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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  • Next Sony Ericsson Xperia handset probably won't run Android

    Did you feel a small glimmer of hope that Android might be the next platform donned by the Xperia line when Sony Ericsson mentioned that the brand wasn’t tied to Windows Mobile? We’ve got bad news. In Copenhagen this week, Sony Ericsson’s chief technology architect, Mats Lindoff, confirmed that while they had a few prototype Android devices back in the labs, they… Read More

  • Summizer v1.1 hits the App Store, price dropped

    When we mentioned Summizer, a Twitter search application for the iPhone, a few days back, I noted that the 1.1 version of the application I had been using for the review hadn’t yet made its way through the App store approval process. Sometime last night, said version was approved and made available (iTunes link). One of my only gripes with the application was that it cost $4.99. Read More

  • LG Xenon QWERTY Slider and 8 megapixel LG KC780 details leaked

    You just know a company isn’t having a good day when they’ve got two unrelated product leaks on the same day. On left is the LG Xenon, a QWERTY slider that looks to be borrowing some facial aesthetics from the LG Dare, though there doesn’t seem to be a touchscreen. It’s on its way to AT&T, and it’s got a 240×480 2.8″ LCD, 3 megapixel camera… Read More

  • Skyfire mobile browser now open to everybody

    After months of private beta, Skyfire, a free mobile browser lauded for offering support for Flash, AJAX, and other goodies generally reserved for PC browsers, has opened its doors to the public. Just in time for the resulting stampede of new users, they’ve also introduced a fresh release of the browser for Windows Mobile complete with a handful of new features. (Update: Though… Read More

  • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic promo shots spotted

    After months of leaks and a brief appearance in The Dark Knight, it looks like the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music handset may be just about ready to make its debut. Mobil.cz [Via Unwired View] has managed to scrounge up a rather official looking promo shot, which is generally a pretty strong indication of an impending announcement. Though nothing is set in stone, the current rumor pins October 2nd as… Read More

  • Animal and insect earbuds, the perfect gift for someone you don't want to hang out with anymore

    When the emoticon earbud covers made their way out, I thought they were pretty cool. Sure, they were dorky as all hell – but they were cute. I bought my girlfriend a pair, she loved’em, and that was that. Taking the same earbuds-as-art idea and spinning it the entirely wrong way, fredflare has begun selling earbuds shaped as ladybugs, rubber duckies, pigs, and … flies. Read More

  • Esquire magazine e-ink cover splayed on video

    http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1783461&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 Right around 2 weeks ago, MAKE Magazine posted pictures documenting the tear down of Esquire magazine’s fully functional e-ink cover. If you haven’t managed to track down one of these increasingly tough to find rags (or if you… Read More

  • Google Android 1.0 SDK unleashed

    If there’s anyone out there dying to delve into Android development who couldn’t bring themselves to start crackin’ away on the v.9 beta release, your moment of coding splendor has arrived. Alongside today’s T-Mobile G1 announcement, Google has released v1.0 of the Android SDK to the masses. With this release, developers can trust that the applications they write… Read More

  • NetNewsWire iPhone app usage stats released

    This morning, NewsGator released a small batch of usage statistics for the free iPhone RSS aggregator NetNewsWire, a port of the OS X application of the same name. According to the blog post by Josh Larson, NewsGator’s Community Manager, NetNewsWire has already seen over 200,000 downloads, 115,000 of which have signed up over the last 30 days. On average, NetNewsWire for iPhone… Read More

  • Video released demonstrating Google-powered Android apps

    Just in time to ride the tide of excitement from today’s G1 announcement, Google has released a video detailing all of the “google goodies that come preloaded” on the handset: Search, Maps, Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, and IM (Google Talk), with a strong emphasis on the over-the-air sync functionality. I can’t imagine what the “erick.the.cyclist@gmail.com”… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 specs leaked prior to announcement

    Talk about cutting it close. With less than 12 hours before T-Mobile officially pulls back the curtain on the ultra-hyped G1, the floodgates have opened. Images extracted from the depths of T-Mobile’s G1 site have begun hitting tip boxes, and now TmoNews has managed to get their hands on a bunch of specs and details. What’s known so far: In-store, immediate sales only available… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 specs leaked prior to announcement

    Talk about cutting it close. With less than 12 hours before T-Mobile officially pulls back the curtain on the ultra-hyped G1 Android phone, the floodgates have opened. Images extracted from the depths of T-Mobile’s G1 site have begun hitting tip boxes, and now TmoNews has managed to get their hands on a bunch of specs and details. What’s known so far: In-store, immediate sales… Read More

  • Today on MobileCrunch

    Not reading MobileCrunch yet? Why the heck not? While a MobileCrunch post or two might make the jump over to CrunchGear each day, there’s a ton of good stuff each day that you’ll only see on that side of the fence. Here’s some stuff you may have missed on MobileCrunch today: Timberland to pay $7 million to settle SMS spam lawsuit Kingston 8GB SDHC Kit Giveaway: Congrats to… Read More

  • Aussie school to launch iPhone game development course

    So, you’ve heard the stories of developers making enough coin selling iPhone applications to swim around in it Scrooge McDuck style. “I love iPhone applications more than anyone!”, you thought to yourself, “I should make them!” So you picked up a book on Objective C and Cocoa, spent about 20 minutes with it, and then decided to dedicate your life to something… Read More

  • Rockstar: GTA "didn't feel natural" to develop on the Wii

    Imagine: Grand Theft Auto on the Wii. Need to hail a cab? Just wave the wiimote around in the air. Tryin’ to stab a guy? Shank him with the wiimote. Taking your e-girlfriend out for burgers? Eat the wiimote. Sounds like a perfect fit, right? Rockstar doesn’t think so. In a recent Nintendo Power interview, Rockstar co-founder said that they didn’t develop a GTA game for the… Read More

  • Timberland to pay $7 million to settle SMS spam lawsuit

    Timberland, makers of boots and outdoor wear, and GSI Commerce, the e-commerce company behind the online presence of Timberland and many other companies, might just owe you some money. After a heap of unauthorized ad-filled text messages were sent out between January 2003 and August 2008, frustrated recipients banded together for a class action lawsuit. Though the companies insist that the… Read More

  • Kingston 8GB SDHC Kit Giveaway: Congrats to our first winner. Who's next?

    Congratulations to the winner of the first round of our Kingston 8GB SDHC card giveaway marathon, Orlando. We’ve still got four to give away over the next 10 days, so be sure to enter! How do you enter? Comment on any story published between 9/21 and 9/23. Every story you comment on is one entry. If you comment on 5 stories, that’s 5 entries. Only one entry per post is counted… Read More

  • Vodafone bringing the BlackBerry Storm to the UK?

    We’ve got a bit of good news for anybody lookin’ to get their mitts on the BlackBerry Storm over in the UK. According to Pocket-lint, Vodafone will be bringing the touchscreen handset to the sovereign isle sometime in the next two months. Read the rest at MobileCrunch >> Read More

  • Vodafone bringing the BlackBerry Storm to the UK?

    We’ve got a bit of good news for anybody lookin’ to get their mitts on the BlackBerry Storm over in the UK. According to Pocket-lint, Vodafone will be bringing the touchscreen handset to the sovereign isle sometime in the next two months. Be it that their sources ring true, Vodafone should be making an announcement in early October, with the actual product hitting the shelves… Read More

  • Nokia Photos 1.5 beta released, now with geotagging

    A beta version of Nokia’s mobile media management software, Nokia Photos 1.5, has been released, complete with a visual overhaul and a handful of new features.

    The New Features:
    Picture/Video management support for any S60 device, digital camera, memory stick, or local hard drive Automatically converts and compresses media for playback on your handset for the sake of optimal storage… Read More