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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  • Vonage, Safe for Now, Needs Your Help

    Har dee har har It is rare for us to be nice to astroturfing efforts by major corporations, but as a happy Vonage user for a number of years, I’ll bite. Vonage was just granted a stay just as things looked bleak and can stay in business.The company, needless to say, is angry. They’re expressing that anger through a new site, FreeToCompete, which they’re using as a first step… Read More

  • WordPress Mobile Plugin Updated

    There are two types of people in this world: people who use WordPress and people who don’t. If you’re in the first group, you’re in luck. Andy Moore has released an updated WordPress Mobile plugin that allows readers to visit your site on a mobile phone or device with reduced browser capabilities. The plugin is quite well-constructed and immediately senses an incoming… Read More

  • LoTR Online: I Just Wet My Pants

    I’m not a big MMO gamer, but I’ve been hoping and dreaming on LoTR Online since I was a baby in my mother’s womb. I actually have a boxed copy upstairs and I’m about to install it — I have to take some meetings and write for you people a bit before I do — but there’s something about being a dwarf in the Prancing Pony that gets me hot and bothered. The… Read More

  • Sidekick 3 Review: Are You There, God? It's Me, Austin

    Sorry we’re posting so many Sidekick videos, but I visited my own SK iD review and saw some related video along with some very pithy and cogent commentary (“do you have to activate it 2 use it”). This is one of the standouts, friends, and from now on all of CG video will be in this vein. We will bring you the shiniest, happiest gadgets fresh from the puppy fields of Boogie… Read More

  • Sidekick ID: Now Works in All 360 Degrees

    Dear Marketing Executives: Please don’t release viral video into the wild. You’ll eventually find it on YouTube where people will immediately realize it’s some sort of strange attempt at astroturfing and someone will be fired for failing to realize the model at the end of this video is holding the damn phone upside down. Thank you. Read More

  • OpenDNS: The Ultimate In Short-Cut Coolness

    DNS is boring. Seriously. I’m yawning as I type this. However, OpenDNS is adding some very unusual features to their already speedy nameserver service. OpenDNS is a separate DNS nameserver system that offers a few interesting things. First, it speeds up your browsing time, subtracting a few seconds with each query. Second, it offers “search completion.” Whenever you mis-type… Read More

  • More Reality Bedding For Almost Free

    At least he died happy. Reality Bedding is going nutso, people, and they’re giving away Twin XL/Full Size Sleeping Beauties bedding for $20 plus shipping. The bedding is usually $60, but because they apparently like us for some strange reason they’re offering this promo. Head on over, click on through, and start hitchiking under the Big Top. Promo Read More

  • Timex TX 730 Hands On

    Timex has long been the butt of countless jokes. A brand that used to take a licking and keep on ticking has been reduced to bargain bin quartz pieces with a few bright lights like the Ironman series to keep it afloat. Well, Timex has pulled a complete 180 and released a watch that I can honestly say is a step forward for the brand and, dare I say it, everyday horology. Read More

  • OpenDNS Adds Short-Cut Service

    DNS is boring, but OpenDNS has added a new Shortcut feature that lets you visit URLs without all that nasty typing. Shortcuts are short, multi-letter abbreviations for your favorite sites. Instead of typing “,” you can just type “NYT.” You can also create short-cuts for popular search sites (“g monkeys” to search Google for Monkeys, for… Read More

  • Vista Service Pack Coming in Fall

    Holding off buying a Vista PC or waiting to roll Vista out in your enterprise solution? According to Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, a Vista Service Pack should launch in October or November, letting slip one of Microsoft’s most closely guarded secrets. See, folks don’t like to buy new software. Just ask the folks who are waiting patiently for Windows XP to really get rock solid… Read More

  • Cletus: "XM Has Commercials, Ergo Is Not Commercial-Free"

    An Arkansas man is madder than a snake in a rocking chair factory and is suing XM Satellite Radio for falsely stating that it has 100 percent commercial-free music channels. While his complaint is valid — most of the music channels have promos for other channels and the less popular channels advertise all kinds of crap — this definitely feels like a sham lawsuit. The major… Read More

  • Circuit City/Napster To Offer Music Service, May Also Offer Fire, the Wheel, and Written Word

    You’d think that with 5 million music services already in the works that Circuit City and Napster would think twice about teaming up. No such luck. The company will sell subscription services — essentially Napster — for $14.95 per month. The chain will probably sell a co-branded player which will probably fail. Circuit City, Napster to offer joint music service [Reuters] Read More

  • Ontario to Ban Edison's Folly

    Ontario, a place to live and a place to grow, is outlawing incandescent bulbs in 2012 in a move to encourage energy savings on a national scale. The switch would save six million megawatt hours per yer. The ban wouldn’t effect special use cases, like medicine, and will encourage the use of compact florescents that use 75 percent less energy than the older incandescent bulbs. Good on… Read More

  • One Linux Computer Per Child or 1/3 of a Windows Computer Per Child

    Microsoft is preparing a $3 OS designed to run on low-cost hardware sold in developing nations. The package includes a stripped-down version of XP, MS Office Home and Student edition, and a few other apps for the kids. This should run of hardware like the One Laptop Per Child project’s XO laptop. The software will be sold only to governments. But wait? Won’t the OLPC run Linux? Read More

  • SimpleWeather Skips The Clutter

    One of CrunchGear’s writers, Vince Veneziani, got together with a few friends to create It’s almost a web widget — go to the site and see the weather, no fuss, muss, or AJAXian fluff. It’s free, and apparently ad-free, and is currently up and running for the US with European and Canadian versions upcoming. Check it out. Read More

  • Tassimo Premium Hands On

    What is a coffee maker doing in our Fitness by CrunchGear coverage? Well, as “information workers” we probably drink more coffee than water. As a result, our health — and mood — can be adversely effected by the dark sludge that everyone makes in the break room. In fact, one office I worked at had some sort of “mad coffee maker” who added cinnamon to every pot. Read More

  • The Hardest Mario Level Ever As Played By Mel Brooks Apparently this came from a Chinese site and shows one of the hardest custom Mario levels ever. However, the best part is the voice-over by RubixsQube, who considers his work “performance art.” Turn down your speakers — NSFW. via BoingBoing Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    Just popping in to talk a little trash and mention that CG has all kinds of exciting Sidekick ID coverage along with Fitness Week featuring all sorts of goodies including Marathon Training for Nerds, a review of the Bowflex Revolution, and a piece on Women’s Fitness Gear. Read More

  • Marathon Training for Nerds

    Mmmmm… lube-y. I’ve been a runner since sophomore year in college. It was easy to take up and easy to do — just go in a straight line and don’t fall — and aside from a few years of Kenpo Karate and some bouts at the gym I did very little else in terms of real exercise. I felt happy that I could run two miles, come home, shower, and get on with my day. But I… Read More

  • BlackBerry Outage Spreads!

    Thanks, Sam! Aaron writes: was down too. Aaron At least he got a message out before the entire network exploded! Read More