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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  • Robots for the railways

    Now that Russia is officially part of the Technocracy, their robot rulers are taking over more and more of the everyday maintenance. Apparently the Russian rail system (Motto: “If it worked in the 1950s, it will still work today.”) has hired robots to do most of the track maintenance and give presentations about the Great Bear’s delightfully archaic railways. Best of all… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: The State of the Smartphone Union

    It’s been a boring year for smartphones, sadly enough. Nothing evolutionary happened — the iPhone? It’s not a smartphone… yet — and the same old gang circled around the same old group of business users angling to get a sale or two in before the economy tanked. But wait? What’s that noise? It’s the sound of millions of cellphone users who are… Read More

  • Finally, an iPhone webapp worth using: RubMyUmmmmm…


    This is to throw people off your dirty trail. Say you’re reading about puppies. I thought that iPhone webapps were completely worthless. Sure, the Facebook web app was cool for fifteen minutes but this takes the pink, so to speak. This is a clitoral stimulation simulator that allows intrepid finger warriors to practice their stimulation skills on a cartoon vargine. It’s a bit… Read More

  • Mysto: Exclusive first pics

    What’s small and slim and super-secret? The Helio Mysto. Just tore open the box. Review and video to come. Read More

  • OS X funnies: It's the little things

    I had a problem syncing my iPhone to iCal. Basically it wouldn’t let me clear out the syncing cache and I suffered many a missed appointment. So I did some searches, standard stuff, but gave up after a while until today. I did another search and found an Apple forum mention of a quick fix to completely clear out SyncServices, the thing that handles all syncing. It tells you to run a… Read More

  • Wii "rain check" is just a receipt


    Merry Christmas, kids! A commenter just visited GameStop to pick up his red hot Nintendo Wii rain check. What did he get? No special card, no fancy case. Just a piece of ragged paper. Wii Rain Check – REALITY: NO CASE; NO CARD; just a register receipt!!! Unlike reported at all the sites, I just purchased my raincheck from my local GameStop store in Wilson, NC and all I got was a… Read More

  • Guy with Zune: Read this


    Which Zune are you? The one no one bought? Hey, guy with the Zune. All of the tech blogs are posting this in hopes that you’ll see it and download it. It’s basically a Zune diagnostics tool to fix USB and wireless sync problems. I know you don’t have a computer, but just in case you get one, this will help you out a lot. If you see the guy who bought the Mylo, tell him… Read More

  • The guy from Once reviews IR helicopters: I know, WTF, right?

    http://p.castfire.com/Xu7m0/video/4413/bbtv_2007-12-20-220803.flv Not sure what Glen Hansard is doing reviewing wee little helicopters, but lets hope he finds love and affection in his new job as BoingBoing’s gadget reviewer. via BB Read More

  • Unboxing the OLPC: Couples therapy

    Dear Foreign Couple in this Video: This is the OLPC. For you to read the instructions and wonder what this “does” and hoot in mad-eyed wonder when you see a colored man on the screen makes me puke a little. You should be able to turn this thing on and make it work, mostly because it’s made for kids who have probably never touched a computer in their lives. Your failure hurts… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Symbian

    Ask the average American about Symbian and they’ll look at you blankly. In the grand pantheon of mobile OSes, it is the dashing, shadowy figure with the charming accent to sneaks into your life through Nokia and some Sony Ericsson phones. At its core, Symbian is fairly basic. It works as equally well on a basic candybar phone as it does on one of S-E’s high end personal communicators. Read More

  • Microsoft and Ford team up for SINK!

    Please see Microsoft’s Surface. via TC Read More

  • Blogger speed dating: Worse than watching ocelots mate

    Here’s the problem with blogging: you feel you can say anything but you’re still a nerd at heart so you get some kind of weird nerd confidence and come off as just a freak. Take this video, for example. Speeddate.com and Meebo got together to offer blogger speed dating and the results are horrifying. via TC Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    It’s Smartphones Now week at CrunchGear, and we’ve covered Palm, Opera Mini, Not-So-Smartphones, and compared the big carriers among other things. The site also got an overhaul, as you may have noticed. We trashed the Wii, loved the iPhone app-creation app Jiggy, and we’re trying to give away a sweet Samsung G800 phone. We also reported on Google Sync for Blackberries, a… Read More

  • Exploring an old Sun Microsystems building

    In the heyday of “microcomputing” Sun was living giant. Their terminals were everywhere and their graphics machines were state of the art. Look how far the mighty have fallen. This travelog of pictures from inside an old Sun headquarters where the ghosts of Solaris prompts come and gone still haunt the halls. Bonus: It looks like someone was killed in the building. Photo Tour via BB Read More

  • Holy gargantuan monkey goats!

    Gah! Gah! Gah! Man’s Skin Turns Dark Blue [Spluch] Read More

  • LittleRedRyanHood does some spam baiting

    Ryan over at BFF just posted an extensive conversation he’s having with a spammer. Hop over and give him some ideas! I am Wang Yan,a staff of Private Banking Services at the Bank of China (BOC) United Kingdom. I am contacting you concerning a deceased customer and his investment placedunder ourbanks Management 4 years ago. I wish to invest thesefunds in your country and I need… Read More

  • How do you like the redesign?


    Are you seeing any problems with it? Issues? Concerns? Pains? Suffering? A sense of ennui? Is it too slow? Too fast? Too sexy for this shirt? We want to know! Drop us a line in comments or at tips @ crunchgear dot com. Read More

  • Creative's InPerson leaked through FCC

    Hmmm… a wee video phone by Creative? Found on the FCC website? With RCA out and a little webcam? A way to just drop a little device on a table and talk to momma a thousand miles away? Looks that way. Expect to see this little gem at CES but you can see it now on the FCC website. Creative resurrects video phone with InPerson [Electronista] Read More

  • The Wii sucks – but don't take our word for it!


    I love it when fanbois try to attack their most prized possession. This softball at all things Wii complains about scarcity, storage, and poor graphics while couching the criticism in the same “I love him but he beats me” language found on Cops. The A+ titles out are of such a high caliber, it’s hard to get into a glass-half-empty train of thought. But it’s not all… Read More

  • Phosphor E Ink Watch reviewed


    The Phosphor E Ink watch costs about $250 and features the same e-ink technology found in the Kindle. You can choose one of 14 different face configurations, including white-on-black, and can potentially support two time zones because the analog and digital watches aren’t synced. The best thing is that the battery should last for years simply because of the low power consumption of… Read More