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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  • Sidekick 2008 (Gekko) dummy phones spotted

    With the Sidekick Gekko.. Gecco.. 2008 expected to launch next week, it’s not surprising that retailers have started to receive dummy floor models. With the list of retailers including a bajillion Best Buys around the nation, it’s also not surprising that pictures of these dummy floor models have landed online. Least surprising of all? It still looks like every other Sidekick… Read More

  • AT&T not happy about the Xohm/Clearwire merger

    Last month, Sprint announced plans to merge their WiMax service, Xohm, with WiMax provider, Clearwire. This wasn’t exactly good news for AT&T, who have hedged their bets on a competing 4G product, LTE. With deep-pocketed investors behind the Xohm/Clearwire deal (Google, Comcast, Time Warner, Intel, Bright House), and LTE still about 2 years from roll-out, what ever was AT&T… Read More

  • GSM HTC Touch Pro hits FCC

    Man, how this phone brings a pang to my heart. It looks so damn pretty; why must it lack 3G? Oh Well – at least it’s coming to North America, according to this FCC post. No word yet on carrier availability, though its GSM internal mean it’s pretty safe to bet it’ll be either T-Mobile or AT&T. The FCC post hides most of the goodies for confidentiality reasons, but… Read More

  • Copy/Paste references caught loitering in iPhone frameworks

    The ability to copy & paste is probably one of the most requested features still absent from the iPhone. Whenever word of an update gets out, it’s a safe bet that one of the first question amongst the comments will be “They put in copy/paste yet?” Well, it’s still not in yet – but Apple might be working on it. While digging around the iPhone SDK, an… Read More

  • WinPwn 2.0 adds iPhone 3G support for easier Windows jailbreakage

    While it’s been possible to jailbreak an iPhone 3G for a few days now, the process was a bit too intense for many. I haven’t tried it myself, but I’ve been told it involves rockets, unicorn hair, and science. Fortunately, a few amazing geniuses within the iPhone community have gone and made the process just a tad less crazy. Mac users got in on the fun a bit early via… Read More

  • Rumor: RED iPhone on the way for the holidays?

    The rumor of a (RED) iPhone 3G has been coming and going since for a while now – before the phone had even been made official, even. The rumor died for a while after launch, but alas – it’s back. According to the guys over at MacBlogz, a red-backed iPhone may be in the works as an easy/cost-effective product revamp for the holiday season. Seeing as Apple’s had a… Read More

  • 3 phone commercials which screw up the intended message

    Cell phone commercials are boring as hell. A phone pops up, a bit of hip hop or techno plays while the phone spins around, and then it all fades to the company logo. If the budget is big enough, some dude might talk over the whole thing to tell you how awesome it is. Whether its because formulaic commercials don’t work or because they’re just bored of making the same crap over… Read More

  • iPhone launching in 20 mystery countries by Aug. 22

    Hurray! Now more people around the globe get to experience the excitement of hearing “Sorry, we don’t have any left!” During the quarterly conference call with COO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer, Apple announced that the iPhone 3G would be makin’ its way to 20 more countries by August 22nd. Which countries? Nobody knows – it wasn’t mentioned in the call. Read More

  • Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry now available

    Back in May, Microsoft and RIM announced a partnership to bring Windows Live services to the BlackBerry platform “sometime this summer”. The first goods from that partnership are on the table, with the release of Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry. All of back-and-forth communication works through BlackBerry’s push technology, so chat lag should be minimal. The client has… Read More

  • WordPress application for iPhone launches

    As someone who blogs for a living, I am beyond pumped about this application. Being able to blog on the go is a must. A huge chunk of the time, news breaks at the most inopportune moment. News never breaks while you’re sitting around idly at the computer. It breaks while you’re on the train, or at the grocery store. By the time you’re online, you’re the 53rd blog to… Read More

  • Qik goes into public beta

    As you may have noticed, the TechCrunch Network kinda has a thing for Qik. Sure, its gone a bit awry on us in the past – and sure, its certainly got some competition. Challengers and occasional quirks aside, however, Qik rocks faces. When it works, it works damn well. Not to mention, it’s almost stupidly easy to use. Don’t believe me? Check it out yourself. Now in public… Read More

  • Opera Mobile 9.5 delayed for a few more days

    A few weeks ago, I said that Opera Mobile 9.5 would roll out on July 15th. Well, Opera’s gone and made a liar out of me, but not by all that much – the release date has been pushed back 2 days to July 17th. As anyone who has rotted away the last night before a release date knows well, setting concrete release dates on beta software tends to mean face palms and angry yelling once… Read More

  • Apple App store rolls out a bit early, Apps available now

    Just a few hours before the iPhone 3G starts trickling out around the world, the App store has made an appearance. It hasn’t officially launched yet, so it’s still not linked to directly within iTunes – however, with a bit of digging around, you can explore it early. You’ll need the 2.0 software to actually run anything, but it’s still fun to peek around. To get… Read More

  • DeviceAnywhere rolls out remote Nokia application testing

    If you’ve done much developing for mobile handsets, you’ve probably come across DeviceAnywhere. Through a top-secret combination of pixie dust, unicorn hair, and good old fashion hardware hackery, DeviceAnywhere acts as a remote lab for mobile handsets. After signing up, you can pull up virtual versions of a variety of phones right on your screen, all tied to actual handsets in… Read More

  • BlackBerry 9500 Thunder media player shots leaked

    Thanks to the bar-raising done by that-other-touchscreen-device, any touchscreen box wishin’ to take a big chunk of the market is going to need a rockin’ media player — the BlackBerry 9500 Thunder included. BlackberrySync managed to get their hands on what are purported to be shots of the 9500’s media player running on OS 4.7. Doesn’t look too shabby at all, albeit… Read More

  • Trailer released for Futurama Movie #3, Bender's Game

    As excited as I was about the second Futurama movie, I’ve yet to actually see it. Not by choice, mind you – I’ve been in Asia since around a week prior to the flick’s release, and haven’t managed to find it over here. Regardless, Groening and Cohen have gone on and continued the fun without me. Just around two weeks after the second straight-to-dvd movie hit… Read More

  • Google rolling out Voice Search for Google Maps Mobile

    Further cementing Google Maps Mobile as one of the most useful free mobile applications ever, Google has added Voice search to its repertoire. It’s an experimental feature at this point, so it’s only on select handsets; if you’re using a Blackberry Pearl 8110, 8120, or 8130 – go update! The new feature seems pretty easy to use: hold the left soft key, say your… Read More

  • Telus bringing HTC Touch Diamond to Canada

    As if Canada doesn’t already have enough good stuff goin’ for it already, Canadian wireless carrier Telus has announced that they will be carrying the HTC Touch Diamond in its CDMA form “later this summer” (presumably by the end of September.) This’ll make Telus the first North American operator to carry the handset. Both hardware and software-wise, the Touch… Read More

  • Openmoko Neo Freerunner to launch July 4th

    Man, I loves me some Openmoko Neo Freerunner. Sure, it’s not the prettiest thing on the planet. Sure, a completely open source mobile device may be a bit ahead of the times for all but the most dedicated gadget geeks amongst us. But man oh man, have I been drooling about this for a while. For the uninitiated, Openmoko is a project aimed at creating a series of open source mobile phones. Read More

  • UTStarcom offloads its handset division

    We don’t really hear much about Audiovox UTStarcom these days. In all the time I’ve spent staring at other peoples phones, I’ve come across but a handful of UTStarcom handsets. Am I in the minority here? Regardless – someone out there thinks UTStarcom’s phones are worth a chunk of change. A group of private investors from AIG Investments has snatched up… Read More