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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • HTC Sues Apple Over Patents, Wants Injunction And Lots Of Damages

    HTC Sues Apple Over Patents, Wants Injunction And Lots Of Damages

    For lack of a better term, Apple has been more than a little litigation-happy lately. While they’ve focused most of their recent efforts on Samsung and Motorola, Apple is now coming under fire from a company they’ve already sued: HTC. Read More

  • New Swype Keyboard Hits Sprint First With Gestures, Custom Dictionaries

    New Swype Keyboard Hits Sprint First With Gestures, Custom Dictionaries

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly three years since Swype first made a splash at TechCrunch 50, and since then it’s quickly popped up on handset after handset. Easily one of the most popular alternative input methods out there, Swype has announced today a special agreement for users of the Sprint Nexus S 4G: you bring the hardware, they’ll bring the latest… Read More

  • RIM’s BlackBerry Management Center is Free BES-Lite

    RIM’s BlackBerry Management Center is Free BES-Lite

    BlackBerry’s Enterprise Server has long been a mainstay of the corporate world, but considering the costs involved, many small businesses haven’t been able to justify the cost. Enter the BlackBerry Management Center, a cloud service meant for exactly those small businesses who want some of the power of BES without the corresponding price tag. Read More

  • HTC Finally Offers Bootloader Unlock, U.S. Users Must Wait

    HTC Finally Offers Bootloader Unlock, U.S. Users Must Wait

    HTC has spent the past few weeks hinting and teasing us with the availability of their bootloader unlock tool, but at long last the wait is over. If you own an international HTC Sensation, then congratulations: you’re free to mosey over to HTC Dev to get your fix. Read More

  • $200k Fundraiser Means SETI Can Listen For Aliens Again

    $200k Fundraiser Means SETI Can Listen For Aliens Again

    Nestled in a field 290 miles northeast of San Francisco, the Allen Telescope Array has been dormant since budget cuts forced the SETI Institute to take the facility offline last April. Instead of continuing the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, the array’s 42 radio telescopes now dot the landscape like strange ruins of a lost civilization. That was the case, at least, until the… Read More

  • TSMC Beginning Production Of Apple’s New A6 Processor

    TSMC Beginning Production Of Apple’s New A6 Processor

    We reported a few weeks ago that Apple was potentially looking at TSMC (otherwise known as the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.) to start work on their next-generation A6 processor. Apple seems to have made up their mind in the interim, as the partnership was confirmed on Friday by the Chinese Economic News Service. Read More

  • Acer Iconia Tab A100: Dual-Core, Honeycomb, Starts At $329

    Acer Iconia Tab A100: Dual-Core, Honeycomb, Starts At $329

    If Acer’s previous tablet effort was a bit too weighty for you, then consider this: Acer has just announced that their 7-inch WiFi-only Iconia Tab A100 is launching today at retail stores across the country. Read More

  • Is This What Android 4: Ice Cream Sandwich Looks Like?

    Is This What Android 4: Ice Cream Sandwich Looks Like?

    Google has been awfully protective of their latest version of Android, but thanks to the folks over at RootzWiki and Android Police, we may have our first ever glimpse at Ice Cream Sandwich. As always, keep those grains of salt handy — they claim their source is solid, but there’s no guarantee this isn’t just a smartly skinned Nexus S. Read More

  • Leaked Samsung Road Map Reveals Big Screens And Bada Phones

    Leaked Samsung Road Map Reveals Big Screens And Bada Phones

    It had to be translated from two different languages, but a road map from Lithuanian retailer Mobili linija has surfaced that appears to outline some big new devices that Samsung has waiting in the wings. Read More

  • Rumor: Windows Phone 7 Mango To Launch On September 1st?

    Rumor: Windows Phone 7 Mango To Launch On September 1st?

    If recent reports hold true, Microsoft may be preparing to release their long-awaited Windows Phone Mango update sooner than expected. Based on information from “trusted sources,” Pocket-lint reports that Mango’s official rollout will begin on September 1, ahead of the generic “Fall” launch window Microsoft had previously announced. Read More

  • Apple Patent Filing Could Put Plan and Carrier Changes In Your Pocket

    Apple Patent Filing Could Put Plan and Carrier Changes In Your Pocket

    According to a patent filing unearthed by AppleInsider, Apple may be looking to give their customers with a new kind of control: control over their current carrier. Titled “Method and Apparatus for Using a Wireless Communication Device with Multiple Service Providers”, it (longwindedly) describes how a phone could locally store several different carrier configurations profiles… Read More

  • HTC To Make “Major Announcement” Tomorrow Morning

    HTC To Make “Major Announcement” Tomorrow Morning

    The word is out, folks: HTC CEO Peter Chou has something big on the books for tomorrow. A live teleconference is scheduled for at 8:30 PT/11:30 ET, and while the email making the rounds offers no insight, you can rest easy knowing that people will be speculating the night away. Personally, given the email’s reliance on the word “major,” I’d expect the announcement to… Read More

  • First Windows Phone Tango Device (Sort Of) Goes On Sale In Slovakia

    First Windows Phone Tango Device (Sort Of) Goes On Sale In Slovakia

    Today’s tidbit of Tango news comes not from the far-flung Asian shores it is expected to storm, but rather the small, landlocked nation of Slovakia. As it turns out, the first Tango device has gone on sale, but probably not the one you were hoping for. A photo has gone up on Pretaktovanie.sk’s Facebook page advertising a HTC HD7 for sale with three choices of software: 7.0.7392… Read More

  • CDMA and 4G Connections Compromised At DefCon 19?

    CDMA and 4G Connections Compromised At DefCon 19?

    While Mike Tassey and Rich Perkins were showing off their impressive GSM and WiFi-hacking drone, it seems that other mobile networks may have been under a silent siege. Word over on the Full Disclosure mailing list is that CDMA and 4G networks were locally compromised, allowing for a full-on man-in-the middle attack to take place. Read More

  • T-Mobile Changes Mind About Low-Use, “No Overage” Data

    T-Mobile Changes Mind About Low-Use, “No Overage” Data

    T-Mobile customers have gotten quite a bit of mileage of out their No Overage data plans: while everyone’s careful not to use the word “unlimited”, T-Mobile’s approach still let users gobble up as much data as they wanted so long as they didn’t mind a (pretty drastic) speed decrease. At 200 MB and 2 GB, T-Mobile’s smartphone data tiers look familiar, but the… Read More

  • Developers Frustrated By Android Market Payment Issues

    Developers Frustrated By Android Market Payment Issues

    We’ve heard our share of app store woes in recent weeks, but here’s one that’s unfortunately still in progress. A number of Android app developers have been claiming on the Android Market support forum that the amount of money they’re being paid doesn’t match up with the number of apps they have actually sold. Not much has been heard from Google, and the devs… Read More

  • Nokia To Kill S40, Symbian Efforts In North America

    Nokia To Kill S40, Symbian Efforts In North America

    If you were to sit down and look at all the devices Nokia has for sale in the United States, you may come away thinking that they weren’t in the business of making impressive devices. With only a few exceptions, Nokia’s domestic offerings are low-end, S40-powered talk-and-texters — hardly what one would expect from the self-proclaimed “world leader” of the cell… Read More

  • Windows Phone’s Tango Update Bound For Budget Handsets

    Windows Phone’s Tango Update Bound For Budget Handsets

    While Windows Phone junkies are still waiting on their Mango fix to arrive, details about Redmond’s next update are already starting to emerge. Tentatively dubbed “Tango”, the update will likely be wedged between its fruity predecessor and the forthcoming Windows Phone 8. Details are still scarce, but ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley has a few ideas about where Tango will take us… Read More

  • Tribune Co. Working With Samsung On (Free?) News Tablet

    Tribune Co. Working With Samsung On (Free?) News Tablet

    Time for a thought experiment: let’s say you’re in charge of one of the largest newspaper publishers in the country. Readership is down, cheap content is replacing real journalism, and the day-to-day news cycle you’re used to doesn’t exist anymore. What’s your next step? Expand your online presence? Fire your most expensive staff? Read More

  • Why No AMD-Powered Smartphones?

    Why No AMD-Powered Smartphones?

    With companies chomping at the bit to enter the growing mobile space and take advantage of the opportunities therein, it’s almost more intriguing to explore why some companies don’t throw their hats in the ring. Case in point: AMD — the second largest x86 processor manufacturer in the world has yet to make their play. Why haven’t they made their push into mobile, just… Read More