Greg Kumparak

Greg Kumparak

Greg Kumparak is an editor at TechCrunch.

Greg started at TechCrunch in May of 2008. He lead TechCrunch's sister site MobileCrunch as editor until AOL acquired the company in 2010, at which point the editors of TechCrunch's four main sites (TechCrunch, CrunchGear, MobileCrunch, TechCrunch UK) merged the sites under one domain.

Best known for his gadget coverage, Kumparak has broken hundreds of stories within the space — unearthing details on everything from abandoned Samsung smartphone prototypes to new Apple devices. He's also one of the Internet's most prolific "live bloggers", having reported from the scene at dozens of international events for live audiences in the hundreds of thousands.

He was one of the earliest writers to highlight and report on a number of companies that have since become "unicorns" (reaching a valuation of $1B or more), including Zenefits and Twilio.

Kumparak is a frequent guest on TechCrunch's Gadget, Apple, and Android podcasts, and often appears on stage as an interviewer or judge at TechCrunch's meetups and Disrupt conferences.

In 2012, Greg was featured on the BBC, Wired, Mashable, Engadget and many other outlets for a side project he called the "tARdis", or the Augmented Reality TARDIS. By combining augmented reality with a handmade physical model, Greg was able to replicate the otherwise physically impossible "bigger on the inside" visual effect that commonly appears on television's Doctor Who series.

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  • T-Mobile temporarily halts 5610 XpressMusic sales – but it's not a recall

    Just a few minutes ago, we started receiving tips that T-Mobile and Nokia had decided to recall the 5610 XpressMusic phone. T-Mobile dispelled the rumor almost immediately. According to our T-Mobile representative, they’ve temporarily halted all sales of the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic due to a defective component causing the LCD to go on the fritz. Though they’re not going to sell it… Read More

  • AT&T-sanctioned 3G tethering on the way for iPhone

    In an interview with Michael Arrington at the Web 2.0 Summit, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega let it be known that an official, AT&T sanctioned method of using the iPhone as a 3G modem for a laptop is on the way “soon”. What goes unmentioned is any sort of pricing information, which will undoubtedly be a determining factor in the tethering package’s adoption rate. Read More

  • T-Mobile announces holiday line-up, gives away plane tickets

    Word of T-Mobile’s Holiday line-up just came down the wire, and it doesn’t look like they’ve kept any Christmas surprises up their sleeve. Anything that hasn’t been announced officially has been leaked for a few weeks now, so this pretty much just serves as one big confirmation. Motorola ZN5: Pictured on right. Announced and released 2 days ago. It’s a quadband… Read More

  • 20 free Rock Band 2 songs delayed

    Remember those 20 free Rock Band tracks that were expected to go live yesterday? As of last night, they still hadn’t shown up. After a full day of patiently waiting for my code to arrive, I wandered on over to the Rock Band forums looking for an explanation. It didn’t take too much digging, fortunately. From this post by Harmonix community rep Sean: Read More

  • Body believed to be that of Brandon Crisp found

    Around 3 weeks ago, 15-year-old Brandon Crisp ran away from home following an argument with his parents. As the argument revolved around Brandon’s Call of Duty 4 habits and the parent’s decision to take away his Xbox 360, much of the media associated the disappearance with the fact that the kid was a gamer. Read More

  • 8-megapixel camera phone throwdown: Pixon vs Innov8 vs Renoir vs C905

    With Sony Ericsson, LG, and Samsung all throwing 8-megapixel camera phones into the market within a few months of each other, we’ve been a bit disappointed at the lack of comparison sample photos available. The Samsung Pixon, Samsung Innov8, LG Renoir, and Sony Ericsson C905 all showboat their 8-megapixel shooter as the defining feature – so which is best? I’d been… Read More

  • AT&T Fuze demo units make their way to AT&T retail spots

    Busting at the seams with excitement over the HTC Touch Pro AT&T Fuze? We can’t blame you – it’s a pretty little piece. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like you have too much longer to wait. Tucked inside the latest batch of shipments to AT&T corporate stores is a nice little treat: Fuze demo units. While this doesn’t necessarily mean a launch is looming… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson announcing new stuff tomorrow, W705 expected

    Much like you can always expect new iPods in September, you can always expect new Sony Ericsson announcements in November. Right on schedule, Sony Ericsson is expected to make an announcement tomorrow. A few details from the announcement have already leaked out and, from what we know so far, this one’s looking to be all about the Walkman series. First up is the W705… Read More

  • FCC Gives Verizon the Final Greenlight Needed to Buy Alltel

    It’s been nearly five months since Verizon announced their plans to buy out Alltel, but they’ve finally leaped the last hurdle. Just minutes ago, the FCC signed off on the $28.1 billion dollar deal (Verizon is paying $5.9 billion, and assuming $22.2 billion of Alltel’s debt.), clearing the way for its finalization. The FCC’s stamp of approval doesn’t come… Read More

  • FCC clears the Xohm/ClearWire merger

    Jeez – busy enough day, FCC? Hot on the tails of the “white space” decision and approving Verizon’s buyout of Alltel, the FCC has cleared the merger of Sprint’s Xohm WiMax service with ClearWire – no doubt coming as a disappoint for some other carriers. To recap the details announced back in May, Sprint will own 51% of the new company, which will take on… Read More

  • FCC gives Verizon/Alltel buyout the greenlight

    It’s been nearly five months since Verizon announced their plans to buy out Alltel, but they’ve finally leaped the last hurdle. Just minutes ago, the FCC signed off on the $28.1 billion dollar deal (Verizon is paying $5.9 billion, and assuming $22.2 billion of Alltel’s debt.) The FCC’s stamp of approval doesn’t come without strings attached, however. Amongst… Read More

  • USB tethering now possible with the T-Mobile G1

    We should probably stress that that the keyword in the headline up above is “possible”. While some crafty gents over at the Tmo News Forums have cranked out a way to let you use the T-Mobile G1 as a USB modem, it’s not exactly the simplest tethering solution we’ve ever seen. Flip some options, install the SDK, install an application on the device, move stuff around… Read More

  • HTC to sell Touch 3G and Touch HD in Taiwan, G1 to land in China in the first half of 2009?

    While it’s all still hearsay at this point, Digitimes is reporting that China’s Commercial Times newspaper has sources indicating that HTC might begin pushing the G1 in China within the first 6 months of next year. HTC is also giving their home country of Taiwan a bit of handset love, albeit not in the form of an Android phone. The Touch 3G was just launched there yesterday, and… Read More

  • Sprint picks up SANYO Katana Eclipse X, Pink Ranger swoons

    Oh Katana series, I both love and loathe you. On one hand, you’re basic and welcoming to all of those crazies out there who just want their phone to be a phone; on the other, you’re pretty much a RAZR minus the part where people buy you by the boatload. The Katana Eclipse X is not unlike the Katana Eclipse announced months ago, in that.. well, in just about every aspect. The only… Read More

  • Verizon nixing Pay as You Go data and requiring data plans

    Are you content with your Verizon Pay as You Go data plan? Well, hold on to it. Hold on to it closely, my friend. BGR spotted a leaked document over at HoFo indicating that changes are on the way. Come November 14th, Verizon’s booting the option from their systems, along with 1X data block and 10mb allotment plans. While folks already on the P.A.Y.G plan are set as long as they… Read More

  • 19% of mobile consumers in U.S. now using smartphones, according to study


    As the entry fee for smartphones drops lower and lower, the wallet friendly price point found with most feature phones (or, as some might say, “dumbphones”) is beginning to lose its luster. In a day when obtaining a smartphone requires little more than 50 bucks and a 2-year promise, what’s the point of going for anything less? According to the “Mobile Market… Read More

  • The Samsung T*Omnia: It's the Omnia, but with more T!


    When Korean telecoms giant SK Telecom calls saying they want your handset, what do you do? If you’re Samsung, you take said handset and give it the upgrade treatment. Such is the case with the T*Omnia, a bigger, better version of the Omnia headed for Korea sometime in the coming weeks. The most obvious change is in its display – they’ve taken the 400×240 screen and… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson shoots an ad for the C905 using a C905

    According to the text running down this C905 ad from December’s issue of FHM, the photo that serves as the background was captured using none other than the 8 megapixel shooter of a C905. Of course, they don’t mention how many photoshop filters it passed through before it was prepped for print, nor do they let on the fact that everything in the scene was likely set up to work… Read More

  • Sick of waiting for your G1 to update? Here's how to update it manually

    If you’re constantly glancing at your G1 to check if T-Mobile has graced your handset with the oh-so-slow-to-roll-out RC29 update (“By November 11th”? Pah!), you might be glad to find out that there’s now a way to expedite the process. A user over at xda-devhas worked it all out. All you need is a computer, internet connection, a way to transfer the firmware to your… Read More

  • How-to: Take A Screenshot On An Android Device

    After we posted our first Android speed review, we got a handful of e-mails asking us how we managed to take screenshots directly off of the device. We looked around at a handful of other blogs – sure enough, the vast majority of them had fallen back to pointing a camera at the device’s screen and snapping away. While that’s slightly better than drawing the image on paper… Read More