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 and he runs the BWL family of blogs,, Audiomonger, and He also runs the HourTime Podcast with Ariel Adams at Born in 1975, he currently resides in New York, N.Y.

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  • ScottEVest Evolution Jacket: They Just Keep Getting Better

    I’m a SeV fiend. I wear SeV shirts when I travel because it wicks away sweat and nastiness and they can be washed in a hotel sink without much trouble. I also wore an SeV jacket and pullover last winter and I’m glad to announce that they have a new version, the Evolution, coming out in October. You can pre-order it now for $120 and if you like gadgets, you might want to take a look. Read More

  • How Not to Drive a Forklift Found this odd German forklift training video that half-way reminds me of those old Army comics they used to put out and maybe Day of the Dead. I would love to work at this place, though. All that blood. Kinda NSFW, as well. Happy Labor Day! Read More

  • Nokia N81: A Love Song

    Someone owes me some burned-out retinas. via Giz Read More

  • Apple Kicks NBC to the Curb

    Damn. Apple just gave NBC walking papers. NBC declined to continue their contract and Apple basically said cyabye. That’s some serious hard ball. I guess I’ll have to torrent my Heroes from now on. “We are disappointed to see NBC leave iTunes because we would not agree to their dramatic price increase,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes. “We… Read More

  • Brush and Rinse ToothBrush

    When humankind first climbed out of the primordial sludge, they had a lot to do. They had to make the wheel, the breathstrip, and the airplane almost immediately, not to mention the codification of thoughts and actions through the written word and the codification of hotness through porn and Grey’s Anatomy. In all honesty, we haven’t had much time between now and then to make a… Read More

  • HP to Sell Red Hat Linux Boxen

    HP’s new dx2250 desktop — and AMD-based workstation — will come pre-loaded with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. The PC, which will cost about $500, is currently available in Australia because, as we all know, kangaroos live there. Read More

  • Nerds Ruin the Spiritual BioShock Experience, Compare Console/PC/Blah Blah

    I played a bit of Bioshock last weekend and I loved it. It was a great amalgam of Ayn Rand, Half-Life, big monsters, and Hexen-like burninating. Good stuff. Well, the NERDS at bit-tech compared all of the versions, finding that the game plays better on the blah blah blah with X gigaworts of booble flarkles running DX102.32 and Windows Vista Ultimate Bioshock Edition for XBox 360. Booooring! Read More

  • San Fran: Another City-wide Wi-Fi Plan Bites It

    . Poor San Francisco, who expected some tasty wi-fi from Earthlink later this year, is now left to fend for itself. Mayor Newsom says that the plan is still going head with public money and that Earthlink will not spoil the plans to roll out wireless throughout the city. Read More

  • This One's For You, Bro!

    Fairy tales and magic, old man! JJ at Gadgets.BoingBoing.Net.Org has some damn good taste. What do you see here? Drifting. Dinosaurs. Fake beards. Arch-rivals. Dinosaurs. Great for a pre-long-weekend Thursday. Video: In Inassailable Awesomeness of Overdrift [Gadgets.BoingBoing] Read More

  • Panasonic Launches Face-Detecting 10-Megapixel Lumix

    The Lumix DMC-L10 looks like it fits solidly in the mid-range DSLR market, a bit above the Rebel. At $1,300, it comes complete with 14-50mm LEICA lens, image stabilzation, and a 2.5-inch live LCD for looking at your friends an neighbors on screen instead of through the range finder. It should be available here in October but for now we can drool over multiple scene modes and face detection. Read More

  • Outages GAH!

    I’ve been dealing with some tagging issues this morning – the new version of Ultimate Tag Warrior blew our MySQL server through the back door and out into the yard. I’m using simple-tagging now but if anyone knows of something better, let me know. Read More

  • Bose SoundDock Portable Quick Look

    I’m sure Mike Kobrin can do a better job of assessing these new portable iPod speakers from Bose — they’re portable! With a battery compartment! But they just arrived a few minutes ago and I popped in the iPod with nice results. After using a smaller pair in the kitchen for almost a year, there is definitely improvement in the bass and clarity and the portable was just about… Read More

  • DHL Is Decadent and Depraved

    Just a quick post to inform you all to avoid DHL for international shipping, especially if they trust fly-by-night drop-off points. I’m a watch nut so I like to buy and sell watches. I was about to sell an expensive watch to a guy in England who wanted me to use DHL. I rarely use DHL — I prefer USPS for international shipping, even though they’re equally decadent and… Read More

  • Tags/Category Changes

    Ahoy, readers. I did some changes to the tagging system on CG. Please let me know if this breaks anything in your lives. Thanks. Read More

  • Apple September 5th Event is a Go: The Beat Goes On

    Uh oh. Coverflow? Beat? Some sort of potentiall little Fat Nano? More news as it develops, but September 5th is definitely D-Day for Lil Fat. Read More

  • Motorola RAZR 2 V9m Quick Look A quick look at Sprint’s new RAZR 2 V9m. Full review to follow. Cool little phone — not quite Zander’s folly but it’s no iPhone. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: It's Over

    The cakes have been eaten, the random numbers generated, and we have the winners. First of, we want to thank all those who submitted. I’m here are our final winners and a special cavalcade of cakes for you all to drool over… except for the dude on the boat. I don’t know what that was about. Read More

  • CG Exclusive: HTC Insider Confirms Existence of the Google Phone

    Get ready for the next bout of xPhone madness. A HTC insider sent us a tip this weekend about an upcoming gPhone coming out of Taiwan that should launch Q1 2008. Google is currently assessing over twenty HTC models and refining its final handset design and will create a special version of Google Maps, compatible with built-in GPS, and compatibility with Gmail and the calendar app. There is… Read More

  • Native AIM and IRC Apps Available for iPhone

    No more futzing with Safari IM solutions, kids. The iPhone has it’s own native messaging apps. First, there’s Apolloim, a super beta AIM client for the iPhone. It seems to work, but it’s completely untested. Next, you have ircm, an IRC client so you can tell n00bs to GTFO. Both have full source code available and it will be interesting to see how long before they escape… Read More

  • TrekStor's i.Beat blaxx Renamed, Now TrekStor blaxx

    TrekStor, makers of MP3 players that are cool but rarely seen on our shores, has renamed their i.Beat blaxx to just the blaxx, which is, umm, I guess better? TrekStor Renames iBeat Blaxx After a Bit of Self-Flagellation [Gizmodo] Read More