John Biggs

Biggs is a contributor for TechCrunch. He has written for the New York Times, InSync, USA Weekend, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Money and a number of other outlets on technology and wristwatches. He is the former editor-in-chief of and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. You can [Tweet him here](

Disclosures: John is an unpaid advisor to Riffle, a social books platform. John is CEO of Freeport Mobile, Inc. Bre Pettis, formerly of Makerbot, is an investor.

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  • Viewdle Promo Video This is what the Viewdle guys were showing off during TC40. It all looks like some kind of crazy futuristic blockbuster thriller but it’s real and it works. Very cool tech. It basically lets you search inside of video. Say you’re looking for Brad Pitt. Viewdle will recognize faces within video and… Read More

  • iKan: Scan Your Groceries at Home

    I’ve seen a number of these “do your shopping from home” products over the last few years but iKan seemed to have some value. It’s a little white device that sits on your counter and connects to the network via Wi-Fi. The device has a barcode scanner that can scan almost any product — you could feasibly put this in your office as well and order pens and paper… Read More

  • Live Coverage from Apple Announcement in London Tomorrow

    TC writer Mike Butcher will be in London tomorrow liveblogging the Apple announcement as it happens. We will be using a new subdomain, to livepost the news as it happens so check back early and often. It at 10am GMT, 2am PDT (Cali), 5am (New York) EDT, but we’ll be here, slaving away for you all. Read More

  • TripIt: Put All Your Trip Stuff Into One Place

    Cool little thing from TC40. There’s a new site, TripIt, that adds bookings to one central location. For example, you make multiple reservations for a trip — flights, car rentals, hotel reservations — and send them to TripIt. TripIt puts them onto one easily readable page and adds basic information like directions, weather, and special events. You can also send your streams… Read More

  • Cubic Mobile: Roaming at Skype Rates

    Cubic Mobile: Roaming for Skype Rates

    Cubic Mobile has just launched two new phones under the Cubic Mobile moniker. They use MaxRoam SIM cards which allow you to add local phone numbers to your personal account along with a “flat rate” calling plan wherever you are. Say, for example, you’re in the UK and you fly to San Francisco. You buy a local SF number and your friends… Read More

  • Yahoo for Teachers: You Know, For Teachers Yahoo for Teachers is a new product launching at Techcrunch40. It’s a social networking/tagging tool for teachers that let teachers build lesson plans and subject packages around Yahoo search results. The project lets you “gobble” pages using a program called the Gobbler (yeah, I know) and drag and… Read More

  • CG on Twitter

    Joining our BIG FANCY FACEBOOK GROUP is a new Twitter page that I’m giving the entire team access to. If you like Twitter, go ahead and add us. It will be an easy way to talk about CG on a new platform and might make us more moble. That’s us. Always trying new things. Read More

  • CG Exclusive: iPhone in France November 29, No 3G

    Our sister site, Techcrunch France, received some extremely juicy info about the European iPhone. The Francophone version will launch on September 29, 2007 at the Apple Expo in Paris. It will cost 300 Euros plus subscription and it will run on exclusively (*cough*) on Orange France. It is essentially the same as the U.S. version of the iPhone and here’s a bit of news that might sour… Read More

  • CG Readers in San Francisco

    Howdy, guys. I’m in San Francisco for TC 40 and would love to meet up with some CG readers Monday or Tuesday. Drop me a line at john @ or AIM me at johnbiggsny. We can grab a beer or swim to Alcatraz or whatever you guys do out here. Read More

  • Do Not Feed the Pluto

    It’s Friday. Sue me. UPDATE – Peter H.
    2:50 PM
    Peter H.
    taht’s pluto
    asshat via Daddytypes Read More

  • iPod Touch: Thanks to the Apple Store in Chandler, Arizona!

    If you haven’t been to the Apple Store in the Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, Arizona, then you’re truly missing something. In Chandler, Arizona, Apple Store employees are actually half-elves, the off-spring of a band of roving female ninjas and heroic wood elves who, over thousands of years, have formed a desert community of powerful wizard-warriors who had access to the… Read More

  • Unky Walt Does Ubuntu Watch this video. It’s very good. Mr. Mossberg knows he’s going into weird territory for his audience and speaks carefully and concisely on the various problems and plusses he found on a Ubuntu-powered Dell laptop. This is the link to send to your CEO when he’s like “I think we should give everybody… Read More

  • Back to School 2007: iWork '08 Review

    It’s been a few weeks since Apple announced the new iWork suite and I’ve had some time to play with it while writing and editing for this site and my other gigs. When I started using it, my question was this: Is iWork ready for the average user. The answer, as you can imagine, is pretty complex and multi-faceted but, if you are using OS X in your office and you don’t want… Read More

  • The iPod Super Friends Hands-On

    I had the opportunity to love, hug, and kiss the new iPod line yesterday alongside Mike Kobrin and I was definitely impressed. It wasn’t so much the restyling — that was cool — but these things are definitely getting smaller and cooler each iteration. The Nano has an excellent screen — yes, you can watch video on it comfortably and yes you should get it — and… Read More

  • HTC TyTN II Video Review

    Dave at Mobilty Today rocked out with the TyTN II — does anyone really rock out with these things? Am I reading too much into them? — and came away fairly please. His assessment? It has a powerful processor that can run all sorts of good stuff including Slingbox Mobile. He didn’t like the fact that the bugger had a small battery and no Voice Command, to which Dave said… Read More

  • MS DOS 5 Upgrade Rap

    Sorry. I had to post this. The graphical shell! Do tell! I actually remember this quite fondly. Undelete was a huge deal back then and the shell was my first brush with GUIs. I tried to write my own and, ummm, failed. But this definitely inspired me.
    via Gadgets.BB Read More

  • Dear Canada: Our Puerile Satire Can Be Biting, But We Are Really Just Jealous

    Yesterday Nicholas Deleon, our resident crank, wrote some nasty words about Canada. He knows your women are more beautiful, your fields more verdant, and your maple trees more succulent. And all of these things dig deep into his psyche, reminding him what ROTC really means and how cool William Gibson is for escaping to Vancouver. He is young. He has not yet felt the bracing air of a cold… Read More

  • Back to School 2007: Real College Studentâ„¢ Advice from "John L"

    In which our correspondent describes his daily activities at “school.” My favorite electronic gear is probably my sidekick. I really like to have the internet handy wherever I go, and the keyboard on it is unparalleled. I have always wanted to check out the Helio Ocean, but the plans are more expensive, and you can’t multi-task as well as the sidekick. In addition i really… Read More

  • iPhone Unlock GUI Now Available

    OK. I’m done. Enough. No more iPhone stories for the rest of the week. Our contest, needless to say, is pretty much toast. I rarely get excited about technology anymore — it’s one of the dangers of doing this job day in and day out — so I’m extremely happy to note that this whole process from start to finish actually gave me a rush. Watching these guys &mdash… Read More

  • Robodance: Like Riverdance, Less Irish

    Robodance a system that lets you control WowWee robots over the Internet using your voice. At its core it is a piece of speech recognition software that can send messages via IR to the robot. Adding on a camera — this one attached using masking tape — allows potential Evil Masterminds to watch over their lair while at the dentist or church. It actually looks quite fun. Click… Read More