back to school

  • Scholly Helps Students Find Their Ideal Scholarships On Their Smartphones

    Scholly Helps Students Find Their Ideal Scholarships On Their Smartphones

    More and more of America’s young people are coming to grips with a nasty truth: college can be incredibly, stupidly expensive. Drexel University student (and Philadelphia Dorm Room Fund member) Christopher Gray knows that all too well, so he and partners Bryson Alef and Nick Pirollo developed a mobile app called Scholly to help students easily search for scholarships that apply to them. Read More

  • Co-Ed Supply Whisks Curated Boxes Of ‘College Essentials’ To Busy Students

    Co-Ed Supply Whisks Curated Boxes Of ‘College Essentials’ To Busy Students

    The days are getting shorter and the air is growing colder, which means that students across the country are trodding back to school once more. For a subscription e-commerce startup called Co-Ed Supply, that means it’s time to really get down to business — their forte is curating and shipping much-needed care packages to the country’s college students. Read More

  • If You’re Buying Textbooks This Week, Get Educated, Not Schooled

    If You’re Buying Textbooks This Week, Get Educated, Not Schooled

    When a semester’s worth of textbooks can add up to a couple (or three or four) hundred dollars, hitting the checkout line at the campus bookstore is a distressing experience for many students, to say the least. Read More

  • Microsoft Debuts Crowdfunding Program For Student Laptops, Offers Office 365 Free To First 10K Participants

    Microsoft Debuts Crowdfunding Program For Student Laptops, Offers Office 365 Free To First 10K Participants

    Microsoft is introducing a new pilot project today¬†called¬†“Chip In,” which sees the Windows-maker offering to help students crowdsource laptop purchases ahead of next school year. Students with a .edu email address can crowdfund laptop purchases of qualifying devices through the official Microsoft online store, and Microsoft will subsidize 10 percent of the purchase price… Read More

  • Bag Week: The Ogio Rivet Messenger Bag

    Bag Week: The Ogio Rivet Messenger Bag

    I do not like the pleather look of the Ogio Rivet. It’s degrading. Childish. Cheap. But damn do I love this bag, which is actually made out of shiny black canvas. We have reviewed a lot of bags at TechCrunch and it’s always been clear that Ogio knows the secret formula to a great bag. The Ogio Rivet is no different. It offers plenty of space throughout the well-made bag with… Read More

  • Bag Week: The Nomadic WT-18 Toto Bag And WL-25 Wise-Walker Backpack

    Bag Week: The Nomadic WT-18 Toto Bag And WL-25 Wise-Walker Backpack

    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. Most of Nomadic’s bags are quite small and the the WT-18 Wise-Walker Toto is no exception. Read More

  • Back-To-School: Buy A PC, Get An Xbox

    Back-To-School: Buy A PC, Get An Xbox

    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

  • Back To School: How To Ace Taking Notes

    Back To School: How To Ace Taking Notes

    Back in the day, before the printing press made books a widely available commodity, students sat through class transcribing each and every word of a published work, as dictated by the teacher. We still take notes today, sure, but note-taking and lectures themselves have come a long way. So as you tie your shoes, zip up your backpack, and head off to your first day of college (or second, third… Read More

  • Back To School: Five Gadgets To Help You Get Your Game On Between Classes

    Back To School: Five Gadgets To Help You Get Your Game On Between Classes

    Once school kicks into high gear it may seem like there’s no end to all the work that needs to be done, but rest assured — there will come a time when you won’t find yourself buried in a textbook or furiously writing papers. The question then is, well, what do you do with yourself? Sure, you could go out, meet new people, and generally expand your horizons, but… Read More

  • Back To School: The Best Ultrathin Notebook

    Back To School: The Best Ultrathin Notebook

    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… Read More

  • Back-To-School: How To Become A Google Intern

    Back-To-School: How To Become A Google Intern

    What does it mean to be bold? To be better than you were the day before? Google’s BOLD Internship is an 11-week internship designed to provide exposure into the technology industry for students who are historically under-represented in this field. However, the program isn’t just about work experience, it’s about growing as a person and befriending some of the coolest… Read More

  • Back To School: 5 Apps That Will Make You Fall (Even More) In Love With Your Phone

    Back To School: 5 Apps That Will Make You Fall (Even More) In Love With Your Phone

    You’re heading off to college. You have no idea that the next four years of fun will fly by, likely leaving you jobless and in debt. You’re unconcerned with nonsense like that — you’re ready to achieve your dreams! You’re ready to party! You’re ready to meet your mate in life! But before you pack up the family van full of clothes, collapsible IKEA furniture… Read More

  • The Top 5 iPhone Cases For The College-Bound

    The Top 5 iPhone Cases For The College-Bound

    There you are, full of gumption, standing next to a packed car. You’re off to college. You’re about to set off into the world to, as they say, make something of yourself. Armed with your trusty iPhone, you’ll likely reach your lofty goals. But an iPhone can be more than just a smartphone. With the right case, an iPhone can be a multifunctional tool, converging the power of… Read More

  • Back To School 2012: Five Gadgets To Keep You Sane In Your New Dorm Room

    Back To School 2012: Five Gadgets To Keep You Sane In Your New Dorm Room

    What? It’s August already? That means (for better or worse) that hordes of freshly-minted college students will soon be starting the next chapter of their lives and moving into dull, cramped dorm rooms in the process. Oh, that description applies to you? Well, congratulations — you’re in for a treat! Before you go too nuts trying to decide which of your possessions will… Read More

  • Back To School 2012: Welcome To The Whiteboard Jungle

    Back To School 2012: Welcome To The Whiteboard Jungle

    Every year we have a little tradition around TC: a “back to school” series for folks who are either entering college or just leaving the confines of academia for their first job. Our goal in this series is to talk about all the gadgetry, great and small, that would help make that transition a little smoother and, more important, offer some advice from entrepreneurs and business… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Its Back-To-School Promotion: Buy A PC, Get A Free Xbox

    Microsoft Announces Its Back-To-School Promotion: Buy A PC, Get A Free Xbox

    Microsoft, just like Apple, usually runs a major back-to-school promotion every summer that is meant to give students (and their parents) some extra incentives to buy a new computer. The company’s just-announced back-to-school deal for the U.S. and Canada is pretty much the same as last year’s. A year ago, Microsoft gave students who bought a new PC and Xbox 360 and this year… Read More

  • Back To School: Trying Our Best To Stay Safe Online In 2010

    Back To School: Trying Our Best To Stay Safe Online In 2010

    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… Read More

  • Back to School: A 9 energy drink shootout

    Back to School: A 9 energy drink shootout

    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… Read More

  • Back-to-School: Social Improvement Tips from Neil Strauss

    Back-to-School: Social Improvement Tips from Neil Strauss


    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… Read More

  • Back-to-School: Advice I'd give myself if I were going to college right now

    Back-to-School: Advice I'd give myself if I were going to college right now


    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 –… Read More