John Biggs

John Biggs is a writer, consultant, programmer, former East Coast Editor and current contributing writer for TechCrunch. 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.

He builds products, writes books, and consults with startups to help them make cool things.

John Biggs 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 Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Not at CES: Perpetual Motion!

    Dimly lit room? Check! Old man’s voice? Check! Magnets? Check! Fakery? You betcha. Bonus: Check out the Digg thread to watch the nerdery pick this mess apart. Read More

  • Wowwee: Really freaking cool this year

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    Tribot love Chunk! Wowwee’s new robots — the Roomba-like Rovio and the Robio-Sapien-like Tribot — are built on the same 3-wheel model. The Rovio has built-in GPS and webcam while the Tribot runs around looking cute. The Tribot is $99.99 — amazingly cheap for such impressive tech — and the Rovio is unannounced. Presumably it… Read More

  • Quick look at the SPOT communicator

    The SPOT is a handheld GPS device that communicates via satellite to call for help or just check in with loved ones. The orange device reports your current position and lets you map your trek on Google Maps when you get back to civilization. The little device is actually pretty cool and comes in blaze orange for hunters and hikers. We’ll have a full hands on later but until then it… Read More

  • Vestalife Ladybug: A thing to put your iPod into

    [photopress:IMG_0313.JPG,full,center] Tweens will be pleased by the Vestalife Ladybug, wee speaker system that closes up into a sexy little ball. Not to be outdone, the Butterfly has a removable faceplate and made me cry. Read More

  • The Vamp: Scary outdoor bat robot

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    From the makers of the Mosquito comes the Vamp, a scary-looking bat robot with an ugly carapace that can fly around inside and outside. It should be available now and costs about $40. Compacted into a 12” wingspan, the i-Fly VAMP™ is the world’s smallest R/C ornithopter, all
    the while maintaining pure flying control in both indoor and… Read More

  • Logitech's CES cavalcade: New Harmony Remote, Squeezebox lead the day

    [photopress:diNovoMini_TOP_OPEN.jpg,full,center] Logitech just announced five new products including an impressively updated Harmony remote, the One, and a new Squeezebox. Take, for example, this weird thing. The diNovo Mini is a mini keyboard for gamers. It includes a little touchpad and works with most media center PCs. It uses Bluetooth 2.0 to connect to most desktops. $149.99 in January Read More

  • Sennheiser releases first untethered Kleer wireless earbuds

    [photopress:MX_W1_Set__Large_.jpg,full,center] I pray that Kleer actually takes off but after seeing ideas like this try and fail to gain traction — Zigbee, anyone? — I’m a little dubious. Anyway, Sennheiser just launched the first Kleer compatible headphones which allow you to listen to any Kleer-enabled MP3 player and even share your music with others. The MX W1 headphones… Read More

  • New version of gOS announced

    I think it’s time we shut down the Internet. A new version of the so-called Google OS, gOS will be available next week. Dubbed “Rocket,” this new version has Google Gears support for hot offline action and includes: Virtual desktops: Available on the desktop, allowing easy grouping of applications across multiple desktop spaces · Online Storage Drive: available on… Read More

  • Bodibeat lets you rock out in time to your necrotic heart

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    I’m kind of weaning myself off of music while I run. It lets me concentrate a bit more on, say, finishing a race in less than 6 hours. However, the Bodibeat by Yamaha might be just what the doctor ordered. It is a music player that senses your current heart rate and changes the music depending on your effort level. Strolling casually away from a… Read More

  • Slingbox launches HD box that slings, SlingPlayer Mobile for Blackberry

    [photopress:SlingboxPRO_HD.jpg,full,center] Need 1080i content every-freaking-where in the world? Get ye a $399.99 SlingBox PRO-HD. This monster can send digital TV and HD content almost anywhere, provided your pipe is fast enough to support the upload speeds — Sling suggests FiOS. Blackberry fans will be happy to note that they will now be able to watch Slinged (Slung?) content on their… Read More

  • Norcent launches HDTVs, a camera

    BIZARRO LAS VEGAS (AP) – With the eyes of the world turned to Sin City for this year’s Computer Electronical Show, tech giant Norcent has announced two of its highly anticipated products, the LT series of LCD televisions and a digital camera. Crowds of people are already lining up to view Norcent’s offerings, causing Nevada Governor Gibbon McShandy to declare a state… Read More

  • The inscrutable Chinese are Googling for money


    While the rest of the world has been Googling “iphone,” “webkinz,” and “club penguin,” visitors to the great World Wide Wall are googling for “stock,” “China Merchants Bank,” and “thunder…” why thunder? Oh, it’s a P2P download service. That’s strange… anyway. China Daily is reporting that four of… Read More

  • Garmin Forerunner 405: And I just bought the 205 (!!)

    Dag nabbit! Garmin just launched the Forerunner 405, a sexier, sultrier GPS watch that doesn’t look like a domino is trying to rape your wrist. It can be used indoors and outdoors and measure heart rate. There’s also a Virtual Partner feature that will challenge you during your runs. Umm… and there’s no damn dongle. It’s all wireless. And you can rub the bezel… Read More

  • CES 2008 predictions: The end of the HD disc wars and a new era of HD audio and video


    It’s mobile a TV and no, you can’t have it yet. Prognosticating always gets you into trouble, but I’ve been keeping my eyes on announcements from CES and want to make a few basic predictions. While I can’t promise any of this will happen, I do know that these things have to happen in order to maintain the endless whirlwind of innovation and improvement we’ve… Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week: Pre-CES Edition

    It’s the last week before CES and everyone’s scrambling to reveal or hint at their hot new products without showing their whole hand. LG and Motorola will both be showing new mobile TV products, LG’s in HD. LG is also set to unveil their new high-res e-paper. Asus is releasing a laptop with a terabyte of RAID storage, which is awesome but kind of nuts. Olevia’s 120Hz… Read More

  • Microsoft selling, giving away same services: Who is sucker now?

    If you pay $9.95 a month for Microsoft Premium then Microsoft is royally screwing you. It seems that the service, which comes free from some ISPs, offers bunch of web-based services including “Virtual Earth,” Encarta, and spam and phishing filters. These same features are available through Windows Live and Hotmail and, incidentally, available in Windows itself. As a result, folks… Read More

  • Coming soon to iPhone: Copy and Paste


    The iPhone will soon join us in the 20th century by offering cut and paste. Sources at MacScoop are saying that the new firmware will offer copy and paste functionality as well as faux-GPS, the ability to send mass SMSs, and a multi-page home screen. Next iPhone software update to allow copy-paste [MacScoop] Read More

  • Nokia N810 quick look


    Just got the Nokia N810 tablet in for review and I’m going to pound the heck out of it next week at CES. I’m a huge fan of Maemo and the N-series tablet line so I’m really happy to be able to play with this little dreamboat. This model feels much more solid than the N800 and 770 and it seems there’s more attention to detail as evidenced by the sparse front control… Read More

  • Olympus wireless LS-10 recorder great for gigging musicians, that uncle who sings like Neil Young only worse


    The LS-10 from Olympus is a standard voice recorder with a trick up its sleeve. It supports an optional remote to activate it from afar and includes stereo playback and recording on one unit. It offers 24 bit/96kHz Linear PCM and a 1.8-inch LCD as well as a remote jack and 2GB of internal memory. It will be available in January 2008 for $399.99. And, because Olympus didn’t send an… Read More

  • EPA working closely with cellphone recycling partners

    It’s time to whip that old Nokia out of the closet and send it off to the recylcin’ barn because the EPA and some industry partners are ready to give you a little help. The EPA is working with AT&T, Best Buy, Dell, eBay’s Rethink initiative, HP, Intel, JVC, Lexmark, LG Electronics, Motorola, NEC Display, Nokia, Office Depot, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony… Read More