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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  • Microsoft to launch Microsoft Communications Server: Watch out, PBX salespeople

    If you’ve ever worked in IT you’ll know there are two disparate and potentially competing technologies in the server room. First, there are all the IP servers — web, mail, porn, terabytes of video storage hidden by the sysadmins at 4am — and the “phone closet,” a dusty corner of a creepy closet somewhere near the guy who smells where the voice mailboxes… Read More

  • Inappropriate baby Halloween costumes, volume one


    Sure, you love your kids, but wouldn’t it be great if they had axes sticking out of their heads? Absolutely! Specter Studios offers this classy baby hat for your wee one’s Halloween escapades. Just remember: what you do now will scar them for the rest of their lives. I Think I Can Top The Haha Gross-Out Baby Costumes By Specter Studios [Daddytypes] Read More

  • LucidTouch: See-through UIs come to life

    I’m really having trouble with this video. I don’t think this whole idea — essentially the transparent devices we’ve seen before in patent filings — would ever really take off simply because this seems like a solution looking for a problem. See, there is a camera on the back of the device and a front touch screen. The camera senses your hand position and relays… Read More

  • When people pretending to represent Ashton Kutcher's photographers attack

    We here at CrunchGear are no strangers to frivolous lawsuits (Peter Ha, for example, married then divorced two sisters in one family and that still hasn’t gotten sorted out. Crazy bigamy/incest laws!), but this one takes the cake. A gentleman named Richard Figueroa is apparently representing an image of Ashton Kutcher that used to show up on Google when you searched for the… Read More

  • Zune update leaked?

    A Zune user told the other Zune user on zunerama that somehow Microsoft pushed out an updated version of the Zune software, version 2.1.0522.00. It doesn’t seem to do anything more than just sit there right now, but is this a look at Zune software to come? A failed update that frightened the masses? Zune software 2.1.0522.00 beta? [Zunerama] Read More

  • G8 T-Shirt/Credit Winners


    We ran a contest two nights ago and I’m happy to announce a pair of winners. The winner of the t-shirt is Chris Luebbe and the winner of the $100 gift certificate is Erin F. Congrabulations! Special thanks to G8 for the great giveaways! Read More

  • Hacking the iPhone 1.1.1 firmware step-by-step


    Why did Washington cross the Rhine? Why did some guys climb Mount Hood? Why did the chicken cross the road? Because they were there. And guess what, true believers… iPhone 1.1.1 firmware is also there, calling to us all. And so, to save you the trouble, I took the plunge today in an effort to figure out just what the 1.1.1 Jailbreak can do for us all. My conclusion? Not much. I have… Read More

  • Exclusive B'phone news: Special edition Beyonce Upstage launched on Sprint [Upstage]

    Need a burgundy and gold Samsung Upstage to match your lovingly dyed landing strip? You’d better get down to Sprint on November 4 because they’re launching a special edition Beyonce Upstage with a sexy start-up screen, exclusive pix and vidz, and a song sung by the ‘yonce when she was 10. Don’t particularly care about Beyonce? You can always pretend that the girl on… Read More

  • Is that your leg buzzing or are you just going into isolational shock?

    Phantom leg buzzing syndrome attacks millions of Americans every day and for just 56 cents a day — the price of a cup of coffee, you can make a difference. Meh. Not really, but you know know what it is — that odd feeling that your phone or Blackberry is going off when you know it isn’t. If your hipbone is connected to your BlackBerry or your thighbone is connected to your… Read More

  • Sony's 4X Blu-Ray Burner


    The BWU-200S is a 4x BD-R/16xDVD+/-R burner for the average Joe. At about $600 it essentially democratizes the BD burning process to an impressive degree, enabling us all to create our own “backup disk” of media, movies, and amateur goat porn without having trek down to Ye Olde Blu-Ray Disk Burning Shoppe. The disks can hold up to 50GB of data or 230 minutes of 1080i vide. It… Read More

  • Rolex will never do a phone, LG or otherwise


    I may not be a smart man, but I do know watch companies and there is no way Rolex and LG are teaming up to make a phone. It appears that TechDigest got to see a “Rolex” mock-up at an LG design facility with a real Rolex watch embedded in the phone face. Rolex has too much time, money, and goodwill invested in its brand to even consider trying something like this — let Armani… Read More

  • How to Jailbreak but not activate/un-simlock your 1.1.1 iPhone

    The DevTeam so close to a fully-working 1.1.1 iPhone that I can taste here in my Brooklyn basement. Good on ’em. Thus far they’ve Jailbroken the firmware and now have read/write access to the file system and can install AppTapp, which is absolutely great. That doesn’t mean you should try this on your non-AT&T iPhone, however, because they haven’t been able to… Read More

  • Myvu Universal Edition review

    It’s hard being NinjaMan, Ninja of the Future. Just ask the stewards on my last flight. They had to put up with me looking like a total moron and loving every minute of it. Why? Because I was wearing the Myvu Universals, a pair of video glasses for the iPod — or any other device with a video output — that basically turns you into the coolest guy on the plane. These glasses… Read More

  • Why Windows users don't like Macs: They're ignorant!


    I always try to be generous and kind when the mentally deficient come to my doorstep selling candy or trying to convince me Windows is great. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes III Esq., a ZDNet blogger, tries to inform us why Apple is better than Windows and/or vice versa and just ends up confusing us all. In the end, however, he believes that people don’t switch to Macs because of the time it… Read More

  • Apple to offer webapp "download" page

    Apple is extending an olive branch — albeit dipped in stinky, runny, rancid cheese — by creating a website full of web apps for use on the iPhone. Now remember — web apps suck, especially the ones that are ostensibly offering IM access. Like Adam and Steve in the Garden of Eatin’, once you’ve tried the sweet, sweet taste of a native, localized compiled… Read More

  • Help Crash the System


    Here’s a fun contest for you gamer types. G8 makes gamer apparel — I know, you’re thinking Depends and one of those Camelbak water systems are all you need, but you do have to leave the house sometimes. To that end, they’ve decided to offer us some goodies to give away. I have one “Crash the System” tee that will go to one lucky commentator who writes… Read More

  • Another day, another Bell&Ross Special Edition: White Ceramic


    Maybe you haven’t been following the watch press that closely this afternoon — who can blame you with all the news coming out of the Lohan camp regarding her quest for sobriety. However, Bell&Ross just launched a ceramic version of their huge and beautiful BR 03 Instrument Series. I’d say this one is for the ladies or for men who wear furs, but that’s just one… Read More

  • Envision HD 720p 32-inch LCD-TV: Awful cheap or cheaply awful?


    Envision makes fairly good TVs for not much money. This 32-inch model is about $500 online right now and it has a built-in digital tuner and two HDMI in ports. You can also use it as a video monitor at 1366 x 768 pixels at 60Hz. Your best bet is to pick this up as a second TV in the house as it supports 1080i in but doesn’t display 1080i. One wag posted an online review noting that… Read More

  • Microsoft Sidewinder gaming mouse quick look


    Microsoft’s latest edition to the world of high performance gaming periphery is the customizable Sidewinder Gaming Mouse. The mouse boasts a resolution of 2000dpi, somewhat standard nowadays for high performance mice. Some other specifications include 7080 frames per second image processing, max acceleration of 20G and a max speed of 45 inches per second. But the most interesting feature… Read More

  • Google evil for not supporting troops, hating on fetuses

    Google changes its logo for holidays and special occasions. They added a little Sputnik, did a cute little Chinese dragon boat, and even celebrated Edvard Munch’s birthday. But one thing those lying, stinking anti-American Talibanists didn’t do was celebrate Columbus, Memorial, or Veteran’s day. That’s right, people, Google hates our troops. Some believe that Google is… Read More