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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  • Kind-of-wonky Nissan GT-R Transformer toys, transform and roll out!

    Toying with the fragile memories of our youth, Japanese toy maker Takara-Tomy is working on an alternative universe Transformers line of 1:32 toys called “Alternity”. In this crazy backwards universe, Optimus Prime (or Galaxy Convoy, as he’s known in Japan) masquerades as a Nissan GT-R rather than the oh-so-classic Big Rig we all know and love. As Autoblog points out, the new… Read More

  • Kim Cattrall adds her voice to TomTom, makes you hate driving

    Sorry Kim. I’m sure you’re a nice lady and all, but after being forced to sit through umpteen seasons of Sex and the City and the 3 hours of bonus drivel provided by the movie, I don’t think I could handle it. If anybody hopped in my car with your new voice pack installed on a TomTom, I would smash said TomTom with a brick. If you think you can bear your way through such… Read More

  • Laptops to begin shipping with completely unnecessary "Mobile Broadband" badge

    Rehashing the idea set forth by all of those useless “Intel Inside” and “Designed for Windows XP” stickers that have been on laptops for years, 17 companies (including Asus, Dell, Microsoft, Lenovo, Toshiba, and 12 other heavy hitters) have banded together to bring out a new and equally useless “Mobile Broadband” sticker. What the hell is the point of… Read More

  • PS3 Eye hacked to work with Windows

    Why would you want to hook up a PS3 Eye to your Windows machine? Well, you’ve already bought it – you might as well use it for something. (This is where someone is supposed to say “Ohhh snap!”, or declare a successful “burn”.) When AlexP over at NUI Group needed a high quality video recorder for multitouch projects, he turned to the PS3 Eye. Dirt cheap… Read More

  • Adobe working on Flash for iPhone, but the ball is in Apple's court

    After a nearly endless stream of hearsay and rumors on the matter, Adobe has now gone on the record about Flash on the iPhone. During a presentation at the Flash on the Beach expo today in the UK, Adobe’s Senior Director of Engineering Paul Betlem mentioned that the Flash development team was actively working on a release for the iPhone, but due to the closed nature of the handset, the… Read More

  • Samsung and Verizon announce the SCH-u430

    If it feels like you’ve seen the u430 before, it’s because you probably have. You’ve seen them at parties, on co-workers desks at work, and in the hands of the soccer mom in front of you in line at the store. Well, not this exact model, but ones just like it. The u430 is yet another flip-and-forget-it phone. Seeing as it wont cost you a cent out the door, you… Read More

  • Nokia Pilot product testing program goes live, registration opens

    If you’re a regular reader of MobileCrunch, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve got a bit of a thing for mobile. Maybe hardware leaks make your heart pitter-patter – or perhaps its the services that swoon you? Either way, Nokia wants to hear from you. Right as the sun cracked over the Western hills this morning, Nokia opened registration to their new Nokia Pilots… Read More

  • AT&T planning BlackBerry Bold launch parties, complete with ultra cheesy videos

    For the sake of making sure employees are up to speed on the coming-any-day-now BlackBerry Bold (and likely as an excuse to booze and schmooze), AT&T is throwing a series of parties for employees in a few major cities around the country. The invite doesn’t shed any information we’re not already well aware of, but worthy of some note is the date of the final party: October 30th. Read More

  • LG KP500 aims to make touchscreens pocket-friendly

    LG announced the KP500 this morning, which they’re touting for it’s “affordable introduction price”. They’re not actually, you know, telling anybody what it’ll cost – just that it’ll be “attractively-priced”. For a supposedly budget-friendly phone, the specs they’ve disclosed so far aren’t too shabby. It’ll have… Read More

  • DIY: Turn your car's tow hook into a camera mount

    (I’ll go ahead and make the warning before anybody gets too excited: according to a warning by the author of the guide, this modification may disable your air bags, as the car will think it’s being towed.) Ever wanted to take see how incredibly awesome and totally-not-boring the view is from the front of your car? For little more than a few bucks in hardware, a basic camera mount… Read More

  • Facebook for iPhone clicks over to version 2.0

    After Facebook rolled out v1.1 of their iPhone application, they promised that a bigger, badder v2.0 was in the works for September. They cut it pretty close, but they’ve kept their word. Just a few hours ago, the second major release of the Facebook application hit the App Store, bearing a whole new user interface and a slew of fresh features. With this latest release, they’ve… Read More

  • Are camera phones poised to replace point and shoots?

    How long will it be before we’re no longer forced to lug around both a camera phone and a full-fledged standalone camera, “just in case” something truly photo-worthy goes down? According to LG, not too long. At a round table event in London last week, the company’s head of marketing stated that he sees no reason why camera phones couldn’t replace point and… Read More

  • 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