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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  • NetShare iPhone tethering app goes up, then down, then back up

    With many a smart phone, tethering (sharing your phone’s internet connection to another device, generally a computer) is a standard option. Not so on the iPhone 3G, which generally a requires good bit of hackery and finagling to tether. When NullRivers’ $10 iPhone tethering application NetShare hit the App Store on Thursday, the iPhone-bearing internet rejoiced. Finally, tethering… Read More

  • US lawmakers permaban cell phones in-flight

    US Lawmakers are sick of people sitting on airplanes, talking about all sorts of private matters while waiting for the plane to taxi. After a round of story-telling on conversations they’ve overheard in the past, the House of Representatives has voted to upgrade the FAA’s ban on in-flight cell phone usage to “Permanent” status. On one hand, I’ve felt their pain: a… Read More

  • Carmack on iPhone: "More powerful than Nintendo DS, PSP combined"

    During QuakeCon 2008, Game development icon and id co-founder John Carmack shared some insight on working with the iPhone SDK. A complete turnaround from his stance with previous iPods, Carmack’s got nothing but good to say about game development for the iPhone. While he states that he doesn’t believe it’s the definitive answer for mobile gaming, he mentions that the handset… Read More

  • US lawmakers permaban cell phones in-flight

    US Lawmakers are sick of people sitting on airplanes, talking about all sorts of private matters while waiting for the plane to taxi. After a round of story-telling on conversations they’ve overheard in the past, the House of Representatives has voted to upgrade the FAA’s ban on in-flight cell phone usage to “Permanent” status. On one hand, I’ve felt their pain: a… Read More

  • Nokia N96 droppin in the UK on October 1st?

    Just a few months after the N95’s first birthday, Nokia’s prepping to launch it’s big bad brother, the N96. According to rumors floating around the intertubes, this little puppy might be in the hands of Nokia fans as early as October 1st – at least, in the UK. No word yet on US pricing or availability, though past reports have pinned it around $800-$1000 US ducats. Read More

  • Apple seeds background app tools to select iPhone developers

    Oh background push, how I yearn for you. You bring tidings of fun and communication, whether the application is in the foreground or not. Imagine: the ability to receive instant message notifications, even when the application is off screen. This is the future, people. Our jet packs arrive next week. As of last night, select developers have begun receiving the tools required to create… Read More

  • Google Maps for Mobile 2.2 brings transit directions to WinMo and S60

    When Google announced that they’d added transit information to the Google Maps for Blackberry application, I was beyond pumped. A lingering artifact of a time when pen-and-paper was the only option, transit maps make me angry. Now Google’s gone and freed S60 and Windows Mobile users from ever having to deal with transit maps either. With the release of version 2.2, both platforms… Read More

  • Samsung Soulb (U800) gets pink'd up

    When the Samsung Soul went pink back in June, we were a bit surprised that it’s younger brother, the Soulb, wasn’t getting the same treatment. Turns out, it was – it’s just a few months late to the party. The UK’s Phones4u has announced that they will be exclusively offering a pink Soulb starting in October. It’s all the same inside (HSDPA, 3 megapixel… Read More

  • T-Mobile 3G launching in 27 markets on October 1st

    From TmoNews: “This poster, taped (poorly we might add) on the wall outside a meeting is our glass slipper, our unwavering proof of a date that will live in T-mobile infamy. Mark your calenders folks, October 1. Wake up, walk outside and breathe that 3G air.” “Hey Bob – we’ve finally set the date for when we’ll be launching 3G services in 27 launch markets. Read More

  • Apple readying Mac OS X 10.5.5 update for developers

    You hear that rumbling noise, folks? That’s the OS X 10.5.5 train, and it’s a comin’. That’s right – and it’s packed with features. What kind of features, you ask? Hell if we know. To be honest, it’s quite possibly just a bunch of bug fixes and security updates. AppleInsider predicts that it’ll include support for the rumored new Mac… Read More

  • iPhone 3G has a crack problem

    Wuh oh – It’s the G4 Cube all over again. Less than a month after launch, attentive iPhone 3G users have begun to notice nasty little cracks showing up along the edges of the plastic rear casing. It doesn’t seem to be a matter of user-damage, either – even amongst the handsets that have been pampered from day one, cracks have been spotted. While white iPhones seem to be… Read More

  • T-Mobile 3G launching in 27 markets on October 1st

    From TmoNews: “This poster, taped (poorly we might add) on the wall outside a meeting is our glass slipper, our unwavering proof of a date that will live in T-mobile infamy. Mark your calenders folks, October 1. Wake up, walk outside and breathe that 3G air.” “Hey Bob – we’ve finally set the date for when we’ll be launching 3G services in 27 launch markets. Read More

  • Samsung Instinct gets its first firmware update, second coming soon

    Earlier this morning, Sprint rolled out the first firmware/software update for the Samsung Instinct. What got fixed, you ask? No one’s exactly sure, just yet. As the update lacks patch notes, finding the fixes has become a bit of an Easter egg hunt for Instinct users. Noted so far are perceived performance enhancements, and a battery meter fix – Let us know if you find anything… Read More

  • Sidekick 2008 goes for $1,000 on eBay just one day before it's $149 in stores

    Between 2 thousand dollar PS3s and 30,000 thousand dollar hoverboard props, eBay is no stranger to things selling for absurd prices. However, most things that have any value on eBay are those that are .. you know, hard to find. Someone probably should have mentioned that to the winner of this Sidekick 2008 auction. Just a day before the new Sidekick was readily available at T-Mobile spots… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson K330 and W890 gettin' new hues

    Looking to pick up Sony Ericsson’s new K330, but not feelin’ the color selection? According to a tipster over at the Unofficial SE Blog, you’ll soon have at least one more option. Joining gold/black and green/black is a gold/white variant (Pictured above). Also getting a color revamp is the 5-month old W890, with the addition of a silver/gold model. Tons of pictures of both… Read More

  • AT&T introduces TAP for disabled iPhone users

    While most people wouldn’t ever notice that you can’t buy an iPhone without a calling plan, that fact inadvertently shafts a huge group of potential subscribers: the deaf, hearing impaired, and those with difficulties speaking. If you don’t use the voice features to communicate, you don’t really need hundreds of minutes. With this in mind, AT&T yesterday unveiled… Read More

  • MobileMe syncing issues fixed, mail restored for the unlucky 1%

    If you’re been part of the 1% of MobileMe subscribers unable to actually use their MobileMe accounts, the MobileMe Status blog has good news for you. From a post made yesterday morning: “We have completed restoring Mail service, including historical messages, to all of the 1% of affected members.” If your MobileMe set-up is still all kinds of broken, they’ve set up… Read More

  • Spider-Man: Web of Shadows trailer doesn't suck

    http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=37639 You see, there’s this thing about Spider-Man games. They can either be surprisingly awesome, or they can be horrible, buttery crap. There really isn’t much middle ground. If the above trailer for Spider-Man: Web of Shadows from Comic Con ’08 is any indication, this one might just wind up the former. Its got the visuals. Read More

  • Sidekick LX Video OTA finally starts rolling out

    It’s been a while since we first mentioned the murmurs of Video support purportedly coming to the Sidekick LX. A mention of video playback popped up in a T-Mobile Sidekick LX support page – then nothing. After two months of silence, T-Mobile and Danger have begun rolling out the goody-stuffed OTA. It’s being distributed at random, so don’t panic if you don’t get… Read More

  • 3G HTC Touch Diamond gets the FCC thumbs up

    HTC’s Touch Diamond is one pretty little piece of fun. Unfortunately, the lack of U.S 3G spectrum support outweighs the Touch Diamond’s looks. Slow browsing = suck. That shouldn’t be a problem for much longer, according to this FCC posting.. Lets see here.. Touch Diamond model number.. Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.. WiFi connectivity.. bam! 850/1900 MHz support, perfect for U.S. Read More