• Comcast Makes It More And More Difficult To Opt-Out Of Internet Sharing

    Comcast Makes It More And More Difficult To Opt-Out Of Internet Sharing

    As we learned back in June, Comcast has decided to turn every cable router on its network into a public wi-fi access point. While this may sound like a good idea – free Internet for all Comcast subscribers everywhere is the goal – the reality clashes with the Internet user’s sense of freedom and control. And, unfortunately, Comcast is making it harder and harder to opt out… Read More

  • A German Company Is Printing Food For The Elderly

    A German Company Is Printing Food For The Elderly

    A German company, Biozoon, is working on a 3D-printed food extruder that creates food that literally melts in your mouth, allowing elderly patients with dysphagia – the inability to swallow – to eat without choking. Read More

  • Running On Empty: WakeMate Finds Out What Happens When Partners Break Up

    Running On Empty: WakeMate Finds Out What Happens When Partners Break Up

    Something strange happened this week with Wakemate, a Y-Combinator-funded project that was a tech world high flyer for a while. The product, a wrist strap that sensed your movement during sleep and ostensibly woke you at exactly the right time, was on hold. In 2010 the product apparently burst into flames (literally) and little was heard from the company at all. Suddenly, however, co-founder… Read More

  • Kickstarter Exposes 70,000 Unlaunched Projects

    Kickstarter Exposes 70,000 Unlaunched Projects

    According to the Kickstarter API blog, a bug caused 70,000 unlaunched projects to be publicly visible over the weekend, allowing folks to see goals, funding plans, and descriptions on projects that haven’t yet appeared on the site. Of the 70,000, visitors only viewed 48. The bug exposed no financial information. Read More

  • Comments Are A Little Borked Today

    It seems comments are a little borked today as the Disqus plug-in failed during our last update and problems just started showing up today. I’ve reimported all of the comments for the past few days so here’s hoping it fixes itself. Read More

  • RIM To Playbook Doubters: L8R H8R, Battery Life Is Just Fine

    Remember when some dude said that the Playbook got 2 hours of battery life on a good day? Wrong, says RIM. They released an official message to all the haters. Read More

  • Ivyskin SmartCases Now Shipping… Without Batteries

    Way back in 2008 we started paying attention to a company called Ivyskin. They first offered a solar iPhone case, which was just ugly, and they they offered something called the SmartCase, an iPad case with a battery in it. It’s basically a more angular Mophie Juicepackfor the iPad. Sadly, there have been numerous complaints about Ivyskin and one reader sent in a recent exchange he had… Read More

  • Sigh. We're Still Having Malware Issues – UPDATE: All Clear

    Many browsers are throwing up some warnings due to potential malware being served up. We are not currently serving up junk and our tech man is working on it. UPDATE – All is well. Our ninja Andy has fixed it. Read More

  • No, We're Not Serving Up Malware

    While I would love to share with you guys the logic bomb I wrote in high school that moved my floppy drive read head into a corner of the drive that caused massive damage to the disk inside (it never worked) or the “virus” I wrote that randomly erased blocks of my hard drive when I ran it on my Packard Bell 386 back in the ’90s, rest assured that CrunchGear does not serve… Read More

  • You May Have Noticed Comments Are Broken

    We’d ask you to comment below about the problem of broken comments, but you can’t. We’re trying to figure out what’s going on as we speak. Until then, please feel free to leave a comment on in a text editor and then paste it here when things are working again. Thank you for your patience. Update: They seem to be back. Flame on! Read More

  • Technical difficulties abound this week

    For some odd reason we’re having lots of problems updating the site this week. We’re going to be moving off or Rackspace soon – we’ll be hosted by WordPress just like Big Daddy, TechCrunch, so hopefully things will work better. Until then, please bear with us. Read More

  • Update: Pushfix for Jailbroken iPhones caused Push broadcast problems

    We have an update on the AIM push problem we wrote about this morning. The problem only affects jailbroken iPhones 2 and 3G running the homebrew app Pushfix. If you are in this sad number please restore to the original firmware or risk seeing your IMs spread far and wide. Pushfix is a homebrew app that “repairs” push functionality on Jailbroken apps. The iPhone Dev Team, the same… Read More

  • iPhone Push problem broadcasts your AIMs to random recipients, could affect jailbroken/unlocked phones

    Till Schadde, founder of development house Equinux has discovered an exploit – a broadcast error, really – that sends your AIM messages to random recipients without your knowledge or consent. The problem seems to happen in unlocked/jailbroken iPhones and results in a alert appearing on a recipients home screen bearing your message. Till tested the service by sending an AIM from the… Read More

  • The great iPhone 3.0 problem of aught-nine: Sporadic Wi-Fi

    There’s a long thread at Apple’s discussion board about sporadic Wi-Fi failures under iPhone 3.0. It seems that the Wi-Fi eventually poops out, resulting in no Wi-Fi connectivity even inches from the router. The only fix seems to be turning off push email. Essentially, WiFi works fine after the phone has been freshly booted (i.e. right after a restart) – however, once it has… Read More

  • Bloops: AT&T outage coincides with Wal-Mart 3G sales

    BGR is reporting that some parts of AT&T’s network were failing just as the phones bought at Wal-Mart stores this weekend were getting online. Read More

  • MacBook "no button" trackpads not registering clicks

    digg_url = ‘’; A tip came in this weekend from someone with a fleet of new MacBooks. His complaint? Every 50 or so clicks and the trackpad freezes for 5 to 10 clicks and then wakes back up. The tipster writes: So we’ve bought about 10 of them, all of them have awful problems recognizing clicks. Read More

  • Is the site hosed in IE7 under Windows?

    We’re getting reports that our CSS is borked. Anyone else seeing it? Read More

  • Rumor broken? Don't bother Sprint about it

    Reader Mark sent us this chat he had with Sprint’s customer relations bot informing him that his broken Rumor was his problem and none of their own. The phone has been regularly borking for people for the past eight months and it seems people are trying – and failing – to get help from Sprint. 1:55:38 PM System Connected to Sprint Web Chat Server 1:55:38 PM System Session… Read More

  • Privacy Issue haver, please email John

    Dear Person With Privacy Issues, Please email me a screenshot of your experience so I can recreate it on our servers and throw out some of the junk that higher powers have accreted onto CG over the past year. Just to remind you, you’re the guy who called us a bunch of “assh*les.” My email is Read More

  • Our feed, she is sick

    We’re trying to fix the RSS feed problem. It seems our installation isn’t sending files through to Feedburner and, as a result, we are all crying. This feed seems to work if you must get your fix but things should be working later today. Read More

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