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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  • Extensive GTA IV hands-on at CVG

    Computer and Video Games was lucky enough to get two full hours of straight-up gameplay with Rockstar’s newest opus, and they say its all coming up roses. There’s a ton of gameplay experience in there and they detail the physics, graphics, aiming system, and all the new features you’d expect to hear about. Sounds pretty awesome to me, and I’m happy to hear that the… Read More

  • Think you're a big man? Prove it and get an EYEBALL TATTOO

    Bodymodding isn’t really in the CG purview usually (I don’t even like the word bodymod) but we felt compelled to report this. A Mr. Pauly Unstoppable decided to have the white part of his eye changed to blue. I’m not sure if there’s an easy way to do this, but getting over 40 injections of blue ink into your freaking eyeball can’t be it. Somehow I don’t… Read More

  • Panasonic's Viera is a sexy phone, not a sexy rabbit lady

    This Japan-only phone has probably the nicest screen in the mobile business at the moment. 854×480 on a 3.5″ LCD, 4000:1 contrast ratio, ready to rock 30fps video. There isn’t too much more info out there, but it does have TV and audio outs and a decent camera. Apparently there’s a speaker stand accessory as well? Looks like they’re going for all-out mobile… Read More

  • UCCTOP Xeno: a hardcore video mixing station in an enormous laptop

    This is a different kind of sexy. For those of you who like ’em big (and hairy as hell) this is your laptop. It’s decked out with all kinds of hardware for live encoding and decoding, mixing multiple channels, and controlling multiple inputs and outputs all from the same station. It’s also the size of a bull moose. Still, it makes for a great option for the future press who… Read More

  • Mystery mouse with a countdown

    There are no details to be found on this interesting-looking mouse other than the fact that it comes out some time next week. I used to think there was nothing new under the sun when it came to mice, but that was before I saw Logitech’s MX Air — so maybe this will surprise me too. Check out the site for a countdown timer and an exciting one-second clip of the mouse shooting… Read More

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    Unreasonable Stance: Why travel when you can just Google?

    Welcome to the Unreasonable Stance, where our own Devin 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.
    Back in the day, it used to be that you grew up on the prairie, ignorant of anything beyond your direct line of sight. Books… Read More

  • Study: Cell phone radiation affects protein expression

    Here it is, your daily dose of semi-rational fear. A bunch of females (two Jettas full) had a patch of skin exposed to an hour of 900MHz radiation from GSM phones. The researchers then checked out skin samples and found that there were several proteins that had their expression affected in every volunteer’s case. I don’t think that’s good for those of us who keep our phones… Read More

  • Mario Kart Wii will NOT feature voice chat – and that's fine with me

    Well, it looks like it’s strictly text for players of the future modern classic, Mario Kart Wii. Voice chat will not be an option. You can use your keyboard or the wiimote to type stuff in, which has been sufficient for years now. I’ve had some good times talking trash in Half-Life 1 DM, Starcraft, and Counterstrike (beta 5.2 forever), and it was all in text. To this day I refuse… Read More

  • Cool concept: ZEN computing, truly multitouch

    Here’s an idea I know I’ve been kicking around in my head for years. Tactile feedback from the trackpad. It seems so obvious, I’m not sure why I can’t already feel the icons and windows on my MBP. Well, this ZEN (Z-axis ENabled) Computing concept allows just that, and more. It’s designed for blind users, basically a gigantic 3-D touchpad that can rise and… Read More

  • 320GB HDD for use during faster-than-light travel

    Well, maybe not quite that fast, but if you’re bringing your laptop on that Joint Strike Fighter your dad just got, you might want to stuff it with this hard drive. It’ll keep working under stresses of up to 400 Gs, so when you’re pulling out of that nose dive, it won’t have trouble spooling up that next mp3. Hitachi’s New 400G Resistant HDD [Akihabara News] Read More

  • Sony recorders, clock radios, and iPhones, oh my

    If you’re in the market for a nice little flash-based voice recorder, there’s a few more on the market now. Sony’s released the details on its new line, which mainly expands on the capacity of their old ones. The new UX series has 1 or 2GB of space, which allows for quite a lot of recording time. Like the other recorders, it goes straight to stereo mp3. It also supports… Read More

  • Getting to know the Penryns

    [photopress:cleanroom.jpg,full,center] Everybody’s excited about Intel’s new 45nm chip architecture and its first iteration, the Penryns. They’re going to be in the MacBooks, they’re going to be in your desktops, they’re basically taking the joint over and everyone’s pumped. You’re probably wondering why. Isn’t it just another bump in… Read More

  • Nvidia's 9800GTX coming at the end of March

    I don’t plan on upgrading just yet, especially considering how much this thing is certain to cost, but if the performance of the 9600 is any indication, this new line is going to be great. 512MB of 0.8ns DDR3 memory with a 256-bit interface, nice high clock speeds, and a new architecture, looks like a winner. It also supports 3-way SLI, which I’m sure is as over-the-top as it… Read More

  • Mass Effect for the PC coming May 6

    These two totally do it. Sweet! Now I can put off buying a 360 for a little longer. Mass Effect is definitely one of the killer apps for the 360 (I’m not a Halo fan), but knowing it will be just as sweet on my killer rig means I won’t have to drop those bills on a console just yet. Looks like the PC version will also sport some improvements. Improved inventory, revamped… Read More

  • Sweet "Enerjar" measures your appliance's power consumption

    I saw a concept like this a while ago that was considerably slicker, but was of course just a CGI rendering. This is much more real and much more steampunk. Looks pretty awesome, in addition to being useful and interesting as well. I like to know how much processor each of my applications is using, why not extend that obsession to everyday objects? Of course, this thing is not actually… Read More

  • Sony's new Walkmen have Bluetooth, noise cancelling, 16GB

    Sony’s got its new Walkman-branded mp3 players out there, in three major flavors. The model numbers are incomprehensible as usual, so we’ll simplify them: the 710 more compact, with a small 1.8″ screen, and is limited to 8GB. The 720 series is bigger, with a 2.4″ screen, and goes up to 16GB. They both share Sony’s noise cancelling technology, which I was… Read More

  • GPU programming, now on OSX

    So you’ve got this big, powerful video card stuck to your computer, just sitting there on idle unless you’re playing a game or rendering something. Why not put it to work? Nvidia has made it possible to take advantage of the carefully engineered parallel architecture of today’s graphics cards through its CUDA (Complete Unified Device Architecture). Macs have missed out… Read More

  • Hot concept: Tetris ice cubes/jell-o shots

    What is the one way you could improve Tetris? By making it alcoholic. Czech designer Martin Zampach’s concept product would let you make Tetrad-shaped ice cubes to drop in your G&T, or you could use the thing to make Tetradinal jell-o shots, perfect for your nerdy parties. I like the idea of them sliding down my gullet, forming lines in my tummy to be digested for drunkness points. Read More

  • Open source heavy Torvalds pats Microsoft on the back

    Usually when open source advocates and coders talk about Microsoft, they spell it with a $. But Linus Torvalds, coder extraordinaire on the Linux kernel, has some kind words for the Redmond giant. He praised Microsoft’s choice to make some of its software more accessible to open source programs and programmers as a step in the right direction. It’s clear that Microsoft is going to… Read More

  • Star Wars-style holograms coming our way

    So some boffins at University of Arizona have created a new holographic medium that allows the user to write, and more importantly, rewrite a holographic image onto it. If I understand correctly, the material is photoreceptive at 532nm, at which an electrical field is created that changes the refractive index of the material at whatever point got shined on. The material will hold an image… Read More