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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  • RBC Analyst predicts Apple is working on a sub-$100 "iPod/phone"

    Analyst for RBC Capital Markets, Mike Abramsky, is suggesting that Apple is working on a sub-$100 pre-paid iPhone-alternative (or “iPod/phone”) limited to music playback and phone calls, though he doesn’t necessarily believe they’ll announce it at their event next week. Our call? Buuuuuullcrap. Won’t happen. At least, not any time soon. If anyone thinks this is… Read More

  • Find the fun around you with buzzd on Virgin Mobile

    Virgin Mobile USA today announced that they had sealed the deal to bring buzzd’s location-based services directly to the WAP deck of all VirMo handsets. buzzd uses your location to find local happenings, doubling as a way to quickly find reviews for restaurants in your immediate area. This is really more of an extension than some brand new deal. Helio partnered with buzzd back in… Read More

  • PSP gettin' new online features

    The current generation of console hardware ushered in a major shift in online gaming – especially the PS3 and 360. Though the rabids will argue to death on which offers a better online experience, both consoles brought amazing online multiplayer and content distribution to the table. Sure, sure – computers have had such perks for a long while, but never before have things been… Read More

  • Blackjack II officially gets upped to Windows Mobile 6.1

    While the Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade for the Blackjack II first peeked its head up a few days ago, the download links didn’t actually, you know, work. That’s all fixed now, fortunately. If you’re rockin’ a Blackjack II and have been itchin’ to get it up on 6.1, head over here. Read More

  • AT&T grabs the Samsung a237

    While Samsung’s a237 may not be the most exciting or feature-packed handset they’ve ever released, it’s easy on the eyes and likely to be dirt cheap, so you’ll be seeing it around. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see it in the hands of some cute girl at the bar. Girls love guys who can name phones by their model number. Besides bringing some brightly colored curves to… Read More

  • Samsung accepts Nokia's offer for Symbian buyout

    In preparation for taking Symbian open-source and royalty free for Symbian Foundation partners, Nokia has spent the last few months buying out all of the other shareholders. As of this morning, the job is done; Nokia has announced that the last shareholder involved, Samsung, has accepted their offer. The cumulative total for all of the buyouts will set Nokia back around $410 million. Read More

  • AT&T users getting BlackBerry OS 4.5 and Curve 8320 this month

    The leak-devouring beast that is the Boy Genius managed to get his hands on a few slides from an internal AT&T presentation, packed with a handful of tasty BlackBerry morsels. First up is the BlackBerry OS 4.5. Currently set to launch around the middle of September, the update brings browser/media player/email UI improvements, HTML email support, Office document editing, calendar lookup, and… Read More

  • Sprint gets dirty with two new rugged handsets: Moto V950, i365

    Sprint has just announced that they’ll be adding two more Motorola handsets to their rugged lineup: the Renegade V950 (on right), and the i365 (on left). Both are iDen/Direct Connect compatible, and meet mil-spec requirements for durability against blowing rain, dust, shock, and vibration. For military folk and construction workers, that means it’ll come out unscathed after a day… Read More

  • Sprint gets dirty with two new rugged handsets: Moto V950, i365

    Sprint has just announced that they’ll be adding two more Motorola handsets to their rugged lineup: the Renegade V950 (on right), and the i365 (on left). Both are iDen/Direct Connect compatible, and meet mil-spec requirements for durability against blowing rain, dust, shock, and vibration. For military folk and construction workers, that means it’ll come out unscathed after a day… Read More

  • PAX 2008: Video of Omegathon final round, plus Gabe vs. Tycho

    Time to geek out. I believe if you click “play” above, you’ll be the first people other than those present at PAX to witness this momentous event. A truly epic Excitebike battle. Not only that, but after the victor was celebrated and ushered away to what passes for a green room at PAX, Gabe and Tycho themselves settled down for a Penny Arcade-style duel. And we got that on… Read More

  • PAX 08: The Omegathon final round is "VS. Excitebike"

    Another year, another PAX Omegathon. After a year of theories and a whole lot “ZOMG Do you know what the final round is?” murmur, the final round game iiiiiis: VS Excitebike! We’ll have tons of pics and happenings as soon it’s all wrapped up.
    Update: Uploading. Joey Geko, the underdog whose name they drew randomly at the door at the beginning of PAX, has triumphed. He… Read More

  • PAX 2008: Jonathan Coulton rickrolls the entire concert audience

    I mentioned it in an earlier post, but as it all went down while I was in the middle of swappin’ out cameras, I missed getting this little gem on video. Fortunately, ye olde Tube of Yous has come through. To explain what you’re seeing: About halfway through his set, Coulton pushed an iDVD-built video menu to the concert hall’s projection screens. It had two items: one… Read More

  • PAX 2008: Freezepop plays "The Final Countdown"

    You hear that rumble? Thats an army of geeks, gettin’ down so damn hard that the very walls around us were beginning to crumble. Okay, fine – it’s just a nasty bit of clipping caused by the compact-car sized subwoofers lining the edges of the stage. They were inescapable. Wherever we stood, it was like the subs were in our camera. Sounded amazing in person; on film, not quite… Read More

  • PAX 2008: Jonathan Coulton playing "Still Alive" with Felicia Day

    I had the best spot in the house, standing on a nice sturdy chair staring down the 10x zoom lens of an HD camera from about 15 feet from the stage. Then the battery died on the camera and security kicked me off my chair, simultaneously. After egging the audience into rickrolling themselves, Jonathan brought Felicia Day (who, by the way, we’ll be spending a few minutes with tomorrow… Read More

  • PAX 2008: Video runthough of new Halo 3 map, "Assembly"

    As mentioned earlier, Bungie had one level from their upcoming “Mythic” map pack on display at PAX 08. Called “Assembly”, it’s a very Midship-esque Covenant themed map. I gave it a quick run through earlier today, trying to get as much of the level on video as possible while attempting to avoid firefights — not an easy task. Beside the sneak peak, Bungie… Read More

  • PAX 08: Bungie showing (part of) Halo 3 "Mythic" map pack

    Live from the floor of PAX 08: Bungie is demoing a new Halo 3 map called Assembly; the picture above shows the title “Halo 3 Mythic,” which the Bungie guy said was just a placeholder name for the map pack. He said he “doesn’t know how it’s going to manifest itself to the public,” whatever that means. More on this as we get it. Read More

  • Penny Arcade Expo 2008: We're here!

    Good morning sunshines! It’s day one of PAX ’08, and Devin Coldewey and I are badged up and on the scene. Today’s looking to be a crazy day, with just about every big league name in the gaming industry making an appearance. Bungie, Harmonix, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Rockstar, Valve, EA — the list goes on and on. Then it goes on some more. There’s the PAX… Read More

  • Motorola officially launches the silver MOTO Q Global

    Remember that Silver MOTO Q we mentioned had found its way into a few AT&T stores last week? Its made the jump to the land of the official, available immediately as an AT&T exclusive. As mentioned before, it’s pretty much a MOTO Q9h pre-flashed with Windows Mobile 6.1 and given a flashy silver makeover. Same quad-band radio, UMTS dual-band 3G, 2.0 megapixel camera —… Read More

  • Motorola officially launches the silver MOTO Q Global

    Remember that Silver MOTO Q we mentioned had found its way into a few AT&T stores last week? Its made the jump to the land of the official, available immediately as an AT&T exclusive. As mentioned before, it’s pretty much a MOTO Q9h pre-flashed with Windows Mobile 6.1 and given a flashy silver makeover. Same quad-band radio, UMTS dual-band 3G, 2.0 megapixel camera —… Read More

  • JuiceCaster rolls into beta on BlackBerry

    There are really only three things you need to know about JuiceCaster: JuiceCaster is a free application which lets you upload videos, pictures, and status updates (where appropriate) to a wide variety of popular social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Photobucket, and a handful of others. It also acts as a bit of a social network of its own, with custom groups for sharing… Read More