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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  • 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

  • Canon EOS 40D Info Leaked


    Canon is allegedly upgrading the EOS series to 40D on September 26th. The new camera will potentially have a 10.1-megapixel sensor, a 2.5-inch LCD and that anti-dust feature. Not much else right now, but we can assume the 30D will go down about $100 – just like with the Rebel XT – and this one will be priced at 30D levels, about $1,300. The image, BTW, is a mock-up. UPDATE… Read More

  • Sony UX-280P UMPC

    When not building exploding batteries, the busy bees at Sony are creating teeny-tiny computers for everyone to buy, be bored with, and then buy again. Case in point: the UX-280P. The original UX model, the 180P, came out eight weeks ago to much rejoicing. However, if you bought a 180P, you may want to fire up the old EBay because the 280P is quite a bit better. * Ultra-portable design… Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation: Democracy in Action Reminder


    Click through to view our three finalists in the creativity portion of the contest. We’ll leave voting open until Noon PST on TODAY since most U.S. folks are probably home for the long weekend by now… Read More

  • MacBook Nastiness

    Ooof… Maybe Intel is infecting these things with some latent Windows virii because everyone we know is having MacBook troubles. Take the famed Dave Winer, por ejemplo: I continue to have problems with all three of my Macs. The new black MacBook shuts down on its own in the middle of my work. The original G4 laptop is still blue-screening, and my dual CPU desktop G4 is blue-screening… Read More

  • Happy Labor Day Weekend, Y'all

    team who brought this blog from 0 to 60 in about 2.5 seconds. Also, special thanks to you, our readers, for putting up with contest mix-ups and growing pains. I hope we’re keeping you happy. Read More

  • 6 Degrees of Crunchation Creativity-Off


    Click through to view our three finalists in the creativity portion of the contest. We’ll leave voting open until Noon PST on Tuesday since most US folks are probably home for the long weekend by now… Read More

  • Maxtor Fusion Drive: First Impressions


    I’m just getting around to opening the Maxtor Fusion drive we received this week and I can honestly say that it’s an incredible device. It’s the perfect mix between media server and network storage device and despite its staid exterior it’s definitely a home and small office winner. I’ll be doing an in-depth review next week, but here are some first impressions: Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation: Motorola Q Winner

    OK. This wasn’t hard at all. Even the folks who sent in a bunch of fake photos (*cough* *cough*) – which I did not specifically prohibit, by the way – couldn’t touch the tenacity of one young man and his camera. Now to process the creative photos for the winner of the Kodak v603… I’m thinking we won’t even vote, but to be fair I think we will. Read More

  • 6 Degrees: Soon, My Pets

    My entire team is MIA today, so I’m busy editing up these entries so they’ll be acceptable. Until then, I offer you this potentially NSFW selection from the collection. Click through to view… Read More

  • Wha-what? Apple Special Event on September 12?

    in LA, which could also mean the launch of an iPhone, but I’m not holding my breath. Reports: Apple to hold special event on September 12th [iLounge] Read More

  • iTunes Movie Store Coming

    is reporting that Apple will be adding $14.99 new releases and $9.99 back catalog movie downloads to their already hep and happening iTunes service… and it’s happening this month. A little bird also told us that a major player, either Sony or Universal, is now ripping their entire back catalog – from 1999 onwards – to digital. The compression algorithm is a huge secret… Read More

  • Six Degrees Update: They're All In

    I’m going to go through them right now and figure out the winner of the Q. Then we’ll vote on some of the more creative ones. Read More

  • CrunchGear's Back to School Cheat Sheet

    September is here and maybe you or someone in your household–you know, the kid upstairs with the headphones who listens to that demon hippity-hop music?–might be in the market for some back to school technology. Here’s a quick rundown of our favorite picks from the past few months. Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation: Houston, Problem

    If you’re having a problem emailing me your photos, please post them somewhere – Photobucket, your own site, etc. – and email a link to john at crunchgear dot com or AIM me the link at johnbiggsny if you’re still having trouble. Thanks, guys. Read More

  • Six Degrees of Crunchation Contest: Almost Over

    Get those entries in, kids. We’ll hold the floodgates open until 6pm PST. Read More

  • OriginalSignal: Gadget Sites Galore

    I spoke with Tako Steinz of Stillpoint Media who just launched Gadgets.OriginalSignal, a beta aggregator for gadget websites. Right now it trolls fifteen major sites – including Crunchgear – and reports when new items appear every time you visit the page. Think of it as a NASA “big-board” style system that isn’t NetVibes. Tako and his 5-person team wanted a very… Read More