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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  • BSA: Azerbaijan Tops in Piracy, Cotton, Rice, Grapes

    The Business Software Alliance — the Ladies Against Women of the IT set — found out that the average Azerbaijani has over $250 worth of pirated software on his or her computer. Second in the list is Iceland with about $225 and America and China eat it big time because we steal $7.2 billion and $5.4 billion from Bill Gates’ mewling mouth every time we hit the Pirate Bay. Cry us… Read More

  • All Things D's Sideshow: Foleo I really have to see Palm’s Foleo before I begin ragging on it, but this new not-a-laptop just wasn’t doing it for me. The video above gives us a better idea of what’s up here, but come on, Palm. Amaze us this year. Read More

  • Steve and Bill: FIGHT! Actually, they kind of like each other. Just listen to the gentle lilt of Steve’s voice and observe the shy smile on Bill’s face. Imagine being a fly on the wall back in the green room *wavy TV picture and music* “Well, this is it, Bill?” Steve smooths out his turtleneck and rubs off some lint with… Read More

  • The BTOD

    Couldn’t resist. Sorry. via Coverhunt Read More

  • Top Ten Cool Potential Surface Gadgets

    Just to beat a dead horse into the ground, here are our top ten picks for potential Surface interactvity gadgets, in no particular order. 1. Zune — Clearly the Zune is a no-brainer for the Surface device. You drop on your player, connect wirelessly (for the first time since you bought it, even!) and start caring and sharing your music and movies. What could be cooler? Come on, iPod. Read More

  • All the Surface Coverage You Ever Wanted

    Now that Microsoft is leading us into a strange, table-shaped, and surprisingly dirty future, what does the blogospher have to say about it all? While we all know that this thing will probably never — in its current “cool thing at the mall” form — land in our homes, we’re excited nonetheless. Striding boldly into the chasm between man and machine is not an easy… Read More

  • Microsoft Mystery Solved: It's 'Surface'

    As of 12:01 EST, we know the identity of Microsoft’s mystery guest. It seems that Redmond is launching Surface — an interactive “desk” that can sense styli and objects and interact with other devices using RFID and other wireless protocols. Told ya so. It will be available in Harrahs and Starwood Casinos as well as in select T-Mobile stores. That’s right &mdash… Read More

  • Writing Around the iPhone Hole

    It doesn’t take much to sell a few papers or get a few hundred hits on yer blog. Just write a story about the iPhone and put it out for all to read. The real trick, however, is how to write about the iPhone without knowing what it does, how it works, or even who has one. Luckily, Brier Dudley tracked down Glenn Lurie of AT&T and asked him about the iPhone. The resulting interview… Read More

  • Toshiba to Use AMD Chips, Old El Paso Salsa

    Laptop mid-giant, Toshiba, will start using AMD chips in their laptops, a move that essentially dumps their long-standing relationship with large-giant Intel. They expect to put AMD chips into 20 percent of their new models. Reuters points out that Dell recently took up AMD as a supplier after being Intel-only for twenty years. The new Toshiba models should sell at about $100 less than… Read More

  • DRM-Free 4 Life

    The folks at dropped me a line discussing their huge indie catalog of DRM-free music. While you won’t find any Sting or Beatles hidden in their back pages, you can enjoy 32 Below and Elika. Clearly these boys aren’t going to take down the ITMS, eMusic, or even the selection at Goodwill (there’s always a something by the Stones or Devo in the record bin for the… Read More

  • It Hurts So Good: Homemade Microwave Guns Clearly someone didn’t get enough love as a child because this is crazy. These guys took apart an old microwave, took out the magnetron, and turned it into a weapon. The resulting hilarity and hijinks remind us how microwave ovens were actually invented when someone at a radar installation found a burnt bird… Read More

  • The Complete N00B's Guide to Grand Central

    Michael has just posted an extremely detailed guide to Grand Central, one of our favorite web/phone services. The guide includes all the secret button presses that we forgot to read about in the online manual and breaks down the service into easy to understand chunks. The center of the Grand Central universe is your Grand Central phone number. This is (theortically) the last phone number you… Read More

  • Memorial Day Greetings

    The birds are singing, the beer is cold, and the warm weather awaits. We’ll be on a reduced schedule this weekend and Monday while the CG team takes a few moments to rest and relax before the feeding frenzy that will be the iPhone launch in a few weeks. Hugs and kisses to you and yours, readers, and have a great weekend. Read More

  • Finland Says CSS So Gimpy It's not Even DRM Anymore

    According to the Finnish courts, CSS — the DRM found on standard DVDs — is so weak that it doesn’t even count as a protective measure anymore. As a result, breaking CSS is no longer deemed circumvention of an “effective technological measure” simply because it’s no longer effective. Read More

  • This Is What Is Holding Up Halo 2 for Vista

    Want Halo 2 for Vista? The ESRB doesn’t want you to have it and the image after the jump is is why. Prepare to cry. Read More

  • Teh.Be$T.Kommenter.Evar

    Thanks to uber-commenter sacherjj for writing a little ditty to go along with the above image. Click through to read the entire comment. White and Lazy You see me walkin’
    My baby
    I know they’re all thinkin’ I’m so white and lazy,
    Think I’m just too white and lazy
    Think I’m just too white and lazy
    Can’t you see I’m white and lazy?
    Look at me… Read More

  • Google, She Is Dying

    I dig Robert Cringely. He’s essentially a conspiracy buff with a brain and likes to predict stuff that will happen with Apple, Microsoft, and the big boys in his PBS columns. So this one is a doozy. He’s basically looking at Google and saying that with all the PhDs hanging around making great business ideas, Google will soon hemorrhage talent out onto Sand Hill Road. Read More

  • When the Robots Take Over

    Where is your God now, people? This is Joey Chaos, a robotic head made by Hanson Robotics and when the shizz hits the fan, it’s bots like Joey that will have us up against the wall while an army of Roomba’s smash our feet and ankles and, when we fall to the ground, the robotic ice weasels will come. Anti-robot sentience legislation now! Read More

  • Roomba Metal Detector

    Now this is a cool idea. A UK inventor, John Comey, has created a Roomba-esque metal detector that can scan the ground for metal and/or mines. The device cost him $3,800 to design and build. Apparently he’s brought up quite a few bits of trash/coins with his super robot. Anyone done anything super hot with their Roomba? Mine got sick and is now lying, dead, in the basement, and… Read More


    Let’s all make a Web 2.0 gadget company, shall we? Please pick one item from column A and one from column B. Heck. Pick a few. A B Social Networking Handhelds Ajax-enabled Monkey Cages Buddy-list toting Trashcans XML Feed Using Goat Farms Ultra Simple Routers Interactive, Sensing Weather Station VoIP MP3 Players with Vibration Read More