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.

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  • WinXP As House: Discuss

    , only occasionally fires of a strongly worded column against a particularly egregious example of crapitude. That’s what makes this article in the WaPo especially interesting. It’s basically a recap of Windows XP that says: You can think of Windows XP as a house with a second floor built of spackle, wood filler and duct tape. Gua! He’s going to lose his access from… Read More

  • Joel Johnson Launches Dethroner

    and we insist that you add him as well – I personally consider him my blogging mentor and one of the funniest guys on the Internet. Read More

  • Name that Squid Update


    Crunchy The Calamari? Squidster? Those are pretty good, but can we do better? Let’s see some creativity, folks. Here are the specs: Thanks to the amazing Bryce Durbin, we’re lucky enough to have our own jolly mascot, the Blue Squid or Blue Goo or Whatever You Want to Call Him. However, the poor soul doesn’t have a name. In an effort to remedy that, we’re asking you… Read More

  • Apple Wants Yer Podseses

    nee iPodGarage and now PodReady.com. See, the name PodReady would make people think of iPods and that could lead to a .00098% loss of revenue for the Madison, Wisconsin Best Buy store between October 2 and October 3 of this year due to reduced iPod sales. Protect your IP. Protect your designs. Protect your content. But please, big companies, don’t make your shiz a household name and then… Read More

  • Samsung/T-Mobile Trace Party

    The inimitable Richard Blakely took some super footage of the T-Mobile Trace party. I think those are the Gym Class Heroes in the background. Great stuff. Read More

  • 1,100 Missing Gov't Laptops

    I’m not sure if this is a case of “IT department losing stuff” or “someone ganking government laptops” but it looks like the Department of Commerce has lost 1,100 laptops since 2001, with 250 from the Census Bureau alone. These laptops contained sensitive information including names and Social Security numbers. While we all know what happened – Joe Blow took… Read More

  • Feel Free to Digg/Wist/Reddit/Whatever Us

    We perform for you, please perform for us. In order to get some more traffic and to make us smile, feel free to use those annoying little buttons you see to [social content application name used as a verb here] us to your heart’s content. We’ll be eternally grateful and Raj will promise to play your prom if you do. Read More

  • Name that Squid: Do Better than Crunchface


    We’ve gotten 18 entries for our Name that Squid contest including this incredible Flash toy. We’d love some more, so send us your best names for the Blue Goo. Creativity is a plus – write the proposed name on a birthday cake, on a shirt, or in the sky – or just email a list. We’ll go through to pick out the best on the winner will get the Samsung Trace we… Read More

  • Micro Mosquito

    We got to take a look at the ultra-cool Micro Mosquito from InterActiveToy on Wednesday and it was really neat. It’s a tiny little RC helicopter with two blades that can hover, making it perfect for Predator drone-like attacks on your fellow office-mates. It worked extremely well but, like all RC helicopters, traversing a New York apartment might be a bit of a challenge. If… Read More

  • Stop Buying Petrol… and Start Wasting Money

    It’s not every day that we get scams wrapped in press releases. Scammers usually try to use more obtuse methods of spreading the good news like flyers posted to lampposts and stickers on cars that say “Sell Herbalife and Make $5 billion! I did!” However, this RamJet crap is quite an old scam and even includes a helpful book on how to “How To Develop Fuel For As Low As… Read More

  • Windows Media Player 11: DRM Out the Arse

    We like knee-jerk reactions to DRM – it kind of makes us think we’re running a political blog – but unfortunately the Inquirer is pretty much spot on. In short, WMP11 is probably some of the most draconian DRM we’ve come across to date. Let’s start with the inability to back-up music licenses. The licenses are tied to a single machine, so if you drag your… Read More

  • Motorola Vending Machines

    Motorola is creating what they call “robotic stores,” called Instantmoto, to sell Motorola phones and accessories. While these amazing store will probably be completely indistinguishable from stores staffed with actual human employees – both the robot and the humans would probably fail the Turing test, given enough time – these vending machines will sell the RAZR and the… Read More

  • Suunto t3: It's Got it All

    We like Suunto – they make a nice watch with lots of features and have a cetain style that makes their watches look less like wrist computers than dinner plates with numbers. The t3 includes a heart-rate monitor, pedometer, as well as real-time calories burned read-out. It’s about $169.99 with a black face and $149.99 for a standard LCD face. Pedometer and heartrate pods sold… Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    This week has been pretty heady with some great shots of the Zune and news of HD support for the XBox 360. We also got a video review of the Samsung Trace, which we’ll be giving away in our Name that Squid contest. Yamaha YSP-1100
    iSoundCap – Put Your iPod Nano In Your Hat
    Key Finder Thing
    Banksy’s Paris Jam
    Engine on a Chip Read More

  • Name that Squid

    Thanks to the amazing Bryce Durbin, we’re lucky enough to have our own jolly mascot, the Blue Squid or Blue Goo or Whatever You Want to Call Him. However, the poor soul doesn’t have a name. In an effort to remedy that, we’re asking you, readers, to send us your best names for the Blue Goo. Creativity is a plus – write the proposed name on a birthday cake, on a shirt, or… Read More

  • Samsung Trace Quick Look

    Feast your gadget-starved eyes on the Samsung Trace aka the T519 from T-Mobile. It’s thin, light, and magical. It’s very SLVR-like – which is what T-Mo is going for here – and very inexpensive ($99). Unfortunately, it’s made of Samsung plastic and feels pretty chintzy but if you’re looking for something to slip between the pages of a book to hold your place… Read More

  • m300 GSM Cell Phone Watch is the First Cell Phone Watch to Market

    As much as we love our respective cell phones, there’s something about using a watch to talk to someone that makes you James Bond/Dick Tracy/Inspector Gadget/A Super Nerd. And we’re all for it. This m300 GSM phone will have a 99-count phone book, 70 hours of standby, and will be available by Christmas season. Their site says we have 72 days left until its release date of December 1… Read More

  • Apple iTunes 7 Music Purchases Not Working on SLVR and ROKR Phones?

    Among the various problems users have encountered with the new iTunes 7 software, one of the worst has to be the fact that the iTunes Music Store purchases aren’t working in Motorola ROKR and SLVR phones. The songs that have been ripped from CDs or downloaded as MP3s from elsewhere on the web work fine, it’s just the DRM tracks from iTMS that don’t work. No fix has been… Read More

  • Zune Caught

    Seattle must be dripping with Zunes because our Bothan spies – many of whom died while taking these pictures – grabbed a Zune in the wild. That’s right, folks. This little white Zune works, is ready to roll, and is probably in the shipping channel as we speak. I would estimate that these things will be in stores at the end of October or else the merry pranksters who sent us… Read More

  • Zune Not Mac Compatible

    A wee bird – the selfsame bird who gave us Zune background a few weeks ago – told us that the Zune, out of the box, is completely non-Mac compatible. No mounting, not data drives, no nothing. There will be no drivers and no support at launch and none, one will assume, later on in the year. Read More