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 and he runs the BWL family of blogs,, Audiomonger, and He also runs the HourTime Podcast with Ariel Adams at Born in 1975, he currently resides in New York, N.Y.

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  • Charging an iPod with an onion and Gatorade

    How do you do, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and teachers? My name is some guy with an iPod and an onion and physics is my business and our very special business for today is electrolytes and onions. Man, Julius Sumner Miller was the bomb. [Thanks, James!] Read More

  • Wi-Fi causing autism?

    According to a study by Dr. George Carlo in Australasian Journal of Clinical Environmental Medicine, the signals emitted by Wi-Fi routers cause metals to be trapped in brain cells, thereby accelerating the onset of autism. I’m not quite sure how Wi-Fi singnals are the significant culprits here — unless they have 50 kids in faraday cages with 802.11G routers strapped to their… Read More

  • BFF Call for Help: 720p VS. 1080p The Rumble in the Television Jungle

    Over the past couple months I’ve been shopping the Sunday paper and internet ads for a new LCD TV. Currently I have a 25″ Magnavox TV that I bought with paper route money in 1993. It has a single coax input. It’s time to get something new, I don’t watch a lot of TV, I haven’t had cable in 8 years, and I don’t play a lot of games (I have a PS1 and will school any… Read More

  • Exmocare Watch spies on the elderly and mentally deficient, reports on their state of mind

    [Hippy dippy la la la BS about some sort of galvanic watch that watches your vital signs and that will never be released] he U.S. Company Exmocare has developed a novel wristwatch, which is capable of monitoring many physiological signals. The watch can send a report regarding the wearer’s emotional and physiological state to a loved one or caretaker, via email, SMS, or instant messaging. Read More

  • Canon 5D Mark II immenent, prepare laser cannons

    Ho ho ho! All of you folks looking for the 5D Mark II might be pleasantly surprised to find out that Capture One added the camera to their website’s error reporting page, suggesting that someone had lunch with someone at Canon maybe like last week and that someone heard that other someone say “Yeah, don’t put the 5D Mark II on your site yet, dude. God. The waitress is… Read More

  • WTF?

    WTF? via Giz Japan [Warning: Do not watch the entire thing] Read More

  • Slow news day: USB Cross

    What happens when there is no news to post? We post about Brando shipping the USB Cross. Now this is not to be confused with the Crux Orthodoxa USB hub or the My Puffy Jesus Lens Cleaner and Mobile Phone Charm, but at least now you can keep the most holy books of the Western canon nestled warmly near your breast where Gods love will shine out not in waves but in on/off signals on a… Read More

  • Ye Olde Gadgete Bullshittery

    You, too, can look like a pasty, bloated pub-lout with rosacea. Ahh, I love these little round-ups of fake gadgets that took the world by storm. Not surprisingly Wired didn’t add Scientology’s E-Meter dead-alien-soul-dectector system but they did mention the Tesla watch, bullshit++, and the Q-Ray bracelet that my mom actually wears and which makes no specific medical claims. After… Read More

  • Ibiza Rhapsody quick look

    I have a Haier washing machine. It works really well and it used to fit exactly into a small closet in our previous apartment so we could hide it from the landlords. What I never expected to see, however, is a Haier wireless MP3 player. See, Haier is a Chinese company that is something of a success story. They took an Asian brand and made good-quality home appliances for the US market and did… Read More

  • 300 rounds per minute of pure shot-gun fun!

    Hey, Blackwater mercenaries! Sidearms and M16s not fast enough for you during those inopportune moments when you mistake a woman and baby with a gun toting Islamo-fascist? Why not pick up the AA-12, the one way to send your quarry to his or her maker with no messy clean-up afterwords. An advanced lead delivery system, the Auto Assault-12 is perfect for close combat and those moments when you… Read More

  • Vodafone Germany sues T-Mobile over iPhone "monopoly"

    So that’s how they do business over in Germany. Vodafone has issue a “restraining order” against T-Mobile for offering exclusive phones that other carriers cannot have. Vodafone isn’t generally opposed to T-Mobile’s exclusivity contract with Apple, but wants to have these new sales practices examined, the spokesman said. The restraining order doesn’t aim at… Read More

  • Area-51 m17x and m15x: Mmmm… tasty

    These laptops are still in the pre-release stage but it looks like we’ll soon be able to rock out with Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme and dual 8800M NVIDIA graphics cards (m17x only) as well as a keyboard that looks like it came from outer space. Our own Peter Ha is heading down to take a look at these beasties as we speak so we’ll have some more photos in a bit. Read More

  • Microsoft's homosexual agenda will not be tolerated, pastel icons and nice desktop wallpaper featuring cast of London Cats an abomination

    Improve the community! Firestorms of shareholder angst! Steve Ballmer calls former football player a liar! Microsoft loves them some gays! What will Microsoft do? An advocate of a “biblical stance” against divorce and homosexuality, Mr Hutcherson, 55, is asking millions of evangelical activists, as well as Orthodox Jewish and other allies, to buy up Microsoft shares and demand… Read More

  • Server is eating it

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  • Apple is in yr IMEI, stealing yr stocks

    Uneasy silence has confirmed that Apple takes your IMEI — essentially your phone’s identifying number — every time you use the stocks application. While I’m sure this is just for purposes of — actually who knows why they do it. Most folks are suggesting that Apple is storing our stock picks somewhere in its hypergalactic vaults, which holds about as much water… Read More

  • Peter Ha's reign of bike terror has finally ended

    Well, folks, they caught him. Our own Peter Ha, aka Robert Stewart, was caught red-handed trying to have sex with a bicycle in Ayr, UK. Gail Davidson, prosecuting, told Ayr Sheriff Court: “They knocked on the door several times and there was no reply. “They used a master key to unlock the door and they then observed the accused wearing only a white t-shirt, naked from the waist… Read More

  • Y'all can get yore iPhone canceled out here, ayup

    Out in Clearwater, Florida, they know how to convince you to give up a mildly overpriced phone with a ravenous following and many cutting edge features: tell everyone to come on in here and get that thing cancelled! This sign seems to suggest that this Verizon store will “cancel” your iPhone and replace it with something even more exciting, like a Treo or a RAZR. Could this be true? Read More

  • Slide problems real says T-mo

    So the Sidekick Slide problem – shutting off for no reason – is real and it’s fabulous. T-mobile has suspended sales until further notice. Moto is working to fix the problem but Slide owners should visit T-mo stores for a fix. UPDATE: According to BGR, those of you with problematic Slides will be able to get upgraded to the LX at no additional cost. Nice! “We received… Read More

  • Boston CG Readers, come drink with us

    TechCrunch is having a post Meet-up party that I think us CGers can crash. Thrill to seeing Doug Aamoth drink four shots at once, one in each orifice. Exclaim in mild wonderment at my burgeoning beer gut. Drink for free. Huzzah! After Hours with TechCrunch: We’ve also decided to continue our social networking at a nearby pub when we’re done at The Estate at 11 pm. Please join us at… Read More

  • Android running on iPod Touch*

    * Note: this is actually just a bunch of screenshots of Android “cutted” from Engadget and shown on the Touch by some Belgian guy. This does not mean we can’t excite the heck out of you and then pull the rug out from under you, just like this post did to us when we first saw it and almost made wee wee from excitement. Share and share alike, I always say. Anyway, this… Read More