Features

  • Listening To The Future With A 3D-Printed Ear

    Listening To The Future With A 3D-Printed Ear

    The campus of Washington State University in Southeast Washington’s agricultural region looks like a typical land-grant university. The connected mix of art-deco, modern and post-modern buildings that collectively house the College of Engineering and Architecture hide a strange and incredible secret: that the researchers inside are close to making human-compatible ceramic bone grafts and… Read More

  • Geek Weekend: Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

    Geek Weekend: Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

    Wikimedia We’ve been getting requests from various citizens to feature their respective cities in our new Geek Weekend feature here on CrunchGear, so when a request came in for the Twin Cities, John asked me to write it up and I thought, “Oh, great. More work.” “Perfect! I grew up there! I know where geeky stuff is located!” Read More

  • Gruber on iPhone and multi-tasking

    Gruber on iPhone and multi-tasking

    John Gruber has written an excellent essay on the iPhone and its discontents - and triumphs. Taking it as a fact that the iPhone 1.0 was essentially a Motorola RAZR in a prettier package, Gruber then goes to point out that the potential for growth was and is built into the iPhone and that when you look at the device you're looking at a continuum, a la the aliens in Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five… Read More

  • 10 gadgets to help you survive the coming economic apocalypse

    10 gadgets to help you survive the coming economic apocalypse

    With the $700 billion bail out on hold and banks dropping like flies, it seems this economic apocalypse will come in – and out – with a bang and not a depression. To that end we’ve decided to scour our mind-holes for gear that will help you survive the coming economic catastrophe. While we can’t promise that there will be zombies during this international economic… Read More

  • Back to School: MP3 players

    Back to School: MP3 players

    Students! You’re going to be spending a lot of time, on and off the quad, listening to music. I made it through college with an MP3-CD player, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Click through for our list of best MP3 players for a college student. Read More

  • AppleTV missing from WWDC; Are its days numbered, or will there be a glorious future?

    AppleTV missing from WWDC; Are its days numbered, or will there be a glorious future?

    Shortly after the launch of the original iPhone a year ago, Steve Jobs held a private conference in Cupertino for the employees of Apple where they learned that anyone working at Apple for more than a year would get a free iPhone. Good for them. He also outlined the approach Apple was taking towards the future, saying that the iPhone makes the fourth leg of a four-legged stool, the other legs… Read More

  • CrunchGear's Productivity Week starts now!

    CrunchGear's Productivity Week starts now!

    We feel bad that many of you sit at your desks or in your cubicles and read our silly gadget blog instead of getting real work done. Sure, you do enough to get by, but you’re never going to get the raise and then be able to afford the new car or Rock Band accessories, are you? You need to work smarter, not harder. We’re here to help. We’ve taken this week as Productivity Week… Read More

  • Unreasonable Stance: GTA IV isn't violent enough

    Unreasonable Stance: GTA IV isn't violent enough

    Welcome to the Unreasonable Stance, where our own John Biggs takes the minority opinion on a tech matter and defends it with convenient data, spun numbers, fanboyism, and insults until he proves, without a doubt, that those that disagree with him are filthy mouth-breathers. Like all men of a certain age, I love violence, drugs, and fast cars. But I definitely don’t love Grand Theft Auto IV. Read More

  • Going Green: How to get rid of your gadgety crap

    Going Green: How to get rid of your gadgety crap

    I’d be willing to bet that there are very few people out there who don’t have an old Motorola StarTac in a kitchen drawer or a pale, yellowish 14-inch CRT monitor in the basement or a sticky, dusty keyboard under the bed. I’m just like you — probably worse. I have gadgets from the Reagan administration that are serving no good purpose other than to take up space in my… Read More

  • Going Green at CrunchGear

    Going Green at CrunchGear

    Geeks are a selfish lot. Our obsessions are resource intensive and damaging to the environment. Every gadget we buy, ever minute we spend charging our iPhones, every laptop we send into oblivion in the IT shop is a testament to the unbeatable juggernaut of technological advancement and resource use. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can rethink our strategies, be more careful with… Read More

 
  • Help-Key: Use Talisman, Squid, Mogrify and this code to really mess with your Wi-Fi stealing neighbors

    [photopress:eback.jpg,full,center] It’s tempting, isn’t it? You know you just really want to do this. And I can’t think of a reason why not. I’m considering it for my home router, as it and my MacBook Pro haven’t been getting along since the last Leopard update, but the prudent would instead side on the secure side and encrypt their network. But where’s the fun… Read More

  • The Unreasonable Stance: HD DVD will be triumphant

    [photopress:hddvdwins.jpg,full,center] Welcome to the Unreasonable Stance, where our own Devin takes the minority opinion on a tech matter and defends it with convenient data, spun numbers, fanboyism, and insults until he proves, without a doubt, that those that disagree with him are filthy mouth-breathers. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy. Well, maybe I am. But that’s just… Read More

  • An Interview with Neil Strauss of The Game: Foolproof pick-up gadgets

    An Interview with Neil Strauss of The Game: Foolproof pick-up gadgets

    For years, Rolling Stone writer Neil Strauss prowled concert halls, surrounded by women willing to do anything to get backstage, yet the only person who ever kissed him was Tommy Lee. He hung out with Motley Crue, toured with Marilyn Manson, and lived with Dave Navarro. He worked with Jenna Jameson. Hell, he appeared in one of her videos, but still couldn’t get a date. In 2003, he entered… Read More

  • Nostalgic Upgrade: A Look at Phones From My Past

    Nostalgic Upgrade: A Look at Phones From My Past

    So here we are, entering the fall of another year. This is the time, traditionally, when we prepare our brains to be assaulted by hundreds of ads for electronics (as well as less important stuff) that will be available at low, low prices in just a few months, in time for the holiday shopping season. There will be specials on iPhones, Centros, Oceans, and other high-end cellphones that will, with… Read More

  • CrunchRumor: HD DVD version of Transformers will be transformable, whatever that means

    CrunchRumor: HD DVD version of Transformers will be transformable, whatever that means

    I’m not sure where I heard this rumor, but if you’re a Transformers fan and you’re set up for the whole HD DVD experience then take heed for this may pique your interest. So ya know how the menu bar pops up from the bottom or you could throw it up on the side? It’s not as customizable as it should be, right? Well, this random rumor that I seriously don’t know where I… Read More

  • DemystifyingDigital: New & Easy Camcorders

    DemystifyingDigital: New & Easy Camcorders

    DemystifyingDigital is a new feature written by Dan Havlik, editor of DemystifyingDigital.com If you’ve ever seen the return rate on digital camcorders at Best Buy you’d know that they are some of the most frustratingly difficult gadgets to use. That’s all beginning to change though with the growing popularity of new recording formats including DVD-based camcorders and camcorders… Read More

  • Great Outdoors: Geek Grilling Tips

    Great Outdoors: Geek Grilling Tips

    <div class="center"Editor’s Note: Jonny from SteakFeed here is guest writing this piece specifically for CrunchGear. When it comes to the topic, he’s more of an expert than we are. Enjoy. Esteemed CrunchGear gadget guru, Matt “Effing” Hickey asked me to write a summer outdoor gadget roundup for the CrunchGear on account of my experience writing for a more… Read More

  • Ultimate High-Tech Picnic

    Ultimate High-Tech Picnic

    Everyone loves a good picnic in the summertime: Gourmet sandwiches, wine, cheese, and the great outdoors can go a long way toward relieving 9 to 5 office drudgery. But there are a few ways you can take it up a notch with a bit of high-tech help, whether you’re trying to impress your latest squeeze or you’re just goofy for gadgets. Feast your eyes on these ideas for geeking up your next… Read More

  • The Great Outdoors: A Bright, Scary Place

    It’s been three days since iDay and it’s time we all got some sun. Whether you’re ensconced in soggy, hyper-humid climes or settled comfortably in a Global Warming heat wave, we encourage you to slap on some sunscreen, read some of our outdoor gadget features, and then try to enter the great outdoors yourself. This week we’ll talk about watery fun, campingy fun, and bug… Read More

  • Great Outdoors: Grilling for Geeks

    Great Outdoors: Grilling for Geeks

    Technology seems to improve rapidly as time goes by. Think back to fifteen years ago – ah yes, I can still remember my IBM PS/1. I was drawn to it by its sexy Windows 3.1 operating system and of all things, Paintbrush. That computer system is the reason I am writing this article today, because it sparked my love for technology. But that wasn’t my only childhood love. Another was… Read More