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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  • 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

  • Apple to offer webapp "download" page

    Apple is extending an olive branch — albeit dipped in stinky, runny, rancid cheese — by creating a website full of web apps for use on the iPhone. Now remember — web apps suck, especially the ones that are ostensibly offering IM access. Like Adam and Steve in the Garden of Eatin’, once you’ve tried the sweet, sweet taste of a native, localized compiled… Read More

  • Help Crash the System

    Here’s a fun contest for you gamer types. G8 makes gamer apparel — I know, you’re thinking Depends and one of those Camelbak water systems are all you need, but you do have to leave the house sometimes. To that end, they’ve decided to offer us some goodies to give away. I have one “Crash the System” tee that will go to one lucky commentator who writes… Read More

  • Another day, another Bell&Ross Special Edition: White Ceramic

    Maybe you haven’t been following the watch press that closely this afternoon — who can blame you with all the news coming out of the Lohan camp regarding her quest for sobriety. However, Bell&Ross just launched a ceramic version of their huge and beautiful BR 03 Instrument Series. I’d say this one is for the ladies or for men who wear furs, but that’s just one… Read More

  • Envision HD 720p 32-inch LCD-TV: Awful cheap or cheaply awful?

    Envision makes fairly good TVs for not much money. This 32-inch model is about $500 online right now and it has a built-in digital tuner and two HDMI in ports. You can also use it as a video monitor at 1366 x 768 pixels at 60Hz. Your best bet is to pick this up as a second TV in the house as it supports 1080i in but doesn’t display 1080i. One wag posted an online review noting that… Read More

  • Microsoft Sidewinder gaming mouse quick look

    Microsoft’s latest edition to the world of high performance gaming periphery is the customizable Sidewinder Gaming Mouse. The mouse boasts a resolution of 2000dpi, somewhat standard nowadays for high performance mice. Some other specifications include 7080 frames per second image processing, max acceleration of 20G and a max speed of 45 inches per second. But the most interesting feature… Read More

  • Google evil for not supporting troops, hating on fetuses

    Google changes its logo for holidays and special occasions. They added a little Sputnik, did a cute little Chinese dragon boat, and even celebrated Edvard Munch’s birthday. But one thing those lying, stinking anti-American Talibanists didn’t do was celebrate Columbus, Memorial, or Veteran’s day. That’s right, people, Google hates our troops. Some believe that Google is… Read More

  • One day at a time, sweet iPhone firmware 1.1.1

    Another day, another step closer to jailbreak. It seems Erica and the iPhone rangers have been tearing 1.1.1 a new orifice and successfully installed third-party apps onto the new firmware. It appears they haven’t hacked the activation scheme so you should still wait patiently if you’re running it on international or national GSM carriers. But isn’t it nice to know there… Read More

  • iPolo

    Gestisci tutti i comandi senza necessità di estrarre l’iPod dalla tasca, grazie agli speciali fori che lasciano pieno accesso alla click wheel ed allo schermo.
    Nessun intralcio dai cavi, grazie ad un sistema di guide che li incanalano sotto la t-shirt. That’s what she said! Product Page Read More

  • Wi-Fi signal-sensing T-shirt

    When you go and buy this, send us a picture. We’ll use it to identify the body when the dark hand of anti-geekery reaches out of the void and steals your soul. Product Page Read More

  • Geek X-Wing rocket slips the surly bonds of earth, explodes into a million pieces

    You spend all year building a huge X-Wing rocket. You even skip prom! You know that when you launch the thing Shayna from your WoW clan will be there. She’ll watch it with you, she’ll stand so close that you can smell her shampoo, and maybe you’ll all go out for pizza or something and maybe you and Shayna will be sitting in the same car, close together, and talking about how… Read More

  • Glowing Mountain Dew – Watch more free videos This reminds me of the time we were putting on The Pajama Game in high school and we drank a bunch of the Dew and we all peed this same color. It was nuts. Why were we all looking at each other’s pee? That’s a different story, one I’m working out with my analyst. Read More

  • The fall of Japan's tech hegemony

    Don’t you people have anything better to do? I had a few days to think over the malaise I felt on attending CEATEC and wandering the streets of Tokyo last week. I had last been to Japan in 2003 and I left feeling that they had their fingers firmly on the pulse of the future. They had cool phones, cool laptops, and MP3 players smaller than grapes. Their cameras were slim and sexy and… Read More

  • AT&T iPhone ads confuse, dismay us

    You know how it is when you wake up after having a barbecue at your place and you still feel drunk and your ears are ringing and you’re feeling pretty good — not too hung over, maybe an egg and sausage sandwich would get you back in sorts? And then you go out into the living room and something bad happened? Like your friend puked on the couch and then passed out in it or the dog ate… Read More

  • iPod Nano sets man's pants on fire in airport

    This sounds kind of dubious but apparently an Atlanta man named Danny Williams was walking in an airport and his iPod Nano started to flame up. A “glossy piece of paper” protected him from life-threatening burns. Apple is being good sports about it and is offering him a new iPod after Willams went to the local news station with the story. The reporter got no quote from Apple… Read More

  • AppleTV as an in-car PC

    First it was the Mac Mini now it’s the AppleTV. In-car hackers are stuffing the wee, kind of dead set-top box into cars now after hacking it to death and installing outside apps. The result — a slim, fairly quiet machine — makes for a good GPS and media device. The audio is plugged into the aux of my deck. The Apple TV and video convertor are both run off of my 300-watt… Read More

  • Microsoft: gPhone is lies and fabrications, Windows Mobile great, you people know nothing

    Scott “The Rock” Rockfeld sat down with InformationWeek to discuss the Google Phone, Google’s purchase of mobile spectrum, how great Google is, and how super Google is. His assessment? Google is stupid heads and Windows Mobile is on 11 million phones and Google is for dumb heads. The real money shot? Get ready… when asked what hot MS products are coming up — a… Read More

  • iPhone 1.1.1 read access granted but don't upgrade just yet

    Erica at TUAW just posted a liveblog of her trip through the 1.1.1 filesystem. What did she find? That you can read the new OS, mount noexec disks, and grab the Wireless ITMS and try to put it on the earlier version to no avail. The hack basically shows us that we have a long way to go. Liveblogging the big iPhone 1.1.1 hack [TUAW] Read More