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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  • Fring brings Skype and other VoIP services to iPhone

    After 6 months of not-quite-official availability for those of us with jailbroken iPhones, Fring, a free mobile Voice-over-IP service (VoIP), has made its way to the App Store. With that, a day that some said would never come has arrived: Skype calls can now be made on the iPhone, no hacks required. Beyond the Skype functionality (which I imagine would be its most popular use), Fring also lets… Read More

  • HP has a new WinMo 6.1 Touchscreen handset in the works – return of the Oak?

    Back in January, word got out of a new WinMo 6.1 touchscreen handset floating around the Hewlett Packard labs. Called the Oak and tentatively set for a September launch on Vodafone, it had a number pad on its face and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard packed away underneath. Unfortunately, all’s been mum on the matter since the initial leak. September came and went, and the Oak didn’t… Read More

  • Sprint finds potential buyers for Nextel

    As Nextel continues to hemorrhage customers, Sprint is still trying to push it (and the accumulated debts) on someone else. According to the WSJ, they’ve received a handful of inquiries as of late. Amongst those said to be interested are Latin American iDEN carrier NII, and private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management. Just three years ago, Sprint snapped up Nextel for $35 billion. Now… Read More

  • Samsung i7110 promo shot and specs leaked

    Samsung’s got a new candybar in the works, and, if the promo shots leaked today are representative of the final goods, it looks to be borrowing a whole lot from the Soulb. Dubbed the i7110, it’s got a QVGA OLED display, GSM/EDGE and WCDMA/HSDPA radio, FM tuning, a 5 megapixel autofocus shooter with LED flash, 80mb internal memory with support for microSDHC. We know it’ll… Read More

  • HTC releases Touch HD demo video, complete with Enya

    I got to spend about 5 glorious minutes with the HTC Touch HD behind closed doors not too long ago, and I’ve been having withdrawals since. We’ve still got a few months before this guy even hits European shores, so it’ll be a while before I can get my Yank hands on it again. In the mean time, I’ll just watch HTC’s newly released Touch HD demo on repeat – with… Read More

  • Nokia officially unveils the 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen media phone

    Just as expected, Nokia today finally pulled back the curtains on the 5800 XpressMusic device. After nearly six months of rumors, leaks, and Dark Knight cameos, the pretty little touchscreen device once known only as the “Tube” has been made official. Coming sometime in Q4 2008, the 5800 will be the first handset to rock Nokia’s much anticipated S60 5th Edition platform and… Read More

  • Treo Pro, Pearl Flip 8220, T-Mobile G1 show up in Best Buy's inventory system

    Thanks to an especially sneaky Best Buy employee with access to the company’s retail stock system and a liking for the Boy Genius Report, we now know when to expect a few new handsets to arrive in the land of the blue polo. The only new non-smartphone making an appearance is the 5 megapixel Sony Ericsson C902, which actually managed to sneak in sans fanfare over the weekend. On the… Read More

  • Special Edition Gears Of War 2 themed Zune on the way [Update]

    You know, the world just can’t get enough dead bodies as shields. Microsoft knows this. To help satiate your dead bodies as shields desires, they’ve taken a bunch of 120 gig Zunes and done’m up with Gears of War 2 styling, not unlike the Halo 3 Zunes of yesteryear. They’ve laser blasted the game’s iconic “Crimson Omen” into the back of each Zune… Read More

  • Two new high quality Duke Nukem Forever screenshots released

    To help celebrate the XBLA release of Duke Nukem 3d and the 257th year of developing Duke Nukem Forever, 3d Realms tucked two hidden screenshots into the XBLA release which would be unlocked when the player fully completed the game. After a bunch of nasty camera-phone-screen-caps of the images made their way out over the weekend, 3d Realms released high quality official version of the… Read More

  • Nintendo-made pedometer trademark unearthed

    Combining trademark search engine ninjary with a bout of boredom, NeoGAF user “Shiggy” managed to dig up some documents detailing a conspicuously generic pedometer. What’s interesting about that? The document has Nintendo written all over it. Joystiq theorizes that it may be part of some sort of Wii Fit tie-in. Be it that this isn’t just some idea long since shelved… Read More

  • New AC/DC Rock Band details: Exclusivity, No online play, Song exporting

    The more I hear about the recently announced AD/DC Rock Band expansion, the less excited I am about it. After reading through the details unearthed by Variety today, my interest remains low. The New Details: Harmonix has exclusivity on AC/DC content indefinitely, after they’ve gone on the record as being against exclusive artist deals No character creation “There are some… 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: Adobe working on Flash for iPhone, but the ball is in Apple’s court Samsung and Verizon… Read More

  • Windshield-mounted GPS units no longer outlawed in California

    [Pic Source: Marcin Wichary] Realizing that a little 6 inch obstruction on the windshield is probably a better solution than forcing people to take their eyes off the road, the State of California will once again allow windshield-mounted GPS units when the new year rolls through. Taking a break from solving economic crises and fighting crime, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger put his penned blessing… Read More

  • Penguin Ice mold makes penguins.. out of ice.

    I know, I know. The headline may be a bit repetitive. I just wanted to make sure that no one walked away from this story thinking that the Penguin Ice Box Buddy Ice Mold made kittens out of fire. Penguins out of ice, people. That’s it. I’ve never wanted something so useless so much. Look at that penguin. He’s too small to be an effective ice sculpture, but he’s too big… 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

  • 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