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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  • Nokia N85, N79, 5800, 6260 all snapped in the wild

    One leak is nice, but not all that uncommon. Getting two or three leaks at once from the same company is, by all means, a rare treat. But four? Thats like finding a pot of gold while flying through space in your cold fusion powered hover car. Some in-the-know Nokian pushed a big photoset of unreleased devices to Flickr. Whether it was an intentional leak or someone just forgot to make the… Read More

  • Sprint set to overhaul plan pricing next week

    As with just about any carrier, Sprint’s plan selection page is a bit of a mess. If you don’t just go with the “Simply Everything” plan, you’ve got a good amount of reading to do before you’ll know which plan fits your needs. According to a little birdy on PhoneArena’s shoulder, Sprint is planning to make things a bit less complex starting June 15th.

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  • Much better shots of the Nokia 7610 Supernova found

    Last time we saw the Nokia 7610, the best shot we could dig up was an itsy bitsy little product marker image. While it showed off the device’s slider form factor, that’s about all you could see. Fortunately, someone over at the Mobile-Review forum has managed to find an image that doesn’t require as much squinting. The 7610 will be quadband GSM, and weigh around 99 grams with… Read More

  • Google hearts the Konami code

    Even as Google grows bigger and bigger, its developers continue to slip little Easter eggs into their applications. It’s never anything huge – just little inside jokes which serve as a reminder that there are living, breathing people behind the otherwise faceless applications. As Blogoscoped points out, one of these people has infused a bit of gamer lore into Google Reader. Log… Read More

  • Uh, isn't that what the iPhone does when it crashes?

    At the end of Apple’s new commercial for the iPhone 3G, the camera swings around from behind to show the front of the device. After displaying the standard springboard homescreen, the screen flips over to an Apple logo on a black background — the same screen shown during boot up. What a creative way to show off the product while seamlessly incorporating the company’s logo… Read More

  • iPhone 3G to launch for $199 on July 11th

    After months of rumors, the iPhone 3G has finally gotten its official announcement. The new iPhone will come in 8 and 16 GB models, at subsidized prices of $200 and $300 respectively. Both will have all metal buttons with black plastic backs, with the 16 GB model also offered with a white back. The 3.5 inch screen from the first iPhone will be carried over. The handset will have GPS built… Read More

  • TypePad announces mobile blogging iPhone application

    Typepad, the platform of choice for a ton of popular blogs (Cute Overload!), has announced a mobile blogging application for the iPhone. Key points from the announcement: Blog on the go, Focuses on photo blogging. You can snap a new photo for uploading, or grab one from your albums. Free, available at App store launch With mobile blogging becoming more and more popular each day, iPhone… Read More

  • Loopt and eBay to be some of the first iPhone App store applications

    Straight off the floor from WWDC comes news on two of the first applications set to hit the iPhone App store: eBay, and Loopt. From Loopt’s about page: Using location-based technologies, Loopt lets you know where your friends are by automatically updating maps on your mobile handset. Loopt even lets you send messages to nearby friends or receive automatic alerts when they’re nearby… Read More

  • Real BlackBerry Thunder image surfaces

    Back when word of the BlackBerry Bold‘s existence first got out, many were hoping it would be BlackBerry’s first touchscreen device. Alas, it was not. Fortunately, it wasn’t too long before we started hearing rumblings of the BlackBerry Thunder, which will be their first touchscreen. After making a mock-up that ended up being spot on, BGR‘s managed to get a shot of… Read More

  • Hey everyone, its WWDC 2008 Keynote day!

    If you’re dead sick of all the Apple/iPhone news filling the front pages of all your favorite blogs, fear not: Today is the WWDC ’08 Keynote! You’ll probably have at least 2 or 3 days of peace before the Apple rumor mill starts back up. As usual, the Apple.com store has been taken down for the keynote. Anybody want to take a stab at what songs Apple will burn into our brains… Read More

  • Oops! Nokia uploads E66 and E71 demos a bit early

    (Update: As of 9 am PST, Nokia has taken these offline) Even before the E66 and E71 have been officially announced, fans of Nokia’s business oriented E series have managed to dig up in-depth flash demonstrations for the handsets. With a bit of URL finagling, members of the Mobile-Review unearthed the goods on Nokia’s own site. It’s rare for these sorts of things to make their… Read More

  • The past week on MobileCrunch

    Top stories for the week of 6/1/08 – 6/7/08: Rumor Roundup: 3G iPhone A chat with Qik about Windows Mobile, giving birth, and the future Photos of the iPhone 2 leaked Smartphones considered more of a security risk than laptops VLC media player ported to iPhone/iTouch Microsoft wants to turn your phone off Good shots of the Samsung i900 finally surface Read More

  • Creep out all your friends with Beema

    I tried to fight it. I really did. But everyone was doing it. I couldn’t resist any longer. I had to have a Beema of my own. The idea behind Beema: You sign up, call an 800 number, talk a bit, and they make a video of an animated avatar synced up with your voice. The avatar selection is pretty big – about 400, currently. Clever? Yep. Easy to use? Yep. Creepy? Absolutely. See… Read More

  • Zelda packin' heat in this Half-life 2 model mod

    Sure, you’ve seen Zelda smack people around in Smash Brothers — but have you ever seen her pack a gat? Half-Life 2 modder FluxMage has managed to rig up a Zelda model and put it in place of the Alyx model used in game. Even if you don’t want to sit through all 7 minutes of the video, check out the first minute or so: seeing Zelda slip a pistol into her dress and use a gravity… Read More

  • Photos of the iPhone 2 leaked

    Whooooooa. Images purported to be screen grabs of iPhone 2 materials have leaked. It appears there will be at least two color variations. One with a black back, the other red as part of the Product (RED) campaign. It also appears to be a good amount (22%?) thinner, with what seems to be stereo speakers on the back. Perhaps most excitingly, the photos give an outstanding view of a front… Read More

  • Hop-On announces a dirt cheap smartphone, 3G/GSM phones

    We’re still not too sure about Hop-On, but the announcements keep on coming. Hot on the tail of their “Anti-iPhone” handset announcement, they’ve announced plans to expand their line to include a smartphone, along with a handful of disposable 3G/GSM phones. The HOP 1801 smartphone will sell for $125 bucks – and that’s about all the press release says about it. Read More

  • Hop-On announces $125 smartphone, dirt cheap 3G phone and GSM phones

    Hop-On, makers of uber cheap throwaway cell phones, are expanding their line to include uber cheap smartphones and 3g phones. The HOP 1801 smartphone will sell for $125 bucks. Details in the press release are limited, but a bit of URL tinkering on Hop-On’s site leads to the above image and the following specs (screenshot): * OS: Smart NX Mobile (Linux)
    * Platform: AP… Read More

  • LG Dare snapped in the wild

    I was never a huge fan of the LG Prada, mainly because I think slapping fashion brands onto phones is a stupid way to add a few hundred (or thousand) bucks to the price tag. That said, I’m liking the look of the Prada-esque LG Dare. They’ve rounded out the rough edges, and overhauled the UI. Under the Dare’s 240×400 touchscreen, LG will be packin’ in a 3.5mm… Read More

  • Motorola selling unlocked, 3G-less Q9e online

    What do you get when you take a fairly solid product, strip it down, and sell it for an outlandish price? Fired, typically. At Motorola, you’ve just come up with their new online store item: the Motorola Q9e. The Q9e is just a Q9h, stripped off the good stuff. Same Windows Mobile 6.0, same 2 megapixel camera, without the 3G. If you’ve been wanting a Q9 but just can’t vibe… Read More

  • Aussie resellers get super secret boxes from Apple

    Oh, whatever could be in this box that Apple resellers in Australia began receiving this morning? All signs indicate that it does not contain a Vegemite sandwich. It looks like Apple is nipping potential global shipping delays in the bud by sending the goods internationally a bit early. The seal on top is pretty clear: open this before June 10th (June 9th in the US, otherwise known as… Read More