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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  • Jiggy: An Easy Web-Based IDE for iPhones

    Now programming your iPhone is even easier thanks to Jiggy. Jiggy is a mini IDE that runs right on the iPhone, making it essentially OS agnostic. You do all the programming via a Web interface and you code in Javascript with a few Jiggy/iPhone native calls. The code is fairly straightforward (here’s ‘Hello World’) and you can even add your own icons to the iPhone UI. This… Read More

  • AllTell to offer Voice2TXT transcription service

    Visual voicemail, visual shmoisemail. Alltell wireless just launched Voice2TXT using SpinVox to transcribe users’ voicemail messages to text, ensuring that a simple message (“Pick me up at the airport, mom, it’s snowing!”) will turn into “PUCK ME UP THE ASHPORT [UNINTELLIGABLE] I LIKE BLOW.” Ok, it won’t be that bad, but I’ll be trying the… Read More

  • Dash Express finally shipping

    I’ve been following the Dash Express — the “flocking” GPS device that tells other Dash devices in its vicinity about traffic problems and can connect to WiFi to look up addresses — for over a year now and every time I’ve met with them they’ve been pushing back the ship date. Well, now you can pre-order the Dash Express for $599 and will ship in February. Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    The week started out with a roar as Matt broke the news that American Airlines would be offering free wi-fi on its flights. It turned out not to be true (costs 10 bucks), but it was big. If you’re reading this on a Macbook with a tiny hard drive, Peter’s got you figured out – it turns out it’s not that hard to replace the HDD with a more spacious one. Devin ruffled… Read More

  • The vomit kings of Chicago

    Too often we forget the small things that make us so happy. Take Fun, Inc., makers of magic tricks and, most importantly, fake vomit. Buy a kid a Wii, he’ll play for a day. Buy a kid fake vomit and he’ll play for a lifetime. Best of all they describe the process of making said bolus: The vomitmaster smooths the mixture with the back of the spoon, the way a short-order cook does… Read More

  • Asus eee running Vista: Because it can

    So you want to run Vista on a machine that runs Firefox just fine on Linux? Strip down Vista to its bare components, stuff on 8GB more memory, and watch as the majesty of Microsoft’s flawed diamond shines too brightly on a sub-notebook. via Giz Read More

  • Greys invade Apple campus

    AppleInsider is reporting sightings of slender gray and black aluminum MacBooks floating around the Apple campus, suggesting that someone has been dieting and is looking great! The slim Macbooks may or may not be launched at MacWorld along with a tiny sub-notebook. In fact, most of this is just hearsay and conjecture, so we can basically also add that Apple will launch a goat warmer and a… Read More

  • Meanwhile, uptown, the N-Gage appears

    Way to destroy our hopes for a usable gaming system for Nokia phones that will never be as good as standalone consoles like the DS or PSP and will be considered an afterthought by all but the most dedicated gamers and game manufacturers! Nokia announced that it would roll out its new N-Gage platform on the N81 and N81 8GB and offer “one or more games.” As one poster… Read More

  • Bill Gates says "Get you an education"

    Not sure what this has to do with anything, but Flamin’ Bill Gates just wrote what I would call an op-ed for BBC news regarding the future of IT. Like his speech on the Internet, this seems a bit like the guy who just discovered the White Stripes and is now telling his buddies about it. If you look at the most interesting things that have emerged in the last decade – whether it is… Read More

  • John Biggs' Holiday Gift Guide: Bringing it all back home

    Come back with me to a simpler time. It was twenty years ago, I was about 12, and the coolest stuff I owned was a huge set of G.I. Joe figures and, as I recall, an NES. I was late to the video game party mostly because I used my Atari 800XL a lot at the time and I recall getting the Bridgelayer vehicle and, that year, a few NES games. I could spend hours setting up my guys in battle formation… Read More

  • Great moments in the Amazon Suggestion System

    I see you’re buying a scanner. Would you like a USB cable or some salmon? Read More

  • iPhone video recording works, in theory

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=iphone.flv Monster and Friends, a group of iPhone hackers, have created a 10fps video recording application for the iPhone. It records at 2-megapixels and offers only basic functionality at this point but it’s definitely an impressive proof-of-concept. im posting a binary that will record 5 seconds of video and replay it. there is no ui… Read More

  • Goldman Sachs "makes stuff up" about Apple's 2008 plans


    Yeah, just stuck an LCD on there somewhere. Naw, doesn’t matter where. Apple TV with an LCD screen? Small iPhone memory upgrade? Apparently the Goldman guys have been snorting a bit too much nose candy at their holiday parties and are spouting all sorts of nonsense about Apple’s 2008 plans. Their first prognostication? Among them is a second-generation iPhone currently in the… Read More

  • CG Holidays 2007 Recommendation: ACE Grooming Gear


    Dual action for your pleasure. For those old enough to even know the brand ACE, well, they’re back. For the rest of you, listen up. This ageless plastic comb company has now come out with a line of men’s grooming products that won’t make you feel like Queen Depilitia of the Hairless Ones. I got to play with the tweezers, nail care kit, and excellent dual-action hair trimmer… Read More

  • The lies retailers tell, part 1: Monster Cable

    I’ll accept that “cables make a difference” in certain situations. Cable length, interference, and corrosion can effect cables, especially analog signals, and I’ve seen some improvements in using higher-end cables on higher-end gear. This, however, is unacceptable. Gizmo Republic visited a big box store where they found some red hot Monster HDMI cables for sale and… Read More

  • Wal-Mart stays classy

    Only 13 more shopping days ’til Christmas and now you know what to buy little Kaytlynn! Wal-Mart is selling these sassy unerpants in little girl size, ensuring that the will-power they’re teaching at those abstinence classes they’re teaching over at the Three Pines Ubermegachurch and Mall won’t go to waste. Granted, it does say “When you have Santa Claus” on… Read More

  • HP customers could get haxed on support site

    Don’t visit the HP Info Center with your HP laptop — you could be open to remote execution attacks! A problem with an HP dll appears when you visit HP’s Info Center site with IE. Presumably you’re safe with Firefox, but you can click here to see if you’re vulnerable. Then again, why are you using IE in the first place? Hey, HP laptop owners: click here to get… Read More

  • Big Daddy suit for sale on eBay

    The Big Daddy suit has now come full circle. From an odd Halloween costume to a VGA-feted wonder-thing, it has been through a lot and now it’s for sale on eBay. Bidding starts at $999 but expect it to go for more than that. I hear the Society for Creative Ayn Randianisms is nosing around as is a Bay Area cosplay fetish club. Has someone been good this Christmas? Product Page Read More

  • PlayStation emulator for iPhone/Touch

    Ummmm… yeah. No thanks. My fingers don’t move that way, really, and I think I’d rather not be touching the Buster Brothers as I try to move them around and around. Give me a few more motion activated games like 15 and I’ll be happy, but please keep your PS emulators to yourself, iPhone programmers. [psx4all NEWS] Playstation has arrived on the iPhone and iPod Touch! Read More

  • Apple sells, like, no Apple TVs and is all like "Shut up!"

    Apple was all like “We’ll sell 1 million Apple TVs!” and everyone was all like “No way shut up!” and Apple was all “Yeah, way.” So now that they only sold 400,000800,000, they’re all like “What? I didn’t say a million. I said like 800K, tops” and everyone was “You’re so stupid” and Apple call its mom to pick it… Read More