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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  • CrunchGear this Week

    We’re all about the holidays at CrunchGear this week. We have a full DSLR round-up as well as an amazing look at some high-end audio gear for those with a bit of cash to burn. We also take a look at the Nikon D40, the Helio Drift, and the Expresso S2 Exercise Bike for burning off those Thanksgiving calories. We’re also running a Commenter Appreciation contest for our loyal readers. Read More

  • Wii Sensor Bar Hacks

    It seems that the Wii Sensor Bar runs on 7.5 volts barreling out of the Wii console itself. Therefore, an industrious young man, if he put his mind to it, could add a DC adapter from Radio Shack. That’s just what the folks at AVSForums did, with mixed results. The problem is that the cable connected to the sensor bar is very thin and difficult to solder. Not impossible, mind you, but… Read More

  • Don't Buy Red Steel for the Wii

    It’s rare to find such a hateful review of a game unless it involves horrible voice acting, wonky controls, and terrible graphics… oh, wait. Yes, it appears Red Steel is a hunk of garbage with retarded AI and an interface that causes blood clots in the elderly. The concept is sound: you use the Wii-mote to wield a sword. Apparently, however, the game is absolutely horrible. Head… Read More

  • Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux: Shouldn't They Have Done this Four Years Ago?

    CIO Magazine is apparently going through their assignment backlog and decided to put together a hefty tome on the differences between Windows, Linux, and OS X. Hmmmm… With gems like this: He prefers OS X’s security, reliability and simple user interface over that of XP. And though he still has high hopes for running a version of Linux that is reliable and full-featured, he… Read More

  • TrekStor Vibez

    TrekStor is a German company that is just starting to make inroads here in the States. They’re offering two models with a rubberized scroll wheel and an amazing look. These are hard drive based with 8GB or 12GB and actually look like contenders for the Coolest MP3 Player trophy that I saw at the sporting goods store last week. Availability and Price Slated to ship in December, the 8GB… Read More

  • Wal-Mart Confirms Video Download Service

    package. With the purchase of the “Superman Returns” physical DVD, Wal-Mart said customers can also choose from three video download format options — $1.97 for portable devices, $2.97 for PCs/laptops, and $3.97 for both portable players and PC/laptops. This is actually a fairly good idea – simple, easy to understand, and it allows folks to grab the video before they get… Read More

  • Nintendo Won

    I was wrong about the Wii. It is a great console. It will be the market leader this season – probably not in 2007, though – simply because it is on a different console trajectory than the 360 or the PS3. It is small, cheap, and available. Kids will “settle” for it when they can’t get the PS3 and that will drive Nintendo into a strong fourth quarter. That said, the… Read More

  • Best Website Ever: IFixit.com

    . We baby-proofed the house with these magnetic child locks that use a huge magnet to open an internal release. I picked up the magnet then grabbed my aluminum PowerBook G4 12-inch. What I didn’t realize at the time was that I had picked up the laptop and the magnet in the same hand. I heard a delightful crunch and the hard drive started gurgling. Oops. Read More

  • The Metadata Box

    . So what are we trying to do? Read More

  • Samsung M610 Quick Look

    The Samsung M610 is an ultra-slim phone that costs $179 with a 2 year contract from Sprint. Nothing specifically amazing except for the design and size. It has Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera, and a beautiful screen. Wafer thin! UPDATE – Video fixed. Read More

  • Wii Works With Candles

    Let me take a moment to say that I was wrong about the Wii. Joel Johnson and my buddy Paul brought all their Wii games to my house on Friday and we had a blast playing the titles — maybe everything except Madden. We were also discussing how to create a DIY sensor bar and it appears all you have to do is go to Ikea and get a candelabra because any regular light source, including candles… Read More

  • Zune: Sucking Wind?

    cred. That said, the Windy City Roller Andy Ihnatko writes: After that, it’s nothing more than a bookmark for purchasing the track in the Zune Marketplace. It amounts to nothing more than free advertising. The Zune is a complete, humiliating failure. Toshiba’s Gigabeat player, for example, is far more versatile, it has none of the Zune’s limitations, and Amazon sells the… Read More

  • Giving Thanks Giveaway Winner

    Happy post-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 and that lucky reader is Burt, late of Gmail way. Burt – check your email and spam box and drop us a line @ contest at crunchgear dot com. Again, thanks for entering and thanks to Proporta for hooking us… Read More

  • Helio Drift: Don't Call it a White Slider Phone from Samsung

    According to our special friends at Gizmodo, there are only ten white Drifts in all the land — but that doesn’t mean we and everyone else shouldn’t get a few as well. I’ve always been a MVNO-hater, but I really see the value in the Drift. This is a focused, software heavy phone with enough user-friendly features to be dangerous. Ignore all the MySpace claptrap… Read More

  • Wii Modded

    Here we see a young man hacking, nay, stealing from the makers of the Nintendo Wii. We cannot condone this behavior, but if anyone knows what they did to pull it off, please let us know. Read More

  • Turkey Stuffing Time

    We here at CrunchGear are taking tomorrow off and are closing up shop early today and Friday. We’re still running our Giving Thanks Giveaway, so keep those entries coming, otherwise, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday. Don’t eat to much. We also want to thank you all, our loyal readers, for your loyal readership. Seriously: We started this thing almost four months ago and… Read More

  • Another PS3 Black Friday Tip

    Mark writes: I hear that JellyFish.com’s Black Friday sale dubbed “Smack Friday” will have some PS3’s for sale. Their Smack Friday will begin at 6am EST and run for 24hrs. I’m not sure what time they will be selling them, but I best they will go fast. Sale Page More coverage… Read More

  • Dash Detox Contest Vote-Off 2.0 Update

    We’re closing the polls in an hour, so vote away! 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… Read More

  • 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