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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  • CPC Strap: Potentially Better Than an Arab Strap

    Oh… my… God. We get stuff in our mailbox that causes us to pause, puke a little, and move on. But this, friends, will not allow us to move on. It screams at us from the depths — “POST ME! POST ME!” — and jibbers madly in our minds, filling our every waking moment with torment. What is it? It’s a strap for your phone. Read More

  • Mother's Day iPod Giveaway: The Entrants

    Thanks, guys, for coming through at the last minute. I’m going to pick two folks at random to save time but rest assured I appreciate the hard work some of you put into these cards. Funny stuff. Read More

  • Helio Ocean First Impressions

    Are you ready for some red hot unboxing action? I know you are. The Ocean from Helio hits the streets later this week but which girlish, excitable bloggers got it first? CG, that’s who. Here are some red hot photos after the jump and expect a video review tomorrow afternoon once we figure out what this monkey can do. Read More

  • Mother's Day iPod Giveaway: OMG Wow!

    Well, I didn’t expect it but it looks like you guys pulled it together at the last minute. We’re closing the entries at 12:00PM EST and I’ll post the entrants then, just for kicks, and pick two entrants at random so I can be sure to have these in your hands by Sunday. Here are the rules, to recap. Read More

  • MSN Live Messenger on XBox 360 Tomorrow

    Want to talk to everyone, all the time? Just turn on your 360 and start chatting away. As part of the XBox Spring Update, the 360 will be compatible with Live Messenger and will be able to chat with desktop and mobile Live users. You can use a USB keyboard or the 360 keypad add-on, which is hitting the streets “very soon.” When are you getting it? May 9, baby. Tomorrow. Product Page Read More

  • HP Pavilion HDX: 20 Inches of Media Rockingness

    HP and the rest of the laptop world are dumping hundreds of laptops tomorrow, but the HDX seems to stand out in a potentially crowded news day. It’s essentially a huge media center with a tilting screen and HD DVD drive and HDTV tuner. How much will it cost? About $2,000 with only a few of the extras and expect the price to rise stratospherically with the add-ons. It also runs Santa Rosa… Read More

  • Helio Ocean TV Ad: Awwww… Cute!

    A video for Helio’s upcoming Ocean smartphone. It’s definitely a far cry from those damn “It’s not a phone, momma!” commercials. Good on ya, Helio. Read More

  • Mother's Day iPod Giveaway: The Items Can Be Virtual

    Whip out MS Paint, draw your mommy a card, and send it along, folks. I’m even canceling the “voting” portion and will pick a winner at random tomorrow at noon EST. To be fair, I will pick one of the three “physical” entrants in a separate pool than the “virtual” entrants, ensuring that they have a better chance of winning. Read on for full details, again. Read More

  • Ubuntu @ The Library: Like "Blair Witch," But With Linux

    You so rarely get to see people actually happy about installing operating systems, but that’s one of the things about Linux — you stick in a disk and suddenly an old crappy computer running Windows ME is a real powerhouse. The video shows a librarian in Washington, Vermont installing Ubuntu. With the zydeco background music, her palpable excitement, and the fact that they make pee… Read More

  • Mophie Bevy Review

    Its not every day that I get to review a device so meaningless that I want to cry — actually that does happen every day, as evidenced much of our slow news day coverage — and the Bevy is one of those devices. It’s an iPod Shuffle case, it’s made of plastic and metal, and it has a church key for opening bottles of frosty ale. What else could you ask for? Read More

  • LG Launches Santa Rosa Laptops A Day Early

    We’ll probably never see these laptops on our shores, but it is important to note that LG is going nuts with the Santa Rosa laptops this morning, about 24-hours before everyone — including a company that begins with S and rhymes with “pony” — is getting their Santa Rosa laptops ready to roll out the door. Santa Rosa, for those not in the know-sa, is the fourth… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson S500: Ever-changing Themes and Illuminations

    I know that this sounds like a Jonathan Safran-Foer novel, but the S500 has “Hidden Illumination” and “Ever-changing Themes,” dig? It’s got “Vibrant Images” and “Mysterious Green” and “Spring Yellow” exteriors. Yes, friends, it seems that someone slipped some ketamine in S-E’s bento box. Read More

  • Mother's Day iPod Giveaway: Two Entrants, No Smoking

    OK, guys. It’s six days until Mother’s Day and you don’t have anything for your mom. How about an iPod Nano and some chocolates, courtesy of Best Buy. Here’s what’s going to happen. I have two iPods lying around here and, in order to ensure they go out in time for Mom to get one, I need entries by 12:00 PM EST Wednesday, May 9 and we’ll vote until 12:00PM… Read More

  • Joost, She Is Not So Much Dying

    Whenever someone posts a video refuting negative press about particular topic, I’m fairly skeptical. When it comes in the form of a CS major talking to other CS majors about networking concepts, I’m even more skeptical. But let’s give Joost the benefit of the doubt and watch this longish video all about how the Joost network works and why it is not dying and that everything… Read More

  • Our Seth Porges on Cash Cab

    What do you get when you put a super-genius in a cab? Cash Cab with Seth Porges. Our own Seth will be on the show a 5pm EST tomorrow, May 9. Watch as he answers question after question on his ride through Midtown Manhattan. Read More

  • Blackjack WinMo6 Update In June

    Rumor has it that Cingular is pushing out Blackjack updates in June which will allow Samsung’s slim smartphone to run Windows Live and all the other goodies that WinMo 6 has to offer. I’ve already installed 6 here at CG labs — my basement — so expect a full report this week. Otherwise, Blackjack users stay vigilant. Or maybe find some hacked WinMo 6 out there and install… Read More

  • Epoq MPEG4 Watch: Wow, Cool

    I’ve heard of MP3 playing watches. I’ve heard of TV watches. Wasn’t it just a matter of time until they stuck the two together and created an MPEG4 watch with OLED screen? It looks kind of vaporwarey, but I’d wear a big honking watch with 2GB of storage ($169.95) that plays back MPEG4 video. A 4GB version is also in the works. Read More

  • Mother's Day Gift Trade Up Contest: Win One of 2 iPod 4GB Nanos

    OK, guys. It’s six days until Mother’s Day and you don’t have anything for your mom. How about an iPod Nano and some chocolates, courtesy of Best Buy. Here’s what’s going to happen. I have two iPods lying around here and, in order to ensure they go out in time for Mom to get one, I need entries by 12:00 PM EST Wednesday, May 9 and we’ll vote until 12:00PM… Read More

  • Zonbu Networked Linux PC: Hack-in-box?

    A company called Zonbu is offering a paperback-thin desktop PC for $99 that runs Gentoo Linux on 4GB of internal flash. Where are all your files stored? On Zonbu’s $12.95 a month servers, that’s where. Made by some of the same folks who built the Vudu, I’m 100% certain this will become a nicely subsidized hacker’s toy in the first two months its available. Once the… Read More

  • Vista: Switching Back Is Easy To Do

    Nik Cubrilovic, a contributor to TC, recently had a blow-out with his Mac and started using Windows Vista full time. The terrible part? He really, really likes it! Surprisingly, I tend to agree with him. I was very pleased with Vista’s performance on an older machine I have here at home and I now look forward to booting up Windows rather than dreading it. Granted there’s no way… Read More