writing

  • Tom Hanks’ Typewriter App Shoots To The Top Of The App Store

    Tom Hanks’ Typewriter App Shoots To The Top Of The App Store

    Tom Hanks’ name can do more than sell a movie, it seems. His recently launched, hipster-ish typewriter app for iPad, Hanx Writer, has now shot to the top of the iTunes App Store, ranking No. 1 in both the Productivity section, as well as Overall. Launched last week, Hanx Writer turns your iPad into an old-fashioned typewriter, offering a pseudo-analog typing experience. The bangs of… Read More

  • A Book By Any Other Name

    A Book By Any Other Name

    In the midst of the Hachette-Amazon wars as well as the launch of Kindle Unlimited, there has been much hand-wringing about what it means to be a publisher, a writer, and a reader. One excellent piece by Laura Miller at Salon suggests that the “active readership for self-published books has agreed to go through America’s slush pile.” In other words, Amazon is letting anyone… Read More

  • DailyThem.es Wants To Make English Writing Practice Fun

    DailyThem.es Wants To Make English Writing Practice Fun

    DailyThem.es is a social writing platform that wants to help English learners improve their language skills in an enjoyable and non-intimidating way. The concept behind the site is simple. Each day, users are encouraged to write 100 words about any subject they want, and then exchange feedback with other writers. Users also get access to analytics that tell them what language errors they tend… Read More

  • With $1.5M Under Its Belt, Citelighter Hatches An Ambitious Plan To Help Fix The Writing Problem In American Education

    With $1.5M Under Its Belt, Citelighter Hatches An Ambitious Plan To Help Fix The Writing Problem In American Education

    When Citelighter first emerged in the fall of 2011, the education startup was on an ambitious mission to help students take the pain out of online research. With the enormous amount of content on the Web, students struggle to keep track of and manage bibliographical data and relevant links that are so critical to completing research papers and homework assignments. Building out a giant… Read More

  • Nicholas Sparks On Using Tech To Write Books, Make Movies, And Keep A Creative Edge

    Nicholas Sparks On Using Tech To Write Books, Make Movies, And Keep A Creative Edge

    Nicholas Sparks, the bestselling novelist and screenwriter known for hits such as The Notebook and A Walk To Remember, is currently on a nationwide tour to promote The Lucky One, the latest movie to be adapted from one of his books. Right now he is making the rounds in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and we were really pleased when he agreed to swing by TechCrunch TV for an interview… Read More

  • Gift Guide For Writers And Those Who Support Them

    While I won’t claim that any of us on CrunchGear are writers – “hacks” is the more accurate term – we do know a thing or two about a thing or two. And one of those things is sitting for long hours writing stuff down. While many of us use “computers” and “keyboards,” we also occassionally like to feel like we are producing “art”… Read More

  • Boogie Board writing tablet costs $30, features ‘no power LCD technology’

    Going completely paperless just got a bit easier with an LCD tablet that – wait for it – actually seems to be an affordable and useful way to replace paper pads. The Boogie Board from Improv Electronics features  technology from Ohio’s Kent Displays called “Reflex LCD,” a pressure-sensitive, flexible plastic that requires zero power to retain what’s written… Read More

  • Rite In The Rain Notebooks

    Hey hey hey! Before the computer, people used things called pencils and notebooks. Problem is with notebooks, just like their computer counterparts, when you leave them in the rain, they get soaked and destroyed. Not fun. Lucky for us, we have Rite in the Rain notebooks! They’re inexpensive, costing only $2 to $4 depending on size and are covered in Polydura, a waterproof substance. So… Read More

  • IOGear Digital Scribe Lets You Write With Ease

    IOGear has a pretty rad product for those of you who still think the pen is mightier than the swordlaptop. The device clips onto a notebook and a special pen with a sensor is used to determine when you’re writing. Then whatever you write down appears on screen and can be made into text or an image. You can snag the wired version for $59.99 and the wireless version for a little more in Q1… Read More