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,, Audiomonger, and He also runs the HourTime Podcast with Ariel Adams at Born in 1975, he currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • CG Exclusive: Samsung launches F490, Croix UI phone with touchscreen, sadly Europe-only

    [photopress:F490.jpg,full,center] The uber-hot F490, an Armani-like touchscreen GSM phone with front VGA camera and back 5-megapixel camera just dropped in Europe today for about 500 euros. The F490 has Google Search built-in and uses the Croix UI with haptic feedback and includes a standard 3.5mm jack for audio playback. Expect it on Euro carriers in the next few months and, sadly, not here for… Read More

  • iRobot CEO Colin Angle talks about the future of robotics

    Early in Colin Angle’s blogger round-table today, he recounted the story of Packbot, their first military robot. iRobot sent a team to Afghanistan in 2002 where they showed soldiers how to use and manage the new Packbot robot, a self-righting, remote controlled surveillance bot designed to enter a room or cave so soldiers don’t have to. Read More

  • CES could leave Las Vegas, pigs take to the air

    NBC is posting that CES will leave Las Vegas, which is like saying the Pope will leave Rome. Las Vegas’ 31st International Consumer Electronics Show could be one of its last, organizers said Monday, saying they believe they can get a cheaper deal elsewhere. As I said before, CES is losing value as a venue for announcing technology. It is a trade fair where vendors and buyers meet to… Read More

  • Dressing the Magic colthes (TM)

    The winner of best Engrish in a CES booth goes to… Read More

  • CES Today: Will the madness never end?

    We’re all a bit hungover today so we’re busy milling around snapping photos of booth babes and finding whatever hidden gems we may have missed over the last few days. In the meantime check out the above video. It basically sums up how we all feel. CES 2008: Belkin’s Podcast Studio: You know, for podcasters
    Look out Eee, a $399 tiny laptop from Everex is afoot
    CES 2008… Read More

  • CG's CES Highlights: Belkin's PodCast Studio and a possible Asus eee competitor

    We’ve be scouring the floor for cool gadgets and came up with Belkin’s PodCast studio and a potential eee Linux PC competitor from Everex. Remember: we’re holding a very informal, very quick meet-up at the Monte Carlo tonight at 9pm. Drop in and say “Howdy.” Read More

  • AudioVox/RCA Small Wonder

    The video is kind of Le Boring but go ahead and take a look at Audiovox’s Small Wonder camcorder. It’s small and it’s certainly a wonder. $149. Read More

  • CES 2008: Odd gear out

    My favorite thing to do at the show is hit the odd retailers who sell the crazy junk we all know and love from Sharper Image, Brookstone, et al along with the stuff that ends up in close-outs. Take this weird blue phone, for example. It’s a mini phone! It’s blue! Doug loves it. Read More

  • CES so far

    A selection of fine posts from our CG cellars. Please, drink responsibly. Contest: The saddest CES meatball/hush puppy in the world
    Exclusive Video: CrunchGear gets all hands-on with Surface; I get faced by Microsoft in a good way
    Hands-on with Garmin’s nu nüvi line of GPS gear
    Roomba’s misshapen cousin shows its face
    Alienware’s curved monitor: Dude, seriously?
    More… Read More

  • CG's CES Highlights: Hands on with the Surface Matt Hickey got a chance to sit down with the Microsoft Surface and discovered that it’s not just a bigass table. Read More

  • Contest: The saddest CES meatball/hush puppy in the world

    Doug and I spotted this forlorn hush puppy/meatball in the CES press room and thought it was the best thing we had seen all day. Granted, we haven’t been drinking and our Danny Gans tickets aren’t until Wednesday. Special bonus: tell us what we should name this thing in comments and one lucky commenter will win a Samsung MP3 player. Read More

  • Sony A200 DSLR: Classy

    Sony’s A200 just dropped last night and we got a quick look at it in the booth today. If you’r familiar with the Rebel or the D40 you’ll recognize the A200 as an able, lower cost DSLR for entry level folks. It has 9 point autofocus, a 10 megapixel sensor, and is compatible with the full line of Minolta accessories. They’ll be selling a lens/camera kit next month. Read More

  • CrunchGear's CES Meet-up: A quick sit-down at 9pm in Monte Carlo Pub and Brewery

    To all those who emailed asking about the meet up I’d like to invite you all to meet at about 9pm on Tuesday, January 8, at the Monte Carlo Pub and Brewery in the Monte Carlo. This place has good beer — it no longer brews its own, sadly — and has some standard grub for hungry CE folks. Look for the CG folks near the front at about 9pm. We’re all on AIM and email so… Read More

  • The first thing I see on entering CES' main hall?

    Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins, naturally. It was there to show off TI’s DLP projector technology, but durn it if I wasn’t tickled pink. Read More

  • The CES 2008 WTF file

    Listen: covering CES is hard. It’s fun, don’t get me wrong, but it’s exhausting, frustrating, and full of stuff we all have seen already. To that end, we present CES WTF, a way for us, your humble narrators, to blow off some steam. Here are some exciting new WTF posts for you enjoy and you can always view the WTF stories right here. Bumblebee rocks CES
    The LG booth is staffed… Read More

  • Alienware's curved monitor: Dude, seriously?

    Alienware’s Virginity Shield A friend of mine bought that flight chair from way back when that lets you sit in a deep bucket seat and control an on-screen plane or tank from the comfort of a womb-like simulator that will ensure you never get laid. Well, Alienware’s oddly cool but wildly impractical curved monitor is more of this same concept — something hardcore nerds will… Read More

  • The LG booth is staffed by douches

    LG’s exciting new watch concept. A few douches decided to prevent me from taking pix of the red hot LG watch concept which, as you can imagine, is a watch with a phone in it. Amazing stuff, to be sure, but I got the Sean Penn treatment from a full set of booth douches informing me in no uncertain terms that a device that will never come to market and is already well documented elsewhere… Read More

  • CG's CES Highlights: Getting the Stiff Arm from LG

    This is an actual photo of the watches or, rather, some guy’s hand protecting them. I thought this sort of stuff was over thanks to the rise of immediate, online journalism/kvetching, but I stopped by the LG booth to take a look at their watch/phone prototype and was quite indelicately turned away. I won’t bother describing the product here because it’s basically the… Read More

  • Jook embiggens the common man

    A tampon or the voice of God?
    In the darkness of flight, many a thought has come to the refugees streaming across the borders of civil and worldwide strife. In the hours before morning, when the moon is covered o’er by clouds and the guard dog is alert and ready, the victims of war dream of one thing. It is not a clean bed and a bowl of good soup. It is not the sad-eyed embrace of a… Read More

  • CG Live at CES 2008: Bill Gates Keynote

    Click through to see the full liveblog replay. Read More