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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  • Linksys Yahoo! Messenger CIT310 Phone Hands On

    Cordless phones and instant messaging. Two great tastes that taste great together? Yahoo! has teamed up with Linksys to offer a DECT (Digital Enchanced Cordless Telecommunications – essentially a cordless standard that doesn’t interfere with WiFi) phone with Yahoo! Messenger features. The catch? The phone has to be tether to a running PC to send and receive Yahoo! voice calls. Read More

  • Two New Feeds: Video and Hot

    Too busy to read the entire CG feed? Too bored? Too lonely? Repulsed by full RSS feeds? Try these two hot RSS feeds for your browsing pleasure:
    Video – Feed dedicated to all of our posts containing video. This includes our Video Reviews and our Content Stolen from Legitimate Sources. Hot – The hottest stories handpicked by your editorial staff. Consider this the “Staff… Read More

  • Jabra BT-Series Headsets: The BT Stands for Bluetooth Quality

    Here we present the BT8010, a stereo Bluetooth headset that streams audio from a cellphone and or an MP3 player alongside the BT 325s and the 320s. All of them connect to Bluetooth phones and all offer stereo audio from either a Bluetooth enabled MP3 player or a headphone jack. The 8010 actually consists of a “mono” headset that turns into a stereo headset by connecting the two… Read More

  • Philips amBX Blows You

    Strangely enough, this is the first chance I’ve gotten to see Philips amBX system, an add-on that creates ambient environments for PC gaming. It consists of three lights, two on the side and one “splash light” on the back of the laptop/PC. Then there are two fans and a rumble strip on the keyboard. The result is a refreshing blast of fresh air when you’re flying around… Read More

  • Samsung GX-10 DSLR Hands On

    Got a chance to fondle Samsung’s latest DSLR, the GX-10. This hefty camera uses D-XENON lenses and it’s about the size and shape of the Canon Digital Rebel XTi. The body is quite heavy but this unit wasn’t taking pictures so I couldn’t get a good handle on its capabilities. We do know it has a 10-megapixel monster 2.5″ LCD and more. Read More

  • Like.com: Be Like Anyone

    This is an interesting way to shop. Riya has just launched Like.com, an image search system that lets you tag images and then find other things online that look like those images. For example, you apparently can grab a still of Paris Hilton in action, select her video camera, and then find similar night vision cameras on the market. Here’s what our drunken uncles at TechCrunch have… Read More

  • Skype 3.0 Beta Released


    Skype got an extreme makeover and is now available in Windows beta for those so inclined. New features include direct access to SkypeCasts, which are cool if, um, useless at this juncture as well as some UI tweaks and file sharing extras. You can also creat public chats and invite the world to talk with/at you about any topic. It comes with banning services for trolls. No word on a Mac… Read More

  • Zune File Transfer in Action

    Gizmodo has some hot video video of one Zune sending another Zune a song. It takes about 30 seconds for a 2 minute song, which isn’t bad at all. Too bad it’s three play/three day DRM nonsense, folks, or else this would be Zune’s iPod-killing feature. MS says they’ll be improving on this in time, so we’ll see. Zune File Transfer Race [Gizmodo] Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    We’re leading this post with news of our latest contest, a T-Mobile Dash giveaway in conjunction with T-Mo’s Dash-a-Day Giveaway. How do you enter? Create a 1 minute video of you giving advice to someone who is trying to give up cellphones for 30 days. Simple, huh? Read on for the full scoop and enter early and often. In other news, we got some face time with the Zune, the Wii… Read More

  • Cell Phone Detox Contest

    OK. Advice time. I’ve taken an assignment with Time Out NY (I know! Fancy!) and will have to go through cellphone detox for thirty days. This means, ideally, that after 30 days I won’t use a cellphone at all when I’m out and about and that I will have stopped waking up at 3am to check my AIMs and emails on the Sidekick. Therefore, in order to keep me motivated, I need 30 days… Read More

  • CrunchGear for the Holidays

    Welcome to our first annual Holiday Buying Guide series chock full of fun gear and gizmos for the geeks and non-geeks in your life. We’ll be posting Holiday Guides for the next two months and flag a few interesting items with the “Holiday Guide 2006″ tag for your perusal. Enjoy! PR folks take note: if you’d like to be featured in your guide, please send an email to tips… Read More

  • TrackStick Pro: GPS Snoop/Tracker

    Here’s a great way for pizza shop managers to make sure their young delivery boys are smoking the doobage on the job. The TrackStick is a mountable GPS device that records location as well as temperature at intervals as long as 60 minutes. The oldest history gets pushed out by newer data. You can then place the device in a cradle and create a Google Earth overlay of that… Read More

  • Zune-Gasm: Hands On With the Zune

    I know we’re a bit late to the trough, but I got the chance to play with the Zune today and can safely say it is a solid product — it feels good, it’s small, and the screen is beautiful. It’s very slim, has a great hand-feel, it will sell and you will like it. I have some video of the Zune I’ll post tomorrow but until then feast your eyes on her skinny… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Acquires UIQ Technology

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/shell used by Sony Ericsson in most of their smartphones. This isn't earth shattering in any respect but it's quite a move by a company that is mostly involved in the hardware side of things. Looks like either things are speeding up in the UIQ front or S-E is just in an acquiring mood. Sony Ericsson to acquire… Read More

  • FIC Linux Cellphone

    The linux cellphone is creeping ever closer. FIC is planning on building a touchscreen GSM cellie with an “iPod-quality” MP3 player and files sharing. It will use all open source software and FIC will offer a full SDK for hackers and pros alike. Looks a bit vapory to me, but we shan’t judge a book by its cover, right? That’s a pretty ambitious list, and it raises… Read More

  • Compact 200GB Has Ports to Spare, Blue LED

    OtherWorldComputing is selling a fat 200GB travel drive with – get this – FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and SATA support for $379.99. You can also get a USB 2.0 version at 120GB for $149.99 and a FireWire+USB version for about $279.99. Aside from the plethora of available ports, this drive is completely bus powered, which means you don’t need a wall wart to power it. Read More

  • Xbox Live Marketplace: Now With Video

    November 22 brings us downloadable content – TV and movies – from CBS, Warner Brothers, and a few others. You download the preview then pay for the movie. Rentals you can hold onto, unwatched, for two weeks, and then have 24 hours to finish it before it goes poof. You can also “purchase” content that will sit on your drive. Pricing is fairly nebulous at this point, but… Read More

  • Samsung Black Carbon Quick Look

    A video interlude in which I fondle the Samsung Black Carbon for your edification. I also use the word sleek, which I swore I would never do. Product Page [Samsung] Read More

  • Cingular 8525 Hands On


    If you read my 10 Things I Hate About Smartphones post last week, you’d discover that I hate Windows Mobile and that, even though they run Windows Mobile, I love HTC. So with that piece of cognitive dissonance in mind, I present my review of the Cingular 8525 aka the Hermes, a Windows Mobile Pocket PC smartphone with fold out QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen. It costs $399 with contract. Read More

  • TiVo Now More Expensive: Thanks, Santa!

    else. The Series 3 units aren’t selling well, as far as we know, and now the service is getting more expensive. They’re raising their prices from about $12.95 a month with a one-year commitment to $19.95 per month with $12.95 coming with a 3 year commitment. I love me some TiVo, but I’m not sure what the hell is up over there. 1. At the time of activation of a TiVo Service… Read More