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 Gizmodo.com and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. You can [Tweet him here](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs).

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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  • BioShock's Science is Bunk! Bunk, I Tells Ya!


    Penny Arcade is dead wrong. I asked a real live scientist (my friend Teresa) who has a Doctorate in Scientology and she said: I can’t think of anything that I involved with plasmids (the normal in-the-lab kind that I use) that involves fire or blowing things up There are a lot of things in lab that you could use to start a fire or
    blow things up and I can guarantee you that plasmids are… Read More

  • Motorola Q 9m Review


    Motorola is in a bad way. Wilson over at Giz basically tore them a new orifice over the Q 9m and I have always thought they’ve squandered the RAZR good-will on a series of odd products that were either violently crippled or ahead of their time — like the Moto PEBL, for example. That said, they’ve remained in high in the pantheon of phone gods that I have in my heads, up… Read More

  • Easy-Peasy Video on How to Hack Your iPhone With Windows

    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&autostart=false&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Ffile%2F348707%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&fullscreenpage=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Ffullscreen%2Ehtml&fsreturnpage=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fexitfullscreen%2Ehtml&linkfromdisplay=false&logo=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egearlive%2Ecom%2Fvideo%2Fgearlivewatermark%2Epng&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 There have been lots of iPhone hacking posts lately, but only Gearlive sat down with the damn think and hacked it in front of a camera. Watch as Andru uses iBrickr to hack and crack away&hellip… Read More

  • BioShock Review: Worth the Hype?

    I rarely get excited about game titles any more — a Half-Life might get my juices flowing but I’m definitely not going to reserve copies of anything at the local GameStop — which is why I’m really interested in BioShock. It actually seems like a game I could get into, irregardless of the kid, the wife, and the 5 million deadlines looming over me. Read More

  • Nokia to Offer Windows Live on Symbian Phones

    It will be a cold day in hell when Nokia teams up with Microsoft to offer Activesync support and Windows Live services… oh, wait. Yep, that’s right. Big Lutefisk is teaming up with Big Bill to offer Symbian/Nokia fans a little taste of Windows Mobile. The new software will enable Hotmail and MSN Messenger access along with some ActiveSync. How can you know if your handset is ready… Read More

  • Nerd Tats: Link

    CG writer Raj sent us in this picture of the first pass on his new Link tattoo. Raj loves him some video games and pop culutre — he even has Nightmare Before Christmas ink on his scrawny, emocized bicep. What’s next, Raj? A magic mushroom under your eye in honor of all the Marios you killed in prison? Read More

  • Pentax Launches Two New Point and Shoots


    The S10 Pentax has just announces two new Optios, the Z10 with 7X optical zoom and the S10, a 10-megapixel super-slim model. Both cameras ship in September for $249.99. Read More

  • Laser Beam Wristwatch: 100% Computer Controlled

    Clearly, we’ve evolved since 1985. via WWR Read More

  • SNES Games That Defined a Generation


    I missed the whole SNES thing back in the 1990s, but it’s nice to see some titles from my childhood and to catch up on old friends like Samus, Link, and Burt Reynolds wearing a bathrobe and little else — that last one wasn’t a video game character, just a recurring fantasy. Read More

  • Blogspot Completely Down?


    In the wake of the Great Skype Outage of 2007 everyone who is everyone in IT should be watching their servers and production code like a flock of hawks. Well, it looks like Google isn’t taking my advice because as of 10:43 EST it looks like Blogspot is completely down. I’m OK with that — my Commander Ackbar fan fiction network uses WordPress — but shouldn’t… Read More

  • New Nanos in the Wild


    9to5Mac has some hot pictures of the new widescreen Nano that Apple may or may not be launching ever. Real? Fake? Who knows. We trade in rumor, here, and exchange rate is our sanity. Nano Spy Pics [9to5mac] Read More

  • Sprint Nextel Raises Messaging Rate, Does Not Allow Customers to Fly Free, Free As the Wind Blows


    Sprint Nextel just raised their messaging rates to 20 cents per casual SMS and, in a particularly sneaky move, modified their terms of service to ensure that customers couldn’t slip out of their contracts after the change. Read More

  • Dell Failing in Consumer Satisfaction Sez WSJ

    I’d love to give you more information on this story, but the Wall Street Journal is still rocking the “walled garden” approach to newsgathering so we’ll paraphrase and link to a blog that deserves linkage. Read More

  • iPhone Firmware Update Released: Your Hacks are Safe

    Apparently all of the iPhone hackers can now rejoice because the current update didn’t brick their hardware. Release 1.02 includes only “bug fixes” which is code for “embedding tracking bits into every piece of software so Steve and his robot army and destroy those who know how to work the iPhone tool chain.” Look for mass death and destruction by the time update… Read More

  • Verizon's Motorola Q 9m: First Look


    They’re doing it again. After years of disappointing phones, I can honestly say that I’m excited about the Moto Q 9m. This phone, aimed at the youth market, is primarily a music phone and takes advantage of Verizon’s V Cast music service (*cough $1.99 for tracks cough* WTF? *ahem*) in a package that is far removed from the original Q. Read More

  • iPhone in Europe in Time for Förder Chröstmas-tide

    The Financial Times is reporting that the iPhone will be available in Germany, France and the UK under T-Mobile, Orange, and O2, respectively. This odd move — choosing to go with three different operators — is an example of the oddly fractured nature of European cell providers. Read More

  • Poppet: Not A Small Child From the Victorian Era, Is Actually Useful

    We here at CrunchGear fear the elderly and their strange powers, and so we revel in anything that will turn their gimlet eyes from our soft, tasty underbellies and back onto their daily pill ration. To wit: the Poppet, a solution to a fairly big problem. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: The Final Prizes Until the Final Countdown


    OK. Just got a chance to go through all the entries and here are the winners of the final prizes. Special thanks to ALL of the sponsors and extra special love and kisses to Blast Media for sponsoring our party. Great fun was had by all and sundry. For more coverage take a look at TheSocial on CNET. Anyone else post about the event? Remember: the main event is still going on. We require a… Read More

  • CrunchGear 1st Birthday Bash Recap and Photos


    We at one of the “other” Crunch blogs celebrated our first birthday last night and we have a plethora of pictures featuring some of the New York tech scene. It wasn’t quite a bunch of tanned, attractive people partying under a fading Palo Alto sunset, but was still a party. Special thanks to all the sponsors and Blast Media for allowing us to give out great prizes —… Read More

  • When Woz Wuz Young

    Not sure what to make of this commercial featuring the Woz and his fancy new Datsun, but it sure makes me want to buy… I’m not sure what. Apples? Datsuns? via Macenstein Read More