John Biggs

John Biggs is a writer, consultant, programmer, former East Coast Editor and current contributing writer for TechCrunch. 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.

He builds products, writes books, and consults with startups to help them make cool things.

John Biggs 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 Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Make your own Vibrobot

    It’s winter. Days are shorter, your mind is wandering, and you need a little robot made out of a toothbrush head and a pager motor. Put down the booze, get a hacksaw, and start building something. The rest of the condo board with thank you now that you’re not yelling at your neighbors through the grating in your attic. HOW TO – Make a Bristlebot a tiny directional vibrobot… Read More

  • Seiko Memory Bank Calendar Watch

    Absolutely unforgettable. I remember when I got my first memory bank watch. It had a number of little alarm tunes, including Happy Birthday. I played it on my own birthday when I was eleven and they even turned on the light for me and gave me a piece of cake. I hold no ill will towards my captors. via Watchismo Read More

  • Holiday Horror Contest winners


    I’m pleased to announce the two winners in our Holiday Horror contest: * beaudeal’s Holiday Horror: Canada has too much snow
    * XDonBoard’s Holiday Horror: Rompin’ through the desert with illegals and no cash! These two crazy kids got the most total votes and comments. Special thanks to AT&T and TeleNav for the great prizes. Read More

  • Maemo OS2008 for Nokia N800/810 looks hot

    OS2008 is officially available for the N800 and it looks pretty hot. The web-browsing is almost perfect now — Flash video looks good — and Ajax web apps work as well. There are some new application manaement features and more codec support as well as a video converter for DivX/Xvid. Tabletblog is just giddy about theirs so maybe we should all download ASAP. Internet Tablet… Read More

  • A de-Lane Hartwell-ized Bubble video for your edification

    So here’s the reworked version of the Richter Scales “Bubble” without an image by Lane Hartwell hidden cleverly inside. My opinion, if you care, is that she shouldn’t put her stuff on Flickr if she doesn’t want it to be ganked. And, as Scoble wrote: “I think it really is lame to take pictures of people (who don’t get a cut of the profits) at… Read More

  • FCC Reveals 700mhz auction bidders


    Look who’s bidding for 700mhz spectrum! Yesterday, the FCC announced the list of applicants to the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction. Of the 266 applications submitted, only 96 were accepted, and another 170 were deemed incomplete (but these will be given a chance to provide the required information and participate). You can download both lists, along with the announcement here at… Read More

  • Could this possibly be the Mylo 2? Oh, I'm a'quiver!


    Image copyright Ryan Block/AOL Limited. All rights reserved. Illegal usage prohibited by Cardinal Law. Hello! I am tired this evening. I am nice girl that would like to chat with you. Engadget got some HOT SCOOPS on the Mylo 2, Sony’s thing that is small and lets you connect to the Internet. While there is no telling if they took a meeting on this a few months ago and actually saw it… Read More

  • Holiday Horror contest extended: Last day!

    I’ve been getting emails about the Holiday Horror contest complaining that folks can’t vote. To that end, I’m allowing you to post stories and vote/make comments until noon on Wednesday. Votes count the same as comments, so tell all your friends to post ribald, jolly comments to your post and I will generate scores for each post programatically. If you have entered the… Read More

  • Blancier custom watches introduces pilot model

    Blancier makes handmade watches to order. You go on their cool flash builder and you select a case, movement, face, and strap. Your piece is then hand-assembled and engraved. I have one and it’s quite striking. Well, now they have a pilot’s model with large, luminous numbers and a bright hands. It comes in 42mm or monstrous 55mm models. This model looks great on a leather strap… Read More

  • Win a Samsung G800 5-megapixel cameraphone


    Our close personal friends at JPG Magazine are holding a photo contest for aspiring shooters. All you have to do is upload a few cool photos by December 31st and we’ll help them pick a winners from the pool. This is a great opportunity to show of your photo skillz and get a very cool quad-band camera phone with 5-megapixel camera and 3X zoom. JPG Magazine is a community-created… Read More

  • Teutonic toilet seats can be a buzzkill

    http://www.ifilm.com/efp If we learn anything from foreign — this one is German — commercials it’s that a) foreign girls are hot b) ad agencies overseas couldn’t give two poops about the Moral Majority. But seriously: at what point in your clubbing career do you do blow off of a toilet seat. Video: Swedish German Self-Cleaning Ruins Cokehead’s Evening [BBG] Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Whither Palm?

    My dad is an inveterate pack-rat and when I was home this weekend I was going through a copy of Bon Appetit from 2001. Don’t ask me why. On the back page was an ad for the Handspring Visor. It showed the Visor in four configurations — phone, black and white camera, MP3 player, and I think GPS. Each of these features required a separate piece of hardware along with some software. Read More

  • December update bans XBoxen


    The second Y number is six — for monthly subscription savings! I haven’t seen much mention of this but it seems that the December update officially bans hardware modded XBoxes, resulting in sad clowns up and down the Eastern Seaboard. This involves the DVD-burner firmware hack that came out when the XBox was still new and exciting and I’m not going to admit to any… Read More

  • E3 back in LA, still no booth babes


    What do you think of the sell-through rate on Madden titles versus Take 2’s urban sports series? Miss? E3 was once the promised land for game geeks. In a huge hall in LA you could get and play games, watch scantily clad women who were vying for your attention, and generally feel like you were a plugged in member of an elite gaming force. Now, however, it’s going to be a big… Read More

  • iPhone in Japan: NTT DoCoMo?

    Rumors are a-flying that Steve met with NTT DoCoMo’s president, Masao Nakamura, about launching the iPhone in Japan. Although I was underwhelmed by Japan’s keitai offerings, I’m sure the iPhone will look like a charming anachronism to the average Tokyo-ite. He’s also talking to Softbank Corp., but I’d say it’s DoCoMo FTW in this one. Apple Meets With… Read More

  • An Interview with Neil Strauss of The Game: Foolproof pick-up gadgets

    For years, Rolling Stone writer Neil Strauss prowled concert halls, surrounded by women willing to do anything to get backstage, yet the only person who ever kissed him was Tommy Lee. He hung out with Motley Crue, toured with Marilyn Manson, and lived with Dave Navarro. He worked with Jenna Jameson. Hell, he appeared in one of her videos, but still couldn’t get a date.
    In 2003, he… Read More

  • CG Holiday Recommendation: Once


    . BTW – On the hill, when she looks up at him and says something in Czech? She’s saying “I love you.” Product Page Read More

  • HD Radi-who? An HD Radio Buyer's Guide makes HD radio actually look interesting

    I’m a satellite radio guy but that doesn’t mean I don’t listen to regular radio now and again. Thanks to HD radio, you can now listen to commercials, Soulja Boy, and commercials 24/7 in CD quality, ensuring you’ll never miss a song you’ve never really heard before but is apparently very popular as a ringtone and, as a result, gets played on terrestrial stations… Read More

  • Welcome to Smartphones Now 2007

    It’s that time of year again… Smartphones Now time! Smartphones Now is our annual discussion of all things smartphones and will detail the ins and outs of a turbulent and exciting year, a year eclipsed by an 800-pound gorilla and witness to some spectacular flame outs. This is a year of transition, a time when Apple redefined the market and Microsoft played catch-up. New interfaces… Read More

  • Jiggy: Roll yer own iPhone apps


    We just got a note about Jiggy, an IDE that lets you build and run Javascript apps right on your jailbroken iPhone. I installed it on my 1.1.2 iPhone and it seems to be working except I can’t save any files. If you’d like to add it to your phone, go into Installer.app — presuming you’ve already jailbroken your iFone — and add www.jiggyapp.com/i as a source. Then… Read More