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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Has Apple killed the MobileMe status blog?

    On July 25th, a new item showed up on the Apple’s MobileMe page: “Status”. In order to better communicate with an angry userbase while potentially pacifying the harsh-tonged masses, this page would serve as a small glimpse behind the doors of the MobileMe HQ for anyone who cared to look. At the beginning, all was well. Every other day brought a herald of both good and bad. Read More

  • Good night, Sidekick Slide

    After a nasty factory defect in the early batches followed by months of inadequate sales, it’s not really any surprise that T-Mobile has decided to nix the Motorola-made Sidekick Slide from their line up. To be honest, it’s a bit more surprising that it lasted as long as it did. When widespread rumors of a recall start trickling out within weeks of a device’s launch… Read More

  • Video: "I Am Rich" Guided Tour

    You considered it. You glanced at the pile of money on your desk. You thought to yourself, “Do I use it to fuel my money-powered rocket ship, or do I buy the $999 ‘I Am Rich’ application from the iTunes App Store?”. You go to click the “Buy” button – but you’ve waited too long. In a flash which surely pang your soul forever, the application has… Read More

  • Pwnage 2.0.2 now available

    Jeez. Some one buy the iPhone Dev Team a week on a Carnival Cruise or something. Those guys just never stop. This morning they released Pwnage 2.0.2, allowing just about anyone to jailbreak any iPhone (2G and 3G) running software version 2.0.1. As always, OS X users get the goods first, until some Windows fan comes along and makes the port. Take the normal precautions of course – there… Read More

  • Ridiculous stop-motion video: It so smoooooth

    I tried to make a stop-motion video once. About 8 frames in, I got frustrated and threw my G.I. Joes at the wall. While I won’t pretend to have any idea what’s going on in the video above, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a homemade stop-motion short come out so friggin’ buttery. Helluva job, ultra-dedicated Japanese dude! Read More

  • iPhone: Dial from your GrandCentral number with GrandDialer

    Being that I have a few more cell phones laying around than I actually need, I hearts me some GrandCentral. Thing is, dialing out so that your GrandCentral number shows on caller IDs is a bit of a pain. The mobile site (http://grandcentral.com/mobile) certainly helps, but it’s still a half-dozen extra steps we’d rather not take. Realizing this, GGT Enterprises has gone and… Read More

  • BlackBerry Thunder gets its Verizon model number, possibly dated

    With Verizon carrying an 8130, an 8330, and a 7130, is it really any surprise that they’ve re-dubbed the BlackBerry 9500 series (Thunder) as the 9530? Some sneak managed to grab a screen cap of the latest product inventory screen, and shot it over to the guys at BGR. There it is, in all its glory: BB9530T. The source also solidified past murmurs that the device would launch on the… Read More

  • HTC: No, seriously, we'll have an Android phone in 2008

    It seems like every week, some analyst firm comes out and declares that HTC is going to miss its fall 2008 Android handset launch date. Each week, HTC then comes along and calls shenanigans on the claim, reassuring the masses that the handset is still on schedule. Rinse, lather, repeat. This week’s naysayer is Global Equities Research, who claims that technical and minimum payment issues… Read More

  • Verizon pinks out the BlackBerry Pearl, too

    Just yesterday, we mentioned that the BlackBerry Curve would be joining the mile long list of handsets being re-hashed in pink. Turns out, it’s bringing a buddy. Verizon announced today that they would begin shelling out pink BlackBerry Pearl 8130s alongside the new pink Curves starting this morning. If you’re lookin’ to put some pink in your life, you can find the Pink Pearl… Read More

  • Blackberry Curve pink'd for Verizon

    Especially as of late, pink is just about obligatory as a color choice for handsets. Even if it’s offered in 23 other colors, there remains a surprisingly huge group of people who just won’t buy it if it isn’t pink. Well, anyone who has been holding out for a pink Curve is in luck: According to Engadget, Verizon will be offering the pinked out BlackBerry for $99 bucks… Read More

  • TASCAM's GT-R1 lets you play the guitar/bass poorly wherever you are

    Like many of that age, my junior high self was completely convinced that a guitar was an instant ticket to Awesomeville. I’d learn a chord or two and find myself surrounded by groupies and body guards, my only responsibility being finding new places to put my piles of money. Life would be easy. Turns out, I couldn’t play the guitar for crap. If I had TASCAM’s GT-R1, it all… Read More

  • Sharp AQUOS TVs help you find the Funspot

    Can’t get enough Sudoku on your laptop, mp3 player, smartphone, dumbphone, portable Sudoku player, gaming console, or from one of those little Sudoku books? Fear not! Now you can get it beamed straight to your TV. Accedo Broadband today announced that they have added their “Funspot” casual gaming service to any net-enabled Sharp AQUOS TV. Through the Sharp AQUOS Net… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson announces the T700

    The T700, Sony Ericsson’s latest candybar, has been known (and seen) under it’s codename “Remi” for a few weeks now. Nothing too exciting here, but that’s become a bit of a trend with all of the SE announcements since the C905. The Specs: 2″ TFT display Quad-Band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) with UMTS/HSDPA 2100 Mhz Stereo Bluetooth 3.2 Megapixel Camera w/… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson announces the T700

    The T700, Sony Ericsson’s latest candybar, has been known (and seen) under it’s codename “Remi” for a few weeks now. Nothing too groundbreaking or exciting here, but that’s become a bit of a trend with all of the SE announcements since the C905. The Specs: 2″ TFT display Quad-Band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) with UMTS/HSDPA 2100 Mhz Stereo Bluetooth 3.2… Read More

  • Open Tech launches!!!!11!1!

    This is it, folks. The moment everyone has been waiting for. Hot off our tip line (and that of every other gadget blog on the planet, according to the CC): “Open Tech computers are now on sale! We have officially launched all products in our Web Store.“ Open Tech: Because nothing says quality like stock photos hosted on Freewebs.com Read More

  • Everything you need to know about the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro for Sprint/Verizon

    <center With the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro finally on their way to the states for both Sprint and Verizon, its gettin’ tough to keep track of which carrier-specific model will have what. Which will have an accelerometer? Which packs more ram? Who the hell is Victor? Fortunately, PhoneArena‘s gone and done all the digging you need. It’s all summed up nicely on… Read More

  • Review: Soundcast OutCast Wireless Speaker


    Everyone wants to have parties outside, music thumping under the sun. It just feels classy. Plus you get to show your neighbors how many friends you have. Thing is, most boom boxes turn to breathless junk as soon as they’re outside and, between wiring and weather proofing, rigging up a high-quality speaker solution outdoors is a bit past the average consumer. The $699 OutCast speaker… Read More

  • Steve Jobs admits MobileMe is "not up to Apple's standards"

    Lambasted by bloggers around the globe for its laundry list of issues, MobileMe hasn’t had the best start. Turns out the critics aren’t alone in thinking it wasn’t ready for prime time. In an internal e-mail that was pretty much guaranteed to leak, Steve Jobs acknowledged that MobileMe was “not up to Apple’s standards” after a rushed and improperly… Read More

  • Bic and Orange team up to make Bic Phone, fill landfills

    After so many years with them glued to our ears, being stuck without your cell phone sucks. Pay phones are getting harder to find (plus, you’ll catch the herp), and pre-paid cell phones require a night of charging before they’re ready to go. Looking out for forgetful travelers and those of us who just lose crap a lot, Orange France and Bic have partnered to create the Bic phone… Read More

  • First Impressions: Callpod Dragon V2 Bluetooth headset

    Revamping their bluetooth headset of 2007, CallPod is just about ready to ship the Dragon V2. Coming in at just 5 cents short of $100 bucks, they’ve managed to pack a bunch of features into a box $20-$30 bucks cheaper than other high-end headsets: 100 meter range, dual-mic noise suppression, 8 hour talk time, “Dragon to Dragon” (Walkie-talkie-esque) communication… Read More