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 and G+ him here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Sony Ericsson Acquires UIQ Technology

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/shell used by Sony Ericsson in most of their smartphones. This isn't earth shattering in any respect but it's quite a move by a company that is mostly involved in the hardware side of things. Looks like either things are speeding up in the UIQ front or S-E is just in an acquiring mood. Sony Ericsson to acquire… Read More

  • FIC Linux Cellphone

    The linux cellphone is creeping ever closer. FIC is planning on building a touchscreen GSM cellie with an “iPod-quality” MP3 player and files sharing. It will use all open source software and FIC will offer a full SDK for hackers and pros alike. Looks a bit vapory to me, but we shan’t judge a book by its cover, right? That’s a pretty ambitious list, and it raises… Read More

  • Compact 200GB Has Ports to Spare, Blue LED

    OtherWorldComputing is selling a fat 200GB travel drive with – get this – FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and SATA support for $379.99. You can also get a USB 2.0 version at 120GB for $149.99 and a FireWire+USB version for about $279.99. Aside from the plethora of available ports, this drive is completely bus powered, which means you don’t need a wall wart to power it. Read More

  • Xbox Live Marketplace: Now With Video

    November 22 brings us downloadable content – TV and movies – from CBS, Warner Brothers, and a few others. You download the preview then pay for the movie. Rentals you can hold onto, unwatched, for two weeks, and then have 24 hours to finish it before it goes poof. You can also “purchase” content that will sit on your drive. Pricing is fairly nebulous at this point, but… Read More

  • Samsung Black Carbon Quick Look

    A video interlude in which I fondle the Samsung Black Carbon for your edification. I also use the word sleek, which I swore I would never do. Product Page [Samsung] Read More

  • Cingular 8525 Hands On


    If you read my 10 Things I Hate About Smartphones post last week, you’d discover that I hate Windows Mobile and that, even though they run Windows Mobile, I love HTC. So with that piece of cognitive dissonance in mind, I present my review of the Cingular 8525 aka the Hermes, a Windows Mobile Pocket PC smartphone with fold out QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen. It costs $399 with contract. Read More

  • TiVo Now More Expensive: Thanks, Santa!

    else. The Series 3 units aren’t selling well, as far as we know, and now the service is getting more expensive. They’re raising their prices from about $12.95 a month with a one-year commitment to $19.95 per month with $12.95 coming with a 3 year commitment. I love me some TiVo, but I’m not sure what the hell is up over there. 1. At the time of activation of a TiVo Service… Read More

  • How to Get Yourself Some Wii

    Wiiloaded takes a very, very close look at where you can potentially think about seeing a Wii before they are completely and unavoidably sold out. Gamestop and EB Games are right out, but Wal-Mart, Toys ‘R’ Us, and, interestingly, Costco/Sam’s Club are probably your best bet. If you intend to camp out then remember to bring a blankie, some money, and no self-respect. After… Read More

  • Spybot Search and Destroy Destroys Tablet PCs: Can You Blame It?

    , an anti-spyware application, that it is dealing with some hard core spyware. The resulting fix disables most of the tablet buttons and locks out the pen settings icon in the system tray. You can restore to a previous time after running SS&D, but why would you? Just buy a keyboard and mouse, prop the Tablet against the door, and pretend you own a very slim desktop PC. Spybot Search… Read More

  • Top Ten Things to Improve in OS X Leopard

    While most of these are fairly esoteric, TUAW has some good ideas for making OS X even better than the average bear. For example: Removing applications – and all their baggage: Deleting (or “uninstalling”) an app on Mac OS X is easy: you just move it to the trash. But what about all the extra data apps create when you use them (databases, media libraries, etc.)? Because… Read More

  • Windows 3.11 Is Alive

    This is a serious oldie, but it just appeared on the Diggdar, so we’ll give it a little airtime. Just look at 2006 Google showing up on 1989 Windows 3.11. Beautiful. A bit long, but go ahead and grab a Crystal Pepsi and rock out. Read More

  • Cingular 8525 Hands On


    If you read my 10 Things I Hate About Smartphones post last week, you’d discover that I hate Windows Mobile and that, even though they run Windows Mobile, I love HTC. So with that piece of cognitive dissonance in mind, I present my review of the Cingular 8525 aka the Hermes, a Windows Mobile Pocket PC smartphone with fold out QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen. It costs $399 with contract. Read More

  • Kotaku Kidz: Suffer the Little PS3-Loving Children

    Kids + PS3 = Proof that We Over 25s are Dinosaurs. Brian Crecente’s kid picked up the PS3’s SIXAXIS controller and immediately figured it out. It took me four weeks to figure out those ketchup bottles with the big tops are supposed to go cap side down. Clips: My Son Masters the Sixaxis [Kotaku] Read More

  • Hands on With the Nintendo Wii

    Here we see the Wii in all her glory. I’m going to commit fanboyicide here, but the graphics were very muddy on these units, reminding me more of the original Playstation than a 2006 console. The gameplay, obviously, is the draw, but I’m withholding praise until i see some good launch titles. Read More

  • Samsung Black Carbon Hands On

    The ultra-slim Black Carbon from Samsung just winged its way to our FedEx box this morning, so I thought it might be nice to shoot a few photos before we do a formal review next week. I was very skeptical about this – the Trace was kind of silly – but the $399 Black Carbon, or Senor BC as we can call him, is very, very slim and very, very sexy. Read More

  • Smartphones Now: 10 Things I Hate About Smartphones

    is a special group of features by CrunchGear writers on the latest smartphones available or soon to be available in the US. In this installment, we froth at the mouth at the current crop of smartphones. 10. Proprietary Connectors and Software
    My wife wanted to sync her Nokia with a PC. We dug around a bit and discovered she needed a special cable. Search for the cable — uh-oh… Read More

  • CrunchPlug: Bryce Durbin, Artist

    Just a quick plug this evening for our resident designer, Bryce, creator of Squid Vicious, Little Green Guy, and just about every graphic element on the site. If you’re in charge of UI, branding, or marketing, please drop Bryce a line. He’s not just a creator of squids – he also does desktop publishing/layout, logo creation, and video editing/animation. BryceDurbin.com Read More

  • GMail Mobile: GMail, Mobile

    MobileCrunch got the scoop on GMail Mobile, a Java-based application for smartphones that gives direct access to your GMail inbox in a streamlined and quite attractive little package. To get it, visit gmail.com/app and rock out. It has dedicated keys for forwarding, replying to, and browsing messages, reducing the overall hunt and peck experience considerably. We’re busily installing… Read More

  • CrunchGear this Week

    Lots of mobile fun is brewing over at CrunchGear this week. We’re kicking off our feature packages with a look at the smartphone. Smartphones Now will be updated daily with reviews and discussions of all the latest smartphones and a few things to watch out for before you buy. We also got the inside scoop on the Shuffle 2, Helio’s new phones, and new multi-colored PSPs. Then we… Read More

  • Helio to Launch Two New Phones, We Add Two Cents

    Phonescoop and Engadget Mobile have some exciting news about Helio’s new handset, the Drift, along with an unnamed Pantech phone. Although I can neither confirm or deny this, the Drift, codenamed the Astropop by Samsung, is considerably smaller than the Kickflip and slides up. It’s actually about the size of Samsung’s Yepp line of MP3 players, making it a welcome addition to… Read More