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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  • One day at a time, sweet iPhone firmware 1.1.1

    Another day, another step closer to jailbreak. It seems Erica and the iPhone rangers have been tearing 1.1.1 a new orifice and successfully installed third-party apps onto the new firmware. It appears they haven’t hacked the activation scheme so you should still wait patiently if you’re running it on international or national GSM carriers. But isn’t it nice to know there… Read More

  • iPolo

    Gestisci tutti i comandi senza necessitĂ  di estrarre l’iPod dalla tasca, grazie agli speciali fori che lasciano pieno accesso alla click wheel ed allo schermo.
    Nessun intralcio dai cavi, grazie ad un sistema di guide che li incanalano sotto la t-shirt. That’s what she said! Product Page Read More

  • Wi-Fi signal-sensing T-shirt

    When you go and buy this, send us a picture. We’ll use it to identify the body when the dark hand of anti-geekery reaches out of the void and steals your soul. Product Page Read More

  • Geek X-Wing rocket slips the surly bonds of earth, explodes into a million pieces

    You spend all year building a huge X-Wing rocket. You even skip prom! You know that when you launch the thing Shayna from your WoW clan will be there. She’ll watch it with you, she’ll stand so close that you can smell her shampoo, and maybe you’ll all go out for pizza or something and maybe you and Shayna will be sitting in the same car, close together, and talking about how… Read More

  • Glowing Mountain Dew

    http://embed.break.com/Mzc3OTAw
    http://view.break.com/377900 – Watch more free videos This reminds me of the time we were putting on The Pajama Game in high school and we drank a bunch of the Dew and we all peed this same color. It was nuts. Why were we all looking at each other’s pee? That’s a different story, one I’m working out with my analyst. Read More

  • The fall of Japan's tech hegemony


    Don’t you people have anything better to do? I had a few days to think over the malaise I felt on attending CEATEC and wandering the streets of Tokyo last week. I had last been to Japan in 2003 and I left feeling that they had their fingers firmly on the pulse of the future. They had cool phones, cool laptops, and MP3 players smaller than grapes. Their cameras were slim and sexy and… Read More

  • AT&T iPhone ads confuse, dismay us

    You know how it is when you wake up after having a barbecue at your place and you still feel drunk and your ears are ringing and you’re feeling pretty good — not too hung over, maybe an egg and sausage sandwich would get you back in sorts? And then you go out into the living room and something bad happened? Like your friend puked on the couch and then passed out in it or the dog ate… Read More

  • iPod Nano sets man's pants on fire in airport

    This sounds kind of dubious but apparently an Atlanta man named Danny Williams was walking in an airport and his iPod Nano started to flame up. A “glossy piece of paper” protected him from life-threatening burns. Apple is being good sports about it and is offering him a new iPod after Willams went to the local news station with the story. The reporter got no quote from Apple… Read More

  • AppleTV as an in-car PC


    First it was the Mac Mini now it’s the AppleTV. In-car hackers are stuffing the wee, kind of dead set-top box into cars now after hacking it to death and installing outside apps. The result — a slim, fairly quiet machine — makes for a good GPS and media device. The audio is plugged into the aux of my deck. The Apple TV and video convertor are both run off of my 300-watt… Read More

  • Microsoft: gPhone is lies and fabrications, Windows Mobile great, you people know nothing

    Scott “The Rock” Rockfeld sat down with InformationWeek to discuss the Google Phone, Google’s purchase of mobile spectrum, how great Google is, and how super Google is. His assessment? Google is stupid heads and Windows Mobile is on 11 million phones and Google is for dumb heads. The real money shot? Get ready… when asked what hot MS products are coming up — a… Read More

  • iPhone 1.1.1 read access granted but don't upgrade just yet

    Erica at TUAW just posted a liveblog of her trip through the 1.1.1 filesystem. What did she find? That you can read the new OS, mount noexec disks, and grab the Wireless ITMS and try to put it on the earlier version to no avail. The hack basically shows us that we have a long way to go. Liveblogging the big iPhone 1.1.1 hack [TUAW] Read More

  • Bungie is free to do what it wants any old time

    As of 8:00am PDT, Bungie is now a separate entity and will work in tight partnership with Microsoft. The software giant will own equity of the new spin-off and both will share ideas and intellectual property. The press release is kind of weird: “Working with Microsoft was great for us, it allowed us to grow as a team and make the ambitious, blockbuster games we all wanted to work on. … Read More

  • Zune gets a new daddy

    Microsoftie Rick Thompson is taking over as vice-president in charge of Zune business operations, reporting directly to the great iron god, J Allard. Thompson originally worked with Allard on the Xbox but flitted back and forth in the company until finding his proper home helming the best damn music player that isn’t made by Archos, Apple, Creative, Sandisk, or EvergreenChina MP3… Read More

  • Vertu Ti shipping, men with small weenies, dried-up crones rejoice


    I’m glad Nokia made the Vertu line. They deserve to have a little fun. But a $7,000 cellphone is just about the upper limit of what I can accept in the luxury market. Dear Oil-rich Sultans and Oligarchs: send me your old Nokia and I’ll dip it in golden paint and send it back to you for $3,500. You’ll get the same effect while spending half of what you’d normally spend on… Read More

  • XBox 360 Arcade console found online


    Sony’s PlayStation 3 Need an XBox 360 without a hard drive? Sure, we all do. That’s why you can buy the $279.99 Arcade console AKA the Core from Amazon and Toys R Us on October 23. The product, which leaked through the sales channels, includes a 256MB memory module, which is just enough for Ms. Pac Man and maybe three game saves. It will also include 5 free XBox Live Arcade… Read More

  • Meet Umihiko Namekawa, TechCrunch Translator

    Had a great evening with Umihiko Namekawa (front and center), a translator who writes TechCrunch Japan and Serkan (sitting to my right), a grad student living in Japan who is working on a Web 2.0 project and reads and seems to enjoy CrunchGear and TC. We went to Jetee, a place in Tokyo’s former red light district. The place was about as big as a modern American bathroom but… Read More

  • Apple is decadent and depraved… NOT!


    Mike Elgan at Datamation wrote a scathing — scathing! — article about Apple’s arrogance. Dude, welcome to 1999. Every knows that Apple emits an air of arrogance to keep meatheads like you from touching their precious keyboards and Mighty Meese. Mac-heads, however, like the entire freaking CrunchGear team, have already visited Apple’s re-education headquarters deep in… Read More

  • The Infobar 2: Like the Infobar 1, only infobarrier plus BONUS RANT!

    I’m going to take this opportunity to say something that has been bothering me all week here at CEATEC: Japan is no longer the home of innovation. Sure, they kicked our asses for years in terms of wireless media, cellphone design, and PC/laptop manufacturing but at this late date I think the iPhone can kick any DoCoMo clamshell and I haven’t seen a single thing here &mdash… Read More

  • Hands on with Horizon fuel cells


    Ready to power your iPod with clean, delicious hydrogen? I got a chance to see Horizon fuel cell technologies up close yesterday and I’m pleased to report that soon we all will be using our pent up atoms to power iPods, toy cars, and unmanned assault vehicles. Most of the cells are fairly bulky but they showed a small cell using a hydrogen canister the size of a AA battery that they… Read More

  • Hands on with Fujitsu's vein-scanning mouse

    This is totally gross. I was walking by the Fujitsu booth when I saw the vein-scanning PalmSecure mouse that uses the veins in your hand to log you into a PC. I figured it wouldn’t look that bad — like a fingerprint at worst — so I asked the guy to run the demo for me. He placed his hand over the mouse for a few seconds and then his vein scan popped up… Read More