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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  • The Format War Is Over: 9 Out of 10 Thieves Prefer Blu-Ray


    Thieves broke into Silver Platters, a Seattle video store, and made off with their entire Blu-ray selection. That’s right. They ignored the HD-DVD stuff completely. That’s basically the entire story (“Theives prefer Blu-ray.”), but I wonder why this is? Maybe because the PS3 is a subsidized Blu-ray player? I mean if you’re ganking DVDs you’re probably also… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up: Warsaw


    Warsaw Readers: We’ll be having the Poland meet-up tomorrow, Thursday, July 26 at 19:00 in Pub Lolek in Pole Mokotowskie. A lot of you have already emailed/commented and I hope we can organize this around one big table and just talk. I know Lolek is often crowded, so let’s try to meet in the outside area (wasn’t there a playground there?). Click through to see what I look like. Read More

  • Microsoft WGA Busts Chinese Microsoft Counterfeiting Ring, Five Million More to Go


    Dear Friend do you know what is 0EM soft ware? The FBI and Chinese authorities busted a $500 million piracy ring Guangdong province after Windows Genuine Advantage, Microsoft’s authenticity thingie, informed purchasers of “OEM software” that they were trying to activate fake copies of Vista. The resulting forensic evidence led authorities to the pirate’s lair where… Read More

  • Add Ringtones to Your iPhone… Sorry, XP/Vista Only

    David at MobilityToday is selling a cool new app that appears to take advantage of the jailbreak hack to add new ringtones to your iPhone. Vista only, kids. Sucks to be a Mac user! Click through to MobilityToday to pick up a copy. via MobilityToday Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up: Budapest


    Yes, there were women there. I took the train from Warsaw to Budapest — fourteen hours in a Polish sleeper car made in that halcyon time between WWII and the fall of the Berlin Wall — and I was groggy, delirious, and hot as I walked down a street called Rottenbiller AKA Billy Rotten into the university district. I organized the event with Matt of mobilport.hu who told me to meet… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up Report: Budapest

    Just posted some images of the CG Meet-up in Budapest. Special thanks to Matt for helping find the spot. Remember — the Warsaw Meet-up is tomorrow at 7pm at Lolek. Read More

  • CrunchGear Meetup Final Update: Budapest is Go!


    I will be rolling into town on Monday morning and we will be meeting at 19:00 at Maghaz, Rottenbiller u. 32 in Budapest on Monday, July 23, 2007. Please drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com or post a note in the comments if you plan on attending. I look forward to meeting CG/TC readers. My Grand Central # is +16468270591 or you should be able to call me using this widget (if you have… Read More

  • Nokia Cooler Than Motorola, My Mom


    BusinessWeek has a fairly long article about the magic of Nokia. The lede is actually pretty cool: Pop singer Alicia Keys and Ramkishen Pyarelal, proprieter of a Mumbai tea stall, may not have a lot in common. But they both carry Nokia mobile phones. That basically sums up Nokia in a few words. Nokia has always known its market. It sells the low-end and the high-end and essentially keeps… Read More

  • iPhone Toolchain Created: Hello World


    This is not the iPhone “Hello World” App NightWatch at the Free iPhone project has compiled and run the first “Hello World” application for the iPhone, a move that could mean homebrew and third party apps for the iPhone in the next few weeks. They keep saying their server is too slow to handle lots of linking, so we won’t link. Just look for… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up: Budapest and Warsaw

    The iPhone is here and it’s fabulous. I will be rolling into town on Monday morning and we will be meeting at 19:00 at Maghaz, Rottenbiller u. 32 in Budapest on Monday, July 23, 2007. Please drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com or drop a note in the comments if you plan on attending. I look forward to meeting CG/TC readers. Special thanks to MobilPort.hu! Warsaw Readers… Read More

  • Rumor: Metal Gear Solid 4 for XBox 360

    PS3’s killer app might also become XBox 360’s killer app. XBox 360 is reporting that OXM says that MSG4 might come to the 360, but they’re not sure. MSG4 is probably going to be the defining game for the platform, the PS3’s Gears of War as it were. However, if it comes out on 360 later, it could hurt Sony’s bottom line and no one wants that. This is all rumor… Read More

  • Destroy Your Landline Contest: One Weekend Left

    One weekend left, guys and gals. To recap, T-Mobile dropped me a line last week offering: A HotSpot-enabled phone (Nokia 6086 or Samsung t409), T-Mobile HotSpot @Home Wi-Fi router (D-Link or Linksys brands) and one year of free T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service that includes (per month) unlimited calls to your myFaves contacts, 2000 nationwide WHENEVER Minutes®, unlimited… Read More

  • Class Action Suit Against Microsoft Alleges XBox 360 Skwatches Disks, Makes Baby Saaad!


    InformationWeek is reporting that two California residents, Christine Moskowitz and Dan Wood, are seeking over $5 million in damages for XBox 360 owners. They allege that the big bad game machines scratch expensive disks and that the 360 was manufactured incorrectly. Read More

  • Bill Gates Announces $13.37 Billion In Revenue Last Quarter, Urinates Festively Into Diamond Toilet Bowl

    Everyone’s favorite software company, Micro$oft (note clever use of dollar sign), made $13.37 billion in revenue last quarter, placing it about $50 billion in the current fiscal year. They chalk their good fortune up to strong sales in Windows Server and Vista, XBox 360, and stealing and processing the life energy of third-world babies for off-world energy export. “Our results… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up: Budapest and Warsaw

    The iPhone is here and it’s fabulous. I will be rolling into Budapest on Monday morning and we will be meeting at 19:00 at Maghaz, Rottenbiller u. 32 in Budapest on Monday, July 23, 2007. Please drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com or drop a note in the comments if you plan on attending. I look forward to meeting CG/TC readers. Special thanks to MobilPort.hu! Warsaw Readers… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Destroy Your Landline Contest

    OK. Another hard contest. You have exactly one week to do this one, so please bear with me. T-Mobile dropped me a line last week offering: A HotSpot-enabled phone (Nokia 6086 or Samsung t409), T-Mobile HotSpot @Home Wi-Fi router (D-Link or Linksys brands) and one year of free T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service that includes (per month) unlimited calls to your myFaves contacts, 2000 nationwide… Read More

  • Original Enigma Machine For Sale

    Currently priced at a bit over $20,000, this real German Enigma machine is apparently in full working order and only needs “bulbs,” presumably for the internal display. The Enigma machine confounded the Allies for years and was essentially the precursor to the modern computer and the men and women of Project Ultra who finally cracked the code are proto-hackers to whom many of us… Read More

  • Dontcha Think This Meme is About Dead?

    This video requires no explanation nor does it actually require you to view it. Just rub yourself all over with lamp oil, listen to the Pussycat Dolls, and kiss your iPhone until you fall asleep. Read More

  • Keen vs. Weinberger: The Plot (by Amateurs) Against America



    Why is this man smiling? I was on my way to the outhouse with some print-outs of the WSJ opinion page — the newsprint version is too harsh — when I noticed an interview between Andrew Keen, writer of The Cult of the Amateur, and David Weinberger, author of Everything is Miscellaneous. Mr. Keen’s argument runs in the cranky old man watching Elvis on Ed Sullivan vein. He… Read More

  • 10 Gmail Apps: You Know, For Gmail

    I don’t really use Gmail’s web interface, but if I did I’d download all ten of these apps and plugins and make my Gmail experience that much better. I think the best one on this list is Gmail This bookmarklet which allows you to send blog postings and other things just by clicking a button. Most of the tools are for Firefox only, but a few are cross-platform. Top 10… Read More