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. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com.

Disclosures: John is an unpaid advisor to Riffle, a social books platform.

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  • The Gizmondo Story, In Words

    Wired is running a beautiful feature about the Gizmondo head Bo Stefan Eriksson and his constant and consistent scam-a-palooza that ended in the fiery explosion of a Ferrari Enzo. The Enzo has less than 6 inches of ground clearance, and at that speed, it took only a slight scrape under the front bumper to launch the vehicle. The airborne Ferrari landed in a skid that in a blink became a… Read More

  • Mark/Space Discontinues MissingSync for Hiptop

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/Space and now, like the Autumn leaves dragged down the storm drain, it is gone. Is it really that unpopular to use a SK3 with a Mac? What's going on here, people? Is it a corollary effect? The more potential Swavorski crystals on a device the less you actually want to use it for something useful? Oh well. Anything else… Read More

  • Nikon Gives Out D80s to Flickr Photogs: Wow, Nice

    Now this is how it’s done. Nikon handed out D80s to a bunch of prolific Flickr photographers and then collected their shots in one handy website and featured them in an ad campaign. They even made a Flash-rich webpage that is actually usable and included lots of their best shots. So what have we learned here, marketers? 1. Social networking/sharing sites are useful collectors of talent.
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  • Second Life Terrorists Attack

    Warren Ellis has written a breathless report from Second Life where horrible little geeks unleashed a terrorist attack on thousands of unsuspecting people who sit in desk chairs for far too long. He describes it thus: Materialising on the Integral Castle grounds, I found myself in the middle of a rain of small boxes, all of which were trying to load themselves into my inventory (where the… Read More

  • Gates and Ballmer Get Bonus Cut, Blame Vista

    In an all but unreadable stat burp from Bloomberg, we learn that Stevie and Bill are getting a 13% bonus cut this year, giving them $350,000 each in walking around money. The boys earned $616,667 last year, which means they’re going to Disney this holiday. Shares fell 6.2 percent this prior fiscal year due to XBox and Vista issues and, interestingly enough, the average signing bonus for… Read More

  • Cellphone Boom-Times are Over

    It was a good run, guys, but the days of huge phone sales are over. Go ahead, Motorola. Pack up those plans for the Moto WAFR and the WLHNG. Nokia: scrap the 81294 with WiFi, a sense of self, and a drink dispenser. Folks just want a damn phone, not a mini triage unit. This news comes to us from Informa Telecoms and Media, a polling firm that believes that it will be harder and harder to… Read More

  • Gates and Ballmer Get Bonus Cut, Blame Vista

    In an all but unreadable stat burp from Bloomberg, we learn that Stevie and Bill are getting a 13% bonus cut this year, giving them $350,000 each in walking around money. The boys earned $616,667 last year, which means they’re going to Disney this holiday. Shares fell 6.2 percent this prior fiscal year due to XBox and Vista issues and, interestingly enough, the average signing bonus for… Read More

  • 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