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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  • CrunchGear Meet-up: Budapest


    Yes, there were women there. I took the train from Warsaw to Budapest — fourteen hours in a Polish sleeper car made in that halcyon time between WWII and the fall of the Berlin Wall — and I was groggy, delirious, and hot as I walked down a street called Rottenbiller AKA Billy Rotten into the university district. I organized the event with Matt of mobilport.hu who told me to meet… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up Report: Budapest

    Just posted some images of the CG Meet-up in Budapest. Special thanks to Matt for helping find the spot. Remember — the Warsaw Meet-up is tomorrow at 7pm at Lolek. Read More

  • CrunchGear Meetup Final Update: Budapest is Go!


    I will be rolling into town on Monday morning and we will be meeting at 19:00 at Maghaz, Rottenbiller u. 32 in Budapest on Monday, July 23, 2007. Please drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com or post a note in the comments if you plan on attending. I look forward to meeting CG/TC readers. My Grand Central # is +16468270591 or you should be able to call me using this widget (if you have… Read More

  • Nokia Cooler Than Motorola, My Mom


    BusinessWeek has a fairly long article about the magic of Nokia. The lede is actually pretty cool: Pop singer Alicia Keys and Ramkishen Pyarelal, proprieter of a Mumbai tea stall, may not have a lot in common. But they both carry Nokia mobile phones. That basically sums up Nokia in a few words. Nokia has always known its market. It sells the low-end and the high-end and essentially keeps… Read More

  • iPhone Toolchain Created: Hello World


    This is not the iPhone “Hello World” App NightWatch at the Free iPhone project has compiled and run the first “Hello World” application for the iPhone, a move that could mean homebrew and third party apps for the iPhone in the next few weeks. They keep saying their server is too slow to handle lots of linking, so we won’t link. Just look for… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up: Budapest and Warsaw

    The iPhone is here and it’s fabulous. I will be rolling into town on Monday morning and we will be meeting at 19:00 at Maghaz, Rottenbiller u. 32 in Budapest on Monday, July 23, 2007. Please drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com or drop a note in the comments if you plan on attending. I look forward to meeting CG/TC readers. Special thanks to MobilPort.hu! Warsaw Readers… Read More

  • Rumor: Metal Gear Solid 4 for XBox 360

    PS3’s killer app might also become XBox 360’s killer app. XBox 360 is reporting that OXM says that MSG4 might come to the 360, but they’re not sure. MSG4 is probably going to be the defining game for the platform, the PS3’s Gears of War as it were. However, if it comes out on 360 later, it could hurt Sony’s bottom line and no one wants that. This is all rumor… Read More

  • Destroy Your Landline Contest: One Weekend Left

    One weekend left, guys and gals. To recap, T-Mobile dropped me a line last week offering: A HotSpot-enabled phone (Nokia 6086 or Samsung t409), T-Mobile HotSpot @Home Wi-Fi router (D-Link or Linksys brands) and one year of free T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service that includes (per month) unlimited calls to your myFaves contacts, 2000 nationwide WHENEVER Minutes®, unlimited… Read More

  • Class Action Suit Against Microsoft Alleges XBox 360 Skwatches Disks, Makes Baby Saaad!


    InformationWeek is reporting that two California residents, Christine Moskowitz and Dan Wood, are seeking over $5 million in damages for XBox 360 owners. They allege that the big bad game machines scratch expensive disks and that the 360 was manufactured incorrectly. Read More

  • Bill Gates Announces $13.37 Billion In Revenue Last Quarter, Urinates Festively Into Diamond Toilet Bowl

    Everyone’s favorite software company, Micro$oft (note clever use of dollar sign), made $13.37 billion in revenue last quarter, placing it about $50 billion in the current fiscal year. They chalk their good fortune up to strong sales in Windows Server and Vista, XBox 360, and stealing and processing the life energy of third-world babies for off-world energy export. “Our results… Read More

  • CrunchGear Meet-up: Budapest and Warsaw

    The iPhone is here and it’s fabulous. I will be rolling into Budapest on Monday morning and we will be meeting at 19:00 at Maghaz, Rottenbiller u. 32 in Budapest on Monday, July 23, 2007. Please drop me a line at john at crunchgear dot com or drop a note in the comments if you plan on attending. I look forward to meeting CG/TC readers. Special thanks to MobilPort.hu! Warsaw Readers… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Destroy Your Landline Contest

    OK. Another hard contest. You have exactly one week to do this one, so please bear with me. T-Mobile dropped me a line last week offering: A HotSpot-enabled phone (Nokia 6086 or Samsung t409), T-Mobile HotSpot @Home Wi-Fi router (D-Link or Linksys brands) and one year of free T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service that includes (per month) unlimited calls to your myFaves contacts, 2000 nationwide… Read More

  • Original Enigma Machine For Sale

    Currently priced at a bit over $20,000, this real German Enigma machine is apparently in full working order and only needs “bulbs,” presumably for the internal display. The Enigma machine confounded the Allies for years and was essentially the precursor to the modern computer and the men and women of Project Ultra who finally cracked the code are proto-hackers to whom many of us… Read More

  • Dontcha Think This Meme is About Dead?

    This video requires no explanation nor does it actually require you to view it. Just rub yourself all over with lamp oil, listen to the Pussycat Dolls, and kiss your iPhone until you fall asleep. Read More

  • Keen vs. Weinberger: The Plot (by Amateurs) Against America



    Why is this man smiling? I was on my way to the outhouse with some print-outs of the WSJ opinion page — the newsprint version is too harsh — when I noticed an interview between Andrew Keen, writer of The Cult of the Amateur, and David Weinberger, author of Everything is Miscellaneous. Mr. Keen’s argument runs in the cranky old man watching Elvis on Ed Sullivan vein. He… Read More

  • 10 Gmail Apps: You Know, For Gmail

    I don’t really use Gmail’s web interface, but if I did I’d download all ten of these apps and plugins and make my Gmail experience that much better. I think the best one on this list is Gmail This bookmarklet which allows you to send blog postings and other things just by clicking a button. Most of the tools are for Firefox only, but a few are cross-platform. Top 10… Read More

  • iPhone Now Can Use Any Cingular SIM Card

    The folks at hacktheiphone have figured out how to use any Cingular SIM card in the iPhone, regardless of type or service plan. Heck, you can even drop an old one in there that doesn’t even work. Read More

  • Dark Army of Pirates Transcribing Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling's Land Rover and Nice House Outside of London, TechCrunch Gets MoM Lawyer-Gram

    TorrentFreak is reporting that Harry Potter lovers are currently transcribing the entire Harry Potter photo PDF set, slaving over keyboards like a band of iterate monks illuminating a massive manuscript involving an evil one, a young savior, and the ultimate sacrifice — not the Bible, silly, but the secularist, witchcraft filled Satanism of J.K. Rowling’s unholy scribbling! Sony… Read More

  • Join Our Facebook Group


    Why? I don’t know! But I’m sure we’ll have a blast. Facebook Group Read More

  • MUD Creator Richard Bartle on MMORPGS

    If Richard Bartle were dead, he’d be rolling over in his grave! Richard Bartle is the guy you need to thank for bringing you obesity, acne, and an obsession with the Wyrmbog in Dustwallow Marsh. See, Bartle is the guy who created Multi-User Dungeons and, as a result, added a new form of media to the now crowded world of electronic interaction. Read More