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/YouTube Reportedly Prepping To Buy Twitch

    Google/YouTube Reportedly Prepping To Buy Twitch

    Yowza. So much for Sunday being a slow news day. About an hour after AT&T officially announces their plans to buy DirecTV, word of another billion-dollar acquisition has surfaced. The story this time around: Google/YouTube reportedly want Twitch.tv, the increasingly/explosively popular service meant to let gamers watch others play games, live. The price tag? 1 billion. Read More

  • AT&T  To Acquire DirecTV For Nearly $50B

    AT&T To Acquire DirecTV For Nearly $50B

    As has been rumored for the past few weeks, AT&T has just officially announced their plans to acquire DirecTV. The terms of the deal came together at roughly $95 per share, which comes to a grand total of $48.5 billion dollars. If you add in the nearly $19B worth of debt that DirecTV is towing behind it, though, this deal sets AT&T back to a tune closer to $67 billion. It seems… Read More

  • An Adorable Android Easter Egg, Hidden In Plain Sight

    An Adorable Android Easter Egg, Hidden In Plain Sight

    I’ve always had a special place in my heart for design Easter Eggs. Particularly the ones that are hidden in plain view — the ones that I’d somehow looked at a hundred times without actually seeing. When’s the last time you took a close look at the icons on an Android phone? Like, really, really close? If you’ve got an Android phone handy, take a look at the icon… Read More

  • Apple Is Testing Promo Codes For In-App Purchases

    Apple Is Testing Promo Codes For In-App Purchases

    Apple’s app store has let developers create promo codes for ages. It’s also supported In-App purchases for ages. But promo codes for in-app purchases? That’s crazy talk. You want to give a user a promo code for a free bag of virtual cat food to feed their virtual cat? Get the heck out of here. But that might be changing! While it doesn’t seem to be a widely rolled… Read More

  • Crazy Dude Builds Fully Automatic Wolverine Claws In His Garage

    Crazy Dude Builds Fully Automatic Wolverine Claws In His Garage

    Hello! Welcome to this week’s edition of “Things You Really Probably Shouldn’t Do At Home! Seriously.” Armed with a pinch of ingenuity and a heaping fistful of insanity, garage inventor Colin Furze has recreated Wolverine’s signature claws. They extend! They retract! They… look incredibly dangerous! Read More

  • LittleBits Grows Up With New Arduino Module

    LittleBits Grows Up With New Arduino Module

    The world of littleBits (the “not-a-toy” toy that I reaaaally wish existed when I was younger) just got a little bit bigger: it can now play friendly with Arduino. If you’re not familiar with littleBits, it might help to think of it as a DIY Electronics kit mashed up with LEGO. Each “bit” is an individual electronic component, like a speaker, or a light sensor, or… Read More

  • Comcast Wants To Put Data Caps On All Customers Within 5 Years

    Comcast Wants To Put Data Caps On All Customers Within 5 Years

    If you’re a Comcast customer living in one of the many states where they’ve imposed no real limits on bandwidth usage for the last few years… enjoy it while it lasts. Read More

  • Clever Kinect Hack Brings This Guy’s Full Body Into Virtual Reality

    Clever Kinect Hack Brings This Guy’s Full Body Into Virtual Reality

    It’s one thing to bring your mind into virtual reality. Get some snazzy VR goggles in front of your eyes, bump the framerate up high enough — bam, you’re a good part of the way there. But bringing your body into the mix? Thats a whole different challenge. Crack that one, and you’ve got yourself a holodeck. It’s far from perfect (even as a spectator) but… Read More

  • MakerBot Scores Sesame Street As The First Big Partner In Its 3D Printing Store

    MakerBot Scores Sesame Street As The First Big Partner In Its 3D Printing Store

    If MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis’ dreams come true, we’ll one day see a 3D printer in every home. And when you’ve got a 3D printer in every home, what do you need? Things to print, of course. A few months back, MakerBot set out to launch a store front for premium 3D printable objects — sort of like an iTunes for 3D printing, if you will. MakerBot put up a few offerings of… Read More

  • Google Will Now Sell Glass To Anyone In The US Who Wants It, Indefinitely

    Google Will Now Sell Glass To Anyone In The US Who Wants It, Indefinitely

    With surprisingly little fanfare, Google has gone ahead and opened up Google Glass sales to anyone and everyone in the US, indefinitely. If you’ve got $1,500 and the desire, Google is down to sell you a pair of robo-glasses until they run out of stock. Read More

  • Microsoft Will Ship A Kinect-Free Xbox One For $399 On June 9th

    Microsoft Will Ship A Kinect-Free Xbox One For $399 On June 9th

    Microsoft has just announced that they will begin shipping a $399 version of the Xbox One console that doesn’t include the Kinect. When the Xbox One was first announced, Microsoft casually mentioned that the Kinect would not just be included… but required. As you might expect, many a gamer flipped at the idea of being required to have a camera/microphone plugged into their console… Read More

  • Microsoft Will Drop Xbox Live As A Requirement For Netflix, Hulu, Others

    Microsoft Will Drop Xbox Live As A Requirement For Netflix, Hulu, Others

    It’s never really made a whole lot of sense: to use Netflix or Hulu on an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, you need an Xbox Live Gold subscription. So, to use something you’re already paying monthly for, on your $300-$500 device, you’d… need to pay another monthly subscription. It’s something people have casually complained about for nearly a decade now, though most put up… Read More

  • Researchers Teach A Robot To Catch Flying Objects Like Yogi Berra

    Researchers Teach A Robot To Catch Flying Objects Like Yogi Berra

    When the robot uprising begins, don’t try to take on our new overlords by throwing assorted household items at them. It won’t work, man. IT WON’T WORK. Read More

  • iTunes Now Has Nearly 800 Million Accounts, Most With Credit Cards Attached

    iTunes Now Has Nearly 800 Million Accounts, Most With Credit Cards Attached

    In June of last year, Apple announced that over 575 million accounts had been created for iTunes 10 months later, they’ve grown that number by nearly fourty percent. On the Apple earnings call today, Tim Cook announced that they were just about to surpass their 800 millionth iTunes account. Read More

  • Meet Flappy48, The Clone Game To End Clone Games

    Meet Flappy48, The Clone Game To End Clone Games

    Take the rules of 2048. Add the gameplay and physics of Flappy Bird. What do you get? Flappy48 — a weird (yet surprisingly… fun?) bizarro-world mashup of everything stupidly addictive from 2014. Read More

  • Roku FINALLY Releases A YouTube Channel For Most Of Its Streaming Boxes

    Roku FINALLY Releases A YouTube Channel For Most Of Its Streaming Boxes

    After what has been seriously way too long, Roku has just launched an official YouTube channel for most of its lil’ streaming boxes. The catch: Roku says the channel is only compatible with “current generation” devices, which they define as any box launched after July 2011. Roku’s model numbering system is super confusing*, so just know that if your Roku came out in… Read More

  • Twitter Starts Rolling Out The New Profile Look  — Here’s How To Get It Now

    Twitter Starts Rolling Out The New Profile Look — Here’s How To Get It Now

    Over the past few weeks, you might’ve noticed that some Twitter profiles looked a bit… different. A bit more… well, a bit more like Facebook. That’s the new Twitter profile, and it’s something they’ve been testing for weeks. Today, they’re starting a wider roll out of the new look, giving it to anyone who knows where to click. Want the new… Read More

  • Watch The Oculus Rift Get Torn To Pieces In Glorious Stop Motion

    Watch The Oculus Rift Get Torn To Pieces In Glorious Stop Motion

    As long as I can remember, I’ve disassembled (and sometimes even reassembled!) every gadget I could get my hands on. But for some reason, gadget teardown photos and videos — so popular across the Interwebs whenever Apple or Samsung release some new thing — have never really done it for me. But this? This I like. Read More

  • 2,500 Bunsen Burners + Dubstep = Best Visualizer Ever

    2,500 Bunsen Burners + Dubstep = Best Visualizer Ever

    Take 2,500 bunsen burners, and put’em in a grid. Make the flames react to sound waves, thanks to some amazing physics trickery. Then drop the bass. What do you get? The best visualizer ever. Read More

  • Nike Is Said To Be Killing Off The FuelBand

    Nike Is Said To Be Killing Off The FuelBand

    Bad news, Fuel fans: Nike is purportedly killing off their wearable hardware efforts, including the FuelBand. Just a few days ago, folks started whispering about shakeup in Fuelband land after the following post popped up on Secret: Now, sure enough, CNET says they’ve got a person-in-the-know confirming that the majority of the 70-person FuelBand team has been let go. It’s a… Read More