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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  • 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

  • Some guy says Apple will launch ultra-portable then makes stuff up about about Android


    Artist’s rendering I love financial analysts. They get “super-secret” news from “super-secret” sources — mostly the same sources we all have — and tell people to buy or sell stocks based on the same hunches we all have. The hunch du jour on Wall Street is that Apple’s stock will go up after the launch of an ultra-portable laptop at MacWorld… Read More

  • ComCast to offer $2.95 for TiVo DVR, promises it will not firebomb customer's homes at random


    I found this here. I do not know what it is and I am very scared. Nobody likes cable companies, but now you have a reason to loathe Comcast a little less. New England Comcast customers can pay $2.95 a month to get the TiVo interface in their cable box in addition to the normal $16.94 a month charge for a DVR, ratcheting the cost up to about $19.89. This is a good move for Comcast because… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Reviewing the Unknown Contest Update

    Entries are rolling in and you guys are GREAT at making up stuff about stuff. Take this one, for example: The teenage years are by far the best and easiest part of parenting. At the age of 16, teenagers are finally able to get a job like they have always wanted. By that age, they are very responsible with money and will offer to use it to help their parents pay down the mortgage rather than… Read More

  • Downloadable Nintendo DS content in Japan, a nice sandwich and glass of milk for rest of world


    I dig the DS. I have the original one and it looks like a brick but every once in a while I’ll whip out a little Castlevania, just for nostalgia’s sake. Now, however, the Japanese will be able to do even more with their DSes. We, on the other hand, can stroke them and pet them and hug them, but we won’t be able to download TV, books, and manga. The service, called… Read More

  • Hey, kids! Increase your BitTorrent speed by 500% for $17!

    I’m going to start a site that offers a 1000% increase in Internet speed by suggesting purchasers order a T1 line. Seriously. After all, you can make money by telling fools the obvious and charging them for it. Apparently there’s a site called HighSpeedTorrent that includes testimonials from kids who are able to download porn at blazing speeds after following “exact… Read More

  • This Week in CrunchGear

    This week CrunchGear readers got to see the story behind the Rock Band Band, win an iPod Classic or Zune 2, make a call on the new Helio Mysto, and anger both Michael and Scoble with our Kindle review. We’re all gearing up for CES and 3GSM next year and planning a Holiday Guide next week, just in time to help pick a PC out for Grandpa. Read More

  • An interview with a Warez Site Owner

    Warez Site Owners are just like you and me. They start sites, post links to pirated stuff, and make a little money. Heck, my grampy got his start in early pirated player piano scrolls after disembarking on Ellis Island and ending up in the Polish ghetto. His site — actually a stand on the Bowery — was called GeorgezH()tDiddi3z and it helped him buy a nice house in Ohio and bring… Read More

  • Helio Mysto unveiled

    Peter Ha grabbed the first images of the Helio Mysto, the successor to the Drift. It’s essentially a CDMA version of the Samsung U600. No specs yet but the U600 has: * 3.2 Megapixel Camera
    * (Half Shutter, Auto Focus, Flash)
    * 262144 Color TFT Screen (2.22”)
    * 103.2×49.3×10.9 mm
    * 60 MB + microSD
    * Video Recording (MPEG4, H.263)
    * Music… Read More

  • Cellfish Movie: Har Har Har

    http://cellfish.com/static/swf/player8.swf?Id=241751 We talked about Cellfish this morning but did we supply you with a funny video to illustrate how it works? Didn’t think so. Read More

  • eBay's fancy toy look-book


    Peter Ha and I went out to see eBay in action — and got to hang out with THE Cat Schwartz, the official eBay toy and gadget gal. One thing they showed us was the odd look book that lets you see popular toys through the decades and even buy them online. Just for kicks, tell me about your favorite childhood toy gets a $50 eBay gift card in comments. I’ll pick one winner at random but… Read More

  • The real problem with Kindle

    Peter just gave me the CG Kindle to play with and I love it. To get books, instantly, on a very readable screen is amazing. I bought two books I wanted to read but didn’t really want to own hard copies of — when you have limited shelf space, you limit your book purchases — and I’m enjoying the device immensely. However, I’ve discovered the design decision behind… Read More

  • Zonbu Notebook: Linux power for a wee $279 + $14.95 a month


    Zonbu and Everex have teamed up to offer the Zonbu Notebook, a green laptop with a low-power CPU and a Linux OS. The laptop starts at $279, but that requires a $14.95 monthly service charge for using Zonbu’s web storage and service plan. The “free” edition costs $479. We talked about the original Zonbu PC a few months ago and were impressed, if a little skeptical about… Read More

  • TAG Heuer phones are go

    signature.” “Through this agreement, ModeLabs Group is confirming its mission to respond to the expectations of the most prestigious brands in the most exclusive fields, such as luxury watchmaking,” said Stéphane Bohbot, ModeLabs Group CEO. He added, “Like the precision instruments made by the Swiss manufacturer, TAG Heuer mobile phones will feature impeccable… Read More

  • The biggest Atari joystick in the world

    http://p.castfire.com/Xu7m0/video/3958/bbtv_2007-11-28-041119.flv I am a star. I’m a star, I’m a star, I’m a star. I am a big, bright, shining star. That’s right. via BB Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Unlocked 8GB iPhone for $9.90 *

    * This deal only occurs on December 12, 2007, 7.00 PM (GMT +08:00) and includes only three units. This also includes free shipping but trust me, no matter what you do or how many times you click on check out you’re going to miss this unless you get seriously OCD and write a robot to do it for you. You also get free shipping that’s free. Sale Page via 2dayblog Read More

  • Seiko Velatura video review

    Christian over at WatchReport did a great job on this Seiko Velatura watch review. It uses Seiko’s new Direct Drive Kinetic movement which lets you wind the watch from the stem as well as through the internal rotor. It even has a little “power generation” tachymeter that shows you how much you are charging it at any time. via WatchReport Read More