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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  • 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

  • Sony's DSC-H50: DSLR looks, point-and-shoot personality


    If you’re not ready to take the plunge into DSLR territory, but want to fool your friends into thinking you have done so, these quasi-SLR cameras are the way to go. Of course, it helps that the thing has a 15x optical zoom Zeiss lens, so your pictures will probably look pretty decent too. Its 9.1 megapixels are more than I’ve got on my Canon, and while I’ve got RAW, this… Read More

  • Quad RAMage! Metaram's chips quadruple your server's RAM capacity

    I’m a little suspicious of this technology, but if it works then it’s certainly cool. Metaram’s new MetaSDRAM chipset sits between the RAM and the controller and acts as a go-between for additional RAM (as far as I can tell). I get the feeling this is a great idea for big servers like company databases but not necessarily for high-performance ones, since memory bandwidth is… Read More

  • New solar cell splits water molecules, produces usable hydrogen

    Some really smart researchers at Penn State have created a device that mimics the photosynthesis process that plants use to strip energy from sunlight and water. Their solar cell is super inefficient right now (the researchers have to help the reaction along a bit) but they say that with time and effort they may get to a level of efficiency (10-15%, which means nothing to me) that could provide… Read More

  • Will Microsoft roll up Epic into its game developer katamari?


    There are rumblings to this effect from an assistant editor at GamePro. Microsoft seems to have made a couple billion bucks from the Halo franchise after snapping up Bungie all those years ago, and with the success of Gears of War and the promise of a sequel, it seems like it would be an excellent move. This Travis Moses guy thinks that MS will make a move this summer to the tune of a… Read More

  • 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