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.

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  • Here’s What The Upcoming Xbox One Dashboard Update Looks Like

    Here’s What The Upcoming Xbox One Dashboard Update Looks Like

    Slowly but surely, Microsoft is making up for shipping the unfinished console that is the Xbox One. In February, they shipped an update that brought many an earth-shattering feature, from “Being able to tell how much space you have left on the hard drive” to “An icon that tells you if your controller is about to die.” Another update is coming in March. Here’s what it looks like: Read More

  • Moviefone Is Killing Off Its Namesake Phone Number

    Hello, and welcome to Moviefone!! The early 90’s was a strange time. Computers were becoming fairly commonplace, but the Internet still wasn’t. We pumped out new technology that defined our lives for a week, only to be forgotten the next. We were still trying to figure out what the future looked like. So many things seemed brilliant at the time, only to be rendered useless by the end… Read More

  • Someone Is Remaking Classic Zelda… in First Person 3D… in Virtual Reality

    Someone Is Remaking Classic Zelda… in First Person 3D… in Virtual Reality

    Ready for a trip down memory lane? A nice little hike up Mount Nostalgia? Someone has set out to rebuild The Legend Of Zelda. As in, 8-bit, 1986, “It’s Dangerous To Go Alone” Legend of Zelda. But with a twist! Read More

  • Steve Jobs Is Getting A Postage Stamp

    Steve Jobs Is Getting A Postage Stamp

    There are few canvases harder to find yourself portrayed upon than the US postage stamp. Unless you’re a state bird, a beautiful wild flower, or a historic/cultural icon, it’s pretty unlikely that your mug will ever act as proof-of-payment on a piece of mail. Joining the ranks in 2015: the late Steve Jobs. According to a list of upcoming subjects obtained by The Washington Post, Steve… Read More

  • Namecheap Is In The Middle Of A DDoS Attack

    If any of your favorite sites don’t seem to be working right now, don’t panic — it’s not just you. Namecheap, the host of some 3 million-plus domains, is reporting that they’re currently undergoing a Distributed Denial Of Service attack of unknown origins. If that sounds like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo to you, here’s all you need to know: a Distributed Denial Of… Read More

  • SoundFocus Raises $1.7M To Adjust Music To The Way You Hear

    SoundFocus Raises $1.7M To Adjust Music To The Way You Hear

    I generally enjoy writing about startups, but I love writing about startups that are working on something undeniably good for the world. This is one of those. SoundFocus is trying to improve the experience of listening to music for people who are hard of hearing, or unable to hear certain frequencies. They’ve just raised $1.7M to get it done. Read More

  • How Things Change

    How Things Change

    Four years ago, Brian Acton was looking for a job. His job at Yahoo, where he’d filled many engineering roles over 11 years, had come to an end. He was networking with recruiters: networking with recruiters, venture capitalists, playing ultimate frisbee— Brian Acton (@brianacton) May 20, 2009 He met with Twitter. Twitter said no: Got denied by Twitter HQ. That's ok. Would have… Read More

  • Venmo Now Lets You Find And Pay Other Nearby Venmo Users

    Venmo Now Lets You Find And Pay Other Nearby Venmo Users

    Venmo, the mobile payment app, has had a wild few years. They shook up their industry so hard that they were acquired twice within 4 years of launch; once by Braintree for $26.2M, and again when Paypal acquired Braintree for $800M. Their trick? Make paying your friends easy and (mostly) free. Today, they’re making it even easier: you don’t even have to be friends with the person… Read More

  • Dear Car Makers: Please Hire People Like This

    Dear Car Makers: Please Hire People Like This

    The interfaces in modern cars are, with rare exception, awful. It’s almost absurd, really. The car is one of the most expensive things that people buy for themselves. It’s massive. It’s got a power supply that lasts for days… and yet, it’s one of the least “smart” devices in our lives. A three-year old tablet headed for the recycling bin puts the stock… Read More

  • Irrational Games, The Company Behind BioShock, Is Shutting Down

    Irrational Games, The Company Behind BioShock, Is Shutting Down

    Whoa. Irrational Games, the company that built the acclaimed BioShock video game series, is going away. Co-founder Ken Levine announced directly on the company’s front page this morning that they will soon see sweeping layoffs and will be reborn as a much smaller team with a new focus. From his post: I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it. I’ll be starting a smaller, more… Read More

  • PIXEL Brings Old School Video Game Art To Life In Your Home

    PIXEL Brings Old School Video Game Art To Life In Your Home

    Take your old Lite-Brite and turn it up to 11. Add Bluetooth, tuck in animation support, and let people draw their designs via smartphone. What do you get? Something like PIXEL. The (aptly named) PIXEL is a display built specifically for showing off pixel art. A pixel art photo frame, if you will. Read More

  • Kickstarter Hacked, Customer Addresses and Other Info Accessed

    Kickstarter Hacked, Customer Addresses and Other Info Accessed

    These days, it really seems we can't go a week without some big site getting hacked. The latest target? Kickstarter. Read More

  • Instapainting Turns Your Photos Into Hand-Painted Oil Paintings On The Cheap

    Instapainting Turns Your Photos Into Hand-Painted Oil Paintings On The Cheap

    Surprise! It's Valentine's Day, the stealthiest of all the holidays. If you're trying to get a gift today, you… might be a bit short on options. Will you go with the gas station teddy bear? The twice-crushed box of chocolates? A bouquet of acceptable-looking roses for $200? If your nearly-forgotten flame would be content with the promise of a pretty cool gift in a few weeks, though, you… Read More

  • 2013 Crunchies Awards | Full Show

    Here’s The Full Video Of The 7th Annual Crunchies Awards

    Didn't get a ticket to the Crunchies before they sold out? Miss the live stream? Don't sweat it — we brought the whole thing back to you in glorious HD. From the Broadway-style opener by the incredibly talented Spencer Rose to the spot-on roasting of Silicon Valley by host John Oliver, it's all here. Read More

  • Creators Of ‘Super Hexagon’ and ‘Canabalt’ Build Fantastic Tributes To Flappy Bird

    Creators Of ‘Super Hexagon’ and ‘Canabalt’ Build Fantastic Tributes To Flappy Bird

    I told myself I was done writing about Flappy Bird. Really. I'm sort of sick of hearing about it too. But this… this is something special. The creators of Canabalt and Super Hexagon — two games that helped pioneer the whole "simple yet absurdly difficult" category that Flappy Bird exploded — have created new games in tribute to Flappy Bird. These aren't clones — these are homages. Read More

  • Best Hardware Startup Oculus VR | Crunchies Awards 2013

    Oculus VR’s Co-Founders On Winning A Crunchie, Getting To Launch Day, And Their Favorite VR Apps

    Are you excited about the Oculus Rift? Because a whole lot of folks are. So much so, in fact, that the tech community picked Oculus as the “Best Hardware Startup” of 2013 — and that’s without them having shipped their finished product. I grabbed two of Oculus' co-founders for a post-win interview, and we talked about everything from challenges ahead to pretending to be a chicken. Read More

  • Oculus Rift Takes Home The Crunchie For Best Hardware Startup

    Oculus Rift Takes Home The Crunchie For Best Hardware Startup

    It’s hard for me to imagine a hardware startup that is more exciting, more fascinating, and that has more potential to ripple out into a million amazing things than Oculus and their Rift virtual reality headset. Many of you, it seems, would agree. After weeks of voting, our readers and this community have chosen Oculus VR as the Best Hardware Startup of the year. As has been said many a… Read More

  • Flappy Bird Is Gone From The App Store

    Flappy Bird Is Gone From The App Store

    Yesterday, the developer behind Flappy Bird said he would be removing the remarkably/mysteriously successful game from the App Store in just 22 hours. Sure enough, the game appears to be gone. And in its spot on the #1 spot on the leaderboard? A Flappy Birds clone. Read More

  • Facebook Now Lets You Edit Your “Look Back” Movie

    Facebook Now Lets You Edit Your “Look Back” Movie

    Earlier this week, we learned that Facebook would soon let you edit the automatically-generated “Look Back” videos the company had made to celebrate Facebook’s 10th anniversary. Sure enough: they just launched the editor. Read More