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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  • PS3 Monolith

    We were kind of expecting a bunch of monkeys to circle this thing and then start to kill each other, but it’s actually just an in-store PS3 stand in its full, darkling glory. A lot is riding on this hulking hunk of plastic, friends, and rest assured Sony has put evil mutant plant spores in there that will explode and reproduce if we don’t all go out and buy a PS3 as soon as… Read More

  • Our MINIKIT Winners

    for donating a few to our illustrious cause. The MINIKIT has stereo speakers, voice recognition, and is about as big as a pack of cards, which means you can hop in the car and put your phone down on the seat instead of putting on a dumb headset like King Pompadour of the Bluetooth Tribe. Read More

  • Introducing… SquidVicious

    Well, it was a hard fought battle between CalamriCrunch and SquidVicious, but SV pulled ahead at the last minute and now we have a squid named after a punk rocker who apparently offed his wife. But it’s not boring, Sidney, boring, because the name, it seems, was submitted by our designer Bryce Durbin’s brother. Therefore, to avoid nepotism and loathing, we’re sending the… Read More

  • Here We Are, Face to Face, a Couple of Glossy Zunes

    Some lucky devil, not one of our own writers, got a bit of time with the Zune recently and compared it to the iPod, discovering that it was different, yet strangely the same. It’s a bit lighter than the 80GB iPod, which we can probably assume is due to hard drive density, and the screen is purdy. Please, Zune, be amazing. We’ve invested so many bits to your praise, yet I’m… Read More

  • Shilling for Cash

    This isn’t quite a tech post, but it’s an interesting bit of reporting by our older, yet still cool, uncles, over at TechCrunch. PayPerPost connects bloggers with advertisers, meaning that “shills” can connect with “the man” to sell “crap.” The real rub is that the bloggers are expected to write good stuff about the products they’re… Read More

  • Cingular 3125 Launch Party Video

    Looks like Gizmodo got more footage of another raucous party held in honor of a small piece of plastic and some wires. Boom-shaka-laka-ActivSync! Look for friend of CG, Vince, cursing his Vienna sausage at the end. HTC 3125 Launch Party in New York: Enjoy the Decadence [Gizmodo] Read More

  • So You Think Your IBM Will Explode…

    Head on over to Lenovo’s handy idenfication page to figure out if your shiz is going to fizzle all over your pants or not. IBM and Lenovo sold these Sony batteries in systems listed below between February 2005 and September 2006. Customers who bought one of the following systems may have a battery subject to this recall: * ThinkPad R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e)
    * ThinkPad T… Read More

  • Meet-up Update


    Sorry for posting so much on the Meet-up but we’re trying to figure out the best way to gather invites and let our venue know how many are coming. If you’re in New York on October 13 and want to get free stuff and free booze—and don’t want to dig around the Grand Central Station trash cans to get it—head over to our Mollyguard site which lets you buy… Read More

  • Parrot MINIKIT Friday Giveaway

    , a hands-free Bluetooth in-car or desktop speaker set. The MINIKIT has stereo speakers, voice recognition, and is about as big as a pack of cards, which means you can hop in the car and put your phone down on the seat instead of putting on a dumb headset like King Pompadour of the Bluetooth Tribe. We’ll accept emails until Monday morning at 9am EST, so get cracking. Read More

  • BenQ Mobile Phone Division Bankrupt

    Looks like BenQ’s attempt at hitting the Euro-America cellphone market is a dud. BenQ Mobile is closing its doors and laying off 3,000 employees. Apparently the company made no money, burned through initial investments like a cokehead with a year-end bonus, and is now dead. But the problems started almost immediately. BenQ invested €840 million in the mobile phone project only to… Read More

  • Name that Squid: Closer and Closer

    We’ll be closing the voting at 3pm EST today, so vote early and often. Read more about the contest here, but the submitter of the best name will win a T-Mobile Trace. Roar! [poll=2] Read More

  • Ajax-y New Webmail from Apple

    and little else. That said, it appears they’re going to create an Ajax-ified .mac mail with, get this, multiple mailboxes. This is immensely useful and essentially a network-based version of iMail, which I use and love. I was reading a bit in Wired – The Magazine that Parties Like It’s 1999! – about Microsoft and their Live Windows initiative, which is basically… Read More

  • Next UPMCs: Less Sucktastic (??)

    So far UMPCs have been fairly silly — they’re small, cute, and useless — but the next generation should be much better. They promise. Intel, for example, is showing off a Yahoo-branded UMPC that includes a Core Solo processor for increased battery life. They’re also expecting embedded GPS and wireless as well as cellular networking through Sierra Wireless and… Read More

  • White and Nerdy

    Clearly, this is a slow news day. Top 10 Weird All Videos [Srobbin] Read More

  • ESPN Mobile: Game Over

    Bloops. I guess we missed this news earlier. Looks like ESPN Mobile is officially closed and if you’re a subscriber you can use your ESPN phone until the end of the year but you won’t have ESPN mobile to push around anymore. The company has signed up only tens of thousands of subscribers since it launched the service in late 2005 and began advertising early this year, with… Read More

  • New York Meet-up Reminder

    Hop on over to the Meet-Up Page to RSVP. We’re going to hold it on October 13th – Friday the 13th, actually – due to a scheduling conflict and we’re lining up sponsors and giveaways as we speak. It’s turning out to be a great little event. Please join us. Read More

  • PepperPad 3 Quick Look

    Hopefully the lighting will be better on this one. Here’s a quick video of the PepperPad 3 in all her glory. I know folks didn’t like the original Pads, but I have no problems with this one. It’s an Internet tablet, plain and simple, and inifinitely hackable thanks to Linux. Read More

  • PepperPad 3 Hands-On


    The PepperPad 3 is a kitchen computer. Unlike previous versions, and multiple tablets that litter the slate-form-factor fields of battle, it’s not trying to be anything more than a handy device for looking up a recipe or two, listening to some Internet radio and maybe popping on a little prerecorded daytime TV or some in-bathroom web browsing. Read More

  • ESPN Mobile: First Half, Score 0-0

    Looks like the world’s least popular MVNO is headed for some big changes. While there won’t be a massive layoff and shuttering, ESPN mobile will probably be sold or wound down and phased out. Experts expect it to sell in the $300-$400 million range – not to shabby for a MVNO with four subscribers, three of whom are the CEOs parents. MVNOs are a tough nut to crack because… Read More

  • Cellphone Accessories: Stop the Press!

    . If I left anything out, please add some comments describing your favorite smartphone gear and maybe we can create a meta-commenting thread on the already meta-roundup I wrote. Dressing Smartphones for Success [NYTimes] Read More