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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  • Thanksgiving Video: Now this is what I'm talking about

    See, guys. This is all you have to do to enter our video contests. This is pure, unadulterated genius. Unfortunately, he sent it in too late but he’ll get a little something for his efforts, rest assured. Read More

  • Verizon to Open Network Next Year

    CrunchGear reports: By the end of 2008, you’ll be able to BYO device to Verizon’s high speed wireless network, according to a press release issued today. Verizon “will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company.” This could be seen as a reaction to upcoming Android… Read More

  • TiVo in Canada, you hoser

    Oh hey. Ya, they got them TiVo in Canada now, you betcha. You can get a Series 2 dual-tuner DVR for $199 CAD or $10,223 USD, considering the exchange rate. You also got to get yourself a TiVo subscription, ya, and it’ll be available at Best Buy, The Brick, Ye Olde Maple and Moose Shoppes, Beer ‘n’ Pancakes ‘n’ DVRs, Bruce’s Hockey and Electronics Store, and… Read More

  • iYule.tv: A Yule Log for your iPhone

    http://www.virb.com/external/video/31736/eAZn5K02o6f7NC1v83qYibi1kTh8E0FC Cali Lewis and her team of videobloggers have created something that I’ve been looking for for years: a video Yule Log. Five dollars gets you a small, iPod-ready version while $10 gets you a compedium of Yule Log videos including versions for the Apple TV and other hi-res devices. Some proceeds go to multiple… Read More

  • hField Wi-Fire review

    It’s been a few years since Wi-Fi became essentially ubiquitous but there are still a few areas where the average consumer isn’t served. Sure, there are lots of great routers and Wi-Fi cards of all stripes, including beasts that run at 802.11n speeds and have ranges of five billion miles, give or take a few billion. But there are are a few places — high-quality USB adapters… Read More

  • Neuros OSD Contest Update: Did anyone make a video?

    We’re trying to give the above object away. We got no entries in the contest. Did anyone do it? Is there anybody out there? Read More

  • Singapore doesn't stop, we wish it would

    http://community.kawan2.com/kickapps/flash/premium_drop_v3.swf?b=1&widgetHost=community.kawan2.com&mediaType=VIDEO&mediaId=113319&as=7072 Dear Singapore, You can cane vagrants all you want, but please don’t encourage your CEOs to rap. I know you’re worried about losing the service economy cash that has served you for so long, but this ad encouraging companies… Read More

  • CrunchGear Exclusive: OS X through the Ages! Linux is great too!


    Welcome to CrunchGear’s Digg-bait, a column in which we create something that will appeal specifically and viscerally to the mass of Digg followers. This week we have a trifecta of Digg perfection: a big image, Linux, and Apple. I even threw in a ninja cat for good measure. Read on! Read More

  • Germans get 999 euro unlocked iPhones, ich bin jealous


    Would you give your IMEI to this man? Using what appears to be something similar to iPhoneSIMFree’s unlocking solution, Apple is now offering unlocked German iPhones for a considerable premium. German iPhone lovers — liebhaberen? — can pick up a 999 euro iPhone, give T-Mobile their IMEI, and a few hours later get a completely unlocked iPhone after syncing with iTunes. Expect… Read More

  • Domplayer can bite me

    Fans of “byte-torrent” “files-sharing” websites like TheBayofPirates.org and Freakamoidzoidwhat.cd.oink.org may have recently experienced a sad, sinking sensation after dedicating hours — if not minutes — to downloading the latest public domain copy of the Jazz Singer or a copy of Gulliver’s Travels (after all, piracy is a crime) — only to… Read More

  • zBoost YX300 zP zPersonal Repeater Review


    New York is a city of contradictions. On one hand you have great hot dogs, the Met, and Central Park. On the other hand you have urine, other people’s urine, and bad wireless reception. Due to overwhelmed switches and line of site issues, you either have great reception or no reception. There is rarely a happy medium. Wi-Ex makes cellular boosters. I reviewed a beefier version of this… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: SeV Jacket and Fleece for $250 — $80 off

    CrunchGear faves SeV is running a secret sale until Sunday, November 25, on the Tactical 4.0 Jacket and Fleece 4.0 Jacket combination. With the code SAVE80, you can get both — I have both and they work great together — for $80 off. Seriously. I’ve been wearing SeV when I travel and it’s great gear. If you like outdoor gear for the pockets and comfort but don’t want… Read More

  • DRM hurts retailers sez nice British lady

    Kim Bayley, director-general of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), is warning that DRM is “stifling growth and working against the consumer interest.” Wait a sec, Kim. Say that again. “DRM is stifling growth and working against the consumer interest.” Come on over here. Give us a little kiss. Amen, sister. Basically she’s saying what we’re… Read More

  • Daddy, what is a BSOD?

    Hello, children. Sit down please. There are three of you who didn’t get permission slips signed so you will have quiet study in the cafeteria. We’ll split you up into boys and girls and the boys will go in with Father Trenor and we’ll stay here, ladies. OK. Thank you. You’re all in junior high now and old enough to be asking a number of questions. This is a time when we… Read More

  • Iraq war veteran catches Wii-fe touching Wii-Wiis with another man… through the Wii!

    An Iraq war veteran came home in April 2007 and suspect his wife of cheating on him with another guy. A few months later, he ran through the collection of Miis on the Wii and found an odd — and familiar — face. It turns out wifey and the other guy played Mii bowling on multiple occasions and by tracking play time on the Wii calendar was able to see when they were playing together. Read More

  • A Plea for Help and Turkey Day Wishes


    So I ran a marathon last year. Hurt my foot, got a blood blister under my big toe, and generally tuned into Orson Welles thanks to carbo-loading “problems” aka IMMA GONNA EAT EVERYTHING NOM NOM NOM! So now I’m going to do it again, I’m going to try to do it a bit more sanely, and I need your help to raise $2,600 for Team In Training, the organization I’m… Read More

  • What if Gmail were MSmail?

    Oh, how we love poking fun at twee old Bill in this fancy castle up there in fancy land. “Look, Microsoft launched a table! Look they’re poop faces!” Well, friends, as funny as this “What if Microsoft designed Gmail?” jab is, just remember that most of us got our start compiling code in DOS on an old 286 from Computer Haven down the street. Although I… Read More

  • Don't give up

    I’m kind of Mac guy/PC guyed out but this is actually fairly funny. Apple is running this clever flash ad on a few websites including something AOL’s Engadget and PCMag. Pretty funny guys, those two. ‘Don’t Give Up on Vista’ Web Ad [MacRumors] Read More

  • Charging an iPod with an onion and Gatorade

    How do you do, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and teachers? My name is some guy with an iPod and an onion and physics is my business and our very special business for today is electrolytes and onions. Man, Julius Sumner Miller was the bomb. [Thanks, James!] Read More

  • Wi-Fi causing autism?

    According to a study by Dr. George Carlo in Australasian Journal of Clinical Environmental Medicine, the signals emitted by Wi-Fi routers cause metals to be trapped in brain cells, thereby accelerating the onset of autism. I’m not quite sure how Wi-Fi singnals are the significant culprits here — unless they have 50 kids in faraday cages with 802.11G routers strapped to their… Read More