Devin Coldewey

Devin Coldewey
Devin Coldewey is a Seattle-based writer and photographer. He has written for TechCrunch since 2007 and is currently a contributor at NBC News. His personal website is coldewey.cc. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Jack Tramiel, Founder Of Commodore International, Dies At 83

    Jack Tramiel, Founder Of Commodore International, Dies At 83

    Jack Tramiel, one of the PC industry’s major pioneers, has died. He was born in 1928 and, after surviving imprisonment in Auschwitz and another concentration camp during World War II, first established the Commodore name in business in 1953. His most successful endeavor, and one of the most successful in the history of computing, was the legendary Commodore 64, one of the very first… Read More

  • NYC Considering Installing Enormous Touchscreens Instead Of Pay Phones

    NYC Considering Installing Enormous Touchscreens Instead Of Pay Phones

    The Big Apple is looking into upgrading its existing pay phones, and a pilot study is underway that replaces everyone’s favorite anachronism with something a little more 21st-century: giant touchscreens. According the NY Post, the city will unveil 250 revamped phone booths next month that have been revamped with 32-inch touchable displays. These access points would be set up for Skype… Read More

  • Next Generation Of E-Ink Kindle To Sport New Front-Lit Screen

    Next Generation Of E-Ink Kindle To Sport New Front-Lit Screen

    Living in Seattle, you tend to find yourself in the company of tech people all the time. With Microsoft, Amazon, Adobe, Google, and a dozen other major companies established in the area, it’s never a surprise when you find out the guy next to you at the bar is working on Windows Phone 8 or Half-Life 3. This week, I was lucky enough to get a chance to see what Amazon has cooking for its… Read More

  • Nonprofit “Digital Public Library Of America” To Launch In April 2013

    Nonprofit “Digital Public Library Of America” To Launch In April 2013

    The Google Books project (just today pared down a bit) always impressed me with its sheer scope. Offering modern e-books is all well and good, but that’s more of a business problem. It’s the scanning and free availability of thousands upon thousands of old books that struck me as a worthwhile endeavor. But publishers and booksellers have been wary of the service, knowing that Google… Read More

  • Google Winding Down E-Book Reselling Program To Focus On Play

    Google Winding Down E-Book Reselling Program To Focus On Play

    The American Booksellers Association sent a letter to its members today announcing that Google was putting an end to its reseller program, which allowed independent bookstores to operate an e-book storefront using Google as the wholesaler. The news was confirmed shortly afterwards by a post on the Inside Google Books blog, saying “it’s clear that the reseller program has not met… Read More

  • Richard Clarke, US Security Wonk, Suggests Customs Should Check All International Net Traffic

    Richard Clarke, US Security Wonk, Suggests Customs Should Check All International Net Traffic

    Richard Clarke was a major feature in US security for a decade, serving as a member of the National Security Council and special adviser for cybersecurity to President George W. Bush. He has written a column for the New York Times that details just how serious the threat of cyber attacks is for this country, something increasingly evident in light of things like the creaking infrastructure… Read More

  • Royal Canadian Mint’s “MintChip” Looks To Officially Digitize Cash

    Royal Canadian Mint’s “MintChip” Looks To Officially Digitize Cash

    Moving everyday transactions into the digital realm seems an inevitability, but as yet there have been no breakout successes. Sure, there are fringe efforts like Square (which relies on existing card and bank infrastructure) and Google Wallet (which is a bit early to the NFC party), but there’s nothing that the average consumer would see and think “yes, that is as simple as handing… Read More

  • India’s Low-Cost Tablet To Get Test Market In Philadelphia Schools?

    India’s Low-Cost Tablet To Get Test Market In Philadelphia Schools?

    The saga of India’s “$35 tablet” is long and slightly disappointing. While the idea of low-cost, standard hardware to be distributed in needful communities is a great one, the fact is that the device itself is more or less junk. Poorly built, with a small battery, outdated OS, and low-quality touchscreen, the Aakash has not had a good reception among people who care about… Read More

  • Google Highlights Search Changes From March

    Google Highlights Search Changes From March

    Google has rolled out a great number of small changes to the search engine and UI over the last month, and now they have rolled them all into a big blog post for your consecutive enjoyment. We’ve highlighted a few that seemed more relevant, but there isn’t much here that’s life-changing. All the same, it’s good to stay up on changes like this, just in case you happen to… Read More

  • NSF-Funded Project Aims To Enable Print-On-Demand, Customizable Robots

    NSF-Funded Project Aims To Enable Print-On-Demand, Customizable Robots

    In some of the old science fiction stories I remember from Weird Tales and Ray Bradbury and the like, robots always figured. But they always came the way you might expect a new dryer or hot water heater to arrive. In a big box, packed in straw or foam, heavy and metal of course as they always were back in the day. But the world of robots is different from the way they imagined it then: the… Read More

  • Arizona Law Amendment Would Criminalize “Lewd Or Profane” Language On The Internet

    Arizona Law Amendment Would Criminalize “Lewd Or Profane” Language On The Internet

    Arizona’s legislature has passed some proposed amendments on Section 13-3916 of the State Statutes. The law has to do with stalking and harassment, and originally defined telephone harassment — generally a one-to-one communication that was deemed threatening or obscene. The law has been revised with, essentially, a find-and-replace of “telephone” with “electronic… Read More

  • “Girls Around Me” Creeper App Just Might Get People To Pay Attention To Privacy Settings

    “Girls Around Me” Creeper App Just Might Get People To Pay Attention To Privacy Settings

    Cult of Mac has a great write-up of an app for iOS called Girls Around Me, which essentially displays check-ins and public profiles of girls around you. With a little shift in context it could easily be confused for a hot new startup (discoverability meets speed dating!), but no, it really is just a way for guys to creep on nearby girls who have failed to lock down their info. It’s sad… Read More

  • Best Buy To Shut 50 Stores In Streamlining Effort

    Best Buy To Shut 50 Stores In Streamlining Effort

    TechCrunch’s Best Buy tag isn’t exactly a heartening place to visit. In the last few months, it “stole Christmas,” been “finished,” and is now “going out of business.” Dire straits indeed for a company that has defied the odds not only against big retail competition but against deadlier online opponents as well for nearly 50 years. But an… Read More

  • Kickstarter Shares The Effects Of Its Blockbuster Season

    Kickstarter Shares The Effects Of Its Blockbuster Season

    February was a big month for Kickstarter. Not only did they have a number of record-breaking projects, but they were shoved into the mainstream consciousness with a flood of traditional news coverage. But there was always the question of whether these thousands of pledges would have any lasting effect on the site. Could such a rush of attention actually have negative effects, increasing… Read More

  • Algorithmic Essay-Grading: Teacher’s Savior Or Bane Of Learning?

    Algorithmic Essay-Grading: Teacher’s Savior Or Bane Of Learning?

    A contest is underway at data-crunching competition site Kaggle that challenges people to create “an automated scoring algorithm for student-written essays.” This is just the latest chapter in a generations-long conflict over the nature of teaching, and to that end it’s also just one of many inevitable steps along the line. Automated grading is already prevalent in simpler… Read More

  • FLA Report Reveals Issues At Foxconn Plants, Details Solutions

    FLA Report Reveals Issues At Foxconn Plants, Details Solutions

    The Fair Labor Association has concluded its month-long investigation of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn’s factory conditions, and as they indicated early on, they have encountered “significant issues,” though it’s far from the sub-Dickensian hellhole many perhaps expected. They have focused on a few of the most significant problems and made some suggestions as to how… Read More

  • A Chicken In Every Pot And An Open-Source Tricorder In Every Home

    A Chicken In Every Pot And An Open-Source Tricorder In Every Home

    The world of portable, general-purpose computing is moving along two parallel paths. First, and most popularly, you have devices like smartphones, which are focused on user interaction and connectivity, but are smart enough to be the “brain” for any number of more capable devices. Then there are purpose-built devices with one or a few specific functions: a high-precision range… Read More

  • Supplier Chatter Suggests New HD Models Of Kindle Fire Forthcoming

    Supplier Chatter Suggests New HD Models Of Kindle Fire Forthcoming

    Early in 2011, upstream suppliers of displays and components let a few of Amazon’s secrets into the open, and these early, incomplete indications were actually on whole quite correct. Now we’re seeing more of the same kind of thing predicting the coming year’s announcements from Amazon, and the predictions seem just as reasonable. The news is what you might expect: a… Read More

  • Judge: Asus Transformer Isn’t Infringing On Hasbro’s Trademark – And Asus Reveals Embarrassing Sales Stats

    Judge: Asus Transformer Isn’t Infringing On Hasbro’s Trademark – And Asus Reveals Embarrassing Sales Stats

    A federal judge has ruled that Asus’ Transformer Prime tablet does not infringe on Hasbro’s Transformers trademark, in spite of the suit actually making sense. Just “Transformer”, or just “Prime”, might have flown right by Hasbro’s lawyers without a second look — those are words, after all — but putting the two together seemed like… Read More

  • Google+: The Charge Of The Like Brigade

    Google+: The Charge Of The Like Brigade

    A recent post by a defecting Googler (at his new and previous home, Microsoft) suggests that a fundamental reordering of Google’s priorities has made it far less than the company it once was. A sudden comprehension of the danger posed by Facebook’s ever-expanding platform caused the company to enter a sort of berserker state, focusing solely on reinventing social while neglecting… Read More

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