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 TechCrunch.com and he 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 New York, N.Y.

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  • Holiday Horror contest extended: Last day!

    I’ve been getting emails about the Holiday Horror contest complaining that folks can’t vote. To that end, I’m allowing you to post stories and vote/make comments until noon on Wednesday. Votes count the same as comments, so tell all your friends to post ribald, jolly comments to your post and I will generate scores for each post programatically. If you have entered the… Read More

  • Blancier custom watches introduces pilot model

    Blancier makes handmade watches to order. You go on their cool flash builder and you select a case, movement, face, and strap. Your piece is then hand-assembled and engraved. I have one and it’s quite striking. Well, now they have a pilot’s model with large, luminous numbers and a bright hands. It comes in 42mm or monstrous 55mm models. This model looks great on a leather strap… Read More

  • Win a Samsung G800 5-megapixel cameraphone


    Our close personal friends at JPG Magazine are holding a photo contest for aspiring shooters. All you have to do is upload a few cool photos by December 31st and we’ll help them pick a winners from the pool. This is a great opportunity to show of your photo skillz and get a very cool quad-band camera phone with 5-megapixel camera and 3X zoom. JPG Magazine is a community-created… Read More

  • Teutonic toilet seats can be a buzzkill

    http://www.ifilm.com/efp If we learn anything from foreign — this one is German — commercials it’s that a) foreign girls are hot b) ad agencies overseas couldn’t give two poops about the Moral Majority. But seriously: at what point in your clubbing career do you do blow off of a toilet seat. Video: Swedish German Self-Cleaning Ruins Cokehead’s Evening [BBG] Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Whither Palm?

    My dad is an inveterate pack-rat and when I was home this weekend I was going through a copy of Bon Appetit from 2001. Don’t ask me why. On the back page was an ad for the Handspring Visor. It showed the Visor in four configurations — phone, black and white camera, MP3 player, and I think GPS. Each of these features required a separate piece of hardware along with some software. Read More

  • December update bans XBoxen


    The second Y number is six — for monthly subscription savings! I haven’t seen much mention of this but it seems that the December update officially bans hardware modded XBoxes, resulting in sad clowns up and down the Eastern Seaboard. This involves the DVD-burner firmware hack that came out when the XBox was still new and exciting and I’m not going to admit to any… Read More

  • E3 back in LA, still no booth babes


    What do you think of the sell-through rate on Madden titles versus Take 2’s urban sports series? Miss? E3 was once the promised land for game geeks. In a huge hall in LA you could get and play games, watch scantily clad women who were vying for your attention, and generally feel like you were a plugged in member of an elite gaming force. Now, however, it’s going to be a big… Read More

  • iPhone in Japan: NTT DoCoMo?

    Rumors are a-flying that Steve met with NTT DoCoMo’s president, Masao Nakamura, about launching the iPhone in Japan. Although I was underwhelmed by Japan’s keitai offerings, I’m sure the iPhone will look like a charming anachronism to the average Tokyo-ite. He’s also talking to Softbank Corp., but I’d say it’s DoCoMo FTW in this one. Apple Meets With… Read More

  • An Interview with Neil Strauss of The Game: Foolproof pick-up gadgets

    For years, Rolling Stone writer Neil Strauss prowled concert halls, surrounded by women willing to do anything to get backstage, yet the only person who ever kissed him was Tommy Lee. He hung out with Motley Crue, toured with Marilyn Manson, and lived with Dave Navarro. He worked with Jenna Jameson. Hell, he appeared in one of her videos, but still couldn’t get a date.
    In 2003, he… Read More

  • CG Holiday Recommendation: Once


    . BTW – On the hill, when she looks up at him and says something in Czech? She’s saying “I love you.” Product Page Read More

  • HD Radi-who? An HD Radio Buyer's Guide makes HD radio actually look interesting

    I’m a satellite radio guy but that doesn’t mean I don’t listen to regular radio now and again. Thanks to HD radio, you can now listen to commercials, Soulja Boy, and commercials 24/7 in CD quality, ensuring you’ll never miss a song you’ve never really heard before but is apparently very popular as a ringtone and, as a result, gets played on terrestrial stations… Read More

  • Welcome to Smartphones Now 2007

    It’s that time of year again… Smartphones Now time! Smartphones Now is our annual discussion of all things smartphones and will detail the ins and outs of a turbulent and exciting year, a year eclipsed by an 800-pound gorilla and witness to some spectacular flame outs. This is a year of transition, a time when Apple redefined the market and Microsoft played catch-up. New interfaces… Read More

  • Jiggy: Roll yer own iPhone apps


    We just got a note about Jiggy, an IDE that lets you build and run Javascript apps right on your jailbroken iPhone. I installed it on my 1.1.2 iPhone and it seems to be working except I can’t save any files. If you’d like to add it to your phone, go into Installer.app — presuming you’ve already jailbroken your iFone — and add www.jiggyapp.com/i as a source. Then… Read More

  • Jiggy: An Easy Web-Based IDE for iPhones

    Now programming your iPhone is even easier thanks to Jiggy. Jiggy is a mini IDE that runs right on the iPhone, making it essentially OS agnostic. You do all the programming via a Web interface and you code in Javascript with a few Jiggy/iPhone native calls. The code is fairly straightforward (here’s ‘Hello World’) and you can even add your own icons to the iPhone UI. This… Read More

  • AllTell to offer Voice2TXT transcription service

    Visual voicemail, visual shmoisemail. Alltell wireless just launched Voice2TXT using SpinVox to transcribe users’ voicemail messages to text, ensuring that a simple message (“Pick me up at the airport, mom, it’s snowing!”) will turn into “PUCK ME UP THE ASHPORT [UNINTELLIGABLE] I LIKE BLOW.” Ok, it won’t be that bad, but I’ll be trying the… Read More

  • Dash Express finally shipping

    I’ve been following the Dash Express — the “flocking” GPS device that tells other Dash devices in its vicinity about traffic problems and can connect to WiFi to look up addresses — for over a year now and every time I’ve met with them they’ve been pushing back the ship date. Well, now you can pre-order the Dash Express for $599 and will ship in February. Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    The week started out with a roar as Matt broke the news that American Airlines would be offering free wi-fi on its flights. It turned out not to be true (costs 10 bucks), but it was big. If you’re reading this on a Macbook with a tiny hard drive, Peter’s got you figured out – it turns out it’s not that hard to replace the HDD with a more spacious one. Devin ruffled… Read More

  • The vomit kings of Chicago

    Too often we forget the small things that make us so happy. Take Fun, Inc., makers of magic tricks and, most importantly, fake vomit. Buy a kid a Wii, he’ll play for a day. Buy a kid fake vomit and he’ll play for a lifetime. Best of all they describe the process of making said bolus: The vomitmaster smooths the mixture with the back of the spoon, the way a short-order cook does… Read More

  • Asus eee running Vista: Because it can

    So you want to run Vista on a machine that runs Firefox just fine on Linux? Strip down Vista to its bare components, stuff on 8GB more memory, and watch as the majesty of Microsoft’s flawed diamond shines too brightly on a sub-notebook. via Giz Read More

  • Greys invade Apple campus

    AppleInsider is reporting sightings of slender gray and black aluminum MacBooks floating around the Apple campus, suggesting that someone has been dieting and is looking great! The slim Macbooks may or may not be launched at MacWorld along with a tiny sub-notebook. In fact, most of this is just hearsay and conjecture, so we can basically also add that Apple will launch a goat warmer and a… Read More