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.

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  • 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

  • Sprint: On the wrong SERO plan? Give us our phone back.

    When word got out that the Sprint would require customers to carry a $70-per-month plan if they wanted to rock an Instinct, folks were a bit worried about whether or not their SERO plans would keep them from activating. (For those who don’t lurk phone forums, SERO is intended as a discounted plan set for those with friends/family that work for Sprint. In practice, it’s a… Read More

  • Alltel adds unlimited texting for My Circle friends

    While I text way more than I probably should, the dominat chunk of the messages sent are to a small handful of people. For the sake of saving folks like me a few ducats, Alltel has made a change to their My Circle plans which adds unlimited texting to/from anybody within your circle. It’s not a free texting pass, however; you still have to be subscribed to a messaging pack costing at… Read More

  • Samsung Soul goes pink

    Samsung seems to have found a winner with the Soul – first, they spun it off into the Soulb. Now, they’re taking the original Soul and painting it pink. Word is that next week they’ll be announcing the SoulL: it’s pretty much the Soul, but it smells of lavender. As far as I can tell, the specs in the pink model are the same as the Steel/Grey/Silver Soul models… Read More

  • Motorola Blaze, a wonky flip-cover touch screen thing for Verizon

    At this point, writing a post bagging on Motorola is like writing a post about why punching babies is a bad thing. It’s just too easy, and no one really needs to be convinced. That said, all I see when I look at this phone is an odd attempt to strap a bunch of extraneous plastic onto a touchscreen and pretend the design is useful. Boy Genius has dug up some details on Motorola’s… Read More

  • Opera Mobile 9.5 coming July 15th

    Following a series of delays after its announcement at February’s Mobile World Congress, it looks like Opera Mobile 9.5 is finally ready to make its public beta debut. According to the official Opera Mobile blog , it will be available for download on starting on July 15th. For just about every Opera Mobile fan, the 15th can’t come soon enough. Powered by the same… Read More

  • Helio posts Virgin Mobile acquisition Q&A

    Oh, how I shall miss Helio. In light of this morning’s long expected announcement that Virgin Mobile had purchased Helio, a Q&A has gone up to answer some of the more pressing questions. It’s all pretty straightforward: there will be no service interruption, new members are welcome, contracts are still valid, and they expect the Helio brand will eventually be dissolved. Read More

  • Sony Ericsson announces a trio of bluetooth headsets

    Joining the list of other products announced by Sony Ericsson at their press event in Singapore are three Bluetooth headsets: the HBH-PV715, 720, and 740. No pricing announced, hittin’ the shelves in Q4 08. Read More

  • CrunchNetwork Singapore Meet-up

    I’m in Singapore for CommunicAsia, and would love to do a meet-and-greet with any MobileCrunch/TechCrunch/CrunchGear readers while I’m here. If you’re in the area, drop me a line at or call +1 201-951-6516. Update: We are meeting at Zouk at 8 pm, contact me for further details Read More