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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  • Sony’s Latest Kindle Killer Is World’s Lightest eReader

    Sony’s Latest Kindle Killer Is World’s Lightest eReader

    These days, it’s getting tough for companies that make eBook readers to differentiate. Brief forays into jumbo models aside, Amazon’s Kindle has kept things simple and elegant since day one, while Barnes and Noble went the full-featured Android route with the Nook Color. Sony, to their credit, was among the first to make readers with appeal that extended beyond hardcore… Read More

  • HTC Jetstream: AT&T’s 10.1 Inch LTE Tablet, Launches September 4

    HTC Jetstream: AT&T’s 10.1 Inch LTE Tablet, Launches September 4

    HTC’s Jetstream (nee Puccini) has been the stuff of rumors for weeks now, but AT&T has officially announced the 10.1 inch tablet this morning. The Jetstream is HTC’s first to run Android 3.1 Honeycomb, complete with a version of the Sense UI specifically tweaked for the tablet’s larger form factor. A 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor powers the Jetstream, and it… Read More

  • VMware Unveils Enterprise Solutions For Samsung’s Galaxy Devices

    VMware Unveils Enterprise Solutions For Samsung’s Galaxy Devices

    Samsung made it known at last night’s big announcement that they intended the Galaxy S II series to be more IT-friendly than its predecessor: improved Exchange support and on-device data encryption were just some of the highlights. This was apparently just the tip of the IT iceberg, as VMware has just announced a partnership with Samsung to integrate support for their View 5 and… Read More

  • NASA MMO Gets Kickstarter Funding, Beta In 2012

    NASA MMO Gets Kickstarter Funding, Beta In 2012

    The concept of a NASA-backed MMO about space is one that’s been floating around for years, and thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, the project is making its first steps to becoming a reality. Read More

  • Motorola’s Rugged DEFY+ Is UK-Bound, Landing In September

    Motorola’s Rugged DEFY+ Is UK-Bound, Landing In September

    Motorola’s super-sturdy DEFY+ handset was officially revealed in a press release only a few weeks ago, but a recent announcement confirms that the device will make its UK debut early this fall. Forgot what the DEFY+ was capable of? Here’s a quick recap: the rugged Android handset packs a 1 GHz processor (a 20% improvement in speed over the proc found in the original DEFY), a… Read More

  • Video: Sense 3.5 UI Leak Shows The New Face Of HTC Phones

    Video: Sense 3.5 UI Leak Shows The New Face Of HTC Phones

    Eagle-eyed readers may have spotted the “With HTC Sense” badge on the newly-leaked HTC Vigor’s rear-end, and yet another leak may have disclosed what to expect when the thing turns on. A five minute video tour of HTC’s updated Sense 3.5 UI has just surfaced, and allows us a peek at what the next big HTC devices have in store for us. Read More

  • LG Bolsters Optimus 3D App Library With 3D Game Converter

    LG Bolsters Optimus 3D App Library With 3D Game Converter

    Compelling content is the key to ensuring that 3D smartphones are more than a just a flash in the pan, and right now, there just isn’t much of it floating around. LG, makers of the Optimus 3D handset, aims to address that content issue with the recent announcement of their new 3D Game Converter software. Read More

  • HTC Vigor Spotted In The Wild, Possibly Packing Verizon LTE

    HTC Vigor Spotted In The Wild, Possibly Packing Verizon LTE

    As far as Verizon devices are concerned, the Droid Bionic probably holds the crown for “Most Anticipated Handset,” but newly leaked shots of the HTC Vigor may steal a bit of that spotlight. Rumored to be the newest addition to Verizon’s LTE line up, the Vigor sports a name that’s downright ancient in comparison: it was first spotted in a trademark application from… Read More

  • HP TouchPads Slated For Return To Best Buy?

    HP TouchPads Slated For Return To Best Buy?

    It was widely reported that Best Buy was sitting on over 200,000 TouchPads before HP enacted their drastic price cut, but the fire sale has come and gone, and that would normally be that. Instead, a notice in Best Buy’s Employee Toolkit system shows that their contentious relationship with the TouchPad may not be over just yet. Read More

  • Apple Quietly Kills 99¢ TV Show Rentals

    Apple Quietly Kills 99¢ TV Show Rentals

    Bad news for anyone who was looking to rent the latest episode of Top Gear from iTunes, as Apple has quickly and quietly removed their 99¢ television rental option today. The functionality has disappeared from both the Apple TV’s interface and the iTunes store proper, signalling a drastic shift in Apple’s pricing policy. Individual episodes of a series can still be bought as… Read More

  • FEMA’s New Android App Arrives Just In Time For Hurricane Irene

    FEMA’s New Android App Arrives Just In Time For Hurricane Irene

    FEMA’s had a mobile version of their website available for a while now, but all that information does you no good if you can’t get an internet connection. Given the fragility of mobile networks during disasters, going without web access is a very real possibility. Enter FEMA’s new, self-titled Android app, which puts a wealth of emergency preparedness information right in… Read More

  • Kickstarter: Kammok, A Hammock For Outdoorsmen and City Folk Alike

    Kickstarter: Kammok, A Hammock For Outdoorsmen and City Folk Alike

    The perception of geeks used to be that we lived in darkened houses constantly hunched over computers, never seeing the light of day. To be honest, that was me for a bit in my younger years, but these days I’ve come to appreciate the outdoors a bit more. Still, my love for fresh air is only matched by my love of lazing about, and the Kammok sounds like a perfect fit for my ideal lifestyle. Read More

  • Razer’s “Blade” Gaming Notebook Takes No Prisoners (Except For Your Wallet)

    Razer’s “Blade” Gaming Notebook Takes No Prisoners (Except For Your Wallet)

    Perhaps best known for their myriad gaming peripherals with dramatic names, Razer has just made a huge move into the PC hardware space. Announced today at PAX Prime, Razer’s new Blade gaming notebook packs a whole lot of gaming horsepower into an aluminum body that’s less than an inch thick. Read More

  • Voice Search For Google Maps Goes Live

    Voice Search For Google Maps Goes Live

    Google’s push into voice search is no secret: it’s baked into most builds of Android, and Chrome users have been enjoying the search-by-voice feature since July. It wasn’t so much a question of if Google would keep running with it, but where and when would it pop up next. Google’s Lat Long Blog has that answer for us today, as voice search is now available in Google Maps. Read More

  • Samsung’s IFA App Reveals New Galaxy Tab, Wave Handset

    Samsung’s IFA App Reveals New Galaxy Tab, Wave Handset

    Samsung’s pre-IFA Unpacked app is usually pretty dry as far as contents are concerned: there are event schedules and press releases aplenty, but some curious Android fans have discovered some juicy new tidbits deep within the app’s innards. Read More

  • Android Users Finally Get Full Qik Premium Experience

    Android Users Finally Get Full Qik Premium Experience

    Android-toting Qik fans will have reason to smile today: the Skype-owned company has announced that their Premium service for Android devices has finally been fleshed out with new functionality and services for the discerning mobile videophile. Read More

  • Scandy: Yet Another Pointless Smartphone Stand

    Scandy: Yet Another Pointless Smartphone Stand

    As you may have noticed, we’re big fans of Kickstarter around here, but for every good project that gets its much deserved funding, there are innumerable lesser ideas trapped in financial limbo. Today’s case in point: the Scandy, a telescoping clamp that promises to turn your smartphone into a scanner. Read More

  • Tactical Messenger Bag Takes Preparedness To The Next Level

    Tactical Messenger Bag Takes Preparedness To The Next Level

    I’ll be the first to admit that I usually rock a man-bag on a daily basis, but rarely have I ever considered using something as hardcore as the ITS Tactical Discreet Messenger Bag. While my usual load-out consists of the AOL-issued work laptop and a camera, the TDM bag packs compartments for use that goes above and beyond the ordinary. Read More

  • RIM’s New QNX BlackBerrys Will Run Android Apps

    RIM’s New QNX BlackBerrys Will Run Android Apps

    RIM announced well in advance of the PlayBook’s launch that it would be able to play nice with certain Android apps, but aside from a leaked beta, PlayBook owners still have nothing to show for it. RIM may not play the waiting game again with their forthcoming string of QNX-powered BlackBerrys though, as the word from Waterloo is that they will be able to run Android apps right out of… Read More

  • AT&T’s Hyperlocal Sites Show Off Network Upgrades

    AT&T’s Hyperlocal Sites Show Off Network Upgrades

    If you’ve ever called your carrier about spotty coverage, then chances are you’ve heard the party line: “we’re working to improve the service in your area.” It’s delightfully vague — you know that your concerns are being considered, just without any concrete timeline for improvement. Today, AT&T has announced their intention to make those… Read More