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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  • 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

  • Rid your iPhone/speaker set-up of the GSM buzz blues

    Nothing kills a freeway Pandora jam session faster than the freaky-deaky alien speak that is GSM interference washing out your tunes. Once the pulsing of a GSM phone’s RF transmitter finds its way to a poorly shielded speaker, all hope of actually enjoying the music is lost. If you’re only using the iPod functionality of your iPhone, switching the phone into airplane mode is… 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

  • Bad reception on your Nokia E71? Just don't touch it.

    According to BGR, the Nokia E71’s signal catchin’ abilities aren’t exactly meeting expectations. In places where signal generally flourishes, they’re reporting little to no service. The problem purportedly stems from the placement of the cellular antenna. Tucked behind the only plastic part of the phone, the antenna hangs out down near the bottom of the rear side of… Read More

  • James Bond will carry Sony Ericsson C902 in next flick

    Oh, come on. Lets say, for some crazy reason, Sony Ericsson was the only company that made phones in the Bond universe, nullifying all non-SE options. You really think Bond would sport a half-year-old candybar over, say, the Xperia X1 in the next movie, Quantum of Solace? Bollocks. However, the C902 gives them an advantage the unlaunched Xperia X1 does not: tie-in promotions. Timed with… Read More

  • LiMo foundation gains 11 members

    The LiMo Foundation, “the global consortium of mobile leaders delivering an open handset platform for the whole mobile industry”, announced this morning that 11 more members had hopped on the Linux-lovin’ party bus. With this latest addition, the Foundation has cracked the 50 member mark. Joining the roster today are: Cellon, Esmertec, Freescale Semiconductor, Longcheer… Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve Sunset launching today

    Rumor had it that the Blackberry Curve Sunset would be hitting the shelves on August 4th – sure enough, the official confirmation just came down the pipes. Besides the paint job and fancy new sub-name, it’s still the same old Curve we know and love. Same 2 megapixel shooter, stereo bluetooth, with support for T-Mobile Hotspot Calling and up to 4 gigs of microSD. If you’ve… Read More

  • Dreamworks' Monsters Vs. Aliens trailer sneaks online, stars CrunchGear mascot

    http://www.traileraddict.com/emb/5821 Almost a week after ComicCon, trailers revealed during the panels continue to leak online. The above is the trailer for Dreamworks’ upcoming flick, Monsters Vs. Aliens. Contrary to what the last part of the title implies, the movie appears to lack Sigourney Weaver and/or chest-bursting creatures. That aside, consider me impressed – the… Read More

  • CellSpin adds iPhone support

    Constantly jacked in, but drowning under the weight of a million social sites? CellSpin can help. Whether it’s text, photos, or video, CellSpin lets you simultaneously post multimedia content to a chunk of the internet’s favorite websites. CellSpin’s gone and added the iPhone to their hefty list of supported handsets, giving iPhone/iPod Touch users yet another way to get… Read More

  • Rid your iPhone/speaker set-up of the GSM buzz blues

    Nothing kills a freeway Pandora jam session faster than the freaky-deaky alien speak that is GSM interference washing out your tunes. Once the pulsing of a GSM phone’s RF transmitter finds its way to a poorly shielded speaker, all hope of actually enjoying the music is lost. If you’re only using the iPod functionality of your iPhone, switching the phone into airplane mode is… Read More

  • This week on MobileCrunch

    The most popular MobileCrunch stories from 7/27/08 – 8/2/08: US lawmakers permaban cell phones in flight iPhone 3G has a crack problem T-Mobile launching 3G in 27 markets on October 1st Carmack on iPhone: “More powerful than Nintendo DS, PSP combined T-mobile lets your parents control your phone Read More

  • Nokia unveils pricing for Files On Ovi

    Launched in July of this year, Files on Ovi is a service from Nokia which allows you to access files on your Windows-powered computer from your mobile handset (or any web browser, really.) While the application and base service are free, it requires your computer to stay on back at home. If it’s off (or your net connection dies), your files become inaccessible. For those special files… Read More

  • JCrew uploads two product images: one before photoshop, one after photoshop

    When you look at this JCrew product page, does anything stand out as peculiar? If you’re thinking “Holy crap! Lounge crinkle tissue pants for only $39.99, what a steal!”, take another look. More specifically, check out the product sample images. Roll over the first two a couple times. Yep. Likely as a result of a simple naming convention error during saving, two versions of… Read More

  • Two-ton VOTOMS Scopedog Mecha hangs out at Japanese conventions

    Really, is there any better way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Japanese Iron and Steel Federation than busting out a 4,000 pound model of a VOTOMS mech made entirely of iron? I sure as hell don’t think so. Well, okay – a bit of steel somewhere in the mix might have made it even more fitting. But, come on – it’s two friggin tons of iron shaped like a robot… Read More

  • Nokia 5610 finally set to launch on T-Mobile, new color scheme spotted

    Almost a full year after the Nokia 5610 was announced, T-Mobile will finally be adding it to their line up on August 11th. So, why’d it take so long? According to Cell Phone Signal, reception issues are to blame. Those problems (hopefully) fixed, the phone will launch for $150 bucks before a 50 buck mail in rebate, dressed in red/black, blue/black, or a brand spankin’ new… Read More

  • Nokia might be getting into the movie streaming biz

    Rumor has it that the world’s favorite handset manufacturer may be looking into a new endeavor: movie streaming. Rather than a pay-per-view or rental service, the new service will reportedly be all-you-can-eat. One lump sum per month garners you unlimited access to a catalog of 320 x 240 H.264 movies, streamed straight to your handset. Read More at MobileCrunch >> Read More

  • Nokia might be getting into the movie biz

    Though they’re completely open about the fact that their source is a bit peculiar, BGR is reporting that that Nokia may be looking to start up a movie download service. Rather than a pay-per-view or rental service, the new service is tentatively all-you-can-eat. One lump sum per month garners you unlimited access to a catalog of 320 x 240 H.264 movies, streamed straight to your handset. Read More