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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  • 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

  • MobileCrunch's Mobile Gaming This Week

    It seems some mobile phone gurus were talking about mobile games at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. One of the biggest problems that the game industry has is the pace at which new handsets are developed and released to the public. When someone upgrades to a new handset with all its neat features, old game software doesn’t compute. earth.jpgGame… Read More

  • iPhone coming to Thailand

    In the endless march towards world domination, Apple is talking to Thailands Advanced Info Service to sell the iPhone in the land of great skewered meat and kickboxing. “We are negotiating on details, including a revenue sharing standard. Apple needs a local operator to promote iPhone,” Prattana Leelapanang, assistant vice president for AIS’s wireless business marketing… Read More

  • Modu: Vaporware bull or viral jackanapes? You decide!

    Feel free to call me cynical but I’ve seen this video a thousand times — remember Origami? — and the concept of a take-it-with you ID built-in to various CE devices like phones and apparently GPS receivers is compelling but almost impossible in reality. Look for more info at DEMO next week but I’m calling bullshit. via TC Read More

  • Review: Philips AJL308 Clock Radio

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    So this is a clock radio. Not very exciting, right? It plays music, tells the time, and kind of sits on your bedside table waiting to be hit every morning at about 6:30. But wait… what’s that? A 7-inch TFT LCD? A USB port? SD slot? This is no ordinary clock radio! The AJL308 is actually a photo frame masquerading as a clock radio. It has a… Read More

  • TokyoFlash Tibida: White LEDs!

    Another day, another crazy watch from TokyoFlash. This one is the Tibida with a binary and digital time readout that is actually cool. See, this thing shows time in binary and standard formats. The binary mode is a little hard to grasp but the numeric mode is genius. In most cases, the top LEDs show the hour and the bottom set shows the minutes in Arabic numerals. There is also a date display… Read More

  • AT&T offers business iPhone plan: Your CEO will now bug you even more

    Does your company only pay for AT&T service? Do you want an iPhone for mission critical messaging and not a Blackberry? Are you crazy? OK. You’ve come this far, so here’s what AT&T has to offer. They are currently offering data plans on the iPhone for $45 a month for 200 SMS and unlimited data, $55 for 1,500 SMS, and $65 for everything. The a $20 or $60 extra data plan… Read More

  • Speaking of metering the Internet…

    Jeff Jarvis got a taste of the metered Internet in a Munich hotel where he paid 27 euro or roughly $5,000 — actually about $45 but yes, the dollar is that low — for 24 hours of “premium” Internet that wouldn’t let him download YouTube videos or podcasts. Apparently the lower-cost version involved a German man running up and down stairs with packets to type into… Read More

  • Joel Johnson takes on AT&T's packet filter plans – on an AT&T-funded web TV channel

    AT&T runs a “tech channel” and there is a show on there run by Hugh Thompson, a security researcher turned eccentric chat show host. They booked Joel Johnson, my old boss at Gizmodo and one of the smartest guys in the room when it comes to tech, under the assumption that he would talk about hot new gadgets. Instead, Joel brought up the small issue of AT&T looking into… Read More

  • Cloverfield: Sucks or really sucks?

    It’s a long holiday weekend, you guys might be going to the movies and you might go watch Cloverfield and then want to warn others. Tell us what you thought because I couldn’t stand it. Feel free to spoil the whole thing in comments because there wasn’t much to spoil — except that I actually would have preferred to either see 27 Dresses instead or, barring that, stab out… Read More

  • NASA planning space MMO


    I actually love NASA but seriously, what have they done lately? Where’s my jet pack? NASA is considering possibly working on a Space-themed MMO to teach kids about engineering and science. The resulting virtual space will definitely be a hit with kids who haven’t seen or cared about a Space Shuttle lift-off since 1999. “A NASA-based MMO could provide opportunities for… Read More

  • Our Crunchies video: We're here all week

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Kudos to videographer Doug and mascot Phoebe. Read More

  • CrunchGear this Week

    This week saw the final reverberations of CES give way to the thunderclap of the Stevenote, which was covered live by everyone on the internet. The obvious news item was the MacBook Air, its accessories, and most controversially, its shortcomings. We also weighed in on the AppleTV, some alternatives, and the short-lived rental hack. The Time Capsule was judged practical, and the… Read More

  • iPhone 1.1.3 firmware downgrade complete, still unbricks you, SDK docs leaked

    Just a quick note to all those with bricked iPhones — you can upgrade to 1.1.3, unbrick it, and then downgrade to 1.1.2. This is all pie-in-the-sky stuff right now but it seems to be working for some folks in Vietnam of all places and it’s a hardware hack, so if you’re squeamish around a screwdriver it’s probably not for you. Fear not, though, a software hack will… Read More

  • Lego gumball sorting machine

    Say you needed to sort gumballs by color. Say you were colorblind like Hickey or your sorting fingers were mangled in a thresher? What should you do? Well, the best solution is to build a Mindstorms NXT robot to sort your gumballs for you and, potentially, encourage you sort out your damn priorities, nerd. Sorry. Actually, I’m jealous of this guy simply because I always wanted to do… Read More

  • CTIA/FCC could outlaw cellular repeaters AKA "jammers"


    Got a note this morning from a concerned reader who is watching some carrier noise. Apparently some of the bigs are talking to the FCC about having cellular repeaters classed as “jammers” because they might interfere and oscillate with regular cell tower signals. tia complained to fcc about repeaters, said they were essentially jammers asked for them to be banned.
    but repeater… Read More