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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  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Kodak EasyShare V1253

    The promise of the Kodak’s EasyShare V1253 is immense. As the world’s first compact cam with a video capture function that can pull high-def (that’s 720p, and no I’m not counting those Sanyo products), this could represent a rare case of digital convergence that carves out an entirely new niche. Read more… Read More

  • Reviewing the Unknown Contest: Congratulations to BFFs LittleRedRyanHood and jaxim


    Whether it’s a detailed and intelligent alaysis of the Zune or a liveblog of Lindsey Lohan in The Parent Trap, our CG BFFs are providing great content every day. Guys – email me at john @ crunchgear.com with your preference of iPod Classic or Zune 2. First come first served, so get cracking. Read More

  • Big surprise: Germans can now sell locked iPhones

    Mein gott in himmel! The T-Mobile can now sell locked iPhones to their Swabian customers without worrying that Vodafone will iochen Sie sie in den Testikeln. T-Mobile can sell iPhone with contract-German court [Reuters] Read More

  • Windows Vista now trusts you to be a good person

    When SP1 drops for Windows Vista, gone will be the WGA kill switch that turns off your PC if you don’t have a genuine copy of Vista. Beginning with the final, released version of SP1 next year (the modified WGA code will be missing from all but the most exclusive of SP1 betas), Microsoft plans to roll back WGA to its original format as a series of notifications that nudge and nag but… Read More

  • 3.5" CDR OMG FNY!


    Oh hidey ho! Look at that! It’s a CDR that looks like a 3.5″ floppy! It even has a label! You can reuse your old floppy cases from college now, the ones you used to hide your pot in! HA! They cost $32 for 4 or $14 each, but it’ll be so worth it, right? Product Page via Geeked Read More

  • Dear PR People: All I want for Christmas is no lying


    <img SRC="http://old.crunchgear.com/wp-content/pbucket/Festivus, CES, and MacWorld. This is a dead period and tech is trying desperately to pull out all its clinkers just to get a little ink before checks and bonuses are cut at the end of the year. I've been getting email after email describing red-hot new devices from iPod docks to iPod cases to iPod stickers to things you put… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: V-MODA VIBE DUO iPhone Headset

    If you gots the iFone and you don’t likes the white earbudses, get you some V-MODA DUO’s. These in-ear earbuds are amazing: they fit the iPhone perfectly, they have a usable click button for pausing music and picking-up calls, and they look much cooler than the standard Apple buds. $89.99 online. Read More

  • The Writer's Strike: Week 5, the sadness sets in but fun is still in the offing

    Former Colbert Report — they’re technically former until Sumner Redstone’s distended syphilitic heart explodes, releasing billions in online revenue back into the economy at large — have new allies. Yes, friends, small animals emoting will no longer support mainstream media. Read More

  • Rumor: iTunes movies up to $15

    Take this with a grain of salt, but Pali Research analyst Richard Greenfield (“Don’t you know who I am? I’m Richard Greenfield!”) is saying that Apple will raise the price of iTunes movies to $15 in order to convince the big movie players to let them distribute video. The only way this could happen is if Apple started offering HD movies at this higher price — think… Read More

  • Microsoft polishes its turd: Windows 6.1 screenshots surface

    Windows Mobile lovers rejoice! WinMo 6 now has threaded SMSes, a new home screen (Wooot!), copy and paste, and ummm… some other stuff. BGR has a full gallery so I won’t bore you with my anti-WinMo screeds. I will close this post by singing the James Bond theme song in text: La la la lalala la lala la la la la lala ladee da! Doo doot doo doo doo doo doo doodledang doo doo… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Sidekick LX

    This piece was originally published in October. We would have also recommended the Slide, but it’s broked. I have a thing for the iPhone, if you couldn’t tell. But before I drank the Kool-Aid, I was a Sidekick man. What does it mean to be a Sidekick man? It means you give up a lot to get great email and instant messaging services and few, if any, third-party applications and… Read More

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    CrunchGear's Reviewing the Unknown Contest: Last Day!


    Readers of CrunchGear know full well that 95% of the time we have no idea what we’re talking about. Well, we want you to get in on some of that action by reviewing something you’ve never seen, touched, or even know exists on BFF. Two posters with the most comments, votes, and number of votes, wins either an 80GB iPod Classic or a 80GB Zune 2. Here’s what to do. Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Mr. Beer Premium Edition

    We at CG like two things: touching ourselves and beer. Some of us like the latter more than the former, or vice versa, but as my friend Rolf once proved — after getting completely hammered, passing out on a couch at a party and later being discovered naked and pleasuring himself just as things were closing up — these two hobbies taste great together. To that end, we offer Mr. Beer. Mr. Read More

  • Welcome to CG Holidays 2007

    You’ve already picked up all the handbags, pashmina, and fancy scented candles you can carry and got dad some cologne. The sig. other and your mom both have presents in the queue and your snotty nephew gets a basketball. You got a raw food book for your weird co-worker and Black Friday came and went because you knew — you could feel it in your heart — that nothing Circuit City… Read More

  • William Shatner on the VIC-20

    Just because. via Consumerist Read More

  • When Contests Go Wrong

    This is what happens when we let you people loose on our BFF thing. For shame! Blind Review Lolcatz! Read More

  • Kindle disassembly: No disassemble!

    RapidRepair has posted a full disassembly of the Kindle, complete with helpful tips for getting inside the case. Love it or hate it, it’s still cool to see e-ink in a working product and how they’ve managed to stuff a wireless radio, memory, and readable screen into such a light package. Instructions Read More

  • How to replace your iPhone battery

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?tabType4=guide&tabUrl4=http%3A%2F%2Fendscore%2Eblip%2Etv%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&tabTitle4=End%20Score&tabType3=guide&tabUrl3=http%3A%2F%2Funboxing%2Eblip%2Etv%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&tabTitle3=Unboxing%20Live&tabType2=guide&tabUrl2=http%3A%2F%2Ffilmcrunch%2Eblip%2Etv%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&tabTitle2=FilmCrunch&tabType1=guide&tabUrl1=http%3A%2F%2Fbleedingedge%2Eblip%2Etv%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&tabTitle1=The%20Bleeding%20Edge&logo=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egearlive%2Ecom%2Fvideo%2Fgearlivewatermark%2Epng&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Ffile%2F509287%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&fullscreenpage=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Ffullscreen%2Ehtml&fsreturnpage=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fexitfullscreen%2Ehtml&linkfromdisplay=false&showfsbutton=true&brandlink=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egearlive%2Ecom&brandname=Gear%20Live%20Video&showguidebutton=true&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf iPhone not holding a charge? Ninjas running down your battery at night? The kids at Gearlive did a great video of a full iPhone disassembly and battery replacement. Good stuff. via GearLiv&hellip… Read More

  • Reviewer fired/quits over Kane & Lynch review

    It seems Jeff Gerstmann, formerly of Gamespot, had a falling out with management over a review of Kane & Lynch and either was fired or left of his own accord. The game’s maker, Eidos, was upset by his unfair assessment of this holiday blockbuster featuring Dean Kane and Willie Lynch, two gun-toting country western singers who are out to fight the mob in downtown Toronto. The game is… Read More

  • TAG Heuer watch: WTF?

    OK. If this is real — and there is some indication that it is — then we’ve got ourselves a genuine breakthrough. We reported that TAG is making a phone, but we had no idea that it would be a damn watch phone. TAG Heuer has pretty much gone the sports route, offering quartz pieces to unsuspecting rubes. However, if this phone/watch comes to fruition, they’ll have a hit… Read More