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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  • iPhone SDK app key leaked?

    18 84 58 A6 D1 50 34 DF E3 86 F2 3B 61 D4 37 74 What does it all mean? In a Lost-esque move hackers have released the iPhone SDK key which means, potentially, you can “sign” your homebrew apps and have them show up on the iPhone as official applications. Doesn’t help us much right now, but who knows. Maybe it was Penny’s boat! Rumors: iPhone Application Key… Read More

  • "Missing" non-AT&T iPhones cost Apple $300+ million

    I’m a little skeptical regarding these numbers but some fancy-pants financial types are estimating a $300-$500 million loss in revenue due to unlocked, non-AT&T iPhone sales. This presumes there are about 1 million units out there unlocked and unaccounted for, something I find hard to believe. If Apple were to somehow stop the sale of unlocked iPhones (by forcing customers to… Read More

  • Building the Lego Millennium Falcon

    http://p.castfire.com/Xu7m0/video/5247/bbtv_2008-01-28-161850.flv Want to spend 3 minutes watching someone else build a Lego Millenium Falcon? Well, now you can. However, I’d suggest going and getting your own and building it, ensuring fun for the whole family and leading to less disturbance in the Force. via BBG Read More

  • Gordon Freeman's brother: Not so bright

    Inspired by fanfic and some clever Half-Life mods. John Freeman found wepon! Screen Sifter Sunday [ Read More

  • Weed vending machines in LA

    Dude… so cool. Let’s move to LA where they have vending machines for weed. You get your prescription and you go up to the machine and you get some sticky bud including Granddaddy Purple. Then you go home, smoke up, and watch SportsCenter. Seriously. Madison sucks. Let’s move. Available at:
    Melrose Quality Pain Relief, 4906 Melrose Ave, Mid-Wilshire; 323.957.7777 Herbal… Read More

  • Getting XP after June 30 is a'gonna be hard, Luigi!

    It seems that Microsoft will stop selling XP licenses after June 30 — so sad — so what is a poor country boy with Vista to do? Well, InfoWorld is reporting that you can, in some circumstances “downgrade” to XP using OEM disks or subscribing to the OS using services like CenterBeam. Clearly this doesn’t help Joe Little Guy with a bum copy of Vista, but it’s… Read More

  • Nokia buys Trolltech


    Remember Trolltech? Well, someone just bought them and that someone is Nokia. Trolltech originally made the QTopia AKA Qt operating system, a Linux-based OS for smartphones. If you had a PDA in the early 2000s you probably tried to install it and, unlike me, had a bit of fun with Tux on your iPaq. Well, now they’re owned wholly by Nokia. This doesn’t mean they’ll stop… Read More

  • The biggest problem with the Kindle


    I was on a flight yesterday with Kindle in hand, hoping to read a little of Dan Brown’s Dress Up an Urban Legend in Faux Scholarship and Sell it to Deracinated People and found the biggest problem with the Kindle: you can’t read it on take-off and landing, at least according to the nice elderly steward on Jetblue. Since your book looks like a computer, you’d best but that… Read More

  • We're iPhone clippable

    Just a quick note: I just upgraded to a jailbroken 1.1.3 and I went over to clip CrunchGear.com and place it onto my desktop. Much to my pleasure and surprise, it turns out old man Hickey made us a fancy icon for the iPhone home screen, making genuinely happy for the first time in weeks. I may be a sad, bitter man but at least CG has an icon! Read More

  • Another stint on the Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy show

    There are a couple of wacky, wacky guys out in Atlanta who put on a health and fitness show. I got to say a few words on fitness gadgets for an upcoming marathon. Take a listen. Podcast Read More

  • Piper-Heidsieck limited-edition upside-down Champagne


    Sure it’ll set you back $125 but look at that bottle. Yes, folks, that’s a full bottle of old Champy in an upside-down bottle with a giant cork, designed by Viktor and Rolf. It’s actually a nice Rose with the “fruity flavor of morello cherry, citrus, and mandarin” and will reverse any hangover. I kid! Read More

  • Velociraptoricide!

    Off-Road Velociraptor Safari from Matthew Wegner on Vimeo. So this game lets you be a velociraptor who can mow down other velociraptors in a jeep using a big chain and the front of the jeep. It should be on the web soon enough or you can just take a bunch of Robitussin and fall asleep on the couch and you can dream this game before burp/puking up a lot of cough syrup. Besides — it’s… Read More

  • Do you use Web 2.0 apps – like a lot?

    Drop me a line @ john at crunchgear dot com if you really, really like web 2.0 apps as in “I erased Office so I could use Google Docs.” Read More

  • Boobik=sexy Twitter?

    You know what’s not Web 2.0 enough? Porn. That’s right. Where’s my porno social network? Where’s my Porno Pownce? Where’s my porno Facebook? Well, here’s a porno Twitter that just might make Mike rethink the Crunchies winners. I’m going to Poke NurseMika [NSFW] all afternoon, I suspect. Boobik [NSFW] Read More

  • SimulScribe settles in "Visual Voicemail" lawsuit

    The whole trail is kind of convoluted but it seems there is a company, Klausner Technologies, with a patent for the same concept as SimulSays, SimulScribes visual voicemail solution for RIM and WinMo as well as Apple’s Visual Voicemail. It seems SimulScribe has settled and licensed the Klausner’s patents (here and here) while Apple, Vonage, AT&T, and AOL are still in litigation. Read More

  • Vishing AKA voice-phishing: Tell your Mom, tell your Dad

    Again with the phishing! The FBI is warning of “new” attacks, called vishing, that are encouraging email recipients to call toll-free numbers which ultimately lead down a VoIP hole to an south Asian sweatshop where a young man will answer and read a real-sounding script asking for PINs, SSNs, and your tumescent girth. Urban legend or no, it’s something to warn your… Read More

  • Russian beer brewery case mod

    I’m not quite sure where the beer goes in here, but this is apparently a steampunk casemod that allows you to brew beer AND play UT3 using the same device. For extra fun, read the comments at the bottom featuring a brewery war between the US and Europe. Personal Computer into Brewery [EnglishRussia via Make] Read More

  • EyePlay: You put your glasses in and then take them out and it makes music!

    In what may be one of the worst examples of “convergence” ever invented we present the EyePlay, a sunglasses case with built-in speakers. Let’s go over the possible usage scenarios, shall we? You’re on the beach, you want to listen to music. You pull out your EyePlay and your iPod, set them near your head, and turn on the music. It blares out of tinny speakers, mixing… Read More

  • iWash: Clean your iPhone screen from the inside (slightly NSFW)

    Ummm… yeah. $5. Ladies in bikinis “cleaning” your screen. Slightly NSFW. Put out by nightclub “chain” ClubWest. I’m going to go cry myself away from the pain now. via RegHardware Read More

  • Good Friend, eBay item #1000323: Meg Whitman Retirement

    Hello I am priest of cloth. Meg Whitman set to retire, my friend, and we in St. Victual’s School for Girls in Lagos, Nigeria would like for to buy your item as a present for her. We will send you money order check for $100 over the amount and you please to keep $75 and give $25 to my friend in Detroit who will ship present to Lagos. Please inform me the soonest possible of when you can… Read More