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 and he runs the BWL family of blogs,, Audiomonger, and He also runs the HourTime Podcast with Ariel Adams at Born in 1975, he currently resides in New York, N.Y.

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    Let’s all make a Web 2.0 gadget company, shall we? Please pick one item from column A and one from column B. Heck. Pick a few. A B Social Networking Handhelds Ajax-enabled Monkey Cages Buddy-list toting Trashcans XML Feed Using Goat Farms Ultra Simple Routers Interactive, Sensing Weather Station VoIP MP3 Players with Vibration Read More

  • Yahoo! Go 2.0 Walkthrough

    I got the chance to play with the Symbian version of Yahoo Go, Yahoo’s standalone networked application that offers news, weather, traffic, and Yahoo! search from a handset. It’s fairly full-featured and even supports Yahoo mail. Read More

  • The Wii Eats It: The Truth Can Finally Be Told

    I’m trying to like the Wii. I tried my hardest to love Super Paper Mario. But this image essentially sums up my opinion of the game, the platform, and the other games available, including Zelda. Please, Nintendo. Please. Stop it. Treat me like I have a brain. I’m so tired of “whimsical” being equated to “mythic” and “classic characters” becoming… Read More

  • Second Life! Fox News! Sex! Stalking! Terrorism!

    British and Belgian police are closing in on a terrorist organization called Second Life where innocent women — and, potentially, men — could be stalked by people who are interested in sexually assaulting them and your teenagers. Murdoch’s hard hitting paper, the Times of London, has the full story. Read More

  • Pandora Shows Off Streaming Prototype, Someone Better Tell Sansa!

    Looks like Sansa’s Connect is essentially an OEM product out of Taiwan because Pandora is showing off a rebadged device to showcase its wireless streaming products. No real information on this thing, but TechCrunch got some screenshots and pictures. I wouldn’t expect Pandora to actually launch this device — it’s a proof of concept, kind of like the Music Gremlin… Read More

  • Pandora Still Hates Foreigners, But Is Now on Sprint and Sonos

    Pandora, the U.S.’s favorite streaming music service, just launched two new products, Pandora for Sprint and Pandora for Sonos. Read More

  • T-Mobile Wing Review

    HTC, the manufacturer of T-Mobile’s new Wing smartphone, are like great session players. They blend into the background, laying down syncopation, a few horns, some cowbell, while the carriers — the Otis Reddings of this little analogy — take the spotlight. Don’t cry for HTC, though. They’re making good money by making other people shine. Take the Wing, for example. Read More

  • Help Key: Taking the 802.11n Plunge

    Actual results may vary It seems like only yesterday that 802.11g was burning up the airwaves. Today, 802.11g is the de facto standard and n, which ideally offers 242 Mbps but really offers around 50 Mbps. 802.11n also boasts increased range and quality of service, something that home video and audio streamers will just love. But is it ready for prime time? Read More

  • Alltel Taken Over, Goes Private, Feeling Fine, A Little Dizzy

    It’s not MyFaves, but it’s close, right? Not huge news, but good enough for a Monday morning. A band of equity investors have essentially “taken over” Alltell, paying $71.50 a share, $10 over its closing price last week. The result? The company essentially becomes private, pwned for $27.5 billion by companies like Goldman Sachs and the Texas Pacific Group. What does… Read More

  • OrgPlus Live: Org Charts Aren't Boring!

    It’s always a little weird when a stodgy-sounding task goes all Web 2.0. Case in point, creating organizational charts. Software vendor Human Concepts makes OrgPlus, the go-to app for such an activity and
    OrgPlus Live is the new Web-based version of said software. Don’t think you need org charts? Well, maybe it’s just that you don’t know any better. Of course some of… Read More

  • Polar Bears and the Art of Interface Design

    Try as they might, the animators couldn’t find and delete LazyEye.cpp from the render farm servers. Bill Higgins brings up quite a few interesting points in his article, “the Uncanny Valley of user interface design.” Read it before you read this. Essentially he’s saying that there is a “sweet spot” that user interfaces — be they desktop programs or… Read More

  • HP eBook Reader: Watch Out, Sony, HP is After Your Five Customers! This is essentially a prototype HP eReader introduced last week in Shanghai but clearly someone else besides big S is thinking about electronic ink. This one has a little slider thing at the bottom that you use to turn pages. Whoop-de-doo. via Read More

  • WebTime Elite

    As a watch nut, I rarely drool over TokyoFlash’s odd designs or timepieces. Sure, they’re creative, but I’m a mechanical snob. Whatever. I like this one. This is an updated version of their WebTime watch which tells the time using overlapping polygons. It’s a clever design, great materials, and it’s just readable enough to be useful while not alienating the world. Read More

  • HP's Point and Search Ok. Maybe I can wrap my mind around this demo. It’s basically a PDA with GPS and wireless that knows where you are and lets you “point” at buildings for reviews, maps, information, and phone numbers. There’s another video after the jump, but both of them are squonky for me on OS X so let me know what you think. Read More

  • Unboxing the Halo 3 Zune: Almost As Exciting As Reboxing It Call me a Sulky Sally, but I’m about as excited about the Halo 3 Zune as I am about paying my mortgage — I guess it’s necessary, but it really doesn’t charge me up. Apparently the rest of the world disagrees and, in order to be fair to those people I’ve posted’s video of opening a box containing… Read More

  • CrunchGear This Week

    Well, we had quite a bit of fun this week telling the world about piracy and watching iTunes get cracked. We also have a contest running — all you have to do is tell us your ISP horror stories and you could win a Sansa Connect. Most importantly, however, Peter Suciu has been examining game violence this week, talking with game designers, ESRB representatives, and trying — but… Read More

  • Boo Hoo For Us

    Man, the Japanese smartphone marketers are getting mean. This video features some sort of squid monster making fun of Westerners — we’re the nice piece of sushi — for having crappy phones. You can use your phones as wallets? You have biometrics? Most importantly, you can play interactive games, huh? Well so can we. Ours are called talking to women, not playing with Gundam at… Read More

  • Nokia 8600: Meh? Eh?

    After seeing the RAZR 2, I’m ready for anyone to launch anything that will excite me to no end. Is this leaked photo of the Nokia 8600 it? Well, it looks awful purdy, which is cool, and has that 8000-series flip down keypad protector, which is cool. Apparently all it has are: GPRS & EDGE
    2 Meg camera
    Bluetooth Which is kind of like saying it has an internal antenna and a… Read More

  • Engadget Shanks Apple

    Bloops. After following up on a false lead — essentially a faked internal Apple email — Engadget’s Ryan Block drove Apple stock down 2.2 percent. Let that be a lesson to all of us: just because it says at the end of the email doesn’t mean it’s from Steve. Engadget sends Apple stock plunging on iPhone rumor [CNET]
    False alarm: iPhone NOT delayed… Read More

  • Vortex Sex Toy: For the Love of All That Is Holy, Please, No

    Hey, ladies! Got 35 quid? Not afraid to suck out your insides? Head on over to Love Honey and pick up the Vortex Vibrations Suction Vacuum Cleaner Vibrator. How does it work? Hell if I know. All I do know is that I would not try to sell a sex toy to and/or for women using a large bald man who smiles impishly when he sees paper rustle. Product Page Read More