John Biggs

Biggs is a contributor for TechCrunch. He 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](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs).

Disclosures: John is an unpaid advisor to Riffle, a social books platform. John is CEO of Freeport Mobile, Inc. Bre Pettis, formerly of Makerbot, is an investor.

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  • zBoost YX300 zP zPersonal Repeater Kit: Bad cell reception be gone

    I just found out about a site called RepeaterStore chock full of cell repeaters. These boxes essentially boost your cellular signal in a certain location, offering impressive improvements in reception. I reviewed the YX500 already but this smaller, personal model looks like it might have a little less unwieldily antenna than the YX500’s huge coaxial/antenna combo. In fact, the… Read More

  • INdependence rocks: 1.1.1 cracking in 10 minutes

    If you’re planning on upgrading your 1.0.2 iPhone to 1.1.1, use the iNdependence method found in the program’s help file. Compared to the tortured, laborious process I had to go through before, it’s a walk in the cake, so to speak. The process still requires you to downgrade and/or re-virginize your phone but it works great with a fresh, out-of-the-box model of any… Read More

  • Gateway 22/24-inch Monitors: I would like to receive a "What! What!" in due time

    You know it’s slow when we’re writing about Gateway HD Widescreen LCD displays, but here goes. The FHD2400 and HD2200 ($349.99) are to widescreen displays that work with most CE devices and has a cool EzTouch bezel with a bunch of sexy buttons. The 2200 has some 1000:1 contrast ratio going on, a 400 cd/m2 brightness, and 3ms refresh rate up in the hizouse as well. Read More

  • Sad clown: No cross Mail.app/iPhone transmission

    So maybe everything isn’t totally rosy in Leopard world. Apple promised we’d be able to sync notes from our iPhones to Mail.app but it turns out this is impossible. The new Mail.app has a sort of “Note to self” feature which is actually an email generated to look and act like a little note. The notes appear in your mailbox as a mail message, provided you’re not… Read More

  • Are we sending the full text feed of CG?

    RSS readers out there — are we now sending the full text feed? Read More

  • OMFG Leopard installed

    I stuck in the Leopard disk this afternoon and set it to install itself. When I came back a few hours later, my desktop was ready and waiting for me. It was a completely unattended installation. Now that it’s on my machine, I’ll be putting it through its various paces but let me assure you — even you doubters out there — OS X is getting better with every iteration and… Read More

  • Pleo as a lamb

    Pleo is a little robotic dinosaur by UGOBE that responds to touch, light, and sound. Well, the folks at UGOBE decided to wrap it in fur and see if it still responded to stimuli. Apparently it did and now they have a weird furry dinosaur to play with. What won’t those kids think of! Interview with on the upcoming Pleo SDK [Robotsrule] Read More

  • Email flight simulator: When drugs aren't enough

    WHAT IF THERE WAS A PLACE BEYOND YOUR IMAGINATION? I probably wouldn’t imaging a freaking email program that simulates a LAX and assigns a jumbo jet to all of your emails. “Email meets flight sim. In Level 2 of 3D Mailbox, each of your emails is represented by a jumbo jet. Based on the country of origin/destination, over 80 national airlines are employed, along with thousands of… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: ScottEVest Secret Sale

    We like our SeV so, in order to share our love, we’d like to mention their secret sale going on now until monday. Their Fleece 4.0 jacket is $100 and their 237D Jacket/Vest is $98. Not a big deal, but it might be a good chance to check them out for cheap. Trust us. You won’t look as douchey as this guy here. Read More

  • Americans say the darndest things: Government should control web video, no to brain implants


    463 Communications and Zogby International ran a poll asking Americans what they thought of the Internet. The results, obviously, are not surprising. First, 24% found that the Internet could replace their sig. other, which is just fine. The Internet, for example, has already replace my aunts and uncles. It’s only a matter of time before it replaces Maw Maw and Pap Pap. Some other… Read More

  • Mossberg reviews Leopard, I wanna review Leopard!

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 :( Read More

  • Introducing CrunchGear BFF

    We here at CrunchGear were thinking. We do that infrequently, preferring to allow our reptilian forebrains to react quickly and forcefully to stimuli. But we ended up thinking and we wanted to offer a forum or message board but didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing. After snapping at a passing fly, we decided to create BFF, a blog-like entity that lets you, the reader, post… Read More

  • Site issues


    Not sure what’s going on but we’re getting pretty regular site failures today. We’ll keep you posted. Read More

  • CG Exclusive: Samsung F700-variant coming to Verizon


    Don’t ask us when or where or how we know this, but Samsung’s much-drooled-after F700 will be hitting Verizon (so, yes, a CDMA version, which is smaller we’ve been told), probably by year’s end. As Peter Ha said so eloquently, I WANT THIS PHONE! It has a fullscreen touchscreen and fold-out QWERTY keyboard. Read More

  • Sidekick LX review

    I have a thing for the iPhone, if you couldn’t tell. But before I drank the Kool-Aid, I was a Sidekick man. What does it mean to be a Sidekick man? It means you give up a lot to get great email and instant messaging services and few, if any, third-party applications and very little freedom. Huh. Kind of like the iPhone, except without the messaging. So when I got the LX last week, I… Read More

  • CrunchGear Introduces BFF

    All of us over at CG wanted a forum just like the TC forums but we wanted to try to do things a bit differently. Enter CrunchGear Best Friends Forever, a sideblog that enables you, our potential and actual readers, to talk back, respond to posts, and generally try your hand at blogging so we can drink more Tab and watch daytime TV. If you’re so inclined, head over to CrunchGear BFF and… Read More

  • iPhone re-virginizer released, iFuntastic now works: God, these guys are good

    Another day, another iPhone hack. This one returns your iPhone to its pristine, pre-1.1.1/AnySIM/hacked state, allowing you to upgrade slowly and methodically to 1.1.1 and unlock your iPhone sans drama. Amazing work. Oh, and popular Jailbreak/modding app iFuntastic now works with 1.1.1. Anything else you guys need? Maybe an iPhone finger condom? Download Page via TUAW Read More

  • iPhone better than ground control, National Weather Service

    Readers at FlyerTalk are outraged at the new iPhone commercial featuring a pilot who uses his iPhone to check the weather and inform the control tower that things were clearing up and he should be able to fly. I’m actually getting kind of tired of these “real person” ads, actually. Not sure why, but they don’t sit right with me. Oh well. Now you’ll know what… Read More

  • Tickle Me Elmo 2

    Not to be a nerd, but look at how fluidly this thing moves. Amazing work, especially on a toy. [Thanks, Orli!] Read More

  • Mac sales up, PCs are stupid and dumb


    Hot ladies love the Apple! Hey, stupid Windows users, look at us! Wheeee! We’re high on the hog! Livin’ off the fatta the land! We’re riding the peace train all the way to funky town because Apple sales are up 34 percent and many of those were sales to new Mac users. In your FACE Vista! WOOOOT! Although this won’t affect our lives in any way. It’s actually just… Read More