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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  • DS Lite now available in cornflower – I mean cobalt blue


    If you’ve been holding off on getting a DS lite because none match your new blue kicks, it’s time to pull out that bankroll. The handheld world’s undisputed champion is now available in sweet, sweet cobalt blue. In addition to being a cool color, cobalt has one of the coolest names of all the elements — just say it to yourself right now, “cobalt,” it… Read More

  • Nikon D60 leak? And it's weak?


    From the folks who brought you the K20D and K200D, we have the latest in leaked specs for Nikon’s upcoming D40x replacement, the D60. And if this is all accurate, it’s a bit of a letdown, considering the magnitude of the new Rebel’s updates and the hotness of Pentax’s newer K’s. The added megapixels on the D60 are welcome (up to 10.2), and the sensor… Read More

  • How to get a one-time extension your iTunes movie rentals


    So you’re watching Lady Terminator but you don’t have time to finish it. You’re going to be busy until tomorrow night, and your movie is only rented for 24 hours! It’ll be long deleted by the time you get back. What the hell? Well, here’s what you do: hit pause. That’s it. When you come back to it a day from now (or more; no outer limit has been… Read More

  • PS3 technical issues the source of GTA IV delay?


    MTV has an interview with developer Jeronimo Barrera in which the GTA IV delay is cited as a good thing (why not squash bugs and polish for a couple more months) and also as being caused by the PS3 version. They’re “identical” now (except the 360 version doesn’t need a hard drive) but that the PS3 development contributed significantly to the delay is “really… Read More

  • I accuse Fujitsu! In the FCC with the full-featured ultraportable


    If the MacBook Air is the bouncy, anorexic cheerleader of the ultraportable world (though 13.3″ is pushing the “ultraportable” label; I guess that would make her awkwardly tall in this metaphor), then this Lifebook P8010 is the greasy, frizzy (bad picture before) slick, capable know-it-all. Yet somehow lighter. This Fujitsu wonder has three USB ports, Wi-Fi, ethernet and… Read More

  • I'm a Rocket Man! Burning out his jetpack up here alone

    Yes, please! The Swiss have all the cool stuff. Probably because their entire country is banks and their streets are paved with Suisse Francs. I bet every Swiss citizen is given one of these rocket wing packs at birth. DO WANT: Personal Jet Wing [OhGizmo!] Read More

  • ATI's HD 3400: DirectX 10.1 and hardware HD playback for $50


    Just don’t try to play any games with it. I thought this was worth mentioning since people have complained of the cost of DX10 cards. Well, now you can get one for 50 clams. Of course, for that amount of cash you’re probably getting 64 megs of RAM (they don’t specify), which is almost enough to run Daikatana. But if you’ve got it set up right, you’ll be… Read More

  • Yet another gorgeous lens I can't possibly afford


    I like it, but really now, six thousand dollars? Canon has released the successor to the previous (and excellent) 200mm F1.8 L lens. It seems a little strange that they’d replace a F1.8 with a F2, but consider that they have added Optical Image Stabilization while at the same time lightening it and making it more weather-resistant. And that’s why it costs $6,000. I’m not… Read More

  • Study finds that two out of three of Commodore's gaming PCs are tastefully designed


    I’m not usually a fan of custom-painted cases — too often they are some Night Elf chick showing cleavage or else something like an eagle clutching a flag, and they all look like velvet paintings. But Commodore seems to have the right idea with these cases. Now, I’m not a “brown Zune” kind of guy, but the Space Invaders motif really sells the color here. And the… Read More

  • Canon is not a fan of surprises, prefers incremental upgrades


    Seems like if Canon has anything crazy up their sleeves, they’re saving it for NAB. Their releases for PMA are pretty tame, but as usual you can trust Canon for image quality and construction quality. Take a look at their line of point-and-shoots after the jump. Read More

  • New Sony camera PMA roundup


    No major announcements from Sony like “we’re going analog” or “everything is now left-handed” but there are a few respectable updates for their point-and-shoots. Now’s the time to buy the last generation, people! Unless you really need your camera to only take pictures when it detects a smile. Kind of creepy. Hit the link for the good stuff. Read More

  • Pentax's new Optio point-and-shoots are alive with the sound of megapixels


    If you’re in the market for a new pocket camera, you could do worse than a Pentax. My friend just bought one from the old generation and she likes it, but when she sees these she’ll be mad. Click the link below for the whole menagerie, in arbitrary order since there are no prices and some are better than others in different ways. All the cameras have USB 2.0 high speed interfaces… Read More

  • Virgin Galactic reveals SpaceShipTwo, plans open-source starships


    Burt Rutan and Richard Branson are doing their “deep pocketed space explorer” thing again. They’ve revealed the second version of their suborbital spacecraft, aptly called “SpaceShipTwo” and pictured above, presumably via a cell phone camera at the event. They also announced that the launch vehicle, “WhiteKnightTwo,” will be on an open… Read More

  • Last.fm unleashes totally free music that artists get paid for


    It sounds like nonsense, but it’s true. Last.fm, the popular social network for music, has announced that starting now, all music on the site can be played by anyone, for free. The catch is that after playing it three times you will be notified of their subscription service, but I don’t think we need to look this particular gift horse in the mouth. They’ve got the big… Read More

  • Get out your piggy banks; the FCC spectrum auction starts thursday


    The big day is almost here! All the heavy tele-hitters will be making offers on the chunk of wireless spectrum being made available by the FCC. There are 5 blocks, A through E. A and B are regional and may be bought by carriers hoping to strengthen their coverage in certain areas. E is one-way, so it’s useless for cool stuff like email, mobile web, and so on. C and D are where the… Read More

  • Rumor: Canon to introduce mid-pro "3D" camera and 5D replacement?


    Apparently some Canon reps technicians have loose lips and while jawing about how unpredictable their bosses were about announcing things, may have leaked a few specs for a phantom camera set to fit in between the 1D Mark III and the 5D. He also mentioned some possible upgrade specs for the 5D — maybe now is your chance to buy a used 5D on the cheap as all the pros ditch for the new… Read More

  • More Olympus point and shoots – here come the Styluses. Styli?


    Olympus has unveiled its new higher-end point and shoots, starting at $250. More megapixelage and better lenses, but slightly heavier if you’re watching those ounces. More pics and specs after the link. Read More

  • Olympus loves to release cameras! Here's the FE-3xx series


    Olympus, who made my first and favorite CD player, is releasing a metric ton of cameras at the PMA convention. Hit the link for the important specs, pics, and my pick. Read More

  • A sweet lens for the hardcore wide-spectrum photographer in your life


    I personally haven’t had any trouble with chromatic aberration in the non-visible wavelengths of light, but then again I’m not shooting in infrared. You should though, it’s cool, but there is the question of whether your camera is up to it. If your sensor will detect the non-visible light, there’s still another problem: that type of light acts differently and both… Read More

  • Lenovo outsourcing its manufacturing to Taiwan


    The article is a little vague (an ambiguous summary of some second-hand information from a Chinese newspaper) but apparently Lenovo is going to be hiring Taiwanese manufacturers for its notebooks rather than keep it all in the family. The laptops we saw were pretty nice, so let’s hope this is a sign that they’re getting lots of orders and can’t keep up with demand. Lenovo… Read More