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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  • iPhone App Store crashes through 500 million downloads

    If you were amongst the crowd claiming that the iPhone App Store’s success was a trend sure to quickly taper, you might want to exchange that crystal ball of yours. After 60 million downloads in one month, 100 million by September, and an absurd 300 million at the beginning of December, Apple has now disclosed that over 500 million applications have been downloaded since… Read More

  • Bitstream BOLT mobile browser goes into private beta – we've got invites

    Bitstream has just launched into private beta with their free WebKit-based mobile browser, BOLT, which they’re claiming is the fastest J2ME browser of the lot. They’re only letting a few hundred people into the beta at a time, and we just got the first lot of 500 invites. Looking to put it through the paces with the likes of Opera Mini? Read on to find out how to get beta access. Read More

  • The CTO of Pandora loves him some webOS

    While we here at MobileCrunch have been worked up like little kids at a Ringling Bros circus since we first got wind of the Palm Pre and webOS, there has been one small matter we’re still a bit shaky about: application development. In Palm’s own words, webOS’ Mojo framework is “a new application framework based on the HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript standards”. Read More

  • Ears-On with the $50,000 Gemme Audio Phenix Green Gem loudspeakers

    Even at over 2 million square feet, the Las Vegas Convention Center isn’t big enough to pack it all in during CES. With everyone around the world battling for a spot to hawk their wares at the world’s biggest electronics show, many showfloor “extensions” spring up around Vegas. Like some crazy geeked-out version of Diagon Alley, these extensions may not get as much… Read More

  • Rumor: BlackBerry 8900 pricing revealed

    After over 6 months of rumbling around the rumor mill, the T-Mobile-branded BlackBerry 8900 is almost upon us. We’ve got purported release dates (January 19th for corporate users, February 11th for the general public) and we’ve had the specs for ages, so there was really only one thing left: the pricing. ‘Till now, of course. Read More

  • Thief caught red-handed with $90,000 worth of laptops and Sony Ericsson prototypes

    Okay, first three rules of stealing: A) Don’t steal, B) Don’t steal from your employer – not only are they the hand that feeds, but they’ve got your name on all kinds of lists, and C) Don’t friggin’ steal limited run prototypes that only certain people have access to. When a bunch of junk went missing from the Sony Ericsson labs in Lund, Sweden earlier… Read More

  • Apple dismounts from high horse, approves 3rd Party Browsers

    Whoa! Has Apple just changed its mind on one of the lamest policies plaguing its App Store? In the weeks after the App Store submission process went live, a number of developers got a big smack in the face from Cupertino. After spending hundreds of hours developing their wares, they were turned away for offering features too similar to Apple’s own offerings, or “duplicate… Read More

  • Offerpal coming to the iPhone within weeks

    Contrary to stories of overnight fortunes and money-printing fart machines, making money with an iPhone app can be tough. Thus far, your primary options are to charge for it (risky, unless your app is amazing or you manage to pull in a decent amount of coverage), or to place advertisements in the app (which, depending on your users, ad placement, and app usage could work out to big money or… Read More

  • Slacker for iPhone now available

    When we had our surprise hands-on with the Slacker for iPhone application a few days ago, the rep mentioned that it could be available “as soon as tomorrow”. Well, just a mere 5 tomorrows later, their prophecy has come true. Apple has greenlit the application, and now nothing stands between you and the customized internet radio goodness. Read More

  • Palm Pre pricing update: $399 is indeed sans contract

    When the rumor mill set the Palm Pre pricing at $399, outcries of shenanigans were shouted through the halls of CES (and the comment corners of MobileCrunch.) It just didn’t make sense: Both Palm and Sprint need this phone to be a success – if it’s out of everyone’s mid-slump price range, it’s not going to do any good for anyone. Turns out, the rumor was… Read More

  • Look out, Microsoft Surface – the iTable might just trump you in every way

    Who would have thought that one of the coolest things we’ve seen at CES would be hidden in a 10×10 booth at the very back of the South Hall? Like a diamond in the rough, there sat the PQ Labs iTablet. They’ve essentially taken the idea behind the Microsoft Surface and have done it better in every way. It’s cheaper, it’s gorgeous, and perhaps most notably… Read More

  • Full video of the Palm Pre keynote now available

    Just can’t get enough Pre? Want to experience the magic of being at the presentation from the comforts of your arm chair? You’re in luck. Palm captured the presentation in its entirety, and it’s now available online. With the Apple MacWorld keynote being relatively lackluster (and, perhaps most importantly, Jobs-less), Palm’s timing and execution of this press event… Read More

  • Palm Pre to get its own "App Catalog"

    With the Palm Pre rocking a brand spankin’ new OS and an entirely new development platform, it was pretty foreseeable that Palm would eventually announce plans for a central application store. Apple’s doing it, Google’s doing it, RIM is doing it – if you don’t have an App Store of your own, you’ve got nothing. Sure enough, Palm has gone ahead and announced… Read More

  • Palm Pre Hands On: The Movie

    Here it is, folks – our video of the Palm Pre in its factory-made flesh, mere inches away from our lens. We intended for this to go live at the same time as our primary hands on, but the winds just wouldn’t blow in our favor. We shot the video, brought it back for editing.. and then things broke, USB drives were lost, and the video was 1 minute too long for YouTube (which we found… Read More

  • Slacker for iPhone coming "as soon as tomorrow"

    Hungry for some Slacker streaming radio on your iPhone? The BlackBerry app just became available earlier today, and it looks like they’re already prepped to go live on Apple’s finest. We ran into a Slacker rep tonight at the ShowStoppers CES event, said some magic words, and were presented with Slacker for iPhone in all of its glory – and we’ve got the screenshots to… Read More

  • "Hands on" with the Palm Pre

    Seeing as everyone in the blogging world is scrambling to get up a Hands-on article on the Palm Pre, I’ll go ahead and say this now: if anyone claims to have gotten a true hands-on, they’re probably lying. We just got back from a post-announcement, closed doors Palm event where a handful of Pres were being demonstrated. While we could touch the phones, we couldn’t actually… Read More

  • Palm announces Palm Pre at CES 2009

    At a press announcement today at CES, Palm announced a brand spankin’ new handset: the Palm Pre. Running the much-gossiped new Palm WebOS (Not known as “Nova” afterall) and sporting a QWERTY slide-out keyboard below a 3.1″ touchscreen, this might just be enough to get Palm out of their slump. Here’s what we know so far: Sprint-bound EVDO Rev A GPS 8 GB… Read More

  • FlyCast almost available for Android

    Looks like Slacker isn’t the only one using CES to push their mobile radio goods. FlyCast has long been available on the iPhone and BlackBerry platforms, taking a slightly more traditional approach to mobile radio; unlike Pandora and Slacker, FlyCast’s radio stations are all preprogrammed streams, though songs can be skipped at the user’s leisure on about 1/4 of the stations. Read More

  • CES 2009: Slacker for BlackBerry now available

    Have you been drooling over the Slacker for BlackBerry app that made its demo-debut all the way back in September of ’08? At long last, it’s available to satisfy your streamin’-radio needs, packed with preprogrammed genre stations, custom stations, album art and reviews, song skipping, and the fancypants caching that makes it oh-so-special. The base version of the application… Read More

  • Linksys announces Wireless Home Audio System, another wireless audio toy for rich people

    Unless you’re down to hobble your own crazy homebrew set-up, tinkering with wireless audio systems is a damned expensive hobby. Everytime I read about these products, I imagine some rich old dude tango’ing himself around his mansion with a rose in his teeth and an air-partner in his arms. Linksys’ just announced “Wireless Home Audio System” is an obvious attempt at… Read More