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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  • Sprint Muziq by LG Review


    Creating a musicphone in this post-iPhone landscape is a difficult proposition. You used to get the obvious comparisons to the iPod and now you have to contend with what some folks are calling the “bestest iPod in the whole wide world and even in China! (TM)”. It’s enough to make a carrier cry. But Sprint knows that it has to keep releasing phones and it knows that it might… Read More

  • Taser to Sell Tasing Shotgun Shell


    All we are saying/Is give potentially lethal shots to the head with an electronic shotgun shell a chance Taser is one of our least favorite companies — they make weapons and then deny their lethality — but at least they keep some of our boys in blue safe and offer another way of stopping folks without putting a bullet in their leg. They’re announcing a new product, XREP… Read More

  • New Parallels Ads: I'm a Mac and You're a PC and I'm an Undying Metaphor for the War Between Two Methods for Writing Data to Magnetic Disks, Displaying Information

    Parallels, everyone’s favorite thing to download once, install, try, and then remove because there’s really nothing you need to install on your Mac from Windows except maybe an IDE or game or something, created a set of fairly cool Mac vs. PC ads that don’t drive the whole divide into the ground. Read More

  • MediaDefender: "It's Not What You Think"

    Randy Saaf, CEO of MediaDefender, a company I excoriated yesterday, dropped us a line explaining that MiiVi was not a trap and instead an internal MediaDefender project, hence the failure to hide their tracks. He explains: MiiVi has nothing to do with the MPAA, the RIAA, or any music or movie studio. It was not even meant to be used by the general public at this time. MiiVi has nothing to… Read More

  • Pogue on HotSpot@Home: It's Cool

    I’ve been using T-Mobile’s HotSpot@Home from Poland this week and I can honestly say that the service is a lifesaver if you’re a frequent pond-hopper. David Pogue tends to agree, saying that T-Mobile is CRAZY for doing this but has some good reasons. Because T-Mobile benefits, too. Let’s face it: T-Mobile’s cellular network is not on par with, say, Verizon’s. Read More

  • Universal Can Supply Music "At-Will" to iTunes

    Universal Music has confirmed that they will not renew their current contract with Apple and will only supply music “at will.” This means that Apple will not have the entire Universal catalog but only selected albums, at Universal’s discretion. Although this sounds potentially “bad,” it’s actually not. It’s a way to fire a shot across Apple’s… Read More

  • NSFW Bloops

    I sincerely apologize if our NSFW nuclear strike against launchr — a site that was copying our text and links wholesale without even the slightest attribution — caused discomfort and/or coffee to spray on your keyboard. Apparently forces beyond my control, namely our RSS feed, did not accept our updates as I had hoped. I therefore offer this picture of a kitten from KittenWars as… Read More

  • New Gadgets Drain Even More Power than Old Gadgets, Bears Defecate In Woods

    The Energy Saving Trust, the UK’s answer to NAMBLA, published a report entitled “The Ampere Strikes Back” which states that modern gadgets are sucking down massive amounts of electricity and by 2020 TVs will use 1.4% of domestic electricity. Clearly, this isn’t big news, but it does remind us that electricity is essentially a scarce resource — until we… Read More

  • iPhone vs. Treo: Bum-fight!


    Palm’s Multi-touch Interface: Place Hand On Keyboard, Press
    PalmInfoCenter (new motto: “Hey, Guys, Over Here, Treos. Who Wants a Treo? Guys?”) ran a detailed review comparing the Treo to the iPhone. As we all expected, the Treo came out ahead in almost all categories except “Ability to get you laid.” Essentially, the reviewer pointed out that the Treo is a… Read More

  • New DS Camera, Face Training Software, You Like to Train Your Face! Okay! Mario!

    Clearly the world has run out of game ideas. Why? Because Nintendo is launching a new game and camera for the DS that lets you… train your face. The game, called Otona No DS Kao Training, offers “facening” exercises to keep your lips and cheeks tight and limber. Dude. Don’t ask me. I just report on this stuff. Rumor has it that Nintendo will also come out with a… Read More

  • Central European Meet-up?

    Howdy, Central Europeaners. I’m currently in Warsaw, Poland and I wanted to see if any of our readers in nearby cities — Krakow, Gdansk, Vienna, Lodz, Wroclaw, Budapest, or Prague — would like to meet up and talk tech in the next few weeks. If you live in or around these cities, drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com or enter the poll below and I’ll tally the… Read More

  • Best Commenter Accounts Evar


    We have a great number of really cool folks commenting fairly regularly so I’d like to invite you to email us requesting a commenter account. These accounts will eventually let you do cool stuff. Promise. Send an email to commenter @ crunchgear dot com with your requested commenter name, password, and email address in the subject line (“joesmith, pookie, joe@joesmith.com”). Read More

  • MPAA Caught Red-Handed in Sting: Durn Them Duke Boys!


    I know this spread like wildfire last night, but it’s pretty funny. The MPAA hired a company, MediaDefender, to stop piracy. How did they do it? Through a fake video download site called MiiVi, a red hot download site full of red hot videos. The catch? It makes you download spyware that reports back on stolen video found on your computer. What a treat! How did the world find out about… Read More

  • 3 Billion Mobile Subscriptions Worldwide: That's A Lot of iPhones

    A new study by Informa found that there are more than 3 billion SIM cards in active rotation, which means that lots of folks have more than one SIM card and that there are seriously lots of phones out there. I mean think about it: 3 billion mobile subscribers. That’s an amazing number, a world changing number. That’s 3 billion people who had almost no way of connecting to the… Read More

  • BSA Offers $1 million Reward for Pirates, New CG Contest Announced!


    While we here at CG don’t condone piracy, we’re always trying to find new and interesting businesses and individuals who might pirate video games and applications. To that end, we’re offering a special CrunchGear Medal of Piracy Honor, available to any and all companies or individuals who make their living by pirating software or use pirated software within their organizations. Read More

  • Forza 2 Car Painting Feature Abuse: Some People Have Too Much Freedom


    Forza 2 is a 360 game that lets you build and paint your own cars and race them within the game. Fair enough. Unfortunately, some gamers have taken it upon themselves to create Nazi-themed roadsters and other patently racist crap. While everyone has a right to free speech, stuff like this just ruins the 360 experience and breeds ignorance and contempt. I don’t think they should censor… Read More

  • iPhone Vulnerabilities: The Password is "Dottie"

    Hackers and security researchers have already found a nice collection of vulnerabilities in the iPhone, including an overflow issue in Safari that could allow unsigned code to infect the phone. The best vulnerabilities, however, are the two passwords found in the firmware that let applications run as root: Among the advances made to date, hackers have discovered the password the iPhone requires… Read More

  • GrandCentral Acquired By Google: Please Don't Take Away My Free Really Good Voicemail!

    My family is a GrandCentral family. We’re all like “Hey, honey, GrandCentral me!” and my wife is all like “I just GrandCentralled your mother. And your son just GrandCentralled in his diaper.” That’s how we roll. We love the service, which is part secretary, part answering machine, and part forwarding service. Check it out. When I signed up, they were giving… Read More

  • iPhone Madness Decoded: It's All Very Freudian

    Like many of you, I was reading lots of iPhone coverage over the weekend and I hoped for death. However, if you’d like to see the truth behind the coverage, feel free to use our Freudian Decoder to figure out what the reviewers/writers/pundits/Macbois are really saying. Yes, friends, sometimes a cigar isn’t just a cigar. iPhone Decoder Read More

  • Lindsay Lohan Has an iPhone

    Your obsession has been justified. Hot, potentially drunk women like the iPhone. Please use this information to your advantage.
    [Thanks, Aric!] via Perez Hilton Read More