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,, Audiomonger, and He also runs the HourTime Podcast with Ariel Adams at Born in 1975, he currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Dvorak drives a truck over the OLPC XO-1

    Now with free carrying case. How did I miss this? One of our favorite curmudgeons, John C. Dvorak, hits the nail right on the head with his assessment of the OLPC — send $200 of rice to poor countries, not a $200 computer. The inventors and backers of the OLPC project trust and believe in education as a way out of dire circumstances. Fine, but isn’t a laptop a bit useless if… Read More

  • Pleo dies

    Ugobe, into your hands I commend my spirit. It is finished. This big nasty men at DVICE posted a video of them abusing and eventually killing their Pleo dinosaur. The video is horrible. They choke the wee guy, then hang him by his tail, and even slap him around. Just you wait. When it comes time for “the Big Change,” these boys will be the first against the wall. Note: We at… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson patent to amaze friends, family with bogus gesture-based controls

    Raise your finger if you think this patent is stupid. Dear Gadget Bloggers: Patents are ideas officially recorded by companies to ensure no one else gets them first. They are not “roadmaps” nor is there any proof that they will ever be implemented in any actual device at any time. Look for Apple’s patents for the iPod. I doubt there is anything that remotely resembles the… Read More

  • Operator11 is Dead to Me: Is There Anything Out There Similar to It?

    Way back last summer I wrote about and started using a service called Operator11 — don’t bother visiting because it’s down. It was a video chat system that let you run live shows in a Flash window. The “moderator” or director can show pre-recorded video and images. The real value was the live aspect, allowing you to invite friends to the show and click on… Read More

  • ReProduct: Recyclable Greeting Cards

    This is neither a device nor specifically a service, but it’s a fairly cool idea. These greeting cards, called ReProduct, come with 2-way envelopes (think Netflix) and you can pop the cards into a pre-paid return envelope and send them back to Shaw Industries where they will recycle them into carpet tiles. That’s right: some day you might be walking on the Christmas card you sent… Read More

  • CG Holidays 2007 Recommendation: Scrivener

    Let’s face it: most of us geeks want to be writers. I, personally, want to write pornographic Monchichi fan fiction, but you might have a novel in you or even a tech book. Here’s what you gotta do. Go get yourself a copy of Scrivener and start plotting out your Dune meets Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whisle Stop Cafe magnum opus. This program allows you to place all of your ideas… Read More

  • Day of the Ninja! Ninja Gaiden II will destroy you, the world, potentially your parents Video might be touchy. Let me know if you have problems. Tecmo just released first videos of the new Ninja Gaiden game for the 360. In it Ryu deals out justice with his fists of fury, kills enemies, and calls Amex when he finds out someone charged something from “Turkish mirrors online” to his credit card and he… Read More

  • 3D virtual secretary loves you for your power

    InterGrafx is showing off a virtual 3D secretary that can wake you up, make appointments, and generally do everything a real secretary will do except add a human element to your business life and make you feel secure in the knowledge that things are being taken care of while you’re on the road and answering the phone with intelligence and aplomb. Go future! “It’s very… Read More

  • Fools, money, soon parted: Keyport ships

    Have $295 hanging around? Need a key fob to hold all your keys in a little box? Ummm… what else. Did we say it costs $295 and it’s shipping out to the folks who pre-ordered a few months ago. Super, right? Product Page Read More

  • 20% of French iPhone buyers paid almost $1000 for an unlocked iPhone

    Orange is reporting that of the 30,000 iPhones they sold in the first five days, 20% were purchased unlocked for 749 euros. With contract the phones sell for 399 euros, meaning 6000 users opted to pay more for complete phone portability. This makes perfect sense. First off, unlocked phones are the norm overseas and paying a premium for a good product is understood and accepted. The false… Read More

  • Download files in Mobile Safari

    A new “plug-in” from hachu lets you download files straight to your unlocked iPhone. This lets you download zip and tar files as well as save MP3 files to the internal memory. So what does that get you? Not much, but thanks to Erica Sadun, you can now use the SendFile application to send files from the Downloads folder in your iPhone, creating a fairly cool little way to download… Read More

  • Google for the iFones now available

    Surf on over to Google, iFones fans, and feast your eyes on the new mobile version of Google. You’ve got Google Reader, Gmail, your Calendar, and even Docs all nicely arrayed in Joe Hewitt’s (TC thinks) iPhone sexiness. It’s good to own the best phone on the market today, isn’t it? via TC Read More

  • CG Holidays 2007 Recommendations: A Gamefly Subscription

    ahem) you can send it back without regret. Product Page Read More

  • Mr. BaconPants offers his top holiday picks

    Yeah, I don’t know what to make of this either, but if you’re into the pork and love the smoke, head on over to Senor Puerco Pantalones’ website and feast your eyes on Bacon Lunch Boxes, Bacon Air Fresheners, and the Patron Saint of Bacon. Bacon Lovers Gift Guide [MrBaconPants] Read More

  • Ad Age reporter Matt Creamer tries SEO to fix his own brand

    The bald SEO agent strikes again! Do a search for your name in Google. What comes up? I’m a lucky duck and I only share my name with a Tasmanian “writer” and a London Assembly Member, neither of whom have much Google juice. Matthew Creamer, on the other had, had a problem. He shared his name with a bunch of people who were not Ad Age editors and they definitely got more… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Kodak EasyShare V1253

    The promise of the Kodak’s EasyShare V1253 is immense. As the world’s first compact cam with a video capture function that can pull high-def (that’s 720p, and no I’m not counting those Sanyo products), this could represent a rare case of digital convergence that carves out an entirely new niche. Read more… Read More

  • Reviewing the Unknown Contest: Congratulations to BFFs LittleRedRyanHood and jaxim

    Whether it’s a detailed and intelligent alaysis of the Zune or a liveblog of Lindsey Lohan in The Parent Trap, our CG BFFs are providing great content every day. Guys – email me at john @ with your preference of iPod Classic or Zune 2. First come first served, so get cracking. Read More

  • Big surprise: Germans can now sell locked iPhones

    Mein gott in himmel! The T-Mobile can now sell locked iPhones to their Swabian customers without worrying that Vodafone will iochen Sie sie in den Testikeln. T-Mobile can sell iPhone with contract-German court [Reuters] Read More

  • Windows Vista now trusts you to be a good person

    When SP1 drops for Windows Vista, gone will be the WGA kill switch that turns off your PC if you don’t have a genuine copy of Vista. Beginning with the final, released version of SP1 next year (the modified WGA code will be missing from all but the most exclusive of SP1 betas), Microsoft plans to roll back WGA to its original format as a series of notifications that nudge and nag but… Read More

  • 3.5" CDR OMG FNY!

    Oh hidey ho! Look at that! It’s a CDR that looks like a 3.5″ floppy! It even has a label! You can reuse your old floppy cases from college now, the ones you used to hide your pot in! HA! They cost $32 for 4 or $14 each, but it’ll be so worth it, right? Product Page via Geeked Read More