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 iPhone is Like a Big Chocolate Milkshake and a Hug From Mom

    http://www.podtech.net/player/podtech-player.swf?bc=6fb4d4539470456aaf18e7169f6098c1 [rant]I think this video from Senor Scoble explains essentially what Apple products are about: emotion. As you watch this nice lady from XEODesign talk about emotion in iPhone gaming, you kind of understand why PCs don’t have the same rabid fan base as Macs. As I said back during the Vista launch… Read More

  • Cowon iAudio 7: Audiophile's Mini-Dream?

    Gadgetaholic likes them some Cowon iAudio devices and this latest version, the iAudio 7, is making them very, very happy. It is a mini player that improves and enhances audio with on-board audio improvement technologies along with a 60 hour battery life. It has a 160×128 TFT screen for video playback and line-in for recording. It can also display images and supports just about every… Read More

  • Soundwave: Behind the Music

    Poor Soundwave. I always wondered how he got so small when he transformed. Now we know: his heart was broken. Read More

  • Apple Store Down: Maybe It's Backlit, Multi-Touch, Kitten-shaped Phone-less iPhones!

    With all the slobber-blogging going on about new patents and fancy new iPhone-less iPhones, it’s just so hard to wait for what Apple will unveil when the store comes back in a few hours with amazing updates and updated amazingness. Let’s all play the game of “What will Apple release?” in comments. I’ll start: nothing of any particular interest. Read More

  • Q&A With Samsung's New Blogger Relations Ninja: THud

    Travis Hudson, formerly of Gizmodo, is now in charge of new media relations for Samsung cellphones. Why? Because Samsung, and their PR company, MWW, saw a hole and the needed to fill it with someone who can probably program a Samsung phone in his sleep. Travis is a close friend and great writer and we got a chance to have an exclusive sit-down and talk about his new position and the way MWW… Read More

  • RIAA Must Pay $68,685.23 After Losing to a Nice Mom

    You couldn’t ask for better PR! Anti-pirates sued Debbie Foster for owning stolen music. She decided to fight back, hired a lawyer, and began legal proceedings. Instead of backing down, the RIAA then decided to sue her daughter. Three years and lots of money later, the RIAA lost the case and now must pay Debbie for her trouble. The key phrase here is the judge’s ruling that there is… Read More

  • Someone Took the Cranky Pill This Morning: Maddox On the iPhone


    Those of you in an office: be glad I cropped this picture. Because our faces are all up Apple’s warm places, we rarely step back and examine competing viewpoints. For example, famous blogger Maddox thinks anyone who likes the iPhone is a huge moron and he believes the Nokia E70, with its flip out keyboard and hot appz, is the best thing since agape love. His article begins: Read More

  • CrunchGear Budapest Meet-up: The US Postal Service Eats Donkey Ween

    So on July 9, 2007, Matt sent the iPhone. It arrived at some sort of station on the 11th then was returned to the station for “insufficient address.” Yes, friends, the US Postal Service doesn’t know where Poland is. I’m trying to figure this mess out and will be back with you shortly. I think I’m going to have to cancel the trip because, as handsome as I am, I… Read More

  • Bell & Ross BR 01 Phantom

    Bell & Ross makes big honking aviator watches that look like jet plane read-outs. Their latest, the Phantom, has a low visibility face that lights up with lume in the darkness, ensuring your dark ops position will be given away by a watch face that glows like a flashlight. No price or availability but expect it to be in the $4,000-$6,000 range. Bell & Ross BR 01 Phantom [WristWatchReview] Read More

  • Crunchgear Budapest Meet-Up Update

    OK. No iPhone yet so I can’t book my flight. HOPEFULLY I’ll have some news today, but I’m not holding my breath. Those of you who were planning on getting plastered with me tomorrow or Wednesday, please save your livers for later this week or early next week. Read More

  • Soylent Green is People, iPod OS is OS X!


    UPDATE – The story is also totally fake. If it’s early in the morning for you right now and you haven’t had your coffee, feel free to skip this story. Basically, it says that OS X, in the form of the Mach kernel, has been inside the iPod all along — except for a brief period when it was the Pixo OS — and that… ZZZZZZ… huh? Read More

  • Buy Bumblebee on the 'Bay

    Love the Transformers? Want a to pretend you own one? Want to pretend girls will talk to you? Then bid on this genuine Bumblebee prop from Transformers. Now priced at $30K, the prop is a fully tuned ’77 Chevy Camaro with Autobot logo on the steering wheel and is apparently currently in El Segundo, California waiting for you to pick it up. While Bumblebee would have been much cooler if… Read More

  • $99 HD DVD Player Not So Much $99

    After a weekend of speculation, Engadget has finally gotten to the bottom of the mystery of the $99 HD DVD player that will be available at the Home Media Expo in Las Vegas this week. The deal, which looked at first like some sort of massive CE dump on the market, is actually only available to conference attendees. Ticket prices for the show can hit about $500 so if you’re really into HD… Read More

  • Cellfons Mak U Luz Brain! Why I Laff?

    According to a study at Trinity College Dublin, those of us who use cellphones suffer from reduced recall, information overload, and an acute inability to remember birthdays and phone numbers. Here’s an important fact: As many as a third of those surveyed under the age of 30 were unable to recall their home telephone number without resorting to their mobile phones or to notes. Read More

  • Microsoft Is a Bunch of Stealing Crooks (Actually, They Both Stole a Religious Symbol With Deep Cultural Meaning)

    Apple knows Taoism. Their devices have a yin and a yang and the human isn’t dreaming it’s a laptop, it’s a laptop dreaming it’s a human, dig? That’s why their Universal symbol is a yin/yang. Trippy. So when Microsoft flips the symbol and slaps Vista and XPOffice logos on there, the fanbois go mad with frothing anger. I think Lao Tzu should actually be angry in… Read More

  • iPhone Field Test Mode Explored

    Want to be just like that cool guy in the truck who gets to walk around testing cellular reception? Just enter “*3001#12345#*” into your iPhone — you can even do it during a call. This key combination opens the iPhone’s field test mode which is basically a little set or readouts that report on current cellular conditions, firmware information, and all the good stuff… Read More

  • Q-Bean: Go to the Website, Trust Me

    The Q-Bean is some sort of wireless audio transmiting device that consists of a Windows/Linux/Mac compatible dongle and a little bean-shaped thing. How does it work? You plug in the dongle, it starts to transmit to the bean, and you can even use it as a microphone. You listen to the audio through a headset attached to the bean. According to the website, the Q-Bean is cool and you can clip it… Read More

  • Smokey the Burninating MacBook Power Adapter

    Justin Stangel, one of the writers for David Letterman, took a nice video of his MacBook adapter initiating its self-destruct sequence and smoking like a 60-year-old spinster on Bingo night. via Giz Read More

  • CrunchGear Budapest Meet-up Update


    As much as I’d like to supply some confirmation or good news right now, I’m sad to say that I can’t confirm the date, location, or time of our upcoming meet-up. It WILL happen. I just can’t say when. Why? Because the postal service sucks. In order to save a few bucks — so I could maybe buy some beers for you guys — I had Matt send the iPhone 3-5 Day… Read More

  • Add Your Own Ringtone to the iPhone

    While this functionality should soon be available in some sort of cool open source UI package, the folks at HacktheiPhone have broken down the process into 23 easy to follow steps that involve downloading the iPhone restore files, hacking the crap out of them, putting your own ringtone into a folder, and uploading it. I’m going to put on an MP3 of my mom telling me how good I am. And… Read More