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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs) and [G+ him](https://plus.google.com/u/0/102814019596965765116/posts) here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • State of the CTIA Union

    State of the CTIA Union

    Hidey Ho. It’s about 3pm in LA right now and we’re winding down from a whirlwind of meetings that started early this morning. Add in the Apple announcements – meh except for the iTV – and the Crunchsters are beat! Read More

  • QuickPlayer Update – Mmmm… Video

    QuickPlayer Update – Mmmm… Video

    QuickPlayer Update – Mmmm… Video Quick update on QuickPlayer. The service should be supporting VGA video streaming in the next few months with interestin content from major players including most news channels and ESPN, MTV, and E! Networks. The audiocast quality was quite good but they weren’t ready to show off the video yet. They will roll out streaming video along the… Read More

  • Panasonic Toughbook Line With WAN

    Panasonic Toughbook Line With WAN

    Just got a good look at the Toughbook line from Panasonic. I’ve always liked these things – nice round touchpad, great materials, excellent battery life – but take a look at this monster. This is the T5 ($1,899), an ultralight toughbook with touchscreen and – get this – a hand strap. You hold it like a book and rather than having a swivel screen, you just tap on… Read More

  • Palm 750 Unveiled

    Palm 750 Unveiled

    Palm just unveiled the 750, a new smartphone, in Europe for sale from Vodaphone. We’ll have exclusive video and images of it in an hour. Today, Palm unveiled the first of those devices. The 750v, which looks like a slicker, antenna-less version of its predecessors, will run on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform and will only be sold to Vodafone wireless subscribers in Europe. Read More

  • CTIA In, What Some Would Consider, Da' House

    CTIA In, What Some Would Consider, Da' House


    Howdy. I’m just heading out for the show, trying to make it out to a Palm announcement at 10am and still give you guys some liveblogging. If you’re at the show, AIM me at johnbiggsny or email at john @t crunchgear dooter com.
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  • Rub Your Belly Three Times to Pre-Order The Wii

    Rub Your Belly Three Times to Pre-Order The Wii

    I’m goint to say this is basically a way for Lik-sang to drive some traffic, but it looks like they’re letting you pre-order the Wii. Feel free to send me your address as well – Lik-sang isn’t requiring a credit card, so I won’t either – and maybe I’ll send you a Wii, as well. Or maybe I’ll just get eveyone excited over nothing. Wiiii! Pre-Order… Read More

  • CrunchGear and the Race to 2000: We Broke 1000

    CrunchGear and the Race to 2000: We Broke 1000

    That was fast. We just broke 1000 comments. Click here for more info on the contest. Read More

  • EBay is Decadent and Depraved

    – so I’m going to come out and say it: eBay is now useless, especially for selling electronics. You might be OK if you’re selling a pot-holder shaped like a monkey, but trying to put a laptop, phone, or MP3 on there or attempting to purchase any of those items is fraught with danger and idiocy. Case in point: I tried to sell a phone that I have lying around here, fairly… Read More

  • Maxtor Fusion Hands-On

    Maxtor Fusion Hands-On


    As promised, I dug a little deeper into the Maxtor Fusion 500GB drive and I can report that as far as I’ve experienced, it’s one of the easiest ways to get your images and videos on the web. Aside from online services like PhotoBucket or .Mac, publishing content to the web has thus far been fraught with mystery and confusion. I love that I can publish my photos and video… Read More

  • Vista Offers Audio Upgrade

    Vista Offers Audio Upgrade

    Finally, some good news coming out of Vista-world. It seems that Vista will have quite a few high-end audio features including volume equalization and speaker tuning. For example, Vista will support microphone arrays for better speech recognition and will also add Bass Boost and surround-sound simulation for laptop users. Most of these functions were once offloaded to hardware or run by… Read More

  • Plug and Play Atari Keychains

    Plug and Play Atari Keychains

    In lighter news, ThinkGeek is selling these teeny-tiny Atari controller key chains. The best part? Each keychain contains a completely playable version s of Atari classics. To play, you connect a six-foot cord to your TV and select a game. The keychains run on 3 AAA batteries and act just like real Atari controllers. Joystick 1 – Asteroids and Millipede Joystick 2 – Centipede… Read More

  • HP Spies Hacked Reporter's Phone

    HP Spies Hacked Reporter's Phone

    OK. Hacking your board is one thing – if you want to be a dick, go ahead, Ms. Dunn – but this is another matter entirely. Apparently a the same company that Dunn hired to dig out the mole in her own board also perused records from CNET.com and the Wall Street Journal by posing as employees of those companies. The hack, which MSNBC calls pretexting but we all know as social… Read More

  • Latvians Might Not Want to Marry Vista, But Know It's Been Around the Block

    Latvians Might Not Want to Marry Vista, But Know It's Been Around the Block

    AFP is reporting that Latvians – they’re in Europe – are all a’twitter about Microsoft Vista. Vista, it seems, means “fowl” or “frumpy woman” in Latvian, evoking images of Microsoft Windows Russian Bathroom Attendant Edition. “Everybody in my office bursts out laughing whenever I start talking about the new operating system,”… Read More

  • Yahoo! Go for TV Ups the Ante

    Yahoo! Go for TV Ups the Ante

    Yahoo! Go for TV is a downloadable video recording software that works with your TV tuner card and creates a Media Center-alike experience on almost any PC. It came out a few months ago, but now they’ve added Flickr integration, picture-in-picture functionality, movie recommendations, and local network music streaming. The service is obviously free and probably one of the few ideas in… Read More

  • Amazon's Unbox Movie Download Service Launched

    Amazon's Unbox Movie Download Service Launched

    And so it begins: Amazon has launched their movie download page called Unbox and is offering a free television show – just to let n00bs get a handle on things – and TV episode downloads for about $1.99 and movies for about $15. Do the Right Thing, for example, is $36. Each “purchase” gives you a DVD-quality video file and a Windows Media file for portable devices. It… Read More

  • Why So Many iMacs? What Does it All Mean?

    Why So Many iMacs? What Does it All Mean?


    Oh, hateful Mother Rumor, leave my bedside and leave me be. lLounge is fussing about why Apple released their updated iMacs and Mac Minis before the big even on the 12th. They’re even going so far as to say that this will be a life-changing moment for the world at large and this could usher in a new era of peace and prosperity unheard of in all the centuries of man’s existence… Read More

  • UK Theatergoers Want to Jam Your Phone, Hate Your Freedom

    UK Theatergoers Want to Jam Your Phone, Hate Your Freedom


    Apparently 72 percent of British theatergoers would like theaters to block cellphone reception during the show, thereby avoiding the typical in-movie conversation which consists solely of “I’m in a movie. What? A movie. Oh, I don’t know. It’s pretty good. What?” Clearly, this poll isn’t the reality and the moment anyone tried to jam a phone during a… Read More

  • Mysterious Apple Multi-Functional Device

    Mysterious Apple Multi-Functional Device

    What is it? It might be a warp field generator! Or a phone! Or a device that gives worms to ex-girlfriends! Is it what Steve will be holding up on September 12? There’s no telling! MacNN dug up an Apple patent, filed September 7, for a multi-functional device that appears to be a cross between a phone, a PDA, and a music player. Let’s call it a Treo, for sake of argument. This… Read More

  • BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Hands-On

    BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Hands-On

    I got to see the Pearl firsthand last night and I was pleased. This is probably the first BlackBerry that someone with some sense of fashion would consider using. Rather than looking like a lump of blue putty with a keyboard, the pearl is an ultra-slim, ultra-light smartphone that happens to use RIMs email client. No QWERTY keyboard on this bad boy – just a SureType numeric keypad with… Read More

  • Pink XM Inno for Breast Cancer

    Pink XM Inno for Breast Cancer

    Nothing earth-shatterng, but we like it when people do good deeds, especially if those selfsame deeds involve electronics. XM is selling a Pioneer Inno in pink and proceeds, up to $150,000, will go to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The pink Inno will be available on September 10 for $349.99 at Circuit City and on the XM Website. For every Inno sold and activated, XM and Circuit… Read More