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.

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  • Love Will Tear Us Apart: Microsoft Wants Its Laptops Back

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/"review&quot; over the holiday as a way to astroturf the magic of Vista to the world at large. Now, however, they're saying that these were "review laptops" and that they want all of them back. Neener neener neener. Apparently — and I suppose we could check but who really cares? —… Read More

  • Trading PS3s for Wiis: What All the Kids are Doing

    As of last Friday, PS3 owners are trading their consoles for Wiis at a considerable loss. Gigagamerz found that 48 traders were offering up their PS3s in San Francisco alone offering to trade plus the cash difference or offer to trade outright at a considerable loss. One reasonable explanation could be that these traders simply bought multiple consoles and are now trying to get a Wii using… Read More

  • Why iPods Sell for $250, No Matter What

    Even while everything else falls in price — TVs, DVD players, etc — why is it that a few specific items always stay hover around one price point? Slate disects the concept of Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) which is what companies like Apple use to prevent stores from undercutting each other — and their own retail stores. Use of MAP in some form is fairly common in the… Read More

  • Vista Developers Sing Holiday Song About Vista Shipping, Being Full of Holes

    We all do what we must to get through the night. Vista programmers write little songs about their product. Special Holiday Episode IV: Don Box and Chris Anderson [MSDN] Read More

  • Rumored Apple Cinema Display: HDMI, iSight (??)


    The Apple Cinema displays haven’t been updated since 2004, leading Apple wonks to believe that the company will upgrade their monitor line with iSight cameras, HDMI for protected content playback and some sort of Front Row integration with a remote. Will any of this happen? Who knows. Steve wouldn’t return our calls and the cookie basket we sent him was returned with a spattering… Read More

  • Vista Already Has Flaws Including "Inability to Commit" and "Refusal to Put Down Toilet Seat"

    A Russian hacker and a California-based security team, Determina, have already found a user privilege enhancing hack as well as a number of IE 7 problems in the current version of Vista. The flaw allows users to increase security levels on any account and run code as an administrator. “I don’t think people should become complacent,” said Nand Mulchandani, a vice president… Read More

  • The Most Beautiful Women Bloggers in the Whole Wide World Ever

    While Vince may be a runner up in the beautiful blogger contest, we here at Crunchgear know that members of the fairer sex are usually much more attractive than a 5-foot-3 Faulkner-esque man-child in a Quix t-shirt. Sure, this is a horrible example of digg-baiting and writer Amit Agarwal should be ashamed of himself, but it’s not every day you get to see all the hotties of blogging on… Read More

  • What Did You Get for Christmas?

    Now that things have settled down a bit, let us know what you got from Sandy Claus. I didn’t get much — I picked up a Mac Pro and a new Longines watch a little earlier this month — but I did get new pajamas from the lady wife. I’ll take some pictures. Mmmm… man ham in sweatpants! Otherwise I’m here in Warsaw with the wife’s fam and enjoying… Read More

  • Schlongs and Shvantzes Attack Anshe Chung in Second Life

    This is a lot NSFW and a whole lot of WTF. Apparently Anshe Chung, some sort of vitual millionaire, got griefed in an interview with CNET’s Second Life reporter, Daniel Terdiman. I’m not into Second Life at all, but this was hilarious. Second Life griefers assault real estate millionaire Anshe Chung [BoingBoing] Read More

  • Merry Christmas/Happy Chanukah/Go Drink and Play Gears of War

    Well, we’re just about ready to switch over to our CG skeleton crew here – remember, we’re announcing the winner of our Reader Response Contest at Noon EST tomorrow, so keep refreshing us until then. Otherwise, the CG guys will be popping in and out over the next week and we’ll have another contest next week for you poor buggers stuck in the data center for the week. Read More

  • Arrington Hates the Netflix, Om Loves the Akimbo, What Do You Like?

    Looks like slow news day at the world of Web 2.0 blogs. Yesterday Mike broke up with Netflix — it was calling me last night asking me what to do and I was all like “Dude, move on. He’s just not into you.”— and Om is now in love with Akimbo, the video-on-demand service. Which ones do you guys use/like? [poll=9] Read More

  • Inside the Wiimote Part Deux


    Anyone can cut a Wiimote into pieces. But can they interview the musically-named Benedetto Vigna about MEMS units? I don’t think so. That’s where we need the New York Times. Michel Marriott, the Ponce De Leon of controller exploration, discusses how Bluetooth, IR, and tiny accelerometers all work together to make Link ride around on a horse. He said the motion sensors, using… Read More

  • RIAA Gives Up on Mom, Shoots for Kids

    TechDirt tears into the RIAA today after they dropped the lawsuit against Patricia Santangelo and have decided to attack her daughter instead. They’ve even fixed the suit so they’re not responsible for legal fees, which means a working mother must now pay for a massive lobbying organization’s arrogance. Obviously forcing cash-strapped American moms to pony up tens of thousands… Read More

  • Conde Nast Uses Girls to Teach It Cool, Supply Sweet Virgin Blood

    Guys… Guys… Graydon, wake up. Listen. These [air quotes]social network[air quotes] things are soooooo hot. They’re really popular with children — who has kids here? Nobody? Ok, we got some, don’t worry. Paula, we do not want to hear about your uterine journey, no, just wait… later. At the Holiday Party. Sure. Slides. Whatever. — and our magazines… Read More

  • Battery-Powered Pole Dancer

    What happened to Big Mouth Billy the Singing Bass? Can some someone please bring him back? I think my left eye just exploded. Shiny one minute preview: the USB pole dancer [ShinyShiny] Read More

  • Our Own Seth Porges on the Wii


    Seth took an interview with 610 WIOD in southern Florida where he discusses the Wii with some early morning drive-time folks. The exchange is priceless and well worth the two minutes of your life to hear little Seth explain the source of the word “wii.” Podcast [WIOD, scroll down a bit] Read More

  • Treo 680 + iPod: Time to Call the Exorcist

    A tipster sent in this video of a Treo 680 attacking an iPod’s volume control. Now it’s going nuts! Read More

  • Commenting Issues

    If you’re posting comments and they’re not showing up, do not panic. They might have hit the moderation queue were one of the crack editors will free it into the wild shortly. This is to avoid “hot sexy russians ladies” from appearing on the sidebar over on the right. Read More

  • V for Vista, Baby: David Pogue is a Cheeky Monkey

    David Pogue is going to get a nasty letter from Microsoft PR on Monday! He’s a bad, bad man for suggesting that Vista and OS X have glaring similarities. I’d embed the video here, but the New York Times is very Web 0.5, so go ahead and visit David’s little travelogue of the specific points where Vista and OS X diverge. Good stuff. Video Read More

  • $920 Pink Zune On eBay


    David Ciccone found a fancy pink Zune on eBay. Fair enough — some underfed member of the Zune design team needs a little extra money so he/she decided to sell their Microsoft Billmas present. But get this: it’s now selling for $920 on the ‘Bay. Clearly the invisible hand of the market is at work here. Brown, black and white are so passe at this point that only pink will do. Read More