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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  • Outages GAH!

    I’ve been dealing with some tagging issues this morning – the new version of Ultimate Tag Warrior blew our MySQL server through the back door and out into the yard. I’m using simple-tagging now but if anyone knows of something better, let me know. Read More

  • Bose SoundDock Portable Quick Look

    I’m sure Mike Kobrin can do a better job of assessing these new portable iPod speakers from Bose — they’re portable! With a battery compartment! But they just arrived a few minutes ago and I popped in the iPod with nice results. After using a smaller pair in the kitchen for almost a year, there is definitely improvement in the bass and clarity and the portable was just about… Read More

  • DHL Is Decadent and Depraved

    Just a quick post to inform you all to avoid DHL for international shipping, especially if they trust fly-by-night drop-off points. I’m a watch nut so I like to buy and sell watches. I was about to sell an expensive watch to a guy in England who wanted me to use DHL. I rarely use DHL — I prefer USPS for international shipping, even though they’re equally decadent and… Read More

  • Tags/Category Changes

    Ahoy, readers. I did some changes to the tagging system on CG. Please let me know if this breaks anything in your lives. Thanks. Read More

  • Apple September 5th Event is a Go: The Beat Goes On

    Uh oh. Coverflow? Beat? Some sort of potentiall little Fat Nano? More news as it develops, but September 5th is definitely D-Day for Lil Fat. Read More

  • Motorola RAZR 2 V9m Quick Look

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf A quick look at Sprint’s new RAZR 2 V9m. Full review to follow. Cool little phone — not quite Zander’s folly but it’s no iPhone. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: It's Over

    The cakes have been eaten, the random numbers generated, and we have the winners. First of, we want to thank all those who submitted. I’m here are our final winners and a special cavalcade of cakes for you all to drool over… except for the dude on the boat. I don’t know what that was about. Read More

  • CG Exclusive: HTC Insider Confirms Existence of the Google Phone

    Get ready for the next bout of xPhone madness. A HTC insider sent us a tip this weekend about an upcoming gPhone coming out of Taiwan that should launch Q1 2008. Google is currently assessing over twenty HTC models and refining its final handset design and will create a special version of Google Maps, compatible with built-in GPS, and compatibility with Gmail and the calendar app. There is… Read More

  • Native AIM and IRC Apps Available for iPhone

    No more futzing with Safari IM solutions, kids. The iPhone has it’s own native messaging apps. First, there’s Apolloim, a super beta AIM client for the iPhone. It seems to work, but it’s completely untested. Next, you have ircm, an IRC client so you can tell n00bs to GTFO. Both have full source code available and it will be interesting to see how long before they escape… Read More

  • TrekStor's i.Beat blaxx Renamed, Now TrekStor blaxx

    TrekStor, makers of MP3 players that are cool but rarely seen on our shores, has renamed their i.Beat blaxx to just the blaxx, which is, umm, I guess better? TrekStor Renames iBeat Blaxx After a Bit of Self-Flagellation [Gizmodo] Read More

  • Mac OS/OS X Welcome Movies Through the Ages

    There you are, folks. That’s the OS X Leopard welcome movie that you’ll be watching in the next few weeks once Leopard is launched. The new OS is sure to cure cancer, AIDS, and IBS, so you might as well go buy an iMac right now. Click through to see previous versions of the video — just to see how things have improved in the CG department in Cupertino. Read More

  • Dell Responds to Complaints About Color Inspiron Line


    Lionel Menchaca over at Dell is a great guy. He represents Dell to the blog-world and takes the heat, makes the meetings, and spreads the love the best he can. I’ve been working with him for years. However, he’s been given the unenviable task of cleaning up after a major gaffe at the company involving missing Inspiron M1330s, the color laptops that have apparently had paint… Read More

  • Acer to Eat Gateway, Bag of Twizzlers

    Well this is a fine kettle of fish. Gateway, one of last independent PC brands standing, is merging with Asia’s darling, Acer, to form a Voltron-esque conglomeration, albeit without the red, yellow, and blue lions. Acer would be the black lion, in this metaphor, and Gateway would be the green one. Anyway, they’ll definitely have a sword. Read More

  • College Kids Needed, Apply Within

    Hey, college kids. What it be down with the jizzy? We here at CrunchGear aren’t as cool as you so we want you to get all up in our grill with your mad ideas for what’s great for college-age students to buy. Drop us a line at tips@crunchgear.com and we’ll give you some mad bling if you help us out. Peace. Word of your mother. Read More

  • Phone Unlocked OhMyGoDOHGODSH!


    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG… buy one, fake activate it, put in your T-Mo simcard. Me so happy! Eng has the full scoop and I’m happy to send you over their way. Ryan Block even shows video. Product Page
    iPhone unlocked: AT&T loses iPhone exclusivity, August 24, 2007, 12:00PM EDT
    A Free, But Complex, Alternative Method Read More

  • Microsoft Cans Linux FUD Site, Launches Windows Server Site

    Way back in the day, when Linux wasn’t much of a desktop threat, Microsoft launched a site called “Get the Facts” that featured a 2002 study comparing the cost of ownership of Linux versus Windows. The new site, which is a bit less combative, compares Windows Server to Linux and Unix and offers a few case studies — nothing as nasty as hiring analysts to shill for the… Read More

  • An Interview With Joe Hewitt, Facebook iPhone App Programmer

    Nik and Mike did a cool podcast with Joe Hewitt, the crack programmer of the mobile Facebook app for the iPhone. Joe is the creator of iUI, the most complete Safari Mobile programming kit out there. It’s a great listen. Listen Now:
    http://www.talkcrunch.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/player.swf Direct Link Read More

  • Kiplinger: "Yo, yo, yo, the iPhone is State of the Art, Son"


    Note: Fish is not real Kiplinger, the personal finance magazine, just dropped a red-hot review of the Apple “iPhone,” a new phone from an up-and-coming hardware company. It might be Asia-only, but they pulled a Fat Joe on this thing, saying it’s the best phone money can buy. Read More

  • Creative Travelsound i50: When You Shuffle Isn't Big Enough

    The TravelSound iS0 is an odd Shuffle speaker dock that basically makes the Shuffle into a something as big as an iPod. Why? I don’t know but does seem to offer us a nice tall glass of WTF. It’s Asia-only right now — about $69 — and probably won’t hit our shores for a long, long time, if ever. Creative Travelsound i50 speaker for the iPod Shuffle [Newlaunches] Read More

  • Sony Comments on Low PS3 Sales, Laughs a Little, Cries a Little


    Matt Richtel wrote a quick piece on Sony’s crowing — then cowering — this week as the NPD sales numbers placed the PS3 far below 360 and Wii. Dave Karraker, the Sony spokesman who predicted the PS3 would overtake the 360, told me that: (1) He was only wrong by a bit, and (2) NPD doesn’t provide an exact count but estimates some portions of the market and (3) No, he… Read More