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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  • Computers on wheels: Microsoft Auto


    These days, new cars have a truly new feature, which those in the industry call telematics. You and I would probably call it an in-dash computer, but what do we know? Right now Microsoft has Sync in Fords and competes with OnStar and Hughes Telematics in GM cars and Mercedes/Chryslers respectively. They’ve been around for a little bit and are becoming standard. What’s the next… Read More

  • Old 486 desktop + ingenuity = dedicated NES emulator


    Here’s something I didn’t cover in my Emulation Orientation a few weeks back, though I did mention NESticle. A couple guys have decided the most noble job for a venerable 486 is to run the venerable NES emulator full time, complete with controller ports. Find out how they did it here (good luck with doing it yourself). Of course, there are much, much easier ways to go about this. Read More

  • Microsoft to offer limited XP to low-cost PC makers


    Microsoft has unveiled a plan under which a somewhat crippled version of XP will be made available to the makers of low-cost PCs like the Eee PC and XO laptop. I’m not sure how I feel about this; at $25 it’s practically free, but the arbitrary hardware limitations Microsoft is imposing are, I think, kind of despicable: the PC vendors that make ULPCs must limit screen sizes to… Read More

  • VW and Sanyo getting together on Li-ion batteries for hybrids


    Following the lead of Nissan and NEC, which both recently have started down this track, the German carmaker is looking into lithium-ion batteries to improve its hybrids and electrics. It sounds like the Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries in their cars are both heavier and more toxic than the alternative. The Li-ion batteries would lower the weight of the car by hundreds of pounds… Read More

  • Quarter-century-old BSD bug identified, squashed


    So an OpenBSD developer got an email the other day saying SAMBA was having trouble talking to a DOS file system. The developer thought it was a problem with SAMBA until he found that there was a workaround in place to fix issues with some BSD code. He did a little digging and found that the code had been in place since 1983 — meaning that pretty much every BSD system out there… Read More

  • Memoright's solid state drives annihilate every hard drive out there


    Solid state drives have always excelled in power economy and heat levels, but have faltered in the price-to-performance ratio, and even lagged behind in sheer performance by some measures. That last complaint is valid no longer. Memoright’s high-speed drives operate at far higher speeds than other SSDs on the market, and show nearly double the performance of the closest competitors in… Read More

  • Hard drive from space shuttle Columbia salvaged with data intact


    This is insane. The hard drive crashed to earth with the rest of the wreckage, and at first they couldn’t even tell it was a drive at all. Data recovery expert Jon Edwards took a shot at it and due to a combination of technical skill and luck, he was able to recover the data on the drive, which was information on an experiment written up here. I say luck because whatever was writing to… Read More

  • MSI launches new pop-can sized "Titan" computer

    I suppose it’s a little funny that of all the Greek gods, MSI chose the biggest to lend a name to their smallest computer. This thing is really tiny. It hides a DVD burner, a 2.5″ SATA drive slot, 2 PS/2 slots and 2 USB, ethernet, and a real audio card. It’d make a mean little dedicated media or torrent machine if you had it connected to some network-attached storage… Read More

  • Hell yes: Gore Verbinski to direct Bioshock movie


    Basically, I’m just glad that Uwe Boll didn’t get it. The director of Pirates of the Caribbean, among other films, has been signed on to direct the Bioshock movie, and will be working with John Logan, who wrote “Gladiator” and adapted “Sweeney Todd.” These are good choices because the director is familiar with spectacle and effects and likely has people… Read More

  • Uh-ohs! SP3 crippling HP AMD machines


    Looks like there is a limited problem with SP3 causing endless reboots among HP computers with AMD processors (also possible: mobo issue). They’re working on it as we speak, and the root of the problem appears to be a power management driver that is only capable of causing trouble in this exact situation. It’s like the appendix: no apparent function except to blow up and kill… Read More

  • Zune gets clocked


    (updated with a link to the freaking program)
    So with the XNA Game Studio released as part of Zune’s 2.5 update, what do you think is the first big release? A port of Doom, perhaps? An Atari emulator? Hello world? No. It’s a clock. Silencing the complaints of trillions of Zunatics worldwide, the new application zClock does what the Zune development team could not — or would… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Thursday, May 8

    Todays Top Posts: Verizon announces Samsung Glyde Review: Samsung Glyde Daily Crunch: Tool Battle Edition Gun-mounted cameras coming soon to DC police? MPAA sends a big, fat bill to The Pirate Bay Microsoft is not planning to filter content on your Zune, so chill out iPhone to get .Mac push email iPhone no longer on sale at O2… but why? Kid gets real Mario Party… awwwww Some guy… Read More

  • Samsung's "high bright" LCDs are the opposite of Pioneer's "absolute black"


    Yesterday we reported on some Pioneer TVs and monitors called KUROs, the goal of which was to provide the blackest blacksyet available on a display. Samsung is going the other direction, creating a panel 3 times brighter than a typical LCD display. They also have an insanely wide viewing angle (178 degrees, I dare say that is the maximum) and are intended for signage, wall displays, and… Read More

  • THQ and Marvel embrace tenderly over game deal


    THQ is clearly pumped about this. The uber-developer and publisher, which works with such industry leaders as Gas Powered Games and Relic, calls Marvel “one of the true crown jewels in the entertainment industry.” How flattering! Marvel is not quoted; they probably couldn’t get anyone on the phone since everyone in the company is too busy counting their money. Now, Sega is… Read More

  • Tokyoflash contest is over, read on for consolation prize


    Our joint contest with TokyoFlash has concluded. Thanks to everyone who entered! The winners should be receiving emails soon, or may have already gotten them. If you didn’t win a watch, well, you’re still a winner for reading the site, and that’s why we want to give you a special discount at TokyoFlash. Click below for “the deets.” Read More

  • Nvidia looking to simplify its product range


    I’m a gamer, and I try to keep on top of things when it comes to video cards, but in the last couple years it’s been increasingly difficult. I remember when the choice was TNT or Voodoo. That was easy to remember (hard to choose though). Now you’ve got this smorgasbord of 4-digit numbers, several three-letter designations which say nothing in and of themselves, and then… Read More

  • MPAA to collect $110m from TorrentSpy


    In what can only be termed a crushing defeat, leading torrent site TorrentSpy has been ordered to pay more than $110 million to the MPAA by a US District judge. It’s been a losing battle following TorrentSpy’s decision in March to make a stand by erasing a huge amount of MPAA-requested data they considered private. This isn’t the time for sites like TorrentSpy to win cases… Read More

  • Hard-coded piracy countermeasures forthcoming in Zune?


    NBC’s president of digital distribution, J. B. Perrette, explained in an interview the various reasons they recently chose to go with Zune for the distribution of their shows online. Perrette says that first of all, they liked that Microsoft was more flexible with the pricing. I can see that, I think Apple’s a little stiff on that front. But NBC’s other beef with Apple was… Read More

  • Hands-on with SteelSeries' gear lineup


    SteelSeries is an established brand over on the other side of the pond, and their gear is respected among pro and enthusiast gamers — there are even SteelSeries-sponsored clans and teams. Now the company is bringing their game over here and I have been so lucky as to get a good look at their full range of stuff. Look for full reviews later, but for now, if you’re curious… Read More

  • Dances with Childrens: the RC-R2D2 story

    How cute is that? Tread-based robots are limited to very few moves on the dance floor (for instance, they can’t do their namesake), but that doesn’t stop this remote-controlled R2 unit from cutting a rug with these young ladies at Maker Faire. Looks like a lot of fun. You can find out more about the project at Artoo-Detoo.net. Read More