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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  • Samsung Delve from Alltel brings Touchwiz to the US

    Just last week, Samsung announced that their widget-fueled Touchwiz interface would hit US shores sometime in late 2008 – and here it is. This morning, Alltel announced that the Touchwiz-powered Samsung Delve has gone up for presale on their site, with delivery (and in-store availability) coming on November 6th. It’s got some reasonable specs for a not-so-smartphone, with a… Read More

  • Flixwagon now compatible with Nokia's Share on Ovi

    After the announcement that Qik would be a featured download on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, it looks like competitor Flixwagon is prepared to battle for their chunk of the Nokia mobile streaming market. Flixwagon has announced that they’re now compatible with Nokia’s Share on Ovi media hosting service. Once a user downloads the latest Flixwagon for Symbian application and plugs… Read More

  • Yep, iPhone firmware 2.2 is still vulnerable to jailbreaking

    When the developer world first got glimpse of the iPhone 2.2 firmware back in late September, many were surprised to find out that nothing had been done to try and block users from jailbreaking (that is, hacking the handset to allow third party applications and modifications not approved by Apple). Nearly a month later, a second beta release of the firmware is in the hands of developers, and… Read More

  • Mobile Dead goes live for BlackBerry in NYC

    Its been a few months since we last mentioned Mobile Dead, but this zombie-blastin’ “Mobile Multiplayer Trans-Reality” (MMTR) game has now gone live in New York City. Like other MMTR games, you’re wandering the streets of your own city rather than some made up fantasy land. Your character and other in game objects are superimposed onto a map of your area, with your… Read More

  • Red BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 finally goes on sale at T-Mobile

    Though the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 has been shipping for a few weeks now, the long known about red variant has yet to launch – until now. Beginning this morning, folks looking to nab this rosy red release can stop by T-Mobile.com (Product Page) or their local T-Mo spot and pick one up for $149.99 on a 2-year contract. Not looking for a commitment? That’ll be $349.99. We… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 gets unlocked, though it loses a few features

    And we’re off! Just 7 days after the G1’s release, some clever folks have managed to get the handset up and running on networks outside of T-Mobile’s grasp. Unfortunately, they’re also clever enough to go about it as entrepreneurs; if you want the unlock code, it’ll set you back $22.99. Once you’ve given Unlock-TMobileG1.com some cash and your… Read More

  • Asus jumps into the Android game

    While details are still sparse, Digitimes is reporting that Asus is getting set to release their own Android handsets. By word of “company sources”, the company plans to push the handsets into the Taiwan market under its own brand sometime in the first 6 months of next year, later moving on to developing handsets for other parties. While ASUS isn’t a huge name in the… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson XPERIA concept: Oh man, please don't be real.

    Just a few days ago, the above shot of a supposed XPERIA concept device started floating around. Though its authenticity can’t be confirmed, we certainly hope it’s fake – or, at most, a concept never intended to leave the labs. Besides being a damned nice looking piece of hardware, much of the XPERIA X1‘s appeal stems from its full, landscape QWERTY keyboard. In… Read More

  • Hitachi tones down the Casio W63CA, announces it as W63H

    Just yesterday I was babbling about how impressed I was that they’d managed to squeeze WVGA (480×800) into a 3.1″ screen on the 8.1 megapixel Casio W63CA. Apparently, its got a (somewhat less sightly) twin. This morning, Hitachi announced the W63H which, as you could probably guess from the model number, is pretty dang similar. Well, as long as you ignore that the Hitachi… Read More

  • Wal-Mart shopping list: Steak seasoning, crappy garden hose, T-Mobile G1

    Got a grudge against your local T-Mobile spot keeping you from picking up your new G1? Come Wednesday, you’ll be able to get your Android fix at 550 Wal-Mart locations around the country. Not surprisingly, the company known for pulling discounts out of thin air has managed to lop some change off of the G1. While getting the handset direct from Big Magenta would cost you $179.99, Wal-Mart… Read More

  • Rogers sells 255,000 iPhones in the land of poutine

    This morning, Canadian carrier giant Rogers announced that they’d managed to sell roughly 255,000 iPhones between its launch in July and the end of September. While 255,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to the 6.9 iPhones pushed worldwide in the same window, it’s pretty significant in the battle for carrier supreme going on north of the border. With the two other big players… Read More

  • For one day only, Taco Bell will make your stomach hurt for free!

    Hey everybody – this is just a friendly reminder that, thanks to Jason Bartlett’s stolen base in Game 1 of the World Series, Taco Bell is giving away free tacos today. The only thing better than paying 69 cents for a taco which cost 9 cents to make is paying nothing for a taco which cost 9 cents to make. How to get your free taco:
    1) Stop by your local Taco Bell today between 2pm… Read More

  • 8.1 megapixel Casio W63CA Exilim headed for Japan


    Taking the 8-megapixel handset battle and kicking it up 1/10th of a notch, Casio has announced the 8.1-megapixel W63CA. Sure, the name needs work – but man, this thing looks gorgeous. Besides taking shots at an impressive resolution of 3288×2464, the W63CA’s camera rocks a wide angle lens, face detection, anti-shake and a 9-point auto focus. And because the camera… Read More

  • SmartFlicks brings NetFlix to Blackberry by way of the new API

    Got a bit of time between your big business emails and your big business texts? Why not manage your NetFlix queue? Utilizing the NetFlix API made available to developers just last month, Pyxis Mobile has released SmartFlicks, a NetFlix app for your BlackBerry. The application was built partly as a demonstration of Pyxis Mobile’s Application Studio, and was “designed and delivered… Read More

  • Ralph Lauren launches an iPhone application. Anyone care?

    Proving that not everything needs to be made into a mobile application, Ralph Lauren has released a free iPhone application. No matter where you are, you can look at Ralph Lauren clothes. Can you buy them via the application? Er, no. Does it allow you to read those QR codes Ralph Lauren started putting in ads a few months back? Nope. What it does do:
    • Video highlights from the Fall… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile Canada introduces "myPair" plan for unlimited cellular sweet nothings

    We’ve all been there: There’s still a week left in your month, and you and your snuggle buddy are already 300 “Oh, I just wanted to hear your voice” calls deep. Your minutes are now almost completely gobbled up. Suddenly, you’re wracking your brain with each incoming call, trying to figure out if it’s worth your now precious time. I mean, come on, you… Read More

  • Samsung adding 3x optical zoom to 8MP cameraphones in '09, then on to 12MP

    With Sony Ericsson, Samsung, and LG battling all pushing 8 megapixel handsets to the market, the feature is slightly less brag-worthy than it was just a few months ago. Looking to make their 8MP handsets stand-out amongst the ever-growing crowd, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, a South Korean Samsung subsidiary, has announced that they’ve developed an 8MP camera module with 3x optical zoom. Read More

  • Android getting support for touchscreen keyboards by April of next year

    After the T-Mobile G1 reviews made their way out last week, it seemed that a complaint common across the majority of them was the lack of an onscreen keyboard. Yeah, yeah – it has a fully functional physical keyboard, but when you’re just trying to blast out a quick “lol” response, sliding the screen open seems a bit extraneous. When a member of the xda-developers… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson releases Beta SDK for Windows Mobile v1.0.4

    Looking to develop your big idea for the mobile world, but just not vibing with the iPhone or the Android platform? Sony Ericsson wants you to come hang out in their camp for a bit. Along with adding an XPERIA category to the 2008 Sony Ericsson Content Awards, they’ve released a new Windows Mobile SDK to the public. Amongst other things, the new SDK adds drastically improved support for… Read More

  • Pantech Duo gets the Windows Mobile 6.1 treatment

    Right after Helio worked with Pantech on the Ocean, Pantech cranked out the strikingly similar (albeit with less spring-loaded-slider goodness) Duo. This morning, Pantech announced that not only had all the Duos currently sitting on AT&T’s shelves been bumped up to Windows Mobile 6.1, but that the folks back at home could get in on the fun too. If you’ve got a Helio Ocean… Read More