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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  • Meizu M8 GUI Screenshots: What Chinese Piracy Problem?

    I’ve said this over and over again in multiple forums, but I’ll repeat it here. Chinese technology companies have to stop intellectual piracy. From the look and feel of the Chinese Facebook to the plethora of Chinese-made Rolex knock-offs on eBay, Chinese design is derivative to the extreme. I don’t know what it is about the mentality — perhaps it’s a… Read More

  • Piracy Costs Industry $5 Trillion, May Have Killed Grandmothers, Kittens, the Unborn

    According to reports by the Canadian Mounties (Motto: Like Police, Only On Horses), the piracy industry cost Canada $30 billion in Canadian currency (USD $45,454). This figure had been bandied about by lobbyists and even the US Ambassador to Canada, ensuring sensationalist headlines much like the one above. The problem, however, is that it isn’t true. Blogger Michael Geist asked the… Read More

  • Meet the New Michael: Erick Schonfeld

    Business 2.0 is one of the few paper magazines that I could ever stand to read — Shaved Sex and Professional Goat Breeder are two others, if that tells you anything about the state of the magazine industry. While I was at TC40, Michael leaned over and whispered something in my ear. An hour and a motel room refund later, I realized I what he had really said was that Erick Schonfeld… Read More

  • MediaDefender's Software Undefended

    MediaDefender, the sword and shield of the media industry, was hacked a few days ago, revealing mail files and voicemails integral to the process of throwing feces and FUD into the P2P process. Now hackers have found the company’s complete set of “protective” applications which appear to have been written by a teenager who hangs out in IRC too much. Programs include… Read More

  • 6th Grader Builds Company on Earnings from MMORPG Sales

    This isn’t quite our forte, but it’s insane nonetheless. Arjun Mehta, a 6th-grader in Silicon Valley is creating a company called PlaySpan for buying and selling virtual goods. Fair enough. A little website hosted on Dad’s server in the basement, maybe $500 in sales a month. Cool, right? Well, the kid just raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. What is he going to do with… Read More

  • EA Games Available for Pre-Order on Apple Store

    Reader Steve sent us a tip that some newer EA games — Tiger Woods Golf ’08, Madden NFL ’08 — are now available for pre-order on the Apple Store. They’ll ship in 4 to 6 weeks and they’re on par with EA pricing. Big news? Nah, but it’s nice to know they’re thinking of us. Product Page Read More

  • David Berlind Discovers Gravity, Tendency of Products to Improve in Future Iterations

    Sorry, but this picture also fits here I came to this story through a great rebuttal on Macalope which I strongly suggest you read. Essentially David “Le Obvious” Berlind is saying that a 3G iPhone aka iPhone 2 will reduce sales of the old iPhone aka iPhone 1. Now, I’m no prognosticator, but as far as I can tell this has been Apple’s M.O. during the Jobs era. While… Read More

  • Dearest Little Asstunnels: The MediaDefender Take-Down Reactions

    Ars is reporting on responses by Meganova and other torrent sites to MediaDefender, the company that poisons P2P for “big media” in the U.S of A. While we don’t condone downloading private email, it is funny to watch the world’s premiere content protection group get hit in this way. The sooner companies work with these haxor punks the better, because things can only go… Read More

  • Branded Gphone On Its Way, I Begin Salting and Peppering My Hat

    I’ve always said Google won’t launch a branded phone but it seems that Google may launch a branded phone. DigiTimes is reporting that Google is kinda sorta definitely releasing a Gphone but, and this a big but: [they have] yet to finalize the handset’s specifications, OS, production contractor and operating partners, according to sources at Taiwan handset makers. Read More

  • Free Unlocked iPhone Winner: Tom

    Once you offer to give stuff away, all sorts come out of the woodwork. Take Tom for example. This “spry chap” give us an earful with his cockney meanderings, forcing us to sit up and “take note of his bonnet” when our random number generator picked his number. Jolly good show, you old sod! Cor blimey gov, what I wouldn’t do to get a butchers hook at yer… Read More

  • Bell&Ross BR02 Instrument Diver

    Bell&Ross, makers of “that big watch with the huge face that looks really cool” just launched the BR02 Instrument Diver, a 1000m diver with helium escape valve that looks like it belongs on a submarine. The Instrument line has traditionally focused on aviation-themed pieces, so this is a major departure. The pips and hands are covered in lume and there is a date window and… Read More

  • XRT3D: Holy Crap

    Now here’s a great little product. It’s called XTreme Reality 3D and it’s a piece of software that works with your webcam to let you control applications and games with your hand in real space. You simple wave your hand in front of a webcam to zoom in, zoom out, and pan through screens, maps, and games. Think of the Wii but without the batons and you’ve got the idea. Read More

  • Five Dollars, Why I Oughta!

    Don’t click through yet, friends, but has a site in the works that will let you pop over, order a few dozen bottles of Smirnoff, and drink up in honor of your shattered dreams, gimlet-eyed lovers, and failures as a human. The site will be one of the first to be able to legally deliver hard booze to 39 states and it even offers a recommendation engine — great for parties… Read More

  • Remember: Enter to Win an Unlocked 8GB iPhone

    In honor of the UK iPhone launch, we’re giving away a free unlocked iPhone. Do it! Do it now! Entry Info Read More

  • How to Add Apps to Your iPhone, Video Edition

    For those of you who are about to win an iPhone, we offer this video on how to essentially mess the thing up with all kinds of funky applications, most of which crash a lot — sorry, MobileChat! — and clutter the interface. But on the flipside, some of the apps are great and isn’t it fun to hack? Thought so. <a HREF=" Read More

  • CG Exclusive: Bose Launches $399 Computer Speaker System, The MusicMonitor

    Better photo from SciFi Tech Some of the CG guys are out in Massachusetts today and sent the first pics of the new aluminum-clad Bose MusicMonitor, a dual speaker computer system for PCs. There is no sub-woofer but knowing Bose they did some sort of audio cloaca magic to make things sound pretty good. Like them or hate them, they make a nice sounding product at a mid-level price. Here’s… Read More

  • Vista Service Pack 1: XP

    Memories, in the corners of my mind… BBSpot is reporting that Vista Service Pack 1 will improve speed and performance by installing Windows XP, one of Microsoft’s earlier product updates. They went on to note that the next version of Windows, Windows 7, will be available in the next 18 to 20 months, give or take four years. “Ever since I install (sic) Vista I’ve wanted… Read More

  • Kerpoof: You Know, For Kids

    If you have kids — even kids you don’t know about — send them over to Kerpoof. It’s a Flash app that lets you create little movies and stories in the browser using “object-oriented” techniques to animate and move little characters over a preset background. There are quite a few little tricks the app uses, including controlling lighting in real time. Not a lot… Read More

  • UK iPhone Onslaught: All the Deets

    Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Well, it wasn’t quite live but Mike did get some great shots and video of the iPhone UK launch and if you comment on the last story you can enter to win an 8GB unlocked iPhone sent almost anywhere in the world where GSM and GPRS flows like the sweet waters the Thames. Charts, Charts, Charts: How The U.S. and UK iPhone… Read More

  • UK iPhone Released November 9 Plus Win an Unlocked iPhone

    An 8-gigabyte iPhone will be launched in the UK (according to CrunchGear) on November 9 for 269 quid or USD $542, a considerable price increase as it leaps over the pond. O2 will be providing service and free WiFi will be available from The Cloud, a UK pay-as-you-go public WiFi provider. The WiFi music store will also appear on UK iPhones next month, allowing for on-the-go downloads from… Read More