Greg Kumparak

Greg Kumparak
Greg Kumparak is the Mobile Editor at Techcrunch. Greg has been writing for the TechCrunch network since May of 2008. Greg was born just outside of San Jose, and now lives in the East Bay of California. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Google I/O 2014 Keynote Live Blog

    Google I/O 2014 Keynote Live Blog

    It’s Day 1 of Google’s I/O conference. Know what that means? It’s keynote time! Just as they’ve done for the past few years, Google will open the conference by unveiling many of the projects they’ve been keeping under wraps for months. And just as we’ve done for the past few years, we’ll be there bringing you every little up-to-the-second detail we… Read More

  • Google Revises Glass With More RAM The Day Before I/O

    Google Revises Glass With More RAM The Day Before I/O

    [Photo by Ted Eytan, used under Creative Commons] Well, the timing is nothing if not interesting: one day before its I/O keynote, Google has just given the Glass hardware a small hardware upgrade. Without much fanfare, Google has quietly bumped the memory in newly shipped Glass units up from 682MB to a full 2GB. That gives Google (and Glass developers, for that matter) roughly 3x as much… Read More

  • Oculus Acquires Carbon Design, The Team That Designed The Xbox 360 Controller

    Oculus Acquires Carbon Design, The Team That Designed The Xbox 360 Controller

    Since the Facebook acquisition, Oculus has already snatched up just about all of the biggest names in virtual reality. Their next move? Grabbing amazing hardware designers. Oculus has just announced that they will acquire the Seattle-based Carbon Design studio. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve almost certainly seen (or, more likely, used) one of their products. The Xbox… Read More

  • MadeSolid’s New 3D Printing Material Is Meant To Be Burned Away

    MadeSolid’s New 3D Printing Material Is Meant To Be Burned Away

    When you’re looking into what materials to use for 3D printing an object, the last thing you usually expect to hear is “this one burns really well!” MadeSolid, a 3D printing materials team out of Emeryville, CA, has just released a new resin specifically engineered to burn well. But why? Why would you want to burn your shiny new 3d-printed doodad? Lets say you’re a… Read More

  • Google Gets Into Domain Sales

    Google Gets Into Domain Sales

    So, you want to buy a domain name. Who do you go to first? GoDaddy? NameCheap? Whoever happens to have a sale going on right now? How about Google? For the past few years, anyone looking to Google to buy a domain has been met with this support page, which proclaims that “Google itself doesn’t register or host domain names,” before recommending up a few partners who… Read More

  • Heartbleed Isn’t Dead Yet

    Heartbleed Isn’t Dead Yet

    There’s a really good reason why security researchers were so spooked by the Heartbleed bug: there’s just no silver bullet. Even if we somehow banded together to get most of the world’s systems patched, a big chunk of the Internet would likely be left vulnerable. Sure enough, Heartbleed beats on. Read More

  • Google and Nest Acquire Dropcam For $555 Million

    Google and Nest Acquire Dropcam For $555 Million

    Remember those rumors a few weeks ago that Google was looking to acquire the plug-and-play security camera company, Dropcam? Yep. It just happened. Just months after being acquired themselves, the now Google-owned Nest has just announced that they’ve acquired Dropcam. Read More

  • SpaceX Is About To Fire Another Massive Rocket Into Space — Watch Live! (Update: Mission Aborted)

    SpaceX Is About To Fire Another Massive Rocket Into Space — Watch Live! (Update: Mission Aborted)

    It’s Friday, with about 2 hours left in the West Coast work day. Are you working? Like actually working? Probably not. So let’s watch freaking rockets get shot into space instead! After a bunch of delays, SpaceX is scheduled to launch six satellites into the skies for ORBCOMM, a company that helps companies use satellites for everything from asset monitoring to wireless communication. Read More

  • U.S. Government To Ban Drones In National Parks

    U.S. Government To Ban Drones In National Parks

    So, you bought a drone. What are you going to do with it first? Snap some real estate photos of your house? Take a dronie? Crash it into a tree then try to convince the manufacturer it came like that? If your answer is “Take it to a national park”, you might want to reconsider. That’s not allowed anymore. The US Government’s National Park Service has just issued an… Read More

  • Gasp: Twitter GIFs Aren’t Actually GIFs

    Gasp: Twitter GIFs Aren’t Actually GIFs

    What’s in a format? Does that which we call a GIF by any other name invoke just as many lols? Just yesterday, Twitter started supporting animated GIFs. But there’s a catch! What Twitter ends up showing you isn’t actually a GIF at all. Read More

  • T-Mobile Stops Counting Data Used With Spotify, Pandora, And Certain Other Music Services

    T-Mobile Stops Counting Data Used With Spotify, Pandora, And Certain Other Music Services

    T-Mobile pulled something of a “One More Thing!” this evening, with a bit of a surprise announcement tacked onto the end of their Uncarrier 5.0 event. T-Mobile will no longer count data used on the “top music streaming services” (including Pandora, iTunes Radio, iHeartRadio, Slacker, Spotify, Samsung’s Milk service, and Rhapsody) against your data cap. As it… Read More

  • T-Mobile Will Give Potential Subscribers A Free One Week “Test Drive” On An iPhone 5S

    T-Mobile Will Give Potential Subscribers A Free One Week “Test Drive” On An iPhone 5S

    This evening at Seattle’s Paramount Theater, T-Mobile announced another change in the way they’ll do things moving forward. Their latest move? Free trials, meant to convince potential subscribers that T-Mobile’s network is up to snuff. In a new program that they call “Test Drive”, T-Mobile is offering free trials to potential customers, offering them an iPhone 5S… Read More

  • AT&T Will Sell Amazon’s Fire Phone For $199 On A 2 Year Contract

    AT&T Will Sell Amazon’s Fire Phone For $199 On A 2 Year Contract

    Given that Amazon’s newly announced Fire Phone is largely one gigantic portal for Amazon to sell things (there’s a dedicated hardware button just for recognizing products!), some folks were betting on the device itself being free — or at least really, really cheap. Read More

  • The 250 New Emoji? Here’s What They’ll Look Like

    The 250 New Emoji? Here’s What They’ll Look Like

    Yesterday afternoon, the Unicode Consortium published a list of 250 new Emoji that they hope Google, Apple, Twitter and the rest will all come to embrace. Spiders! Middle fingers! “Man in business suit levitating”! The problem? Except for a tiny handful of exceptions, the list of what’s to come was just a big pile of text. Now we have pictures! Read More

  • The Middle Finger, Coming Soon To An Emoji Keyboard Near You

    The Middle Finger, Coming Soon To An Emoji Keyboard Near You

    You can say a whole lot with just a few emoji. If you have 400 hours to dig through page after page of icons instead of just typing a message with words like a human, the possibilities are endless! But if you want to flip someone the bird? That you can’t do. For now. But you might be able to soon! Read More

  • Fantastic Indie Puzzler VVVVVV Is Coming To iOS And Android This Thursday

    Fantastic Indie Puzzler VVVVVV Is Coming To iOS And Android This Thursday

    If you haven’t gotten around to playing through VVVVVV in all of its wonderfully frustrating indie puzzler glory, first of all: shame! Second: You’ll be able to play it on your phone soon, so now you have no excuse. Read More

  • Halo 1, 2, 3, and 4 Coming To Xbox One As “The Master Chief Collection”

    Halo 1, 2, 3, and 4 Coming To Xbox One As “The Master Chief Collection”

    It’s a fanboy’s dream come true! After weeks of rumors suggesting as much, Microsoft has just announced that the four mainstay titles of the Halo series (Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, 3, and 4) are coming to the Xbox One in one big ol’ release called “Halo: The Master Chief Collection“. Barring any surprise delays, it’ll hit the shelves on November 11th… Read More

  • Google Will Now Warn You When A Site’s Mobile Version Is Broken And Dumb

    Google Will Now Warn You When A Site’s Mobile Version Is Broken And Dumb

    We’ve all been there. You take out your phone to Google something. You click the first result. It starts loading the page you wanted… aaaand bam! You’re kicked to the homepage of the site, rather than the page you wanted. There’s no easy fix for this on Google’s end — but starting today, they’re at least trying to chip away at the problem. Read More

  • Netflix Error Blames Verizon For Playback Issues, Verizon Responds With Legal Threats

    Netflix Error Blames Verizon For Playback Issues, Verizon Responds With Legal Threats

    This one could get messy. Yesterday afternoon, Qz reported on a message that some Netflix/Verizon customers were seeing which pinned potential video quality issues on Verizon’s network being “crowded.” Read More

  • Square Picks Up The Ability To Send Invoices

    Square Picks Up The Ability To Send Invoices

    Square can do a lot of things. Want to take credit cards from your taco truck? Use the portable Square Reader. Want to sell stuff through a little pop-up online front-end? Use Square Market. But what if you want to invoice someone for a service (like, say, wedding photography) after the fact? Before today, Square couldn’t really help you there. But now it can! This morning, Square is… Read More