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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  • The horrible monster head murderer thing

    A little something to wake you all up this morning. via BBG Read More

  • OS X Leopard review

    Here we sit, a week after the Leopard launch, exhausted. Like the machine at Ikea that opens and closes the drawers in the kitchen section over and over again to show how strong they are, I’ve pounded at Leopard with a vengeance, opening and closing stacks, trying features, and generally trying to break the thing. I ran Leopard on a 2.66 GHz dual-core Mac Pro with 3 GB of memory and a… Read More

  • Some Guy: "The iPhone Winning 'Invention of the Year' is an Embarrassment"… of great ideaness!

    Gregory Ng isn’t like us. He doesn’t understand what’s going down in the world today. He’s tuned out, not connected. When Time announced that the iPhone was the invention of the year, people were all like “Awwww yeah!” and we were all like “Yeah, bay-bee” — mostly me because the rest of the guys were all like “Awwww… Read More

  • Ro-BOTS! Battle Wheels Robot Warriors in action

    If you’re thinking about a fairly cool, fairly inexpensive gift for the holidays, take a look at Battle Wheels. These are wheeled robots that are supposed to beat the heck out of each other so their parts fall off, sort of like Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots only mobile. I played with the robots with Kasper and he enjoyed pulling the heads off of both Saturnus Guardian of the… Read More

  • AT&T Motorola Q 9h: Like the Motorola Q only with a 9h

    AT&T users can now enjoy the majesty of the updated Moto Q in the privacy their bathrooms or cars. The Q 9h, dubbed the “world” edition, is a quad-band 3G phone with a styling in the same vein as the Q 9m. Moto is improving over all and I’d say that this and a few HTC models is one of the better WinMo6 phones out there. Here are a few candid shots and wait for a full… Read More

  • Hitachi's scans your main vein

    And by main vein I mean the veins in your fingers. Like Fujitsu’s vein-scanning mouse, this biometric security system released by Hitachi at the Tokyo Motor Show will keep your car from starting up until you whip it out — ideally your ring finger — and slap it against the steering wheel. Different functions can also be assigned to each finger meaning it can double as a… Read More

  • Slideshare: Awwwwww, cheer up, sad clown! | View | Upload your own Look! They’re so sad they’re soliciting sex online! This is a thankless job. We can’t make fun of everything equally every day and we definitely can’t go back and see how our flip frivolity and vituperative vitriol has affected our poor, mewling victims. Read More

  • CG Exclusive: Sidekick Slide hands-on

    What’s small, cool, and made by Motorola? Not much? HA! We beg to differ. Take a look at the Sidekick Slide. It’s sexy, slidy, and runs Danger’s OS just fine. I only have time to do some photos and this video today but look for a full review this week. Read More

  • Invisible tank: pie-in-the-sky BS or total and utter malarkey?

    Artist’s rendition of your last acid trip. Every few years someone pulls out the old “project the scene behind the object onto the object” trick to make something ostensibly invisible. Well, now the English Army will now win the war with invisible tanks designed to disappear using cameras and projectors. I’m going to call “bollocks” on this and wonder… Read More

  • Bell&Ross BR02 quick look

    Got the chance to play with the Bell&Ross BR02 diver’s watch. If you’re not into watches, you can probably skip this but generally it’s a nice diver with great styling. It’s based on B&R’s Instrument Series and you can really see the pedigree. Unfortunately, this was only a show model so it didn’t run but if you want one that tells time… Read More

  • Everex's gPC: A $199 PC with a half-baked "Google" OS

    Wal-mart just plotzed out the Everex Green gPC, a low-end machine with low-end specs running Ubuntu Linux and a version of Enlightenment that its creators called GOS. Some may say that this is the “Google PC” but it’s actually running a version of Linux specially tweaked to let you “launch” Google apps — still in the browser — from the task bar. The… Read More

  • Tech Horror Stories: Trouble in Paradise

    The first of our Tech Horror Stories. If you have one you’d like to share send it to john at ASAP. Spooky! So I was an IT contractor working in Honolulu. Except there’s a small part of the Hawaiian heritage they don’t promote along with the palm trees and beaches featured in the travel guides. One night I was working late. It was probably two in the morning and… Read More

  • Lonely tonight? Try the soup!

    Psst… rest of the world. Come here. Don’t tell Japan. OK. We need to stage an intervention or something because this stuff is getting crucial. We were OK with eht cosplay and the tentacle porn and the robot fetishes. Hell, some of us can even accept the blurred out naughty bits in their many and various forms of pornographic representation. But this is freaking nuts. Sure, it… Read More

  • The Torpedo Projector: You know, for kids

    It’s not HD, it’s not high-end, but for $169 the Torpedo Entertainment Projector might get the kids out of the living room for a while so you can watch Grey’s Anatomy. The projector connects to almost any device and projects an image six feet high on a blank wall. It has a 940×240 resolution and includes a headphone jack so junior’s game of Sexy Poker… Read More

  • Chris "Long Tail" Anderson is mad as hell and will not take it anymore

    Another long tail. HA! Bloggers with little or no access to PR folks — here’s your chance. Chris Anderson, EIC of Wired, is pissed off at a bunch of marketing folks who keep bombarding him with emails that have little if anything to do with his day-to-day job as “guy who thinks up overwrought memes.” As payback, he trapped a bunch of releases and banned their senders… Read More

  • Ghost stories wanted, apply within

    This is some sort of haunted swing in Argentina. Watch all the way through. I call wind. Have a tech-related ghost story? Email us at tips @ crunchgear dot com. We’ll publish a few of our own tomorrow but I wanted to see if you guys had seen any creepy goings on back in the server room or if your Vista installation suddenly grew a mind of its own and turned itself into Leopard (SCARY!). Read More

  • Back from the dead: Automan

    Wow. I completely forgot about this until Joel at BB posted it. I forget the entire story, but apparently Desi Arnaz, Jr. had robo powers and a little friend named Cursor who enjoyed frotteurism. Those were the days, huh? via BBG Read More

  • Why NBC left iTunes: Apple ruined the music business, killed NBC's chocolate lab with car

    Apple destroyed the music business in terms of pricing. That’s right, friends. It wasn’t the industry’s reliance on the album model. It wasn’t their inability to react quickly and decisively to online threats. It wasn’t their failure to create a better pricing model than 99 cents a track, $12 an album. It wasn’t their self-defeating and expensive attack on… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Crash the system again, if you'd like

    G8, the gamer’s clothing brand, would like you to crash the system with coupon code “FF40” in order to get 40% off your next gear order. That’s pretty darn good, especially considering that one of their more expensive products, their hoodies, are a mere $45 before rebate. Christmas gifts for those who love distressed typography and vague malice? Bingo! Product Page Read More

  • T-Mobile Shadow review

    T-Mobile knows how to work with OEMs. Witness their popular Dash and Sidekick. They create branded experiences, completely change UIs and operating systems, and generally do a good job of making casual messaging easy. So here we have the T-Mobile Shadow, a rebadged HTC Juno with Blackberry Pearl-like predictive keyboard and a unique UI that smooths out Windows Mobile’s rough edges enough… Read More