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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Mountain Lion: Most Skippable OS X Upgrade Ever?

    Mountain Lion: Most Skippable OS X Upgrade Ever?

    There’s a good reason Apple let Mountain Lion out of its cage this morning with no fanfare or event. Like Lion, the improvements are minor at best and some less than useless. Lion hasn’t sold particularly well, and few of its “improvements” have caught the attention of the public, except when they try to scroll down and it goes up. Personally, I thought being able to… Read More

  • Talking Points From Tesla’s Fourth-Quarter Earnings Statement

    Talking Points From Tesla’s Fourth-Quarter Earnings Statement

    Things are going smoothly for Tesla. Their big Model X debut was a success, their cars are pre-ordered to capacity, and new business opportunities are presenting themselves. They’re still posting a net loss, of course, but that was expected and will continue for another year or so. Here are the most salient points from their latest earnings statement, released today. Read More

  • Kickstarter: A Bike Headlight To End All Bike Headlights

    Kickstarter: A Bike Headlight To End All Bike Headlights

    Last year I locked up my bike over on Pike street for an evening out with my friends. When I came back a few hours later, both my headlight and taillight had been stolen. What a crackhead was going to do with my budget headlight I don’t know, but the real problem was that I had to ride home in the middle of the night with no lights. Brad Geswein and Slava Menn had a friend in a… Read More

  • Utter Robustifies Voice Control In Android, Adds App Support

    Utter Robustifies Voice Control In Android, Adds App Support

    Android was doing voice recognition for a long time before Siri came around, but the truth is Apple’s implementation of voice commands made Google’s look limited and out of date. And that hasn’t changed in the last few months, despite a few Siri-like apps that have attempted to cash in on the “talking at your phone” craze. This app, called Utter!, is the first… Read More

  • Survey: A Quarter Of All Doctors In Europe Use iPads Professionally

    Survey: A Quarter Of All Doctors In Europe Use iPads Professionally

    First, a word of caution: the Manhattan Research survey that yielded this data was performed online, so that’s going to skew the results straight away. But even taking that into account, it’s powerful data. According to the survey, just over a quarter of all doctors in the EU — primary care and specialist — use an iPad for professional purposes. That’s a big… Read More

  • Puzzazz Brings Simple Handwriting Recognition To Kindle Touch

    Puzzazz Brings Simple Handwriting Recognition To Kindle Touch

    Seattle-area startup Puzzazz began as a creator of online, mobile, and e-book puzzles. But they’ve established a new core technology that might end up being a bigger draw than their Sudoku apps. They call it TouchWrite, and it lets you draw letters and numbers directly on the screen instead of tapping them on the on-screen keyboard. A modest achievement in some ways — basic… Read More

  • Apple Strikes Back In Jailbreak-Siri Arms Race

    Apple Strikes Back In Jailbreak-Siri Arms Race

    When Siri was announced strictly for the iPhone 4S, the mod community likely took that as a challenge. Before long, the service had been hacked and shortly thereafter ported to a number of potentially compatible devices. The problem, of course, is that Apple gets to decide what devices are compatible, not the users. So they’ve taken steps to undo the work that hackers and jailbreakers… Read More

  • India’s IT Minister Prevaricates On Social Censorship Policy

    India’s IT Minister Prevaricates On Social Censorship Policy

    India’s Information Technology Minister, Kapil Sibal, has gone on the record to say that “once and for all, without any obfuscation, no government in India will ever censor social media.” This must come as a surprise to the companies and individuals that have been blocked, sued, or antagonized by the government in months past. Many social media websites, as well as larger… Read More

  • Samsung Not Worried About Apple’s TV: “TVs are ultimately about picture quality”

    Samsung Not Worried About Apple’s TV: “TVs are ultimately about picture quality”

    In what may, in a couple years, be remembered as a telltale remark of overconfidence, Samsung’s AV product manager said today in an interview “TVs are ultimately about picture quality. Ultimately. How smart they are…great, but let’s face it that’s a secondary consideration.” Pride goeth before a fall, Samsung! It’s true in a way. But only in the… Read More

  • Reddit, Police Thyself

    Reddit, Police Thyself

    Tools cannot judge of their own use. The hammer does not rebel at striking pavement, the brush recoil at distasteful composition. This is true of the internet and its tools as well. What is bittorrent? A way to easily transfer large files between peers. Used by many people in legitimate ways, by pirates for illicit purposes. Bittorrent can’t choose to allow one and deny the other. If… Read More

  • Busta Rhymes Waxes Enthusiastic On Google Music

    Busta Rhymes Waxes Enthusiastic On Google Music

    When Google Music launched a couple months ago, there was some criticism regarding how the service was promoted. What many saw as just another music locker and streaming service (albeit a perfectly good and free one) others saw as a great new vector for music sales and distribution. But the music locker portion seemed to hog the spotlight, and the cool Band Camp-esque new artist hubs lurked in… Read More

  • Kickstarter’s Big Day: $1.6M Pledged In 24 Hours

    Kickstarter’s Big Day: $1.6M Pledged In 24 Hours

    They say when it rains, it pours. That’s not usually a good thing, but when it’s raining money, things are a little different. That was the case at Kickstarter yesterday, where they had their biggest day of funding ever, beating the record set… the day before yesterday. It was also the day that marked the first Kickstarter project to break $1,000,000 in funding. And the day… Read More

  • Air Force Could Buy Thousands Of iPads And Android Tablets

    Air Force Could Buy Thousands Of iPads And Android Tablets

    The Air Force’s Air Mobility Command will be putting in a request for the purchase of a number of tablets soon in an effort to lighten their pilots’ loads. Many commercial airlines are already taking this step, and American Airlines has already gotten FAA approval. The Air Force is feeling the sting of jealousy, and in consequence may be requesting as many as 18,000 devices. Read More

  • Microsoft Explains Windows On ARM, The Latest Addition To The OS Family

    Microsoft Explains Windows On ARM, The Latest Addition To The OS Family

    Ever since Steve Ballmer made that surprise announcement at CES 2011, there has been a lot of speculation about just how Microsoft would be bringing Windows to the ARM architecture. Would it be a whole separate line? Would it be compatible with old applications? Would it be cheaper? Many of these questions have been answered in a long and technical post on the Building Windows 8 blog today… Read More

  • New Kickstarter Record Set As Double Fine Game Hits $400K In 8 Hours, $1M In A Day

    New Kickstarter Record Set As Double Fine Game Hits $400K In 8 Hours, $1M In A Day

    If you played PC games in the 90s, chances are you played some of Tim Schafer’s work. He worked on the Monkey Island Series and Day of the Tentacle, later going on to create such classics as Grim Fandango and Psychonauts. He recently took to Kickstarter to try and score some funding for a new point-and-click adventure game, as most publishers would consider the genre more or less… Read More

  • Is A Hash Of Hash Of A Torrent Of A Torrent Of Copyrighted Data Copyrighted?

    Is A Hash Of Hash Of A Torrent Of A Torrent Of Copyrighted Data Copyrighted?

    Let’s try to parse this. Pirate Bay (.se) user allisfine just recently uploaded a torrent to the site that is a collection of all the magnet identifiers for the entire site (actually, only about a quarter of the site, but all the publicly visible ones). That is to say, it is a list of the unique identifiers, cryptographic hashes, of every .torrent file on the site. In a way, this… Read More

  • Lytro Teardown Shows Potential Wireless Capability, Smallish Sensor

    Lytro Teardown Shows Potential Wireless Capability, Smallish Sensor

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Lytro (other than nearly grabbing a Crunchie (I voted for them)), the camera where you shoot now and focus later. And the latest news comes not from the company itself, but from the FCC, which just today published the internal photos from its investigation of the device. Like reading about chips and sensors? Click on. Read More

  • Nokia Cuts 4000 Jobs; Last European Phone Assembly Work Goes To Asia

    Nokia Cuts 4000 Jobs; Last European Phone Assembly Work Goes To Asia

    It’s a sign of the times, though not a particularly surprising one: Nokia has finally eliminated its European phone assembly infrastructure and will be moving those 4000 jobs to Asia, according to a Reuters report. The factories are not being shuttered altogether, and localizing and finishing work will still be done there, but the primary assembly work is being relocated. The news… Read More

  • Google Offers To Pay People To Have Their Web Use Tracked Minutely

    Google Offers To Pay People To Have Their Web Use Tracked Minutely

    Some people might say that there’s no way Google could be more aware of your browsing habits. Not true! There is much they don’t know. But it’s not because they don’t want to know. Last night Google rolled out two programs aimed at increasing their awareness of how people use their browsers — what sites they visit, for how long, for what purpose, etc. Read More

  • Olympus Brings Retro To Micro Four Thirds With The OM-D E-M5

    Olympus Brings Retro To Micro Four Thirds With The OM-D E-M5

    Olympus is building on its significant micro four-thirds IP (i.e. mirrorless cameras with the M4/3 sensor size) with a premium offering with a stylized, retro look. The OM-D EM-5, digital successor to the long-running OM series of film cameras, has a look straight out of the 70s but specs that should satisfy enthusiast photographers looking for a compact but powerful system. Their PEN series… Read More

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