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, 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 Brooklyn, NY.

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  • The biggest Atari joystick in the world

    http://p.castfire.com/Xu7m0/video/3958/bbtv_2007-11-28-041119.flv I am a star. I’m a star, I’m a star, I’m a star. I am a big, bright, shining star. That’s right. via BB Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Unlocked 8GB iPhone for $9.90 *

    * This deal only occurs on December 12, 2007, 7.00 PM (GMT +08:00) and includes only three units. This also includes free shipping but trust me, no matter what you do or how many times you click on check out you’re going to miss this unless you get seriously OCD and write a robot to do it for you. You also get free shipping that’s free. Sale Page via 2dayblog Read More

  • Seiko Velatura video review

    Christian over at WatchReport did a great job on this Seiko Velatura watch review. It uses Seiko’s new Direct Drive Kinetic movement which lets you wind the watch from the stem as well as through the internal rotor. It even has a little “power generation” tachymeter that shows you how much you are charging it at any time. via WatchReport Read More

  • Orange boasts of "below 999 euro" unlocked iPhones


    French iPhone fans can breathe easy: Orange will be selling the iPhone, unlocked, for considerably less than 999 euro but more than 500 euro. The price will be about 500 euros, but “well below 1000 Euro”, said CEO Didier Lombard to the radio station Europe 1 In Deutschland bietet die Deutsche Telekom das Hype-Handy derzeit ohne Vertragsbindung für 999 Euro an. In Germany… Read More

  • Music Industry: "We is poopid!"

    Doug Morris over at Universal Music Group has a hard job — he has to sell dying media to plugged-in consumers. For a hundred years, recorded music has come on platters of plastic called “discs” or “records.” You used to be able to sell those discs at a considerable mark-up in order to fund artists’ cocaine habits and to ensure that music company CEOs can… Read More

  • Your cable box may be watching you

    WSJ is reporting that demographic data mining companies are starting to watch viewing patterns and may begin working with cable companies to pinpoint commercials to individuals and assess a commercial’s impact. Such logic makes sense, but advertisers these days are demanding more precision, and getting the technology to do it. During a two-week ad campaign last month, RE/MAX was able to… Read More

  • Social Networking is made of people!

    Cory Doctorow writes a pithy yet readable analysis of Facebook and its ilk, pointing out that these sites bind is us in ways that seem useful but are in fact perfunctory and useless. You’d think that Facebook would be the perfect tool for handling all this. It’s not. For every long-lost chum who reaches out to me on Facebook, there’s a guy who beat me up on a weekly basis… Read More

  • Thanksgiving Video: Now this is what I'm talking about

    See, guys. This is all you have to do to enter our video contests. This is pure, unadulterated genius. Unfortunately, he sent it in too late but he’ll get a little something for his efforts, rest assured. Read More

  • Verizon to Open Network Next Year

    CrunchGear reports: By the end of 2008, you’ll be able to BYO device to Verizon’s high speed wireless network, according to a press release issued today. Verizon “will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company.” This could be seen as a reaction to upcoming Android… Read More

  • TiVo in Canada, you hoser

    Oh hey. Ya, they got them TiVo in Canada now, you betcha. You can get a Series 2 dual-tuner DVR for $199 CAD or $10,223 USD, considering the exchange rate. You also got to get yourself a TiVo subscription, ya, and it’ll be available at Best Buy, The Brick, Ye Olde Maple and Moose Shoppes, Beer ‘n’ Pancakes ‘n’ DVRs, Bruce’s Hockey and Electronics Store, and… Read More

  • iYule.tv: A Yule Log for your iPhone

    http://www.virb.com/external/video/31736/eAZn5K02o6f7NC1v83qYibi1kTh8E0FC Cali Lewis and her team of videobloggers have created something that I’ve been looking for for years: a video Yule Log. Five dollars gets you a small, iPod-ready version while $10 gets you a compedium of Yule Log videos including versions for the Apple TV and other hi-res devices. Some proceeds go to multiple… Read More

  • hField Wi-Fire review

    It’s been a few years since Wi-Fi became essentially ubiquitous but there are still a few areas where the average consumer isn’t served. Sure, there are lots of great routers and Wi-Fi cards of all stripes, including beasts that run at 802.11n speeds and have ranges of five billion miles, give or take a few billion. But there are are a few places — high-quality USB adapters… Read More

  • Neuros OSD Contest Update: Did anyone make a video?

    We’re trying to give the above object away. We got no entries in the contest. Did anyone do it? Is there anybody out there? Read More

  • Singapore doesn't stop, we wish it would

    http://community.kawan2.com/kickapps/flash/premium_drop_v3.swf?b=1&widgetHost=community.kawan2.com&mediaType=VIDEO&mediaId=113319&as=7072 Dear Singapore, You can cane vagrants all you want, but please don’t encourage your CEOs to rap. I know you’re worried about losing the service economy cash that has served you for so long, but this ad encouraging companies… Read More

  • CrunchGear Exclusive: OS X through the Ages! Linux is great too!


    Welcome to CrunchGear’s Digg-bait, a column in which we create something that will appeal specifically and viscerally to the mass of Digg followers. This week we have a trifecta of Digg perfection: a big image, Linux, and Apple. I even threw in a ninja cat for good measure. Read on! Read More

  • Germans get 999 euro unlocked iPhones, ich bin jealous


    Would you give your IMEI to this man? Using what appears to be something similar to iPhoneSIMFree’s unlocking solution, Apple is now offering unlocked German iPhones for a considerable premium. German iPhone lovers — liebhaberen? — can pick up a 999 euro iPhone, give T-Mobile their IMEI, and a few hours later get a completely unlocked iPhone after syncing with iTunes. Expect… Read More

  • Domplayer can bite me

    Fans of “byte-torrent” “files-sharing” websites like TheBayofPirates.org and Freakamoidzoidwhat.cd.oink.org may have recently experienced a sad, sinking sensation after dedicating hours — if not minutes — to downloading the latest public domain copy of the Jazz Singer or a copy of Gulliver’s Travels (after all, piracy is a crime) — only to… Read More

  • zBoost YX300 zP zPersonal Repeater Review


    New York is a city of contradictions. On one hand you have great hot dogs, the Met, and Central Park. On the other hand you have urine, other people’s urine, and bad wireless reception. Due to overwhelmed switches and line of site issues, you either have great reception or no reception. There is rarely a happy medium. Wi-Ex makes cellular boosters. I reviewed a beefier version of this… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: SeV Jacket and Fleece for $250 — $80 off

    CrunchGear faves SeV is running a secret sale until Sunday, November 25, on the Tactical 4.0 Jacket and Fleece 4.0 Jacket combination. With the code SAVE80, you can get both — I have both and they work great together — for $80 off. Seriously. I’ve been wearing SeV when I travel and it’s great gear. If you like outdoor gear for the pockets and comfort but don’t want… Read More

  • DRM hurts retailers sez nice British lady

    Kim Bayley, director-general of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), is warning that DRM is “stifling growth and working against the consumer interest.” Wait a sec, Kim. Say that again. “DRM is stifling growth and working against the consumer interest.” Come on over here. Give us a little kiss. Amen, sister. Basically she’s saying what we’re… Read More