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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  • Amazon is $50 worth of sorry for your HD-DVD player purchase

    Those sports at Amazon understand “new technologies don’t always work out as planned.” Or rather, they don’t work out as Toshiba planned. I have a feeling this is how Sony planned it all along. In any case, if you bought one of those bargain HD-DVD players after February 23rd, help yourself to $50 worth of stuff from Amazon. Personally, I’d be buying the Planet… Read More

  • First 150 apps in OSX, now 108 in Vista, and tomorrow? Crysis on Android.

    I think we all knew when this joker decided to run 150 apps at once on his MacBook Pro (actually close to 95, not that that isn’t a lot). A Windows fan has put up a video of Vista running 108 applications at once . Of course, not only has this been done before to similar reception, but it’s really an awful way of measuring anything at all, really. For one thing, it took about… Read More

  • In the year 3000, your lights will look like this

    Or maybe in 10 years or so. Designer Ingo Maurer has come up with a nice-looking lamp utilizing custom OLED panels created by Opto Semiconductors. The panels are quite small: 132x33mm, or a bit more than one inch by five. A few of them in his tree-like configuration would make for a bright and even lighting situation. The designer is very excited about the possibilities of the… Read More

  • These RoBoots were made for walkin': Cornell walk-bot sets record

    Asimo ain’t got nothing on this bot. The Cornell “Ranger” robot was designed for walking long distances, and so it has done, achieving a world record of 5.6 miles — 45 laps around their running track (movie in the first link). Eventually it stopped and fell down, possibly due to a low battery. That’s quite a long way to go on a charge, though; the BigDog has a… Read More

  • Creative peripherals made fun and EAsy with Novint's Falcon

    You see all these console and PC peripherals out there, from the Wii wheel to the Wolf King we’re giving away. Rock Band is probably the most salient example of games driving peripheral sales, but Novint, creator of the potentially-awesome-but we-understand-if-you’re-skeptical-about-it Falcon, has a different approach. They went straight to the dark side: Electronic Arts. By… Read More

  • Review: Wi-Gear iMuffs bluetooth iPod headphones

    I’ve been meaning to get into the Bluetooth headphone craze, so I jumped at the opportunity to check out these new offerings from Wi-Gear. So here’s the rundown: there are two pieces, a small Bluetooth dongle that fits into your iPod’s charge port, and the headphones themselves. As you might imagine, it lets you listen to your iPod wirelessly from anywhere within… Read More

  • Yes, that is a $2,000 iPod dock made of "artificial coral"

    Do you have a chicken that lays golden eggs? Or, perhaps, a tree with money flowering on its limbs? Or maybe you are just a business consultant who earns some ungodly sum for laying platitudes before credulous CEOs? Whatever your method, if you are stinking rich, here is your next purchase. It is an iPod dock. And it is made of artificial coral. What is artificial coral, you say, and what… Read More

  • OCZ StealthXStream 600W: a perfectly decent PSU at a bargain price

    In this exhaustive review, the StealthXStream is taken apart and examined minutely by what I can only describe as zealous enthusiasts in the hardware field. Normally I just read the comments at Newegg to see whether a PSU lives up to its power promises, but these reviewers break it to pieces and track the manufacturers. It’s an interesting read if you’ve never contemplated the bits… Read More

  • Russian Suzuki ATX SLI Nvidiabike casemod

    How’s that for an attention-grabbing headline? Russian casemodder “Xooler” has created this utterly insane mod for an Nvidia-sponsored SLI casemod contest. Unless that motherboard is waaay oversized, I think the bike is kind of a shorty, but it still looks cool, especially the luminous coolant reservoir. Wow, did I just say “luminous coolant reservoir?” Amazingly… Read More

  • Distributed computing, accelerometer style at UC Riverside

    This is a great idea. That accelerometer in your laptop is meant to interrupt hard drive activity in case of a fall or sudden jolt, but it can also be used to detect seismic activity. Similar to other distributed computing efforts like SETI@home and Folding@home (join one if you haven’t already), each client would be running software and reporting to a central server. However, unlike… Read More

  • World's tiniest (non-secret) HD camcorder

    I’m guessing the FBI has slightly more advanced versions of things like this, although the tiny Toshiba IK-HD1 is being promoted as being perfect for Homeland Security. Do those guys really need more cameras? It’s got a full-color 3CCD 1/3″ sensor, outputting at 1920×1080, though for some reason it’s 1080i. It’s bigger than a bouillon cube but smaller than… Read More

  • You're under arrest, citizen, for crossing the street while talking on the phone

    Mother of god. I’m supportive of the handheld ban while driving, but while walking? Well, if Representative Kenneth Duncan of Illinois gets his way, you’ll have to hang up at every crosswalk. How unbelievably idiotic is that? He even has a backer for the bill, Illinois’ Secretary of State, who thinks it should be softened to being a secondary offense, only applicable to… Read More

  • Second Skin, an MMORPG documentary

    I thought Darkon was going to be cool, but this looks even more interesting. It’s a documentary film about the ways, positive and negative, in which MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, Everquest and others have affected people’s lives. You’ve got the addict, the shut-in, the bloomer, the romantic, it looks like every popular kind of story associated with the genre is… Read More

  • From the "I told you so" Dept.: Study shows violent games relax players

    I take issue with the classification of World of Warcraft as a “violent game” in this study, but I suppose it’s more violent than Animal Crossing. The study, done at Middlesex University in the UK, had just under 300 people of all ages playing WoW for a couple hours, and found that players were more tired and calm after their gaming session. It’s not a really… Read More

  • H2O2 + Terror Tang = Orange-flavor Alert

    You know how these days at the airport you can only take a clear plastic bag with 3oz bottles of liquids or gels? Remember the panic that precipitated that? Well, the trial is underway and they’re revealing their dastardly methods. Apparently they were going to mix Hydrogen Peroxide and Tang, then detonate the resulting mixture with a disposable camera. Does this sound like a… Read More

  • Motorola's "next-generation in-vehicle phone," Smart Rider

    Back when I was a kid, we had a carphone, and it was awesome. Great sound, great signal, and it was big as hell, with a long curly wire. Looks like Motorola has been rummaging through my childhood memories, and has come up with a new product along the same line. The stubby little thing is designed for hands-free or simple one-hand operation and has such innovations as traffic reports, a… Read More

  • Mr. Robotato Head at Disneyland's newest high-tech ride

    Yeah, that’s not freaky at all. This weird robot-potato-human hybrid (there’s a hidden operator) is a first among Disney’s robots, as it is able to form the shapes of words with its mouth. Just a few more steps to fully functioning Cylons! The ride, Toy Story Mania, is super high-tech with lots of audience interaction and advanced technology which Mr. Potato Head embodies… Read More

  • A Somewhat Reasonable Stance: More nudity in games please

    These guys have a few good points and a lot of non-points. Like television, the gaming world is overrun with graphic violence and, increasingly, swearing, but sex and nudity are still considered completely taboo. There is, of course, no good reason for this other than to avoid flak from religious and parenting groups — and of course they’re all already in total war mode… Read More

  • Unreasonable Stance: Mobile phones can't be improved any further, so why bother?

    Welcome to the Unreasonable Stance, where our own Devin Coldewey takes the minority opinion on a tech matter and defends it with convenient data, spun numbers, fanboyism, and insults until he proves, without a doubt, that those that disagree with him are filthy mouth-breathers. It’s interesting that there is so much noise being made about every revision of every model of every phone… Read More

  • Intel's "Netbook": an OLPC for the rest of us?

    After splitting with the One Laptop Per Child project, Intel has been hard at work on their own affordable, rugged, basic laptop. They call it the “Netbook,” as its primary goal is to get basic computing tools and internet access into the hands of kids around the world (awwww). The second version has been detailed now, and I’m sure there are many more in the future. The… Read More