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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  • More GTA IV screens for you, Mirror's Edge too


    It wouldn’t be really worth posting unless the pictures were totally bad-ass, and they are. Since you won’t be getting your hot little hands on it until April 29, just satisfy yourself for now with some sweet screens. There’s video in the via, too, if you like that kind of thing. There’s also some new Mirror’s Edge shots, which I am personally excited… Read More

  • Chip art: tiny etchings lurking in your PCB


    How cool is this? Bored engineers personalizing their chips with extremely tiny etchings of their favorite cartoon characters, code names for the chipsets, and just generally cool things. There’s a lot of detail there, but you can only see it with a high-powered microscope, which is exactly what the guys have done here. They have a ton of great pictures at the gallery; scroll down a bit… Read More

  • Mario Wii casemod: so subtle! so elegant!


    In case you’re tired of the Wii’s slim, understated style, now is your change to add a 3D mario busting out of it along with all the garish color the flying plumber is associated with. Be aware, this isn’t like a henna tattoo for your Wii, it appears to be permanent. I like the part of the instructions where Mario appears to be encased in a Carbonite Wii. Super Mario Bros. Read More

  • Feeling brave? Make your own super-fast NiMH battery charger


    Here’s a project I wouldnt’ touch in a million years due to my shameful fear of small shocks. What, they’re painful! If you’re not as much of a chicken as me, and have some skill with electrical engineering, you ought to give it a shot. Then bring it over to my house because my shaver is dying.

    Fast NiMH/NiCd Battery charger [via MAKE:blog] Read More

  • McCartney finally cashes in


    You’ll soon be able to download the Beatles catalog on iTunes, thanks to a $400 million deal McCartney has worked out with Apple, EMI, Sony, the remaining Beatle (the one that ended in “o”), and several others. I think the wolves were at the door due to his costly divorce and some 30 years of less-than-Abbey-Road-quality recordings. Well, it was either that or the… Read More

  • Yes, that is a BIONIC EYE


    This is exciting for me; when I was studying Neuroscience I wrote a paper on Vision Substitution Systems. Well, now the Boston Retinal Implant Program seem to actually have a prototype (for a different kind of blindness, but still) for a retina replacement device. Basically, it’s a freaking bionic eye. The device is really cool, and it has to be waterproof, durable enough to last ten… Read More

  • Shuttle's tiny K45 is great for your grandma, kitchen, or anything really

    Never underestimate the power of miniaturization. This sucker can rock a Core2 Duo E6700 and 2 gigs of decent RAM, with room for four USB slots, two SATA ports, and audio and ethernet onboard. They call it barebone, they call it mini, but that’s probably a more dangerous system than some of our readers have. It should be mighty cheap, too — boxes start at $99, or the price you pay… Read More

  • Top 10 fictional swords? More like bottom 10


    I can’t say I agree with this guy’s list of awesome swords. The Headless Horseman’s weak sword? Come on. Go tell this guy what he’s missing – for example Japanese swords are mostly neglected. Since I’m a huge nerd, I humbly propose adding the following: Ogami Itto’s Dotanuki Battle Sword (Lone Wolf and Cub) Zatoichi’s Cane… Read More

  • ThruVision's T5000 strip-searches you from a distance


    Just when you thought surveillance was getting intrusive enough (backscatter, anyone?), these guys have made it even worse — and more efficient. Incredibly, they’ve named it as if it were a late entry into the Terminator series (even the T2000 didn’t have x-ray vision). It may be going live in the UK soon. It works by picking up “tera-waves,” which apparently we… Read More

  • These foldable cardboard $15 speakers are worth every dollar

    I fully doubt these speakers sound like anything other than ass, but they will only set you back a tenner if you look and they fold up to fit in your laptop bag — can you really say no to that? They’re made of recycled materials, which implies that they too are recyclable. These are the perfect speakers for taking to the beach or a picnic with that eco-conscious friend of… Read More

  • Scorn'd Chinese lady burns $50,000 worth of husband's mobiles


    Hell hath no fury, indeed. Mrs. Wang in China was, understandably, angry at her husband for leaving her. So she hit him where it hurt: in the business. The cell phone business, that is. She gathered up their new stock of 400 phones and set fire to the suckers. That explains the great disturbance I felt earlier in the force, as if many RAZR knockoffs suddenly cried out in terror and were… Read More

  • PSP2 concepts: the good, the bad, and the lego


    I don’t really see the need for a PSP2 at this time, considering the best games are probably yet to come (by the looks of God of War), but that hasn’t stopped Kotaku from holding a contest to design a new version of Sony’s sexy little handheld. Go give the guys a hand and vote something ridiculous up. PSP2 Concept Mega Gallery Extravaganza [Kotaku] Read More

  • More geeko-friendly bamboo Asuses


    Is it “Asuses,” or “Asi?” Anyway, Asus has made a big deal about being eco-friendly, and while the bamboo thing is nice, I don’t think it’s really going to make a serious impact, considering 95% of the laptop is not bamboo. It is a nice gesture, though, and it’s certainly a unique look. You’ll be able to pay too much for these very soon, I… Read More

  • Apple logo made of many fruits, but strangely no apples


    It’s a good thing I just ate brunch, or this would make me very hungry. I like it better than Apple’s actual logo. Retro Apple Logo fruit salad [Flickr, via Technabob] Read More

  • Panasonic readying its 100Hz TVs


    I saw some of these high-frequency LCD TVs at CES, and while Panasonic’s weren’t at the time the most impressive ones I saw (some smaller company had a better picture), the technology actually does work. It takes your source video and processes it in real time, adding intermediate frames where it thinks there is jutter, jerky movement, that sort of thing. The first generation is… Read More

  • Vigor's Colossus PC runs everything, costs eight grand

    Are you filthy rich and don’t get out much? Then this is the PC for you. I put together my own PC for a little less than a thousand and it runs everything decently (yes, Crysis), but if you’ve got the money I don’t, why not skip that audio system upgrade for the new Hummer and get this rig instead? Check out the stats: two Radeon HD 3870s in SLI, 8GB DDR2 800 RAM (why not DDR3… Read More

  • Kodak, Vivitar not giving up on film; new SLR on the way


    Digital has almost completely replaced film in the casual set and is making inroads among professionals and artists, but that doesn’t mean film is being completely forgotten. Kodak and Vivitar have not forgotten their roots, and are creating a new film camera aimed at universities teaching “traditional photography.” They say it’ll be similar to the V3000.
    I’m… Read More

  • Ballmer wants to move on from HD-DVD, support Blu-Ray


    I guess he’s a pretty realistic guy. He acknowledges that “the world moves on,” and of course so have the manufacturers and buyers. He says they’ve already been working on driver support and the like, and his comments put weight behind expectations that Microsoft will release a Blu-Ray peripheral for the 360. MS and Sony are already in talks, so it seems like a sure… Read More

  • More info on iSpore


    We’re waiting on more info, but here’s what we have so far: The Spore shown at the SDK event was the result of two weeks of work by the EA team. EA is the first 3rd party game developer to use the SDK, so they’re in unknown territory. The development was done in-house at EA. Spore for the iPhone will be released at the same time as Spore for everything else… Read More

  • Gizmondo still alive, planning a comeback


    Really? We’ve heard this before. Carl Freer says there will be a new graphics chip but other than that it’s unchanged. Also, they’re going open-source, or at least they say so, and will be talking to universities to provide content. Kind of a weird announcement. New Gizmondo Development Has Already Started [Kotaku] Read More