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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  • Google Apps Break on Through

    I personally love me some disembodied web apps and Google is set to deliver us all from the horror of the thick client. Their service, Google Apps for Your Domain, will include Gmail, Talk, Calendar, and Page Creator under your own personal domain, allowing you to offload most major PIM tasks and maybe one basic webdev task to Google’s own overburdened – yet surprisingly… Read More

  • SkyTone USB Phone

    aka the RST102 is made by Radian Technologies and connects via USB to any laptop. Drop in a CD, turn on Skype, and away you go. In the mini review by Marc “The Sharc” Orchant we link below, it’s notable that a Skype handset “feels funny.” Think about it: we either use Skype with a headset or a webcam with microphone and speakers. We rarely hold something up to… Read More

  • Windows Vista Start-up Sound Sucks, Is Holy

    in defense of Big Bill, informing us that: Microsoft’s Steve Ball gave Robert Scoble some reasons for the startup sound, which as of current planning cannot be turned off: 1) “A spiritual side of the branding experience. A short, brief, positive confirmation that your machine is now conscious and ready to react”; 2) “The startup sound is designed to help you calibrate… Read More

  • Plextor Working on Wafer-thin DVD Burner

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/RWs at 24x. No pricing or availability and it seems like a bit of a niche product. It's powered by USB only, so there won't be an ugly wall wart to worry about. I have a Gateway ultralight , the NX100 with only one “spindle” – that’s marketing talk for any disk drive, which, in this case, is… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Dead Skin and the Dirty Ground Edition

    Here is a selection of stories from yesterday’s news. Pioneer + Bluetooth + iPod Meetup Rumored
    Philips Lumalive
    OLPC Children’s Machine Inches Closer
    More Canon: LV7575PR Projector
    DSILO: Dead Skin In/Lint Out Read More

  • Life-Saving Webcams

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/minute. The Crime-Fighting, Life-Saving Webcam [ABC News] Read More

  • Pioneer + Bluetooth + iPod Meetup Rumored

    . It’s a trustworthy source and Bluetooth has basically gone stereo, so this is more likely than not going to be true. Nike + iPod was a great move for both companies, I think, and Pioneer needs this shot in the arm. Read More

  • Confirmed: Zune is Toshiba… For Now

    is an OEMed Toshiba Gigabeat with additional features designed specifcially for Microsoft. This does not mean that Toshiba will sell the Zune – it will be a Microsoft Product. This was done to make it in time for a Christmas launch and Microsoft will take over production after that, adding many more models to the line including a Shuffle/Nano-style mini players as well as a high end… Read More

  • DSILO: Dead Skin In/Lint Out

    Here’s a bit of fun on this sunny Friday – PCs in horrible states of disrepair and linitness. This IBM, for example, seems to have black lung. We’re assuming that the one on the bottom is the intake fan and that the owner of this particular PC lives in a laundromat where instead of thowing away dryer lint, they use it in some sort of ticker-tape-parade-esque ritual… Read More

  • Sony Apologizes for Burning Your Pants, Blames Self

    Listen… this whole battery thing makes for great news copy, kind of like sharks off of North Carolina and babies falling down wells – it’s pretty damn rare and it effected a total of 6 people in the past few months. That’s 6 out of millions. Anyway, Sony is sorry that they burned those people and it cost them about $200 million dollars to recall all those batteries and… Read More

  • MyFabrik: File Sharing and More

    MyFabrik, loosely related to Maxtor, is a new online data storing/sharing/organizing application that lets you manage files remotely with just a web browser. You can upload and download pictures, music, videos and documents privately or publicly, depending on what permissions you set. The Web 2.0-ness of the web-app comes from tagging, sharing with others, and the ability to quickly post the… Read More

  • Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision Webcam Hands-on

    http://static.filmloop.com/looplets/flash/v2/looplet.swf I just got in the QuickCam Ultra Vision and I was taken aback. It seemed pretty beefy, and once I took it out of the box, I discovered it was even beefier than I initially suspected. This is thing is big, but it’s nothing if it’s not well balanced. The main camera tube feels solid while the arm that holds it in… Read More

  • Pong Dress

    Bleep bloop yourself into her heart with this art project gone horribly wrong. Designed by Max Moswitzer and Margarete Jahrmann, the dress has a set of LEDs and two control pads for projecting your sexual aggression onto the bodies of passive females through the guise of electronic play. Clearly the person who wrote that last line a) hasn’t had their coffee this morning and b) has… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Baked Apples Edition

    Here’s a selection of some of yesterday’s popular stories. Radiomann Kit
    Diamond BizView BV300 and BV200
    Microsoft Launches More Gear Not For Noobs
    Gateway Heads Fiery Batteries Off At Pass
    Apple, Dell, Lenovo Hold Battery Summit Read More

  • Gateway Heads Fiery Batteries Off At Pass

    , Gateway has announced that their laptop batteries are fine, thank you for asking, and that they won’t be exploding in your face any time soon. A quote, straight from the Gateway’s mouth: Gateway has extensive measures in place to ensure product safety. Based on available information and our suppliers’ input, we do not believe our systems are at risk for the same… Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation Contest

    This is a complex one, but this is a great pair of prizes so please bear with me.
    This, our final contest for August, involves creating chains of users. Up for grabs is an Motorola Q and a Kodak Easyshare V603. Here’s how to play… Read More

  • Bose Upgrades Flagship Products

    I should have rocked these yesterday, but I didn’t see the embargo date of – oh… yesterday. I got to see the latest Bose gear firsthand here in New York and was relatively impressed. First, there’s the Acoustic Wave Music System II, which is a digital version of the earlier systems with some interesting signal processing that can smooth out audio as its pumped… Read More

  • Nintendo: DS Lite is Great and Is Great in Two New Colors

    It’s a bit flak-tastic, but Nintendo issued a release discussing the magic of the DS lite (“The battery is great! It’s, like, selling 1 million units! It’s great!”) and the two new colors, Onyx and Coral Pink. The new colors will launch on September 13, much to fanboy delight, and that’s about it. We love us some hyperbole! NINTENDO LAUNCHES NEW DS LITE… Read More

  • When Verizon Chatbots Attack


    A close friend of CrunchGear sent us this charming exchange he had with Verizon regarding his decision to pick up a nice new phone. Did he get many answers? No, but he did get frustrated enough to send me the chat log. All names have be redacted to protect the cyborgian. Read More

  • Commodore 64 Emulator in Flash 9

    This is pretty damn cool. It’s a full C64 emulator built in Flash 9 and downloadable or runnable via the browsers. You can program in BASIC (Try:
    10 PRINT "BOOBS!";
    20 GOTO 10
    ) and there appear to be some game ROMS available as well. I have to download a Flash update to play with it, but it’s amazing that we’ve gotten to the point where the masturbatory haze of my teen… Read More