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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  • Credit Cards Required to Play Demo Wii at Gamestop

    . Apparently they tried tethering these wireless controllers, but the experience just wasn’t the same and it just made people cry. In unrelated news, Gamestop is not selling Zune games, assuming the Zune plays games, and Sony sucks the big rock because they didn’t give out enough schwag at the annual Gamestop manager’s conference. Kiosk To Require Credit Card? [Kotaku] Read More

  • Skype to YouTube Us All

    The Venice Project, a secretive product by Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom that launched, in beta, this year is nearing completion and BusinessWeek is reporting that it is essentially YouTube with fancy, professional content. That’s right: no more diet Coke and Mentos videos. The Venice Project is currently trying to convince a range of small, medium, and large media and… Read More

  • Phantom to Show Product Next Week, This Time Wants Your Lap

    via a download-and-play model. Needless to say, I’m fairly skeptical of anything that comes out of this chip shop. So what do we have now? They’re releasing some sort of “lap board” for playing games while you sit on the couch. So, let’s recap: from earth-shattering super console that could cure cancer in puppies and allow you to play Halo IV in the original… Read More

  • Zune With Cordless Headphones: File Next to Pigs, Flying

    A little bird sent us this clearly doctored image of a Zune with some mysterious “WiFi” headphones that apparently use a chip technology yet unknown to modern man to compress a DSP and Wi-Fi receiver into buds the size of an anal polyp. Please, friends, don’t be fooled – Microsoft could never come out with something this cool. Read More

  • CombiMouse: Apply Directly to the Forehead

    Ergonomics are hot. I could use a little ergo myself here in the dungeon I call an office. But maybe this is stepping over the line a little. It’s some sort of split keyboard , proudly tested by Wichita State University, that looks like a a pachyderm got ahold of a Logitech and shat out something that looks neither comfortable or usable. Hey, what do we know. Maybe Wichita knows something… Read More

  • Elvis Was a Hero to Most, But That Doesn't Stop me From Downloading the Sun Sessions

    A charming little video by the Futuristic Sex Robotz who seem to be upset by some sort of “copy protection” on music. I suspect they’re just angry because they don’t have big record deals like Nelly Furtado and don’t get to be taken both from behind and the front by rapacious contacts. Next year, boys! via BoingBoing Read More

  • PS3 Reveals Herself to Pasty Geeks, We Are Jealous

    PlayStation 3 Magazine got a chance to play with the PS3 ( Yes, it’s true. It’s not made out of wood, it’s not behind bullet-proof glass at the Tokyo Game Show – it’s a real live PS3 and we’re really playing it. The two Sony reps that were kind enough to bring us the machine brought it in a bag, popped it out and placed it on our table. We connected it to our… Read More

  • D-Link V-Click: The Next Generation Phone

    The D-Link V-Click is an unlocked GSM phone with built-in WiFi that essentially paves the way for mass market phones like, drumroll please, the iPhone. D-Link isn’t in the “business” of making and selling phones, obviously, which is what makes this tri-band device so interesting. It costs about $599.99 and can receive email, has a web browser and a single button for… Read More

  • SlideShare: Bore People Around the World

    TechCrunch got a sneak peek at SlideShare, a PowerPoint sharing system that allows you to upload presentations and then show them on any web browser. Think of it as the YouTube of presentations, only with less kids putting Mentos into Diet Coke. While it’s not gadgety, it’s certainly mobile provided you use the right mobile browser. It can also be used as a sleep aid provided you… Read More

  • Field Stripping a PSP

    Strange Persian techno mashup music aside – just turn down your speakers – this guide to taking apart your PSP is fairly ingenious. The guy does it in about 9 minutes, which might be a bit long for some people, but at least now you know how to void your warranty. Take apart a PSP In minutes.. [MobilityToday] Read More

  • Nike+iPod Hands On

    I know this is a bit late in the game for this device, but I got a chance to strap these things on recently and wanted to report on the general value of the Nike+iPod line. First off, this kit has one fatal flaw – they really only work with the Nike+ shoes which come in only one or two models. A buddy of mine cut a hole in his old shoes and stuffed the transmitter in there, shown here… Read More

  • Nemo: Like Front Row for Windows


    Microsoft knows how to take a technology and drive it into the ground. Take Nemo, a front end for Windows Live that includes Spaces, Messenger, and Live Call. The interface is designed for widescreen televisions and monitors and includes a Front Row-esque lazy susan system of picking out folks to contact. It uses the new Vista presentation layer to make things look like Minority Report on… Read More

  • CrunchGear Reader Meet-up: Nearly "Sold Out"


    Hey, all. Just noticed we sold out all our tickets on EventBrite/MollyGuard so I added 25 more. Head on over but once they’re gone, they’re gone. The place isn’t HUGE so we have to keep things fairly tame. Clearly this concept is a success so we’ll definitely try it out in other cities and at other times during the year. Read More

  • XBox Comes With Dirty Sweatpants

    You know you’ve gotten a good deal when the XBox you order on eBay comes with a pair of soiled sweatpants and a ratty old shirt. It seems Chip got this darling prize from a 100% positive feedback seller when he ordered an XBox and opened opened it to find a few treats. As one wag pointed out, it’s the “dance dance revolution accessory kit.” This is not to say this is a… Read More

  • Pentax X-Change Concept Camera

    The implementation looks pretty creepy, but the idea here is cool. Pentax is showing off their X-Change concept point and shoot at PhotoKina this year and what they’ve come up with is a small, portable camera with replaceable lenses. The camera has no CCD. Instead, the CCD is built into the lens and is activated when you attach it to the body. This allows for varying focal lengths and… Read More

  • Audio of 1990s Hackery/Phreakery

    , for example – Wintermute, Cara, Outrun, Crowfly, Neurotic Nemesis, Dr. Doom. You can almost hear them not getting laid in high school. Telephone Conferences: Phreaky Boys Collection [Textfiles.com via BoingBoing] Read More

  • PS3 Monolith

    We were kind of expecting a bunch of monkeys to circle this thing and then start to kill each other, but it’s actually just an in-store PS3 stand in its full, darkling glory. A lot is riding on this hulking hunk of plastic, friends, and rest assured Sony has put evil mutant plant spores in there that will explode and reproduce if we don’t all go out and buy a PS3 as soon as… Read More

  • Our MINIKIT Winners

    for donating a few to our illustrious cause. The MINIKIT has stereo speakers, voice recognition, and is about as big as a pack of cards, which means you can hop in the car and put your phone down on the seat instead of putting on a dumb headset like King Pompadour of the Bluetooth Tribe. Read More

  • Introducing… SquidVicious

    Well, it was a hard fought battle between CalamriCrunch and SquidVicious, but SV pulled ahead at the last minute and now we have a squid named after a punk rocker who apparently offed his wife. But it’s not boring, Sidney, boring, because the name, it seems, was submitted by our designer Bryce Durbin’s brother. Therefore, to avoid nepotism and loathing, we’re sending the… Read More

  • Here We Are, Face to Face, a Couple of Glossy Zunes

    Some lucky devil, not one of our own writers, got a bit of time with the Zune recently and compared it to the iPod, discovering that it was different, yet strangely the same. It’s a bit lighter than the 80GB iPod, which we can probably assume is due to hard drive density, and the screen is purdy. Please, Zune, be amazing. We’ve invested so many bits to your praise, yet I’m… Read More