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Video: When do robots cross the ‘realistic or creepy’ line?

Oh, robots. I think people liked you more when you looked like Rosie than your current “human-light” appearances. Take this one, named Jules by scientists at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the

Scary looking, sure, but this robot girl will help people

While this little robot girl looks quite creepy—quite creepy—she actual has a noble purpose. She’s the handiwork of a group of Japanese engineers, and the big “wow” factor here i

Google Earth shows us just how bad polar ice melt really is

The National Snow and Ice Center, a division of Proctor & Gamble, has uploaded Google Earth-compatible KML files that make it plain as day to see polar ice cap melting over the past several years.

To appeal to hard-of-hearing, Ubisoft will add subtitles to its games

Well then, kudos to Ubisoft . The French publisher will now add subtitles to all of its internally developed in order to make them more accessible to the hearing impaired. Games like Far Cry 2 and Pri

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 eff

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. T

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

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 Win

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 t

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

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

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.

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 st

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

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-ag

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 les

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. Everyo

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 des

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.