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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  • CrunchArcade: Top Ten Video Game Ninjas

    For as long as ninjas have existed, kids (and secretly adults) have been pretending to be them. I personally was a ninja for Halloween three years running. But because not all of us are sneaky and murderous, sometimes the only way to get that ninja feeling was to grab a controller and get shuriken-ing. Bear in mind this is not a list of the top ten ninja games, but a list of the killer… Read More

  • Displaylink beta drivers for OS X

    I’m not sure exactly what the draw is to USB displays, but I guess for some people it’s pretty handy. If you can get daisy-chaining to work, it could be nice, but there are data bandwidth issues when you’ve got a lot of information going over that cable. In any case, they’ve released a beta driver set for Intel Macs and “even” MacBook Airs. Thing is, it… Read More

  • New propaganda-style Battlestar posters look fracking sweet

    These posters at ThinkGeek look pretty excellent. They got the palette right (if they were going for a Soviet look) and the show fits the concept exactly. The WWII-submarine-esque world of Galactica seems a natural fit for the “ENLIST!” look of these posters. It’s just in time for the season premiere this Friday, though you’ll have to order fast if you want to… Read More

  • Gears of War movie done got a script and director

    Gears of War is grinding towards completion. Keep in mind, though, this article does not mention whether the script and director are any good. Hopefully he or she won’t use actual gameplay as part of the film, a la House of the Dead. I’m still playing the PC version of GoW and it looks great, they could probably just have a pro speedrun it (it’d be under 2 hours) and put that… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: GTA IV achievements leaked?

    There’s no confirmation on this, so take it with a grain of salt, and also beware that there are SPOILERS ahead if you clicky this link. If that wasn’t spoiler-y enough for you, there are descriptions (also unconfirmed) here. Personally, I believe that the best achievements in GTA games aren’t listed, because they can’t be predicted. There should be an achievement… Read More

  • iPhone completely crax0red? PWNED available next week

    What may be the deepest crack yet for the iPhone is coming out today next week for your perusal. It takes over “the lowest layers of Apple’s device,” allowing for unsigned, custom firmware to be dropped in. That’s more than allowing custom apps, that’s allowing for a whole different OS to be put on there, or maybe even give it the power to warm up your food. Read More

  • Digital painter's palette: good idea, but it won't look like this thing

    I can only imagine the troubles serious digital artists encounter these days. The muddle of tools and colors on the screen, the limited space for viewing the “canvas,” and so on. I think it’s natural to have two touchscreens: one to hold all the tools, colors, and layer information, and the other to simply be, well, the picture. I’m pretty sure it’ll be like… Read More

  • Elephant cinematographers capture magical tiger moments in new BBC documentary

    This is just off the chain. I knew elephants were good painters, but filmmakers? A new BBC series used specially trained elephants to follow a group of tiger cubs and their mother around in a jungle for the duration of their cubhood. I’m not sure if you heard me correctly, they used specially trained elephants. Elephants trained to frame shots and hold their mounted hi-def cameras steady. Read More

  • Fujifilm to track sensitive backup data via embedded GPS

    Imagine you’re Visa. You’ve got terabytes of personal data on millions of customers, and it all has to go somewhere. The cheapest solution is tape storage, which you keep in a secure room and write all that sensitive stuff to. Then, when the time comes to archive it somewhere cool and dry, like a storage facility, you put it on the truck, and it disappears en route. Uh oh… Read More

  • Navy freaking out over the "Holy Grail of Lasers"

    Lasers are already being used in the field to shoot down missiles and such, but they are limited in their applications because they require volatile chemical agents or fragile crystal arrays — neither one something you want in a battlefield situation. But the Free Electron Laser uses a “turbocharged stream of electrons” to start the reaction that fires the laser. For… Read More

  • Microsoft's "parental street cred" ads: close but no cigarizzle

    I’m not a big fan of advertising, so it pains me to see something so clearly with its heart in the right place, but so clearly failing. Someone really wanted to make these spots. But who exactly are they for? Who will pay attention enough to take the message home that the 360 is a family multimedia device and not just a virtual orgasmic rape simulator. The ads seem more concerned with… Read More

  • Eee desktop revealed, let the Weee comments begin

    The thin, white form factor wasn’t exactly invented yesterday, but the Wii is the most recent and salient example of it. And it looks like Asus liked the design a lot, because these new leaked pictures look an awful lot like one. I like it, though, the design is even cleaner than Nintendo’s. Notice there does not appear to be a disc drive; but the pinhole (for emergency… Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: How CrunchGear's Linux Week made me hate Linux

    [photopress:linux.jpg,full,center] My feature for this week was to be “Linux rocks your Windows box” or something of the sort. Great, I thought. I’ll take Wubi for a spin, see how it stacks up against a partitioned install of Ubuntu, and search around for other ways of making Linux apps work in a Windows environment. Fun and informative! But it’s just my luck that… Read More

  • The Mutator, the first personal gaming torture device

    Now I’m all for force feedback. I love me some Rumble Pak and I was impressed by the more advanced 3rd Space force feedback vest. But this is some freaky stuff right here. I’ve been known to play with electric fences or prank iPods now and again, but getting a shock every time you get hit by a pulse cannon or rocket? So far it only works with Unreal Tournament, but I bet soon… Read More

  • Apple's iFit will PUMP! YOU UP!

    Recent patent filings (in black and white so the OS looks like System 6) show a full-featured program spanning OS X and an iPhone-like device, designed to guide and track you on a fitness regimen, complete with advice, illustrations, rep counts and stuff like that. It looks like there are suggestions of accessories for pedometers, blood pressure monitors, and so on as well. I recently ragged… Read More

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    The Unreasonable Stance: All About Linux 2008 edition: Linux sucks

    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. Why are we having a whole week dedicated to this runty OS? You’d think this ridiculous open-source movement… Read More

  • ATI fixes that annoying st-st-stuttering gl-gli-gl-bug

    What is it with ATI and stuttering? When Half-Life 2 was released, the game was totally unplayable on my rig (With a Radeon 9600 Pro, no slouch at the time) and pretty much everyone else’s due to constant and crippling stuttering and the still-dangerous audio-loop crash. The game was allegedly designed with almost my exact hardware configuration in mind, yet it was totally busted… Read More

  • Via teams up with Nvidia to form Nviadia, or Nvivia, or possibly Nvoltron

    The graphics giant and the chipset maker are going to be working together just as Via is launching a competitor to Intel’s Atom chipset. The Isaiah chip is tiny and low-power, providing an excellent alternative to Atom for smaller form factors like UMPCs and small laptops. Nobody knows exactly what the terms are on this agreement because Via and Nvidia are being hush about it. Not sure… Read More

  • Analyst: Take-Two's rejection of EA was improper, un-ladylike

    Wedbush Morgan, an analyst firm that likes to analyze and comment on things, says that Take-Two is making a mistake in spurning EA’s advances. $26 per share is a good deal, they say, and the company isn’t going to be any more valuable after the release of GTA IV, which they assume was the reason behind Take-Two’s unwillingness to sell. EA is getting serious now and trying… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: GTA street map leaked!

    This reminds me of old times where you’d have a sheisty, inaccurate, hand-drawn map of say Hyrule crammed into the tiny instruction booklet. Some enterprising fellow uploaded some pics and promptly removed them, but not before they made it to the tips inbox at Kotaku. They’ve got it all nice and gallery-ed up so take a look. The town itself looks interesting, and is obviously… Read More