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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  • 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

  • Veeker: Send Video Notes to the World…

    … but does the world want to see them? Oliver at MobileCrunch just got the scoop on Veeker, a video messaging service that allows you to upload an MMS video and then send it to your personal page, your contacts, or the world. Like many proud video/image sharing sites before it, Veeker promises to be a one-stop shop for grainy images of people’s junk. The system works like this… Read More

  • Everex StepNote NC 1500: $500 Green Laptop

    I’ve seen Everex pop up every so often and have rarely been disappointed. They’re an OEM reseller and simply rebadge or repackage nice hardware in their own cases, but this little bugger is on $498 and runs at a cool 1.5-GHz using the VIA VIA C7- M, a low-power chip, along with the VIA UniChrome Pro video engine. While you probably won’t be playing Half-Life 8: Gordon Gets… Read More

  • Kodak EasyShare C875 Review

    In the annals of photography, a few brands stand out as film juggernauts that barely made the jump to digital and, in some cases, died in the process. Leica. Polaroid. Eastman Kodak. How far the mighty have fallen, friends. Leica is aiming for the stars, Polaroid is almost gone, and Kodak, bless its heart, is hanging on by a thread. Has old Kodachrome fallen yet? No, it hasn’t, thanks… Read More

  • Music Playing Toothbrush Does Not Make Good Web Video

    WARNING: Do not click on the movie above. You will be subjected to a tossle-headed Chinese man brushing his teeth for 2 minutes. This is not a drill. Exclusive Video: Hasbro Tooth Tunes MP3 Toothbrush [Gizmodo] Read More

  • Wii Pre-Orders at Toys R Us this Saturday, Prepare Your Mario Outfit

    you won’t get a Wii, but that doesn’t matter. At least you’ll have tried. Various scans of the 2006 version of the annual huge holiday catalog for Toys R Us known as “The Big Book” have surfaced online, with one detail that’s attracting the most attention — the book has a page devoted to the Wii that says pre-orders are available. The book, set to… Read More

  • Camera Lemons

    Point and shoots can be pretty dicey. If they’re good, they’re adequate. If they’re bad, they’re vile. DigitalCamera-HQ rounds up the worst including the “6-megapixel” Option E10 which was just an interpolated 2-megapixel and the Polaroid PDC-5080 which is an even worse pack of lies. Watch for our upcoming camera holiday round ups, but until then, suck on… Read More

  • Face-Tracking Cellphones Coming Soon

    FotoNation has created a face tracking system for cellphones that keeps your mug in the frame with a minimum of fuss. It works with Symbian Series 60 and Windows Mobile 5.0, meaning that the software fits onto most smaller platforms. It aids in focus, exposure, and color balance and can also crop out faces in scenes automatically. It’s not out in the wild yet, but it’s available… Read More

  • HTC Artemis Up Close and Personal

    Dave over at MobilityToday got to play with the HTC Artemis, a GPS-enabled smartphone with FM radio and TomTom Navigator 6
    . It even has a wee squirrel ball, which is fairly cool, and runs Windows Mobile as opposed to Windows Smartphone Edition which makes me throw up a little when I use it. HTC Artemis First Look [MobilityToday] Read More

  • Get Video Onto Your iPod/PSP/Whatever on the Cheap

    to rip your DVDs and convert video for the video iPod, we received a bit of info from our spies in deepest Russia who suggest trying their program, Movavi, to automatically rip and convert video to your iPod. It works with Windows and is considerably easier than waiting around four hours while HandBrake or other programs work their magic. Because the Movavi folks like you all so much… Read More

  • Zune Spreads the Love, Offers Credits for "Shared" Songs

    The Zune mystery thickens. Our CrunchGear rumorists have discovered that when you share a song via Wi-Fi using Zune’s three day/three play system AND the other party purchases the song later in the iZunes Music Store (IZMS), you get a credit that you can later trade in for music and media. Very clever, Microsoft, very clever. Clearly the goal here is to create a bit of viral marketing… Read More

  • Bose In Ear Headphones

    It was only a matter of time before Bose slapped their logo on a pair of in-ear headphones. While I like my QC3s, I’d really have to try these things before I sprung for them. Priced at $99.95, they’re tipped in soft, murky silicone and offer Bose sound in a tiny package. Not amazing, but worth looking into. Product Page [Bose] Read More