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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  • Sidekick 2008 goes for $1,000 on eBay just one day before it's $149 in stores

    Sidekick 2008 goes for $1,000 on eBay just one day before it's $149 in stores

    Between 2 thousand dollar PS3s and 30,000 thousand dollar hoverboard props, eBay is no stranger to things selling for absurd prices. However, most things that have any value on eBay are those that are .. you know, hard to find. Someone probably should have mentioned that to the winner of this Sidekick 2008 auction. Just a day before the new Sidekick was readily available at T-Mobile spots around… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson K330 and W890 gettin' new hues

    Sony Ericsson K330 and W890 gettin' new hues

    Looking to pick up Sony Ericsson’s new K330, but not feelin’ the color selection? According to a tipster over at the Unofficial SE Blog, you’ll soon have at least one more option. Joining gold/black and green/black is a gold/white variant (Pictured above). Also getting a color revamp is the 5-month old W890, with the addition of a silver/gold model. Tons of pictures of both new… Read More

  • AT&T introduces TAP for disabled iPhone users

    AT&T introduces TAP for disabled iPhone users

    While most people wouldn’t ever notice that you can’t buy an iPhone without a calling plan, that fact inadvertently shafts a huge group of potential subscribers: the deaf, hearing impaired, and those with difficulties speaking. If you don’t use the voice features to communicate, you don’t really need hundreds of minutes. With this in mind, AT&T yesterday unveiled a Text… Read More

  • MobileMe syncing issues fixed, mail restored for the unlucky 1%

    MobileMe syncing issues fixed, mail restored for the unlucky 1%

    If you’re been part of the 1% of MobileMe subscribers unable to actually use their MobileMe accounts, the MobileMe Status blog has good news for you. From a post made yesterday morning: “We have completed restoring Mail service, including historical messages, to all of the 1% of affected members.” If your MobileMe set-up is still all kinds of broken, they’ve set up a… Read More

  • Spider-Man: Web of Shadows trailer doesn't suck

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=37639 You see, there’s this thing about Spider-Man games. They can either be surprisingly awesome, or they can be horrible, buttery crap. There really isn’t much middle ground. If the above trailer for Spider-Man: Web of Shadows from Comic Con ’08 is any indication, this one might just wind up the former. Its got the visuals. Its… Read More

  • Sidekick LX Video OTA finally starts rolling out

    Sidekick LX Video OTA finally starts rolling out

    It’s been a while since we first mentioned the murmurs of Video support purportedly coming to the Sidekick LX. A mention of video playback popped up in a T-Mobile Sidekick LX support page – then nothing. After two months of silence, T-Mobile and Danger have begun rolling out the goody-stuffed OTA. It’s being distributed at random, so don’t panic if you don’t get the… Read More

  • 3G HTC Touch Diamond gets the FCC thumbs up

    3G HTC Touch Diamond gets the FCC thumbs up

    HTC’s Touch Diamond is one pretty little piece of fun. Unfortunately, the lack of U.S 3G spectrum support outweighs the Touch Diamond’s looks. Slow browsing = suck. That shouldn’t be a problem for much longer, according to this FCC posting.. Lets see here.. Touch Diamond model number.. Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.. WiFi connectivity.. bam! 850/1900 MHz support, perfect for U.S. HSDPA. No… Read More

  • Four Sony Ericsson demo spots released: F305, S302, J132, K330

    Even though the C905 demo video leaked out almost a week prior to its announcement, Sony Ericsson managed to keep the demo videos for the other handsets announced in June under wraps until now. Released this morning, the demos show off the F305′s gesture-based gaming, the S302′s photo snapping prowess, and that the K330 and J132 are.. uh.. phones that can be used while standing or… Read More

  • Treo 800w to get Bluetooth Voice Dialing soon

    Treo 800w to get Bluetooth Voice Dialing soon

    With the Treo 800w lacking a standard wired headset/headphone jack, users were a bit surprised (read: mad) to find that the voice commands they’d grown accustomed to on other (cheaper) Palm handsets weren’t functional over Bluetooth. Fortunately, it seems that voice-enabled features were just a bit delayed, rather than completely omitted. From this page over at Palm.com: “PalmĀ®… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson G705 slider leaked

    Sony Ericsson G705 slider leaked

    Looks like we have our first clue as to what SE might be announcing in two weeks. Some resourceful gent over at the arabic Sony Ericsson community, SE4m, has managed to get their hands all up on an unreleased Sony Ericsson slider, and was kind enough to share the experience with the world. Not a whole lot is known about the slider, tentatively labeled the G705. It’s packing a 3.2 megapixel… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson to make another announcement within 2 weeks?

    Sony Ericsson to make another announcement within 2 weeks?

    Hot on the tail of the Walkman trio announcement last week, rumor has it that Sony Ericsson’s looking to make another announcement within the next 2 weeks or so. Sony Ericsson has had a fairly constant flow of announcements over the past few months. Unfortunately, outside of the C905 announcement back in June, they’ve all been pretty boring. It’s tough to get pumped about… Read More

  • True North is an extraordinary what?

    This commercial aired last night in the middle of a “Holy crap, Karate Kid II is on AMC” gathering at my house. It required at least three rewinds to hear it properly over the laughter. Mature? Probably not. Extraordinary nutsnack? Indubitably. Read More

  • GarageGames' Torque engine ported to iPhone

    GarageGames' Torque engine ported to iPhone

    If 100 independent games go into development , 95 of them fizzle out once the coders realize how terribly boring the first chunk of the game development cycle can be. Between physics engines, sound engines, lighting engines, and all of the other groundwork elements that have to be done before the fun stuff starts, it’s a tough hill to climb. Fortunately, there’s a short cut: engine… Read More

  • Sprint launches new default mobile portal

    Sprint launches new default mobile portal

    This morning, Sprint pushed a new default mobile portal called Sprint Web to around 40 of their handset models, with plans to bring it to all models within the next few weeks. Built on technology developed by ChangingWorlds, Sprint Web takes a stab at what it thinks the viewer finds most important based off of past usage patterns, and places it at the top of the page. (Anyone wanna take bets on… Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve Sunset slips back until August 4th

    BlackBerry Curve Sunset slips back until August 4th

    Sometimes when you’re working on cramming a bunch of new features into a handset, you just can’t make the deadlines. Between compiling, testing, bug repo.. wait, it’s pretty much the Curve painted orange? Erm, well, whatever the cause of the delays, the Curve Sunset has been pushed back a week. Expect it to roll out in all of its orangey-redness on T-Mobile come August 4th. [Via… Read More

  • iPhone sales lead Apple to open the doors 2 hours early daily

    iPhone sales lead Apple to open the doors 2 hours early daily

    17 days after the iPhone 3G launch, could Apple still be pulling a crowd each day? A bit doubtful, I cruised over to the local Apple spot this morning. Sure enough, the line was about wrapped around the corner, 20+ iPhone-hopefuls deep. In what’s being declared as an effort to make getting an iPhone 3G “easier and more convenient“, Apple has decided to open the doors to their… Read More

  • Skyfire browser and Symbian make sweet beta love

    Skyfire browser and Symbian make sweet beta love

    We’ve mentioned Skyfire before – they’re the ones aiming to hop in and face-punch all the other mobile browsers by doing everything the rest can’t; Flash, AJAX – all those fancy intertubes technologies generally reserved for desktop browsers. After a $13 million funding round and a couple of roster expansions, Skyfire is all prepped for its Symbian launch – for… Read More

  • Apple starts MobileMe blog, posts anonymous status update

    Apple starts MobileMe blog, posts anonymous status update

    Since MobileMe’s launch, Apple’s felt the heat over each and every item on the laundry list of nasty issues. They launched a product that simply wasn’t ready, and have been e-lambasted for it. Apple’s accustomed to a bit of name calling from blogs and forums, of course – but when Walt Mossberg calls your product “far too flawed”, it’s time to come… Read More

  • Nokia: No plans to merge Symbian with Android

    Yesterday, analyst firm J. Gold Associates stated that they expect the Google Android and Nokia Symbian operating systems to merge into a single platform. “We expect that within the next three-six months, Symbian and Android will combine to provide a single open source OS,” stated the firm. “Many of the same sponsors are involved in both initiatives.” Not so, says Nokia. Read More

  • Sidekick 2008 (Gekko) dummy phones spotted

    Sidekick 2008 (Gekko) dummy phones spotted

    With the Sidekick Gekko.. Gecco.. 2008 expected to launch next week, it’s not surprising that retailers have started to receive dummy floor models. With the list of retailers including a bajillion Best Buys around the nation, it’s also not surprising that pictures of these dummy floor models have landed online. Least surprising of all? It still looks like every other Sidekick ever… Read More