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 TechCrunch.com and he 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 New York, N.Y.

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  • Liquor.com: Five Dollars, Why I Oughta!

    Don’t click through yet, friends, but Liquor.com 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

  • Viewdle Promo Video

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf This is what the Viewdle guys were showing off during TC40. It all looks like some kind of crazy futuristic blockbuster thriller but it’s real and it works. Very cool tech. It basically lets you search inside of video. Say you’re looking for Brad Pitt. Viewdle will recognize faces within video and… Read More

  • iKan: Scan Your Groceries at Home

    I’ve seen a number of these “do your shopping from home” products over the last few years but iKan seemed to have some value. It’s a little white device that sits on your counter and connects to the network via Wi-Fi. The device has a barcode scanner that can scan almost any product — you could feasibly put this in your office as well and order pens and paper… Read More

  • Live Coverage from Apple Announcement in London Tomorrow


    TC writer Mike Butcher will be in London tomorrow liveblogging the Apple announcement as it happens. We will be using a new subdomain, live.crunchgear.com to livepost the news as it happens so check back early and often. It at 10am GMT, 2am PDT (Cali), 5am (New York) EDT, but we’ll be here, slaving away for you all. Read More

  • TripIt: Put All Your Trip Stuff Into One Place

    Cool little thing from TC40. There’s a new site, TripIt, that adds bookings to one central location. For example, you make multiple reservations for a trip — flights, car rentals, hotel reservations — and send them to TripIt. TripIt puts them onto one easily readable page and adds basic information like directions, weather, and special events. You can also send your streams… Read More

  • Cubic Mobile: Roaming at Skype Rates

    Cubic Mobile: Roaming for Skype Rates

    Cubic Mobile has just launched two new phones under the Cubic Mobile moniker. They use MaxRoam SIM cards which allow you to add local phone numbers to your personal account along with a “flat rate” calling plan wherever you are. Say, for example, you’re in the UK and you fly to San Francisco. You buy a local SF number and your friends… Read More

  • Yahoo for Teachers: You Know, For Teachers

    http://us.i1.yimg.com/cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/player/media/swf/FLVVideoSolo.swf Yahoo for Teachers is a new product launching at Techcrunch40. It’s a social networking/tagging tool for teachers that let teachers build lesson plans and subject packages around Yahoo search results. The project lets you “gobble” pages using a program called the Gobbler (yeah, I know) and drag and… Read More

  • CG on Twitter

    Joining our BIG FANCY FACEBOOK GROUP is a new Twitter page that I’m giving the entire team access to. If you like Twitter, go ahead and add us. It will be an easy way to talk about CG on a new platform and might make us more moble. That’s us. Always trying new things. Read More

  • CG Exclusive: iPhone in France November 29, No 3G

    Our sister site, Techcrunch France, received some extremely juicy info about the European iPhone. The Francophone version will launch on September 29, 2007 at the Apple Expo in Paris. It will cost 300 Euros plus subscription and it will run on exclusively (*cough*) on Orange France. It is essentially the same as the U.S. version of the iPhone and here’s a bit of news that might sour… Read More

  • CG Readers in San Francisco


    Howdy, guys. I’m in San Francisco for TC 40 and would love to meet up with some CG readers Monday or Tuesday. Drop me a line at john @ crunchgear.com or AIM me at johnbiggsny. We can grab a beer or swim to Alcatraz or whatever you guys do out here. Read More

  • Do Not Feed the Pluto

    It’s Friday. Sue me. UPDATE – Peter H.
    dude
    2:50 PM
    Peter H.
    taht’s pluto
    asshat via Daddytypes Read More

  • iPod Touch: Thanks to the Apple Store in Chandler, Arizona!

    If you haven’t been to the Apple Store in the Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, Arizona, then you’re truly missing something. In Chandler, Arizona, Apple Store employees are actually half-elves, the off-spring of a band of roving female ninjas and heroic wood elves who, over thousands of years, have formed a desert community of powerful wizard-warriors who had access to the… Read More

  • Unky Walt Does Ubuntu

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 Watch this video. It’s very good. Mr. Mossberg knows he’s going into weird territory for his audience and speaks carefully and concisely on the various problems and plusses he found on a Ubuntu-powered Dell laptop. This is the link to send to your CEO when he’s like “I think we should give everybody… Read More