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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  • Concept: Solar-powered OLED blinds for your room


    Seems like a pretty good idea: these student-designed shutters have solar cells on once side and a nice, bright OLED display on the other. In the day they charge and you can let the light in, but at night you close the blinds and you can use them as picture frames, a light show, or conceivably even your computer’s monitor. Makes good use of an otherwise-unused area of a room, and… Read More

  • Safari HD, get it now for your Apple TV

    Looks like you can now get Safari going on your SSH-enabled Apple TV with nothing more than a couple clicks. I’m not sure I want to be on the web in such a weird way, but it’s nice that it’s available; that’s one more reason to get one these little suckers. So when are they going to bring multitouch to my clicker? Safari HD is now available [Apple TV Hacks] Read More

  • Movie mode for DSLRs may soon be possible


    DSLR users are getting pretty spoiled. Image quality is off the chart, the range of lenses and bodies is great, and they’re just plain fun to use. And the Live View function has eliminated the objection that there is no LCD viewfinder. The last hurdle now is making movies – and some guy named Hiroshi Terada is looking to tackle that one. The problem has been that the mirror… Read More

  • Microsoft planning a Blu-Ray Xbox 360 – crazy talk?


    That eminently creditable source, “insiders at Microsoft,” has suggested that the fan-favorite Redmond company is working on a Blu-Ray flavor of the 360. Sony says they’d love to “welcome Microsoft to the Blu-Ray stable,” which has uncomfortable connotations and implies a pimp-like status for Sony. Well, maybe they have the right after Toshiba did its thing the… Read More

  • RIAA wins this one; OSU filesharing offenders named


    Seven months after the RIAA requested the names of 11 OSU students accused of copyright infringement, the university is finally coughing them up in the face of further legal threats. The courts decided that there was no good reason the uni shouldn’t give the RIAA the names, so while OSU stalled as long as they could, they would now face contempt of court if they don’t follow… Read More

  • New Philips mobile lets you pop in a AAA when you forget your charger


    I really don’t know why we don’t see more of this melding of the new and old school. Sure, there are products on the market that let you charge your phone with batteries or through the car’s cigarette lighter, but these are aftermarket solutions. This one has a slot for an AAA battery built in, letting you rock out with 3 more hours of talk time. Of course, a AAA is a bit… Read More

  • Google and Nokia shack up after a few pints


    Looks like Google’s insistent caresses finally broke down Nokia’s defenses. And Google got some. Nokia’s been putting it off for a long time, but I think that Google’s just too much of a stud to refuse at this point. Nokia will be including Google search into a few select phones (the N96, N78, 6210 and 6220) before rolling it out to more. Probably a good idea since… Read More

  • Apple releases Aperture 2 with 100 features that should have been there before


    This news is slightly bittersweet for me, since I just switched to Adobe Lightroom last week, mainly due to the unbelievably sluggish performance of Aperture with even my modest library of images. Now, I don’t want to get into the usual debate over whether all of Apple’s “features” — of which there were 300 in Leopard and now 100 in just this one program &mdash… Read More

  • Gouranga! GTA Developers' Flickr nostalgia set


    To coincide with the new GTA IV site (I’m guessing anyway), one of the original developers for Grand Theft Auto has put up a ton of pictures of his team and all the stuff they’ve worked on. There’s some cool GTA stuff like that above, shots of the nerds themselves, and most importantly for me, a bunch of stuff from Body Harvest, a game I’m about to go home and play… Read More

  • Ocean glider powers itself with water's heat, maps the boring parts of the Caribbean


    This little robot has been cruising the Caribbean for two months now, mapping out currents, temperatures, and other subaquatic trivia. It’s at least partially powered by ocean temperature gradients — the details are at the bottom of the article, I don’t entirely understand it but it sounds cool. It’s doing a boring but essential job and I think they should put a bunch… Read More

  • Lego robot authenticators to seize control of ATMs worldwide


    Some researcher types thought it would be a good idea to beef up ATM security, and they apparently also thought that big rainbow-colored buttons and a secret trackball signal were the most usable solution. It’s kind of 50’s future-chic, like a navigation system for a poorly designed UFO. Plus it’s legos on the inside. They say it works and that it’s more secure than a… Read More

  • Reusable swallowable camera pills come cheap these days

    Researchers at the University of Washington (where I am kind of an alumnus, go Huskies) have devised an alternative to using a bulky endoscope to look inside a patient’s tracts. They’d use this pill-camera, about the size of a big almond, attached to a thin string, which a patient can easily swallow and regurgitate without too much discomfort. Plus, it only costs $300, which means… Read More

  • Toshiba's tiny 8GB mp3 player is GyaO-tiful


    I’m not sure what’s up with the name, but this is a cool-looking little gadget. It’s from Toshiba (like this other little guy with a digital TV tuner inside) and it costs about $300. It costs the same as an 8GB iPod Touch, but it’s a little smaller (for good or ill) and obviously doesn’t sport the same touchy interface. It’s got wi-fi, runs a version of… Read More

  • Rainbow Six Vegas PS3 Casemod: Tactical Pandora Diorama Theory


    If you’re really into miniatures, and want your PS3 to double as a board for your figure-based strategy game (I know Warhammer 40,000: Vegas is coming out soon), this sort of thing is plainly for you. A lot of work has gone into this completely impractical conversion, which was made for an Ubisoft promotion. I’m more a fan of modding your case into a something, well, awesome… Read More

  • JPEG XR may offer a fix for DSLR users who need a higher burst rate

    I’ve never had a problem with my old Rebel XT’s 3-per-second rapid fire rate. Of course, I’m not a press or sport photographer, and it is kind of annoying that I can only take like 8 RAW photos at that speed before it has to stop and think for a while. Memory bandwidth and buffer size are not the Rebel’s strong point; more expensive cameras make a point of having… Read More

  • Crunchdeals: Photoshop CS 3 for ~$300, no shadiness necessary


    If you feel like getting a legal copy of Photoshop CS3, it’ll run you North of $650 normally. But those miserly geniuses over at Photography Bay have figured that you can get it for half that if you’re careful. It seems you can upgrade Photoshop Elements to CS3 for $300 directly from Adobe, and if you don’t have Elements, you can get it for $37 at Amazon. Total cost: $337… Read More

  • Duke Nukem Forever "sometime this year," plus original on XBLA


    We have a date! Well, not a date, but at least a release year. 3D Realms President Scott Miller said they were “talking to Microsoft about getting a release slot sometime this year.” Let’s hope DNF doesn’t pull a Daikatana. If you can’t wait for the next generation, maybe you’ll settle for the last. It’s popping onto XBLA with a co-op mode (score). I… Read More

  • Mario Kart Wii features update


    Awesome. Mario Kart on the SNES is, as far as I am concerned, one of the best games ever made. I still play it regularly even though the computer players cheat flagrantly. Since then it has appeared in various forms, though perhaps none as hotly anticipated as the Wii version. It’s just hitting on the other side of the water (the Japanese side) so we’ll be hearing more about it soon. Read More

  • Asus saving the world again with energy-efficient mobo

    Asus has some green ambitions. Last time it was bamboo laptops, now it’s power-saving mobos. Their P5E3 Premium mobo has all the features you’d want in a good motherboard (I can’t see how many SATA slots though) in addition to a new hardware power monitor that is said to increase energy efficiency by up to 50% and reduce consumption by up to 80%. Big claims for an as-yet… Read More

  • Thunder thighs abound in Street Fighter IV shots


    Methinks these scans are slightly distorted, or else the art director for Street Fighter IV has a thing for squat, powerful young ladies (and beasts). Either way, I’m pumped for some SFIV, though my heart will always be with Samurai Shodown II or IV — Ukyo FTW! Anyway, check out the character art and a few screens straight from Famitsu.
    [via GamersReports] Read More