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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  • FCC Documents Show Sony Chromebook, Potentially Running On ARM

    FCC Documents Show Sony Chromebook, Potentially Running On ARM

    Google’s Chromebooks haven’t exactly made a splash, but apparently not everyone has been scared off. Sony seems to think there’s gold in them thar laptops, and they’re making their own. For now it’s known as the VCC111 (probably shorthand for “Vaio Chromebook Computer, series one, 11-inch display”), according to documents and pictures from FCC… Read More

  • Windows 8 Is Retina-Ready

    Windows 8 Is Retina-Ready

    All the talk these days is of the new iPad and its magical screen. Apple isn’t the only one who can do that, you know. In fact, most display makers are looking forward to post-HD resolutions as one of the big selling points of the next generation of displays. Other tablets are already approaching iPad levels of pixel density and it would be foolish of the likes of Google and Microsoft not… Read More

  • Google’s Amazon Rainforest Street View Is Ready For You To Explore

    Google’s Amazon Rainforest Street View Is Ready For You To Explore

    Back in August, Google announced that it was teaming up with nonprofit Foundation for a Sustainable Amazon to map a small section of the massive Rio Negro river (tributary of the Amazon) near Manaus. As expected, it took quite a while, but the results are now available for you to play with. The area they covered is a sort of inlet west of Manaus and the coastline northwards from there. The idea… Read More

  • RIM Officializes Stance Against Jailbreaking

    RIM Officializes Stance Against Jailbreaking

    Jailbreaking, a term that has come to encompass several practices but generally refers to a user obtaining root access on their device, is controversial in a strange way. Companies like Apple and Nintendo hate it, and most users don’t care about it. Yet it’s constantly in the news because it is, in fact, a philosophical conflict. RIM has posted an official response to the habit… Read More

  • New iPad’s A5X Processor Holds Few Surprises Despite Enormous Size

    New iPad’s A5X Processor Holds Few Surprises Despite Enormous Size

    Initial teardowns of the new iPad whetted many a chip nerd’s appetite when they revealed that the A5X chip inside was truly gigantic. At nearly 13x13mm, it is significantly larger than the A5, which was itself already kind of a hefty bugger. Now some clear images (from Chipworks) have been taken of the die itself (some rather rough ones with initial “floorplans” showed up… Read More

  • Google Steps In To Defend Hotfile From “Overbroad And Ill-Conceived” MPAA Lawsuit

    Google Steps In To Defend Hotfile From “Overbroad And Ill-Conceived” MPAA Lawsuit

    Cyberlocker services are under attack from every direction: not only are their services looking less and less necessary as more personal file-sharing services (like Dropbox) become popular, but the services they do offer are viewed by the media industry as solely used for evil. In the wake of the Megaupload takedown, many cyberlocker sites are voluntarily shutting down, for fear of being sued… Read More

  • A Fleet Of Pirate Bay Aerial Server Drones? Why Not?

    A Fleet Of Pirate Bay Aerial Server Drones? Why Not?

    A slightly cryptic announcement by the Pirate Bay yesterday has the Internet speculating whether the site might have accidentally posted their April Fools joke early. “We’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air.” You can be skeptical, it’s all right. One does not simply launch a fleet of autonomous… Read More

  • Analysis Confirms iPad Display Really Is One Of The Best Ever Made

    Analysis Confirms iPad Display Really Is One Of The Best Ever Made

    It shouldn’t come as any surprise when someone says that this year’s display, or phone, or what have you, is the best ever. After all, improving the category is what companies strive to do, right? So Apple’s claim (on Samsung’s behalf, really) that the new iPad’s display is the “best display ever on a mobile device” isn’t hyperbolic, just confident. Read More

  • Developers: Quick! Get “Retina-Ready” Or Risk Abandonment

    Developers: Quick! Get “Retina-Ready” Or Risk Abandonment

    I just got the new iPad in the mail, and naturally the first thing I did was load up a few of my old apps and throw some content on there. Oh god! Oh no! One of my favorite apps, GoodReader, which opens a great variety of files and which I use to consume the enormous PDFs from Google Books, is a patchwork of pixels. My go-to Mahjong game, aliased to hell! Muji notebook – my pencil leaves… Read More

  • <em>This American Life</em> Retracts Mike Daisey’s Piece On Foxconn For “Significant Fabrications”

    This American Life Retracts Mike Daisey’s Piece On Foxconn For “Significant Fabrications”

    At over a million digital listens, “Mr. Daisey Goes To The Apple Factory” is This American Life’s most popular episode. That’s no small feat for one of the world’s most well-known radio shows. When it aired, it set off yet another firestorm of controversy regarding the ethics of Apple (and other large tech companies) using cheap Chinese labor through major… Read More

  • Apptio Raises Another $50 Million In Series D Round

    Apptio Raises Another $50 Million In Series D Round

    Apptio, which offers enterprise SaaS for managing IT and operations to large companies looking to stay abreast of the latest advances, has raised yet more money from a familiar roster of investors. This $50 million round, their fourth, was led by “certain investment strategies” at T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., augmented by continuing investment from Andreessen Horowitz… Read More

  • Intel Capital Invests $21 Million In Swedish Eye-Tracking Tech Company Tobii

    Intel Capital Invests $21 Million In Swedish Eye-Tracking Tech Company Tobii

    Intel is betting big on the future of human interfaces with a $21 million (143 million kronor) investment in Tobii, a Swedish company that has been working for years on eye-tracking laptops and other devices. A 10% stake, it implies a valuation of around $200 million for the 12-year-old company. In 2007 Tobii raised $14M, then in 2009 another $26.8M, and the $21M from Intel Capital continues… Read More

  • At Last, Kinect Can Size You Up For Jeans

    At Last, Kinect Can Size You Up For Jeans

    The Kinect’s powerful depth- and position-sensing sensors have been put to many a noble purpose: basic artificial vision, translating sign language, controlling humanoid robots, and real-time 3D mapping of the real world. But at last it can help you pick out a pair of jeans. You may not be aware of the alarming fact that up to 40% of clothing purchased is returned because of poor fit. Read More

  • The Console That Wouldn’t Die: Neo Geo Gets New Handheld And Fan-Made Cartridge

    The Console That Wouldn’t Die: Neo Geo Gets New Handheld And Fan-Made Cartridge

    Children of the 80s will fondly remember the Neo Geo, probably as the unattainable, super-expensive console that existed only in arcades and wishful dreams. For more than two decades it has remained so, and in addition to the arcade machines littering the world still, the console has engendered a fervent fanbase of sprite-loving nostalgia hounds. SNK discontinued the hardware years ago, but… Read More

  • Archos Teases G10 XS Tablet With Ultra-Thin Steel Chassis

    Archos Teases G10 XS Tablet With Ultra-Thin Steel Chassis

    Veteran tablet maker Archos has released a teaser video of a new tablet they’re going to be releasing (we presume) later this year. It’s called the G10 XS (the latest in a series of G tablets) and it has a few differentiating features that may call your name. As others have noted, the only way for Android tablets to set themselves apart from one another is in design and specs. Read More

  • Metro Internet Explorer 10’s Share Charm Could Be A Critical Feature

    Metro Internet Explorer 10’s Share Charm Could Be A Critical Feature

    Microsoft has just posted an overview of the Windows 8 version of Internet Explorer 10, which shows off the features you’d expect from a modern touch-based browser: navigation gestures, full-screen content, and the expected Metro-style multitasking. The one feature that caught my eye, however, was the “share charm.” Charms are, as you must surely know, the little contextual… Read More

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Consigns Print Edition To History

    Encyclopedia Britannica Consigns Print Edition To History

    In 1768, the Enlightenment was in full swing, and the printing press was being employed liberally as a method of disseminating knowledge among the (then still relatively few) literate and learned. Few general-purpose reference works existed (the earliest came only a few years before), however, with much essential knowledge split between many smaller, more specific volumes. On Optics, or On the… Read More

  • UK Researchers Plan Mobile Real-Time Sign Language Translation App

    UK Researchers Plan Mobile Real-Time Sign Language Translation App

    With real-time translation of text common on the web and instantaneous speech-to-text gaining popularity, it seems that transliteration is cool again. But less obvious, and more difficult, methods of input are yet to be implemented. Case in point: sign language. The complicated and often contextual gestures form a vast visual vocabulary that isn’t easily captured or interpreted. A team… Read More

  • DARPA Director Regina Dugan Leaves Defense Department For Google

    DARPA Director Regina Dugan Leaves Defense Department For Google

    Today brings some rather high-profile recruiting from Google: the director of DARPA, the Department of Defense’s research arm, is leaving after three years of heading the agency to join Google at a “senior executive position.” The news comes from a DARPA spokesman, who reports that Dugan felt she couldn’t refuse an offer from such an “innovative company.”… Read More

  • Review: Lytro Light Field Camera

    Review: Lytro Light Field Camera

    To publish a “review” of the Lytro as it is today is, in a way, very premature. But it’s also only fair. The product is shipping and, to an extent, complete. But given the number of features and planned improvements in the pipes, a review today will be obsolete in a few months. Nevertheless, an initial judgment on the device must be made. So here is what can be said of the… Read More

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