Chris Velazco

Chris Velazco

Chris Velazco is a mobile enthusiast and writer who studied English and Marketing at Rutgers University. Once upon a time, he was the news intern for MobileCrunch, and in between posts, he worked in wireless sales at Best Buy.

After graduating, he returned to the new TechCrunch to as a full-time mobile writer. He counts advertising, running, musical theater, and soup among his myriad interests.

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  • Nike’s Mag Sneakers Unveiled, Due For Letterman Appearance Tonight?

    Nike’s Mag Sneakers Unveiled, Due For Letterman Appearance Tonight?

    Nike made a legion of sneaker geeks’ dreams come true when they sent out their Back To The Future-themed invitations earlier today, but the official word has come down from on high: the Air Mags are real, and they’re all going on eBay tonight. Read More

  • J.D. Power Report Weighs In On Smartphone Design Vs. Performance

    J.D. Power Report Weighs In On Smartphone Design Vs. Performance

    Sometimes it seems like phone manufacturers are locked in a race to deliver the fastest, most feature-packed phones, but sheer power does not a great phone make. According to a recent report from J.D. Power and Associates, the specifics of a device’s design goes a long way in determining how satisfied its users are. Read More

  • Motorola’s New Facebook Phone Revealed

    Motorola’s New Facebook Phone Revealed

    Motorola’s no stranger to shoehorning social media into their devices (I’m looking at you, MotoBlur), but a new device passing through the Bluetooth SIG website reveals just how serious Motorola is about Facebook integration. Before we go any further, I’ll have to ask you to lower any expectations you may have about a Motorola Facebook phone. A little bit more. And…… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson 2011′s Xperia Line Will Get ICS, But Where’s Everyone Else?

    Sony Ericsson 2011′s Xperia Line Will Get ICS, But Where’s Everyone Else?

    With an October/November launch window more or less confirmed, the next burning question is which devices will get to benefit from the Ice Cream Sandwich treatment first. Motorola’s Sanjay Jha mentioned last month that he’d like his company to be first to market with an ICS device, but now another vendor has thrown their official support behind the latest update. Today, Sony… Read More

  • Iridium’s New AxcessPoint Hotspot Provides WiFi In The Rainforest

    Iridium’s New AxcessPoint Hotspot Provides WiFi In The Rainforest

    Perhaps best known for their line of rugged, work-anywhere satellite phones, Iridium Communications has revealed today that they’re looking to try something new. Alongside news of a new handset dubbed the Iridium Extreme, Iridium has also unveiled their new AxcessPoint hotspot, which allows users to get online and get their email fix just about anywhere on the planet. Read More

  • Google’s Eric Schmidt Pegs Ice Cream Sandwich For Mid-Fall Release

    Google’s Eric Schmidt Pegs Ice Cream Sandwich For Mid-Fall Release

    While at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce conference, Google chairman Eric Schmidt let fly a juicy tidbit as he ran through how Android came to be. According to him, the next big version of Android is being prepared for release in the October/November timeframe. Read More

  • Breezy Launches Partner Network, Lets You Print On The Go At 1,000 Locations

    Breezy Launches Partner Network, Lets You Print On The Go At 1,000 Locations

    Breezy, the Oakland-based mobile printing startup, has been awfully busy since last we heard from them. What started as a BlackBerry-only solution to one man’s mobile printing headache has gone mass market today with the announcement of their new Breezy Partner Network, which allows users to print documents from their smartphones to nearly 1,000 local printers. Read More

  • Microsoft Job Listing Hints At Locating “Every Windows Phone Device In The World”

    Microsoft Job Listing Hints At Locating “Every Windows Phone Device In The World”

    Microsoft has set out a pretty lofty goal for whomever applies to their latest job listing — they want some deeply technical people who, among other things, will help “find the location of every Windows Phone device in the world.” Useful location-based services like “Find My Phone” and Bing Maps have been baked into Windows Phone 7 since day one, but Microsoft… Read More

  • Android TouchPad Project Finally Gets Working Touch Screens

    Android TouchPad Project Finally Gets Working Touch Screens

    Regardless of your thoughts on what OS should be used on HP’s TouchPad, work on getting a fully-featured version of Android up and running continues unabated. There’s been a lot of progress in the past few weeks, but a group of devs revealed today that one crucial piece of the puzzle has just been popped into place: the touch screen finally works! Read More

  • Sprint Files Lawsuit To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

    Sprint Files Lawsuit To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

    Sprint’s clearly no fan of the pending AT&T/T-mobile merger: in recent memory, they’ve pledged to complain to Congress, commissioned a study to illustrate how awful it would be, and cheered on the Department of Justice as they filed an antitrust suit to halt the proceedings. Now, instead of just sniping from the sidelines, Sprint is taking a more active stance on situation. Read More

  • Atari’s New iPad Joystick Meant For Budget Gamers?

    Atari’s New iPad Joystick Meant For Budget Gamers?

    ThinkGeek’s iCade certainly has a sense of visual flair going for it, but discerning iPad gamers who could do without the retro throwback may soon have another choice. The existence of the Atari Arcade Duo-Powered Joystick was recently confirmed in the Atari Greatest Hits app’s changelog, hopefully meaning it will make its official debut soon. Read More

  • Samsung’s New Android UI Is Ambitious But Flawed

    Samsung’s New Android UI Is Ambitious But Flawed

    One of the beautiful things about Android is how extensively you can customize things, if you so chose. A quick peek in the Android Market reveals tons of widgets, skins, and launcher replacements, all ready to give the Android device in your life a fresh new look. Shockingly, Samsung has decided to throw their hat into the customization ring with its own launcher replacement called Pure… Read More

  • Barnes And Noble Preparing Nook Color 2 For September Launch?

    Barnes And Noble Preparing Nook Color 2 For September Launch?

    Barnes and Noble’s Nook Color eReader is a fan favorite, not only because it’s great for reading, but also because with a little hackery it becomes a surprisingly decent Android tablet. A new report from Taiwan today indicates that Barnes and Noble has a sequel in the works, and that it could hit stores shelves as early as this month, potentially before Amazon’s own big… Read More

  • AT&T Working On “Two-Track Plan” To Address T-Mobile Merger Concerns

    AT&T Working On “Two-Track Plan” To Address T-Mobile Merger Concerns

    In spite of the antitrust lawsuit recent filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, AT&T has been hard at work to make sure their pending T-Mobile acquisition doesn’t fall apart. Sources close to the situation say that AT&T is reportedly working on a “two-track plan” to address the DoJ’s concerns and make sure the merger goes through. While Reuters can’t… Read More

  • Woot Offers TouchPad Buyers Star Wars Jokes And Partial Refund

    Woot Offers TouchPad Buyers Star Wars Jokes And Partial Refund

    Before the TouchPad dove head first into the bargain bin, HP tried a little pricing experiment. Early in August, they dropped the TouchPad’s price by $50, and very shortly after, the discount was bumped up to $100. It was a sweet deal, but in retrospect, some buyers may not be too happy with pulling the trigger when they did. Woot sold the TouchPad for $379, but they reportedly feel… Read More

  • Microsoft Sued For Collecting WP7 Location Data Without Consent

    Microsoft Sued For Collecting WP7 Location Data Without Consent

    While Apple has been catching much of the flak for collecting iPhone and iPad user location data without consent, it turns out that rival Microsoft may have been quietly up to the same. A recent class action lawsuit filed in Seattle district court alleges that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system collects users’ location data, even after offering users the chance to opt… Read More

  • Mosaid Acquires 2,000+ Nokia Patents, Will Handle Licensing & Litigation For A Cut

    Mosaid Acquires 2,000+ Nokia Patents, Will Handle Licensing & Litigation For A Cut

    While the patent wars continue to rage on, a recent move by Nokia may signal an aggressive new stance on handling patent infringement. Canadian IP firm Mosaid has announced a strategic purchase through which they gain control of nearly 2,000 patents out of Nokia’s library. The price tag for such a hefty acquisition? Absolutely nothing. Read More

  • Toshiba’s FlashAir SDHC Cards Pack Wireless LAN

    Toshiba’s FlashAir SDHC Cards Pack Wireless LAN

    There’s a whole lot going on at IFA right now, and while big announcements like the new Wave phones or Sony’s rather odd Android tablets get all the love, the little ones deserve some spotlight too. Toshiba has announced that they will launch the world’s first SDHC memory card with Wireless LAN functionality. I know what you’re thinking: that sounds an awful lot like… Read More

  • Hands-On: At The U.S. Open With The Olympus E-PM1

    Hands-On: At The U.S. Open With The Olympus E-PM1

    Olympus is trying to do with their new E-PMT1 PEN Mini camera what other manufacturers already have: bring DSLR power to the masses. It’s their smallest Micro Four Thirds camera to date, and it’s definitely got its proverbial sights set on the mass market — and the fact that it comes in six colors certainly doesn’t hurt. Olympus was kind enough to let me play with an… Read More

  • HTC Sensation Redux To Sport Beats By Dre Audio?

    HTC Sensation Redux To Sport Beats By Dre Audio?

    Since HTC’s purchase of a majority stake in Beats Electronics, the big question was which of their snazzy new handsets would be the first to benefit from an audio overhaul. Rumor had it that the Vigor may be the first to get a taste of the Dr. Dre treatment, but according to a leaked spec sheet, it may be a refreshed version of HTC’s Sensation that nabs the distinction. Read More