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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  • Symbian S60 Touch interface: Durrrr

    Durrr… Hi. I’m a phone manufacturer/mobile OS programmer. Durrr… urm…. durr. Hold on. I just had to make pasgetti. So I sawed a man in the Apel stor who had a cool fone called the apelphone. it had a big screen… ICE CREAM!… and it was touch swansitive. You could move your finger on the screen like you were pushing boogers off of the screen and he had a boogie… Read More

  • YouTube/Google will destroy your piracy

    Be warned, people who videotape and then post 2 minute videos from the Hannah Montana show — Google is on to you. You may think your your mash-up of Sophie’s Choice and Chocolate Rain (see above) was fair use, but that stuff is somebody’s hard work and dedication and those people are human. Google will now terminate the accounts of repeat infringers, ensuring they are banished… Read More

  • iPhone will kill you, fawn pee pees

    Bromine! PVCs! Death-dealing substances! Yes, friends, the iPhone isn’t so green after all. According to Greenpeace, the iPhone contains a number of chemicals that most cellphone manufacturers have already gotten rid of including bromine, PVCs, and toxic phthalates. Best of all? While many geeks believed the iPhone would get them laid, some chemicals in the headphone cables may… Read More

  • Sidekick LX quick look

    Oh boy. The LX just landed in my mailbox today. Here are some pictures to tide you over while I try to get it activated and working for my review. My initial impression is that it’s not much different than the SK3 except for the screen, which is quite glorious. It’s a bit darker but very readable and the OS is much peppier than the SK3. Best of all it includes Bob’s Journey… Read More

  • Jailbreak your Touch with a touch of GUI

    13-year-old AriX wrote a GUI for jailbreaking the iPod Touch. That’s right — no more typing in weird commands and staring into space as your device gets bricked. I haven’t tested the product, but it looks to be fairly complete. Give it a go and let us know how it works. iJailbreak [for macintel]
    touchFree [for Windows]
    via TUAW Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $99 30GB Zune

    Want to join the social? Are you poor? Then head over to Woot RIGHT NOW to pick up a 30GB refurbished Zune for $99.99 + $5 shipping. It won’t be as cool as a new iPod Nano or even a broken record player from the thrift store, but at least it will have 30GB of storage and could be brown. Sale Page Read More

  • Microsoft to launch Microsoft Communications Server: Watch out, PBX salespeople

    If you’ve ever worked in IT you’ll know there are two disparate and potentially competing technologies in the server room. First, there are all the IP servers — web, mail, porn, terabytes of video storage hidden by the sysadmins at 4am — and the “phone closet,” a dusty corner of a creepy closet somewhere near the guy who smells where the voice mailboxes… Read More

  • Inappropriate baby Halloween costumes, volume one

    Sure, you love your kids, but wouldn’t it be great if they had axes sticking out of their heads? Absolutely! Specter Studios offers this classy baby hat for your wee one’s Halloween escapades. Just remember: what you do now will scar them for the rest of their lives. I Think I Can Top The Haha Gross-Out Baby Costumes By Specter Studios [Daddytypes] Read More

  • LucidTouch: See-through UIs come to life

    I’m really having trouble with this video. I don’t think this whole idea — essentially the transparent devices we’ve seen before in patent filings — would ever really take off simply because this seems like a solution looking for a problem. See, there is a camera on the back of the device and a front touch screen. The camera senses your hand position and relays… Read More

  • When people pretending to represent Ashton Kutcher's photographers attack

    We here at CrunchGear are no strangers to frivolous lawsuits (Peter Ha, for example, married then divorced two sisters in one family and that still hasn’t gotten sorted out. Crazy bigamy/incest laws!), but this one takes the cake. A gentleman named Richard Figueroa is apparently representing an image of Ashton Kutcher that used to show up on Google when you searched for the… Read More

  • Zune update leaked?

    A Zune user told the other Zune user on zunerama that somehow Microsoft pushed out an updated version of the Zune software, version 2.1.0522.00. It doesn’t seem to do anything more than just sit there right now, but is this a look at Zune software to come? A failed update that frightened the masses? Zune software 2.1.0522.00 beta? [Zunerama] Read More

  • G8 T-Shirt/Credit Winners

    We ran a contest two nights ago and I’m happy to announce a pair of winners. The winner of the t-shirt is Chris Luebbe and the winner of the $100 gift certificate is Erin F. Congrabulations! Special thanks to G8 for the great giveaways! Read More

  • Hacking the iPhone 1.1.1 firmware step-by-step

    Why did Washington cross the Rhine? Why did some guys climb Mount Hood? Why did the chicken cross the road? Because they were there. And guess what, true believers… iPhone 1.1.1 firmware is also there, calling to us all. And so, to save you the trouble, I took the plunge today in an effort to figure out just what the 1.1.1 Jailbreak can do for us all. My conclusion? Not much. I have… Read More

  • Exclusive B'phone news: Special edition Beyonce Upstage launched on Sprint [Upstage]

    Need a burgundy and gold Samsung Upstage to match your lovingly dyed landing strip? You’d better get down to Sprint on November 4 because they’re launching a special edition Beyonce Upstage with a sexy start-up screen, exclusive pix and vidz, and a song sung by the ‘yonce when she was 10. Don’t particularly care about Beyonce? You can always pretend that the girl on… Read More

  • Is that your leg buzzing or are you just going into isolational shock?

    Phantom leg buzzing syndrome attacks millions of Americans every day and for just 56 cents a day — the price of a cup of coffee, you can make a difference. Meh. Not really, but you know know what it is — that odd feeling that your phone or Blackberry is going off when you know it isn’t. If your hipbone is connected to your BlackBerry or your thighbone is connected to your… Read More

  • Sony's 4X Blu-Ray Burner

    The BWU-200S is a 4x BD-R/16xDVD+/-R burner for the average Joe. At about $600 it essentially democratizes the BD burning process to an impressive degree, enabling us all to create our own “backup disk” of media, movies, and amateur goat porn without having trek down to Ye Olde Blu-Ray Disk Burning Shoppe. The disks can hold up to 50GB of data or 230 minutes of 1080i vide. It… Read More

  • Rolex will never do a phone, LG or otherwise

    I may not be a smart man, but I do know watch companies and there is no way Rolex and LG are teaming up to make a phone. It appears that TechDigest got to see a “Rolex” mock-up at an LG design facility with a real Rolex watch embedded in the phone face. Rolex has too much time, money, and goodwill invested in its brand to even consider trying something like this — let Armani… Read More

  • How to Jailbreak but not activate/un-simlock your 1.1.1 iPhone

    The DevTeam so close to a fully-working 1.1.1 iPhone that I can taste here in my Brooklyn basement. Good on ’em. Thus far they’ve Jailbroken the firmware and now have read/write access to the file system and can install AppTapp, which is absolutely great. That doesn’t mean you should try this on your non-AT&T iPhone, however, because they haven’t been able to… Read More

  • Myvu Universal Edition review

    It’s hard being NinjaMan, Ninja of the Future. Just ask the stewards on my last flight. They had to put up with me looking like a total moron and loving every minute of it. Why? Because I was wearing the Myvu Universals, a pair of video glasses for the iPod — or any other device with a video output — that basically turns you into the coolest guy on the plane. These glasses… Read More

  • Why Windows users don't like Macs: They're ignorant!

    I always try to be generous and kind when the mentally deficient come to my doorstep selling candy or trying to convince me Windows is great. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes III Esq., a ZDNet blogger, tries to inform us why Apple is better than Windows and/or vice versa and just ends up confusing us all. In the end, however, he believes that people don’t switch to Macs because of the time it… Read More