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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  • FCC Calls to Say No Cellphones on Airplanes

    It took three years for the FCC to state that flying the friendly skies should not include jabbering on our cellphones. In a closing statement, the FCC ruled that research “provides insufficient technical information on whether the use of cellular phones onboard aircraft may cause harmful interference to terrestrial networks.” As far as I understand it, the original issue was… Read More

  • Viacom Videos Bored YouTube Viewers

    Vidmeter, a video stats clearinghouse that covers online services like YouTube, found that only 9% of YouTube’s videos were removed for copyright violations and those videos accounted for 6% of total views. Viacom’s videos — Comedy Central stuff included — made up 2% of those videos. Most of the removed Viacom videos were music videos from MTV, not Jon… Read More

  • Minitel 2.0

    When I was a kid I always wanted to use a Minitel terminal. These were essentially dumb terminals hooked up basic servers that allowed you to send email and get information, much like today’s postal service and newspapers. Apparently French ISP Neuf Cegetel is going to create Minitel 2.0 using a mini Linux computer and keyboard. The full kit costs 99 euro – about $130 – and… Read More

  • Moka: Wisdom at $.25 Per Message

    Are you down and out? Are you on the street? Does evening fall so hard that you’d like Paul Simon to comfort you? Fear not, brave soul. Moka has some content for you. Moka is an odd SMS service that condenses and sends the key thoughts from many popular self-help books (Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life,” Wayne Dyers “Inspiration,” God’s… Read More

  • PCs Ready Not So Vista Ready: Call the Lawyers!

    Dianne Kelley is sick of fake Vista stickers. She goes into a store, buys a computer, and finds it can’t run Microsoft Vista’s fancy Aero interface. What’s a poor woman to do? Sue! In a proposed class action lawsuit, Kelley is suing to protest the practice of putting Vista-Ready on anything and everything with a keyboard and mouse when we all know damn well that a Dell with… Read More

  • Hey, Pig: Porcine USB Card Reader

    Need a USB 2.0 card reader? Need it in the shape of a pig? Need it to support SD, Compact Flash, xD, MemoryStick, Mini SD, T-flash/Micro SD? Wait… pig? Yes, Brando, salesman to the world, is offering a pig-like USB card reader for $10 plus shipping. This might be just the thing to place on your desk to protest Communism by recounting the travails of the Animal Farm gang to your… Read More

  • Sony's Phil Harrison Can't Give Away PS3

    In a convoluted story involving beer, hard rock, and t-shirts, one man recounts his experience in Holland where Phil Harrison of Sony Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios stood up and tried to auction a PS3 for charity — and failed. It seems there’s a band called Marillion and they’re big gamers. At a recent event, they introduced Harrison who proceeded to offer a PS3 for… Read More

  • Time Warner HD Cable Box Includes HDMI, Cool Remote, Porn

    It seems that Consumerist reader John ordered a Time Warner DVR and, after a long wait, received a refurbished unit pre-owned by someone who really enjoys the PR0N. When his wife turned on the machine, she found reams of porn video. John received an angry call from said wife, who complained that the kids could have seen this and that the collection did not include that classic, Juranal… Read More

  • Moka: All the World's Wisdom in 160 Characters or Less

    Are you down and out? Are you on the street? Does evening fall so hard that you’d like Paul Simon to comfort you? Fear not, brave soul. Moka has some content for you. Moka is an odd SMS service that condenses and sends the key thoughts from many popular self-help books (Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life,” Wayne Dyers “Inspiration,” God’s… Read More

  • Elgato Turbo 264 USB Turns Regular Video into iPod Video

    This tiny USB stick might make your life considerably easier if you regularly convert video to h.264 for use in the iPod and the Apple TV and iPod. The device offloads the conversion load to a separate processor and includes software for video conversion that starts up when you insert the stick. It will be available this Spring for about $130. Might be handy if you follow the advice in… Read More

  • Orange Zune Coming Zoon

    You know it’s a slow news day when this kind of stuff gets headlines. This, friends, is an orange Zune. Is it better than the other Zunes? No, unless you feel that orange makes some items intrinsically better than other items. This, unfortunately, is not the case. However, if you like Zunes, we’re sure you’ll like this orange one. When I was in J-school they never told me… Read More

  • Help Key: Putting Video Onto Your Apple TV

    So you’ve got an Apple TV yet, for some strange reason, you’re not satisfied with $9.99 downloads of Disney classics. What is a fan of HDMI-enabled video playback devices to do? Here’s a quick tutorial on getting video from almost any source onto your Apple TV. Read More

  • LG Prada Phone Available as a Pre-Order for the Mentally Deficient

    “Limited Service” is right. After playing with the Prada last week, I can’t say that I’m particularly enthused about this plaything of the deluded. Someone out there might be interested, however, so post we must. The phone is available now from Orange Mobile in the UK for £19.99 for the handset with a £35 per month contract.
    LG Prada Phone: Order Yours Today… Read More

  • Reporter Gets Shot With Pain Gun

    Yay! AP reporters! Yay! Pain guns! Yay! Effective military protection using high energy waves! Yay! Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic! via Giz Read More

  • EMI's Eric Nicoli/Apple's Steve Jobs EMI Presentation Live Notes

    8:21 EST – Entire music catalog available DRM-free on iTunes.
    5 million songs in the catalog.
    No manufacturing costs.
    Take things to the next level.
    Interoperability. Music bought from iTunes won’t play on other players. Interoperable, but it’s a hassle.
    Even though users don’t want to play that music on other players, the might.
    Audiophiles can still tell the difference. Read More

  • EMI Selling DRM-Free Music

    Wow. Mere hours after April Fool’s Day — sorry, fanboys, for our attacks on your sacred cows yesterday — and we get work that Steve is hitting London-town to announce that EMI will start selling DRM-free music. In a major reversal of the music industry’s longstanding antipiracy strategy, EMI Group PLC is set to announce Monday that it plans to sell significant… Read More

  • Motorola CHPACBRA

    Motorola has just announced its latest handset, the MotoCHPACBRA, 3G biologically-based system that can transmit messages via the distended carcasses of ravaged goats. The CHPACBRA uses an internal battery and play music, although all it sings is a scratchy, screaming rendition of some Los Tigres del Norte classics. Unfortunately, it’s still in FCC testing and has killed the housepets of… Read More

  • Battery Backup in a Cellphone

    The Philips Xenium NRG — apparently Zorbiantium SPRFLY was already taken — is the first “commercial” mobile phone to use Techitium’s BackuPower system which allows phone users to add a little AAA battery to a phone to get a bit more juice without charging. The old fella at their booth wouldn’t let me take pictures, but it basically looks like a white… Read More

  • Video Share From AT&T

    In a conference with Cingular/AT&T about their new service, Video Share, a mobile-to-mobile video chat service reminiscient of video chat in Europe. The service is rolling out this summer. The best part? They’re partnering with WWE and Napster for some video and music hotness. Also, we’ll be seeing a new phone from Apple – something called the iPhone –… Read More

  • BlueAnt: SuperToof

    BlueAnt has a few hot devices out this CTIA. The first is the Supertooth Light, a $99 car system with mini microphone and comparatively easy set up. The Supertooth mounts to your sun visor and lasts 15 hours of talk time or 800 hours of standby, which means it can hang out up there until the next presidential administration. Read More