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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs) and [G+ him](https://plus.google.com/u/0/102814019596965765116/posts) here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Mac Talk Pretty One Day: How to Make Speech Recognition Useful

    Lifehacker has an excellent how-to on creating custom voice commands for OS X. I’ve always wanted to use my Mac’s voice recognition but saying “open Word” wasn’t my idea of a red-hot time. In this article, we learn how to make cute little Applescripts to do tiny little things like change brushes in Photoshop. I should make a bunch to write blog posts: tell… Read More

  • Xbox Marketplace Video Rentals Go Live

    Xbox Marketplace Video Rentals Go Live


    Are you ready for “some of the most intense fights from Ultimate Fighting Championship?” I certainly am. Today you can start renting and buying movies on your Xbox 360. Let the era of on-demand digital content finally begin. Bring out the drums, the fifes, and the dancing ladies. HD TV shows will cost 240 MS points, a currency pegged to the Euro, while SD shows will cost 160. Read More

  • Giving Thanks Giveaway Update

    Giving Thanks Giveaway Update

    Happy pre-Turkey Day! Proporta makes cases and accessories for portable devices. They’ve been kind enough to offer a nice accessory package for one of our lucky readers. Here’s how to enter: send an email with the subject “THANKS PROPORTA” describing the portable device you’re most thankful for and why. It can be a camera, an iPod, a Zune, a pocket jet… Read More

  • Palm Treo 680 Video Unboxing

    A cavalcade of video reviews of the Treo 680, available now on Cingular for $199. If I were blowhard, I’d name this phone the must have smartphone of the year. It’s inexpensive, runs a great OS, and appeals to the fashionistas as well as the business types. Palm Dropped the Treo 680 for Cingular and Unlocked Version [SlashGear] Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    CrunchGear This Week

    Gobble gobble — we at CrunchGear are taking a bit of a breather this holiday, but we’re giving away a full Proporta portable gear accessories kit to one lucky reader. All you have to do is send an email to contest @ crunchgear dot com with the subject “THANKS PROPORTA.” Just talk about the gadget you’re most thankful for and we’ll pick one winner at… Read More

  • Dash Detox Contest Vote-Off 2.0

    Dash Detox Contest Vote-Off 2.0

    This is our second try for this whole thing. Looks like our polling system is screwed up, so here we go: a new poll. I’ll be adding the previous votes in a moment. We’re closing the polling at noon EST tomorrow. The Dash Detox Contest is officially over and here are our six entries made by five entrants. Here’s how we’ll do this. You will vote on each entrant, not… Read More

  • NY Times: PS3 is Stinking Up the Place

    NY Times: PS3 is Stinking Up the Place


    Seth Schiesel, who loved him some Xbox 360 back in the day, is basically saying this to Sony: Your company’s new video game system just isn’t that great. Wha! How dare he! He’s essentially saying that the PS3 feels unfinished and that the UI sucks the big one. The resulting mini-rant is well-reasoned and intelligent, so you can’t fault him on that front. Clearly, Sony… Read More

  • Funnest, Most Dangerous Toys of 2006

    Funnest, Most Dangerous Toys of 2006


    Every year local news outlets drag out that old chesnut, the most dangerous toys of the year. This year they focus on Heely’s aka Massive Head Trauma in a Shoe and a Superman lamp that could, according to W.A.T.C.H., a fey child protection/consumer group, kill your children and then micturate on their graves. The manufacturer’s proclamation that the figurine is not a toy has… Read More

  • New Shuffle Ad

    New Shuffle Ad


    Here’s a funny thing. As I was writing this post I headlined it “New Shuffle Video.” Seriously. This isn’t a video. It’s a commercial. Yet I was drawn to type “Video” like it was the latest single from the Flaming Monkey Lips on MTV 3: The Channel With Some Videos and Mostly Laguna Beach Reruns. I’m reading Stephen Levy’s The Perfect… Read More

  • Giving Thanks Giveaway

    Giving Thanks Giveaway

    Happy pre-Turkey Day! Proporta makes cases and accessories for portable devices. They’ve been kind enough to offer a nice accessory package for one of our lucky readers. Here’s how to enter: send an email with the subject “THANKS PROPORTA” describing the portable device you’re most thankful for and why. It can be a camera, an iPod, a Zune, a pocket jet… Read More

  • Free PC or Tacos for Life in Exchange for a PS3

    Free PC or Tacos for Life in Exchange for a PS3

    You say you wouldn’t trade your PlayStation 3 for anything? How about a super fast gaming PC or tacos for life? Mmmmhmm… thought so. Those are just two of the strange offers we’ve heard about so far. Ok. The tacos. Since gamers can be a hungry bunch, Taco Bell was betting someone would take them up on their offer of tacos for life in exchange for a PS3. All they had to do was… Read More

  • Wii Teardown

    Semiconductor Insights tore up their Wii and offered a delightful voice-over describing the consoles various goodnesses. Read More

  • CrunchGear Dash Contest Vote-Off

    CrunchGear Dash Contest Vote-Off

    The Dash Detox Contest is officially over and here are our six entries made by five entrants. Here’s how we’ll do this. You will vote on each entrant, not their specific entries. Judge on humor, creativity, and usefulness. Who, in this case, is your favorite director. Gaming the system is prohibited, but if you want to get your friends to vote en masse, go ahead. This is supposed to… Read More

  • Upgrade Your Zune to 40GB

    Upgrade Your Zune to 40GB

    iPodMods has published a helpful guide to cracking open your Zune case and Zune-Online took the next logical step — they propose stuffing a 40GB Toshiba ZIF drive in there. Apparently the 40GB model works in the Zune but the 60- and 80GB models will not, mostly due to size constraints. Is it worth cracking the bugger open for an extra 40GB? Sure. We wholly support endangering your… Read More

  • PS3 and the Ladies: Slightly NSFW But Funny

    , this short bit of cinema verite shows the lengths some PS3 sellers will go to to — ahem — sell their wares. Video post jump for so you PRUDES don’t get OFFENDED. No nudity, just cleavage. And music. Read More

  • New Dash Entry: Another from rGoodwin

    In this short, rGoodwin puts his phone in the closet, where it belongs. Remember: just a few more hours to submit your entries. Here’s what to do: Grab a webcam or video camera. Shoot a one minute video of you telling me to stay strong and your best advice for helping me rid my bloodstream of the mad-eyed toxin we call cellphones. Remind me that carrying around four cellphones is… Read More

  • PS3 Shortage Solved: Some Jerk Bought 200

    PS3 Shortage Solved: Some Jerk Bought 200

    Looks like we’ve found all the missing PS3s — some eBay punk bought up 200 and is selling them at probably 200% profit. Way to screw with babies, dude. Why not go to a day care and steal a bunch of blankies. Then beat up a kid for his Pokemon cards. These appear to be overseas models, so who knows what that means for buyers in the U.S. PlayStation 3 Shortages [DavidCiccone] Read More

  • Wii Unboxing

    Vincent over at SlashGear fought off a sick kid and his mom to get a Nintendo Wii. Marvel at his amazement. Be amazed at his marvelment. Unboxing [SlashGear] Read More

  • iPhone Story on CNBC: Meh

    A fairly nebulous story on the iPhone. Looks like the MSM is picking up on rumors. Read More

  • Live from New York, It's Wii

    Live from New York, It's Wii

    Throngs of rabid fans in Times Square is nothing new. With the MTV studios across the street this is practically a daily happening. But it wasn’t the latest hip-hop artist, boy band or even Britney that brought out the masses. The crowds this time were at the world’s largest Toy R Us. And what brought them out on this chilly November evening? Read More