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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  • Unky Walt on cellphone locking: Amen, brother

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 Oh, Walt Mossberg, thank you for taking up the cause. While I’m absolutely positive that his words will fall on deaf ears. The subsidy model that most carriers use to offer FREE RAZR PHONES After rebate and 2-year-contract and 2 pints of blood is archaic but beloved by Joe and Sally Consumer. Expensive phones are oddly… Read More

  • Want to work for the MPAA? Send them an email

    Are you an out-of-work hacker angry at the world/some guy from TorrentSpy who wouldn’t let you do some ridiculous ad thing? Want to make over $4,999? Then send the MPAA an email. They’ll pay you $5,000 for secret information about TorrentSpy (Hacker: “They use PHP and Apache.” Hollywood: “Is that special code for stealing movies?” Hacker: “Yes.”). Read More

  • Strange iPhone tricks: Installer.app shows up automagically?


    I don’t know what happened, but on or around last Wednesday afternoon my iPhone got sick and hiccuped up Installer.app in the 1.1.1 firmware. Here’s what happened. I installed 1.1.1 last week had been using for a few days. I installed Installer.app by hand, just copying it via SCP to the iPhone’s Applications folder. It didn’t show up, as was expected, and I… Read More

  • I moved


    Hey, all. Just a quick note to say that I moved and that if you are a PR person or person of interest or an non-enemy combatant please drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com if you need my new address. Otherwise, I recommend that no one move, ever, and that you all stay put no matter how much garbage piles up around you. Seriously. Moving sucks the left one. Read More

  • Break out the bad Star Wars graphics, iPhone 1.1.1 unlocked

    If you’re planning on buying a new iPhone, feel free to update to 1.1.1. You can do the anti-AT&T nasty all by your lonesome thanks to a new version of AnySIM. Remember: if you’ve unlocked your older iPhone then you might have some issues until the Dev Team figures out how to return your phone to its virgin state. If you used iPhoneSIMFree, however, you’re golden… Read More

  • Apple picks Orange in France


    Told vous so. Press release Read More

  • iPhone SDK at MacWorld will make us all happier than we've ever been

    If the LX hadn’t come along I’d still be fondling my iPhone with a manic intensity. But after updating to 1.1.1 and fearing for my life and my $400, I was almost about to relegate the phone to the drawer of failed cellphones. I liked my third-party apps. I really did. Well, it seems that the iPhone will have an SDK and it will be fabulous. Tentantively expected at… Read More

  • Sean Captain's photoset of Nakano Broadway: Naked dolls FTW, NSFW


    Japanese graduation caps Those Japanese! Always up to something. If they’re not texting on their superphones or inventing the Walkman, they’re watching women ejaculate rubber phalli and collecting naked schoolgirl dolls giving each other Gyno 101 exams. Witness the glory of Nakano Broadway, the new Akihabara or Electronic Town. Akihabara is kind of cashed — nothing there… Read More

  • T-Mobile, Treo get popped by iPhone sales


    Ceci n’est pas un iPhone According to NPD, current iPhone owners are three times more likely to have owned a Sidekick — after you see the LX you’ll probably just go back to the Sidekick, BTW — and that T-Mobile was the hardest hit during the initial wave of defections. When it comes to carrier switching, Alltel and T-Mobile took the biggest hit from Apple and… Read More

  • Chinese Bittorrent 50X faster than ours, but you feel hungry again thirty minutes after downloading


    These men had last
    night’s Heroes on Sunday China’s Blin.cn bittorrent service lets you download and preview something like season six of 24 in just a few minutes while our Bittorrent and network systems enable you to sit on your hands for 4 days until you download an ISO of Palm Desktop for Windows 95. Is this fair? This little lumpkin of info comes from an interview with Kaiser… Read More

  • iPhone does not kill fawn pee pees, you


    I put a call into Apple yesterday but I couldn’t get anyone but it looks like Macworld beat me to the punch anyway. Here is what Apple had to say about the Greenpeace video that circulated yesterday suggesting that the iPhone contained PVC and BFRs, two products that could make you lose your ween. “Like all Apple products worldwide, iPhone complies with RoHS [Restriction of… Read More

  • Symbian S60 Touch interface: Durrrr

    Durrr… Hi. I’m a phone manufacturer/mobile OS programmer. Durrr… urm…. durr. Hold on. I just had to make pasgetti. So I sawed a man in the Apel stor who had a cool fone called the apelphone. it had a big screen… ICE CREAM!… and it was touch swansitive. You could move your finger on the screen like you were pushing boogers off of the screen and he had a boogie… Read More

  • YouTube/Google will destroy your piracy

    Be warned, people who videotape and then post 2 minute videos from the Hannah Montana show — Google is on to you. You may think your your mash-up of Sophie’s Choice and Chocolate Rain (see above) was fair use, but that stuff is somebody’s hard work and dedication and those people are human. Google will now terminate the accounts of repeat infringers, ensuring they are banished… Read More

  • iPhone will kill you, fawn pee pees

    Bromine! PVCs! Death-dealing substances! Yes, friends, the iPhone isn’t so green after all. According to Greenpeace, the iPhone contains a number of chemicals that most cellphone manufacturers have already gotten rid of including bromine, PVCs, and toxic phthalates. Best of all? While many geeks believed the iPhone would get them laid, some chemicals in the headphone cables may… Read More

  • Sidekick LX quick look

    Oh boy. The LX just landed in my mailbox today. Here are some pictures to tide you over while I try to get it activated and working for my review. My initial impression is that it’s not much different than the SK3 except for the screen, which is quite glorious. It’s a bit darker but very readable and the OS is much peppier than the SK3. Best of all it includes Bob’s Journey… Read More

  • Jailbreak your Touch with a touch of GUI

    13-year-old AriX wrote a GUI for jailbreaking the iPod Touch. That’s right — no more typing in weird commands and staring into space as your device gets bricked. I haven’t tested the product, but it looks to be fairly complete. Give it a go and let us know how it works. iJailbreak [for macintel]
    touchFree [for Windows]
    via TUAW Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $99 30GB Zune

    Want to join the social? Are you poor? Then head over to Woot RIGHT NOW to pick up a 30GB refurbished Zune for $99.99 + $5 shipping. It won’t be as cool as a new iPod Nano or even a broken record player from the thrift store, but at least it will have 30GB of storage and could be brown. Sale Page Read More

  • Microsoft to launch Microsoft Communications Server: Watch out, PBX salespeople

    If you’ve ever worked in IT you’ll know there are two disparate and potentially competing technologies in the server room. First, there are all the IP servers — web, mail, porn, terabytes of video storage hidden by the sysadmins at 4am — and the “phone closet,” a dusty corner of a creepy closet somewhere near the guy who smells where the voice mailboxes… Read More

  • Inappropriate baby Halloween costumes, volume one


    Sure, you love your kids, but wouldn’t it be great if they had axes sticking out of their heads? Absolutely! Specter Studios offers this classy baby hat for your wee one’s Halloween escapades. Just remember: what you do now will scar them for the rest of their lives. I Think I Can Top The Haha Gross-Out Baby Costumes By Specter Studios [Daddytypes] Read More

  • LucidTouch: See-through UIs come to life

    I’m really having trouble with this video. I don’t think this whole idea — essentially the transparent devices we’ve seen before in patent filings — would ever really take off simply because this seems like a solution looking for a problem. See, there is a camera on the back of the device and a front touch screen. The camera senses your hand position and relays… Read More