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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  • iPod Shuffle 2 Hands On

    Our spies got their hands on a Shuffle 2, Apple’s diminutive teeny-tiny MP3 player. They report that it’s quite small and quite cool and that the guy who gave it to him pulled it out of his pocket like a joint. Very sneaky. Read More

  • Smartphones Now: A Look at the Current Crop

    The boys at CrunchGear are going through their junk drawers and picking out some of the latest and greatest smartphones of 2006 along with a bit of pithy commentary on the state of the industry. Read along by visiting Smartphones Now. They’ll be updating daily with articles on Palm OS, Windows Mobile, and other goodies. Read More

  • iLounge's 2007 iPod Buyers Guide

    iLounge just released their 2007 iPod Buyers Guide, a 180 page monster all about iPods, iPod accessories, iPod cleaning kids, iPod cases, iPod food, iPod grooming tips, iPod sexual aids, and clickwheel degreasers. Over 20 exclusive accessory debuts: See Etymotic’s new wireless Ety8 earphones, iPodMods’ incredible new iVue replacement casing for the iPod, Vaja’s new iVod… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Symbian

    Smartphones Now 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 discuss smartphones running the Symbian Operating System. have also used Symbian. Read More

  • Smartphones Now: The Blackberry Pearl

    Smartphones Now 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 review the T-Mobile Pearl. 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… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: The T-Mobile Dash

    Smartphones Now 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 review the T-Mobile Dash.
    As smartphones make their way into the mainstream, we’re reminded why they were long relegated to the hip holsters of Road Warriors and the hopelessly email-obsessed. Their… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Welcome

    Welcome to Smartphones Now, our first annual survey of the smartphone arena. This collection of articles, which will run from today until this Friday, touches on the major smartphone OSes along with some of our favorite selections from this year’s crop. One thing we’ve noticed this year is the mainstreaming of the smartphone market. Phones like the Blackberry Pearl and the Motorola… Read More

  • Wii Virtual Launch Line-up

    . Warning: exposure to these titles may cause acne, furtive masturbation, and weight gain. All of the games will be available online for Wii points, a currency that is pegged to the Yen and the Euro. Gamers will be able to download titles to their Wiis and play for hours, waiting patiently for prom to be over. Read More

  • GadgetTell Reloaded: Now with Prizes!


    Like the Internets, blogs have life-cycles. Gadgetell is now on version 2.0 and is offering up to $20,000 in prizes just for you to come buy and give them a good read. While we can’t condone making Gadgetell your number one web destination, it can be #3 after Stuff On My Cat and CG, in that order. Gadgetell v2 giveaway: Altec Lansing iM7 iPod speaker dock [Gadgetell] Read More

  • FairGame: Judo Moves on iMovie Strips iTunes DRM

    Seidai Software has created a free script called FairGame that strips DRM from your iTunes files. It apparently uses iMovie to create a clean, DRM-free copy of the file and looks about as easy as pie. Life, as they say, finds a way. Product Page [FairGame] Read More

  • Windows Media Player 11: URGE Ready

    I’m just reporting on this since I don’t run Windows in my home — I’m a dirty Linux/OS X whore and proud of it — however Windows Media Player 11 is out, it’s loud, and it’s proud. The UI is considerably updated and it has direct connectivity to MTV’s URGE video service. You remember URGE, right? From that same channel that used to play music… Read More

  • Microsoft Remakes Vista Packaging, Fewer Pictures of Happy Windows Users

    As we all recall, Microsoft has been famous for slapping all kinds of crazy crap on its product boxes. Well, that’s about to change, possibly because they can’t find any pictures of happy Vista users. What you see before you is an image of the new Vista box, encased in its own plastic coffin. MS Blogger Nick White writes: The packaging has been completely revised and, we hope… Read More

  • Lik-Sang.com: Pain, Suffering, Phishing

    , now some unscrupulous bastards are sending out Lik-Sang phishing emails. An eagle-eyed reader sent us an email pretending to be from Lik-Sang that includes a “link” to PayPal. Our records indicates you can retrieve an additional $ 9,99 USD refund in your PayPal account. In order to successfully retrieve the refund please confirm your existing PayPal account on this page [link… Read More

  • Phantom Lapboard and Alienware Entertainment Center in the Wild

    A CG fan Matt tipped me off to his interesting new work set-up consisting of a phat Alienware Entertainment Center – surround sound out, digital video, and a little glowing alien head included – along with the Phantom Lapboard. Read More

  • How to Put YouTube Videos on Your iPod

    WikiHow has a detailed discussion on how to grab and place YouTube video on your iPod or other portable video player. Good news if you like 5 minute videos of kids skating with their hands. Firefox (Windows only) 1. Add the Greasemonkey extension to your Firefox browser.
    2. Go to http://www.userscripts.org and install the Download YouTube Video script.
    3. The next time you watch… Read More

  • How are We Doing? Part XIV

    It will make us very happy. We started this site on August 10, 2006. In that time, we’ve posted 1,662 stories, received 3,984 comments, gained 24,458 RSS readers, and hit an average of 12,375 pageviews per day. We’re 926 in Technorati and steadily rising. We held a New York meet-up where we met over 100 readers from all over the world. We named a blue blob. Why am I blowing my own… Read More

  • LG AX490 FastTap Phone Quick Look

    Here’s a quick video of the LG AX490 FastTap phone in action. It will be available from Alltel Wireless in the US. Read More

  • Samsung IP-830w Reviewed

    The IP-830w is Samsung/Sprint’s world phone. Designed to work with both CDMA and GSM< the IP-830w is a beefy smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. At $799.99, $499.99 after rebate, you'd better have a huge expense account to pay for this bad boy. However, Sprint's roaming partners in GSM countries as well as some Asian partners make it a bit more compelling. It also runs… Read More

  • Nielsen Measures Families on the Go With Psychoacoustic Encoding

    before we get our soma capsules. The changing art of measuring TV viewership [NetworkWorld via TUAW] Read More

  • Nokia 870 Web Tablet in the Wild (??)

    Looks like someone got their hands on the follow-up to Nokia’s 770 Internet Tablet. Apparently it has a little webcam in there and more VOIP functions, although the readers at Internet Tablet Talk aren’t quite sure. It does look a little flashier than the 770 and a webcam might be a nice addition. We shall see. Thread [Internet Tablet Talk] Read More