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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    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

  • Samsung MM-X5: An iPod Dock

    Need an alarm clock? A radio tuner? A CD player? An iPod dock? Well, Samsung’s got you covered with their $199 MM-X5. It also plays back audio from a USB drive and looks like Darth Vader’s bidet. It should be available in October, but you could also just get any of the other 5,000 clock radio/iPod docks out there while you wait. Samsung Unveils MM-X5 iPod Dock/CD Player Combo [Giz] Read More

  • Taco Bell, Avatars, and the Decline of Western Civilization

    When Nero looked out over the ruins of Rome, he must have seen something like the TV Me! promotion from Taco Bell. The Bell, creators of the Fourthmeal and purveyors of food for the stoned, has an open casting call for customers to appear in its co-branded spots during the MTV Video Music Awards. Before you go get your hair done, however, the casting call is for 3D avatars created using Gizmoz… Read More

  • Om Malik Buys an iPhone, Sky Turns Blood Red Over Silicon Valley

    Cross now… Cross now…
    Om “The Animal” Malik just bought an iPhone. This is the same guy who said he’d never ever get an iPhone because it was… oh! It’s sooooo shiny. And has a touchscreen! Ooooh… me want! I just thought this hard-boiled pic was classic, actually. He looks like Deckert tracking down the next replicant. My iPhone Confession… Read More

  • Yellow Submarine iPod Coming Soon, Complete With Beatles Catalog

    I dig the Beatles. I really do. When I was in grade school my dad’s vinyl collection was just about the coolest thing ever and he had the Stones and some Hugh Masakela and quite a few Beatles albums. Good times. Good times. So now that we’re fairly certain that a Yellow Submarine version of the iPod is coming out complete with the entire Beatles back catalog, I have to ask… Read More

  • iLoad Can Now Rip DVDs, Still Fairly Silly

    This one guy who makes Wingspan’s iLoad hasn’t been very kind to the online community. His rants against people who consider the product derivative and silly are legendary and I’ve personally been flamed twice by this guy. I let Ken Sander review the iLoad because I wanted nothing to do with it. I think he did a good, fair job. It’s basically a small-form-factor PC… Read More

  • Build Your Own Hidden Door Bookshelf

    A lot of us have doors in our homes that don’t really go anywhere important. Do you really need to get into the closet where you keep the Halloween decorations and Aunt Claire’s desiccated body every day? Why not add a secret bookshelf doorway! Kenbob has posted a great Instructable — albeit designed by his father-in-law — about how to create a secret doorway out of… Read More

  • XBox Chatpad Outed, Will Cost $30, Available Sept. 4

    XBox360Fanboy found the product page for the mini XBox360 Chatpad, the little device that will fit under your gamepad and let you type messages to your friends and neighbors. It will cost $30, will be available on September 4, and that’s all we know right now. Product Page Read More

  • Sorry, Sony: Girls May Suck But PS2 Probably Sucks More At This Point

    Nick at TC found some weird Sony PS2 ads that came out in India which essentially say that your girlfriend sucks and that you should play your PS2. While the concept is clever and edgy, I think the message isn’t quite as clear as it could be. Perhaps they should have a young man with his girlfriend tied up in a box while he plays God of War. Why stop at low-level misogyny when you… Read More

  • Don't Worry, Kids, the Sidekick 4 is Coming

    The Sidekick 4 AKA the Shuriken looks like it might beat down that ugly Zante and make it lick its jet-black boots. The guys at Hiptop3 have found mention of a 3-inch widescreen Sharp device with 1.3-megapixel camera and MicroSD slot. Looks like it’s going to hit the US next Christmas, although it could drop earlier as there is some mention of Germany in there. Sidekick 4 aka the… Read More

  • When JP Morgan Talks, People Shouldn't Listen: No iPhone Nano

    JP Morgan has retracted Kevin Chang’s, statement about an iPhone Nano coming like in five days and it will have like so many cool things like maybe a phone that makes free phone calls to like your friends and that it will run on T-Mobile and have a cool file browser and let you put your own ringtones on it and it will have three screens, one on the top so you can see who’s calling… Read More

  • Super Video Heroes: Louderbeck and Belmont Leave Respective News Outfits

    Well this is an odd lumpkin of news. Jim Louderbeck, PC Magazine (“The Magazine You No Longer Read”) EIC, has been replaced by Lance Ulanoff, PC Mag’s reviews editor. Louderbeck, who launched TechTV back when there was still money in the media world, appears to be headed to video site Revision3. Read More

  • Microsoft Reader Optimized for Origami, All Five Origami Lovers Rejoice

    I thought UMPCs had gone the way of the Tablet PC and polio, but not so. Apparently Microsoft has just rewritten its Reader application for Origami, allowing at least a VW Beetle-load of people the opportunity to read ebooks in all their magical, blazing glory. Next: MineSweeper redesigned for maximum Microsoft Surface compatibility. Product Page via Origami Project Read More

  • Huzzah! Pirates Share Video Rather Than Rip DVDs, Rarely Ride in Helio-Copters, Never Use Hair Pomade!

    Well, now we’re getting somewhere in the war against piracy. Analysts at NPD have cracked the code to a pirates mind-set and discovered that people rarely “rip” or remove video from Digital Video Discs and instead “share” files on services like “Napstore” and “BitDonkey,” two “files sharing services.” “There is an urban… Read More

  • iPhone File System Hacked

    Well, it had to happen. The IRC-loving haxors who figured out how too drop kick the activation requirements have found a way to browse the iPhone’s file system. The result is an amazing feat of prestidigitation: they basically moved the Safari icon to the main set of icons. Not a huge deal, but impressive enough. Not much available on how they did it — a tool will be available… Read More

  • Silly Woman! Only One iPhone Per Customer!

    I’m not quite sure what’s going on here. It actually looks more staged than real, but it seems some moron bought first place in line in Dallas for $800 and then sauntered in expecting to buy out the store. Instead, she was told she could only buy one and the guy she bought out got a phone and a bunch of cash. Pretty dopey. via MobilitySite Read More

  • Best Buy Tech Tells All

    Consumerist, the site every CEO loves to hate, just ran a huge interview with a former Best Buy employee who essentially said that Geek Squad techs pirated MP3s, sold amateur porn to amateur porn sites, and generally come from that expensive yet dangerous school of IT admins — the Devry. benpopken: Is porn-stealing then a form of insubordination and acting out?
    hashand: Well, more a sense… Read More

  • CrunchGear Budapest Meet-up Registration Page

    I’m 90% certain we’ll hold this on Tuesday night at 7pm at a yet undisclosed venue. If you are attending, please register through the link below. Event Registration Read More

  • CrunchGear Central European Meet-up: First Stop, Budapest

    I’ve been hinting at a CrunchGear reader meet-up somewhere in Central Europe and I’ve decided to hold the first one next week in Budapest. I have to confirm the date, time, and location, but I’m looking for Hungarian folks who might have something to show off or talk about to a group of cool, tech savvy readers and I’m also looking for sponsors and/or giveaways. If… Read More