Greg Kumparak

Greg Kumparak

Greg Kumparak is the Mobile Editor at Techcrunch. Greg has been writing for the TechCrunch network since May of 2008.

Greg was born just outside of San Jose, and now lives in the East Bay of California.

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  • Big Daddy costume with spinning drill hits eBay just in time for Halloween

    Okay, I’ll admit it. If I didn’t expect this to rocket out of my price range regardless of whether or not I posted about it, I’d probably be a jerk and keep it to myself so that I could stomp around my neighborhood as a Big Daddy come Halloween. We’ve seen a Big Daddy costume or two since Bioshock stormed the shelves last December, but I’m pretty sure this is… Read More

  • Today On MobileCrunch

    Not reading MobileCrunch yet? Why the heck not? While a MobileCrunch post or two might make the jump over to CrunchGear each day, there’s a ton of good stuff each day that you’ll only see on that side of the fence. Here’s some stuff you may have missed on MobileCrunch today: Sony Ericsson’s eco-friendly GreenHeart handset photographed LG KC780 promo shots make their… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's eco-friendly GreenHeart handset photographed

    Just last week, Sony Ericsson announced that they would be doing their part to save the planet by launching two new projects. The first, which they’re calling an “environmental warranty”, allows cell phone owners to drop off any old handsets or accessories at any of 500 collection points already in operation, from which they will be recycled in an eco-friendly… Read More

  • LG KC780 promo shots make their way out

    Believe it or not, that LG KC780 we saw last week isn’t just a really blurry looking handset. GSM Arena managed to scrounge up the above promo shot, offering a much sharper look at the KC780 in all of its 8 megapixel glory. While their source wasn’t able to share any new specs, they did mention that LG is internally acclaiming the handset as the slimmest of the 8-megapixel bunch. Read More

  • Sprint may throttle BitTorrent/P2P for XOHM users

    Right as it leaves the starting gate, there might already be a bit of controversy surrounding Sprint’s 4G WiMax offering, XOHM. Silicon Valley Insider did a bit of digging through the XOHM policy agreement, and came across this little gem: “To ensure a high-quality experience for its entire subscriber base, XOHM may use various tools and techniques designed to limit the… Read More

  • BeeJiveIM hits the iPhone App Store, rocks your face off

    If you’re a devoted IM’er and have owned a BlackBerry or a pre-App-Store iPhone, you probably know of BeeJive – or at least know it by its previous name, Jivetalk. Their BlackBerry IM solution is generally considered the best IM offering on the platform, and the BeeJive iPhone Web App nailed out a solid instant messaging solution long before full blown third party… Read More

  • Sprint's XOHM WiMax service goes live in Baltimore

    Turns out the September launch date rang true after all. Sprint announced this morning that their next-generation wireless data network, XOHM, has been launched in Baltimore. For $25-$30 a month or $10 a day, customers can ride the 2-4 Mbps waves without any need for a contract. Folks around the Baltimore area can nab XOHM-ready Samsung air cards for $60 bucks, a ZyXEL XOHM Modem for $80, or… Read More

  • Rumor: Samsung Delve heading to U.S. Cellular

    According to the wee bit of branding atop this leaked shot, Samsung’s got a new toy in the works for U.S. Cellular customers. Purportedly dubbed the “Delve”, the early specs outline a 2 megapixel camera, Samsung’s widget-tastic TouchWiz UI, Stereo Bluetooth, and a 3.0″ touchscreen. As BGR points out, it’s lookin’ to be the pretty-little-offspring of… Read More

  • Samsung officially unveils the 8 megapixel Pixon

    After a surprise early appearance on a UK retailer’s site and a last minute name change, Samsung has officially pulled back the curtains on the 8 megapixel Pixon(briefly known around the tubes as the Bresson). In the quickly filling arena of 8 megapixel handsets, the Pixon oughtta be able to put up a fight – it’s rockin’ Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSDPA, an 8… Read More

  • Slo-Mo Video: People getting punched in the face while doing stuff

    http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1817713&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 I’m a sucker for high frame rate video, and this video has it all. Water droplets bouncing, cigarette smoke billowing, party blowers unraveling.. Oh, and people willingly getting punched in the face, all in glorious slow… Read More

  • Mother 3 (Earthbound 2) fan translation nearly complete


    When Mother 3 (which would be known as Earthbound 2 here in the states) was released for the GBA in Japan, fans clamored for details on when it would make its way across the Pacific. When it became clear the day would never come, the fans took it upon themselves to get the job done. The Japanese rom was ripped, and the work began. After almost two years and a ton of dedication, the team… Read More

  • Japanese The Ultimate Matrix Collection Blu-ray packaging takes up an entire shelf

    Because the Japanese are totally known for having spacious apartments with lots of room for crap like this, Warner Brothers has decided to pack the Japanese BluRay release of The Ultimate Matrix Collection into a two foot model of the Nebuchadnezzar. Packed inside the ship are Blu-ray copies of The Matrix trilogy and the cooler-in-theory Animatrix, and plain ol’ DVD versions of 3 behind… Read More

  • Brainball: The path to victory is a clear mind


    [Pic via Ars Technica] There’s really only one rule to Brainball: Don’t think about Brainball – or anything else, for that matter. On display at Wired NextFest this week, a game of Brainball is fueled by the brain activity of the two players. Each player dons a headband with contacts set to detect alpha and theta brainwaves, which spike with thought or concentration. One… Read More

  • Wal*Mart pulling the plug on their music DRM Server

    6 months after Wal*Mart jumped onto the music peddling party bus back in August of 2007, they decided to make the switch to 100% DRM-free tracks. Awesome, right? Unfortunately, any music purchased during that 6-month window before the switch is still at the mercy of Wal*Mart; if they were to pull the plug on the DRM server, the files would become useless on anything but the computer… Read More

  • Xbox Live and Zune going down for maintenance on Monday

    Anybody who completely relies on Microsoft for all of their entertainment needs is going to be bored straight out of their minds when Monday, September 29th rolls around. At 12:01 AM PST, both the Xbox Live and the entire Zune service will be taken down for maintenance. Live will be out for 24 hours, while Zune will go dark for closer to two days. According to Major Nelson, the Live outage is… Read More

  • Iron Man concept pieces and set shots released

    Conveniently timed for the DVD/BluRay release of Iron Man that just so happens to be going down in 3 days, 37 oh-so-awesome pieces of concept art and set stills have wound up online. Besides being some outright impressive work, the concept art is a shining example of how well even the most complex of artistic visions can be translated to the big screen. Check out shot three for example… Read More

  • PhoneSaber returns to the App Store as Lightsaber Unleashed

    After disappearing off the app store for just over a month following an amicable take down request by THQ Wireless/LucasArts, the iPhone lightsaber simulator PhoneSaber has returned. Its got a new name and a new look, but all of the accelerometer based lightsaber swinging good times remain. Rather than being lame and just yanking the idea for themselves, THQ Wireless brought the original… Read More

  • Don't like your coworkers? Buy a USB Ferris Wheel.

    http://usb.brando.com.hk/prod_img/thumb/flvplayer.swf Oh, Brando. Your immense and ever-growing collection of ridiculous USB junk stuff never ceases to amaze. Masterfully combining ingenuity with a dash of annoyance, they’re now offering a USB powered Ferris Wheel that spins and plays carnival music whenever you’re typing. Just what you’ve always wanted. According to the… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile Shuttle unboxing

    Now that Virgin Mobile has finished the process of gobbling up Helio, they’ve started launching devices which utilize some of the partnerships the buyout brought to the table. The first one out the door is the Virgin Mobile Shuttle, which purportedly totes Buddy Beacon, a locational application that began its life on Helio handsets. I haven’t actually found it (or any other hints… Read More

  • iPhone 2.2 beta software seeded, still vulnerable to jailbreaking

    A beta release of the iPhone v2.2 software began seeding to developers yesterday. While much of the developer community is still digging to try to figure out what exactly changed in this release, the iPhone-dev team has already torn it apart. At least in its current state, v2.2 is vulnerable to the same jailbreaking methods already freeing handsets around the world. Read the rest of this post… Read More