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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  • Helio Ocean TV Ad: Awwww… Cute!

    A video for Helio’s upcoming Ocean smartphone. It’s definitely a far cry from those damn “It’s not a phone, momma!” commercials. Good on ya, Helio. Read More

  • Mother's Day iPod Giveaway: The Items Can Be Virtual

    Whip out MS Paint, draw your mommy a card, and send it along, folks. I’m even canceling the “voting” portion and will pick a winner at random tomorrow at noon EST. To be fair, I will pick one of the three “physical” entrants in a separate pool than the “virtual” entrants, ensuring that they have a better chance of winning. Read on for full details, again. Read More

  • Ubuntu @ The Library: Like "Blair Witch," But With Linux

    You so rarely get to see people actually happy about installing operating systems, but that’s one of the things about Linux — you stick in a disk and suddenly an old crappy computer running Windows ME is a real powerhouse. The video shows a librarian in Washington, Vermont installing Ubuntu. With the zydeco background music, her palpable excitement, and the fact that they make pee… Read More

  • Mophie Bevy Review


    Its not every day that I get to review a device so meaningless that I want to cry — actually that does happen every day, as evidenced much of our slow news day coverage — and the Bevy is one of those devices. It’s an iPod Shuffle case, it’s made of plastic and metal, and it has a church key for opening bottles of frosty ale. What else could you ask for? Read More

  • LG Launches Santa Rosa Laptops A Day Early

    We’ll probably never see these laptops on our shores, but it is important to note that LG is going nuts with the Santa Rosa laptops this morning, about 24-hours before everyone — including a company that begins with S and rhymes with “pony” — is getting their Santa Rosa laptops ready to roll out the door. Santa Rosa, for those not in the know-sa, is the fourth… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson S500: Ever-changing Themes and Illuminations

    I know that this sounds like a Jonathan Safran-Foer novel, but the S500 has “Hidden Illumination” and “Ever-changing Themes,” dig? It’s got “Vibrant Images” and “Mysterious Green” and “Spring Yellow” exteriors. Yes, friends, it seems that someone slipped some ketamine in S-E’s bento box. Read More

  • Mother's Day iPod Giveaway: Two Entrants, No Smoking

    OK, guys. It’s six days until Mother’s Day and you don’t have anything for your mom. How about an iPod Nano and some chocolates, courtesy of Best Buy. Here’s what’s going to happen. I have two iPods lying around here and, in order to ensure they go out in time for Mom to get one, I need entries by 12:00 PM EST Wednesday, May 9 and we’ll vote until 12:00PM… Read More

  • Joost, She Is Not So Much Dying


    Whenever someone posts a video refuting negative press about particular topic, I’m fairly skeptical. When it comes in the form of a CS major talking to other CS majors about networking concepts, I’m even more skeptical. But let’s give Joost the benefit of the doubt and watch this longish video all about how the Joost network works and why it is not dying and that everything… Read More

  • Our Seth Porges on Cash Cab

    What do you get when you put a super-genius in a cab? Cash Cab with Seth Porges. Our own Seth will be on the show a 5pm EST tomorrow, May 9. Watch as he answers question after question on his ride through Midtown Manhattan. Read More

  • Blackjack WinMo6 Update In June

    Rumor has it that Cingular is pushing out Blackjack updates in June which will allow Samsung’s slim smartphone to run Windows Live and all the other goodies that WinMo 6 has to offer. I’ve already installed 6 here at CG labs — my basement — so expect a full report this week. Otherwise, Blackjack users stay vigilant. Or maybe find some hacked WinMo 6 out there and install… Read More

  • Epoq MPEG4 Watch: Wow, Cool


    I’ve heard of MP3 playing watches. I’ve heard of TV watches. Wasn’t it just a matter of time until they stuck the two together and created an MPEG4 watch with OLED screen? It looks kind of vaporwarey, but I’d wear a big honking watch with 2GB of storage ($169.95) that plays back MPEG4 video. A 4GB version is also in the works. Read More

  • Mother's Day Gift Trade Up Contest: Win One of 2 iPod 4GB Nanos

    OK, guys. It’s six days until Mother’s Day and you don’t have anything for your mom. How about an iPod Nano and some chocolates, courtesy of Best Buy. Here’s what’s going to happen. I have two iPods lying around here and, in order to ensure they go out in time for Mom to get one, I need entries by 12:00 PM EST Wednesday, May 9 and we’ll vote until 12:00PM… Read More

  • Zonbu Networked Linux PC: Hack-in-box?

    A company called Zonbu is offering a paperback-thin desktop PC for $99 that runs Gentoo Linux on 4GB of internal flash. Where are all your files stored? On Zonbu’s $12.95 a month servers, that’s where. Made by some of the same folks who built the Vudu, I’m 100% certain this will become a nicely subsidized hacker’s toy in the first two months its available. Once the… Read More

  • Vista: Switching Back Is Easy To Do

    Nik Cubrilovic, a contributor to TC, recently had a blow-out with his Mac and started using Windows Vista full time. The terrible part? He really, really likes it! Surprisingly, I tend to agree with him. I was very pleased with Vista’s performance on an older machine I have here at home and I now look forward to booting up Windows rather than dreading it. Granted there’s no way… Read More

  • Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC: Huh. Ok.

    Another day, another UMPC. The Samsung Q1 was the hottest thing since sliced bread about two years ago, but now that they’ve released the super Ultra version, I’m pretty sure we’re all yawning a bit. I mean they didn’t even call it the Q1. They just stuck an Ultra on there and called it a day. It’s got a split QWERTY keyboard, thumb buttons, and a $799 price tag… Read More

  • Reminder: ScottEVest Savings

    Oyez, oyez. ScottEVest, purveyors of all clothes technological, is offering CrunchGear readers a special deal until May 14 on Performance Polo and Performance Pullover shirts. Type in the coupon code 2SAVE20 and get 20% off those items. I can personally vouch for SeV’s cooltasticness. I wear the Performance shirts on almost all the flights I take and the Tactical jacket I got a few years… Read More

  • Mother's Day Gift Trade Up Contest: Win One of 2 iPod 4GB Nanos

    OK, guys. It’s six days until Mother’s Day and you don’t have anything for your mom. How about an iPod Nano and some chocolates, courtesy of Best Buy. Here’s what’s going to happen. I have two iPods lying around here and, in order to ensure they go out in time for Mom to get one, I need entries by 12:00 PM EST Wednesday, May 9 and we’ll vote until 12:00PM… Read More

  • Lime.com Podcast is Up and It's Fabulous

    Our own Seth Porges saved the day last Wednesday when he chatted with Karen Salmansohn of Be Happy, Dammit. He went through some of our latest and greatest from our Fittness by Crunchgear week. Podcast Page Read More

  • Spiderman 3 Available Online: The Snake Eats Itself

    Quick, bittorrenters! To your battle stations! A cam of Spiderman 3 is currently available, recorded in what can only be described as colon-o-vision. Apparently the whole movie is out there, floating on the aether, but the quality is so poor its not even worth downloading. However, if you hate going to the cinema yet still enjoy watching people get up and go to the potty during long movies… Read More

  • Joost, She Is Dying

    I know, I know: I owe you guys Joost invites. I’ll try to put something together next week, but as we’re learning today the service is massively overburdened. According to Liz over at NewTeeVee, they’ve been having all sorts of trouble on their Intel Macs and that Joost is looking into the problems as we speak. I tried Joost for a little while last week and I found fairly… Read More