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 and G+ him here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • TC 8: The Bobble-Head

    It appears our mighty leader has finally turned from a real boy into a puppet. Compete.com awarded young Michael this charming doll last night at TC 8 in New York. I’ve been assured more pictures are forthcoming. Read More

  • Amazon to Sell Wii This Sunday: Camp-Out in Your Bed


    Just FYI, kiddies. The Wii will be available for purchase on Amazon this Sunday morning. First come, first served, one per family, blah dee blah. Click through for the full email. Special thanks to Eagle-Eye David for sending this along. NOTE:
    we anticipate that we will sell through our inventory very quickly as we’ve received 100 times more Wii email sign-ups than consoles… Read More

  • Dash Contest Last Gasp

    Clearly we ask too much of our dear readers in regards to video production. Two folks entered the Dash contest and it looks like two folks will win it – I have two of them lying around here, so those boys are doubly lucky. If you’d still like to enter, feel free, but we’re closing the contest next Monday morning.
    Read on for the rules… Read More

  • Pink, Orange Zunes On the Horizon Plus Next Gen Specs

    No sooner are we welcomed to the social that a little bird tells us that orange and pink first gen Zunes might be ready for us all around the holidays AND that one-point-five gen Zune specs are finalized and that there are prototypes circulating at Zune-quarters in Seattle. The new colors are already in the grimey hands of those who worked on the Zune project. The new models will be the same… Read More

  • Wi-Ex zBoost YX500/510 Cellphone Extender First Look: Oh Wow

    Not to sound like a jaded old hack, but I rarely get excited by anything that I see anymore. I know. I’m a jaded old hack. Anyway, the Wi-Ex zBoost Cellphone Extender was one of those things that actually made my heart race a little, so when it came I decided to pull open the box and give it a go. Read More

  • Zune: Not Welcome to the Vista Social

    This info has been circulating since yesterday but CG reader James – how’s the brown Zune? Brown? – sent us this damning screenshot of the Zune wizard “Groined!” page as it appears on Windows Vista. I had this same damn problem with a version of Windows XP Professional that I don’t think I updated since the Carter administration, so this better be sorted… Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    Big Zune doings over at CG this week. We invited two Seattle readers to hang out with Matt Hickey as well as Bill Gates and his army of winged Zune Monkeys where they ate breakfast, saw a show, and got free Zunes. One CG reader got their own Zune to play with and then we got OUR Zune and proceeded to wait for ten hours while the Marketplace appeared on screen — we still haven’t… Read More

  • Nyko to World: We Did Not Burninate Your Xbox

    In response to claims that Nyko’s Intercooler 360 Xbox cooling system burns up Xbox 360s, Nyko is essentially saying that it’s impossible and that you people better calm yourselves. Fair enough. However, they’re also saying: While a small percentage of all products suffer from defects, the total defect rate for the Intercooler 360 is well under 1%, which is less than half of… Read More

  • Zune Headache on Launch Day

    Just installing the old Black Zune here, folks, and I’m here to say that either the Zune marketplace is running on an old 386 complete with a copy of Windows 98 or somebody’s got some ‘splaining to do. Like Ryan over at Engadget, I went through the Zune install rigamorale on a fairly new Gateway laptop and am now waiting patiently for the Marketplace to appear. I started… Read More

  • Dash Detox Contest Update: The Nagging Wife

    Our second Dash Detox Contest entrant created a late night infomercial, complete with a chipper announcer and the voice of a shrieking harpy out to steal your immortal soul. Rules:
    I am not allowed to use a cellphone for one month. I need you to hop on your web cam and record a one minute video telling me to be strong. Or if you’re sadistic like Blake, feel free to taunt me with… Read More

  • Zune Unboxing

    This, friends, is the obligatory footage of me opening the Zune box. If you’re in New York and you have a Zune, come and find me. We can join the Social together. One of us… One of us…. Read More

  • ScottEVest Tactical Jacket: Special Sale for CG Readers

    , at least without the solar panel. Scott writes: HUGE discount off our most popular jacket, the Tactical 4.0. This usually sells for $229.99, but with special coupon code “EMPDISC”, you get 40% off, or only $137.99, or a savings of $92! Go ahead and check it out. Product Page [ScottEVest] Read More

  • RocketBoom Refuses to Drink Zune Kool-Aid, But That Didn't Stop Us! or A Brief Note on CG's Independence

    was supposed to be a Zune.net promo partner and backed out stating that he feels he can’t disparage the Zune because of that connection. The resulting post, which is fairly nebulous, allows me to sit down for a minute of meta-blogging to clear up any misconceptions about our Zune contest and our recent slew of Zune coverage. First off, Zune is big news. It’s a major hardware release… Read More

  • Cingular Blackjack Review

    I might as well just give up. As I’ve made clear before, I don’t like Windows Mobile. It’s an aesthetic choice as much as technical one, but what the hell do I know. I’m just a blogger. So with that in mind, I present the inestimable Cingular Blackjack, a feature-rich super-slim Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone for the masses. Read More

  • Windows Vista: Cracked for Your Protection

    Vista is now gold and shipping to happy OEMs who are merrily installing it into new machines and then handing it off to their pirate friends in deepest Asia and Eastern Europe who have already succeeding cracking the bugger. It’s not quite a crack — they’re just using parts of the Beta releases to ensure that the cracked Vista ignores most of the licensing requirements… Read More

  • First Dash Contest Entrant

    Amazing. Our first entry in the Dash giveaway is from Jango Fett, who suggest that if I pick up a cellphone he’ll blast me. Thanks, dude. I feel much better now. Just to recap: I am not allowed to use a cellphone for one month. I need you to hop on your web cam and record a one minute video telling me to be strong. Or if you’re sadistic like Blake, feel free to taunt me with some… Read More

  • Computer Beach Party


    Oh. My. God. This has to be the best movie ever. According to the box it involves teens “Using their hardware to attract software, they have created a whole new version of The Data Game!” and the big finale involves death metal and the PC Jr. Sweet mother of PET: has anyone seen this movie? Can you give us a recap? Describe when/how/why you viewed it? Product Page [Amazon via Wired] Read More

  • ScottEVest Secret Sale

    I’m a fan of SeV stuff. Scott essentially makes clothing with lots of pockets for carrying almost anything imaginable. I have one of his jackets, for example, and I’ve carried bottles of J&B Whiskey and laptops without making myself too conspicuous. That said, pop on over to his newly redesigned site and enter the coupon code SITEYES if you like his new site or SITENO if… Read More

  • Polywell Poly i680SLI Reviewed

    , they feature multiple graphics cards and processors forged in the the very bowels of Hell herself. That said, meet the devil’s right hand. The Polywell i680SLI, made by one of the better-known tweaker’s PC manufacturers, has a quad core CPU and 10,000-rpm drives and runs nVidia’s GeForce 8800TX graphics card, the latest in the land. While this PC is definitely aimed at… Read More

  • Belkin, NetGear Skype Phone Test: Two Phones Enter, One Phone Leaves

    While we won’t spoil the surprise on this review, I can say from experience that the Netgear phone is really nice and works extremely well in almost any WiFi environment. Clearly this tips the Laptop hand but both these Skype phones are extremely compact, extremely useful, and very cool. Now slap some Skype into my cellphone, guys, and I will love you forever. Skype Face Off: Belkin vs. Read More