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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  • Tim Cook says you’ll soon be able to turn off the system that slows iPhones as the battery gets older

    Tim Cook says you’ll soon be able to turn off the system that slows iPhones as the battery gets older

    As we learned back at the end of December, Apple has been limiting the maximum performance of iPhones as the batteries within get older. The goal, they’ve stated, is to prevent random device shutdowns as time goes on and the battery’s output starts to wane. But that’s something they ought to have explained better from Day 1 of the software change; most users would never… Read More

  • This ring lets you bend musical notes on a keyboard with a wave of your hand

    This ring lets you bend musical notes on a keyboard with a wave of your hand

    We saw a small mountain of cool stuff at CES this week, but this one is still on my mind a few days later. It’s a ring you wear while playing a MIDI keyboard. By wavering your hand or sliding your fingers up the keys, you can change the vibrato or intensity of your notes. It’s an effect perhaps best demonstrated on video: Read More

  • Alpine’s new CarPlay receiver lets you put a big touchscreen in a single DIN slot

    Alpine’s new CarPlay receiver lets you put a big touchscreen in a single DIN slot

    Aftermarket touchscreens for your car aren’t new by any means, but this one is pretty clever. It lets you put a touchscreen in cars where one otherwise wouldn’t fit. Alpine’s new head unit floats the display slightly in front of the unit itself, allowing you to pack a 9” touchscreen into a single DIN slot. Once installed, the screen can be slid in or out to make… Read More

  • Netflix on the Razer Phone is getting HDR and Dolby 5.1 audio

    Netflix on the Razer Phone is getting HDR and Dolby 5.1 audio

    Just a quickie out of CES for anyone out there carrying a Razer phone: your Netflix app is about to get a rather snazzy feature that most devices don’t have. Later this month, Netflix on the Razer phone will support HDR10 video and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio. Do you need 5.1 audio support on a phone with two speakers? Maybe not. But it’s there! And if you find yourself hooking… Read More

  • Glowforge is making materials that its laser cutters can automatically recognize

    Glowforge is making materials that its laser cutters can automatically recognize

    Laser cutting is fun. A lot of fun. You’re putting a thing into a box and firing friggin’ lasers at it to cut or etch whatever your heart desires. It’s a wonderful Venn diagram of science and fire that, if all goes well, ends up with you making something neat. With that said, it can be a bit challenging, particularly when you’re working with a new material for the… Read More

  • Samsung gets into digital whiteboards with the $2700 Flip

    Samsung gets into digital whiteboards with the $2700 Flip

    Digital whiteboards are a curiously popular project for big companies to dabble with lately. It’s one of those things companies build because they can – because they’ve already figured out all the tech involved with their other projects. Google has the Jamboard. Microsoft has the Surface Hub. And now, Samsung has the Flip. Details are still light, but the company dropped word… Read More

  • Samsung will add Bixby to its 2018 smart TVs

    Samsung will add Bixby to its 2018 smart TVs

    Samsung’s Bixby — the company’s answer to Siri and Google Assistant and the like — got off to a bit of a rocky start when it launched back in 2017, but they’re forging ahead with it. The company just announced at CES that Bixby will be integrated into all of its new U.S. smart TVs in 2018. Read More

  • Samsung CES 2018 Liveblog

    Samsung CES 2018 Liveblog

    Samsung is one of the tentpoles that holds up CES. Every year the company has one of the largest offerings at the show and 2018 will not be different. Samsung’s press conference is always a good time if you’re watching from afar. It’s a mess of people in person, with too many people jammed into a tiny conference hall. It’s too hot, it’s smelly and yet it’s… Read More

  • Garmin’s Speak Plus brings Alexa to your car and doubles as a dash cam

    Garmin’s Speak Plus brings Alexa to your car and doubles as a dash cam

    Garmin is announcing an Alexa-powered dash cam. Called the Garmin Speak Plus, it’s actually a follow-up to a device the company launched in October of last year that shared the same name, minus the “Plus.” The main difference here? It’s about 80 bucks more ($149 MSRP for the Speak, or $229 for the Speak Plus,) but it has a built-in dash cam. Read More

  • Panic will soon no longer sell Transmit for iOS

    Panic will soon no longer sell Transmit for iOS

    Panic Inc., the team behind a bunch of excellent iOS/Mac apps (like Coda, Transmit, and Prompt), are about to retire one of their products. Sometime “very soon”, Transmit for iOS will be taken off the App Store. Read More

  • TechCrunch’s Favorite Things of 2017

    Good news, everyone! We survived 2017! Each December, the TechCrunch staff members (our writers, editors, video, and social teams) get together and make a big ol’ list of our favorite things from that year. The apps, or gadgets, or movies, or music (or really anything) we loved. We tend to be a pretty picky bunch, and these are the things that made, and continue to make, the cut. These… Read More

  • Pokémon GO gets a new and improved augmented reality mode (but only on iOS)

    Pokémon GO gets a new and improved augmented reality mode (but only on iOS)

    Remember back in June, when Niantic took the stage at WWDC to show off a beta build of Pokémon GO? The one that used Apple’s new augmented reality framework, ARKit, to beef up the game’s AR abilities? That feature, now called AR+, will ship at last later this week (and a long absent Pokémon should be making an appearance soon, I’ve confirmed.) Read More

  • Here’s everything new Niantic just added to Pokémon GO

    Niantic is rounding out the year with one of Pokémon GO’s biggest updates to date. We knew earlier this week that the update was right around the corner, but we didn’t know exactly when. The answer: now. From new Pokémon to crazy new weather systems and minor text fixes to battle system changes, there’s a good amount happening here. Here’s everything we’ve seen… Read More

  • Looks like HQ Trivia is coming to Android

    Looks like HQ Trivia is coming to Android

    HQ Trivia — the twice-a-day live streamed trivia game built by the founders of Vine — continues to be a big thing. Recent games have had upwards of 200,000 players per session, each hoping to go home with the cash prize (or, at least, a share of it) for answering every question right. And yet… it’s iOS only. Type “HQ Trivia” into Google, and “HQ… Read More

  • Pokémon GO’s gameplay will soon change based on the real world weather around you

    Pokémon GO’s gameplay will soon change based on the real world weather around you

    A bunch of new Pokémon are coming to Pokèmon Go this week – but that’s not the only big change on the way. Pokémon Go will soon be aware of the real world weather around you, with a number of things in the game adapting accordingly. I spoke to Niantic’s Archit Bhargava and Matt Slemon about the new system, which they refer to as “dynamic weather”. Here’s… Read More

  • Pokémon GO will get 50+ new Gen III Pokémon this week (Update: They’re here.)

    Pokémon GO will get 50+ new Gen III Pokémon this week (Update: They’re here.)

    Good news, Pokèmon Go fans: Gen III Pokemon are landing this week Or, I should say, more Gen III Pokémon are landing this week. Niantic tells me that at least 50 new Pokèmon will be added to the game before the week is over, adding to the handful of Gen III monsters that showed up just before Halloween. Update: as of about 11:30 AM Pacific on 12/8, the Gen III Pokémon have started… Read More

  • Pi Charging raises $11.4 million to fix wireless charging

    Pi Charging raises $11.4 million to fix wireless charging

    Pi Charging, the company that won at TechCrunch Disrupt SF with its wireless charging tech, has closed a series A round of $11.4 million dollars. They disclosed the news for the first time while updating the audience at Disrupt Berlin on their progress since winning in SF. For those who might’ve missed it: Pi Charging is building a device (the namesake Pi Charger) that lives on your… Read More

  • PSA: Is your iPhone suddenly crashing? Here’s why (and how to fix it)

    PSA: Is your iPhone suddenly crashing? Here’s why (and how to fix it)

    Is your iOS device rebooting itself seemingly at random this morning? You’re not alone. Apple is having a pretty rough week when it comes to nasty software bugs. First there was that crazy admin login bypass in macOS – now a glitch is causing iOS devices around the world to crash. Read More

  • Pokémon GO gets a surprise new legendary: Ho-Oh

    Pokémon GO gets a surprise new legendary: Ho-Oh

    A bit of a surprise just dropped for everyone poking around Pokémon GO this holiday season: a new legendary Pokémon, Ho-Oh. Niantic usually debuts legendary Pokémon (the massive, super strong Pokémon that require groups of up to 20 players to take down and capture) with a bit of fanfare, but this one showed up pretty much out of nowhere. If you weren’t paying attention to… Read More

  • Check out the 2017 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide

    Check out the 2017 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide

    It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time for the holidays again. Time to untangle the lights, dust off the wreath and start figuring out what the heck you’re going to get everyone. Need ideas? We can help! Check out the 2017 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide here. Read More

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