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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  • OpenDNS Now Keeps Babies Safe From Boobies

    Fans of OpenDNS — everyone at CG uses it, I know that much — will now be able to block pornographic sites with the click of a button. The service uses St. Bernard’s iGuard, a service that apparently scours the web for PR()N so you don’t have to. While this might rankle some folks at work, it could be a great way to make sure junior stops with the underpants party at… Read More

  • Fifty Percent Off Mophie Gear for WWDC

    From 1 to 5 PM EST, Mophie will take 50% off of everything on their online store. What does Mophie sell? They have the Bevy, for one, that odd little Shuffle case with the bottle opener on it. It’s pretty good of them to honor us Mac geeks like that. Check them out. Product Page Read More

  • WWDC 2007 Hype Update: How to Read Our Coverage


    Jack… there’s another island. Our own Matt Hickey is now entering the building with the rest of the Macinworld at the Moscone Center. As his reports stream in, we will turn off the main page and show only our WWDC 2007 page during the conference. Once the conference is over, we’ll switch back to the regular format and post the coverage to another dynamic page. If this… Read More

  • Rumor: Touchscreens Gone for All But High-end Palms

    , we receive another tid-bit from the Palm rumor bin. It seems that the company is phasing out touchscreens for all but their highest-end Treos. This means the Gandolf and a whole set of new Treos, launching this and next year, will be without touchscreens. How this will work is anyone’s guess, but we suspect it’s a cost-cutting measure and also suggests the Palm OS will become… Read More

  • Oral B Takes Umbrage at Suggestion that Toothbrushes Can Make You Happy


    LoveHoney is a UK company that sells odd little self-pleasuring devices. For example, they sell something called the Brush Bunny that can fit on top of an electric toothbrush and turns said toothbrush into a masturbation device. Fair enough. No harm, no foul. But LoveHoney suggested that the cap fits on Oral B electric toothbrushes and, as a result, makes Proctor & Gamble lawyers think… Read More

  • Guy Tries to Make Money Off of iPhone Without Pissing Off Apple Lawyers

    Not sure what to make of this Cafepress T-shirt store, but we’re all iPhone all the time here at CG Central (not really) and we respect the efforts of the little guy to make a buck off of the table scraps of good-will cast off by the big guys. So here we have t-shirts that say “Gimme a call on my mobile on June 29.” Yeah, I’m kind of thinking the same thing, but… Read More

  • Sony CR Line: They Gots the CLR! KTHNX


    Looks like we posted a teaser for the new Sony CR line, a set of thin and light notebooks that come in five fancy colors, sangria, cosmopolitan, dove, indigo and dark Tahitian night (actually black). The laptops are aimed at the less techie set and weigh about 5 pounds with a 14-inch display and optical drive. There’s an instant A/V mode for playing back music and moves and it… Read More

  • Hrm… Sony Goodness Tomorrow?

    We just spotted this teaser on the Interwebs. Some sort of Sony goodies tomorrow? Maybe an anti-Apple ray? Read More

  • Abstractor TV Art-gasm


    Click To Play It’s Saturday, the sun is shining, and it’s time to make some art. Watch as some guy turns a TV playing perfectly good reality television into some kind of fancy-pants, beret-wearing modern art piece. Dig the music, as well. It’s like Nicholas’ bedroom just before lights out. Abstractor.tv Read More

  • Fujifilm Z5fd Review


    I’ve been watching former film camera manufacturers struggle to grab a piece of the digital camera market for a few years now and, at this stage in the game, I’ve been fairly impressed. Take Fujifilm, for example. Long known for their great film and prints, the former giant has had to contend with digital ninjas like Canon and Nikon while still remaining solvent. I’ve tried… Read More

  • Nokia Media Transfer Suite for Macs

    Fina-freaking-ly. Nokia has finally released a transfer suite for Macs, something that has been sorely lacking for about five thousand years now. All you have to do is download the app and you can start dragging files and music over from iPhoto and iTunes as well as iPhoto import from Symbian phones and application installation. It’s still in beta, but it’s nice to know someone… Read More

  • TechCrunch's Take on the iPhone

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=6542481355742550486&hl=en-AU The Crunch Network — dashing itself against the rocks in order to spread FUD and sacreligious frivolity over a device that will probably make a 1 percent dent in the cellphone market. via MikeGoesGaGa Read More

  • Sub-$100 Nvidia GeForce 8400 to Launch June 19

    When it comes to discrete graphics cards it’s either feast or famine. You either spend five million on a super-duper card or your poke along in Civ IV with whatever Dell sent you when you bought your PC, knowing that you’ll never see the Legion’s armor in its full DX10 graphical glory. NVidia is introducting a sub-$100 GeForce 8400 next week that should change all that. The… Read More

  • Rumor: 3G iPhone at End of Year

    An excited tipster dropped us a line today about AT&T’s network roll-out and, interestingly enough, a 3G iPhone rumor. Clearly this is grain of salt territory, but he’s saying that AT&T employees are being told that a 3G version of the iPhone is coming out soon — perhaps even as soon as Q4 2007 aka the Holidays. Popular opinion slated a 3G version for Q1 2008 or… Read More

  • Windows Vista: Up Close, Personal

    Ars Technica is running a massive article on the innards of Vista. As I mentioned before, I like Vista and I think it’s a good product. I haven’t used it in about two months, but that’s neither here nor there. However, I do like a good “behind-the-scenes” story. Who doesn’t? Clearly there’s very little here we didn’t already know — UAC keeps… Read More

  • How Amazingly Great Will the iPhone Be? Like Lots Great

    In order to round out our earlier nastiness we’d like to bring you a breathless piece from Business Week about how Apple will add a “totally new, $10 billion-a-year business” in just a few seconds — the seconds between June 28 and June 29 when the world explodes in a storm of fecally incontinent fanboy joyrage. Read More

  • Tough Love: Identity-based DRM and iTunes

    It’s been a few days since the world “discovered” that Apple was embedding personal information in some of their digital files. The outcry was immediate — how DARE they — but what is the strategy behind this move? After all, the data is essentially in the clear, available to anyone with a text editor. Read More

  • Windows Vista SP1 Coming Soon(er)

    Apparently Windows can’t keep its big mouth shut. After some digging, a number of sites have found mention of Windows Vista SP1 in Microsoft Downloads, the service Microsoft offers for updates and other big file downloads. What does this mean? Essentially it looks like Service Pack 1 exists within Microsoft’s own confined workspace and that some technical writer didn’t… Read More

  • Sony Updates Bravia Line, Completely Ignores Bratwurst Line

    Sony, in a surprisingly bold move, released some LCD televisions last night to an ravenous audience. The two models, the brushed metal W3000 and the glass-framed XBR4 and XBR5, have full 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 120Hz frame rate. The W3000 comes in 52-,46-, and 40-inch sizes and includes upscaling/cleaning software for nasty input sources. This technology, which Sony apparently calls… Read More