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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  • Slingbox launches HD box that slings, SlingPlayer Mobile for Blackberry

    [photopress:SlingboxPRO_HD.jpg,full,center] Need 1080i content every-freaking-where in the world? Get ye a $399.99 SlingBox PRO-HD. This monster can send digital TV and HD content almost anywhere, provided your pipe is fast enough to support the upload speeds — Sling suggests FiOS. Blackberry fans will be happy to note that they will now be able to watch Slinged (Slung?) content on their… Read More

  • Norcent launches HDTVs, a camera

    BIZARRO LAS VEGAS (AP) – With the eyes of the world turned to Sin City for this year’s Computer Electronical Show, tech giant Norcent has announced two of its highly anticipated products, the LT series of LCD televisions and a digital camera. Crowds of people are already lining up to view Norcent’s offerings, causing Nevada Governor Gibbon McShandy to declare a state… Read More

  • The inscrutable Chinese are Googling for money


    While the rest of the world has been Googling “iphone,” “webkinz,” and “club penguin,” visitors to the great World Wide Wall are googling for “stock,” “China Merchants Bank,” and “thunder…” why thunder? Oh, it’s a P2P download service. That’s strange… anyway. China Daily is reporting that four of… Read More

  • Garmin Forerunner 405: And I just bought the 205 (!!)

    Dag nabbit! Garmin just launched the Forerunner 405, a sexier, sultrier GPS watch that doesn’t look like a domino is trying to rape your wrist. It can be used indoors and outdoors and measure heart rate. There’s also a Virtual Partner feature that will challenge you during your runs. Umm… and there’s no damn dongle. It’s all wireless. And you can rub the bezel… Read More

  • CES 2008 predictions: The end of the HD disc wars and a new era of HD audio and video


    It’s mobile a TV and no, you can’t have it yet. Prognosticating always gets you into trouble, but I’ve been keeping my eyes on announcements from CES and want to make a few basic predictions. While I can’t promise any of this will happen, I do know that these things have to happen in order to maintain the endless whirlwind of innovation and improvement we’ve… Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week: Pre-CES Edition

    It’s the last week before CES and everyone’s scrambling to reveal or hint at their hot new products without showing their whole hand. LG and Motorola will both be showing new mobile TV products, LG’s in HD. LG is also set to unveil their new high-res e-paper. Asus is releasing a laptop with a terabyte of RAID storage, which is awesome but kind of nuts. Olevia’s 120Hz… Read More

  • Microsoft selling, giving away same services: Who is sucker now?

    If you pay $9.95 a month for Microsoft Premium then Microsoft is royally screwing you. It seems that the service, which comes free from some ISPs, offers bunch of web-based services including “Virtual Earth,” Encarta, and spam and phishing filters. These same features are available through Windows Live and Hotmail and, incidentally, available in Windows itself. As a result, folks… Read More

  • Coming soon to iPhone: Copy and Paste


    The iPhone will soon join us in the 20th century by offering cut and paste. Sources at MacScoop are saying that the new firmware will offer copy and paste functionality as well as faux-GPS, the ability to send mass SMSs, and a multi-page home screen. Next iPhone software update to allow copy-paste [MacScoop] Read More

  • Nokia N810 quick look


    Just got the Nokia N810 tablet in for review and I’m going to pound the heck out of it next week at CES. I’m a huge fan of Maemo and the N-series tablet line so I’m really happy to be able to play with this little dreamboat. This model feels much more solid than the N800 and 770 and it seems there’s more attention to detail as evidenced by the sparse front control… Read More

  • Olympus wireless LS-10 recorder great for gigging musicians, that uncle who sings like Neil Young only worse


    The LS-10 from Olympus is a standard voice recorder with a trick up its sleeve. It supports an optional remote to activate it from afar and includes stereo playback and recording on one unit. It offers 24 bit/96kHz Linear PCM and a 1.8-inch LCD as well as a remote jack and 2GB of internal memory. It will be available in January 2008 for $399.99. And, because Olympus didn’t send an… Read More

  • EPA working closely with cellphone recycling partners

    It’s time to whip that old Nokia out of the closet and send it off to the recylcin’ barn because the EPA and some industry partners are ready to give you a little help. The EPA is working with AT&T, Best Buy, Dell, eBay’s Rethink initiative, HP, Intel, JVC, Lexmark, LG Electronics, Motorola, NEC Display, Nokia, Office Depot, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony… Read More

  • HP announces laptops, PCs, monitors, well in advance of CES


    The TX 2000 Whoa, there, Mr. Packard! HP has just launched two new laptops, the HP Pavilion tx2000 mdash; a $1,299 convertable tablet — and the Pavilion HDX series of notebooks the Blu Ray playback and 20-inch ultrabright display (about $1,999). The tx2000 is aimed at students and artists who need handwriting recognition and a nice touchscreen while the HDX is a monster gamer/meda… Read More

  • Hot Rock: Finally a rock I can put my meat on

    The holidays are over but that shouldn’t stop you from thinking of your loved ones this month. Want to get Dad something really special? Get him a hot rock to cook his food on. It uses no oil and is great for beef, fish, and chicken. I can’t get to the product website, but feel free to enjoy this washed out photo of a steak on a rock while you wait for it to come back up. Read More

  • ITZBEEN: For people with babies, maybe Doug


    I just saw this little baby gadget over the weekend and thought it might be interesting for those of you who got babies for Christmas. It’s called the ITZBEEN and it’s basically a timer that lets you tell when you last did something — changed junior, fed him or her, and checked the old asscloth. There’s even a switch for reminding you which dug they little one… Read More

  • Gov't now offering $40 to future-proof Grandma's TV


    While I’m sure this won’t effect most CG readers, hop online and get your $40 certificate for a digital to analog converter for Grandma’s old CRT TV or Dad’s TV in the garage. The Essentially, all analog television broadcasts will cease on February 17. 2009 and this box with convert digital signals to analog and many even add closed-captioning and other cool features… Read More

  • Final Word: You can carry batteries on flights

    So it seems that you can carry batteries, extra batteries, spare batteries, and other, presumably, Leyden jars on flights. The TSA warnings only mention banning “large, palletized shipments” of lithium-ion batteries on flights whereas other batteries are fine. They recommend covering the battery terminals, however. On the other hand, the Department of Transportation says you… Read More

  • Wii is gimmicky: I didn't say it, but I wish I had said it in exactly this same manner

    http://update.videoegg.com/flash/proxy.swf?jsver=1.4 “You could transplant the head of Josef Goebbels on the body of a preying mantis and it would still compare favorably to Mario Sunshine.” Good lord. I’m home among my people. Zero Punctuation: Super Mario Galaxy [Escapist] Read More

  • My Dear One: Many Joys of the Season, YOUR OLPC PROJECT owes us $20 million


    Nigerian company LANCOR is suing the OLPC project for infringing on their Nigerian keyboard design, causing us to wonder if some sort of 419 spamming virus hasn’t infiltrated the Nigerian judicial system, rendering completely useless. The suit holds that the OLPC uses extra keys to allow users to type using the Nigerian alphabet. While this is clearly a case of insane people suing a… Read More

  • And we're off: CES 2008 Meet-up

    The whole team is gearing up for CES next week and we’re ready to walk the halls, drink the whiskey, and eat the bad food so you don’t have to. If anyone in Las Vegas wants to meet up with the CG crew for wings, beer, and shop talk, drop us a line at tips @ crunchgear.com and we’ll try to plan an impromptu evening meet-up on Tuesday night. More info as we get it, but as you… Read More

  • The Apple Keynote Index Fund


    Ever wish your parents invested in IBM way back when it was still hot? Well here’s a way to make some quick and easy money in tech without having to rent out your body. If you buy Apple stock (MSFT… OK… APPL) the day before the MacWorld keynote (this year it’s on January 15th at 9am) and sell it 48 hours later, you’re almost guaranteed a small win. This… Read More