Chris Velazco

Chris Velazco

Chris Velazco is a mobile enthusiast and writer who studied English and Marketing at Rutgers University. Once upon a time, he was the news intern for MobileCrunch, and in between posts, he worked in wireless sales at Best Buy.

After graduating, he returned to the new TechCrunch to as a full-time mobile writer. He counts advertising, running, musical theater, and soup among his myriad interests.

The Latest from Chris Velazco

New Tactus Case Concept Brings A Disappearing Keyboard To The iPad

It was about this time last year that Tactus -- the company behind the amazing disappearing touchscreen keyboard -- really started making a name for itself. So what does a buzzy company do to top its

And The Winner Of Our First Hardware Battlefield Is… CubeSensors!

Three days go by awfully quickly, don’t they? The Consumer Electronics Show — and by extension our Hardware Battlefield — only started on Tuesday but we’ve seen no shortage of

AirDroids Wants To Democratize The Skies With Its Pint-Sized Pocket Drone

The buzz around drones is undeniable these days -- as it turns out, even Martha Stewart uses one to survey her farm -- but there still hasn't been a runaway drone hit that has captured that imaginatio

Driblet’s Smart Water Meter Wants To Track Your Home Water Usage

Access to clean water is something that most us probably take for granted — after all, it just comes out of taps and faucets and hoses and shower heads with little more than the twist of a spigo

Atlas Wearables Takes On Jawbone And Nike With A Smarter Exercise Tracker

If there's one lesson to be learned at this year's CES, it's that everybody and their mothers are going nuts for wearables. More than a few of these peculiar gadgets are meant to make sure you're gett

Hands On With The Xperia Z1S, And The Water Salad Test

The Z1S is a brand new Sony Xperia smartphone the company unveiled at CES 2014. It has the same 5-inch screen as the Z1, but it's fatter and heavier because of its 3,000 mAh extended battery.

Sony Doubles Down On Wearable Tech With The Life-Tracking ‘Core’

LG played up its push into wearable tech earlier this morning, and now it looks like Sony's turn to do the same. Sony Mobile president and CEO Kuni Suzuki took the stage at the tail end of Sony's CES

Huawei’s Ascend Mate 2 Will Hit The U.S. And Charge Other Phones, We Go Hands-On

Oh how times have changed. When Huawei showed off its flagship smartphone at CES last year, it did so in a smallish conference room with some chairs in the middle and crudites and demo phones flanking

Zola Books Snaps Up Bookish To Power Its Literary Recommendations

Heads-up bibliophiles: social e-book retailer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.zolabooks.com">Zola Books</a> has acquired curated book recommendation site <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bookis

LG Teams Up With LINE To Let You Control Smart Appliances With Text Messages

LG’s CES press conference just kicked off here in Las Vegas, and the Korean tech giant is talking up services at a breakneck pace. In a bid to improve how people interact with the company’

Tactus Raises Series B To Help Bring Its Disappearing Touchscreen Keyboard To Market

There were plenty of media darlings at last year’s CES, but few tickled people’s fancies the way that <a target="_blank" href="http://tactustechnology.com/">Tactus</a> and its <a href="https://bet

Basis Refreshes Its Fitness Tracker, Adds Improved Sleep Analytics

The quantified self movement has grown to the point where you could easily bedeck your limbs with thousands of dollars of tracking gadgets, and the race to measure your movement isn’t going to end a

Motorola’s Flagship Moto X Gets A Permanent Price Cut

Let’s be real here: there’s a decent chance that you picked up a new smartphone at some point during the holidays, so you’re off the market for at least a little while longer. As it turns out th

LG May Be Taking Another Stab At The Wearable Activity Tracking Formula

CES 2014 is — amazingly enough — just around the corner, along with enough new gadgetry to fill several lifetimes. Last year we saw a glut of activity trackers pop up in the wake of notable hits l

Apple Slapped With $667K Fine For Trying To Influence Taiwanese iPhone Prices

Chances are that if you’re reading this, you didn’t recently buy an iPhone in Taiwan. As it happens, that may be for the best — according to a Wall Street Journal report published ea

Gift Guide: Our Favorite Android Phone

Darrell and I spent a good chunk of <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/12/18/this-week-on-the-techcrunch-droidcast-what-to-get-the-android-lover-who-has-everything/">our last Droidcast</a> disc

Fly Or Die: Motorola Moto G

It always seems like the flagship phones get the most attention, but what about a device that doesn't even bother trying to claim that title? Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has been saying for months an

Atheer Labs Turns To Crowdfunding To Bring Its 3D Augmented Reality Glasses To Life

The jury is largely still out on wearable gadgets like Google Glass that let you passively consume information that appears in front of your eyes, but Soulaiman Itani isn't satisfied with just looking

This Week On The TechCrunch Droidcast: What To Get The Android Lover Who Has Everything

After a whirlwind trip in Toronto, my co-host Darrell Etherington and I are back in our respective countries and ready to talk about what's new with Android. But first, a heartrending disclaimer -- we

Oculus VR Raises $75 Million To Help Bring Virtual Reality Goggles To The Masses

The road to immersive virtual reality has been a long and strange one -- it was fodder for wide-eyed futurists and engineers for years before it became painfully clear that the sorts of experiences we
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