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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  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaways: Today's Winners

    Four lucky winners today. The contest is still rolling, our Facebook group is still winning goodies, and you guys just might get lucky. Motorola Red RAZR from Sprint – Clyde H
    Nokia BH-800 Headsets – Jason K
    Andrew H
    Hangtimer – P Raja
    Read More

  • Zork for the iPhone: You Were Eaten By a Grue

    I don’t want to turn CG into, but this is too good to pass up. They’ve ported Frotz to the iPhone so now you can “GO EAST” and “PICK UP SWORD” all from the comfort of your glossy touchscreen. Read More

  • Help the Aged: AARP Sees Wii Popular With Geezers, Oldsters

    Hey, hep daddios! Did you ever wonder if grampy and grandma might enjoy the Wii? Well they just might, an if this video from the AARP is any indication, they love to bowl. It’s nice the see the AARP is getting in on console wars. It distracts from Medicare problems. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: The Birthday Party

    Hello, New York! On Monday, August 20, 2007 from 7pm until 11pm, we’re going to hold a super fancy birthday party at Red Sky in Manhattan. There will be a open bar — the CG staff will hand out drink tickets like madmen — and we’d love it if you all could join us. Read More

  • AdMob four iPhone: Mobile Ads You'll Actually Like

    This is a little OT, but it is pretty cool. AdMob just launched a new type of mobile ad for the iPhone that takes advantage of CSS and other Ajax-y stuff to offer personalized ads. The video above shows how the ads work. They don’t take you to a separate page but instead they bring up a quick Google map or pop-up that gives you location- and time-specific messages. Read More

  • CrunchGear Birthday Party – August 20

    Hello, New York! On Monday, August 20, 2007 from 7pm until 11pm, we’re going to hold a super fancy birthday party at Red Sky in Manhattan. There will be a open bar — the CG staff will hand out drink tickets like madmen — and we’d love it if you all could join us. Read more about it here. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Winners So Far

    We’re closing three contests today and we’d like to congratulate the following winners for submitting some charming entries. I picked all winners at random using number generator. Delphi Nav 300 – Jared W (Remember: Clues show up on Facebook as well!)
    Kodak 5300 All-In-One – Anastasia F
    Samsung L77 – Killian T Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Nokia BH-800 Bluetooth Headset

    . What’s better than one prize? How about two prizes! Nokia has given us two of their teeny-tiny BH-800 headsets to give away and we want to pass along the savings of “absolutely free” to you, our readers. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Hangtimer

    I know a lot of you are out doing EXTREME SPORTS and GNARLY OLLIES or whatever you kids do, so we’re offering the Hangtimer, an odd little watch that measures how long you’re in the air during stunts and jumps. Cool, right? How do you win? Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Red Motorola RAZR from Sprint

    Do you have a janky old phone? Take a picture of it and send it to with the subject line “RED RAZR.” We’ll pick one winner at random to receive this hot Red RAZR from Sprint — sorry, no service included. Read on for specs. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Kodak 5300 All-in-One Printer

    Now that you’ve won a camera, how about a photo printer to go along with it? Kodak has donated a Kodak 5300 All-in-One Printer featuring Kodak’s new ultra-cheap ink technology. Check out our review and read on for how to enter. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear Giveaway: Samsung L77 7.1-megapixel Digital Camera

    Our first prize of the day is the Samsung L77 7-megapixel digital camera. This super slim camera has a 38-266mm optical zoom with 2.5-inch screen and 20MB of built-in memory with slots for SD and SDHC cards. Here’s a full review — I can’t find ours for some reason — and special thanks go out to the folks at Samsung for supplying us with some great gear. Read More

  • Happy Birthday, CrunchGear!

    In honor of CrunchGear’s first birthday, the CG team is giving away over 30 prizes in the next 10 days, culminating in a get-together in Manhattan and maybe an iPhone or two. Head on over to check it out. Read More

  • Happy Birthday, CrunchGear!

    It was one year ago today that Blake and I launched CrunchGear, another gadget blog in a sea of gadget blogs. One year later we’ve hit the Technorati Top 100 (like Peter Ha’s weight, we tend to fluctuate above and below the 100 point) and just finished two consecutive months of 1 million+ pageviews. Not too shabby for a ragtag bunch of misfits out to stop the evil Empire… Read More

  • Behind the Curtain: The Sordid World of Tech Trade Shows

    It’s very rare for us tech journalists/drunks to get a chance to let you, the reading public, get a glance behind the curtain to see the surfeit of riches we feast upon nightly. Case in point: every year, at all the big shows (CES, CTIA, all the huge shows where that tech folks love) two companies, Pepcom and Showstoppers, hold little sideshows where some of the exhibitors come to… Read More

  • FiOS: Not Just for 5 People Anymore

    Om is quoting a study on Verizon FiOS in the wild and came away with a starling realization: fiber optics will probably tear cable Internet and TV a new poop hole. Although only a few places have FiOS now, when Verizon rolled it out in Massachusetts: Comcast lost 5,216 subscribers across a base of 204,160, a drop of 2.6%. RCN lost 1,813 subscribers, or 7% off its base of 25,895… Read More

  • Motorola Launches Mobile Linux Platform, Begs for Spare Change Near the I96 Interchange

    After viewing Moto’s line-up this year — and playing with a number of Nokias, S-Es, and the iPhone, — I feel that Moto could put a singing puppy in every RAZR2 box and I’d still be disappointed. So, it is with a jaded sigh I announce Motorola’s new Linux platform, MOTOMAGX. That’s right. MAGX. Read More

  • New iMac Unboxing: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

    The folks at Ars already dropped a few bones on a glossy new iMac and boy are they happy. They even took some purdy pictures for us all to look at! I sure would be happier if this were a widescreen multi-touch iPod, but whatevs, right? Unboxing the new, brushed metal iMac [Ars] Read More

  • Update Improves Windows Vista Reliability

    Image Stolen from Dave …It’s called OS X. HAR! HAR! Go ahead and rock your Vista auto-update or click the link below because Vista is going to suck a little less today. The update improves memory leaks and freezes as well as speeds up a few little things — like the estimated time remaining read-out when copying files — to ensure that your Vista experience is more full… Read More

  • BBC iPlayer: Cheerio Pip Pip Bob's Yer Uncle, Right?

    Care for a spot of tea? BBC, that stalwart of UK television AKA telly, is now offering a peer-to-peer video player called the iPlayer what will offer a selection of “programmes” from the past “weeke” and offer “livee” “programmeing” as it happens. Apparently the program has been circulating for a few weeks but they’ve finally gotten it… Read More