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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  • The Japanese have Android working already

    Japanese telecom WILLCO has demonstrated a simple call with Google’s handset OS Android on one of their PHS reference boards. The article’s translation is dubious, to say the least, but it seems they have things running as they’d like, and they showed the phone running Google Maps and receiving a call at the same time. Not exactly worth writing home about but at least… Read More

  • NVIDIA upgrades the budget-pro 8800GTS right after I buy one. Thanks!

    Good timing, guys. The graphics giant has changed up the architecture on its popular, high-performing, mid-range 8800GTS line. I have one and I can tell you it’s a great card (it actually does run Crysis) but I’m mad that they’ve tweaked it so soon after I laid down the cash. This is probably in response to a poor reception to its 640MB 8800GTS, which had very little… Read More

  • The Unreasonable Stance: New Laptops Are Exclusively For Suckers

    Enjoying that Macbook Pro? Having a good time with that sweet Vaio? Too bad you got screwed over – because new laptops are for suckers. I’m rocking a G3 Powerbook right now, and I probably get more done than you do. Because in the end, it’s all about the guts, and laptops have been slow since day one. Can you think of anything your laptop does right now that a laptop from… Read More

  • Asus wants you to break the seal

    It’s good to hear good sense coming from a good company like Asus. Sure, one can argue back and forth whether their motherboards are better or worse than Abit’s, or Gigabyte’s, but here they’ve revealed a position every hardware manufacturer should emulate: ASUS Computer International (“ASUS”) recently received feedback from one of its valued customers… Read More

  • New Garmin GPS unit to support topo, aerial photo data

    It won’t be the first to the party, or even the second or third, but the trusted Garmin brand will soon have a unit that support that will include aerial maps and topographic data pre-loaded. You can also enhance its built-in stuff with SD cards with sweet cartographic centers. It’s waterproof, it’s got temp and altitude monitors, and it’s navigated by what they call… Read More

  • Your favorite Halo rumors gently crushed in Bungie chat

    The forums have been, as ever, abuzz with the most ridiculous of Halo rumors. In a recent chat-style interview, some of these speculations were brought under the scrutiny of two Bungie guys. Among the highlights:
    -The Halo Movie is on “pause,” which is probably a nice way of saying “stalled.”
    -Nothing Marathon-related in the works. What, Halo isn’t Marathon related? Read More

  • Another step towards the Babel Fish; gadget scans, understands, and speaks any text

    Looks like HP is getting together with South Korean company Mouscan (Mouscan?) to move us one step closer to that universal translator that’s in every sci-fi story since that sci-fi part of the bible. They call it the Voiscan. HP is contributing the ability to put together a single document by waving a camera over it, and Mouscan is bringing its optical character recognition skillz to… Read More

  • CompUSA's liquidation schedule leaked

    Looks like someone spilled the beans. As we reported over the weekend, CompUSA has been bought and will almost certainly be closed down. Now we’re definitely sure because the schedule for dealing with closing up shops has been released. Basically, everyone gets informed Monday, Tuesday is the last day for returns and repairs, and Wednesday is the interesting part, as that’s when the… Read More

  • Wild Zune spotted in remote Canadian province

    Some “wannabe Zune owner” has stumbled upon a treasure trove of 30GB Zunes (original flavor) on sale at XSCargo, a discount retailer north of the border. Of course, they’re refurbished, and there’s no brown one available, but from the frenzied replies of the Zune-seeking Canucks in this forum post, even a refurbished, white Zune 1 will get a buyer up there. More power… Read More

  • Major League Gaming's A40 Headphones make me all wobbly inside

    Are these not some sexy-looking headphones? I have just recently been looking for a decent pair of wireless wired headphones with decent battery life, good sound, and a reasonable price tag. Guess I’ll have to settle for two out of three, because these things cost $250. But look at them. They look like they could play games themselves, they’re so professional. They come with an… Read More

  • 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

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    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