I’m starting Bag Week off with two bags from one of my favorite manufacturers, Nomadic. This Japanese seller of quality bags makes their rucksacks out of rip-stop fabric and offers a certain stark, compact design that is as far from your typical JanSport as a kimono is from an Ed Hardy shirt.
In an effort to keep the kids from going with all Apple everything, Microsoft has teamed up with a number of vendors to offer a new “Buy a PC, Get An Xbox” plan along with a $15 upgrade to Windows 8 when it lands later this year. Non-gamers get a $100 Staples gift card, which sounds like cold comfort. → Read More
Ultrabooks aren’t a hard sell. They’re super thin, really light, and powerful enough to handle everyday tasks (including a little gaming) with aplomb. That’s why I’d recommend them to students looking for a thin, light, and cheap way to get some great computing power without weighing down your backpack.
To that end, we gathered up four promising thin-and-light laptops (called Ultrabooks in the… → Read More
Students! As anyone on a Windows machine who has visited good ol’ CrunchGear in the past few weeks knows: the Internet can be a dangerous place. There’s malware everywhere, dumb, time-wasting YouTube videos are embedded all over the place, and Flash advertisements constantly contrive to steal away your processor cycles. Really, if at all possible, you should just avoid the Internet entirely: it’s… → Read More
Oh man. I don’t think drinking nine different energy drinks over nine days is that healthy. My life expectancy had to be affected. Oh well, it was done in the name of science and CrunchGear. Before this shootout, I was under the impression that all energy drinks taste like piss and gave you the shakes. Some do, but there are definitely better options than others as I found. A couple of… → Read More
As you settle back into the dorms and sift through syllabi while searching for drink specials from the local pub, you also should put in some time improving your social life. The fall is a great time to lay a solid foundation of dating success on campus. To provide some tips on turbocharging your dating life, we turned to Neil Strauss, author of the international bestseller The Game: Penetrating… → Read More
I’ve been sitting out this Back-to-School season mostly because I’m so far removed from college and my son is only three so I don’t feel sufficiently informed enough to offer any helpful advice to you all when it comes to gear you need in the dorm. However, some of us are old enough to give you general advice. This is assuming that you are a fairly tech savvy nerd – like we… → Read More
College is a time to try new things – especially that second or third year, when everyone’s turning 21. Suddenly, a whole new world has opened up – a world of intoxicated semi-public bliss, previously off limits to your nascent self: the world of bars. Bars can be a stupidly intimidating place when you’ve just turned 21. It’s like going to some crazy country where… → Read More
So you’re moving away from the dorms and their plentiful buffet-style meals. It’s a big step, I know, and you’ll have to do some adjusting. Cooking for yourself can be a rewarding experience, and you may discover that you have a knack for it, or enjoy the process as much as the results. But the first steps can be daunting, so focus on the basics. It’s not exactly gadget… → Read More
We’re running a Back to School extravaganza right now, but one thing that I don’t know if we really addressed is: Who exactly is going back to school? Or, more accurately, who is going to college for the first time in a few weeks? (That’s who these Back to School things are usually for, freshman. If you’re going back odds are you know exactly what you need and what to expect.) What have today’s… → Read More
It’s that time again, folks. Cars are being loaded, parents are being kissed goodbye, and summer is coming to its unavoidable end. It’s time to go back to college – or for many, to go to college for the first time. Fortunately for you, the CrunchGear team has been there and done that. We’ve dealt with the confusing schedules, lived with crappy room mates, and have made… → Read More
Well isn’t this a load of crap. Apple’s annual “Back to School” event just finished up here in the States, but is apparently getting underway ‘cross the pond. Because of the timing, those lucky Brits will get the new iPod Nano announced last week, with our students getting hosed with the previous generation. More details on Apple’s UK website. via TUAW → Read More
I’m hoping this little guy makes the jump across the Pacific, because it’s time for some of you suckers to go back to school! And if school for you was anything like it was for me, it’s just one big long exhausted hangover. But if you want to grow up to be a popular blogger, like yours truly, you’ll need something to keep you awake during those boring classes. I used… → Read More
If there’s one thing Josh Goldman knows, it’s that two queens means no smoking. If there’s a second thing that Josh Goldman knows, it’s how to shop for tech on a budget, which is handy now that college is right around the corner. To that end he tricked Computer Shopper into letting him write a how-to guide on buying all the latest, coolest gadgetry. Split into four easily… → Read More