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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  • Wikipedia Completes Transfer Of Sites Away From GoDaddy DNS

    Wikipedia Completes Transfer Of Sites Away From GoDaddy DNS

    Part of the long-running (and far from over) SOPA/PIPA battle was the drawing of lines in the sand by Internet companies. While most recognized the danger of that irresponsible and short-sighted bill and took action against it, some companies supported it strongly and even testified to that effect in Congress. GoDaddy was one of those companies, and while it later tried to undo the damage… Read More

  • Paper Or Plastic?

    Paper Or Plastic?

    I have a confession to make: despite having reviewed a few e-readers, and having written dozens of articles about them, I’ve never really used one. I mean, I’ve used them enough to know a good one from a bad one, to understand the features, and to do a proper evaluation — but I’ve never made one part of my life, the way one makes a mobile phone or laptop part of… Read More

  • Army Warns Of Danger Of Geotagging

    Army Warns Of Danger Of Geotagging

    While for an ordinary civilian the automatic geotagging of your photos or check-ins might be convenient, in the military it can be a lethal mistake. In 2007, geotagged photos of a new fleet of helicopters allowed enemy forces to mortar the base and destroy several of them; it could just as easily have been a field hospital or barracks. The Army has therefore published an article calling… Read More

  • Apple Goes Big In Texas With $304 Million Austin Campus

    Apple Goes Big In Texas With $304 Million Austin Campus

    Most of the news around Austin this week is centered around SXSW, naturally, but Texas Governor (and erstwhile presidential candidate) Rick Perry broke some news today that’s unrelated, but still Austin-relevant. Apple, it seems, which has been slowly growing its presence in the state’s tech oasis, chose SXSW weekend as an auspicious time to announce a major new campus in Austin. Read More

  • Hands On With The New iPad

    Hands On With The New iPad

    I’ve just gotten out of a quick hands-on session with the new iPad (and yes, it’s just called the iPad), and have come away with exactly the feeling I expected to have: that I need to buy one. The first thing you should know, and also the reason there aren’t many pictures, is that as far as weight and shape, it’s almost exactly the same as the iPad 2. They… Read More

  • Tune In Tomorrow Morning For Our iPad Event Liveblog

    Tune In Tomorrow Morning For Our iPad Event Liveblog

    As 100% of our readers know, there is a major Apple event tomorrow morning here in San Francisco. We presume it will be the debut of a brand new high-res iPad (3, HD, 2X, or other), but signs have pointed to some secondary announcements as well. Apple TV (not the Apple TV) is tipped to be getting a refresh, and chances are that iOS 5.1 will be shown off in detail, if not its… Read More

  • Roccat Connects Your PC To Your Smartphone For Power-Gaming

    Roccat Connects Your PC To Your Smartphone For Power-Gaming

    One of the more interesting PC accessories of the last few years was the now-infamous Optimus keyboard, which replaced every key with a tiny display that could be customized for games and software. At $1500, it was kind of a stretch. More recently, Razer’s Blade laptop and an unreleased keyboard have integrated a touchscreen and LCD keys, though also at a premium. But why haven’t… Read More

  • Valve Rumored To Be Working On Steam-Based Console

    Valve Rumored To Be Working On Steam-Based Console

    Valve, creators of (among other things) the Half-Life franchise and Steam, the gold standard for digital game distribution, are said to be getting into the hardware game. If The Verge’s tip is to be believed, the company is working with partners to establish a base PC gaming standard to sell as a packaged deal, a sort of set-top box PC that would run Steam or other download services and… Read More

  • Necessary Evil? Random House Triples Prices Of Library E-Books

    Necessary Evil? Random House Triples Prices Of Library E-Books

    Random House, the world’s largest publisher of the kinds of books you and I read, has made some adjustments to the way it sells e-books to libraries. Notably, they have tripled the price of many titles. Librarians across the country are expressing their discontent. The changes were telegraphed by an announcement a month ago that suggested prices would be going up soon, and most… Read More

  • NASA: We’ve Been Hacked Thousands Of Times Because Of Inadequate IT Infrastructure

    NASA: We’ve Been Hacked Thousands Of Times Because Of Inadequate IT Infrastructure

    Paul Martin, NASA’s Inspector General, gave written testimony in a House committee earlier this week detailing the security threats faced by their IT infrastructure. The thrust of the document is that NASA needs to double down on cybersecurity but, naturally, needs more money to do so. Their IT budget is $1.5 billion, but of that only $58 million was spent on security. Considering… Read More

  • DARPA Launches QR-Locating Game As Test Of Distributed Resource Gathering

    DARPA Launches QR-Locating Game As Test Of Distributed Resource Gathering

    Say the Mayans are right, and a meteor or some other catastrophe strikes the Earth sometime later this year. Assuming we’re not all wiped out by the impact, emergency services worldwide are going to need to do some serious canvassing to assess damage, resources, and form a picture of the disaster. DARPA is running a little game, called CLIQRQuest, to look into how such a network of… Read More

  • Disrupt Alum Vocre Makes Its Voice-Translation App Free

    Disrupt Alum Vocre Makes Its Voice-Translation App Free

    Vocre was one of the more popular battlefield companies at Disrupt SF 2011; the automagical quality of the app and their excellent on-stage presentation made them one of the frontrunners. They haven’t been idle since then, though, and they’ve taken the advice of some critics who suggested their pay-per-use model was going to turn off users. They’re releasing a new version of… Read More

  • Wonder What Games Might Look Like On The New iPad? Check This Out

    Wonder What Games Might Look Like On The New iPad? Check This Out

    The new iPad, if rumors are to be believed, has an extremely high-resolution screen — better than most monitors and packed into a quarter of the display space. The result? iPhone 4-like Retina goodness. But it’s actually kind of hard to visualize this, since most pixel-dense displays are small, and we’re used to a certain level of aliasing on our bigger displays. Game… Read More

  • Researchers Propose “Computational Sprinting” To Speed Up Chips By 1000% – But Only For A Second

    Researchers Propose “Computational Sprinting” To Speed Up Chips By 1000% – But Only For A Second

    A research team with members from University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania has been investigating the feasibility of what they call “computational sprinting,” a technique by which existing chips could be made to operate at hugely increased speeds for short periods of time. They have concluded that “it is indeed possible to engineer such a system.” Not the… Read More

  • New Samsung Sensor Captures Both Light And Depth Data

    New Samsung Sensor Captures Both Light And Depth Data

    Samsung, or rather Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology, has created what they claim is the first CMOS sensor that can collect both visible light data (which you’d use for a normal digital image) and depth data (like a Kinect). It’s accomplished by mixing in depth-sensing pixels with the RGB photosites normally found on such sensors. It was presented at ISSCC 2012… Read More

  • iPad 3 Rumor Roundup

    iPad 3 Rumor Roundup

    Unless Apple is conning the world, the iPad 3 should be announced next week. It, like its forbears, is the subject of many a rumor, some more likely than others. We’ve collected most of them here in this post with arguments for and against, for your convenience and flaming pleasure. Of course, we’ll be there to cover the event live, and will (if past events are any indication) get… Read More

  • Why You Can’t Dismiss Nokia’s 41-Megapixel Phone

    Why You Can’t Dismiss Nokia’s 41-Megapixel Phone

    My first reaction upon hearing about Nokia’s 41-megapixel 808 Pureview was that it was an absurdity, a perfect example of the very worst of consumer electronics, and a total miss. But the more I read, the better I understood that this phone isn’t just some freak of nature with a ridiculously high number attached to it. It’s just the slightly awkward first steps of a serious… Read More

  • Microsoft To Replace “Live” Branding With “Microsoft Account” In Windows 8

    Microsoft To Replace “Live” Branding With “Microsoft Account” In Windows 8

    The long-running “Live” name Microsoft has placed on its many connected services (Mail, messenger, photos, etc) is coming to an end in Windows 8, as part of their ongoing, major brand rehaul. Zune, of course, has been on its way out for some time, but will receive the coup de grace in Windows 8. Their main services are being rolled into bundled applications with a native Metro look… Read More

  • Looking For A Classy Or Offbeat iPad Case? Here Are 16

    Looking For A Classy Or Offbeat iPad Case? Here Are 16

    Look, sometimes you just have to take a break and skim Etsy for cool iPad stuff. Are you thinking of picking up a new iPad 3 when they come out, or maybe just celebrating the release with a cool new case for your existing tablet? Check out this little round-up of cases collected by a felt-loving blogger on a Friday afternoon. Do you like felt, and leather, and buckles, and supporting the… Read More

  • LA Times Jumps On The Paywall Bandwagon

    LA Times Jumps On The Paywall Bandwagon

    The Los Angeles Times reports that The Los Angeles Times will be adopting a paywall (they prefer the term “membership program”) starting March 5th, joining the ranks of other large newspapers hoping to replace plummeting subscription revenues. Readers, naturally, are incensed, though the change was inevitable for such a large newspaper. Although the move to a paid or at least… Read More

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