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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  • Navy creates Rail Gun, now working on Quad Damage

    Every step real life takes towards being more like a Schwarzenegger movie is a step in the right direction. I wouldn’t mind being killed by one of these things as long as my gravestone says “RIP Devin, killed by a projectile traveling more than a mile a second.”
    “Record” rail gun test today [Navy Times, video via Wired Danger Room] Read More

  • General Imaging's GE point-and-shoots actually look pretty nice


    When I think GE, I think washer/dryer, I think fridge. Turns out this enormous company makes about everything under the sun that’s even remotely electronic. I’m a DSLR guy, but stuff like touchscreen LCDs and built-in GPS receptors could tempt even the most skeptical old-schooler. Here are the facts for the $250 E1050, for example:
    10 megapixels, 28mm equivalent lens, 5x optical… Read More

  • The MacBook Air's super-tiny processor coming soon to a PC near you


    A source at Intel has revealed that Windows PCs will soon be using the much-lauded MacBook Air processor that Apple forced Intel to make practically at gunpoint. This isn’t really surprising; it’s understandable that Intel would let Apple have the glory of the unveil, but it’s a valuable technology and I’ve heard from reliable sources that Intel likes money. So… Read More

  • FCC Spectrum Block 4.6Billion reserve met L@@K


    The big auction is in full swing, and the anonymous bids are flowing in. After two weeks of bidding, the FCC is set to receive more than $12 billion for the various blocks of spectrum, with the valuable C block bringing in $4.7b of that with the most recent bid. Breaking the reserve means that the restrictions Google suggested — making the spectrum open to outside devices and… Read More

  • Sony's expensive, but sweet, digital photo frames have Bluetooth and HDMI-out


    I’ve never really wanted a digital photo frame, but their feature sets are starting to get to the point where I can understand that someone sane might want one. These Sony ones are certainly of a high quality, at 7″ or 9″ and 800×480 resolution with 512MB of storage in the big one and 256MB in the small one. They both also sport Bluetooth connectivity so you can shoot… Read More

  • Yahoo! Predicts! More! Porn! On! Mobiles!


    Apologies to the Register for stealing their Yahoo! headline schtick. 2008 will be the year mobile porn gets a foothold on the market, say a number of sources in the industry. Europe, always ahead in the porn game, spent almost $800 million last year on mobile phones — a number I would question if not for the iPhone’s extremely pornable form factor. And the US only spent $24… Read More

  • Nokia's N95 8GB NAM FCC'd


    I know you’ve all been poring over FCC documents in your mad pursuit of Nokia news, but you might have missed this one. The new and improved N95 has been approved by the FCC, so now you can enjoy your High Speed Data Packet Access with their blessing. Apparently it looks just like the old one, which is just fine, though I would have preferred some big fins on it so you know… Read More

  • Panasonic spits out more point and shoots, the TZ4 and TZ5


    The vital statistics:
    9.1 megapixels (8.1 on the TZ4), 10x optical zoom on a Leica 28mm lens, 3-inch LCD (2.5 on the TZ4)
    It’s got all the usual goodies: in-camera red-eye reduction, a pretty solid optical image stabilization system, face detection, and “constant AF,” which sounds annoying but may be useful — I just don’t want that little mosquito-buzz of a… Read More

  • WMG to integrate wireless charging in their smartphones


    That’s cool. Wireless Mobile Group will be putting SlashPower wireless power modules in their smartphones so you can just lay the sucker on a pad and get charged on up. Now if we could standardize these things so all our phones used the same charge station, as well as iPods, rechargeable AAs, etc, that would eliminate a lot of cabling from my apartment. One mouse-pad sized station… Read More

  • Crunchdeals: Wal-Mart wants to outfit you with cheap TVs for Funday


    Agreed to host that Super Bowl party, but forgot that you’ve got a 12-inch TV with dials for UHF and VHF? Well, go kick it at Wal-Mart. And while you’re trying to forget that you’re at Wal-Mart, buy some of their inexpensive goods. They’ve got a 32-inch LCD TV for just under $600, a Polaroid one with a built-in DVD player for $700, or if you’ve already got a… Read More

  • Vaio T's get a CPU bump, new sexy shells


    The Sony ultraportables that were so unfavorably compared to the MacBook Air in the Stevenote have received a shot in the arm in the form of an extra 200MHz bump in the CPU. And to celebrate the new brain, they went out and bought it some new clothes. A model and a scholar! Well, kind of – it’s still not as powerful as the Air, though it’s smaller in some ways and still a… Read More

  • The Unreasonable Stance: Vote Republican for a tech revolution

    Here at CrunchGear, we try to stay clear of political debates; after all, our mandate is hardware, gadgets, and technological goings-on. So usually, on all the sticky social and foreign policy issues, we stay mum. But when the outcome of the race could affect the entire tech sector, I feel a responsibility to throw our weight behind some candidate or another. In this case, the choice is clear. Read More

  • JVC may or may not have made a 1080/60p compact camcorder


    Judge for yourself – to call the translation ambiguous would be charitable. I assume we’ll find out more soon, but it appears that JVC has a camcorder that somehow outputs the 60i video in 60p; now, that sounds like horsefeathers to me but I also didn’t believe DV could look as good as it does on the HV20. This of course has a spinning hard drive in it up to 120GB, so… Read More

  • Nikon's point-and-shoots at ~$200, give or take


    If $200 is your estimated budget for a new point-and-shoot, keep reading. Others may want to skip to the next item. Above you see pictured the new S520 ($230) in “tawny.” It and its slightly cheaper cousin, the S210 ($180), have remarkably similar feature sets. 8-megapixel, ISO “up to” 2000 (a modest boast), anti-reflective 2.5″ LCD, a cool face-priority… Read More

  • Jack Thompson defends the video game industry – wait, did I read that correctly?


    From the “Virtual Orgasmic Rape of a Snowball in Hell” Dept. Jack Thompson has weighed in on the Kevin McCollough furor (his original column was removed from Townhall.com but is reprinted here for your reading pleasure). He – incredibly – pronounces it “absolutely ridiculous” and says that the author “shot his mouth off about it had no idea what the… Read More

  • Face recognition technology identifies John Travolta 100% of the time


    Or so they say. What they’re doing is using multiple pictures of the same terrorist/innocent civilian to create a sort of average face, which in this case looks like you mapped Travolta onto one of the guys in Quake. Wow, he really does look like a Quake guy there. They claim that this eliminates the confounding factors of beards, smiles, Groucho Marx glasses, and so on and creates an… Read More

  • ATI's Radeon HD 3800 series hits; HD 3870 X2 slays NVIDIA 8800 Ultra


    Looks like Radeons are competitive again. For a whole year, ATI and their owner/partner AMD have lagged behind the industry leaders NVIDIA and Intel in GPU and CPU performance. Well, it looks like ATI has finally managed to come out on top (again), although it’s entirely possible that their competitors will drop something hot in the next few weeks as well. The 3800 series is their… Read More

  • Is Apple skimming dough off AppleTV rentals to cover the price drop?

    Everyone was happy to hear that the AppleTV was losing a bit of cost, as it was hard to justify getting one before with the features it offered. Now, however, it’s a much better deal (some disagree) and even my skeptical self is tempted. But whence this discount? The margins are as thin as the skin on my teeth. Computerworld speculates that since the discount did not extend to the UK… Read More

  • Sony A300 and A350 pics leaked


    Some enterprising site-digger has gotten the above pictures of the Sony Alphas. The A300, you’ll notice, has a swivel LCD and 10.2 megapixels. The A350 has 14.2 megapixels and, I’m going to guess, the swivel screen as well. Looks like there’s a button for Live-View as well. Cheers to the site-troller who found these. The front view shots look nearly identical however, I… Read More

  • Toshiba drops $3,000,000 on HD DVD Superbowl spot


    The bad craziness of desperation spending has begun. I guess Toshiba had a little left over in their war chest and have decided that a final blitz is in order. The obvious place to launch it is the Super Bowl, where the ads are not only seen by millions, but also pored over and repeated for weeks afterwards. Sounds like the HD DVD group is going to down like the Spartans at Thermopylae —… Read More