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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  • Boy hires hit-man to kill mom over grounding


    I don’t really want to write this story simply because it isn’t really about tech — it’s about a crazy kid rebelling against his parents in a perverse way — but apparently Cory Ryder, a 16-year-old from Maryland, attempted to hire an undercover police officer to put two bullets into his mom for grounding him. I’m waiting patiently for the talk radio and… Read More

  • iTunes 7.5 hints at iPhone 1.1.2 firmware goodies

    Thanks to some industrious people who can use a command line, we learn that the iPhone may or may not be able to manually sync music on the iPhone and/or create an automatic shuffled playlist, just like on the Shuffle. Another interesting development suggests voice memo recording. MacRumors thread Read More

  • E3, way back when

    http://p.castfire.com/Xu7m0/video/3425/bbtv_2007-11-02-213900.flv The video is a little choppy and the host is manic (and his story is quite sad) to say the least, but it’s fun to see what E3 used to be — a malevolent pleasure dome of scantily clad women and video games — and what happens when you subvert the status quo by dry humping Miss Pac Man. SFW unless you work for… Read More

  • gPhone Madness: The Contest


    Not the gPhone, but close. Welcome to a world where Androids don’t just help Leia get a message to Obiwan. Our slack-jawed faces are leaking happy juice due to the announcement of Google/OHA’s Android platform and to celebrate we’re giving away two unlocked Nokia N95s to the two best BFF posters of the week, based on popularity and number of votes. Read More

  • Tesla coil Super Mario Brothers theme: Don't tase me, Wario

    How does this even work? I’m really confused. Essentially, these are two Tesla coils sending out signals based on MIDI input. But how do you control the frequency of the shock to make the music? There are no speakers involved. Engineers? A little help? via Make Read More

  • Carnegie Mellon wins DARPA Urban Challenge


    The humans the car did not kill. My alma mater, CMU, won the DARPA city challenge in which they had to build — and successfully deploy — an autonomous vehicle in a simulated city environment. Sure, any schlub can send a robot car across the desert. But can you send it through the mean streets of Scranton, PA or a simulation thereof? Didn’t think so. The Register has coverage… Read More

  • Google Conference Call Liveblog

    http://images.operator11.com/swf/o11player.swf Click here to read our live coverage of the Google Mobile OS. More info: Today, T-Mobile is participating, alongside Google and others, in the announcement of the Open Handset Alliance and Android, the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. IM questions to me during the conference call and I’ll try to ask them. Read More

  • CG ALERT: And we're off… Motorola, T-Mo, HTC, and Qualcomm gPhone conference call today

    I’ll just quote this verbatim and I’ll be live blogging the call in a mere 30 minutes. I may have to eat my hat. GOOGLE, T-MOBILE, HTC, QUALCOMM AND MOTOROLA TO DISCUSS NEW OPEN PLATFORM FOR MOBILE DEVICES Read More

  • Halo and the terrorist mind-set

    Clive “The Garanimal” Thompson doesn’t have a lot of time to play Halo 3 and, as a result, gets killed a lot in Live play. However, instead of giving up and going to play Parcheesi, he’s decided to fight back by becoming a suicide bomber. The typical Halo player’s goal is to stay alive. Clive knows he can’t stay alive very long, so he wants to take down as… Read More

  • Big Daddy and Little Sister dancing to Prince

    I wish this video was lighter but these friends who created one of the most complex and amazing-tastic Halloween costumes I’ve ever seen. Click the jump to see them in their full still-photo glory or you can just enjoy seeing a Big Daddy and Little Sister dancing in the murky darkness, waiting to steal your ADAM.
    Flickr Photoset of the Build [Thanks, Nathan] Read More

  • The gPhone: My Take

    Please don’t hold your breath on the Google Phone announcement: you’ll probably pass out and it won’t have been worth it. Google is set to “announce” a phone project — I hesitate to say product — today, partnering with HTC and Samsung along with a few other OEMs to supply phones with some sort of mysterious Google thing installed. I’m going to… Read More

  • The horrible monster head murderer thing

    A little something to wake you all up this morning. via BBG Read More

  • OS X Leopard review

    Here we sit, a week after the Leopard launch, exhausted. Like the machine at Ikea that opens and closes the drawers in the kitchen section over and over again to show how strong they are, I’ve pounded at Leopard with a vengeance, opening and closing stacks, trying features, and generally trying to break the thing. I ran Leopard on a 2.66 GHz dual-core Mac Pro with 3 GB of memory and a… Read More

  • Some Guy: "The iPhone Winning 'Invention of the Year' is an Embarrassment"… of great ideaness!


    Gregory Ng isn’t like us. He doesn’t understand what’s going down in the world today. He’s tuned out, not connected. When Time announced that the iPhone was the invention of the year, people were all like “Awwww yeah!” and we were all like “Yeah, bay-bee” — mostly me because the rest of the guys were all like “Awwww… Read More

  • Ro-BOTS! Battle Wheels Robot Warriors in action

    If you’re thinking about a fairly cool, fairly inexpensive gift for the holidays, take a look at Battle Wheels. These are wheeled robots that are supposed to beat the heck out of each other so their parts fall off, sort of like Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots only mobile. I played with the robots with Kasper and he enjoyed pulling the heads off of both Saturnus Guardian of the… Read More

  • AT&T Motorola Q 9h: Like the Motorola Q only with a 9h


    AT&T users can now enjoy the majesty of the updated Moto Q in the privacy their bathrooms or cars. The Q 9h, dubbed the “world” edition, is a quad-band 3G phone with a styling in the same vein as the Q 9m. Moto is improving over all and I’d say that this and a few HTC models is one of the better WinMo6 phones out there. Here are a few candid shots and wait for a full… Read More

  • Hitachi's scans your main vein


    And by main vein I mean the veins in your fingers. Like Fujitsu’s vein-scanning mouse, this biometric security system released by Hitachi at the Tokyo Motor Show will keep your car from starting up until you whip it out — ideally your ring finger — and slap it against the steering wheel. Different functions can also be assigned to each finger meaning it can double as a… Read More

  • Slideshare: Awwwwww, cheer up, sad clown!

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/slideshare/ssplayer2.swf?doc=honey-id-like-to-have-a-threesome3445 | View | Upload your own Look! They’re so sad they’re soliciting sex online! This is a thankless job. We can’t make fun of everything equally every day and we definitely can’t go back and see how our flip frivolity and vituperative vitriol has affected our poor, mewling victims. Read More

  • CG Exclusive: Sidekick Slide hands-on

    What’s small, cool, and made by Motorola? Not much? HA! We beg to differ. Take a look at the Sidekick Slide. It’s sexy, slidy, and runs Danger’s OS just fine. I only have time to do some photos and this video today but look for a full review this week. Read More

  • Invisible tank: pie-in-the-sky BS or total and utter malarkey?


    Artist’s rendition of your last acid trip. Every few years someone pulls out the old “project the scene behind the object onto the object” trick to make something ostensibly invisible. Well, now the English Army will now win the war with invisible tanks designed to disappear using cameras and projectors. I’m going to call “bollocks” on this and wonder… Read More