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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  • Sprint changes mind, decides to hold onto Nextel iDEN

    I’d imagine things are a bit awkward at the Sprint/Nextel camp today. After spending the last few months fielding offers for Nextel, Sprint has announced that they’ve decided to hang on to it. Not only are they no longer planning on offloading it, but they’re also reupping their commitment to the iDEN network by promising all around improvements. Beyond expanding the iDEN… Read More

  • Skyfire browser now open to Canadians

    A quick recap for those who haven’t been following the mobile browser scene for a while: Skyfire, currently available for Windows Mobile 5/6 and S60, is the only mobile browser supporting full Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, Quicktime, and other processor intensive multimedia formats. It pulls this off where others fail through a bit of proxy voodoo; rather than forcing your handset… Read More

  • AndroidBoy Game Boy emulator debuts on the Android Market


    While it’s by no means playable at this point (unless your favorite hobby is watching sloths tend to a patch of growing grass), the Android Market has now seen it’s first video game emulator: AndroidBoy. As you may have guessed from the tail-end of the name, it’s a Game Boy emulator, supporting games from both the original Game Boy and 1998’s Game Boy Color. Read the… Read More

  • Yep, iPhone firmware 2.2 is still vulnerable to jailbreaking

    When the developer world first got glimpse of the iPhone 2.2 firmware back in late September, many were surprised to find out that nothing had been done to try and block users from jailbreaking (hacking the handset to allow third party applications and modifications not approved by Apple). Nearly a month later, a second beta release of the firmware is in the hands of developers, and the… Read More

  • Samsung Delve from Alltel brings Touchwiz to the US

    Just last week, Samsung announced that their widget-fueled Touchwiz interface would hit US shores sometime in late 2008 – and here it is. This morning, Alltel announced that the Touchwiz-powered Samsung Delve has gone up for presale on their site, with delivery (and in-store availability) coming on November 6th. It’s got some reasonable specs for a not-so-smartphone, with a… Read More

  • Flixwagon now compatible with Nokia's Share on Ovi

    After the announcement that Qik would be a featured download on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, it looks like competitor Flixwagon is prepared to battle for their chunk of the Nokia mobile streaming market. Flixwagon has announced that they’re now compatible with Nokia’s Share on Ovi media hosting service. Once a user downloads the latest Flixwagon for Symbian application and plugs… Read More

  • Yep, iPhone firmware 2.2 is still vulnerable to jailbreaking

    When the developer world first got glimpse of the iPhone 2.2 firmware back in late September, many were surprised to find out that nothing had been done to try and block users from jailbreaking (that is, hacking the handset to allow third party applications and modifications not approved by Apple). Nearly a month later, a second beta release of the firmware is in the hands of developers, and… Read More

  • Mobile Dead goes live for BlackBerry in NYC

    Its been a few months since we last mentioned Mobile Dead, but this zombie-blastin’ “Mobile Multiplayer Trans-Reality” (MMTR) game has now gone live in New York City. Like other MMTR games, you’re wandering the streets of your own city rather than some made up fantasy land. Your character and other in game objects are superimposed onto a map of your area, with your… Read More

  • Red BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 finally goes on sale at T-Mobile

    Though the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 has been shipping for a few weeks now, the long known about red variant has yet to launch – until now. Beginning this morning, folks looking to nab this rosy red release can stop by T-Mobile.com (Product Page) or their local T-Mo spot and pick one up for $149.99 on a 2-year contract. Not looking for a commitment? That’ll be $349.99. We… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 gets unlocked, though it loses a few features

    And we’re off! Just 7 days after the G1’s release, some clever folks have managed to get the handset up and running on networks outside of T-Mobile’s grasp. Unfortunately, they’re also clever enough to go about it as entrepreneurs; if you want the unlock code, it’ll set you back $22.99. Once you’ve given Unlock-TMobileG1.com some cash and your… Read More

  • Asus jumps into the Android game

    While details are still sparse, Digitimes is reporting that Asus is getting set to release their own Android handsets. By word of “company sources”, the company plans to push the handsets into the Taiwan market under its own brand sometime in the first 6 months of next year, later moving on to developing handsets for other parties. While ASUS isn’t a huge name in the… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson XPERIA concept: Oh man, please don't be real.

    Just a few days ago, the above shot of a supposed XPERIA concept device started floating around. Though its authenticity can’t be confirmed, we certainly hope it’s fake – or, at most, a concept never intended to leave the labs. Besides being a damned nice looking piece of hardware, much of the XPERIA X1‘s appeal stems from its full, landscape QWERTY keyboard. In… Read More

  • Hitachi tones down the Casio W63CA, announces it as W63H

    Just yesterday I was babbling about how impressed I was that they’d managed to squeeze WVGA (480×800) into a 3.1″ screen on the 8.1 megapixel Casio W63CA. Apparently, its got a (somewhat less sightly) twin. This morning, Hitachi announced the W63H which, as you could probably guess from the model number, is pretty dang similar. Well, as long as you ignore that the Hitachi… Read More

  • Wal-Mart shopping list: Steak seasoning, crappy garden hose, T-Mobile G1

    Got a grudge against your local T-Mobile spot keeping you from picking up your new G1? Come Wednesday, you’ll be able to get your Android fix at 550 Wal-Mart locations around the country. Not surprisingly, the company known for pulling discounts out of thin air has managed to lop some change off of the G1. While getting the handset direct from Big Magenta would cost you $179.99, Wal-Mart… Read More

  • Rogers sells 255,000 iPhones in the land of poutine

    This morning, Canadian carrier giant Rogers announced that they’d managed to sell roughly 255,000 iPhones between its launch in July and the end of September. While 255,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to the 6.9 iPhones pushed worldwide in the same window, it’s pretty significant in the battle for carrier supreme going on north of the border. With the two other big players… Read More

  • For one day only, Taco Bell will make your stomach hurt for free!

    Hey everybody – this is just a friendly reminder that, thanks to Jason Bartlett’s stolen base in Game 1 of the World Series, Taco Bell is giving away free tacos today. The only thing better than paying 69 cents for a taco which cost 9 cents to make is paying nothing for a taco which cost 9 cents to make. How to get your free taco:
    1) Stop by your local Taco Bell today between 2pm… Read More

  • 8.1 megapixel Casio W63CA Exilim headed for Japan


    Taking the 8-megapixel handset battle and kicking it up 1/10th of a notch, Casio has announced the 8.1-megapixel W63CA. Sure, the name needs work – but man, this thing looks gorgeous. Besides taking shots at an impressive resolution of 3288×2464, the W63CA’s camera rocks a wide angle lens, face detection, anti-shake and a 9-point auto focus. And because the camera… Read More

  • SmartFlicks brings NetFlix to Blackberry by way of the new API

    Got a bit of time between your big business emails and your big business texts? Why not manage your NetFlix queue? Utilizing the NetFlix API made available to developers just last month, Pyxis Mobile has released SmartFlicks, a NetFlix app for your BlackBerry. The application was built partly as a demonstration of Pyxis Mobile’s Application Studio, and was “designed and delivered… Read More

  • Ralph Lauren launches an iPhone application. Anyone care?

    Proving that not everything needs to be made into a mobile application, Ralph Lauren has released a free iPhone application. No matter where you are, you can look at Ralph Lauren clothes. Can you buy them via the application? Er, no. Does it allow you to read those QR codes Ralph Lauren started putting in ads a few months back? Nope. What it does do:
    • Video highlights from the Fall… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile Canada introduces "myPair" plan for unlimited cellular sweet nothings

    We’ve all been there: There’s still a week left in your month, and you and your snuggle buddy are already 300 “Oh, I just wanted to hear your voice” calls deep. Your minutes are now almost completely gobbled up. Suddenly, you’re wracking your brain with each incoming call, trying to figure out if it’s worth your now precious time. I mean, come on, you… Read More