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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  • PAX 2008: The public arrives in force

    [ I know you were all wondering what this moment looked like. The jealous, huddled masses were sitting outside while we flimsily credentialed press got to lick the first public playables of Spore, Mirror’s Edge, and so on up and down. Frankly I expected a little more violence. Not that it would have made for a better convention, but it… Read More

  • PAX 2008: Fallout 3 hands-on

    [ They told us to stop filming but we’re naughty and we’re putting it up anyway. It’s a public convention and this is a public build that most people have already seen the demo of anyway, right? No harm, no foul. This is the same demo they showed me at E3 (same build, even) and the demo videos are good, but we thought you might want… Read More

  • PAX 2008: We get Zerged in Starcraft 2

    [ I think it’s actually more accurate to say that I failed to Zerg my opponent correctly. The game looks great, it controls just like the original to be honest, and the graphics are smooth and very detailed. I have this feeling that my old Protoss tactics are going to be of little use in this updated game. Although you’ll be happy to… Read More

  • PAX 2008: There are lots of people here

    [ We’re here in my hometown covering the hell out of PAX. This was the waiting room, which was later full to capacity. These poor souls all had to wait while Greg and I checked out Starcraft 2, Mirror’s Edge, Fallout 3, Rock Band 2, and about a billion other awesome games that are playable there. We’ll have videos coming up as soon… Read More

  • Sexy EEPROM cufflinks

    ROM — James ROM. I know this kind of thing gets done every once in a while, but that doesn’t change the fact that these are lava-hot. The colors are tasteful (although the white balance in the photo was irreparably messed up, silver and black are classic), and the design is understated. If someone looks closely, you get credit for geekiness and stylishness. How often does that happen? Read More

  • Valve announces dedicated servers for Left 4 Dead on 360

    Boy am I excited for L4D. I got to play it at E3 and it was fun as hell, and although I never trust console ports of PC FPSes, at least Valve is doing it right. Playing online will, if I read this correctly, always take place on a dedicated server, which means no more juggling connections to find out who’s the best host. DLC (new weapons, maps, and monsters) will be quicker to come than… Read More

  • Ladies and gentlemen, the Chevy Volt production model

    I promised myself that the next car I bought would be a real electric production car. Is this my next car? More importantly, can I afford it? Likely not, but that’s not the issue here. Pictures and info after the bump. Read More

  • Motion52 wall mount: now less incredibly expensive

    I kid, I kid. Well — only a little. This motorized wall mount would be a colossal monument to your wealth and, secondarily, concern for comfort and picture. I know there’s a sweet spot for my monitor, but I’m close enough to just move my head into it. Now: imagine my monitor is 50 inches wide and I’m on the far side of the room, on a luxurious sofa with my arm around… Read More

  • Faux-chrome olde-style USB microphone

    Podcaster, eh? I know your type. Always talking, never listening to other people’s podcasts. Well since you’re so sure you’re the next Edward R. Murrow, maybe you oughta look the part. Tuck in that shirt, you hippie. Get some suspenders! Roll up those sleeves… stop! Too much, roll them down again. Now get this chrome-lookin’ USB microphone and talk into it… Read More

  • ROM hacks: Incredible pseudo-sequels to your favorite retro console games

    I love retro games, and although part of what I love about them is the nostalgia, going through the same worlds, thinking “oh yeah, I remember when my brother beat that guy for the first time,” all that. But another part is the simply classic nature of the 2D gameplay, in which level design was everything and the graphics were simple enough that you could fit a 30-hour game on a… Read More

  • Samsung X360: light as an Air, more features than an MBP

    Samsung appears to have made an incredibly hot little item. They call it the X360, which seems to infringe equally on Microsoft and Lenovo’s trademarks. Samsung took aim at the MacBook Air’s form factor and seems to have succeeded at taking some of the shine off of Apple’s wispy little offering. The X360 weighs slightly less (1.27kg) and although it doesn’t look quite… Read More

  • Ultrasone drops new Pro cans, they look shiny, sound like the business

    If my ears could salivate, they’d do so now. While these new Pro-level headphones from Ultrasone are a little out of my price range, they sure are going to make some flush audiophile happy. They tell me that Sennheiser tried to buy some of their audio tech a few years ago but were rejected — and maybe if you had a pair of these PRO 900s, you could hear the world’s tiniest… Read More

  • Mythbusters' GPU vs. CPU demo: 1100 paintballs make the Mona Lisa in 275ms

    Well, this really is awfully misleading, but it sure is awesome. The idea is that a normal CPU processes things one at a time, like the single-paintball robot, and a GPU has parallel processors that can do (in this case) 1100 times the work in a single stroke. Well, considering CPUs are moving to serious multi-core architecture and GPUs are being used to do CPU work, the whole demonstration is… Read More

  • Triple wall outlet increases your total plug count by 50%

    This isn’t exactly cutting-edge technology, but this triple-plug socket looks like it may actually be handy. I wonder how practical they are these days, though, when most phones, laptops and so on all have big AC adapters or otherwise funky plugs. Well, the third plug doesn’t stop you from using the plug the way you usually would, so what do you have to lose? A little money, I… Read More

  • Logitech launches wireless Z-500 speakers

    What’s there to say? These new Logitech speakers look slick, they’re wireless via an unobtrusive little dongle, and they claim 12 hours of battery life. Looks like you can charge them via USB. I’ve heard good things about the smaller Logitech speakers, so while I won’t expect to fill a room with these things, they might be nice for… I don’t know, picnics. Read More

  • Apple touch tablet patents are pretty much what you expect

    Apple Insider uncovered some documents filed by Apple a couple months ago detailing some aspects of a touch-based interface in a full OS X environment. It shows a pair of horribly gnarled hands interacting with iTunes, and vaguely human hands touching generic windows and such. A sort of “virtual click wheel” seems to be implemented, although other than that there are few… Read More

  • Ten million PSPs sold in Japan, Monster Hunter rocks

    In a bit of surprising news, it seems the PSP is actually thriving over in Nippon. Everyone thinks of Japan as a Nintendo stronghold, especially when it comes to handhelds, but the truth is that the PSP is doing pretty well; selling 10 million is no joke. I wonder how many are Stella Artois units. And why haven’t I played Monster Hunter?! That game looks like it kicks ass &mdash… Read More

  • Samsung has cheapie SSDs coming your way

    One of the biggest obstacles in the uptake of SSDs is the price, as I’m sure you, sir, are well aware. We keep hearing about the benefits of SSDs, but how many of us have flash-based storage outside of our mp3 players? It’s just not cost-effective — yet. Predictably, Samsung wants to change that. They’re introducing a line of low-capacity SSDs that are… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Wednesday, August 27

    Today’s Top Posts: Watch out, there’s a computer virus (well, worm) aboard the International Space Station SanDisk releases 30MB/s SDHC cards Epson rolls out 4-inch high-res photo viewers Garmin refreshes two GPS lineups GamePark releasing new GP2X portable in October Nikon D90 is real, not just a collection of spy shots Daily Crunch: Heatstroke Edition Rock Band 2: Song… Read More

  • Immersion, Microsoft, Sony finally settle their beef (beeves?)

    I’m just going to refer you to the excellent diagram above for your lesson in force feedback lawsuitology. The outcome is basically that Sony ended up paying a bunch of money, Immersion came out on top for the most part, and Microsoft is still richer than Croesus. It’s finally been settled, as Microsoft got their ounce or so of the pound of flesh that Sony had to deliver to Immersion. Read More