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.

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  • Ask and Wii shall receive: Guitar Hero 3 in Stereo

    It’s a good month for customers, at least if you believe what you read. In another triumph of savvy consumers over corporate retardation, Activison (now Activision-Blizzard, of course) will be correcting that minor oversight by which Wii owners only got mono sound in a music-based game. “We recently became aware that some consumers have not been able to enjoy the full audio output… Read More

  • Denon's HDD-based turntable looks impressive, spins

    If you’re the kind of DJ who likes to dual-wield iPods or keep your vinyl on your MacBook, maybe you should take a look at this thing. It’s got a huge amount of features, ports for USB stuff, and space for you to put your own 2.5″ drive in. It has to be PATA, formatted for FAT32, but whatever. Judging from the sheer number of buttons, dials, and toggles on the top of the… Read More

  • Cool, efficient, ultra-thin lights use OLED-like technology

    Pennsylvania startup CeeLite has created some bendable, inch-thin light sources using technology that has, until now, foiled inventors. Making large-scale “Light-Emitting Capacitors” or LECs has been attempted for years but only now have the problems that plagued them been identified and addressed. Now the lights are big, bright, efficient, and if they are anything like their… Read More

  • Microsoft's Santa to get a restraining order for Christmas

    From the “It sounded like a good idea at the time” Dept.
    Microsoft set up a holiday chatbot (northpole@live.com) on MSN Messenger for kiddies to talk to, play games with, and make holiday requests to. Sounds good, right? Except when you tell the bot to “eat it” one too many times, it replies, “It’s fun to talk about oral sex.“ Way to go, Microsoft. And… Read More

  • PS3 to get Blu-Ray update for picture-in-picture

    Sony’s console will be getting its Blu-ray firmware updated to version 1.1 later this month, allowing for picture-in-picture functionality and support for discs which require it. I don’t think anyone was clamoring for this just yet, seeing as there is only one disc, the German Neues vom Wixxer, which takes advantage of the 1.1 features. It’s intended to allow for a video… Read More

  • Rumor: Dreamcast 2? Why, when Dreamcast is still the best?

    Sega filed for some patents back in August that are looking suspicious. Flash memory cards? I don’t remember Dreamcast brand flash cards – though they did have the amazing VMU, the world’s first (and last, probably) combination Game Boy and memory card. To be honest, there really isn’t much of a chance this is happening – it’s down to the big three now, and… Read More

  • Samsung's AMOLED phone has the longest acronym

    Samsung has created another good-looking phone, and this time it even has a few chin-stroke-worthy features. Sure, everyone loves LEDs, and OLEDs I’m told are the future. So what about AMOLEDs? Surely more letters = more quality. The AM stands for Active Matrix, and Samsung and LG have used it in a few very thin TVs. To you, the consumer, this means low power consumption, bright… Read More

  • The Unreasonable Stance: Touchscreens are just a fad


    So you’ve got your iPhone and your iPod Touch and your Microsoft Surface, and maybe you’ve got yourself a little pink DS lite. What do these things have in common? Two things: they all share a trendy interface — the touchscreen — and they all will be forgotten in a few years’ time. The touchscreen is a minor blip on the giant radar of human interface devices, and… Read More

  • Sprint will have the Samsung Ace come Q1 '08

    Now here’s a dapper-looking smartphone. Looks about as thin as a triscuit, and it’s got a full QWERTY keyboard and a whole lot of other buttons as well. It’s not the most advanced of phones – it’s not 3G, it’s got no real browser, and there’s no touchscreen – but it is a sexy little basic smartphone despite running Windows Mobile 6. If you need… Read More

  • Sweet Apple donates Nanos to wildfire-stricken kiddies

    Those poor desert-dwellers in the Golden State could have used the floods we’ve been having recently in Washington. But every choking, black cloud of smoke has a silver lining: 100 youngsters whose homes and belongings were torched by the rampant flames have been given iPod Nanos free of charge by Apple. A local guy e-mailed Steve Jobs and ended up in contact with Foulkes, another… Read More

  • 3G phone for T-mobile! Too bad T-Mobile has no 3G network

    Behold, the Nokia 6263! Not much to look at, but I’m told that deep within its silicon heart lurks the capability to communicate at blinding speeds on a 3rd Generation network that, well, doesn’t exist for it. I feel bad for the poor thing, forced to work at data rates that make it want to flash its own bios. Oh, to join its brethren in two-way video chats and full-featured browsing! Read More

  • How your neglected girlfriend would explain Halo 3 cheat codes

    Unless your girlfriend is Samus Aran, in which case she would simply disintegrate you. Kotaku’s found a pretty funny McSweeney’s piece that describes, in a fairly funny way, how your better, cleaner half might explain those Halo 3 codes you asked her to dictate to you. McSweeney’s is hit-and-miss for me, but this one’s pretty on target. If only your extensive… Read More

  • Unlocked iPhones popular on the other side of the pond

    Euro Telecom Orange is saying that 6,000 of the 30,000 iPhones they sold during the opening five days were bought unlocked. Apparently, people are more than willing to spend the extra 250 euros to skip the hassle of a locked carrier (phones with contracts went for 499 euros, unlocked 750 euros). Hopefully a two-tiered launch will become the standard over here in the states, where we had little… Read More

  • Virtual boarding pass to save time, paper

    It’s about time someone came out with something like this. Oh wait, they already have it in Japan, where your entire life can be manipulated via your Hello Kitty “sumartufonu“. In the gadget world, however, anything that makes us more like Japan is a step forward. In any case, this pilot program allows you to skip the annoying paper ticket phase and go straight to the gate… Read More

  • Crunchdeals: Sanyo Xacti 720p HD Cam, $299 shipped

    Boy, if you’ve been waiting for hi-def camcorders to get affordable, your wait is over. Amazon is offering this cute little number for $299, which is just about half off the list price of $595. Somehow I doubt you’re getting the quality of a RED or HV20 here, but at three bills anything is a steal. It does 720p and 7-megapixel stills, recording to SD cards. It’s got HDMI out… Read More

  • LG's 13in LED-backlit laptop comes with girlies

    Actually, they ran out of girlies during the pre-order period. Sorry. But they still have laptops, and they’re nice little machines. It’s got lots of fixin’s: 2.4GHz Core 2 duo, 2GB of RAM, a 256MB 8600M video card, and built-in camera and HDMI. It’s pretty dang light at 3.5lb(1.6kg), and certainly the screen will be nice, what with the LEDs and all. Two things, though… Read More

  • Verizon loves Google: "Android is an enabler of what we do."

    Verizon appears to be turning over a new leaf. Formerly, the monster mobile company has been criticized for being overly restrictive with its hardware, network, and even pricing. When Google revealed Android, I figured that Verizon would be the last one to want a piece of it – but lo and behold, after Verizon announced their new, open stance last week, they have also shown an interest… Read More

  • Jack Tretton on PS3's first year: "there were missteps"

    So its been a little more than a year since Sony dropped its big mother of a console on the world; what does SCEA’s CEO have to say about it? Well, “the biggest disappointment” was the launch, when Tretton says they were only able to tap about a fifth of the demand at the launch date with their 200,000 consoles. He maintains that they are looking at an extremely long (10… Read More

  • What I want for Christmas is my own private Chuck E Cheese

    Or, at least, an adult approximation. Some of my fondest memories from childhood are from birthday parties at places like this – if not Chuck E Cheese then Funtasia, Funplex, or later Gameworks. Nothing to do but cruise around, waste money on games, drink Dr. Pepper, and listen to terrible music. Of course, in my private Chuck E Cheese, things would be a little different. Read More

  • iPhone browser count rockets past WinMo

    I guess people can’t be having that hard of a time inputting web addresses on that fiddly keyboard, because the total people browsing with an iPhone has passed up the years-old WinMo for an impressive 0.09 percent of the browser market. Just below the iPhone, Windows CE accounts for 0.06 percent, and just above it is Windows ME, amazingly enough, with 0.43 percent. This could change… Read More