John Biggs

Biggs is a contributor for TechCrunch. He has written for the New York Times, InSync, USA Weekend, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Money and a number of other outlets on technology and wristwatches. He is the former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo.com and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. You can [Tweet him here](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs).

Disclosures: John is an unpaid advisor to Riffle, a social books platform. John is CEO of Freeport Mobile, Inc. Bre Pettis, formerly of Makerbot, is an investor.

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  • $10 DSL from AT&T: It's a Little Bit Country

    The Consumerist and Cory Doctorow both wrote a bit on AT&T’s secret $10 DSL (“Downstream speeds up to 768Kbps/Upstream speeds up to 128Kbps”) which offers bare bones access because of an FCC loophole they couldn’t close when the bought BellSouth. You have to sign up for a full year, though. That’s all well and good, but Cory suggests avoiding the service… Read More

  • Introducing the NetVibes CrunchGear Universe


    NetVibes is a really cool RSS/widget service that lets you make a drag-and-drop environment with plenty of AJAXy goodness. The nice folks at NetVibes gave us our own “Universe,” a customized home page where we can show folks what we love. Included on the page are some Flickr searches, a few RSS feeds from competing Web sites and lots of orange. Check it out. CrunchGear Universe Read More

  • Nokia Releases Low-End Phones: Snooze-gasm

    I almost didn’t post this, but the Fone Fairy told me to. Nokia just launched three phones, the 6267, the 6121, and the 3500 Classic. These are really for mid-range users — they’re basically free phones — and will cost between $0 and $250, depending on carrier subsidies. The 6267, the clamshell, has 4GB of memory and 2-megapixel camera. It’s also got 3G. About… Read More

  • Destiny Revealed: You Are Moron and We Will Steal Your Money

    Not sure why this bothers me so much, but it does. Above you see an website I found clicking through on another page and I felt I had to check it out. It’s some sort of horoscope service so I rolled through all the questions — age, sign, etc. Then, suddenly, it asks for my phone number and PIN. I then read the fine print: Read More

  • Jobs' iPhoneFolly


    Now it places the lotion in the basket. John Heilemann, who writes mostly about politics but likes to drop a turd into the tech punchbowl every now and again, wrote a fairly interesting profile of the man we call “Jobs.” We all know the story — nerd makes computer, nerd sells computer, jocks steal computer, nerd steals computer back. But Heilemann focuses on the reality… Read More

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About the Sprint Mogul But Were Afraid to Ask

    Dear blogosphere: I’ve been doing this for a few years now and I’ve come across a few choice nuggets of wisdom. Example? Hire as many drunks as you can, ensuring that you can control your employees by inviting them to press events. Another tip? Unless you are really fun to watch, limit your video reviews to 2 minutes or less. Even my majestic visage is unacceptable in large doses. Read More

  • Sprint Mogul: Like the Wing for the Sprint Kids


    Sprint just announced ad CDMA/EV-DO version of T-Mobile’s Wing, the HTC Mogul AKA “Da Mogul.” This slide-out smartphone runs Windows Mobile 6 and includes a 512MB memory card, a 2-megapixel camera with flash, and supports full EV-DO Rev. 0 data speeds. We here at CG actually really liked the Wing, and this is basically the same animal with faster browsing and a seemingly… Read More

  • SlingLink Powerline Solutions: SlingBox Over Electrical Lines


    SlingBox just launched the SlingLink TURBO 1 ($99.99) and SlingLink TURBO 4 ($149.99) for home users. These powerline routers allow you to connect to your SlingBox over your home’s powerlines and not wirelessly or through a wireless or wired bridge. You can get similar gear for about the same price and, in my experience, powerline hasn’t matched a good old fashioned wireless or… Read More

  • Brooklyn Engrish


    Nothing odd here… Just something cute from the weekend’s festivities. My wife bought this beach toy, some sort of snapping turtle with shovels and buckets attached. When she got it home, we were amazed to find the most blatant disregard for English and cultural sensitivity since, oh, BenQ slapped their spokesmodel up against the ruins of the WTC. Read More

  • Pater Obsoletis: Votes Tallied, the Winner Is…

    Well, I tallied all the write-ins and all the comments and it looks like we have a winner. But first, a huge shout-out to Hitachi for hooking us up with the P42H401: Hitachi’s more than 50 years of TV experience, manufacturing and image refinement come together in the 42″ HD1080 Plasma HDTV. Hitachi uses proprietary technology to redefine High Definition, providing outstanding… Read More

  • Pater Obsoletis: The Final Countdown

    We didn’t get very many entries, but the entries we did get were great. Hit the jump for the videos and to vote for the best and technologically dullest Pater in existence. We’ll close voting on Friday at 12pm EST so the winner can tell Pops the good news. Read More

  • Sidebar Fixins

    Been futzing with the sidebar this morning. Let me know if it screws anything up — or is screwed up — on your browser. Read More

  • The Handmade Guns of Chechnya

    Ever play video games and look at the odd, futuristic and/or steampunk weapons and say “Wow, wouldn’t it be great if that were real?” Well, just head over to war-torn Chechnya where you can enjoy the thrill of firing a pirated, hand-made Dirty-Harry-style Magnum with all the excitement of having it blow up in your hand. These guns were confiscated by the Russian Army and show… Read More

  • T-MobileSignal: Unauthorized T-Mobile Forum Just Begging for a C&D

    More power to the cats over at T-MobileSignal, but they better get that TMo pink off of their forum or the Germans are going to blitz their inbox. Essentially, this is a fairly lively T-Mobile forum that answered some burning questions for some of our readers, so let’s all go over and wish them the best of luck. However, as Vincent at MyiPhone found out, trademark lawyers don’t… Read More

  • Leopard First Impressions Published, Quashed


    The lucky devils who got a dev version of OS X Leopard posted some tidbits and were quickly DESTROYED by legions of Apple lawyers. They are now circling the planet in a Kryptonian Phantom Zone but their words remain: • Mail is really great, seems super fast
    • Spotlight much more responsive, no pauses as you type
    • Safari seems faster and now has that styled text editor as in FireFox… Read More

  • Oots Oots Oots: You Gotta Believe the Equalizer BPM Helps You Raise The Roof

    Hey, funboys! Get a room! And while you’re at it, get an Equalizer BPM watch from Tokyoflash. This watch measures the audible BPM of any sound source — they’re saying it works as a heart rate monitor as well, but I doubt it — but for $65 you really can’t go wrong. It even has a little flashlight for picking out your next track. Hmmm… Dancing Queen or… Read More

  • The Toy Polaris Sub Revealed

    As a child of the early seventies, I grew up in a time between the scams on the Interwebs and scams on the backs of comic books. My parents were fairly savvy when it came to this kind of stuff, but on this one point they were dead wrong: the Polaris Sub, once available for a mere $6.98, kicked major ass. Look at this kid. Happy, submarining, just waiting for dirty commies to roll up on him. Read More

  • Pater Obsoletis: VOTE TIME

    We didn’t get very many entries, but the entries we did get were great. Hit the jump for the videos and to vote for the best and technologically dullest Pater in existence. We’ll close voting on Friday at 12pm EST so the winner can tell Pops the good news. Read More

  • Seth Porges Ha8s on the iPhone on Attack of the Show

    Hey, Seth, angry much about technology that EVERYONE LOVES AND YOU ARE TOTALLY WRONG ABOUT? Sorry. Just kidding. Seth was on G4TV on Tuesday and he kicked that Dummies book guy in the pooper. Hi-res version Read More

  • Spartan DX: Come for the DNA Testing, Stay for the iPod Nano

    DNA testers have historically been clunky devices saddled with heavy instruction manuals and even heavier price tags. I had a girlfriend who used to run DNA tests things and it looked like she was making espresso with one of those eagle-topped coffee makers. So what would you say about a standalone device that looks like a VHS tape rewinder and costs $15K? If you’re a biochemist… Read More