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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  • IT Ads Throughout History (OK, Just the 1980s)

    ComputerWorld has rounded up a number of old-timey computer ads touting $12K 80MB disk systems and some sort of new thing called E-Mail. “Your mailbox is the terminal on your desk. Punch a key and today’s correspondence and messages are displayed instantly.” Wow-mazing! It’s been years since I’ve really enjoyed a technology ad — probably not since the Viao… Read More

  • Verizon Knows Where You'll Be Friday Night

    Verizon: Come to our party or we’ll shoot this dog. You’ll be standing in line for the new LG VX 9400 multimedia and TV phone plus some kind of music kit with 2GB memory card for only $99, right? That’s why all of the New York area Verizon stores will be open late on Friday night in anticipation of the hordes who will be beating down their doors hunting for a phone that is… Read More

  • Microsoft Attempts Another Low-Cost PC Solution for India

    AMD and Microsoft, two great tastes that taste great together, are teaming up to sell a new PC, the IQ, in Bangalore and Pune, India for about $513. The PCs run Windows Vista Basic — no flying windows for you, kids — and Works along with some test prep and English learning programs as well as an MSN IQ Education Channel. The PCs will be distributed by Zenith… Read More

  • SimpleWeather Makes Time's Top 25 Websites

    How quickly they grow up. Our little Vince Veneziani’s website,, made it to the top 25 websites Time magazine’s editors can’t live without. How cool is that? Little Vince thought up SimpleWeather while trying to make some granny porn and wanted to see what the weather was like in Boston — a real hotspot when it comes to granny porn. The resulting… Read More

  • Bad Jobs: Barnyard Masturbator, Microsoft Security Response Center Engineer

    Popular Science has posted its list of “bad jobs” in science and Microsoft Security Response Center Engineer ranks up there with hale-feces researchers as a pretty bad way to make a living. Working at the response center “is one of the toughest jobs to have,” said Griesi, a program manager with the MSRC. “But with tough challenges come great reward. The article… Read More

  • T-Mobile Hotspot@Home Video

    This is the official Hotspot@Home video from T-Mobile for use on television stations around the world. It’s kind of dopey, but there are some good shots of the gear in here so I figured you all might like to see it. Read More

  • The New York Times Has Them a Tech Blog

    The New York Times geeks now have a big, old blog called Bits. Bits stands for Business – Innovation – Technology – Society, although I’d have preferred it if it had stood for Bionic – Infant – Terrorizing – Syborg. How cool would that be? It would be like a cyborg, but with an s. Let’s all try to send them a little link love. Those guys… Read More

  • Finally Confirmed: What the iPhone Won't Do For You

    Make your bed. Increase penile length and girth. Remind you of your first kiss. Get you laid after June 31st. Accept an offer to spend a weekend with you on the Jersey Shore after just meeting you at Hogs and Heifers. Visit you in prison. Expand your horizons through a complex, ancient ritual involving the iPhone, peyote, a bottle of rubbing alcohol, and a picture of your dead… Read More

  • T-Mobile Hotspot@Home Review

    My back porch: a hotspot! I live on a quiet street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. I’m definitely not out in the country nor are there any tall buildings around that could potentially mess with my cellphone signal. Yet when a T-Mobile rep came by the house last summer, he found that I have no service in my front vestibule — yeah, I got a vestibule, what of it? — and just a few bars… Read More

  • Microsoft Reclusa Quick Look

    Just got the Microsoft/Razer Reclusa in to play with and I’m happy to report it looks pretty cool. It has backlit keys and a full set of programmable keys up and down the sides for macros and other functions. There are two dials, one for volume and one programmable one and the key size and response time isn’t killer but it feels much quicker than my Apple keyboard, so… Read More

  • Tivoli Audio NetWorks Go Prototype

    A l33t tipster just sent us a note about the Tivoli Audio NetWorks Go, some sort of portable Internet radio that seems to support FM and streaming WiFi. It looks pretty slick, especially knowing it comes from Tivoli, the folks who make radios look like art. She reports: the little black one I sent you is a prototype of the Tivoli Audio NetWorks Go
    portable, rechargeable radio–gets about… Read More

  • The iPhone Tour: I Give Up

    Please don’t hate us, Mike. See, reader Mike emailed me asking us to stop talking about the iPhone. But we can’t. We really can’t. It’s taken over the entire news cycle. Everyone is afraid of the iPhone and they won’t launch anything to compete for it. Imagine releasing, I don’t know, a fairly cool sci-fi movie the same week Star Wars 7: Attack of George… Read More

  • BitTorrent Users Respond to WWDC Leopard Leak

    A good deed never goes unpunished. Over at CrunchGear yesterday, Nicholas broke the story of the WWDC beta of Mac OS X Leopard’s leak onto the Oink BitTorrent Web site. (Oink is a so-called “secret” or “private” BitTorrent tracker that specializes in music, though it also has a fairly vibrant Mac software user base.) We did so because of the particulars involved. Read More

  • Microsoft's Surface: The Truth

    It’s not an iPhone, it’s a bigass table. via FurryGoat Read More

  • Callwave To Launch Voice-to-Text Service Monday

    Callwave, one of the original Internet voicemail systems, will be offering the official version of its vTXT voice-to-text service on Monday, ending the beta testing phase[it’s still beta]. The service is two-fold, offering SMS summaries of voicemail messages as well as a full email message. There are no “live operators” involved, thus ensuring privacy. I gave it a whirl… Read More

  • Interview With Michael Megalli, Branding Expert for Group 1066 on AT&T, Cingular, and the iPhone – LIVE! We’re talking to Michael Megalli, branding expert for Group 1066 on the trials and tribulations going on at AT&T during their Cingular transition. Cool stuff. Bloops – Looks like we pulled a Sopranos at the end there. Thanks to Michael for taking some time out to talk with us and we’ll have him on again when Operator11… Read More

  • Writers Write "B-Logs," Get Money

    USA Today, that bastion of hard news, is covering a new fad popular with the kids called “B-logging.” They talk about two “b-loggers,” Om Malley and Mike Orvington, who used to work at real jobs and now eat ice cream and write about computers. Now I don’t know who these people are or what they think they’re doing, but I think it’s bad to show people… Read More

  • Slate to World: You're a Bunch of iPhone Dupes

    Apple will offer one-on-one iPhone briefings to qualified, preregistered journalists. “No drop of milk oozes from the Apple teat without a crowd of journalists gathering to swallowing it up.” Let’s read that again. “No drop of milk oozes from the Apple teat without a crowd of journalists gathering to swallowing it up.” One more time? Sure! “No drop of… Read More

  • Sony in "Recovery Mode," Rebooting Finances

    Oyez oyez. The honorable Sir Howard Stringer Esq. Adm. 1st Class III Deceased is now placing Sony into a financial recovery mode, an effort to nip all this PS3 nastiness in the bud. Sony was depending on the new console to bolster its market share and cash reserves and, as we all know, it did neither. But what does “recovery mode” mean? Not much. All he’s really saying is… Read More

  • Pistols at Dawn: Ryan Block Now on TechCrunch20 Panel of Experts

    Engadget’s Ryan Block will represent the gadget and gizmo folks at the TechCrunch20, a supercool symposium of all things Web 2.0 hosted by our own Michael Arrington and the illustrious Jason “The Animal” Calacanis. Michael told me that I couldn’t be on the panel in the interest of preserving impartiality, but we all know it’s because Ryan and Pete Rojas… Read More