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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  • All kinds of Mega Man 9 video goodness goes live

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=38234 Mega Man 9’s step back to the golden days is exactly what the series needs. Seriously. It has been years since I’ve been this excited about getting frustrated and throwing my controller at the wall. Sneak peaks at two of the game’s levels showed up online today, along with the opening cinematic shown above. Though… Read More

  • HTC Touch Diamond ROM 1.93 now available for all

    While HTC Touch Diamond owners in Hong Kong have been running 1.93 for a few weeks now, folks everywhere else in the world have been out of luck and out of date. Until today, that is. With the release of V1.93 ROMs for the UK and most other European countries, just about everyone can get to patchin’. According to Coolsmartphone, known changes include “camera navigation, text… Read More

  • What's eating the iPhone's 3G?

    When reception is low, the first one up on the ranter’s chopping plate tends to be the carrier. Such is the case for AT&T; since the iPhone 3Gs launch, much flack has been sent their way over lackluster 3G signal, slow speeds, and dropped calls on the device. Thing is, AT&T doesn’t seem to be the one we should be pointing a finger at. Complaints of poor 3G reception have… Read More

  • Blackberry Bold reviewed

    Apparently August 12th is a holiday for anybody in the mobile industry. At least, that’s what I derive from the fact that nothing is going on. What are you, the devoted mobile blog reader, to do for entertainment? You could go have a snackpack and watch some day-time soaps .. or, even better, you could read David Flynn’s BlackBerry Bold review over at APC Mag. It’s about… Read More

  • HTC to launch the Android-powered Dream in September?

    While it’s still up in the air whether anyone actually cares about Android, people sure like to talk about it. Just last week, a Global Equities Research analyst’s proclamation that the first Android handsets would miss their 2008 target was enough to set message boards around the tubes ablaze, until HTC came along and cleared things up. Piggybacking on HTC’s tidings of… Read More

  • Motorola Alexander minus QWERTY equals Motorola Atila

    When shots of Motorola’s last-ditch handset effort, the Alexander, got out a few days ago, a resounding “meh” shot out across the internet. “Meh” on Windows Mobile 6.1, some said. “Meh” on the painful looking keyboard, said others. If the Alexander didn’t get you pumped, perhaps its just spotted sans-QWERTY plus-Touchscreen counterpart, the… Read More

  • Steve Jobs talks App Store: 60 million downloads, $30 million in the first month

    If you were one of the 10 people who thought the App Store would be a failure, you might want to check out this WSJ article. Also, stop talking to yourself on the subway and wearing rain boots in the middle of summer, crazyface. Speaking of the App store for the first time since its launch, Steve Jobs has revealed some numbers. In its first 30 days, Apple has already pushed 60 million downloads… Read More

  • Sanyo releases jumbo-res Katana Eclipse product shots

    With the Katana Eclipse rumored to be launching on Sprint in the next 2-3 weeks, I’m sure there are at least a handful of Sanyo fans out there just dying for some poster-sized Katana goodness. Fear not, hungry eyes – Sanyo’s got your back. Check out the new high resolution Katana Eclipse gallery here. [Via Phonenews] Read More

  • Motorola Alexander minus QWERTY equals Motorola Atila

    When shots of Motorola’s last-ditch handset effort, the Alexander, got out a few days ago, a resounding “meh” shot out across the internet. “Meh” on Windows Mobile 6.1, some said. “Meh” on the painful looking keyboard, said others. If the Alexander didn’t get you pumped, perhaps its just spotted sans-QWERTY plus-Touchscreen counterpart, the… Read More

  • Fring adds E71 support

    So, you’ve got your shiny new E71. You’ve also got a bunch of Skype buddies. If only there were some way to combine the two. You’d be unstoppable! You could start a pack of crime-fighting super heroes, fueled by the convenience of VoIP! Fortunately, fring hates crime just as much as you do. They want to help you use your Nokia E71 to connect with your crime-crushing… Read More

  • Sanyo Katana Eclipse on the way, launches on Bell Mobility

    The Sanyo Katana was just one of those phones that just stayed on the shelves for way longer than anyone expected. But why? Sure, it had some pretty well-marketed TTY features, but that’s nothing unique. Oh – and it was Dr. Turk’s phone on Scrubs. Whatever the cause, it’s one of the few phones that Sprint might still pitch at you two years after launch. Well… Read More

  • 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