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

Cyanogen Launches Installer App To Bring Aftermarket Android To The Masses

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.cyanogenmod.com">Cyanogen Inc.</a> revealed a few months back that it closed a $7 million seed investment from Benchmark Capital. The vision it laid out at the time

Meet Sense, 3D Systems’ Cheap, Dead-Simple 3D Scanner For The Masses

We've seen more than a few startups cook up their own impressive 3D scanners -- there's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.makerbot.com">Makerbot</a> and its <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013

Oppo’s First Cyanogen-Modded Smartphone Will Launch In December

As much as I love stock Android sometimes you just need something <em>different</em>, and that's essentially been the guiding mission of the folks over at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cyanogenm

Apple Rolls Out Patch To Fix Mavericks Gmail Issues

Apple’s newest version of OS X debuted to generally positive feedback a few weeks back… unless you were an Apple Mail user trying to use the app to check your Gmail. Then you probably had

Motorola Patent Points To Electronic Neck “Tattoos” That Double As Microphones

You've got to give Motorola credit these days: it's certainly not your average smartphone player any more. The company is trying to upend the traditional notion of a smartphone with <a>Project Ara</a>

BlackBerry Shares Sink After Ailing Smartphone Maker Reveals Its New Direction

It looks like BlackBerry's oft-cited transition period isn't over just yet. The company <a target="_blank" href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/blackberry-receives-investment-u-1-133036967.html">confir

eBay CEO John Donahoe Is Bullish On Digital Currency, And He’s Keeping Tabs On Bitcoin

There's no doubt that Bitcoin is getting plenty of attention these days -- we've seen folks like the Winklevoss Twins and <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/10/29/chamath-palihapitiya-owns-5-m

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Disrupt Europe Aftermath, The iPad Air, And Google’s New Nexus

It’s been a long road home for the TechCrunch Gadgets team, but the lure of new hardware was too much to resist so we huddled around our microphones on a dreary Friday morning to gab about them

Google’s Search Results Can Deep-Link To Your Android Apps

It should be clear by now that there's <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/10/31/android-4-4-kitkat-google/">much more at play in Android 4.4 KitKat</a> that some early reports alluded to, and o

This Week On The TechCrunch Droidcast: Google’s Plan For Hangouts And Motorola’s Modular Future

To paraphrase the one and only Gloria Gaynor, Darrell and I are back from outer space for yet another edition of the TechCrunch Droidcast. Well maybe not outer space <em>per se</em>, but the two of us

Amazon Wants To Do Good With Its Goods, Launches ‘AmazonSmile’ Charity Donation Program

At the beginning of the year, just after Amazon reported a <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/01/29/amazon-misses-q4-sales-up-22-percent-to-21-3b-net-income-down-45-percent-to-97m/">big profit

Barnes & Noble Outs The $119 Nook GlowLight, We Go Hands-On

For better or worse the holidays are right around the corner, and that can only mean one thing: consumer electronics companies are slaving away on new hardware designs and trying to get those final pr

Trulia Reports $40.3 Million In Q3 Revenue, Net Income Of $7 Million

Online real estate market Trulia has been a public company for just over a year now, and it's already seen its share of ups and downs as it dukes it out with competing players like Zillow. The comp

Jibe Secures $4 Million Credit Facility To Help Make Companies Better At Hiring

The last time we heard from TC50 alum <a target="_blank" href="http://www.jibe.com">JIBE</a>, it locked up a $10 million Series B from the likes of Longworth Venture Partners (which led the round), li

Google Adds SMS Support To Its Android Messaging App As Facebook Axes It

A few days ago, a<a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/10/08/hangouts-1-3-will-reportedly-add-sms-giving-android-its-own-imessage-equivalent/"> set of leaked images</a> pointed to some pretty dras

Motorola Wants To Make Modular Smartphones A Reality With Project Ara

It's been a little over two years since Google announced that it would acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, and these days Motorola has basically become the most interesting smartphone player

Nokia Reports Net Sales Of €5.66B, €118M Profit, And 8.8M Lumias Sold In Q3

Nokia may be going through a hell of a transition period, but it released its fiscal <a target="_blank" href="http://www.results.nokia.com/results/Nokia_results2013Q3e.pdf">Q3 2013 earnings</a> this m

Google Launches Invite System For Early Glass Explorers And Preps Updated Hardware

Hey Google Glass Explorers, Google thinks you're keen. Really, they do. So much so in fact that the company has been quietly working on an updated version of the Glass hardware, and those of you w

Apple’s Greater China Business Bounces Back, Accounts For 15% Of Q4 Revenue

Three months ago, when CEO Tim Cook was asked why Apple's revenue from greater China sunk 14 percent year-over-year, he didn't have a great answer. Apparently, there wasn't a "totally clear" answer fo

Apple Sold 33.8 Million iPhones, 14.1 Million iPads, And 4.6 Million Macs In Q4 2013

Well, folks, Apple has just put up some mixed numbers in its <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/10/28/apples-q4-13-beats-with-37-5b-revenue-up-4-yy-7-5b-profit-and-8-26-eps/">fiscal Q4 2013 ear
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