Devin Coldewey

Devin Coldewey is a Seattle-based writer and photographer. He first wrote for TechCrunch in 2007. He has also written for, NBC News, DPReview, The Economist/GE’s Look Ahead, and others.

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  • Canon 5D Mark II rumors are swirling, swirling

    Oh man, if only I were very, very rich. To have a full-frame professional SLR, the joy! So it looks like the upcoming 5D Mk II is going to be an interesting camera. Its detail retention at 12800 ISO is supposed to be equal to the previous 5D’s at 3200, which is fantastic and represents nearly a 2-stop advantage. This means sharper, clearer pictures at higher shutter speeds in lower… Read More

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    The Unreasonable Stance: Multi-touch is just more Apple snake oil

    Welcome to the Unreasonable Stance, where our own Devin Coldewey takes the minority opinion on a tech matter and defends it with convenient data, spun numbers, fanboyism, and insults until he proves, without a doubt, that those that disagree with him are filthy mouth-breathers. Everybody’s all a-twitter about Apple’s latest amazing technology, the incomparable… Read More

  • Panasonic's new Viera HDTV line hits you where it hertz

    It’s good news for two reasons when a good company like Panasonic drops some new gear on us: first, you’ve got the hot new gear, and second, their old stuff takes a huge price hit. These new Vieras look good enough that you should consider them for your next upgrade: many inputs, 100Hz and 24p motion conversion, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, all in glorious 1080p and the option of… Read More

  • Microsoft's new keyboard/mouse combo looks pretty solid

    I’ve been a Logitech guy for a while now, but before that I had an excellent Microsoft keyboard/mouse combo, and this new offering looks nice enough to perhaps tempt me back to the dark side. Or the translucent side, really. They say the design is inspired by Aero, but unlike that demanding Vista feature, this keyboard’s good looks don’t require an extra gig of RAM. I like… Read More

  • Express your fanboyism with a Sony-style tattoo

    The PS3 is, it must be said, a powerful and versatile system. However, that does not really qualify it as a good tattoo subject. Flaming someone on an internet forum for hating on your console, well, that’s fanboyish, but getting Sony intellectual property permanently written on your skin? That borders on zealotry, my friend. I have a feeling it won’t be long until roving bands… Read More

  • First the iPhone gets Spore, now it gets Legos. What's left?

    Spore, the ultimate sandbox video game, and Lego, the ultimate sandbox brick-based toy, are now both coming to the iPhone. It’s only a matter of time before Lincoln Logs and Candyland are part of its expanding game empire as well. Man, the iPod Touch is going to start cutting into the DS’s market share. Did anyone see that coming? The site’s interface is pretty slow and… Read More

  • 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