at MobileCrunch… Read More

  • Help Me Hit $2000+ By the 15th

    I promised I wouldn’t bother you all very much, but I’m coming up to a deadline in my fund-raising and thought I’d depend on the kindness of strangers. I’m running a marathon in June to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and need to raise $4,000 to support the cause and pay for logistics. If you’ve already donated, thank you. If you haven’t, anything… Read More

  • NewsGator Go!: Java and Blackberry RSS


    NewsGator Go!, previously only available for Windows Mobile, is now available for Blackberries and Java-capable phones including models from Nokia, Motorola, and Samsung. This version synchronizes with your online NewsGator account and caches articles for later, offline consumption. You can also send stories via email through the program’s interface. This is somewhat similar to… Read More

  • TMNT on XBox Live

    Are you a hero-in-a-half-shell? Still living in the ’80s? Feeling like you and Splinter need to have a heart-to-heart about his mutating goo abuse? Turn on your XBox tomorrow morning and download the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This version includes co-op play, leaderboards, and voice support. It’s 400 points, but that’s not too much to pay for FUN is it? Read More

  • Mapping the Wordosphere

    A little off-topic, but it’s quite cool. Matthew Gray mashed up the publication dates and locations for thousands of titles in Google Books. He then mapped them over time, showing the spread of modern publishing from Europe into the Americas and Southeast Asia. Shown here are the early 1800s. Earth viewed from books [Booksearch] Read More

  • Twirl-a-Squirrel

    This is even better than my neighbor’s bug zapper on a July evening. The squirrel’s weight activates the motor, batteries do the rest. Product Page via The Boing Read More

  • Happy Birthday, Michael

    Our benefactor, Michael Arrington III, Esq., officially turns 73 today and we at CG all wish him a happy, healthy, and joyous birthday. Seriously, Mike, thanks for letting us all run wild over here and have loads of fun. The CG Team Read More

  • Help Key: How to Idiot-Proof Your Parents' Computer


    This is something that may be near and dear to your hearts: Mom and Dad are calling to ask about this porn pop-up phishing thing they just typed all their credit card info into. Or maybe Grandma wants to make a MySpace page. Regardless of the situation, you have some older folks in your life who probably have a computer. If you’re reading this, you’re good at computers. Read More

  • GameJew: Miyamoto and Me

    In this episode, GameJew goes on the hunt-down for Nintendo’s head whimsicality-inducer Miyamoto at GDC 2007. GameJew, don’t you know that Miyamoto is surrounded by cybernetic vat-grown ninjas? You could have been sliced to bits! GameJew Sings to Miyamoto [GameJew] Read More

  • Mundu IM V4: Mobile IM On the Cheap

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  • SXSW: Liveblogging Dan Rather

    Blake is at SXSW right now and trying to liveblog all the keynotes. He already blogged Phil Torrone doing his geekenwerk until PT and his friend Limor turned on a cellphone jammer and shut down his WAN card. Head over for some good coverage of a great event. SXSW 2007: Dan Rather Keynote Read More

  • Mundu IM V4: Mobile IM On the Cheap

    Mobile IM is the number four cellphone killer app — the other three are, in order, voice, SMS, and Snake — but, surprisingly, it’s the hardest to use. Of all the IM programs I’ve tried, only Danger has managed to make it seamless as possible. Mundu, a new product from Indian developers Geodesic is coming in a close second. The product supports AIM, MSN Messenger… Read More