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.

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  • 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 previous showing at the world’s biggest consumer tech show? In Tactus’ case it quietly showed off yet another potential game-changer, so we met with Tactus CEO Craig Ciesla… Read More

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

    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 cool gadgets and hot startups take our stage here in Las Vegas. This is the first time we’ve tried to put together a Battlefield solely for hardware startups and to be quite honest, we… Read More

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

    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 imaginations of the masses. That’s exactly what a hardware startup called AirDroids is trying to accomplish with the Pocket Drone, a (relatively) inexpensive flying machine… Read More

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

    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 spigot. Using all that water can cost a pretty penny (especially in certain foreign countries), but Monterrey, Mexico-based Driblet wants to make sure that people can easily track how much water… Read More

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

    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 getting enough exercise, but a new fitness tracking hardware startup thinks they’ve got an edge on all the wearable incumbents that have popped up these past few… Read More

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

    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. Read More

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

    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 press conference to show off what he called “the tiniest gadget Sony has ever made” — the life-tracking Sony Core. Read More

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

    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 the sides. This time, Huawei nabbed itself a ballroom and bisected it with a stage and a giant screen to highlight its latest and greatest giant smartphone, the Ascend Mate 2. Maybe the company… Read More

  • Zola Books Snaps Up Bookish To Power Its Literary Recommendations

    Zola Books Snaps Up Bookish To Power Its Literary Recommendations

    Heads-up bibliophiles: social e-book retailer Zola Books has acquired curated book recommendation site Bookish. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a spokesperson for Zola Books confirmed that there were multiple bidders in the mix and that Zola was the smallest of the bunch. In case you hadn’t heard of it, Bookish is a book discovery site founded by Simon & Schuster… Read More

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

    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’s vast smart home appliance portfolio, CTO Scott Ahn talked up LG HomeChat, a virtual assistant service that lets users essentially text message their appliances to issue commands and get… Read More

  • 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 Tactus and its amazing appearing tablet keyboard did. The company has spent the past few months crafting reference devices for would-be partners and gearing up to help OEMs bring that impressive keyboard tech to market, but now it’s looking to supercharge those efforts with… Read More

  • Basis Refreshes Its Fitness Tracker, Adds Improved Sleep Analytics

    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 any time soon. That’s why Basis — makers of an awfully accurate, wrist-worn health gadget — has rolled out a new version of the device just in time for the nerd hordes at CES… Read More

  • Motorola’s Flagship Moto X Gets A Permanent Price Cut

    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 though, you may have been better off waiting a bit. In a show of New Years magnanimity (or, you know, a ploy to push more units) Motorola has slashed the prices of its sans-contract Moto… Read More

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

    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 like the Fitbits and Jawbone’s UP, and now it looks like LG is taking yet another stab at the wearable fitness formula with its newly-leaked (thanks to @evleaks) Lifeband Touch. Read More

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

    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 earlier today, Apple has been fined NT$20,000,000 by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission for attempting to influence iPhone sale prices. That may sound like a lot, but the reality is considerably… Read More

  • Gift Guide: Our Favorite Android Phone

    Gift Guide: Our Favorite Android Phone

    Darrell and I spent a good chunk of our last Droidcast discussing some Android-centric holiday picks, but we felt that one of those choices could use a bit more fleshing out. That said, we took a moment to stop bickering and share some thoughts on Google and LG’s Nexus 5, a device that wound up being our favorite Android phone of the holiday season. Read More

  • 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 and months that one of the company’s priorities was to improve the experience of using a low-cost smartphone, and the end result of drive was the cheapo Moto G. Read More

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

    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. Instead, his company — Mountain View-based Atheer Labs — has been working on a device that lets its users physically manipulate that information too. Sounds like yet another… Read More

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

    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 were not wearing festive sweaters while recording the show like the image would indicate, but we did get a little festive talking about Google’s new Play Edition devices… Read More

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

    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 hoped for were limited by the feeble hardware available at the time. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Read More

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