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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  • GPhone To Launch in India, Start Lining Up Now!

    In what appears to be an amalgam of rumor, innuendo, and just making shit up, Rediff India Abroad is saying that Google will launch something sometime — perhaps a fortnight from now? — in India and is in talks with Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar, two of India’s most popular carriers. In what sounds like Nigerian phishing scam, it appears that Google may or may not be provide… Read More

  • Bloops! Apple Legal Essentially Confirms Fat Nano Existence [Updated]


    Gizmodo got a letter from Apple asking them to take down the images of the little fat Nanos we’ve been seeing all day, which in legal talk means blood will soak the halls of Cupertino tonight as the leakers are tortured long into the morning. [Update: Apple’s lawyers came at us and demanded we remove the photo because it “violates Apple’s copyrights”. So… Read More

  • Sony's Sugar Fuel Cell: Tasty, Big Electricity

    Presumably the first two images you see in this video are the battery and some sugar and presumably you Sony or whoever made this video has no taste in music. Regardless, looks like it could be a useful addition to the future battery arsenal and it presumably won’t explode like most Sony batteries. HAR! via Engadget Read More

  • Razer Launches Overwrought 4000dpi Mouse

    I’m almost done with the whole Razer vision. Razer makes gaming peripherals that want to star in their own action movies. Take the Lachesis, for example, also known as the “bringer of silent death.” This mouse has 9 programmable buttons, 32KB of memory, and 1ms response time. But WTF? It’s a mouse, people. No mouse deserves a flash intro in the style of Sin City. Read More

  • BioShock's Science is Bunk! Bunk, I Tells Ya!


    Penny Arcade is dead wrong. I asked a real live scientist (my friend Teresa) who has a Doctorate in Scientology and she said: I can’t think of anything that I involved with plasmids (the normal in-the-lab kind that I use) that involves fire or blowing things up There are a lot of things in lab that you could use to start a fire or
    blow things up and I can guarantee you that plasmids are… Read More

  • Motorola Q 9m Review


    Motorola is in a bad way. Wilson over at Giz basically tore them a new orifice over the Q 9m and I have always thought they’ve squandered the RAZR good-will on a series of odd products that were either violently crippled or ahead of their time — like the Moto PEBL, for example. That said, they’ve remained in high in the pantheon of phone gods that I have in my heads, up… Read More

  • Easy-Peasy Video on How to Hack Your iPhone With Windows

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?tabType4=guide&tabUrl4=http%3A%2F%2Fendscore%2Eblip%2Etv%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&tabTitle4=End%20Score&tabType3=guide&tabUrl3=http%3A%2F%2Funboxing%2Eblip%2Etv%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&tabTitle3=Unboxing%20Live&tabType2=guide&tabUrl2=http%3A%2F%2Ffilmcrunch%2Eblip%2Etv%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&tabTitle2=FilmCrunch&tabType1=guide&tabUrl1=http%3A%2F%2Fbleedingedge%2Eblip%2Etv%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&tabTitle1=The%20Bleeding%20Edge&autostart=false&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Ffile%2F348707%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&fullscreenpage=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Ffullscreen%2Ehtml&fsreturnpage=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fexitfullscreen%2Ehtml&linkfromdisplay=false&logo=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egearlive%2Ecom%2Fvideo%2Fgearlivewatermark%2Epng&showfsbutton=true&brandlink=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egearlive%2Ecom&brandname=Gear%20Live%20Video&showguidebutton=true&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf There have been lots of iPhone hacking posts lately, but only Gearlive sat down with the damn think and hacked it in front of a camera. Watch as Andru uses iBrickr to hack and crack away&hellip… Read More

  • BioShock Review: Worth the Hype?

    I rarely get excited about game titles any more — a Half-Life might get my juices flowing but I’m definitely not going to reserve copies of anything at the local GameStop — which is why I’m really interested in BioShock. It actually seems like a game I could get into, irregardless of the kid, the wife, and the 5 million deadlines looming over me. Read More

  • Nokia to Offer Windows Live on Symbian Phones

    It will be a cold day in hell when Nokia teams up with Microsoft to offer Activesync support and Windows Live services… oh, wait. Yep, that’s right. Big Lutefisk is teaming up with Big Bill to offer Symbian/Nokia fans a little taste of Windows Mobile. The new software will enable Hotmail and MSN Messenger access along with some ActiveSync. How can you know if your handset is ready… Read More

  • Nerd Tats: Link

    CG writer Raj sent us in this picture of the first pass on his new Link tattoo. Raj loves him some video games and pop culutre — he even has Nightmare Before Christmas ink on his scrawny, emocized bicep. What’s next, Raj? A magic mushroom under your eye in honor of all the Marios you killed in prison? Read More

  • Pentax Launches Two New Point and Shoots


    The S10 Pentax has just announces two new Optios, the Z10 with 7X optical zoom and the S10, a 10-megapixel super-slim model. Both cameras ship in September for $249.99. Read More

  • Laser Beam Wristwatch: 100% Computer Controlled

    Clearly, we’ve evolved since 1985. via WWR Read More

  • SNES Games That Defined a Generation


    I missed the whole SNES thing back in the 1990s, but it’s nice to see some titles from my childhood and to catch up on old friends like Samus, Link, and Burt Reynolds wearing a bathrobe and little else — that last one wasn’t a video game character, just a recurring fantasy. Read More

  • Blogspot Completely Down?


    In the wake of the Great Skype Outage of 2007 everyone who is everyone in IT should be watching their servers and production code like a flock of hawks. Well, it looks like Google isn’t taking my advice because as of 10:43 EST it looks like Blogspot is completely down. I’m OK with that — my Commander Ackbar fan fiction network uses WordPress — but shouldn’t… Read More

  • New Nanos in the Wild


    9to5Mac has some hot pictures of the new widescreen Nano that Apple may or may not be launching ever. Real? Fake? Who knows. We trade in rumor, here, and exchange rate is our sanity. Nano Spy Pics [9to5mac] Read More

  • Sprint Nextel Raises Messaging Rate, Does Not Allow Customers to Fly Free, Free As the Wind Blows


    Sprint Nextel just raised their messaging rates to 20 cents per casual SMS and, in a particularly sneaky move, modified their terms of service to ensure that customers couldn’t slip out of their contracts after the change. Read More

  • Dell Failing in Consumer Satisfaction Sez WSJ

    I’d love to give you more information on this story, but the Wall Street Journal is still rocking the “walled garden” approach to newsgathering so we’ll paraphrase and link to a blog that deserves linkage. Read More

  • iPhone Firmware Update Released: Your Hacks are Safe

    Apparently all of the iPhone hackers can now rejoice because the current update didn’t brick their hardware. Release 1.02 includes only “bug fixes” which is code for “embedding tracking bits into every piece of software so Steve and his robot army and destroy those who know how to work the iPhone tool chain.” Look for mass death and destruction by the time update… Read More

  • Verizon's Motorola Q 9m: First Look


    They’re doing it again. After years of disappointing phones, I can honestly say that I’m excited about the Moto Q 9m. This phone, aimed at the youth market, is primarily a music phone and takes advantage of Verizon’s V Cast music service (*cough $1.99 for tracks cough* WTF? *ahem*) in a package that is far removed from the original Q. Read More

  • iPhone in Europe in Time for Förder Chröstmas-tide

    The Financial Times is reporting that the iPhone will be available in Germany, France and the UK under T-Mobile, Orange, and O2, respectively. This odd move — choosing to go with three different operators — is an example of the oddly fractured nature of European cell providers. Read More