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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  • Oops! Nokia uploads E66 and E71 demos a bit early

    Oops! Nokia uploads E66 and E71 demos a bit early

    (Update: As of 9 am PST, Nokia has taken these offline) Even before the E66 and E71 have been officially announced, fans of Nokia’s business oriented E series have managed to dig up in-depth flash demonstrations for the handsets. With a bit of URL finagling, members of the Mobile-Review unearthed the goods on Nokia’s own site. It’s rare for these sorts of things to make their way… Read More

  • The past week on MobileCrunch

    Top stories for the week of 6/1/08 – 6/7/08: Rumor Roundup: 3G iPhone A chat with Qik about Windows Mobile, giving birth, and the future Photos of the iPhone 2 leaked Smartphones considered more of a security risk than laptops VLC media player ported to iPhone/iTouch Microsoft wants to turn your phone off Good shots of the Samsung i900 finally surface Read More

  • Creep out all your friends with Beema

    I tried to fight it. I really did. But everyone was doing it. I couldn’t resist any longer. I had to have a Beema of my own. The idea behind Beema: You sign up, call an 800 number, talk a bit, and they make a video of an animated avatar synced up with your voice. The avatar selection is pretty big – about 400, currently. Clever? Yep. Easy to use? Yep. Creepy? Absolutely. See for… Read More

  • Zelda packin' heat in this Half-life 2 model mod

    Sure, you’ve seen Zelda smack people around in Smash Brothers — but have you ever seen her pack a gat? Half-Life 2 modder FluxMage has managed to rig up a Zelda model and put it in place of the Alyx model used in game. Even if you don’t want to sit through all 7 minutes of the video, check out the first minute or so: seeing Zelda slip a pistol into her dress and use a gravity gun… Read More

  • Photos of the iPhone 2 leaked

    Photos of the iPhone 2 leaked

    Whooooooa. Images purported to be screen grabs of iPhone 2 materials have leaked. It appears there will be at least two color variations. One with a black back, the other red as part of the Product (RED) campaign. It also appears to be a good amount (22%?) thinner, with what seems to be stereo speakers on the back. Perhaps most excitingly, the photos give an outstanding view of a front facing… Read More

  • Hop-On announces a dirt cheap smartphone, 3G/GSM phones

    Hop-On announces a dirt cheap smartphone, 3G/GSM phones

    We’re still not too sure about Hop-On, but the announcements keep on coming. Hot on the tail of their “Anti-iPhone” handset announcement, they’ve announced plans to expand their line to include a smartphone, along with a handful of disposable 3G/GSM phones. The HOP 1801 smartphone will sell for $125 bucks – and that’s about all the press release says about it. Read More

  • Hop-On announces $125 smartphone, dirt cheap 3G phone and GSM phones

    Hop-On announces $125 smartphone, dirt cheap 3G phone and GSM phones

    Hop-On, makers of uber cheap throwaway cell phones, are expanding their line to include uber cheap smartphones and 3g phones. The HOP 1801 smartphone will sell for $125 bucks. Details in the press release are limited, but a bit of URL tinkering on Hop-On’s site leads to the above image and the following specs (screenshot): * OS: Smart NX Mobile (Linux) * Platform: AP (Chipnuts Processor… Read More

  • LG Dare snapped in the wild

    LG Dare snapped in the wild

    I was never a huge fan of the LG Prada, mainly because I think slapping fashion brands onto phones is a stupid way to add a few hundred (or thousand) bucks to the price tag. That said, I’m liking the look of the Prada-esque LG Dare. They’ve rounded out the rough edges, and overhauled the UI. Under the Dare’s 240×400 touchscreen, LG will be packin’ in a 3.5mm headphone… Read More

  • Motorola selling unlocked, 3G-less Q9e online

    Motorola selling unlocked, 3G-less Q9e online

    What do you get when you take a fairly solid product, strip it down, and sell it for an outlandish price? Fired, typically. At Motorola, you’ve just come up with their new online store item: the Motorola Q9e. The Q9e is just a Q9h, stripped off the good stuff. Same Windows Mobile 6.0, same 2 megapixel camera, without the 3G. If you’ve been wanting a Q9 but just can’t vibe with… Read More

  • Aussie resellers get super secret boxes from Apple

    Aussie resellers get super secret boxes from Apple

    Oh, whatever could be in this box that Apple resellers in Australia began receiving this morning? All signs indicate that it does not contain a Vegemite sandwich. It looks like Apple is nipping potential global shipping delays in the bud by sending the goods internationally a bit early. The seal on top is pretty clear: open this before June 10th (June 9th in the US, otherwise known as “OMG… Read More

  • Android: 50 questions, 50 answers

    Android: 50 questions, 50 answers

    As the Google I/O conference came to an end last week, the Android development team got up on stage and fielded questions from developers in the audience. It’s taken a few days for the full transcript to show up online, but ZDNet’s got it. Some of the highlights: Q. What if my app uses location api, and service provider shuts that off, can they? A. They can do that… it’s not a… Read More

  • Microsoft wants to turn your phone off

    Microsoft wants to turn your phone off

    I’m really hoping that this is one of those patents where the inventor thought “Wow. This is the worst idea ever – I’m going to patent it and never use it, so nobody will ever have to deal with this.” Inventors do that all the time, right? Right? Microsoft has applied to patent something they’re calling “Device Manners Policy”, or DMP. Business… Read More

  • AT&T loses laptop filled with employee SSNs and salaries

    AT&T loses laptop filled with employee SSNs and salaries

    Speaking of unencrypted data, letters are being sent around to AT&T managers alerting them that someone managed to skulk off with an unencrypted company laptop in tow. According to the letter, the laptop was stolen on May 15th from an employee’s vehicle. It had an unencrypted file containing names, Social Security numbers, and salary information for “a number of AT&T management… Read More

  • A chat with Qik about Windows Mobile, giving birth, and the future

    A chat with Qik about Windows Mobile, giving birth, and the future

    Tomorrow Qik, the popular webcasting service that streams video from your phone, will announce support for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform. Actual support for phones will be rolled out in the coming months. I had the chance to sit down and chat with Bhaskar Roy, Co-Founder and VP Product Management of Qik, and Jackie Danicki, Director of Product Marketing. The transcript of the phone… Read More

  • YouMail rolls out Visual Voicemail for smartphones

    YouMail rolls out Visual Voicemail for smartphones

    Ever since text messaging became a popular thing, I’ve loathed the standard voicemail set-up more and more each day. It’s just so incredibly broken and dated – all of the annoyances of any automated phone system, with the added treat of messages that tend to be 5 minutes longer than they need to be. Visual Voicemail on the iPhone was a huge step in the right direction, but it… Read More

  • Google Maps for Mobile gets bus and train directions

    Google Maps for Mobile gets bus and train directions

    Google Maps for Mobile has received an update for Blackberry and Java-capable handsets, adding in bus/train directions for the SF Bay, Seattle, New York, and over 40 other cities. Quickly find the closest bus stop, the route to take, and whether or not you have time for one more drink before the last stop of the day. I can not even imagine how much time this will save me. I lived in the SF Bay for… Read More

  • WWDC development sessions to be about 33% iPhone

    WWDC development sessions to be about 33% iPhone

    If the sessions at this year’s WWDC are any indication, it’s safe to say that Apple is looking for the iPhone to blow up as a development platform. According to PC World’s count, around 33% of the 150+ sessions will be dedicated to development on the iPhone. Around 50% of the remaining sessions will be general Mac stuff — accessibility, Cocoa, etc — with the last 17%… Read More

  • Boost picks up the ultra rugged Moto i335

    Boost picks up the ultra rugged Moto i335

    Boost announced this morning that they’ll be carrying the rugged i335 handset, available immediately. It’s not exactly a visual stunner, but it can take a beating. The i335 is like the Donald Gibb of cell phones. You might not want him around when you’re flirtin’ with the ladies at the bar, but he’ll be the one that walks away unscratched when their boyfriends show… Read More

  • VLC media player ported to iPhone/iTouch

    VLC media player ported to iPhone/iTouch

    Whooo! VLC media player, which tends to be one of the first things I install on any new system, has been ported over for use on jailbroken iPhones. The crazy-talented ZodTTD (the guy behind snes4iphone) has released a beta version of the port, vlc4iphone, which allows for drag-and-drop playback of a number of media formats not [...] Read More

  • Yahoo celebrates SearchMonkey launch by shipping out boxes of beer

    Yahoo celebrates SearchMonkey launch by shipping out boxes of beer

    Sometime on Tuesday morning, a mystery box was delivered to the crew over at Photojojo. The attached freight slip barely served to demystify things, reading: “Call to arrange delivery. Do not let consignee know shipment is from Yahoo until delivery is made.” Odd – surprise packages from Yahoo aren’t exactly an every day thing. What could it be? Turns out, it was a big… Read More