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  • For free: Sprint will teach its customers how to use their phones

    Not everyone spends all day in front of gadget blogs and the HowardForums, learning the ins and outs of their cellphone. It’s for these “normal” people that Sprint is launching a renewed effort to teach consumers exactly what it is their cellphones can do. The program is called “Ready Now,” and will officially be announced sometime today, when everyone is… Read More

  • Where are the smartphones for seniors?

    A TC/CG reader Teresa asks we, the gadget-nation, a question: where are the good smartphones for seniors? Sure, they have ClarityLife and the Jitterbug but neither of those work as real smartphones. Teresa wants something with a little power. She writes: I am one of the 22% of seniors (39 million) that have a laptop, cell phone, etc.
    Most seniors are barely online and not often.  They… Read More

  • AT&T [hearts] CrunchGear

    Now this does warm the heart. AT&T employee and CG reader Nathan saw our anguish and reached out to help you, the readers, with your AT&T problems. Don’t spam him, guys. I am an AT&T employee (Network engineering, not Wireless) and like everyone else, I had to wait in line. I was 16 people too late on launch day!! I got my phone through a local AT&T store using direct… Read More

  • Problems with XP SP3 and your AMD-based computer?

    A fellow Minnesotan named Jesper Johansson (I think that name MIGHT by Scandinavian) has a great article about how to fix a problem that seems to be plaguing AMD-based computers after upgrading to Windows XP Service Pack 3. If you find that your computer either doesn’t boot or constantly reboots after you’ve upgraded to SP3, try the following; Read More

  • Solar-powered hearing aids help poor deaf folk

    Did you know that there’s 250 million people around the world who are hearing-impaired? Even worse, two-thirds of them live in the developing world. Odds are, these people don’t have the type of money needed to buy conventional hearing aids, primarily because their expensive batteries last only about a week. What if you could design an affordable hearing aid for the… Read More

  • More senior PCs coming from Microsoft

    Microsoft already makes so-called senior PCs here in the U.S., computers that are aimed at older folk, but it announced in London at some conference that it plans to bring senior PCs over to the UK as well. Whether or not these UK senior PC are the same as the ones we have here is unclear, but Redmond says the PCs will help bring seniors into the digital world. A simple interface allows users… Read More

  • Computer not turning on? Here's an exhaustive list of possible problems and solutions

    I had this problem a few months ago when I was putting together my current PC. First I got a loud system beep and the CMOS display would stop somewhere in the 20s. That turned out to be my video card being improperly powered. Then it would boot and crash hard before getting to the OS. Turned out to be a bad stick of RAM. I’m glad I had my laptop around to look up CMOS codes and stuff, but… Read More

  • Some steps to successfully run a BitTorrent tracker without getting caught

    [photopress:bttracker.jpg,full,right] Despite my affinity for getting music and movies for free, I never once entertained the idea of setting up my own BitTorrent tracker. Too much risk for my liking. But there are ways to minimize that risk, both on a technical and common sense level. One BT tracker admin gave a list of do’s and don’ts (anyone know the correct punctuation for… Read More

  • SPOT outdoors GPS device sends txt messages of your location to friends, family

    [photopress:spotspotspot.jpg,full,center] My idea of camping includes walking through Union Square to get to the subway, but I know plenty of y’all enjoy roughing it. While sleeping under the stars, though, it’s best to put safety first by letting your friends and well-wishers know exactly where you are. That idea—keeping your friends and family abreast of your current… Read More

  • This Christmas, don't forget the writers who brought you your favorite shows: stay away from Hulu

    Let’s say Santa tomorrow brings you Lost on Blu-ray or maybe a Simpsons or Seinfeld boxset or two. By all means, enjoy your new gifts, but don’t forget that the men and women who wrote the stories for those shows—”writers”—are royally screwed over and see very little money as a result of their sale. Yes, the writers strike is still unresolved and even… Read More

  • College Kids Needed, Apply Within

    Hey, college kids. What it be down with the jizzy? We here at CrunchGear aren’t as cool as you so we want you to get all up in our grill with your mad ideas for what’s great for college-age students to buy. Drop us a line at tips@crunchgear.com and we’ll give you some mad bling if you help us out. Peace. Word of your mother. Read More

  • One Laptop Per Child Laptop to Cost Only $50 in Less Than Two Years

    You know those $100 laptops part of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program? You know, the ones that are supposed to generate clean water and optimal living conditions with the turn of a crank? In less that two years they’ll only cost $50, according to the initiative’s CTO. Good news, everyone. I’m not even going to pretend to know anything about non-profits. So I will sit… Read More

  • The iPhone Tour: I Give Up

    Please don’t hate us, Mike. See, reader Mike emailed me asking us to stop talking about the iPhone. But we can’t. We really can’t. It’s taken over the entire news cycle. Everyone is afraid of the iPhone and they won’t launch anything to compete for it. Imagine releasing, I don’t know, a fairly cool sci-fi movie the same week Star Wars 7: Attack of George… Read More

  • Pegasus Concept Wheelchair Adds Vertical Movement

    By now you should know I’m a whiny brat like that kid on the “The Sopranos,” and that I always look favorably upon gadgets that try to help the needy. Hence, Pegasus, yet another design concept that tries to improve the lives of the wheelchair-bound. In addition to functioning as an everyday wheelchair, the Pegasus allows for some degree of vertical movement, giving the… Read More

  • Helping Hand: Support The Family of James Kim, Indie Artists

    has been touching to anybody with a pulse, that much is certain. If you’re one of the many people wanting to help the family, but don’t know quite how, we have an answer for you: buy art. A collection of indie arts-and-crafts stars have banded together to donate many, many, many wonderful pieces to a series of auctions that starts today. The entire proceeds of the eBay auctions go… Read More