John Biggs

John Biggs is a writer, consultant, programmer, and the East Coast Editor for TechCrunch and runs Freemit. He writes mainly about technology, security, gadgets, gear, wristwatches, and the internet. After spending four years as an IT programmer, he switched his profession and became a full-time journalist. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Laptop, PC Upgrade, Surge, Gizmodo, Men’s Health, InSync, Linux Journal, Popular Science, Sync, and he has written a book called Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age.

John Biggs is currently East Coast Editor of TechCrunch.com and he runs the BWL family of blogs, SlushPile.net, Audiomonger, and WristWatchReview.com. He also runs the HourTime Podcast with Ariel Adams at hourtimeshow.com. Born in 1975, he currently resides in New York, N.Y.

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  • Case manufacturers and potential new MacBooks: Canaries in coalmines?

    Every few Keynotes we get emails from case manufacturers encouraging us to keep an eye open for new case designs. For example, one designer told us today that they would be ready to ship on Friday “if Steve Jobs announces a new laptop.” While we know this is more conjecture and making-up-stuff-ure, looks like the first folks to be hit by a hardware refresh — case… Read More

  • Microsoft re-releases Bluetooth mouse, now with more Apple

    Not sure if this is cynical ploy to convince Mac users to buy MS mice or just a bit of marketing pre-MacWorld, but I’m happy to report that Microsoft’s Notebook Mouse is now the Notebook Mouse for Mac. It’s basically the same Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 laser mouse they launched last year but this one comes in a sexy Mac-esque package. The white and silver design… Read More

  • MacWorld 2008: Anticipation

    http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php?option=com_altcaster&task=altcastreminder&altcast_code=3b373b293e Alright, Macbois, get your Mac hats out and fire up your Duos because this is going to be a red hot one. What will it be? The Air? The WiBook? The ZunePod? We don’t know and neither does anyone else. But all we know is that Hickey and Peter Ha will be in place tomorrow at… Read More

  • CinematicTitanic = MST3K++

    Joel Hodgson and the rest of the MST3K crew are back and it looks like they’re better than ever. They’ve started a new movie-make-funning-of troupe called CinematicTitanic and they’re selling DVDs — and will soon sell downloads — of their episodes for about $15. I just picked up the first DVD, the The Oozing Brain and I look forward to laughing until I wet… Read More

  • Attn SimulScribe: Don't do crack, it's a ghetto drug


    SimulScribe, a provider of voicemail-to-text services, must be smoking the nasty because they just put out a press release that sounds like something out of a “Poor PR Tactics 101.” It seems Paul Giamatti got into an accident in a cab. He was standing next to a SimulScribe advertisement, looking sad. Then SimulScribe decided to give him and his family and the taxi driver whose cab… Read More

  • China Mobile wants nothing to do with iPhone


    iPhone? Not iPhone? China Mobile was all like “No thanks, Apple” in talks about bringing the Apple iPhone to China. No reason was given for the break in negotiations but Bloomberg suspects it was the 20 to 30 percent of data fees Apple asks for each iPhone subscription. This does not rule out “further cooperation” but who really cares? China has plenty if iPhone… Read More

  • A charming new Skype scam

    I hate it when people call or chat with me on Skype randomly. I know some people use this opportunity to share stories of their native lands and to brush up on their English, but I use it as opportunity to share pictures of the Lemon Party (don’t search for it. Trust me.) This, however, is a wonderful new method of getting attention by spamming thousands of accounts with fake spyware… Read More

  • Pleo dies for our sins


    Pleo, everyone’s favorite animatronic dinosaur, has been completely disassembled by iFixIt, leading to a rending of clothes and gnashing of teeth up and down the “cuteness corridor” that runs from San Jose to Cleveland. IFixIt, the guys who taught us all how to open our MacBooks and get at the juicy innards, decided to cut down Pleo as a lark. It makes me cry just to look at… Read More

  • Game characters in real life


    Well this is pretty funny. Gamerhelp as built a top-ten list of game characters and their real-life counterparts. While the picture of Blanka/Carrottop is hilarious, I think this image says it all. GamerHelp Read More

  • Crunch Network

    On Gizmodo's douchery and blogging

    I didn’t want to weigh in on this because I know all the parties involved, I used to run Gizmodo, and I understand the impetus behind this prank. This is a nasty hack performed by punchy, hungover kids that, as we see, got the CE world’s attention. Will Gizmodo be banned? Nope. Nothing will happen, this tempest will die down, and next year someone will buy some electrical… Read More

  • Saddest CES Meatball/Hush Puppy Name Award goes to…

    After much deliberation, we have decided to award the best CES Meatball/Hush Puppy Name Award to young Eric for his entry “Danny’s Glans.” While simply saying “Danny Glans” would have been far more comedically valuable, his contribution to our daily lexicon here at the show is immeasurable and simply mentioning Danny Glans in our company wrought gales of laughter… Read More

  • Ummm… WTF

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Read More

  • CES so far: Penn cracks us up, we see ladies

    Well, LG undouched itself, we interviewed iRobot’s Colin Angle, and we took tasteful pictures of the ladies of CES. We’re tired, hung over, and we had a great meet-up with a few cool guys (Say “Hi!” to the inmates for us, Paul!) at the Monte Carlo. We’re happy. Sony’s medium-sized OLED TV is gorgeous
    Hands on with Nyko’s slew of gaming accessories
    CES… Read More

  • LG undouches itself in two short days: The LG Watch/Phone concept photographed

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    I’m all for companies protecting their intellectual property and I respect embargoes and NDAs. But when companies hide their precious, yelling at you about taking pictures of things in plain sight it pisses me off. Well, Matt and Devin stopped by the LG booth today and, surprise, the super secret watch was ready for them to photograph. All… Read More

  • CG's CES Highlights: We talk to Penn Jillette and iRobot's Colin Angle, Fondle the LimePC

    Some of the best posts we made this week involved real “reporting” involving “interviews” and “actually talking to humans” — go figure! Today Matt and Devin sat down with magician and atheist Penn Jillette and I spoke with iRobot’s CEO Colin Angle about the future of iRobot and personal robotics. In hardware news, we took a gander at the LimePC… Read More

  • CG Exclusive: Samsung launches F490, Croix UI phone with touchscreen, sadly Europe-only

    [photopress:F490.jpg,full,center] The uber-hot F490, an Armani-like touchscreen GSM phone with front VGA camera and back 5-megapixel camera just dropped in Europe today for about 500 euros. The F490 has Google Search built-in and uses the Croix UI with haptic feedback and includes a standard 3.5mm jack for audio playback. Expect it on Euro carriers in the next few months and, sadly, not here for… Read More

  • iRobot CEO Colin Angle talks about the future of robotics

    Early in Colin Angle’s blogger round-table today, he recounted the story of Packbot, their first military robot. iRobot sent a team to Afghanistan in 2002 where they showed soldiers how to use and manage the new Packbot robot, a self-righting, remote controlled surveillance bot designed to enter a room or cave so soldiers don’t have to. Read More

  • CES could leave Las Vegas, pigs take to the air


    NBC is posting that CES will leave Las Vegas, which is like saying the Pope will leave Rome. Las Vegas’ 31st International Consumer Electronics Show could be one of its last, organizers said Monday, saying they believe they can get a cheaper deal elsewhere. As I said before, CES is losing value as a venue for announcing technology. It is a trade fair where vendors and buyers meet to… Read More

  • Dressing the Magic colthes (TM)

    The winner of best Engrish in a CES booth goes to… Read More

  • CES Today: Will the madness never end?

    We’re all a bit hungover today so we’re busy milling around snapping photos of booth babes and finding whatever hidden gems we may have missed over the last few days. In the meantime check out the above video. It basically sums up how we all feel. CES 2008: Belkin’s Podcast Studio: You know, for podcasters
    Look out Eee, a $399 tiny laptop from Everex is afoot
    CES 2008… Read More