John Biggs

John Biggs is a writer, consultant, programmer, former East Coast Editor and current contributing writer for TechCrunch. 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.

He builds products, writes books, and consults with startups to help them make cool things.

John Biggs 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 Brooklyn, NY.

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  • CrunchDeals: New, from Brando, it's…

    An ASUS EEE PC car charger for $18. Might be useful, right? Product Page Read More

  • InterOffice takes up where the AirMail left off


    When the Air first dropped, a few designers got together to make the AirMail. We called it pretentious. What, then, do you think we’ll call the InterOffice? {democracy:25} Read More

  • FBI wants to see your tramp stamp

    Are you ready to show the FBI that tattoo you got in Key West when after you broke up with Celia and decided to go on a tear and get a tattoo disparaging both Celia and her mom? I sure don’t! It seems the FBI is planning a $1 billion, 10-year project to map identifying characteristics of millions of suspects, including palm prints, eye scans, and tattoo maps. Most of this data is… Read More

  • Why fight? Studios releasing on HD DVD and Blu-Ray

    It was bound to happen: the major studios are releasing videos in both formats and just letting the market shake things out — mostly in the direction of hybrid players. Ultimately, I think the question will become moot but until then, folks like Warner Bros (I Am Legend) and Universal (Charlie Wilson’s War) will release in both formats. I think the biggest decider will be… Read More

  • CrunchGear Barcelona Meet-up

    I’m headed to Barcelona tomorrow and will be rolling around the Catalonian country-side for a few days before MWC, which starts next Monday. I’d love to talk to start-up folk and/or fans in B-town and Girona. My number in Spain, thanks to the super-cool MaxRoam, will be +34957780732 and my SMS-only number will be +972543563127. I’m also available via email. I’d like to… Read More

  • iPhone-Codes says don't unlock your iPhone, we say pshaw

    This just in from a BFF poster: Unlocking the iPhone is getting popular in the undergrounds and AT&T is lossing millions dollars because of this activity. What with Jailbreak and Metasploit, people can now easily unlock their iPhones or tinker with their units. But there are a lot of reasons why you should not unlock your iPhone. http://www.iphone-codes.com says aside from the risk of… Read More

  • Unboxing the Apple //c

    What do you do when your first computer was an Apple //c and you find it on eBay, unopened, for $2,000? You unbox it, of course. Feast your eyes on this Flickr conflagration of red-hot //c unboxing pix including manuals, the 40/80 key, and a sense that damn, we’re all getting old. I actually agree with Joel at BBG about this: the Apple line from the 1980s was overpriced and, to my… Read More

  • The CrunchGear Presidential Primaries: We endorse SkyNet

    Your votes are in and it seems that SkyNet is the winner in the CrunchGear Presidential Primaries. Sadly, as we see in this video, SkyNet might not make it to the White House but I’m glad that CG’s audience believes a soulless killing machine is better than any single human candidate on the ticket this year. Read More

  • CG Spain Meet-up: The CG in Spain falls mainly in the plain

    I’m headed to Barcelona tomorrow and will be rolling around the Catalonian country-side for a few days before MWC, which starts next Monday. I’d love to talk to start-up folk and/or fans in B-town and Girona. My number in Spain, thanks to the super-cool MaxRoam, will be +34957780732 and my SMS-only number will be +972543563127. I’m also available via email. I’d like to… Read More

  • Android delayed, developer's challenge pushed back

    Don’t worry, guy who wants to make a Neko the Cat port for Android! There’s still time! Android has been delayed for a few weeks and the $10 million developer’s challenge will end on April 14, giving you plenty of time to get the mouse/cat interaction just right. We’d like to let you know that we are extending the submission deadline for the first Android Developers… Read More

  • Jawbone's viral videos: Ummm… OK

    You know what? I’m tired of viral video. Just by posting it here I fall into the trap and there’s really no way around it — it’s a win-win for the advertiser and makes us look like rubes. The story is this: formerly staid and upright Bluetooth headset maker seems to be trying to shed its boring, Star Trek image by making a bunch of silly viral videos, this one included. Read More

  • Motorola sneak peek from Mobile World Congress

    Looks like Moto is trying to tell us their new phones will have some hot TV action. No news yet on what they’re releasing, but I’ll be there in force to rock out to some electro beats with the Spaniards. Read More

  • MobileCrunch at MWC 2008

    I’m headed to Barcelona tomorrow and will be rolling around the Catalonian country-side for a few days before MWC, which starts next Monday. I’d love to talk to start-up folk and/or fans in B-town and Girona. My number in Spain, thanks to the super-cool MaxRoam, will be +34957780732 and my SMS-only number will be +972543563127. I’m also available via email. I’d like to… Read More

  • HOW TO stay a virgin this Valentine's Day

    So you’re in love. You decide not to get “store bought flowers or jewelry” for your lucky lover and instead make a fiber optic rose of the type found in .99 cent stores all up and down the Eastern Seaboard. This, in fact, is a poor decision and will not get you any play or even a call back. But that doesn’t matter, right guys? Because our objects of affection work in… Read More

  • Wrap your iPhone in crystal

    PowerSupport just launched a “crystal” (actually plastic) iPhone case that protects your precious and offers a unique little stand to keep her comfortably upright during long flights. The twee jacket includes a plastic front and back protective covering and costs $29.95. Best of all, there’s a little haiku on the page: Music can transcend.
    It’s what feeds the soul, spirit.
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  • Ships did not cut undersea cable

    Da-dunt! Da-dunt! Da-dunt! I can’t stand it/I know you planned it… Well, it seems ships didn’t break the network cable links to Egypt — now they’re suspecting submarines. Not sure what to make of this development and unless Islamo-fascists have access to undersea vehicles and care enough to keep the devleloping world from connecting to the Internet, I don’t… Read More

  • Skype plugin for Apple TV


    The brave new age of talking to your loved ones on the TV is finally here. Brandon Holland created a native Skype plugin for the Apple TV. It will take a bit of doing to get it on there, but it apparently lets you make calls and obtain your contact list. This plugin is basically an Apple TV front end for the Mac version of the Skype Application. It uses Skype’s powerful and well… Read More

  • 10 small good things you need for the big game


    Like most nerds, I don’t follow football. However, I do follow football-shaped slow cookers and boy, is this a doozy. It has three settings — warm, cook, and off — and it only costs $39.99. Don’t let the kids at it or they’ll be throwing a metal ball full of chicken wings across the room faster than you can say Bret Farve. Hit fosfor.com for 9 more gadgets. Read More

  • PMOG: It's what the kids like

    I reread this story about five times and I still don’t understand it. I’m sure Mike knows what’s up — he’s a level 50 dwarf tank in WoW — but I sure as heck don’t get it. PMOG, which is currently in private beta with 150 or so users, is a Firefox add-on that lets you interact with other users asynchronously on websites you visit. In some ways it is… Read More

  • OQO's massive QC failure and apology

    Fortunately and unfortunately us tech journos get pretty good technical support. We make a call to someone in company PR, they come and help us, and we rarely go through the hoops normal consumers face when they have a bum PC or printer (incidentally, I’m happy to escalate problems with products to the proper folks for CG readers. I’ve done it before on WWR for people who had… Read More