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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  • Back from the dead: Automan

    Wow. I completely forgot about this until Joel at BB posted it. I forget the entire story, but apparently Desi Arnaz, Jr. had robo powers and a little friend named Cursor who enjoyed frotteurism. Those were the days, huh? via BBG Read More

  • Why NBC left iTunes: Apple ruined the music business, killed NBC's chocolate lab with car


    Apple destroyed the music business in terms of pricing. That’s right, friends. It wasn’t the industry’s reliance on the album model. It wasn’t their inability to react quickly and decisively to online threats. It wasn’t their failure to create a better pricing model than 99 cents a track, $12 an album. It wasn’t their self-defeating and expensive attack on… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Crash the system again, if you'd like


    G8, the gamer’s clothing brand, would like you to crash the system with coupon code “FF40” in order to get 40% off your next gear order. That’s pretty darn good, especially considering that one of their more expensive products, their hoodies, are a mere $45 before rebate. Christmas gifts for those who love distressed typography and vague malice? Bingo! Product Page Read More

  • T-Mobile Shadow review

    T-Mobile knows how to work with OEMs. Witness their popular Dash and Sidekick. They create branded experiences, completely change UIs and operating systems, and generally do a good job of making casual messaging easy. So here we have the T-Mobile Shadow, a rebadged HTC Juno with Blackberry Pearl-like predictive keyboard and a unique UI that smooths out Windows Mobile’s rough edges enough… Read More

  • BFF Post: Women gamers wanted – perhaps a bit too much…

    Great post by JAS on women in gaming. As in any industry, when it get’s big it only wants to get bigger. How do you do this? Easy. Find what demographics are not the biggest fans and make something to convert them into fans. The question is, when your weakest demographic becomes the majority target will the majority suffer? Women. Women have consistently been targeted as the… Read More

  • Another Taser death: Addled Polish immigrant killed by airport officials

    What do you get when you mix bored police with frantic immigrants and a raucous, confusing immigrations hall? A dead Pole whose mother was waiting for him at the arrivals terminal. Dazed and confused after more than 15 hours of travel, unable to communicate in English and scared because he couldn’t find his mother, Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski was jolted by a taser just 24… Read More

  • iPhone 1.1.1 Firmware? You're all set, Mr. Hacker


    To jailbreak your 1.1.1 firmware iPhone or Touch, begin by gathering the following tools: A screwdriver A putty knife That blue stuff barbers put their combs in Pop Rocks A couple in 18th-century ball garb 2 cans of Lestoil A sense of wonder The tail of a gilded Tibetan Wombeast Step 1 – Point your Safari browser on the Touch or iPhone to http://www.jailbreakme.com.
    Step 2 – Wait.
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  • Hulu.com Beta: Huh, OK

    I’m going to withhold my haterage for a bit as I try the new Hulu beta, but so far it’s acceptable at best but not earth-shattering. Here’s what’s going on: NBC Universal and News Corp decided to offer their hot hot content online. What is that hot hot content? Mostly SNL clips, Family Guy episodes, and The Office. However, they do have the Breakfast Club, Heroes, and… Read More

  • Leopard on a PC?

    Looks like the impossible — should I say Kim-possible — is possible. With the help of a patched DVD, you can now install Leopard on any PC, young or old, fancy or non-fancy. This means two things for Apple — they will sell more iPhones and copies of Leopard than they ever thought possible — and the world will soon see the might of a complete and fully operational… Read More

  • Pleo in action

    Awwww! So cute! Too bad when it grows up it will chew off our faces. via RobotsRule Read More

  • Yo ho ho snort! Pirate Bay guys resurrecting Oink

    It won’t be private and it won’t have many torrents, but Oink Boink will have the might of TPB behind it, allowing us all to rest easy tonight knowing that you’ll be able to get all your music for free. The best part? The most important thing about BOiNK is perhaps the message it sends out to the IFPI and the BPI: It shows that that if you stop one tracker, others will pop… Read More

  • Wildfire victims must pay $300 to AT&T

    Listen, people, let’s go over this again. When a wildfire, tornado, or flood is threatening your home, calmly move to the living room, remove your AT&T receiver, and take it with you. This is very important. Note: AT&T cannot be held responsible for your inability to not freak out and burn to death if you can’t save your receiver quickly enough. UPDATE – AT&T… Read More

  • An interview with Fake Steve Jobs, Dan Lyons

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Flinuxcom%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F448025&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf Fake Steve Jobs aka Dan Lyons is a well known masticator and Linux-hater. However, he backpedals on the Linux-hating in this video from Linux.com. Now… Read More

  • zBoost YX300 zP zPersonal Repeater Kit: Bad cell reception be gone

    I just found out about a site called RepeaterStore chock full of cell repeaters. These boxes essentially boost your cellular signal in a certain location, offering impressive improvements in reception. I reviewed the YX500 already but this smaller, personal model looks like it might have a little less unwieldily antenna than the YX500’s huge coaxial/antenna combo. In fact, the… Read More

  • INdependence rocks: 1.1.1 cracking in 10 minutes

    If you’re planning on upgrading your 1.0.2 iPhone to 1.1.1, use the iNdependence method found in the program’s help file. Compared to the tortured, laborious process I had to go through before, it’s a walk in the cake, so to speak. The process still requires you to downgrade and/or re-virginize your phone but it works great with a fresh, out-of-the-box model of any… Read More

  • Gateway 22/24-inch Monitors: I would like to receive a "What! What!" in due time

    You know it’s slow when we’re writing about Gateway HD Widescreen LCD displays, but here goes. The FHD2400 and HD2200 ($349.99) are to widescreen displays that work with most CE devices and has a cool EzTouch bezel with a bunch of sexy buttons. The 2200 has some 1000:1 contrast ratio going on, a 400 cd/m2 brightness, and 3ms refresh rate up in the hizouse as well. Read More

  • Sad clown: No cross Mail.app/iPhone transmission

    So maybe everything isn’t totally rosy in Leopard world. Apple promised we’d be able to sync notes from our iPhones to Mail.app but it turns out this is impossible. The new Mail.app has a sort of “Note to self” feature which is actually an email generated to look and act like a little note. The notes appear in your mailbox as a mail message, provided you’re not… Read More

  • Are we sending the full text feed of CG?

    RSS readers out there — are we now sending the full text feed? Read More

  • OMFG Leopard installed

    I stuck in the Leopard disk this afternoon and set it to install itself. When I came back a few hours later, my desktop was ready and waiting for me. It was a completely unattended installation. Now that it’s on my machine, I’ll be putting it through its various paces but let me assure you — even you doubters out there — OS X is getting better with every iteration and… Read More

  • Pleo as a lamb

    Pleo is a little robotic dinosaur by UGOBE that responds to touch, light, and sound. Well, the folks at UGOBE decided to wrap it in fur and see if it still responded to stimuli. Apparently it did and now they have a weird furry dinosaur to play with. What won’t those kids think of! Interview with on the upcoming Pleo SDK [Robotsrule] Read More