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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  • NSF-Funded Project Aims To Enable Print-On-Demand, Customizable Robots

    NSF-Funded Project Aims To Enable Print-On-Demand, Customizable Robots

    In some of the old science fiction stories I remember from Weird Tales and Ray Bradbury and the like, robots always figured. But they always came the way you might expect a new dryer or hot water heater to arrive. In a big box, packed in straw or foam, heavy and metal of course as they always were back in the day. But the world of robots is different from the way they imagined it then: the… Read More

  • Arizona Law Amendment Would Criminalize “Lewd Or Profane” Language On The Internet

    Arizona Law Amendment Would Criminalize “Lewd Or Profane” Language On The Internet

    Arizona’s legislature has passed some proposed amendments on Section 13-3916 of the State Statutes. The law has to do with stalking and harassment, and originally defined telephone harassment — generally a one-to-one communication that was deemed threatening or obscene. The law has been revised with, essentially, a find-and-replace of “telephone” with “electronic… Read More

  • “Girls Around Me” Creeper App Just Might Get People To Pay Attention To Privacy Settings

    “Girls Around Me” Creeper App Just Might Get People To Pay Attention To Privacy Settings

    Cult of Mac has a great write-up of an app for iOS called Girls Around Me, which essentially displays check-ins and public profiles of girls around you. With a little shift in context it could easily be confused for a hot new startup (discoverability meets speed dating!), but no, it really is just a way for guys to creep on nearby girls who have failed to lock down their info. It’s sad… Read More

  • Best Buy To Shut 50 Stores In Streamlining Effort

    Best Buy To Shut 50 Stores In Streamlining Effort

    TechCrunch’s Best Buy tag isn’t exactly a heartening place to visit. In the last few months, it “stole Christmas,” been “finished,” and is now “going out of business.” Dire straits indeed for a company that has defied the odds not only against big retail competition but against deadlier online opponents as well for nearly 50 years. But an… Read More

  • Kickstarter Shares The Effects Of Its Blockbuster Season

    Kickstarter Shares The Effects Of Its Blockbuster Season

    February was a big month for Kickstarter. Not only did they have a number of record-breaking projects, but they were shoved into the mainstream consciousness with a flood of traditional news coverage. But there was always the question of whether these thousands of pledges would have any lasting effect on the site. Could such a rush of attention actually have negative effects, increasing… Read More

  • Algorithmic Essay-Grading: Teacher’s Savior Or Bane Of Learning?

    Algorithmic Essay-Grading: Teacher’s Savior Or Bane Of Learning?

    A contest is underway at data-crunching competition site Kaggle that challenges people to create “an automated scoring algorithm for student-written essays.” This is just the latest chapter in a generations-long conflict over the nature of teaching, and to that end it’s also just one of many inevitable steps along the line. Automated grading is already prevalent in simpler… Read More

  • FLA Report Reveals Issues At Foxconn Plants, Details Solutions

    FLA Report Reveals Issues At Foxconn Plants, Details Solutions

    The Fair Labor Association has concluded its month-long investigation of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn’s factory conditions, and as they indicated early on, they have encountered “significant issues,” though it’s far from the sub-Dickensian hellhole many perhaps expected. They have focused on a few of the most significant problems and made some suggestions as to how… Read More

  • A Chicken In Every Pot And An Open-Source Tricorder In Every Home

    A Chicken In Every Pot And An Open-Source Tricorder In Every Home

    The world of portable, general-purpose computing is moving along two parallel paths. First, and most popularly, you have devices like smartphones, which are focused on user interaction and connectivity, but are smart enough to be the “brain” for any number of more capable devices. Then there are purpose-built devices with one or a few specific functions: a high-precision range… Read More

  • Supplier Chatter Suggests New HD Models Of Kindle Fire Forthcoming

    Supplier Chatter Suggests New HD Models Of Kindle Fire Forthcoming

    Early in 2011, upstream suppliers of displays and components let a few of Amazon’s secrets into the open, and these early, incomplete indications were actually on whole quite correct. Now we’re seeing more of the same kind of thing predicting the coming year’s announcements from Amazon, and the predictions seem just as reasonable. The news is what you might expect: a… Read More

  • Judge: Asus Transformer Isn’t Infringing On Hasbro’s Trademark – And Asus Reveals Embarrassing Sales Stats

    Judge: Asus Transformer Isn’t Infringing On Hasbro’s Trademark – And Asus Reveals Embarrassing Sales Stats

    A federal judge has ruled that Asus’ Transformer Prime tablet does not infringe on Hasbro’s Transformers trademark, in spite of the suit actually making sense. Just “Transformer”, or just “Prime”, might have flown right by Hasbro’s lawyers without a second look — those are words, after all — but putting the two together seemed like… Read More

  • Google+: The Charge Of The Like Brigade

    Google+: The Charge Of The Like Brigade

    A recent post by a defecting Googler (at his new and previous home, Microsoft) suggests that a fundamental reordering of Google’s priorities has made it far less than the company it once was. A sudden comprehension of the danger posed by Facebook’s ever-expanding platform caused the company to enter a sort of berserker state, focusing solely on reinventing social while neglecting… Read More

  • 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

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