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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  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaways: Verbatim Storage Goodness


    Now that people are getting their winnings, it’s time to drop a few smaller — but not less impressive — items on your heads. How about a 12GB mini hard drive, the USB Store N Go HD from Verbatim? Not good enough for you? How about one of three 2GB Store N Go Flash Drives? Oh, you like that, don’t you, you dirty storage lovers? Read More

  • The Bloom is Off the Muni Wi-Fi Rose

    Sorry, Milwaukee, your municipal Wi-Fi is on hold. It seems that during the mad rush to announce municipal Wi-Fi implementations, people forgot one thing: muni Wi-Fi is really expensive. Companies like AT&T and Earthlink have partnered with a number of cities to blanket denizens in a warm, downy coating of wireless Internet. However, because most cities can’t convince their citizens… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Birthday Party Cheesecake

    Just a reminder: our red hot Red Sky party is still on. We’ll be meeting on the 20th at 7pm and we’ll have some great giveaways. If you’ve sent an RSVP to either party@crunchgear.com or on the Facebook group, then you and all your guests are accounted on the list and you’ll be entered in the giveaway drawings. Click through to read the specifics. Read More

  • Dragon's Lair for HD DVD Now Available

    Dragon’s Lair was a frustrating game that was far ahead of its time. Now you can play it on a frustrating disk format that is far ahead of its time. That’s right: everyone’s favorite laserdisc game is coming out on HD DVD and will let you send drink spiraling into the ether or get him smashed by rolling balls all from the comfort of your couch. The game is completely… Read More

  • NetVibes for iPhone


    I like Netvibes. It’s a great idea and generally a little more user friendly than Google Homepage and they even made us a cool universe that offers a glimpse into the twisted mind of a certain CG editor. It’s like reading my diary! Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Fujifilm Z10fd

    Bloops. Sorry. The Samsung L74 wide wasn’t ready to go yet but I’ve got something better for you. How about a Fujifilm Z10fd. This little beastie has face detection so your grandma will be in focus and her cat won’t. Unless her cat has a human face. Read More

  • SCO Doesn't Own Linux Or "What Happens To Patent Trolls"

    Since 2003, SCO has been fighting bigger and bigger enemies in hopes of enforcing its UNIX patents. Well, a judge has just decided the SCO has no hold on UNIX patents and that Novell owns all of them. The graph you see here is what happened to their stock price when the news hit. SCO makes and sells nothing of any interest. Their M.O. thus far has been simple — enforce dubious patents… Read More

  • Why the Leopard Dock Eats It and How to Fix It

    Folks have been complaining about the visual clutter of the upcoming Leopard dock and one man has decided to do something about it. The dock, as it stands now, offers two odd reflections and some perspective issues, knocking the elegance of OS X icons into the gutter and confusing art nerds everywhere. ThinkMac is proposing the dock above, which is resizable, separates document short-cuts… Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaways: Today's Winners

    Four lucky winners today. The contest is still rolling, our Facebook group is still winning goodies, and you guys just might get lucky. Motorola Red RAZR from Sprint – Clyde H
    Nokia BH-800 Headsets – Jason K
    Andrew H
    Hangtimer – P Raja
    Read More

  • Zork for the iPhone: You Were Eaten By a Grue

    I don’t want to turn CG into iPhoneAppCentral.com, but this is too good to pass up. They’ve ported Frotz to the iPhone so now you can “GO EAST” and “PICK UP SWORD” all from the comfort of your glossy touchscreen. Read More

  • Help the Aged: AARP Sees Wii Popular With Geezers, Oldsters

    Hey, hep daddios! Did you ever wonder if grampy and grandma might enjoy the Wii? Well they just might, an if this video from the AARP is any indication, they love to bowl. It’s nice the see the AARP is getting in on console wars. It distracts from Medicare problems. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: The Birthday Party

    Hello, New York! On Monday, August 20, 2007 from 7pm until 11pm, we’re going to hold a super fancy birthday party at Red Sky in Manhattan. There will be a open bar — the CG staff will hand out drink tickets like madmen — and we’d love it if you all could join us. Read More

  • AdMob four iPhone: Mobile Ads You'll Actually Like

    This is a little OT, but it is pretty cool. AdMob just launched a new type of mobile ad for the iPhone that takes advantage of CSS and other Ajax-y stuff to offer personalized ads. The video above shows how the ads work. They don’t take you to a separate page but instead they bring up a quick Google map or pop-up that gives you location- and time-specific messages. Read More

  • CrunchGear Birthday Party – August 20

    Hello, New York! On Monday, August 20, 2007 from 7pm until 11pm, we’re going to hold a super fancy birthday party at Red Sky in Manhattan. There will be a open bar — the CG staff will hand out drink tickets like madmen — and we’d love it if you all could join us. Read more about it here. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Winners So Far

    We’re closing three contests today and we’d like to congratulate the following winners for submitting some charming entries. I picked all winners at random using Random.org number generator. Delphi Nav 300 – Jared W (Remember: Clues show up on Facebook as well!)
    Kodak 5300 All-In-One – Anastasia F
    Samsung L77 – Killian T Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Nokia BH-800 Bluetooth Headset

    . What’s better than one prize? How about two prizes! Nokia has given us two of their teeny-tiny BH-800 headsets to give away and we want to pass along the savings of “absolutely free” to you, our readers. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Hangtimer

    I know a lot of you are out doing EXTREME SPORTS and GNARLY OLLIES or whatever you kids do, so we’re offering the Hangtimer, an odd little watch that measures how long you’re in the air during stunts and jumps. Cool, right? How do you win? Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Red Motorola RAZR from Sprint

    Do you have a janky old phone? Take a picture of it and send it to contest@crunchgear.com with the subject line “RED RAZR.” We’ll pick one winner at random to receive this hot Red RAZR from Sprint — sorry, no service included. Read on for specs. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Kodak 5300 All-in-One Printer

    Now that you’ve won a camera, how about a photo printer to go along with it? Kodak has donated a Kodak 5300 All-in-One Printer featuring Kodak’s new ultra-cheap ink technology. Check out our review and read on for how to enter. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Samsung L77 7.1-megapixel Digital Camera

    Our first prize of the day is the Samsung L77 7-megapixel digital camera. This super slim camera has a 38-266mm optical zoom with 2.5-inch screen and 20MB of built-in memory with slots for SD and SDHC cards. Here’s a full review — I can’t find ours for some reason — and special thanks go out to the folks at Samsung for supplying us with some great gear. Read More