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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  • EA's CEO: bad licensed games are bad, bad, bad

    Here’s something we all knew but probably never expected to hear from the lips of John Ricitiello. He says in an interview with MTV Games that games that rely solely on the game of their licensed counterparts are bad for business and damaging to the the industry’s credibility. I agree with that part, but I think EA is certainly guilty of squeezing every IP it has until it… Read More

  • Intel's many-core pseudo-GPU CPU: Larrabee

    I can be a chip-head sometimes when it suits me, but most of this discussion is way over my level of expertise. You can read the 16-page writeup over at Anandtech if you want, but you better be ready to deal with terms like “16-wide Vector ALU” and “cache coherency.”

    See what I mean? From what I understand, Intel is looking into creating a sort of chameleon CPU with a… Read More

  • Popcorn Hour, super-versatile media streamer, gets an update

    I had forgotten how impressive this little thing is. To be honest, I don’t see any reason to go with any other media box, AppleTV included. This thing costs less than two Benjamins and supports more formats and hardware out of the box than other media things can even dream of. If I owned a TV I’d definitely have one of these. Anyway, the reason I bring it up is that it’s… Read More

  • Caterpillar Robeast bristles its way down unpiggable pipes

    Bet you weren’t expecting that headline when you woke up this morning! Researchers in China has proposed and prototyped a robot that moves along the inside of pipes by its own power, cleaning as it goes. Currently the way major pipes are cleaned or cleared is through pigging, which is basically shooting a big scrubber down the pipe using pressure and catching it at the other end. Read More

  • Lenovo's X200 tablet PC gets spec'd

    Although I’m sure that it will be blown out of the water by the $200 tablet PC Mike wants to build, in the absence of any actual competitor from that sector this X200 looks pretty nice. It’s got a nice laptop-oriented Core2 with a fast FSB, 2 gigs of DDR3 RAM standard, a 12.1″ screen at 1280×800, 3xUSB, express, and card reader slots. Like its predecessors it has a… Read More

  • iRiver Spinn caught on video, looks hot

    We saw this thing last week and it looked sweet, but it’s so hard to tell about an interface without seeing it in action. Looks to me like the touchscreen works well, and although the interface doesn’t look as clean as other players, iRiver gadgets have historically done more stuff out of the box. I really can’t wait to get a hands-on with one of these things — hint… Read More

  • iPhone app-makers are raking it in (likely Apple too)

    While I’m sure many app developers for the new app store were happy just to be working with Apple on such a cool device as the iPhone 3G, I’m not so sure they all thought they would be swimming in money before a month was out. But some of the popular pay apps (2 Across, a crossword app, is the example) are earning their makers thousands of dollars per day. Even ridiculous apps… Read More

  • Baseball MMOG lets you purchase levels: only $200 for level 99!

    So the only baseball-based massively multiplayer game out there is now letting you shell out real life cash for in-game levels, giving you access to better leagues, tournaments, and I imagine making your players into tricked-out monsters. Apparently they didn’t learn the lesson EA did when they attempted to sell upgrades for people in Battlefield: Bad Company. Blue’s News… Read More

  • Homeland Security: all your data are belong to us, citizen

    Imagine if you will: you’re walking through a checkpointcustoms and if you’re like me, your passport picture makes you look like the Unabomber, so you get “randomly” selected for “secondary screening.” And they say, “Sir, turn on your laptop, we’re going to snoop through all your files and search for anything we feel, as practically… Read More

  • Microsoft gets mad at Taiwanese mousemaker, sues

    Usually in a situation like this, Microsoft would just buy the offending company and absorb their essence into its being. Apparently that’s no so easy when the company is all Taiwanese and stuff — they’ve resorted to suing the poor deluded fools, who have apparently resisted multiple approaches to work this thing out peacefully. Since they’re infringing on a couple… Read More

  • Now's your chance to spend $130 on Matrix DVDs

    This is timely for me, actually; I just watched a 720p version of The Matrix a couple days ago and was completely surprised by how well it holds up. Fantastic movie. Of course, the next two were pretty booboo, but to balance out this enormous boxed set they’ve included the great Animatrix and something like 35 hours of additional features. I’d be interested in finding out more… Read More

  • Video: Water-based touch interface for soothing bubble display

    This “physical ambient display” is beautiful and useless — in other words, it’s art. It senses the position of your finger in the water based on electric gradients and adjusts the display based on that. It uses a lot of horsepower to do it; I bet analog equipment with real bubbles could get much the same effect. Not that I’m ragging on this thing &mdash… Read More

  • Microbot sticks gently in your gut, snaps pictures

    A Nanorobotics professor at Carnegie Mellon has created a little pill-sized robot that he says can travel safely through the gut and snap good pictures along the way. The problem in the past has been that the adhesive required to stick a camera to an intestinal wall (or whatever) has been permanent. Meaning you’d have to rip out a piece if you wanted to remove the camera. So if you… Read More

  • Microsoft's UnMouse pad: an enormous pressure-sensing trackpad

    This UnMouse pad being shown at the Microsoft Research Summit looks pretty freaking awesome. It’s a super-thin, pressure-sensitive little pad that can take just about as many inputs as you care to give it — and each input contains analog pressure info. Microsoft is working with NYU to put it out there; it’s apparently cheap to make and is almost certainly able to be made in… Read More

  • Most popular posts for Wednesday, July 30

    Today’s Top Posts: T-Mobile’s Sidekick 2008: Yes, it kicks ass and yes you can have ours PS3 firmware 2.42 released: Improves playback quality of some games Rumor: Apple ditching Intel chipsets for unknown alternative New York City not interested in municipal Wi-Fi Sirius XM Radio CEO Mel Karmazin to appear on Opie and Anthony today Karmazin appears to reassure fans during Opie… Read More

  • Warhammer Online system req's: quite low

    It’s nice that the Crysis effect isn’t applied to every game — that is to say, not everything that comes out thinks it needs to leapfrog the system requirements of its competitors. Warhammer Online is a property that is aiming squarely at the uncommitted World of Warcraft crowd (and there are plenty), tabletop RPGers, and old-school gamers. These are three groups that… Read More

  • More about Microsoft's mythical Midori OS than you probably need to know

    The Software Development Times has run an extremely long and in-depth article on Midori, the post-Windows cloud-computing chupacabra-OS that is supposed to be coming down the line one of these years. From what I understand, it’s still in a completely larval state, although the article talks about it as if its about to be launched next week. It’s to be extremely modular and… Read More

  • Lenovo doing the netbook dance

    Seeing as every other laptop maker worth its salt is making some kind of subcompact notebook or netbook or tiny laptop or what-have-you, Lenovo has decided to get in on it. Who’ll be providing the hardware is up in the air, though Pegatron (love that name) is an option, having made Lenovo’s Ideapads, and Wistron is as well, having put together nearly a million X-series… Read More

  • Smart trousers detect wobbly walks, imminent falls in elderly

    If we can’t build a pair of pants yet that can prevent someone from falling, I guess the best we can do is make a pair that lets you know when you’re about to fall. These “E-Textile” pants are shot through with accelerometers, gyroscopes, bend sensors, all with a common 9V battery as a power source. They exchange information with a nearby hub, which can alert someone… Read More

  • Rumor: Apple ditching Intel chipsets for unknown alternative

    While the Core and Core2 Duo processors have been very good to Apple and have almost certainly driven sales, there are murmurs that the chipset it’s running on is perhaps no longer adequate. As Apple Insider suggests, it may be that Apple has had enough of thinking not-so-differently from other laptop makers. They may be headed to another provider for the boards, integrated graphics… Read More