Devin Coldewey

Devin Coldewey is a Seattle-based writer and photographer. He first wrote for TechCrunch in 2007. He has also written for, NBC News, DPReview, The Economist/GE’s Look Ahead, and others.

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  • God Damn It, Google Crunch Network

    God Damn It, Google

    Once, I envisioned Google’s destiny as a rich tapestry, obscure services hooking in through engines and tools to a vastness of data, and, at the other end of the telescope, a single point of entry through which one would have instant access to everything from maps to obscure scientific results. This incredible web of empowerment, resources, and variety. This bright future. I’m… Read More

  • Counterfeit Is The New Real Crunch Network

    Counterfeit Is The New Real

    Here’s a rather unfortunate development: The proliferation of recording devices and instant distribution is matched by our ability to falsify the information they produce. While they don’t exactly cancel each other out, they do have the awkward effect of turning an age of the most rigorous documentation into an age of jaded (and justified) suspicion. Read More

  • There’s Already An Apple In The Games Industry: The Games Industry Crunch Network

    There’s Already An Apple In The Games Industry: The Games Industry

    There’s a funny thing about the way proponents of Apple (I say this without denigration) cheerlead their champion as it enters (supposedly) the gaming world. In a lot of ways, there’s already an Apple in the games industry: it’s the games industry. Apple is filling the position in the games industry that Android fills in the mobile world. Read More

  • Careless Whisper Crunch Network

    Careless Whisper

    It’s funny to me when I see people my age and thereabouts clucking with disapproval at people who are somehow managing to, in their eyes (and my own, occasionally, I’ll admit), misuse or abuse the tools of social media. It reminds me of my mother telling me how Nintendo is going to rot my brain. Is it possible we’re becoming our parents in this as well as everything else? Read More

  • Facebook’s Categorial Imperative Crunch Network

    Facebook’s Categorial Imperative

    Facebook’s newest feature adds some much-needed relevance to the huge proportion of its data hoard that no user has seen or, if we’re honest, thought about, in days, weeks, or years. But Graph Search is ultimately nothing more than a handy sorting algorithm, and it’s indicative of the fact that really, Facebook doesn’t understand the first thing about us. Read More

  • Circuit Breaker

    Circuit Breaker

    There’s something I’ve always hoped for but never seems to appear: A hardware switch to disconnect my device from all outside communication. Call me paranoid, but airplane mode just isn’t good enough for me. Such a switch for wireless (or for the camera, or the microphone) seems to me an elementary protection against a number of potential dangers, and I doubt I’m the… Read More

  • “Gun” “Control”

    “Gun” “Control”

    If we as a country, and indeed we as a global community, are going to seriously address the question of gun control, we need to address the issue of fabricated weapons and weapon plans, or else the discussion will be moot. This is because the proliferation of 3D printed weaponry changes both the definition of “gun” and of what it means to “control” it. Read More

  • Shots In The Dark

    Shots In The Dark

    When our media is filtered and refiltered, bleached by content guidelines and automatic takedown algorithms, we run the risk of living a life with the objectionable and graphic and terrifying, in other words the real, strained out. The pervasion of cameras means the documentation of everything, and this is at odds with the prim, “curated” platforms on which that documentation is… Read More

  • Reach Out And Touch No One

    Reach Out And Touch No One

    If the Internet, at its most basic level, was built around the idea of one human connecting with another human, is it really changing how this is done? To make it easier and better is no insignificant accomplishment, but are actually changing the way people communicate with one another? It seems to me that we’re not fashioning a thunderbolt, but greasing the lightning that’s… Read More

  • Sandbenders


    It’s a curious thing that the most popular devices in the world right now are also, arguably, the best designed. Apple essentially made the Lamborghini of phones ubiquitous, but its lustre is diminishing for several reasons. Among them is the vastly improved ability of small teams to insert themselves into the product creation process. The long tail (and haute couture) is coming to… Read More

  • Flashbulb Memery

    Flashbulb Memery

    There is a kind of memory called a “flashbulb memory,” which is particularly vivid, and forms when something surprising or particularly affecting occurs: JFK, a car accident, or 9/11. What we call memes are the flashbulb memories of the Internet, and they have emerged because there is a missing piece in the way we share and experience the Internet-based phenomena that are so… Read More

  • Quick, Tie The Rafts Together

    Quick, Tie The Rafts Together

    To operate in the 21st century as if it is still the 20th is certain death for most businesses. Not instant, but certain. And it was certainly this practice that led two of the largest publishers to combine their lot. The resulting business will have to change all the same, but it’s easier to navigate these waters as a single raft (of the Medusa variety, but a raft nonetheless) than as… Read More

  • Buyer Beware

    Buyer Beware

    I’ve greatly enjoyed watching the petty controversies that erupted this week, controversies having to do with what can only loosely be described as buyer’s remorse: indignant iPad owners, a mysteriously banished Amazon customer, and a host of people calling foul on Facebook’s promoted posts. One of these is a legitimate and productive complaint, the others are nothing but a… Read More

  • Where My Rights End And Yours Begin

    Where My Rights End And Yours Begin

    The boundaries of our personal rights have been summed up concisely in the observation that they end where those of others begin. And this is a perfectly good lamp by which to guide our actions in many cases. But the Internet has led to the destruction of location and identity as necessary considerations when calculating our rights and privileges. This week furnishes some examples –… Read More

  • Flawless


    It strikes me as wrong that our most powerful and expensive and familiar objects should be the ones we love the least. We hold them and touch them every day, look at them for hours on end, sleep next to them. But how little we care for them! Here is the problem: we cannot love an object which knows nothing, which learns nothing, and which says nothing. Read More

  • Hate


    It’s a powerful thing, this Internet of ours. The greatest tool for the distribution of knowledge, the administration of compassion, and development of conversation ever created. And the events of this week have shown how it can be a platform for tolerance and understanding, for love and peace. Particularly touching was the story of a man who, with the assistance of friends and the… Read More

  • Ground Truth

    Ground Truth

    I was always a smart kid. Did very well on tests all through grade school, didn’t have to do much work because the work I did do suggested to my teachers that there wasn’t an issue. Just a couple missing worksheets, he’ll do fine. When I got to middle school, I took the usual approach to things, which, for me, was always to just do them. That had worked brilliantly before, so… Read More

  • How To Disrupt Petty Inconveniences

    How To Disrupt Petty Inconveniences

    Depending on who you ask, Jack Dorsey started off the latest Disrupt on either a very controversial or a very non-controversial note. “We need revolution, not disruption,” he said, words that would be easy to characterize as platitudes if he were not working hard at uprooting a few global institutions. Even so, the sentiment did not entirely match the tone of the conference that was… Read More

  • All Your Metadata Shall Be In Water Writ

    All Your Metadata Shall Be In Water Writ

    The power of the internet lies in its near-infinite mutability. It’s an edifice of information being added to and sculpted by as many hands as there are eyes viewing it. Truly democratic and increasingly accessible, it will soon be the vector for most communication that takes place on our world. But its mutability is also a weakness, as so many great strengths are. The weakness arises from… Read More

  • Stranded Vessels

    Stranded Vessels

    The 20th century was owned and operated by middle men. Industry began as the creation of something for which would be traded other goods, services, or cash. As production centralized, distribution (as always) rose to close the distance between the product and the consumer. Facilitating consumption became a business unto itself: printing, shipping, packaging, and all the rest. A respectable… Read More

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