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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  • 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

  • Microsoft Office 2008 for OS X: Looks good

    First previews of Office 2008 are sneaking out of Redmond today with some great looking screenshots of everyone’s favorite office suite — after the ink pen and notebook, obviously. I’ve tried a number of competing suites, including Pages and Numbers from Apple, and I keep coming back to Word and Excel. It seems they’ve pulled out the Visual Basic scripting and stuck in… Read More

  • 2008 Bloggies: Nominate Us!

    I never really wanted us to enter the Bloggies earlier because it’s a popularity contest and there were other folks out there with a bigger and more rabid fan base. But now I trust that CG fans are legion and that they will come with us to the very gates of Hell itself, which is why I’m imploring you to nominate us for the 2008 Bloggies. Incidentally, if we win, we get to have Peter… Read More

  • Can you guys send doug@crunchgear an email? He got married.


    He got married last night and I don’t think we made fun of him enough. Congrats, Doug! She looks like a nice girl and you deserve at least a modicum of happiness in the world, even if it means she’s marrying down. Read More

  • CG Greats: The things we couldn't live without last year


    I’m hung over and I’m really sleepy, so I’ll keep this short. 2007 was a fairly dead year for gadgets. The real 8 million pound gorilla this year was the iPhone, and that’s why it leads the pack this year as our top ten gadgets of 2007. Feel free to add your own picks in the comments but let’s get started, shall we. I’ll try drink some Gatorade and… Read More

  • Internal Memo to CrunchGear/TC Staffers: Do Not Get Married


    It has come to my attention that CG writer Doug Aamoth was married last night in a clandestine ceremony. While I cannot now punish him for his transgression, I would encourage both CG and TC staffers to reconsider the urge to marry beautiful women for the simple reason that it reduces our geek cred considerably. Doug, for example, is now on a “honeymoon” instead of posting, a… Read More

  • iPhone-ize your WinMo phone: What all this about a sow's ear?

    While this isn’t as sexy as the HTC Touch interface — dig the cube, man — this new piece of software from PointUi mimics some iPhone functionality while hiding the hard mess of WinMo6 under a pretty wrapper. As Michael points out, maybe if I had this on my Shadow I’d answer my phone more, but I doubt it. We’ll give it a whirl once the vodka passes out of my… Read More

  • CrunchGear virus false alarm in IE

    It appears some anti-virus software is pinging mootools — a Javascript script that is running on this site now — as a SNZ.A virus. I discovered that this has been happening recently and isn’t a virus but I have some nerds working on it so you won’t get the computer-herp. Read More

  • 1.1.3 is real and it's fabulous

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?file=http%3A%2F%2Fcreationsnet%2Eblip%2Etv%2Ffile%2F567816%2F%3Fskin%3Drss%26sort%3Ddate&fullscreenpage=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Ffullscreen%2Ehtml&fsreturnpage=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fexitfullscreen%2Ehtml&showfsbutton=true&brandlink=http%3A%2F%2Fcreationsnet%2Eblip%2Etv%2F&brandname=cre%2Eations%2Enet&showguidebutton=false&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Whoa. 1.1.3 icon moving in the flesh. Pretty cool stuff. It looks like this is the real deal and folks like Nate and the inventors of iBrickr got this in order to help the unlock process prior to the launch. Could this be a renegade Apple employee, tired of having to explain to his friends why their Solitaire app stops working every upgrade? Nah. What I suspect is happening is that someone got their hands on some development firmware prior to MacWorld’s SDK announcement and this basically shows us what to expect in a few weeks. They keep talking about signed code over on Gizmodo so that meets a Mac developer doesn’t want to lose his license. Oh, and it breaks all third-party apps and activations.
    via Nate Tru&hellip… Read More

  • Kindle screen woes: Anyone else? [updated w/ pic]


    A reader writes: I got my girlfriend an Amazon Kindle for xmas and over the past few days it has progressively gotten worse and worse screen damage, despite barely being used (and never abused). Amazon acted like they had heard of the issue before and are trying to advance us a replacement but the backorder list is apparently huge so we don’t have very high hopes to see a… Read More

  • 1.1.3 iPhone firmware pix


    Dru at Gearlive saw him some 1.1.3 firmware and discovered: The ability to send an SMS message to multiple people is now there
    * Google Maps application can now pinpoint your location using cell tower triangulation
    * Google Maps can now display the Hybrid map view
    * You can now drag and drop application icons on your home screen
    * The home screen supports pagination
    * You can now add web… Read More

  • Canceling Music Services 101

    Eliot Van Buskirk was sick — sick! — of paying for music download services. Now that Amazon is DRM-free and offers lots of music, he decided to cancel all of his music subscriptions. Yahoo was the easiest at about 1 minute but it took him 30 minutes to cancel Napster and 10 minutes to cancel Rhapsody. This reminds me of trying to cancel my XBox Live and MS SPOT subscriptions. Read More