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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  • NVIDIA's ambitious mobile phones take aim at pretty much everybody


    NVIDIA’s on a roll with their graphics hardware and motherboards, why shouldn’t they find success in the mobile and PMP market? They have the technology. Graphics-intensive applications like 720p video recording and playback are a breeze when you design the whole package from tip to tail with your own technology instead of piecemealing it from various parts. It looks like… Read More

  • Very nice: Biostar's P45 mobo for the discerning overclocker


    That’s-a sexy motherboard. Reminds me of my own, actually — I think it’s the unbelievably annoying placement and orientation of the six SATA connectors. It’s also got 10 USB ports like mine and the cooling system is similar. The P45 series will be the successor to my P35 so I’m not surprised they’re similar, but I don’t see any really… Read More

  • 14 classic (some still-running) tech rivalries


    In case you forgot that Macs and PCs aren’t the best of pals, or that Nintendo and Sega used to send letter bombs to each other, this article should refresh your memory. I like reliving the old conflicts, like Netscape vs. IE and SNES vs. Genesis. You can vote too, so everyone knows which side your bread is buttered on. Some of their “classic” rivalries seem a little… Read More

  • Video: Groaningly awful CSI hacker jargon

    We have a breach! Not only do they read “News Blog” but they know about IP addresses, a closely guarded secret among hax0rs. These CSI guys are getting pretty l33t. It’s short, but this video has to be one of the worst instances of bluff tech writing I’ve ever seen — worse than 24!

    And for your pleasure: A creative Redditor has put together an awesome… Read More

  • Windows 7 driver testing now mandatory for hardware makers

    Looks like Microsoft is serious about this Windows 7 thing. Starting Monday, hardware makers will have to make their drivers compatible with Windows 7 as well as Vista to get that coveted “Certified for Windows Vista” badge on their gear. Seems kind of unnecessary right now, since 7 won’t be out for another couple years, but I guess they don’t want a repeat of the… Read More

  • New Onkyo audio setup is close, but no cigar just yet


    We’re getting closer to the point where I’ll actually be convinced not to use my laptop as a media center. This Onkyo system has about half of what I’m looking for – it’s got a nice big LCD for displaying info it nabs from online, an 80GB hard drive, and a USB slot for loading stuff directly. It looks classy, and although the speakers are a bit anemic at 26W… Read More

  • BIOS modding strikes again: turn your Geforce 9600 into an 8800GTS


    Back in the day, the cool thing to do was to modify your lower-end Radeon 9800 into a 9800Pro, or at least something like it, by essentially drawing on it with a pencil. Well, here’s a sequel that might actually apply to you. If you have a certain kind of Geforce 9600 (like this one), all you have to do is flash the BIOS and it rejiggers the card to unlock the unused shader units and the… Read More

  • Atom-based Eee on its way to you next week, $650


    TGDaily reports that the Atom-based Eee PC will be coming next week, but they seem rightly skeptical of the little guy. After all, at $650 it’s no longer that cheap (you could get a used MacBook for that price), and not only is the performance not really up to par but it’s a certainty that dual-core Atoms are forthcoming in just a few months so your investment in the chipset would… Read More

  • Review: High Speed USB thumbdrive cage match


    You may have seen our review of the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX high-speed thumbdrive. If so, you’ll remember how it proved itself far superior to the peasant drives I put it up against. Well, it’s far from the only high-speed USB key on the market, so we got our hands on a couple other leading offerings from Corsair (the Voyager GT) and SanDisk (the Cruzer Contour) and… Read More

  • Guitar Hero 4 for Wii gets downloadable content


    Because of the Wii’s rather silly amount of storage space available (512MB), developers have been loath to plan on downloadable content for the system. But Vicarious, the developers for the upcoming Guitar Hero 4, understand that to make the most of the Wii market may be the difference between a success and a smashing success, so they’re doing it anyway. They’re not… Read More

  • Contest: Win History's "Engineering Disasters" DVD set

    Here are some shows where you can really see some gear crunch. They’re part of the History Channel’s Modern Marvels series, which cover (as you may expect) the major works, megastructures, and, in this set, the spectacular failures of modern engineering. You won’t be seeing the Apple Newton on there or Microsoft Bob, but you will see bridges and buildings collapsing, huge… Read More

  • Telekinetic monkeys and revolutionary prehensile prosthetics

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 The brain-machine interface is one of the next major steps in technology. I had the privilege to study Neuroscience at UCLA and can say with certainty that we’re nowhere near a practical application for a number of reasons, but the amount of brainpower being devoted to the subject is so great that we’re making… Read More

  • Productivity Week: Firefox Tweak Guide


    It’s Productivity Week here at CrunchGear, and you’ve already learned to drive better, organize your workspace, and use paper of all things. That’s all well and good, but I spend more time behind a keyboard than behind a wheel, and many of you are probably the same. And what application is always hanging out there in the background? Yes, it’s everyone’s… Read More

  • Cassette tape watches, and their Cold War precursor


    You may have seen pictures going around of this awesome cassette tape-styled watch. I happen to think the little written “Hour” and “Min” are butt-ugly, so I checked if there were any more like it without the scribbles. Turns out there are a couple G-Shocks that look suspiciously like cassette tapes, whether they were meant to or not. Then I got a craving for a real… Read More

  • Xerox's new gel printer ink might trickle down in a decade or so


    Don’t expect this new ink to be hitting a printer near you any time soon, but I found it reassuring that the companies in charge aren’t just sitting back and letting the cash roll in. They are, in fact, hard at work on new ways to make money. The latest advance is this gel ink, which, not being water-based, will keep its place and shape on nearly any surface. There’s… Read More

  • Delta gets probably the most expensive flight simulator on the planet


    Does that thing look cool or what? I’d like one for playing games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil — total isolation, total darkness. Plus, no one would hear me scream and weep, unlike at my apartment. The object pictured is the top-of-the-line CAE-7000 commercial flight-sim system put out by CAE, a major provider of such things. Delta’s using the CAE-7000 to train its… Read More

  • Metroid movie? Please tell me this is true


    If it’s on the Internet, it must be true. Of course, this is entirely speculation — pure internet “it is rumored” nonsense, but damn it man, we can hope can’t we? And they really ought to cast this young lady right here as the armored heroine. Read More

  • Drobo shacks up with Western Digital: special multi-terabyte offers!


    In case you missed our recent review of the Drobo and Droboshare, they come highly recommended, and if you’re looking to take the plunge, now is probably the best time ever. Data Robotics has teamed up with Western Digital and they’re bundling up to four terabytes of WD’s new GreenPower storage with new Drobo systems for pretty solid prices. 1TB drives are going for between… Read More

  • D-Link's ethernet-to-coaxial adapter kit: useful but expensive


    Those of you not lucky enough to have the time and money to have outfitted your home with ethernet jacks all over the place probably still have coax cables in the major rooms. A couple tests or a look at some records could tell you the layout of the cabling, then buy this coax conversion kit from D-Link and presto, you’ve got yourself a home networking solution! Assuming wireless… Read More

  • Fake: Guy doesn't draw a picture of himself on the world using GPS unit

    Update: The whole stunt was fake. DHL is backtracking now, saying they didn’t have anything to do with it. Plus the guy looked like Devin and you should never trust Devin. This guy wanted to make the biggest drawing ever. So instead of a pen, he put a GPS unit (plus a bunch of batteries) in an indestructible briefcase and sent it on an incredibly long and complicated journey around… Read More