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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  • Video: VIA Mini-ITX setup with Nano processor playing Crysis

    It’s not exactly a revolution in computing, but the fact that the game appears somewhat playable on a setup with such a small form factor is nice. They’ve got a PCI Express x16 slot for the GeForce card they’re using, and the Nano processor seems to be pulling its weight nicely as well. The idea, I think, is that basically you’ve got nearly every benefit of a larger… Read More

  • Uh oh: Asus' bamboo laptop is only green skin deep


    It was December of aught seven that we first heard about Asus’ admirable efforts to make a green (beige) bamboo laptop. Then there were more, and it was good. But it looks like somewhere along the line, the designers and engineers decided that the high-efficiency insides, cardboard lining, recycled plastic, and paintless finish had to go, leaving just the bamboo shell as a testimony… Read More

  • Improved Street Fighter IV trailer looks pretty ridonkulous


    I still play Street Fighter II Turbo on the SNES primarily with my friends if I play any fighting game at all, so seeing this insane trailer is kind of a shock for me. I love the art style and while I’m sure I would suck pretty bad at it, the gameplay looks pretty good. It’s awfully hard to judge without playing it oneself, but you can usually tell if something truly sucks just… Read More

  • Creative Commons-licensed shirts with phone-scannable codes


    Seriously, I’m about to move to Japan. I think they should stop calling their phones “phones” (or the Japanese equivalent) and call them “Tricorders” (or the Japanese equivalent). Because where else in the world can you point your phone at someone else’s shirt and have one just like it sent to you? I’d love to use Nota’s intriguing service here… Read More

  • Klipsch introduces new Image X5 headphones


    Klipsch’s original Image headphones came out about six months ago, and now they’ve modified them with a different driver and a slightly larger form factor, contributing to a lower cost. The new X5s (the old ones have been renamed the X10s) have more high-end emphasis, apparently; either they felt the X10s were too bass-heavy or the new driver isn’t quite capable of the range. Read More

  • Bionic Body Shop (HQ version) – reminds me of Syndicate


    That’s what this bionic shopping center simulation reminded me of. Man, Bullfrog was way ahead of its time. This is a cool little flash demo showing some of the many cybernetic parts that are available or forthcoming to the human race. Bionic eyes, exoskeletons, robot arms, and all. There are links within the flash demo to more in-depth articles on teh subjects and IEEE Spectrum is a… Read More

  • Hynix Semiconductor shrinks solid-state memory by 1/3

    I don’t pretend to understand the subtleties of flash memory manufacturing. But I think what’s happened here is that Hynix has contrived a way to put three bits instead of two into each cell, increasing the data density of a chip by 50% – or reducing the size by 30%. Before now they could only do this on 16GB NAND modules, but now they’re doing it for 32GB ones. High… Read More

  • SteelSeries eBays its gaming gear for China charity


    SteelSeries, the across-the-pond pro gaming gear outfit, has set up an auction for a bunch of their stuff with the proceeds going to the Red Cross Society of China. I currently have most of the stuff they’re putting on the block, and I can for sure recommend the Ikari mouse and the gaming surfaces. Not all the items are up yet so check back for new stuff — they should have a… Read More

  • Apple now officially has a Monopoly on mp3 players


    Well, that’s a misleading title. They have a game of Monopoly, I should say. You can now download an iPod version of the world’s most beloved capitalism simulator. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it when you don’t have the physical money, houses and so on. You also don’t get to choose what “Free Parking” does if it’s hard-coded into… Read More

  • Pedalectric kart is perfect for going to the store (or being crushed by an SUV)

    As long as one can steer clear of traffic (as the driver in this video does not demonstrate), this little homemade kart seems like a great way to get around. It’s got a battery for propelling itself, and pedals for extra speed, powerless propulsion, or charging the battery (I assume). Modest, low-power vehicles like this are also prime for being solar-powered; imagine if everyone in the… Read More

  • Nvidia's new laptop graphics platform: dual-GPU "Hybrid SLI"


    There is an increased need for laptops to be a person’s only computer; consequently, demands for performance are increased at the same time efficiency needs to be controlled &mdash. After all, can’t have your main machine running out of battery. NVIDIA is providing a smart, but probably expensive, solution to this problem as graphics-intensive programs, games, and rich web… Read More

  • JBL's Control NOW speakers are expensive, toroidal


    I trust JBL to put out some good speakers, and these don’t look like an exception. They’re essentially bookshelf speakers, but instead of the trusty box shape, they’ve mounted the speakers into a sort of quarter-toroid, possibly to make for a more rounded sound (wocka wocka wocka). Really, it’s for mounting in corners and such, helping distribute the sound through a… Read More

  • New Gears 2 shots; now with more dead bodies as shields!


    Say what you will about Gears of War, it was by any standard a great-looking game, especially on the PC. And this next one, while it will almost certainly share the problems its predecessor had, will look even better. As the consoles mature I’m sure we’re going to be stunned by just what is possible; much as God of War, Okami and Final Fantasy XII blew us away on the PS2 late in… Read More

  • Intel's PAN technology: Bluetooth's worst nightmare?


    Intel and startup Ozmo Devices are collaborating to provide an alternative to Bluetooth for short-range, high-speed wireless connections. Intel wants to integrate Ozmo’s Personal Area Network technology into its Centrino laptops, which, thus equipped, could use their Wi-Fi bandwidth for both internet access and nearer, more data-hungry connections like headsets and music… Read More

  • Google: Android for sure in 4th quarter of 2008

    There’s been waffling about the date Android handsets will become available. I’ve heard February, March (clearly wrong), Summer, late Summer, “second half of 2008” and “late 2008.” Well, not surprisingly, it looks like the latest estimate is the most accurate. Google has decreed: “We’re still on track to announce Android-powered phones this year. Read More

  • Capcom + Ultimate Game Chair = Capcom Ultimate Game Chair


    What were you expecting, a labradoodle? No. It’s actually called the Reactor. If you’re not familiar with the Ultimate Game Chair (of olde), it’s essentially a really nice chair with built-in ports, speakers, and motors to bump you, punch you, and vibrate you as you play your favorite games. Capcom is working with them to make a new, more Capcom-y chair with the same sort… Read More

  • AMD's charity trifecta: gaming, education, and global issues


    When I first saw the information on AMD’s “Changing the Game” effort, I thought it was just another kind of pandering. But then I caught myself in the act of not taking games seriously — something the mainstream media is too often guilty of, resulting in people like Jack Thompson and Kevin McCullough. The fact is, if the AMD Foundation were helping kids make their… Read More

  • Engineering Disasters DVD contest concludes; you may already be a winner!

    If you didn’t know about our excellent contest to win these cool DVDs, now is your chance to, well, find out who won it. There are four winners and I’m sending out emails right after I type this. I disqualified one guy for including the Power Glove on his list. Actually, I didn’t, but I did scowl at the screen for a little while. I love the Power Glove. It’s so… Read More

  • Ubisoft has gone insane, wants to be Pixar


    What in the world is this guy thinking? What with the current buzz around Ubisoft being that they don’t care about quality content for the Wii, this has to be the worst possible time to announce a plan like this. I respect them as a game company and they’ve got nothing to worry about with their more serious titles like the Tom Clancy series and Beyond Good & Evil, but the idea… Read More

  • WD's Scorpio 2.5" HDDs: big, cool and quiet


    I’m beginning to think of setting myself up an array of 2.5″ hard drives instead of all the 3.5-inchers I have now. Due to the constraints of their native habitat (a laptop), 2.5s are quieter, more energy efficient, and are closing the gap in size and performance with 3.5″ drives. Western Digital’s Scorpios are a good example of this; a comparable Caviaris a little… Read More