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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  • Super Mario Galaxy for the DS totally awesome, totally fake

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?umid=143887 As much as I’d like it to be true (I’ve been playing a lot of SMG lately), the professional buzzkills at Joystiq have investigated and thoroughly debunked the widely-viewed video purporting to show a DS version of Super Mario Galaxy. You can read the whole article if you like but the gist is that the original video (which… Read More

  • Samsung drops a 17-inch lappy for under $1,200


    Looks nice. And it’s a pretty good deal – the screen is 1440×900 and an actual GeForce 8600GT is an option – no onboard graphics for this thing. It has a dual-layer capable burner, HDMI out, and a built in webcam. RAM’s not mentioned so I’m guessing a gig, and the hard drive isn’t either — I’d guess 160GB or so. But maybe you can upgrade… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Linux Phones


    The average cell phone user probably can’t name the OS running on their phone. Millions of consumers couldn’t tell you what Symbian is, whether Windows Mobile is troubled by bloat, or even whether they’re excited about the possibilities of Android. However, the capabilities of regular mobiles are limited and the stresses put on them by their users even more so. When you… Read More

  • iPod Touch sports under-the-hood improvements over the iPhone


    The gadget-smashers at iSuppli have cracked open and indexed the iPod Touch’s parts, and found that it’s more than a crippled iPhone (some would say the iPhone was crippled already, but that’s another story.) The parts used are 90 percent the same, they say, but the iPod Touch has a more unified design. It uses a single PCB for one thing, and the touchscreen and a different… Read More

  • Polarity hilarity: nerdy makeshift Christmas lights using an old CD-ROM drive

    <div class="center" Dear Santa, this year I would like:
    -A bunch of miscellaneous electrical junk
    -Nerdy friends who will not make fun of me for doing DIY electronics in a bar
    -No shame
    -Robotic dinosaur
    P.S. I have been a good boy. -Devin Boys, beers, and ‘boards at the Bohemian [Sethop’s Interesting Times] Read More

  • Bruckheimer and MTV to collaborate on games, slow-mo explosions


    It’s a match made in Hollywood. I’m not sure why, but with the money and level of quality these players bring to their respective fields, I get the feeling that we’re going to be getting a lot of games in the “Kane & Lynch” genre, with a lot of push behind them but not too much under the hood. Except now they’re aiming for the 12-24 demographic, and… Read More

  • Duke Nukem Forever, releasing whenever, trailer now however

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=DNF.flv What can I say that hasn’t been already said every year since 1997? How about that Duke Nukem should probably be investigated for steroid use? In any case, the teaser trailer for the long-awaited game is live at Shack News. I’m not sure if they’re taking a tip from San Andreas and including pumping iron in the game… Read More

  • The Unreasonable Stance: Only Luddites Don't Have Smartphones


    It’s Smartphones Now week here at CrunchGear, and as you can tell there’s a lot to know and a lot to gain from them. In fact, you could say with some conviction that anyone who is not using a smartphone at this point is either cheap, foolish, or a completely technophobic luddite. I kind of admire the stand you’re taking, guys, but it’s time to acknowledge that… Read More

  • 5-megapixel cameras with optical zoom on every mobile?


    A couple years ago I would have refused to buy a phone with a camera – useless, I’d say. But since then, the cameras on phones have become far better than the old Powershot I was using at the time, and my last three phones have had functional cameras that I’ve actually used. So when a leading manufacturer like Sony Ericsson drops a phone with 5-megapixels and a 3x optical… Read More

  • Dell's Latitude XT tablet-hybrid PC now buyable, with free shipping


    Touchers unite! Dell’s much-anticipated but rather expensive touchscreen laptop/tablet PC is now available for purchase on their website. The hard drive is a little skimpy, so upgrade that, and you can get a Core2 Duo for like $70 more so I’d hook that up too. Customization is your friend. The XT and the other Latitudes are also shipping free for a limited time, so put on your… Read More

  • Wii reservation details revealed at GameStop


    If you’re dying for a Wii, you may have already heard about the reservation system that the famously pre-order-happy retailer GameStop is running. Well, there’s a little more info out there now – stop by your local GameStop, ask for a reservation, and they’ll give you a special case with a “guarantee slip” inside, pictured above. You’ll then have to… Read More

  • Review: Logitech G9 Laser Mouse


    So, of Logitech’s Big Three mice, I don’t know which is the sexiest. The MX Revolution is certainly a looker, but this G9’s understated profile and swappable shell is also pretty nice. The MX Air is like a critter out of Halo, but since I’ve never touched one we’ll leave it out of the rest of this review. In any case, it’s safe to say that Logitech has… Read More

  • Somebody somewhere is touching Android

    And he took a picture and sent it to Gizmodo. It looks pretty sharp, and the hardware seems rugged as well. The hot tipper for the Giz mentioned it was fast, and apparently a little more well-put-together than WinMo. Can’t wait to get my hands on one – this is only a prototype, but it can’t be that far off. It seems like it was only yesterday it was running on raw PCB with… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Carriers Roundup

    Smartphones and not-so-smartphones are gaining popularity and the necessity of finding a decent plan is becoming more and more important. Not every carrier is really providing a good price point for first adopters or really, even slightly economically-minded smartphone users. What we’re looking at today is what the Big Four carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) have on offer. Read More

  • The Phantom is actually shipping – the Phantom Lapboard that is

    The Phantom console has been a sort of running vaporware joke for years now, as many of you must know. So how weird is it that they’re actually putting out a product that looks kind of cool? Actually, to be honest, I’m not sure how it’s supposed to work – I can’t see myself typing with the keys at a 22-degree angle, but the device itself looks pretty solid, and… Read More

  • RotateMe, a free Symbian app to automatically rotate your mobile's screen

    One of the handy things about phones like the iPhone and Ocean is the ability to switch between landscape and portrait depending on what app, game, or media you’re using. Well, a nice guy named Samir has written up a little Symbian app that lets you rotate your screen using a hotkey or, if you have an N95, by turning the screen. Handy, that. And it doesn’t appear to break… Read More

  • Hong Kong man leaves his kid on the sidewalk during marathon gaming session

    Those Hong Kongians must live in a crazy future world, because now even their vices are next-generation. Some truly serious gamer dad over there, upon learning that he couldn’t bring his 7-year-old daughter into an arcade, left her on the sidewalk for an hour while he played. He then came out and relocated her to an adjacent restaurant, bought her a drink, and went back inside for three… Read More

  • PS3 update to support DivX too

    The PS3 update we talked about a couple weeks ago is on its way and should be arriving in your big black box as soon as tomorrow. The readme describes the update as being released December 18th, and not only will it update the Blu-Ray firmware to v1.1, but it will add DivX and WMV support. I don’t think that means support for the cooler XviD and H.264 codecs/containers is forthcoming… Read More

  • Nyko upgrades its handy PS3 controller charger

    One of the problems I’ve had with the PS3 is the sort of last-generation feel of the controller connection when you have to charge it up. A USB mini port? That’s so old-school! It works all right, I guess, but it’s ugly and the wires stick out of the ports all the time – what you want is something as advanced as the console it’s for. Nyko has you covered; their… Read More

  • Xbox 360 wireless radiations jam your Bluetooth

    This is interesting. It’s almost like an old-fashioned whodunit – but this time it’s the console doing the killing. Some staff at Morrisville State College were noticing a lot of interference in certain places resulting in trouble syncing their Bluetooth headsets. A little investigation that they were being jammed by a mysterious signal covering whole areas of the frequency band. Read More