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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  • Banksy's Paris Jam

    This isn’t quite gadgety, but it’s great video. This is artist Banksy’s jam on Paris Hilton’s new album, I Do Not Have an Anus, in which he places 500 disks with his own modified CD and booklet into stores around England. Great prank, even better social commentary. Video of Banksy’s Paris Hilton Jam [WoosterCollective] Read More

  • Key Finder Thing

    versions and shows you which keys it found on your disk. Might be a good way to backup your info, as necessary, and keep things on the legal.You could also potentially go into Best Buy, pop out your USB key, rock some warez. Retrieve Serial Numbers or CD Keys from your computer [Raymond] Read More

  • Motorola to Acquire Symbol Technologies

    Motorola announced today that it would buy Symbol Technologies Inc. for $3.9 billion. The move will position Moto as the world’s largest seller of hand held bar-code scanners. The companies have had a close relationship for years, so this isn’t too much of a surprise. Nevertheless, the acquisition could beef up Motorola and aid their run at taking cell market dominance from Nokia. Read More

  • MacBook Update By Hanukkah?

    I’m not Jewish, but I certainly would love to play eDreidel on a refreshed MacBook Pro. It seems Apple is coming out with Intel Core 2 Duo MacBooks in a few months with an estimated Thanksgiving launch, just in time for the holidays. This could coincide – dare we say it – with the touchscreen, WiFi/Bluetooth iPod launch that has been floating around the Webernetic Mesh… Read More

  • T-Mobile Invests in 3G Spectrum

    CrunchGear is reporting that T-Mobile just won 120 licenses on the 3G-compatable spectrum in this month’s FCC auction. That doesn’t just mean that they’re now able to roll out their nacient 3G network, but rather that they can roll it out their way, without being hamstringed by tacky 2 or 2.5G hardware and software licensing issues. T-Mobile had to be aggressive in their… Read More

  • Welcome Flockers!


    We were lucky enough to be added to the default news feeds in Flock today, which makes us very, very happy. If you haven’t used it lately, give it a try. Thanks again for reading and welcome to CrunchGear. Flock Maintenance [Flock] Read More

  • Gyration GyroTransport Hands-on

    We already did a nice video on the GyroTransport last weekend, so we’ll just comment on this a bit more and leave it at that. I’ve rarely used presentation remotes because, thus far, they’ve been fairly innacurate and bulky. Luckily, the $199 GyroTransport is neither. It works with Macs and PCs seamlessly and includes 1GB of memory built-in to the wireless dongle. Read More

  • Panasonic Toughbook Video Interview from CTIA

    This is a bit long, but Vincenct from Slashgear was nice enough to film me talking with the folks at Panasonic Toughbooks. Check out my double chin! Read More

  • BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Hands-On

    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 barriers and include folks who might not think they need a smartphone into the CrackBerry fold. Like the SK3, it’s a fully-featured smartphone masquerading as a cool and stylish toy. Read More

  • Zune Soon at Wal-Mart: Boon?


    Looks like Wal-Mart is getting ready to sell us the Zune. Not much info – just a “coming soon” graphic – but it looks like Microsoft has these in the pipe and may be ready to ship soon. We’ll keep you posted. Product Page [Wal-Mart via Gizmodo] Read More

  • Widow Leased Rotary Phone for 42 Years

    A widow in Canton, Ohio, Ester Strogen, first leased two black rotary phones in the 1960s. Although most major carriers informed their customers that they didn’t have to lease anymore back in 1985, Strogen must have missed that memo and the phone company – who was getting $29.10 a month out of this poor, harmless lady – didn’t feel like mentioning it to… Read More

  • iPod Dying: Oh No!

    There’s a he said/she said going on in the blogosphere this week about the seeming demise of Apple due to slow uptake of the iTunes store. This is because, according to major research organizations: It seems like somebody got a calculator out and did something like the following: capacity of 60 million iPods sold / 1 billion plus purchased songs ~ 20 songs per iPod. So this, in… Read More

  • Digital Cuckoo Clock

    Well, now this is a funny little thing, isn’t it. It’s a cuckoo clock with a digital readout – it’s hard to see, but it’s in the middle of that weird leaf. No price because this is a piece of designware by Reddish in Israel, but it’s a cute concept. Product Page [Reddish via Gadgetizer] Read More

  • TiVo: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

    Well, it had to happen – the company that has ensconced the idea of a DVR in the hearts of millions has lost its good will. I’ll say it loud and I’ll say it proud – TiVo is the best thing that ever happened to my TV-watching experience. As a parent of an eight-month-old, my evenings are spent curled up on the couch waiting for our little angel to turn eighteen. TiVo… Read More

  • Gyration GyroTransport Quick Look

    Here’s a quick video of the Gyration Gyrotransport in action. This $199 device will be out on Monday, September 18th. It’s extremely small and worked on both PC and Mac with absolutely no trouble – just plug it in and you’ve got an AIRMOUSE (!!!!). We’ll have a full review on Monday. Read More

  • Vista Error Reporting: Really Beta

    Is this what lies in store for us? What’s next? “Error: Your Choice in Music is Not Cool Enough for the Zune?” “Error: Insert Floppy Disk?” Tee hee. Best Windows Error Ever [Development Web] Read More

  • Altec Lansing USB 5.1 Speakers


    Here’s a strange duck. Although Bose is doing this with their Companion line, these Altec Lansing speakers are USB only and include audio in and out but no optical connector. Presumably these speakers use a driver on the PC to smooth out the audio and create the surround-sound effect. It also includes a remote. Priced at $249.95, they’re an interesting idea. Not sure how… Read More

  • Zune in Action

    Not sure why we didn’t get this sooner, but this is the vaunted Zune in action. The UI looks pretty hot but remember what they say about eye-candy. I’m actually pretty excited about this, though. When MS does their research, they do a great job on hardware. Zune Video Upclose [MobilityToday] Read More

  • iTunes 7.0: Apple Gives Will Wheaton Back His iTunes Music

    It appears Star Trek is a very popular show. Actor Will Wheaton – who played Jean Luc La Forge on Star Trek: The Voyage Out of Your Parents’ Basement – complained that all of his purchased music disappeared from his iPod after upgrading to iTunes 7.0. Apple quickly called him and helped him out of his jam, but if you’ve never sucked face with a Klingon then I doubt… Read More

  • Bathys Automatic Watches


    I’m a watch freak so I decided to share this with you all. This is a Bathys Automatic, designed by John Patterson in Kaua’i. This guy is a surfer and wanted to make a watch that could withstand a heavy pounding on some of the island’s amazing beaches. He designed his first watch last year, sold out all of his quartz models, and went to Switzerland to have automatics made. Read More