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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  • A chat with Qik about Windows Mobile, giving birth, and the future

    A chat with Qik about Windows Mobile, giving birth, and the future

    Tomorrow Qik, the popular webcasting service that streams video from your phone, will announce support for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform. Actual support for phones will be rolled out in the coming months. I had the chance to sit down and chat with Bhaskar Roy, Co-Founder and VP Product Management of Qik, and Jackie Danicki, Director of Product Marketing. The transcript of the… Read More

  • YouMail rolls out Visual Voicemail for smartphones

    YouMail rolls out Visual Voicemail for smartphones

    Ever since text messaging became a popular thing, I’ve loathed the standard voicemail set-up more and more each day. It’s just so incredibly broken and dated – all of the annoyances of any automated phone system, with the added treat of messages that tend to be 5 minutes longer than they need to be. Visual Voicemail on the iPhone was a huge step in the right direction, but… Read More

  • Google Maps for Mobile gets bus and train directions

    Google Maps for Mobile gets bus and train directions

    Google Maps for Mobile has received an update for Blackberry and Java-capable handsets, adding in bus/train directions for the SF Bay, Seattle, New York, and over 40 other cities. Quickly find the closest bus stop, the route to take, and whether or not you have time for one more drink before the last stop of the day. I can not even imagine how much time this will save me. I lived in the SF Bay… Read More

  • WWDC development sessions to be about 33% iPhone

    WWDC development sessions to be about 33% iPhone

    If the sessions at this year’s WWDC are any indication, it’s safe to say that Apple is looking for the iPhone to blow up as a development platform. According to PC World’s count, around 33% of the 150+ sessions will be dedicated to development on the iPhone. Around 50% of the remaining sessions will be general Mac stuff — accessibility, Cocoa, etc — with the last… Read More

  • Boost picks up the ultra rugged Moto i335

    Boost picks up the ultra rugged Moto i335

    Boost announced this morning that they’ll be carrying the rugged i335 handset, available immediately. It’s not exactly a visual stunner, but it can take a beating. The i335 is like the Donald Gibb of cell phones. You might not want him around when you’re flirtin’ with the ladies at the bar, but he’ll be the one that walks away unscratched when their boyfriends… Read More

  • VLC media player ported to iPhone/iTouch

    VLC media player ported to iPhone/iTouch

    Whooo! VLC media player, which tends to be one of the first things I install on any new system, has been ported over for use on jailbroken iPhones.
    The crazy-talented ZodTTD (the guy behind snes4iphone) has released a beta version of the port, vlc4iphone, which allows for drag-and-drop playback of a number of media formats not [...] Read More

  • Yahoo celebrates SearchMonkey launch by shipping out boxes of beer

    Yahoo celebrates SearchMonkey launch by shipping out boxes of beer

    Sometime on Tuesday morning, a mystery box was delivered to the crew over at Photojojo. The attached freight slip barely served to demystify things, reading: “Call to arrange delivery. Do not let consignee know shipment is from Yahoo until delivery is made.” Odd – surprise packages from Yahoo aren’t exactly an every day thing. What could it be? Turns out, it was a… Read More

  • Experts: Smartphones a Greater Security Risk than Laptops

    Experts: Smartphones a Greater Security Risk than Laptops

    According to survey of 300 senior IT staff, smart phones pose more of a threat to business security than laptops, largely due to user mentality; for one reason or another, many smart phones just don’t seem to be getting the protection their lap dwelling counterparts might. While 4 out of 10 (that’s it?) IT guys were encrypting the crucial stuff on company laptops, 9 out of 10… Read More

  • VLC media player ported to iPhone/iTouch

    VLC media player ported to iPhone/iTouch

    Whooo! VLC media player, which tends to be one of the first things I install on any new system, has been ported over for use on jailbroken iPhones. The crazy-talented ZodTTD (the guy behind snes4iphone) has released a beta version of the port, vlc4iphone, which allows for drag-and-drop playback of a number of media formats not otherwise supported on the iPhone. Good news: It supports playback… Read More

  • T-Mobile rolls out unlimited family plans

    T-Mobile rolls out unlimited family plans


    In what will almost unquestionably trigger another “Oh, oh, us too!” battle amongst the rest of the major carriers, T-Mobile has announced that they are rolling out unlimited plans for the whole family, available immediately. The first line is the standard $99.99 a month, with up to 4 additional lines addable at $49.99. A family of 5 ridiculously talkative people could talk as… Read More

  • Smart phones considered more of a security risk than Laptops

    Smart phones considered more of a security risk than Laptops

    According to survey of 300 senior IT staff, smart phones pose more of a threat to business security than laptops, largely due to user mentality; for one reason or another, many smart phones just don’t seem to be getting the protection their lap dwelling counterparts might. While 4 out of 10 (that’s it?) IT guys were encrypting the crucial stuff on company laptops, 9 out of 10… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct unboxed via MMS

    Samsung Instinct unboxed via MMS

    Whenever a new device launches, there tends to be an unspoken battle amongst all of the sites to get the best unboxing shots up before anyone else. It’s madness. Well, it looks like some Sprint employee has beaten everyone to the punch by about 2 1/2 weeks. Josh33_unc over at SprintUsers was treated to an unboxing gallery via a series of MMS sent by a buddy at Sprint, and he was cool… Read More

  • Good shots of the Samsung i900 finally surface

    Good shots of the Samsung i900 finally surface

    While the Samsung i900 was announced almost a month and a half ago, every shot of the handset released thus far has been crap. The best shot of it was a black and white mock up, watermarked to the point of insanity. Chinese news site pconline.com.cn managed to get a hands on with the device, and they were nice enough to bring back some visuals. The i900 is Samsung’s newest Windows… Read More

  • Santa Monica builds solar powered ferris wheel lit by 160,000 LEDs

    Santa Monica builds solar powered ferris wheel lit by 160,000 LEDs

    Santa Monica’s famous Pacific Wheel is gone, having lost the fight against new fangled technology – and man, the new wheel is blinged out. Sure, the it might not be the biggest. It’s probably not the fastest, either. However, it might just be the LED-iest. Over 160,000 LEDs were used in this $1.5 million dollar refresh, all powered by the same solar panels that juiced the… Read More

  • E-TEN announces 3 new Glofiish

    E-TEN announces 3 new Glofiish

    E-TEN has announced 3 new Glofiish Windows Mobile 6.1 handsets from Computex 2008, managing to score the “Best Choice of Computex” award for one. From left to right, in the image above: X610: Budget handset, intended primarily for basic communications and GPS. X900: A followup to E-TEN’s X800 – UTMS/HSDPA, VoIP Calling, VGA display DX900: This is the first Windows… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct unboxed via MMS

    Samsung Instinct unboxed via MMS

    Whenever a new device launches, there tends to be an unspoken battle amongst all of the sites to get the best unboxing shots up before anyone else. It’s madness. Well, it looks like some Sprint employee has beaten everyone to the punch by about 2 1/2 weeks. Josh33_unc over at SprintUsers was treated to an unboxing gallery via a series of MMS sent by a buddy at Sprint, and he was cool… Read More

  • Good shots of the Samsung i900 finally surface

    Good shots of the Samsung i900 finally surface

    While the Samsung i900 was announced almost a month and a half ago, every shot of the handset released thus far has been crap. The best shot of it was a black and white mock up, watermarked to the point of insanity. Chinese news site pconline.com.cn managed to get a hands on with the device, and they were nice enough to bring back some visuals. The i900 is Samsung’s newest Windows… Read More

  • Whrrl rolls out client for BlackBerry users

    Whrrl rolls out client for BlackBerry users

    Pelago’s mobile social discovery service Whrrl ties the social networking concept into a map of your surrounding area, allowing users to rate and review local spots, and share their current location and status with trusted friends. While it’s an awesome idea, its growth thus far has been stunted by its limited list of native mobile clients. Sure, users could interact with Whrrl via… Read More

  • iPhone 2 Rumor Round-up

    iPhone 2 Rumor Round-up

    With seven days to go before WWDC, the 3G iPhone rumor mill is pretty much on fire. Some of the rumors are pretty bonkers, but most of the more popular ones are pretty darn reasonable. In the name of science, we’ve pushed all of the rumors through our FCF (Fanboy Crap Filter), and rated the more likely rumors on the PKL (Pre-keynote Legitometer) scale. Lets take a look: Rumor: It’ll… Read More

  • Rumor Roundup: 3G iPhone

    Rumor Roundup: 3G iPhone

    With right around a week to go before WWDC, the iPhone rumor mill is churnin’ like its never churned before. In the name of science, we’ve pushed all of the rumors through our FCF (Fanboy Crap Filter), and rated the more likely rumors on the PKL (Pre-keynote Legitometer) scale. Will it ship the day it’s announced? Will it have a front facing camera? Slap on your speculation… Read More