Devin Coldewey

Devin Coldewey is a Seattle-based writer and photographer. He first wrote for TechCrunch in 2007. He has also written for MSNBC.com, NBC News, DPReview, The Economist/GE’s Look Ahead, and others.

His personal website is coldewey.cc.

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  • iTunes movie rentals and Netflix Online can live together in harmony


    I’m sure that when Apple announced their long-rumored movie rental service, the collars in the Netflix boardroom got a little wet and salty. After all, Apple and iTunes are a force to be reckoned with in the on-demand media world. But the NY Times makes a good point when it suggests that the two services can coexist due to their different aims. Netflix offers low-cost access to a… Read More

  • Google throws millions at the problems of the world


    It’s almost as if they just typed “problems+the+world+is+currently+facing” into their own search engine, and gave a million dollars to everyone on the first page. They’ve got money going to renewable energy, Tanzanian entrepreneurs, $8m to various health initiatives, and a bunch more. They’re setting up an entire institute in India to do a national assessment of… Read More

  • The Reg takes on the OLPC XO


    Ever a trustable resource, The Register has completed its full review of the OLPC XO laptop. The verdict? I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Actually, I do: they are pleased, but cautious and critical of several bits. The browser is lacking somewhat (though Opera has an XO port), the flat file browsing scheme (no folders or containers) is unintuitive for most people who have grown up… Read More

  • Nokia's 3310 Evolution hugs trees, does drum circles

    I wanted to write up this phone while at CES because it was simply the most practical-looking phone there, felt good in the hand, and looked sweet. It wasn’t sensational enough at the time, but now we know that Nokia is doing it green-style. They claim to be using “innovative bio-materials,” which sounds a little shady, but their charger is super-efficient and… Read More

  • Crunchdeals: Half off a bunch of HD DVDs and Blu-Ray discs at Amazon


    Waterworld in high definition, what else is there to say? Head over to the HD DVD or Blu-Ray specials sections and start buyin’ – unless of course you’re planning on hooking yourself up with the new Apple TV service, which actually looks pretty nice. Incidentally, it seems Blu-Ray got the better overseas distributors; they’ve got The Host, Kung Fu Hustle, and… Read More

  • Step right up, get your Mysto


    Starting tomorrow – Wednesday the 16th of January for those of you not in the know – you will be able to pick up a Mysto anywhere they sell Helio gear. Yes, our little Mysto that we’ve followedfrom babyhood, and nurtured lovingly, is officially being released into the wild. It’s a great little phone that packs a lot into a small package (it’s heavy!) and… Read More

  • MacBook AirHead: why Apple's new laptop is basically useless


    First, let me just say that the Air is an extremely impressive piece of technology. The miniaturization, the optimization of space, the blatant disregard for current standards — it’s everything a revolutionary machine should be. Except it isn’t one. It’s a flight of Apple vanity that is completely impractical for anyone who needs to do more than the most basic… Read More

  • Will the new Apple TV win the HD set-top war?


    I always thought the Apple TV was lacking before, although as Matt showed me the hacking possibilities are substantial. But with this relaunched service and all these major partners, it’s poised to take on the big boys in the on-demand movie and show sector. Blu-Ray will rule the physical media roost, but how long before that roost is lonely and abandoned? On-demand is certainly the… Read More

  • MacBook Air Gallery


    For your viewing pleasure, live from MacWorld 2008 (more on the way): [photopress:imgp4640.JPG,thumb,pp_image] [photopress:imgp4644.JPG,thumb,pp_image] [photopress:imgp4643.JPG,thumb,pp_image] [photopress:imgp4645.JPG,thumb,pp_image] [photopress:imgp4648.JPG,thumb,pp_image] [photopress:imgp4653.JPG,thumb,pp_image] Read More

  • Why Apple's Time Capsule is good but Time Machine is still weak


    I’ve never liked the idea of Time Machine – I back up the things that are important to me on my own schedule, and I know where it all is and how it works. Time Machine strikes me as a black box that utilizes my CPU and hard drive in a mysterious and inefficient way. Furthermore, laptops are basically left out of the party. Time Capsule is a great solution and while I still… Read More

  • Sony's 1080p camcorder HDR-UX20 looks chubby but awesome


    So it records 1080p video and 5.1 Dolby Digital to 8GB of internal memory, a media card of your choosing, or a DVD-R. It has a good Zeiss lens with optical image stabilization. It records to MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with a variable bitrate and apparently assigns more data to faces by detecting them and altering the regional encoding for that area. So what’s the catch? Not really the price; $1000… Read More

  • Google reports holiday iPhone traffic-splosion


    ‘Twas the season for giving iPhones, apparently. Around Christmas, there was a surge in iPhone Google traffic that briefly put the device above all others, despite only having a 2% market share. Whether this was due to sons and daughters flexing their new Safari muscles, or to bored father-in-laws everywhere surreptitiously googling at the dinner table, I think we’ll never know. Read More

  • Apple's '08 Keynote leaked? Highly doubtful but check it out


    Looks like someone has gone to a lot of trouble to create a keynote outline and pass it off as real. Our take? Fakity Fake. There’s no mention of the MacBook “Air” and I feel like some of the features and hardware upgrades don’t jive, but what do I know? Click below or view the rest of this post to get the raw data and decide for yourself.

    Steve Jobs’ Macworld… Read More

  • iPhoneCam – use your iPhone as a Wi-Fi webcam

    I can’t decide whether this is useful or not. First, it must be said, it’s cool. Everyone wanted video chat with the iPhone despite the orientation of its camera, and some mirror-based products have addressed that problem. They’ve made this app so that there’s no configuration necessary, it’ll show right up in iChat or Skype. The question is whether iPhone owners… Read More

  • Rumor: Canon 5D Mark II at PMA?


    Some slightly shady sources have suggested that Canon will be rolling out the 5D Mark II soon, possibly at the PMA convention in a couple weeks. If only I could have stayed in Vegas! AVN then PMA! There’s nothing solid, but some unnamed Canon reps seem to think we’ll be getting a couple surprises at the show, which hopefully will include the long-awaited update to their… Read More

  • AMD delays the Phenom 9900 and 9700, Intel looks on approvingly


    The last year has been hard for AMD: Intel’s Core2Duo and Quad-Core processors have been beating the pants off of AMD’s most advanced offerings, and while the Phenoms are a nice step up from the Athlon cores, they haven’t been able to bring it to Intel just yet, especially with the latter moving to a 45nm process with the Penryns. I myself switched to Intel several months… Read More

  • Booth Beauties of CES


    Sorry, but we had to do it. These were the classiest ladies at the show.
    Hit the link for our little gallery. Read More

  • Sony's medium-sized OLED TV is gorgeous


    Not a lot of info on this one, but you have to see it to believe it. The thing is about as thick as a laptop screen, and the picture is stunning. It’s sharp as hell and the contrast was excellent. Considering the little ones (as opposed to this ~24-in. guy) are going to cost $2,500, though, I don’t even want to think about the dent this one is going to make in your bank account. Read More

  • Penn Jillette teaming up with Crackle.com to vlog himself


    After being treated to an interminable 10-minute Sony ad, some guys from the original video site Crackle announced some new shows they were picking up, and then handed it over to Penn of Penn & Teller to explain his bit. It seems they’ve outfitted Penn with a bunch of HD camcorders which he’ll keep around his house and work, and pick one up basically whenever he feels the urge… Read More

  • Hands on with the Printstik, the printer that fits in your pocket


    If you have big, long pockets that is. This tiny thing is really quite small and light, and it prints onto super-thin thermal paper. It pairs with a phone or anything Bluetooth-capable, or you can use USB if you’re weak. It’s certainly not the fastest printer in the world; in fact, I’d say that its speed of 3 pages per minute puts it among the slowest. You’re also… Read More