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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  • CrunchGear Exclusive: OS X through the Ages! Linux is great too!


    Welcome to CrunchGear’s Digg-bait, a column in which we create something that will appeal specifically and viscerally to the mass of Digg followers. This week we have a trifecta of Digg perfection: a big image, Linux, and Apple. I even threw in a ninja cat for good measure. Read on! Read More

  • Germans get 999 euro unlocked iPhones, ich bin jealous


    Would you give your IMEI to this man? Using what appears to be something similar to iPhoneSIMFree’s unlocking solution, Apple is now offering unlocked German iPhones for a considerable premium. German iPhone lovers — liebhaberen? — can pick up a 999 euro iPhone, give T-Mobile their IMEI, and a few hours later get a completely unlocked iPhone after syncing with iTunes. Expect… Read More

  • Domplayer can bite me

    Fans of “byte-torrent” “files-sharing” websites like TheBayofPirates.org and Freakamoidzoidwhat.cd.oink.org may have recently experienced a sad, sinking sensation after dedicating hours — if not minutes — to downloading the latest public domain copy of the Jazz Singer or a copy of Gulliver’s Travels (after all, piracy is a crime) — only to… Read More

  • zBoost YX300 zP zPersonal Repeater Review


    New York is a city of contradictions. On one hand you have great hot dogs, the Met, and Central Park. On the other hand you have urine, other people’s urine, and bad wireless reception. Due to overwhelmed switches and line of site issues, you either have great reception or no reception. There is rarely a happy medium. Wi-Ex makes cellular boosters. I reviewed a beefier version of this… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: SeV Jacket and Fleece for $250 — $80 off

    CrunchGear faves SeV is running a secret sale until Sunday, November 25, on the Tactical 4.0 Jacket and Fleece 4.0 Jacket combination. With the code SAVE80, you can get both — I have both and they work great together — for $80 off. Seriously. I’ve been wearing SeV when I travel and it’s great gear. If you like outdoor gear for the pockets and comfort but don’t want… Read More

  • DRM hurts retailers sez nice British lady

    Kim Bayley, director-general of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), is warning that DRM is “stifling growth and working against the consumer interest.” Wait a sec, Kim. Say that again. “DRM is stifling growth and working against the consumer interest.” Come on over here. Give us a little kiss. Amen, sister. Basically she’s saying what we’re… Read More

  • Daddy, what is a BSOD?

    Hello, children. Sit down please. There are three of you who didn’t get permission slips signed so you will have quiet study in the cafeteria. We’ll split you up into boys and girls and the boys will go in with Father Trenor and we’ll stay here, ladies. OK. Thank you. You’re all in junior high now and old enough to be asking a number of questions. This is a time when we… Read More

  • Iraq war veteran catches Wii-fe touching Wii-Wiis with another man… through the Wii!

    An Iraq war veteran came home in April 2007 and suspect his wife of cheating on him with another guy. A few months later, he ran through the collection of Miis on the Wii and found an odd — and familiar — face. It turns out wifey and the other guy played Mii bowling on multiple occasions and by tracking play time on the Wii calendar was able to see when they were playing together. Read More

  • A Plea for Help and Turkey Day Wishes


    So I ran a marathon last year. Hurt my foot, got a blood blister under my big toe, and generally tuned into Orson Welles thanks to carbo-loading “problems” aka IMMA GONNA EAT EVERYTHING NOM NOM NOM! So now I’m going to do it again, I’m going to try to do it a bit more sanely, and I need your help to raise $2,600 for Team In Training, the organization I’m… Read More

  • What if Gmail were MSmail?

    Oh, how we love poking fun at twee old Bill in this fancy castle up there in fancy land. “Look, Microsoft launched a table! Look they’re poop faces!” Well, friends, as funny as this “What if Microsoft designed Gmail?” jab is, just remember that most of us got our start compiling code in DOS on an old 286 from Computer Haven down the street. Although I… Read More

  • Don't give up

    I’m kind of Mac guy/PC guyed out but this is actually fairly funny. Apple is running this clever flash ad on a few websites including something AOL’s Engadget and PCMag. Pretty funny guys, those two. ‘Don’t Give Up on Vista’ Web Ad [MacRumors] Read More

  • Charging an iPod with an onion and Gatorade

    How do you do, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and teachers? My name is some guy with an iPod and an onion and physics is my business and our very special business for today is electrolytes and onions. Man, Julius Sumner Miller was the bomb. [Thanks, James!] Read More

  • Wi-Fi causing autism?

    According to a study by Dr. George Carlo in Australasian Journal of Clinical Environmental Medicine, the signals emitted by Wi-Fi routers cause metals to be trapped in brain cells, thereby accelerating the onset of autism. I’m not quite sure how Wi-Fi singnals are the significant culprits here — unless they have 50 kids in faraday cages with 802.11G routers strapped to their… Read More

  • BFF Call for Help: 720p VS. 1080p The Rumble in the Television Jungle

    Over the past couple months I’ve been shopping the Sunday paper and internet ads for a new LCD TV. Currently I have a 25″ Magnavox TV that I bought with paper route money in 1993. It has a single coax input. It’s time to get something new, I don’t watch a lot of TV, I haven’t had cable in 8 years, and I don’t play a lot of games (I have a PS1 and will school any… Read More

  • Exmocare Watch spies on the elderly and mentally deficient, reports on their state of mind

    [Hippy dippy la la la BS about some sort of galvanic watch that watches your vital signs and that will never be released] he U.S. Company Exmocare has developed a novel wristwatch, which is capable of monitoring many physiological signals. The watch can send a report regarding the wearer’s emotional and physiological state to a loved one or caretaker, via email, SMS, or instant messaging. Read More

  • Canon 5D Mark II immenent, prepare laser cannons


    Ho ho ho! All of you folks looking for the 5D Mark II might be pleasantly surprised to find out that Capture One added the camera to their website’s error reporting page, suggesting that someone had lunch with someone at Canon maybe like last week and that someone heard that other someone say “Yeah, don’t put the 5D Mark II on your site yet, dude. God. The waitress is… Read More

  • WTF?

    WTF? via Giz Japan [Warning: Do not watch the entire thing] Read More

  • Slow news day: USB Cross


    What happens when there is no news to post? We post about Brando shipping the USB Cross. Now this is not to be confused with the Crux Orthodoxa USB hub or the My Puffy Jesus Lens Cleaner and Mobile Phone Charm, but at least now you can keep the most holy books of the Western canon nestled warmly near your breast where Gods love will shine out not in waves but in on/off signals on a… Read More

  • Ye Olde Gadgete Bullshittery

    You, too, can look like a pasty, bloated pub-lout with rosacea. Ahh, I love these little round-ups of fake gadgets that took the world by storm. Not surprisingly Wired didn’t add Scientology’s E-Meter dead-alien-soul-dectector system but they did mention the Tesla watch, bullshit++, and the Q-Ray bracelet that my mom actually wears and which makes no specific medical claims. After… Read More

  • Ibiza Rhapsody quick look


    I have a Haier washing machine. It works really well and it used to fit exactly into a small closet in our previous apartment so we could hide it from the landlords. What I never expected to see, however, is a Haier wireless MP3 player. See, Haier is a Chinese company that is something of a success story. They took an Asian brand and made good-quality home appliances for the US market and did… Read More