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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  • 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

  • Why Video Games Don't Cause Violence

    We very rarely cover current, non-tech events on this site, simply because they don’t often overlap with our mission to bring tech news to a broad audience. However, I’ve decided to post on the various reactions to the Virginia Tech shooting from pundits who blame violent behavior on video games. Read More

  • TurboTax Fails on Tax Day: Bloops!

    The TurboTax forums lit up yesterday as hundreds of frustrated filers tried to press submit but only got server capacity issues. Hrmmm… the IRS only allows e-filing through CPAs or certain web services and those web services fail dismally. Sounds like the efficiency of the private sector at work! A typical post? Okay, so the deadline has come and gone and I still cannot get my filings to… Read More

  • Steve Rubel Apologizes for Saying He Doesn't Read PC Mag

    Louderback counters with a right and it looks like the fight is OVEEERRRRRRR! GRRR! Tech press fight! Steve Rubel, a blogger and PR ninja for Edelman, wrote that he doesn’t read the dead-tree version of PC Magazine and just throws that noise in the tee-rash when it lands on his doorstep. Then Jim Louderback, EIC of PC Mag is all like “WAT? PERV! BAN HIM FRM IRC!” and Steve… Read More

  • Free* Reality Bedding for CG Readers

    Do you like beds? Do you like bedding? Do you like pictures of ladies kissing? Well, you’re in luck because Reality Bedding is offering free — all you pay is shipping — XL/Full Size bedding from a special promo site. The bedding features a specially printed image by photographer Tanya Chalkin and, if you play your cards right, will be the only women on your bed until you move… Read More

  • BlackBerry Outage Kills Three, Causes Mass Firing of F*cking Stupid Executive Assistants

    I need my email. Do you hear me? I need my email! At about 5PM PDT last night, RIM’s push mail servers seemingly failed and created a mass outage in the “Western hemisphere,” leaving hundreds of men in chinos and shirts with their company name stitched above the breast pocket aghast and potentially causing multiple heart attacks and angry calls to the Help Desk to… Read More

  • The Proud Interplay of Journalistic Spirit: Smashing a Camera Phone

    We at CG like to explore all facets of any particular issue and, as a result, we are open to comments and, more importantly, intelligent video commentary by our readership. Luckily, YouTube isn’t just for kitten movies: it also allows for the sort of pithy commentary on the news of the day that we come to expect from the bathroom stalls at Wayne’s Hog Pit on Route 40. Speak, muses… Read More

  • Tellme Launches Free 411 Business Search Service

    Tellme Networks has announced that it will be launching a new service that enables users to quickly find information while on the go. The service functions similar to to 411, but users can request information through voice, SMS, or Mobile Web. By requesting “Business Search” at the voice prompt, the service will allow you to find businesses in a particular category and return… Read More