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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  • Shilling for Cash

    This isn’t quite a tech post, but it’s an interesting bit of reporting by our older, yet still cool, uncles, over at TechCrunch. PayPerPost connects bloggers with advertisers, meaning that “shills” can connect with “the man” to sell “crap.” The real rub is that the bloggers are expected to write good stuff about the products they’re… Read More

  • Cingular 3125 Launch Party Video

    Looks like Gizmodo got more footage of another raucous party held in honor of a small piece of plastic and some wires. Boom-shaka-laka-ActivSync! Look for friend of CG, Vince, cursing his Vienna sausage at the end. HTC 3125 Launch Party in New York: Enjoy the Decadence [Gizmodo] Read More

  • So You Think Your IBM Will Explode…

    Head on over to Lenovo’s handy idenfication page to figure out if your shiz is going to fizzle all over your pants or not. IBM and Lenovo sold these Sony batteries in systems listed below between February 2005 and September 2006. Customers who bought one of the following systems may have a battery subject to this recall: * ThinkPad R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e)
    * ThinkPad T… Read More

  • Meet-up Update


    Sorry for posting so much on the Meet-up but we’re trying to figure out the best way to gather invites and let our venue know how many are coming. If you’re in New York on October 13 and want to get free stuff and free booze—and don’t want to dig around the Grand Central Station trash cans to get it—head over to our Mollyguard site which lets you buy… Read More

  • Parrot MINIKIT Friday Giveaway

    , a hands-free Bluetooth in-car or desktop speaker set. 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. We’ll accept emails until Monday morning at 9am EST, so get cracking. Read More

  • BenQ Mobile Phone Division Bankrupt

    Looks like BenQ’s attempt at hitting the Euro-America cellphone market is a dud. BenQ Mobile is closing its doors and laying off 3,000 employees. Apparently the company made no money, burned through initial investments like a cokehead with a year-end bonus, and is now dead. But the problems started almost immediately. BenQ invested €840 million in the mobile phone project only to… Read More

  • Name that Squid: Closer and Closer

    We’ll be closing the voting at 3pm EST today, so vote early and often. Read more about the contest here, but the submitter of the best name will win a T-Mobile Trace. Roar! [poll=2] Read More

  • Ajax-y New Webmail from Apple

    and little else. That said, it appears they’re going to create an Ajax-ified .mac mail with, get this, multiple mailboxes. This is immensely useful and essentially a network-based version of iMail, which I use and love. I was reading a bit in Wired – The Magazine that Parties Like It’s 1999! – about Microsoft and their Live Windows initiative, which is basically… Read More

  • Next UPMCs: Less Sucktastic (??)

    So far UMPCs have been fairly silly — they’re small, cute, and useless — but the next generation should be much better. They promise. Intel, for example, is showing off a Yahoo-branded UMPC that includes a Core Solo processor for increased battery life. They’re also expecting embedded GPS and wireless as well as cellular networking through Sierra Wireless and… Read More

  • White and Nerdy

    Clearly, this is a slow news day. Top 10 Weird All Videos [Srobbin] Read More

  • ESPN Mobile: Game Over

    Bloops. I guess we missed this news earlier. Looks like ESPN Mobile is officially closed and if you’re a subscriber you can use your ESPN phone until the end of the year but you won’t have ESPN mobile to push around anymore. The company has signed up only tens of thousands of subscribers since it launched the service in late 2005 and began advertising early this year, with… Read More

  • New York Meet-up Reminder

    Hop on over to the Meet-Up Page to RSVP. We’re going to hold it on October 13th – Friday the 13th, actually – due to a scheduling conflict and we’re lining up sponsors and giveaways as we speak. It’s turning out to be a great little event. Please join us. Read More

  • PepperPad 3 Quick Look

    Hopefully the lighting will be better on this one. Here’s a quick video of the PepperPad 3 in all her glory. I know folks didn’t like the original Pads, but I have no problems with this one. It’s an Internet tablet, plain and simple, and inifinitely hackable thanks to Linux. Read More

  • PepperPad 3 Hands-On


    The PepperPad 3 is a kitchen computer. Unlike previous versions, and multiple tablets that litter the slate-form-factor fields of battle, it’s not trying to be anything more than a handy device for looking up a recipe or two, listening to some Internet radio and maybe popping on a little prerecorded daytime TV or some in-bathroom web browsing. Read More

  • ESPN Mobile: First Half, Score 0-0

    Looks like the world’s least popular MVNO is headed for some big changes. While there won’t be a massive layoff and shuttering, ESPN mobile will probably be sold or wound down and phased out. Experts expect it to sell in the $300-$400 million range – not to shabby for a MVNO with four subscribers, three of whom are the CEOs parents. MVNOs are a tough nut to crack because… Read More

  • Cellphone Accessories: Stop the Press!

    . If I left anything out, please add some comments describing your favorite smartphone gear and maybe we can create a meta-commenting thread on the already meta-roundup I wrote. Dressing Smartphones for Success [NYTimes] Read More

  • Name that Squid: Vote Time

    Squid-naming time is here, friends, and we encourage you to vote. We’re closing the polls on Friday, so that gives you plenty of time to try out the name and mull things over. Remember – the submitter of the winning name gets the T-Mobile Trace and our undying love. Just to be all legally, the name becomes property of CrunchGear, etc., so don’t go making a blue squid with… Read More

  • Jyngle: Let the World Know It's a Snow Day

    Got to get in touch with the folks from the bowling league? PTA? The BDSM Orgy Planning Committee? Why not give them a Jyngle. Jyngle is a mass SMS/event planning system that allows users to create and contact groups via cell phone. While most of the interface is web-based, there is some phone interaction. It also verifies all numbers before sending out mass-mailings to a group. Read More

  • CrunchGear New York/Digital Life Reader Meet-up

    Join us for our first reader meet-up! The event will coincide with Digital Life in New York and we’re planning giveaways, an open bar, and the chance to meet and kiss CrunchGear editors John, Blake, and Josh. When? October 13, 2006 – 7pm Where? Under the Volcano
    12 E 36TH St (Cross Street: 5th Avenue)
    Add your name to MollyGuard to reserve a spot. We’d like to get a… Read More

  • Sharp's Three-Way Monitor

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/harlots will stare at us as we pass on our way to pick up a nice, Armenian-made T-shirt. And no one wants that. See, the screen works like those weird hologram things where the lady stares out at you and winks when you move the card. Using a parallax system, the screen shows three different pictures from three different… Read More