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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  • BlackBerry Storms sneakin' their way into Best Buy stock rooms November 16th

    According to Best Buy’s inventory system, the BlackBerry Storm will be on the shelves as early as November 16th – the stock room shelves, that is. While the actual street date isn’t specified, it’s unlikely that it’ll be on the floor until at least a few days later: Verizon’s got a series of “First Look, First Touch” events for VZW employees, and… Read More

  • LG KC910 Renoir and Samsung Pixon M8800 8-megapixel photo faceoff

    With everyone on the planet pushing out an 8-megapixel handset of their own, it’s a bit surprising that we haven’t seen more photo samples. Sure, the basic idea of an 8-megapixel camera is great – but if the photos are the blurry blue messes we’ve come to expect from camera phones, what’s the point? Where the handset manufacturers have failed to deliver, the… Read More

  • Opera Mobile 9.5 beta 2 released, supports widgets and UIQ

    If you’re willing to tough your way through Beta browser territory, Opera’s got some goods for you to check out. This morning, they released Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta 2. Sure, it’s faster, and it’s more stable – but it’s also got some tricks up its sleeve. This is the first mobile release to support Opera’s Widget platform, which allows users to… Read More

  • Motorola releases the ultra ugly i776 on Sprint and Boost

    I’ve been trying to be a bit easier on Motorola lately, as I feel some of my comments toward their devices have been a bit crass. Sorry Motorola – I can’t cut you any slack for this one. When it first leaked back in August, I declared it the ugliest handset ever created. I’ve since searched high and low for a handset to take that title, and nothing challenges it. Read More

  • 23 years later, the "Take On Me" video finally relates to the song

    What does this have to do with gadgets, you ask? Pipe wrenches were all the rage in the gadget world when they were invented in 1869. Fine. It has nothing to do with gadgets. But it’s awesome. Read More

  • Review: TokyoFlash S-Mode Oberon LED Watch

    Unlike John Biggs or Flavor Flav, I am no timepiece purist. In fact, most watch lovers might consider me a heretic; in an age where every TV, DVD player, camera, and cellphone totes a clock, I’ve come to consider watches less of a tool, and more of an accessory. Hell, I once wore a watch with a dead battery for over a month. As such, I’ve always been interested in TokyoFlash watches. Read More

  • HTC Touch Pro for Sprint slips back a bit

    Ready to put your hands all up on Sprint’s version of the HTC Touch Pro on its previously announced release date of October 19th? Weeeell, it turns out you’re going to have to wait a bit longer. After hearing rumors of launch delays, the folks over at Crave decided to give Sprint a shout. Their response: Sprint expects to slightly delay launch of the Touch Pro by HTC to ensure we… Read More

  • LG KP500 gets named and priced

    Remember that “affordable” touchscreen LG had in the works? As it makes the strides through the development process, it’s been granted a name a bit more consumer friendly than the model number. Further proving that the mobile industry name tank is running low, the KP500 has been redubbed the “LG Cookie”. Seriously. The Cookie. The main push behind this product… Read More

  • Firefox Mobile not in the works for Android or iPhone

    In an interview with Irish tech site Silicon Republic, Christian Sejersen, mobile director of engineering for Mozilla, has stated something which may crush the hopes and dreams of many: Firefox Mobile is not headed to the iPhone or the Android platform anytime in the foreseeable future. The first part isn’t too surprising; it has been said by other members of the Mozilla team that it was… Read More

  • Qik ported to J2ME, no longer limited to smartphones and PDAs

    http://www.qik.com/swfs/qik_player.swf In a rather monumental move in the mobile livecasting battle, Qik has announced that they are the first to have ported their streaming application to the J2ME platform. Why is this important? It opens the doors to feature phones – that is, handsets that wouldn’t fit under the smartphone/PDA umbrella While the application will still have to… Read More

  • HTC Touch HD hitting European shores come November 6th

    Oh, HTC Touch HD. Regardless of your Windows Mobile core and the fact that we’ll never see you state side, I still love you. I’m pretty sure our gadget geek cohorts in Europe will as well, so we’ve got a bit of good news for them: according to Unwired View, Europeans will be able to nab one of these lovely little beasts as soon as November 6th. This 3.8 inch screen… Read More

  • AdMob: By ad request count, the iPhone is now ranked 4th worldwide

    Each month, AdMob, a mobile advertisement marketplace, analyzes their ad request/impression data to look for trends in the mobile world. This morning, they released their Mobile Metrics Report for September of 2008. As their first report was for September of 2007, this release grants us the first opportunity to compare statistics with those of a year ago. To clarify, these statistics are… Read More

  • Alltel and LG feel the Rhythm

    Sure, it’s not the most unique looking handset ever (most passersby would probably just assume its an LG Chocolate), but for $119.99, the new LG Rhythm for Alltel packs a bit of punch on the music phone front. In addition to the always-welcome 3.5mm headset jack, they’ve packed an FM transmitter into the handset for pushin’ your tunes to your car radio without a mess of… Read More

  • Review: Griffin Clarifi iPhone 3G case

    I’m not the type of person who puts stuff in protective cases. I feel it’s like putting one of those leather bra things on the hood of your car; sure, it’ll protect the front of your car from rocks on the freeway, keeping it in perfect shape for when you sell it – but in the meantime, you’ve still got a funky looking leather bra thing on the hood of your… Read More

  • Nokia N79 clears the FCC

    The Nokia N79, which is essentially a 5 megapixel N78 revised with a keypad that doesn’t make your thumbs cry, has toughed its way through the FCC’s testing chambers. Toting North American 3G, GPS, WiFi, and Carl-Zeiss optics, the N79 is one nice little candybar. With the FCC hurdles out of the way and the handset prepped on the radio front, it’s not too hard to imagine a… Read More

  • Nokia finally showing signs of a coming Ovi Suite for Mac

    After Nokia announced their Ovi Suite for the PC, most Mac users felt left out in the cold. Sure, third-party solutions were available as alternatives on a function-by-function basis, but none challenged the simple one-stop, one-click syncing/media handling of Ovi. Looks like the Apple crowd might be getting the attention they’ve clamored for. On Monday, a “Macintosh Software… Read More

  • Nokia's viral campaign unlocked, is pretty pointless

    Remember that Nokia viral campaign we mentioned a few days ago? In that post, I said: The obvious bet would be something involving the phone shown in the countdown (the 7610 Supernova) – but that seems a bit anticlimactic, and makes the whole omniscient phone aspect kind of pointless. Turns out, it was pointless. The mystery product is the Nokia 7610, which was announced (with a launch… Read More

  • T-Mobile ships some G1 pre-orders early, may start arriving as soon as Friday

    With hundreds of thousands of G1s already pre-ordered, it looks like T-Mobile may have decided to celebrate by opening the floodgates a few days early. A number of users have reported that their order status has been changed to “Shipped”, with a tentative delivery date of Friday, October 17th. That’s just two days short of a whole week early, granting new G1 owners the… Read More

  • Forget the front desk: Hotels go high tech

    There’s nothing like a bit of luxury when staying at a nice hotel. Be it in-room dining or the staff waiting on your every need, feeling like a king for a day is a matter of taking advantage of the hotel’s services. Unfortunately, the systems in place for requesting such things are years behind, teetering on the edge of archaic. You can stare at the minuscule writing on the… Read More

  • Nokia announcing something on October 13th

    Another day, another viral campaign. This time, the mystery fun is brought to us by Nokia. Visiting the page will playback a video outlining the woes of three people who have lost their phones, highlighting the idea that their phone “knows everything” about them. It then switch to the countdown shown above. They’ve even given all three of the video’s stars –… Read More