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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  • 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

    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

    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 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

    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?


    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


    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

    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

    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

    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

  • HTC Moving Into Multimedia Smart(er)Phones

    HTC has announced that they’re moving away from infrared transmission on their phones – big whoop – and will be adding more multimedia and music functions to all of their phones. HTC is one of the biggest names in cellular technology you’ve never heard of so if they’re moving in one direction, expect many major U.S. carriers to follow suit. The makers of devices… Read More

  • Sprint to Offer Full-Length Movies

    Sprint is offering full-length movie downloads from a number of studios including Sony Pictures and Buena Vista VOD. Sprint already has mSpot, which is a TV and video download service which costs $6.95 a month. However, Sprint Movies will cost between $3.99 and $5.99 and will be available for a few days a time. “Extensions” on the films will cost 99 cents per 24-hour… Read More

  • Radar.net: Moblogging for Friends, Family

    , a beta mobile photo system that is designed for sharing photos and comments with friends and family rather than with bored exhibitionist couples in deepest Wisconsin. <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/the inside of a pocket. Phone cams were useful little toys, fun for a moment or two and then forgotten. Radar, however, seems to be changing that equation. Read More

  • Mac Ads Feature Giselle, Therapy

    Nick Starr has a very nice write up about the latest Mac ads featuring, in order, Giselle Bundchen, the PC gagging on something, and the two systems in therapy. The Giselle one, seen here, should be pretty hi-larious considering that John “PC” Hodgman’s girlfriend seems to be a guy I went to college with – yes, he wore a dress all the time, then, as well. With Nokia… Read More

  • CrunchGear this Week

    The Six Degrees of Crunchation Contest is over and we gave away a Motorola Q and a Kodak V603 to two lucky winners. Drop in to see some of the entries. In upcoming news, Apple has announced that they’ll be holding a super-secret press conference on September 12 and CrunchGear will be there, liveblogging like fiends. Finally, two CrunchGear editors will be at CTIA next week so drop them… Read More

  • Pantech Launches Satellite DMB Phone, U.S. Not Invited

    It’s always nice to see what we can’t have sometimes. Take this little DMB phone for example. It flips open like a Sidekick so you can watch DMB video through satellite connections and maybe do a little long form texting. While we’ll never see this here, it’s a pretty cool – if derivative – design. The LCD display is designed to pop up automatically at a… Read More

  • HP Beats Down Boardroom Leaker

    , to hire an outside electronic security firm to “mine” HP’s phone records to figure out who on her board made or received calls to CNET reporters. They found the culprit, but the resulting brouhaha will probably make tomorrow’s front page and there are probably going to be some heads rolling in Palo Alto come morning. We’ll keep you updated. Phone-Records Scandal… Read More

  • Nokia New York Store Sneak Peek

    I usually don’t like the “stores” some companies open which are essentially advertising spaces that flog one brand or another. The Nokia store, strangely enough, is very different and very refreshing. First off, you can actually buy stuff there. All of the phones are available and there’s even a fancy Vertu lounge where Finnish podiatrists massage your instep while… Read More

  • HP iPAQ rx4000 Mobile Media Companion: A PMP By Any Other Name…

    Oh boy. HP made a PMP. The iPaq rx4000 has a 2.8-inch screen and uses Windows Mobile 5.0 to play back MP3s and video. It’s also compatible with many VOIP apps so you can use it as a wee phone around the house over WiFi. Finally, you can hook up your phone with Bluetooth. Best of all? There’s a scroll wheel. Yeah. I know. Another mylo/Nokia 770-alike. Sorry. HP iPAQ rx4000 Mobile… Read More

  • Q1 UMPC Accessories Hands-On

    Slashgear got their hands on all of the fancy-pants accessories for the Samsung Q1 UMPC including a fancy keyboard that folds out of a delicate-looking faux-leather as well as an external optical drive. The overall opinion is that UMPCs are pretty cool but you might as well pick up a USB keyboard and optical drive if you’re not planning on going very portable with this thin. Samsung Q1… Read More