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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  • Disney And Carnegie Mellon Create Motion Capture On The Go

    Disney And Carnegie Mellon Create Motion Capture On The Go

    By now, we’ve all seen behind-the-scenes footage of motion capture in action — an actor clad in a monochrome jumpsuit and the occasional handful of colored balls, spouting off dialogue and gesticulating wildly. It used to be that such work could only be done within the confines of a studio, a closed space where a camera would have as little trouble as possible picking up those… Read More

  • HTC Launches Developer Support Site, Still No Unlock Tool

    HTC Launches Developer Support Site, Still No Unlock Tool

    Last time we heard from HTC, they had just announced that they would begin to make good on their promise to unlock their devices’ bootloaders. Well, we don’t have that long-awaited unlock tool yet, but thanks to a recent announcement, at least we’ll know where to find it when the time comes. Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve 9360 May Have Mobile Hotspot, But What About The Rest?

    BlackBerry Curve 9360 May Have Mobile Hotspot, But What About The Rest?

    The recently revealed BlackBerry Curve 9360 is proving to be a surprising bit of hardware. Not only did it (thankfully) get rid of the chintzy chrome-ish highlights of its last iteration, IntoMobile reports that it also packs a a more competitive hardware configuration (hello NFC!) and a little feature hidden in the settings that doesn’t seem to have popped up on any other OS 7… Read More

  • Is The Next Motorola Tablet Called The Kore? All Signs Point To “Yes”

    Is The Next Motorola Tablet Called The Kore? All Signs Point To “Yes”

    Before we enter the breach, I’d like to ask that you all have your grains of salt at the ready because we’re entering some highly speculative territory. Motorola has been going on a domain shopping spree lately, and thanks to a little snooping by the folks over at Fusible, now we’re all privy to Moto’s purchases. Read More

  • DSLR Controller App Lets Your Android Device Call The Shots

    DSLR Controller App Lets Your Android Device Call The Shots

    Using your phone as a remote for your DSLR isn’t exactly the newest idea out there — a ton exist for iOS — but Android historically hasn’t seen that same kind of love. There have been attempts to make it work, some better than others, but a common theme among them is that you weren’t able to run the device directly into your camera. Rather, your DSLR gets plugged… Read More

  • Jupiter-bound Juno Probe Carries Lego Minifig Cargo

    Jupiter-bound Juno Probe Carries Lego Minifig Cargo

    The space probe Juno is set to launch atop an Atlas V rocket this Friday, but GeekDad reports that in addition to its full complement of scientific instruments it will also bring a bit of whimsy with it. The probe, which will ultimately careen through Jupiter’s atmosphere on a scientific suicide run, has just been revealed to be carrying three Lego minifigs on its voyage. Read More

  • AT&T To Shove Jailbroken Hotspots Users On To Tiered Data Plan

    AT&T To Shove Jailbroken Hotspots Users On To Tiered Data Plan

    It looks like AT&T has decided to take the kid gloves off when it comes to their problem unauthorized hotspot users. Many of the users who get the most mileage out of jailbreak-only apps like MyWi are still rocking AT&T’s grandfathered unlimited data plan, but that won’t be the case going forward. Read More

  • HTC Explains Android Bootloader Unlock Process, Warranty-Voiding Tool Coming Later This Month

    HTC Explains Android Bootloader Unlock Process, Warranty-Voiding Tool Coming Later This Month

    It’s been a few months now since HTC CEO Peter Chou announced that the company will no longer be locking bootloaders on their devices, and enthusiasts have had nothing to show for it. Many of HTC’s recent devices are still locked up tight, prompting many to wonder when they would deliver on their promise. Thanks to an updated Facebook post and a well-timed tweet, though, we now… Read More

  • Clearwire Adopts LTE, Not Ditching WiMax Just Yet

    Clearwire Adopts LTE, Not Ditching WiMax Just Yet

    Wow. Clearwire has just dropped a bit of a bombshell today, so I’ll spare you my usual theatrics: the operators of the nation’s first 4G network, having sensed the momentum that its LTE rival is gaining, has announced that they will add “LTE Advanced-ready” technology to its previously WiMax-only 4G service. Read More

  • Augmented Reality Provides Glimpse At A United Korea

    Augmented Reality Provides Glimpse At A United Korea

    While the idea of a reunited Korea is one that never dies, it’s also one that seems rather unlikely in the short term. Well thanks to the work of augmented reality artist Mark Skwarek, tourists and South Korean nationals are afforded a glimpse of what was, and someday may be. Read More

  • Skype Job Listings Mean Video On Windows Phone Devices

    Skype Job Listings Mean Video On Windows Phone Devices

    Skype’s been popping up in headlines recently, mostly because of their “will they/won’t” they iPad app release. While it’s true that Apple’s iOS is a huge priority for companies looking to expand into the mobile space, let’s not forget that Microsoft paid out a cool $8.5 billion to pick up the communication juggernaut this past May. The big question… Read More

  • Sprint Opens Up 4G Network to Wholesale Customers

    Sprint Opens Up 4G Network to Wholesale Customers

    The Verizon/Sprint 4G war has been shifting into high gear lately, and with Verizon’s LTE network capable of faster performance, Sprint has had to play up some of their other accomplishments to try and pick up some momentum. They certainly won’t be letting you forget that they 1) offer the first 4G wireless network from a national carrier, 2) have the most 4G devices, and 3)… Read More

  • Verizon Preps Compaq Mini, The First LTE-Enabled Netbook

    Verizon Preps Compaq Mini, The First LTE-Enabled Netbook

    Have you been itching some Verizon 4G love in a package that’s just a hair more portable than their also-just-announced HP Pavilion dm1? I know I haven’t, but Verizon has just announced their first 4G capable netbook, the Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr all the same. Read More

  • Android Malware Eavesdrops, Records Your Conversations

    Android Malware Eavesdrops, Records Your Conversations

    Now there’s no question that Android’s flexibility has endeared it self to many a smartphowner out there, but I’d imagine that not everyone is as cognizant about security as they should be. Case in point: a nasty new bit of Android malware discovered by security researcher Dinesh Venkatesan at CA Technologies records all of your conversations to your SD card when activated. Read More

  • Motorola MB865 Has A Name, LTE Tracking Code

    Motorola MB865 Has A Name, LTE Tracking Code

    The mystery machine that Jordan introduced us to last week has appeared again, but maybe not in the way we expected. Instead of posing for the camera again, the Atrix-esque handset has popped up in AT&T’s billing system, which seems to confirm that the device has been provisioned with a special tracking code unique to LTE devices. Read More

  • Nokia Revamps Product Naming Guidelines

    Nokia Revamps Product Naming Guidelines

    Riding high from the release of the (admittedly) mid-range Nokia 500, the folks over at the Nokia Conversations blog have just released something else they seem very proud of: new product naming guidelines! Starting with the 500, Nokia is returning to their numerical roots for all of their future handsets. This feels like a step backward, but Nokia promises that they have applied a bit of… Read More

  • Sprint Offers Phone Connect Service To Small Businesses

    Sprint Offers Phone Connect Service To Small Businesses

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned from dealing with wireless carriers for years, it’s that everyone takes ideas from everyone else. Sometimes it signals a real benefit for customers (AT&T now offers a “mobile to any mobile” feature that seems suspiciously like Sprint’s), and sometimes… well, sometimes it doesn’t. Case in point… Read More

  • SpaceX To Launch ISS-Bound Supply Ship In November

    SpaceX To Launch ISS-Bound Supply Ship In November

    With the demise of the space shuttle program fresh in my mind, I’m forced to find my space-related solace wherever I can. Luckily, with companies like SpaceX still devoted to removing the obstacles to commercial space flight, I can’t be too bummed — and as Reuters has reported, SpaceX is preparing their next step. After their literal show of force a few months back, SpaceX is… Read More

  • Latest Gmail For Android Update Breaks Third Party Apps

    Latest Gmail For Android Update Breaks Third Party Apps

    If you’re anything at all like me, then you update your apps as soon as possible; after all, new is always better right? Well those who rely on certain apps and widgets that tie into Gmail may want to hold off. The latest update for the Gmail Android app packs some performance fixes and battery improvements, but we’re hearing that there’s more to the update than meets the eye. Read More

  • Sony’s Qriocity Delivers Video To Xperia Devices

    Sony’s Qriocity Delivers Video To Xperia Devices

    Sony’s Qriocity service isn’t exactly a stranger to the mobile space — its Music Unlimited app launched in the Android Market just last month — but astute users know this is only half of what Qriocity really has to offer. Their video-on-demand component sees a lot of action across the Sony ecosystem, with footholds on the PS3, PSP, and web-connected Bravia televisions. Read More