Devin Coldewey

Devin Coldewey

Writer & Photographer

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.

The Latest from Devin Coldewey

FTC may consider rule curbing algorithmic discrimination and ‘commercial surveillance’

The Federal Trade Commission appears to be preparing to consider a rule aimed at digital platforms that either invasively track their users or allow others to do so. The “Trade Regulation Rule o

AI-powered VFX startup Wonder Dynamics raises $10M A round

Wonder Dynamics aims to make “blockbuster-level” visual effects achievable by living-room-level creators using AI and cloud services, though it has kept its product closely under wraps. Th

First Resonance brings its space-scale manufacturing OS to hardware makers with $14M A round

First Resonance makes software for making hardware. The company’s Ion platform provides an all-in-one option for anyone who has to manage manufacturing lines, supply chains, engineering and desi

Bird Buddy lands $8.5M to pursue ‘tech for nature’ after smart bird feeder campaign takes off

After the resounding success of several crowdfunding campaigns for its gamified smart bird feeder, Bird Buddy has raised an $8.5 million seed round. Its first product will ship in a few months, but it

Hear NASA’s Kathy Lueders talk about the next stage of mankind’s push into space

We’re in the earliest stages of Artemis, NASA’s new push to establish an enduring human presence on the moon, and Kathy Lueders will be leading a great deal of this ambitious undertaking.

Candela’s hydrofoiling electric boats attract $24M investment in a bid for cleaner seas

Candela makes an unusual style of watercraft called a hydrofoiling boat, which glides above the sea on fins for a smoother, more efficient ride — doubly unusual, in fact, in that it is electrically

On 5th anniversary, the CZI’s science program announces new institutes and efforts in biotech

It’s been five years since the founding of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Science program (not CZI itself, which is a year older), which has proven to be quite a generous patron of cutti

Therify hopes to build a more diverse and inclusive therapist network with $1.3M seed round

Finding the right therapist is never an easy task, but it gets even harder when, as a person of color or someone with disabilities, there are few or no people sharing your experience available. Therif

After being pushed out of Google, Timnit Gebru forms her own AI research institute: DAIR

Almost exactly one year ago, Timnit Gebru, one of the leaders of Google’s ethics in AI team and one of the foremost experts in that topic, was fired after sending an email of concern to her team

Report claims Amazon collects over a third of seller revenue, bringing in $121B in 2021

A new study claims that Amazon makes far more from fees on its Marketplace platform than even the cash cow known as AWS. The report says that Amazon’s fees for participating effectively on its s

AI proves a dab hand at pure mathematics and protein hallucination

One of the reasons artificial intelligence is such an interesting field is that pretty much no one knows what it might turn out to be good at. Two papers by leading labs published in the journal Natur

Gift Guide: 15 gift ideas for gamers when the next-gen consoles aren’t an option

The giving season has arrived, but an ample supply of next-gen consoles has not. Between chip shortages and resellers/bots, the chances of someone getting their hands on a PS5 or Xbox Series X without

Robots and AI assist in designing and building Swiss university’s ‘hanging gardens’

Architecture and construction have always been, rather quietly, at the bleeding edge of tech and materials trends. It’s no surprise, then, especially at a renowned technical university like ETH

Virgin Galactic announces first raffle winner for two tickets to space

Back at Virgin Galactic’s big event for its founder’s first flight, Richard Branson announced that the company would be making seats on its spacecraft available via online raffle platform

Report shows accessibility in gaming is both challenge and opportunity

The gaming community, developers and publishers are beginning to embrace accessibility as a core part of the business and hobby, but there’s a long way to go. A report on the needs and habits of

‘Armageddon’ now: NASA’s asteroid-deflecting DART mission launches tonight

Update: Successful launch and NASA has acquired DART’s signal. One of NASA’s most exciting and unusual missions in years, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), is scheduled to launc

Meet the next generation of launch companies at TC Sessions: Space

The new economy of space has been made possible by the new generation of launch companies — the old new generation now, actually, as SpaceX and Rocket Lab cement their reputations. Now it’s up

Gift guide: 11 gift ideas for the friend who is on way, way too many video calls

Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’ve got lots of them. We’re just starting to roll out this year’s gift guides, so check back from now until the en

With new tech and $3.6M seed, DiviGas aims to clean up hydrogen production

Hydrogen is at the center of many industrial processes and potentially part of major future energy ecosystems, but the process of isolating and storing it is wasteful and expensive. DiviGas, armed wit

Cognixion raises $12M to build its brain-monitoring headset for people with disabilities

Cognixion, a startup designing an intuitive brain-monitoring headset and interface for people with physical disabilities, has raised a $12M A round to pursue its accessibility ambitions. Armed with th
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