John Biggs

Biggs is a contributor for TechCrunch. He has written for the New York Times, InSync, USA Weekend, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Money and a number of other outlets on technology and wristwatches. He is the former editor-in-chief of and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. You can [Tweet him here](

Disclosures: John is an unpaid advisor to Riffle, a social books platform. John is CEO of Freeport Mobile, Inc. Bre Pettis, formerly of Makerbot, is an investor.

CrunchBase profile →

Featured Picks from John Biggs

Latest from John Biggs

  • T-Mobile Releases Blackberry Curve 8320, First Hands On

    <img src='; alt='curve_titanium_side3_1.jpg' Read More

  • Wirenode: Easy Mobile Websites

    From MobileCrunch – Anyone who says that the mobile Web is following the same path as the World Wide Web clearly doesn’t remember the mid-1990s. The Web didn’t launch with massive retailers, interactive forums and powerful search engines. The whole reason for the new vernacular of terms such as “surfing,” was because this was generally uncharted territory filled… Read More

  • XP is Really an Upgrade Path for Vista

    Well here’s an example of satire brushing quite close to reality. Some OEM who order PCs with Vista Business or Ultimate installed can now request XP and have even gone as far as to offer it on disk in each laptop box. Fujitsu and others are offering XP downgrades to customers who request them. Considering most IT shops wouldn’t dream of dropping Vista onto their machines this… Read More

  • Leopard Screenshots and Video Leaked Macgeeks have just reported that there are minor UI improvements in the current developer Leopard build including new icons and iCal now reflects the current date in the icon even when not running — finally. This news isn’t enough to wake your mom up for or anything, but it’s still fairly cool. Read More

  • Film vs. Digital: Are We Really Still Discussing This?

    Dan Havlik, our photo guy, posted a thought-provoking forum question on PDNPulse, a fairly geeky photoblog. His question is simple: How many professional photographers use film on a regular basis? The responses, needless to say, were vociferous and varied. I came into photography after the digital revolution. A buddy of mine in Boston called me about a year ago and asked me which camera to buy. Read More

  • PDF Files Can Steal All Your Base

    GnuCitizen just published an interesting bit of news. PDF files, the lingua franca of online documents, have an exploit that can offer up control of Windows “completely, invisibly, and unwillingly.” All you have to do is open the file. From the site: My advise for you is not to open any PDF files (locally or remotely). Other PDF viewers might be vulnerable too. The issues was… Read More

  • Meizu M8 GUI Screenshots: What Chinese Piracy Problem?

    I’ve said this over and over again in multiple forums, but I’ll repeat it here. Chinese technology companies have to stop intellectual piracy. From the look and feel of the Chinese Facebook to the plethora of Chinese-made Rolex knock-offs on eBay, Chinese design is derivative to the extreme. I don’t know what it is about the mentality — perhaps it’s a… Read More

  • Piracy Costs Industry $5 Trillion, May Have Killed Grandmothers, Kittens, the Unborn

    According to reports by the Canadian Mounties (Motto: Like Police, Only On Horses), the piracy industry cost Canada $30 billion in Canadian currency (USD $45,454). This figure had been bandied about by lobbyists and even the US Ambassador to Canada, ensuring sensationalist headlines much like the one above. The problem, however, is that it isn’t true. Blogger Michael Geist asked the… Read More

  • Meet the New Michael: Erick Schonfeld

    Business 2.0 is one of the few paper magazines that I could ever stand to read — Shaved Sex and Professional Goat Breeder are two others, if that tells you anything about the state of the magazine industry. While I was at TC40, Michael leaned over and whispered something in my ear. An hour and a motel room refund later, I realized I what he had really said was that Erick Schonfeld… Read More

  • MediaDefender's Software Undefended

    MediaDefender, the sword and shield of the media industry, was hacked a few days ago, revealing mail files and voicemails integral to the process of throwing feces and FUD into the P2P process. Now hackers have found the company’s complete set of “protective” applications which appear to have been written by a teenager who hangs out in IRC too much. Programs include… Read More

  • 6th Grader Builds Company on Earnings from MMORPG Sales

    This isn’t quite our forte, but it’s insane nonetheless. Arjun Mehta, a 6th-grader in Silicon Valley is creating a company called PlaySpan for buying and selling virtual goods. Fair enough. A little website hosted on Dad’s server in the basement, maybe $500 in sales a month. Cool, right? Well, the kid just raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. What is he going to do with… Read More

  • EA Games Available for Pre-Order on Apple Store

    Reader Steve sent us a tip that some newer EA games — Tiger Woods Golf ’08, Madden NFL ’08 — are now available for pre-order on the Apple Store. They’ll ship in 4 to 6 weeks and they’re on par with EA pricing. Big news? Nah, but it’s nice to know they’re thinking of us. Product Page Read More

  • David Berlind Discovers Gravity, Tendency of Products to Improve in Future Iterations

    Sorry, but this picture also fits here I came to this story through a great rebuttal on Macalope which I strongly suggest you read. Essentially David “Le Obvious” Berlind is saying that a 3G iPhone aka iPhone 2 will reduce sales of the old iPhone aka iPhone 1. Now, I’m no prognosticator, but as far as I can tell this has been Apple’s M.O. during the Jobs era. While… Read More

  • Dearest Little Asstunnels: The MediaDefender Take-Down Reactions

    Ars is reporting on responses by Meganova and other torrent sites to MediaDefender, the company that poisons P2P for “big media” in the U.S of A. While we don’t condone downloading private email, it is funny to watch the world’s premiere content protection group get hit in this way. The sooner companies work with these haxor punks the better, because things can only go… Read More

  • Branded Gphone On Its Way, I Begin Salting and Peppering My Hat

    I’ve always said Google won’t launch a branded phone but it seems that Google may launch a branded phone. DigiTimes is reporting that Google is kinda sorta definitely releasing a Gphone but, and this a big but: [they have] yet to finalize the handset’s specifications, OS, production contractor and operating partners, according to sources at Taiwan handset makers. Read More

  • Free Unlocked iPhone Winner: Tom

    Once you offer to give stuff away, all sorts come out of the woodwork. Take Tom for example. This “spry chap” give us an earful with his cockney meanderings, forcing us to sit up and “take note of his bonnet” when our random number generator picked his number. Jolly good show, you old sod! Cor blimey gov, what I wouldn’t do to get a butchers hook at yer… Read More

  • Bell&Ross BR02 Instrument Diver

    Bell&Ross, makers of “that big watch with the huge face that looks really cool” just launched the BR02 Instrument Diver, a 1000m diver with helium escape valve that looks like it belongs on a submarine. The Instrument line has traditionally focused on aviation-themed pieces, so this is a major departure. The pips and hands are covered in lume and there is a date window and… Read More

  • XRT3D: Holy Crap

    Now here’s a great little product. It’s called XTreme Reality 3D and it’s a piece of software that works with your webcam to let you control applications and games with your hand in real space. You simple wave your hand in front of a webcam to zoom in, zoom out, and pan through screens, maps, and games. Think of the Wii but without the batons and you’ve got the idea. Read More

  • Five Dollars, Why I Oughta!

    Don’t click through yet, friends, but has a site in the works that will let you pop over, order a few dozen bottles of Smirnoff, and drink up in honor of your shattered dreams, gimlet-eyed lovers, and failures as a human. The site will be one of the first to be able to legally deliver hard booze to 39 states and it even offers a recommendation engine — great for parties… Read More

  • Remember: Enter to Win an Unlocked 8GB iPhone

    In honor of the UK iPhone launch, we’re giving away a free unlocked iPhone. Do it! Do it now! Entry Info Read More