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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  • iTunes Canada to get TV shows


    Hey, [insert Canadian slur here], now you can download [funny Canadian show title], [funny Canadian show title], [funny Brazilian show title], and Grey’s Anatomy right to your [Canadian slang for penis] or laptop. You can watch NHL games, some CBC content, and [funny situation involving Canadian wildlife and a Canadian film star’s mother or girlfriend] on a steppe outside of… Read More

  • Apple to buy Nintendo, Dell, Adobe, a can of soda, three comic books

    After discovering that Apple has $15 billion in cash just lying around, Ars Technica decided to take lots of drugs and suggest that Apple could be in the market to quite possibly buy Adobe, TiVo, or Nintendo. This is about as possible as Disney buying Exxon but heck, don’t let our cynical understanding of mergers and acquisitions stop you from imagining the wonderful iTiVmacbookphones… Read More

  • Samsung Sammy unboxes the Blackjack II

    Sammy, the “internal Samsung mascot,” enlists two lovely ladies to help him unbox the Blackjack II, available from AT&T. Coup de craw! Read More

  • Creative inventor patents perpetual magnetic motion machine

    Finally someone out there is standing up against big oil and trying to make a difference. Andy Abolafia has create the Static Field Converter, a device “that converts the energy in permanent magnets into useable electrical energy.” Best of all, it can be used to power hydrogen converters to power cars, Segways, space planes, and even cybernetic helper robots a la Johnny 5 or… Read More

  • Tiny, fake iPod Touch for $109

    Want an iPod Touch without all that pesky multi-touch? Want what is essentially a low-end PDA stuck in a case that kind of looks cool and has a 1.3-megapixel camera? Want something that will inevitably disappoint you? Pick up the 4GB Optimus Touch, now with super classy iPod Touch-esque UI without the iPod Touch-esque price or build quality. Product Page Read More

  • CrunchDeals: James Bond Box Set for $109.99 – Today Only!


    Even if your name is Benkowski, Larry Benkowski, you can still feel like a fancy British spy by immersing yourself in 21 Bond movies in this huge box set. It’s over 50% off today only at Amazon, so get clicking. Product Page via Criticker Read More

  • A CRY FOR HELP, FIVE IFONES NOT TWO


    Dear Lovely,
    I am writing this letter with due respect and heart full of tears since we have not known or met ourselves previously. I am asking for your assistance after I have gone through a profile that speaks good of you. I will be so glad if you can allow and lead me to the right channel towards your assistance to my situation now. I will make my proposal well known if I am given the… Read More

  • Tell CG a Holiday Travel Horror Story, Win a Blackberry Curve

    Telenav was kind enough to send CrunchGear two free AT&T Blackberry Curves to give away to the readers with the best holiday travel horror stories. The phones include three months of Telenav service and our own Erick Schonfeld swears by his, mostly because the Motorola RAZR was too “fancy and complex” for him. Pop over to CG to find out how to enter. Read More

  • Timex iControl review

    How often have you hit the running trails and found that your iPod is really interested in Kenny G. No matter how many times you fumble for your iPod you keep coming back to “Eastside Jam” and “By the Time This Night Is Over.” Now, however, you can just tap your wrist and watch as Kenny is relegated to the deep pits of hell where he belongs. Besides, what are you doing… Read More

  • Honeywell's HDMI-to-Cat5 converter: Eat the rich

    If you’re remodeling the beach house this year, do be sure to pick up these HDMI-to-Cat5 converters. Essentially, they allow you to keep a electronics room somewhere in the house and then connect your TV straight into the wall to get red hot HDMI hi-def content no matter where you are. This is actually a really good idea. It lets organizations have a centralized AV office and stream… Read More

  • Tokyoflash 1259Q watch: Remember, Chavistas, set your unreadable watches backward 30 minutes!

    Sure, it’s pretty, but can you tell the time? I’ve been watching Tokyoflash move from “cool gimmick” to “fashion-forward horology source” and I’m kind of dismayed by their latest invention, the 1259Q. I’m not even going to try to tell you how to read it, but I guess if you need the attention and can’t get it with your good looks or hygiene… Read More

  • Spike Awards special guest: Big Daddy


    My buddy Nathan Sharratt, the guy who made the Big Daddy/Little Sister costume with his girlfriend last Halloween just showed up on Spike TV last night, helping accept BioShock’s Best Game award. It just goes to show you that a little obsessive attention to detail and some plastic tubing can take you quite far. Read More

  • Disney's Woz-bot to scare children unto eternity

    EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth (Presented by Siemens!) is a ride dedicated to showing the variety and wealth of riches here on our jolly blue orb. Interestingly enough, in doing this, Disney decided to share the birth of Apple and to glorify the cult of the obese geek eating pizza in his garage. Here we see the Woz, presumably, working on a strange Mac-esque PC. His back is to the riders… Read More

  • T-Mo launches Samsung Katalyst with HotSpot @Home


    Seriously. Do anyone’s friends actually look like this? What does $79.99 and a two-year contract get you these days? The Samsung Katalyst (SGH-t739), a slim slider from T-Mobile that supports My Faves and HotSpot @Home. While you probably won’t feel like the coolest kid on the block with this WiFi-enabled phone, you can make calls over WiFi and it’s technically a world… Read More

  • CompUSA closing, assets to be sold


    CompUSA is dead. The chain will remain open during the holidays, offering nice discounts to vultures like you and me, but has been bought by Gordon Brothers and will be sold off piece by piece. Dallas-based CompUSA said on Friday that active discussions are underway to sell its technical services business, CompUSA TechPro, its online sales operation, CompUSA.com, and select stores in key… Read More

  • LG PC12, the jolly, puffy iPod dock/HD radio

    Isn’t it cute? It looks like a little football! Hey, dad! Guess what I’m calling you on! It’s a football! Remember that? Yeah, me to. Anyway, this is PC12 iPod dock with HD radio and standard clock radio functions. As you can see the read-out pops up on the dark face and it supports USB audio as well as standard audio-in. Amazing? Nah. Round? Yes. Read More

  • What to get Grandma next year: Zenith's DTT900


    When TV goes totally digital in 2009, Grandma is going to be stuck with TVs that don’t get any of her stories. The remedy is this little DTT900 box, which will sell for about $60. This is a $20 premium over the $40 coupon households can request from the federal government and that gets you a digital-to-analog converter, remote, and build-in V-CHIP and close captioning, ensuring she… Read More

  • $999 LG BF200 would swing both ways if Blu-Ray and HD DVD were sexual orientations

    The format war is over, kids. It’s going to be a Blu-Ray/HD DVD world whether we like it or not and getting one or the other right now is probably a bad idea. Witness the BF200 from LG, arriving now for $999. Here’s my take: While pure play devices might pop up in consoles — as they have — and some low-cost devices — as they have — these are basically a way… Read More

  • Symantec's Anti-Viral Norton Fighter: Finally, the Japanese don't scare us, instead make us laugh

    Maid cafe maidens. Fat nerds. Skinny nerds. Justin Timberlake’s choreographer as a viral commander. What could be better on a snowy Friday morning? via Giz Read More

  • CrunchGear this Week

    The strange days of post-thanksgiving excess and crushed consumers are over. Of course, that means that the pre-holiday rush has begun, and CG’s holiday recommendations are coming fast and furious. But there’s been some controversy: old man Dvorak trashed the OLPC, our own Peter Ha alleged that the PS3 “stinks,” , and also that Leopard should die, causing an influx… Read More