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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs) and [G+ him](https://plus.google.com/u/0/102814019596965765116/posts) here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Suunto t3: It's Got it All

    Suunto t3: It's Got it All

    We like Suunto – they make a nice watch with lots of features and have a cetain style that makes their watches look less like wrist computers than dinner plates with numbers. The t3 includes a heart-rate monitor, pedometer, as well as real-time calories burned read-out. It’s about $169.99 with a black face and $149.99 for a standard LCD face. Pedometer and heartrate pods sold… Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    CrunchGear This Week

    This week has been pretty heady with some great shots of the Zune and news of HD support for the XBox 360. We also got a video review of the Samsung Trace, which we’ll be giving away in our Name that Squid contest. Yamaha YSP-1100
    iSoundCap – Put Your iPod Nano In Your Hat
    Key Finder Thing
    Banksy’s Paris Jam
    Engine on a Chip Read More

  • Name that Squid

    Name that Squid

    Thanks to the amazing Bryce Durbin, we’re lucky enough to have our own jolly mascot, the Blue Squid or Blue Goo or Whatever You Want to Call Him. However, the poor soul doesn’t have a name. In an effort to remedy that, we’re asking you, readers, to send us your best names for the Blue Goo. Creativity is a plus – write the proposed name on a birthday cake, on a shirt, or… Read More

  • Samsung Trace Quick Look

    Feast your gadget-starved eyes on the Samsung Trace aka the T519 from T-Mobile. It’s thin, light, and magical. It’s very SLVR-like – which is what T-Mo is going for here – and very inexpensive ($99). Unfortunately, it’s made of Samsung plastic and feels pretty chintzy but if you’re looking for something to slip between the pages of a book to hold your place… Read More

  • m300 GSM Cell Phone Watch is the First Cell Phone Watch to Market

    m300 GSM Cell Phone Watch is the First Cell Phone Watch to Market

    As much as we love our respective cell phones, there’s something about using a watch to talk to someone that makes you James Bond/Dick Tracy/Inspector Gadget/A Super Nerd. And we’re all for it. This m300 GSM phone will have a 99-count phone book, 70 hours of standby, and will be available by Christmas season. Their site says we have 72 days left until its release date of December 1… Read More

  • Apple iTunes 7 Music Purchases Not Working on SLVR and ROKR Phones?

    Apple iTunes 7 Music Purchases Not Working on SLVR and ROKR Phones?

    Among the various problems users have encountered with the new iTunes 7 software, one of the worst has to be the fact that the iTunes Music Store purchases aren’t working in Motorola ROKR and SLVR phones. The songs that have been ripped from CDs or downloaded as MP3s from elsewhere on the web work fine, it’s just the DRM tracks from iTMS that don’t work. No fix has been… Read More

  • Zune Caught

    Zune Caught

    Seattle must be dripping with Zunes because our Bothan spies – many of whom died while taking these pictures – grabbed a Zune in the wild. That’s right, folks. This little white Zune works, is ready to roll, and is probably in the shipping channel as we speak. I would estimate that these things will be in stores at the end of October or else the merry pranksters who sent us… Read More

  • Zune Not Mac Compatible

    Zune Not Mac Compatible

    A wee bird – the selfsame bird who gave us Zune background a few weeks ago – told us that the Zune, out of the box, is completely non-Mac compatible. No mounting, not data drives, no nothing. There will be no drivers and no support at launch and none, one will assume, later on in the year. Read More

  • Programmatically Fetch iTunes Album Art

    Programmatically Fetch iTunes Album Art

    Pretty cool little hack. Jesper Nøhr created a perl library – and others have created Python and PHP versions – of a system to grab iTunes album art on the fly for almost any application. As an exercise for you, our readers, we encourage you to post links to amazing scripts you’ve written using this API. We might even make it a contest, so get cracking. Everyone is asleep… Read More

  • Banksy's Paris Jam

    This isn’t quite gadgety, but it’s great video. This is artist Banksy’s jam on Paris Hilton’s new album, I Do Not Have an Anus, in which he places 500 disks with his own modified CD and booklet into stores around England. Great prank, even better social commentary. Video of Banksy’s Paris Hilton Jam [WoosterCollective] Read More

  • Key Finder Thing

    versions and shows you which keys it found on your disk. Might be a good way to backup your info, as necessary, and keep things on the legal.You could also potentially go into Best Buy, pop out your USB key, rock some warez. Retrieve Serial Numbers or CD Keys from your computer [Raymond] Read More

  • Motorola to Acquire Symbol Technologies

    Motorola to Acquire Symbol Technologies

    Motorola announced today that it would buy Symbol Technologies Inc. for $3.9 billion. The move will position Moto as the world’s largest seller of hand held bar-code scanners. The companies have had a close relationship for years, so this isn’t too much of a surprise. Nevertheless, the acquisition could beef up Motorola and aid their run at taking cell market dominance from Nokia. Read More

  • MacBook Update By Hanukkah?

    MacBook Update By Hanukkah?

    I’m not Jewish, but I certainly would love to play eDreidel on a refreshed MacBook Pro. It seems Apple is coming out with Intel Core 2 Duo MacBooks in a few months with an estimated Thanksgiving launch, just in time for the holidays. This could coincide – dare we say it – with the touchscreen, WiFi/Bluetooth iPod launch that has been floating around the Webernetic Mesh… Read More

  • T-Mobile Invests in 3G Spectrum

    T-Mobile Invests in 3G Spectrum

    CrunchGear is reporting that T-Mobile just won 120 licenses on the 3G-compatable spectrum in this month’s FCC auction. That doesn’t just mean that they’re now able to roll out their nacient 3G network, but rather that they can roll it out their way, without being hamstringed by tacky 2 or 2.5G hardware and software licensing issues. T-Mobile had to be aggressive in their… Read More

  • Welcome Flockers!

    Welcome Flockers!


    We were lucky enough to be added to the default news feeds in Flock today, which makes us very, very happy. If you haven’t used it lately, give it a try. Thanks again for reading and welcome to CrunchGear. Flock Maintenance [Flock] Read More

  • Gyration GyroTransport Hands-on

    Gyration GyroTransport Hands-on

    We already did a nice video on the GyroTransport last weekend, so we’ll just comment on this a bit more and leave it at that. I’ve rarely used presentation remotes because, thus far, they’ve been fairly innacurate and bulky. Luckily, the $199 GyroTransport is neither. It works with Macs and PCs seamlessly and includes 1GB of memory built-in to the wireless dongle. Read More

  • Panasonic Toughbook Video Interview from CTIA

    This is a bit long, but Vincenct from Slashgear was nice enough to film me talking with the folks at Panasonic Toughbooks. Check out my double chin! Read More

  • BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Hands-On

    BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Hands-On

    The BlackBerry Pearl is for the ladies. It’s slim, sexy, and cool. That’s not to say that boys might like it, but the Pearl, like the Sidekick 3, is designed to break down barriers and include folks who might not think they need a smartphone into the CrackBerry fold. Like the SK3, it’s a fully-featured smartphone masquerading as a cool and stylish toy. Read More

  • Zune Soon at Wal-Mart: Boon?

    Zune Soon at Wal-Mart: Boon?


    Looks like Wal-Mart is getting ready to sell us the Zune. Not much info – just a “coming soon” graphic – but it looks like Microsoft has these in the pipe and may be ready to ship soon. We’ll keep you posted. Product Page [Wal-Mart via Gizmodo] Read More

  • Widow Leased Rotary Phone for 42 Years

    Widow Leased Rotary Phone for 42 Years

    A widow in Canton, Ohio, Ester Strogen, first leased two black rotary phones in the 1960s. Although most major carriers informed their customers that they didn’t have to lease anymore back in 1985, Strogen must have missed that memo and the phone company – who was getting $29.10 a month out of this poor, harmless lady – didn’t feel like mentioning it to… Read More