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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  • gPhone Madness contest over on Monday

    Because of all the server futzing I’m extending the gPhone Madness contest until Monday at 12pm eastern. Feel free to vote, enter, and do whatever over the weekend but remember that it ends Monday. Read More

  • 1.1.2 iPod Touch firmware jailbroken

    Yawn. It’s not even a challenge any more. A few hours after its unofficial release — seriously, this firmware isn’t even out yet and it’s already broken — haxors have jailbroken it, peed inside its Media folder, and used the built in security as a hand towel. No details yet, but soon. 1.1.2 iPod touch Jailbroken–before its official release! [TUAW] Read More

  • Bluetooth funnies: How very Sienfeldian It’s a weird day here at CG central — Pha’s laptop is breaking, Nicholas is out gallivanting, and I’m getting migraines — so here’s a cute clip from Curb Your Enthusiasm for you to enjoy while I poke my eye out with an icepick just to stop the pain. Read More

  • West Coast writer wanted

    CrunchGear, long a haven for liberal East Coast wonks (except for Hickey), is now looking for a charming and personable hippie from San Francisco thereabouts to become the latest addition to our already bloated and bloviating group either as an Intern or full-time writer. Do you have what it takes to write about tech for hours on end? Take pictures of electronics? Pretend to know everything… Read More

  • UK iPhone launche is a madde house

    Meanwhile, back in London, throngs of polite men in bowler hats are mobbing Carphone Warehouse and O2 stores to pick up the latest in Cool Britannia, the iPhone. Look at them all! They’re all very small, actually. Microscopic. Yes, fine. No one is thronging anything out in Blighty. It’s just another day for these blokes. Whereas us morons will line up for a Leopard release, the… Read More

  • Verizon Fashion Show: A circle of Hell or a good time with free mojitos?

    You’re a young model, trying to make it in the city. Maybe Kansas wasn’t the place for you. Maybe your peers didn’t understand you. You liked fashion and acting and you were pretty hot and skinny and you thought “Hey, screw the 1st Baptist Church Christmas pageant. My friend Drew lives in New York, someplace called Williams Burg and he said I could stay with him and maybe… Read More

  • Video rental in iTunes (??)

    strings is a great Linux tool. You run it and it burps up all of the coherent strings of text in a file. Even ran it against the new iTunes and found: rental-content rental-bag rbsync source-rental-info dest-rental-info Which seems to suggest some sort of video rental stuff coming up soon. It could also suggest some sort of vestigial functionality from iTunes 1.1 when Steve, during a… Read More

  • Live from the UK iPhone Launch

    The one guy in the UK who has one. They went all Lord of the Flies on him after this picture was taken. Only a few more hours until the folks in the Aulde Countree get to buy their O2-empowered iPhones. The phones go on sale at 6:02am — O2, get it — and TC UK editor Mike Butcher was kind enough to take a few photos of the fairly tame line. Apparently the crowd ate crisps and and… Read More

  • How to fix an iPod that won't boot, revisited

    Hey, NY Times visitors: if you’re looking for the iPod fix-it article, you’ve come to the right place. Click here to read the full article and thanks for visiting. Read More

  • OS X=Win98

    I was browsing the Interwebs this evening when I found this funny example of extremely misguided marginalia. Join me in pouring a snifter of brandy, sitting down in a well-worn leather club chair, and chuckling noiselessly even as my morphine-addicted wife rages around the house calling for our dead son. Some people are so benighted! For a paper that I’m working on about technology and… Read More

  • V-Bot transforming robot review

    Give me your virgins! Back in the olden days, when toy engineers had little to work with, transforming robots were pretty stationary. You always wanted them to transform automatically. In fact, you even added your own sound effects. [audio:tf.mp3] Now, however, you can have your own freaky transforming robot that actually transforms — and does the Hustle — by itself. Read More

  • The Stripping Weather Girl Weather Station brings us one step closer to God

    When a man becomes preeminent he’s expected to have enthusiasms. What are mine? What draws my admiration? What is that which gives me joy? Weather stations featuring LCD clip art of sexy women in states of undress. Why? They are beautiful, charming, and refuse to comply with the color/grayscale world in which we live. They strip down to bikinis when its warm and dress up &mdash… Read More

  • Steve Ballmer says something absolutely horrible about Android! Read on to see what it is!

    Man. Google can’t get a break. First Nokia and Symbian are all like “POOOP!” and then Steven F is like “Weener!” and then the WSJ is like “WOMP STUPID WOMP” and Peter Ha is all like “I need to go to the bathroom” and I’m all like “Post!” Anyway, Steve Ballmer says: “Well of course their efforts are just some words… Read More

  • gPhone Madness: The creepiest entry to date

    The gPhone madness contest is still going strong. Remember to vote early and often for your favorite entrants and that we also count comments in the judging. Rich sends us his entry, a really freaking creepy idea involving social data mining and facial recognition. The Playa’s Bible web service is linked to Open Social for data mining, The guy takes a picture of a young lady in a local… Read More

  • Interview with the guy who got the Zune tattoo

    Tiago at Gadgetizer decided, for some reason, to interview Steven Smith, the guy who got the Zune tattoo and wants to change his name to Microsoft Zune. I’d probably get an iPod tattoo if someone paid me enough, but Mr. Zune nee Smith seems to be working at a whole other Piggly Wiggly. Why does he love the Zune so much? Then I read about Microsoft hatching up a new PMP and I read… Read More

  • Amazing history of Atari

    Bored this afternoon? Boss out of the office? Grab some coffee and read through this fascinating history of Atari from 1971 to 1977. This is a 20-pager, so rock some emulators to get you in the mood before digging in. The History of Atari: 1971-1977 [GamaSutra] Read More

  • Skiboot flask: Because there's no better place to get trashed than on an icy mountain

    We like to drink. In fact, we’re all drunk right now. However, I, personally, rarely drink on the ski slopes simply because I’m afraid of hitting trees, babies, and the ground. If you’re a better skier/snowboarder than I am, however, feel free to pick up the Bakoda Flask Pack, a flask system that connects right onto your boot binding, ensuring you can get nice and toast on… Read More

  • Stevenf: "Android is bullpoop and you're dumb, Google"

    My, if this isn’t the day of Google backlash. While we’re not highly keen on the whole Android idea as it stands, Steven Frank thinks it’s garbage: A 34-company committee couldn’t create a successful ham sandwich, much less a mobile application suite. It’s going to be some half-baked turd undoubtedly based on GPE since that’s, you know, better than… Read More

  • Symbian: "Android's stupid and for babies and dumb heads."

    How did I miss LOLBOTS? Nokia and Symbian were behind school yesterday and Nokia was smoking cloves and Symbian was reading some book and then Nokia as all like “Did you see what Google did?” and Symbian was like “Uh huh Whatdafuk?” and Nokia was all like “Garr garrr I’m Androad” and Symbian was all like “I’m Anchoad” and then… Read More

  • Gphone madness: contest entries keep rolling in

    Here’s the deal: in order to celebrate the non-release of the gPhone, we’re asking you, our dear readers, to offer up some potential applications for the Android platform. They can be silly, smart, or stupid. Take this one, for example: Here’s an idea for an open source Gphone application that could make you a little cash: Turn your cell phone into a traffic camera. As you… Read More