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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  • Nokia's 8 megapixel N86 gets caught on camera

    BAM! We had just hit the publish button detailing the N86’s early debut in some press materials when this little gem hit our tips line. Apparently, the 8-megapixel N86 did debut today – just not at Mobile World Congress, and with barely any fanfare. Read More

  • Oops! Nokia leaks their own phone in their own press materials

    We hear about loose-lipped employees leaking stuff all the time around these parts. Less frequently, but still pretty often, companies that have partnered together on a project will unintentionally leak the related products prior to announcement. Least common of all, however, is the treasured occasion in which a company leaks their own product. Such is the case with the 8-megapixel Nokia… Read More

  • Shots of Huawei's iPhone-tastic "uPhone" Android phone

    This can’t end well. We stopped by Huawei’s MWC09 booth to ask about their previously discussed Android phone and were presented with what you see here. Now, we’re not ones to yell “iPHONE CLONE!!!!” at every phone with a touchscreen – but come on, seriously? It wasn’t powered up, they weren’t letting people touch it, and details were as sparse… Read More

  • Nokia makes the E75 official

    It was just about undeniable at this point, but Nokia has officially announced the E75. It will be available in March at the unsubsidized price of 375 euros (roughly $483 USD), with pre-orders beginning today. Nokia has yet to release the full specs, but the previously leaked (and most likely accurate) specs are as followed: Read More

  • Nokia unveils the E55 at MWC09

    Today at Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona, Nokia’s “Dean of Devices” Kai Öistämö announced the Nokia E55, their slimmest QWERTY (SureType) device yet. It will be available in Europe this summer for roughly $340 USD. Amongst the details currently announced is an incredibly impressive one month stand-by time. Update: We got the deets. Read More

  • Hands on with the Garmin M20: Meh.

    This may give you an idea of how crazy Mobile World Congress can get: the first hands on demo of our trip went down when we were still at the airport. Well, in a car right outside of it – but still. Garmin/Asus offered us a ride to our hotel along with a hands-on of their newly announced nuvifone M20; a free ride and a product demo? We couldn’t resist. While we appreciate them… Read More

  • MC is Barcelona bound

    Mobile World Congress in Barcelona kicks off in just 3 days, and we’re headed out the door for the first leg of our trip. We’re still a car, train, and plane ride away – but Barcelona, here we come! So what can we expect? Too much to list. Samsung is bringing all kinds of stuff (but no Android, and no 12MP camera phone, according to SamsungCentral). All sorts of Android… Read More

  • Hands-on: T-Mobile Samsung Memoir

    If you’ve been paying attention, the Samsung Memoir might seem like old news now, with word of it first leaking out over 2 months ago. Though essentially undeniable, Samsung has remained mostly mum on the topic until tonight in Barcelona, where it made its official debut. It may not be the first time we’re hearing about it, but as it’ll be the first 8-megapixel camera phone… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson sort of announces the 12.1 megapixel "Idou"

    Want to know something I learned today? If you forget the power adapter required for making US style plugs play friendly with the outlets in Spain and happen to have arrived on a Sunday, you are screwed. All the stores are closed and, if your hotel is like mine, the “concierge” dude sitting at the front desk watching spanish Futurama doesn’t give a crap. Oh, and I also… Read More

  • We're off to Barcelona

    Mobile World Congress in Barcelona kicks off in just 3 days, and we’re headed out the door for the first leg of our trip. We’re still a car, train, and plane ride away – but Barcelona, here we come! So what can we expect? Too much to list. Samsung is bringing all kinds of stuff (but no Android, and no 12MP camera phone, according to SamsungCentral). All sorts of Android… Read More

  • Ocean 2 gets pictured in black

    All throughout the Ocean 2’s development cycle, pictures of it kept popping up in a silver and black motif. When it actually launched, however, everything silver had been turned red. The color change made sense, with the Helio-brand now under the parental guidance of Virgin Mobile (who’s primary color is red) – but it was one of the things we didn’t like. We said in… Read More

  • Samsung goes green with the solar-powered Blue Earth

    Throwing down some sort of Captain Planet voodoo, Samsung has managed to take a bunch of plastic bottles and recycle them into the Blue Earth, a solar-powered touchscreen phone backed to the brim with eco-friendliness. Read More

  • Telefónica in Spain to get a slightly sightlier HTC Dream

    Lipstick on a pig? Still a pig. A bit of makeup and some chin surgery on the G1? It’s.. significantly more attractive. Though they’re not saying when, Telefónica has announced that they’ll be carrying the G1 – albeit under the name it was originally known by before T-Mobile went and rechristened it: the Dream. In addition to the name change throwback, it’s… Read More

  • Skyfire bumped up to 0.9, learns to be social

    Skyfire, a mobile browser for Windows Mobile and S60 which quickly became a favorite around these parts for its abilities to playback Flash video and a number of other rich media formats, has just gotten the update treatment. While it brings the obligatory bug fixes and optimizations that any pre-1.0 release should, the biggest new feature is what they’re calling the “real-time… Read More

  • Verizon picks up Alltel's My Circle, redubs it "Friends and Family"

    Looks like Alltel’s finally beginning to rub off on Verizon, with the latter adopting one of the finest features of their new found property. Earlier this morning, Verizon announced that they’d be taking on Alltel’s My Circle option, but under the name “Friends and Family”. The new plan option will make its way to Verizon customers on February 15th, allowing any… Read More

  • Telenav turn-by-turn for Android coming in 2 weeks

    Were you disappointed by this mornings news that the other nuvifone wouldn’t be sportin’ the droid? So were we. Then we realized it wasn’t so much because we cared for the new nuvifone, but because we just wanted turn-by-turn navigation on an Android phone. Turns out, we don’t have much longer to wait. According to their new product page, we should be using… Read More

  • More BlackBerry Storm firmware updates leak out

    Man, BlackBerry Storm users are gettin’ the unofficial goods left and right as of late. While the rest of us get to wait for updates to pass through weeks of carrier certification, it seems like someone is leaking these Storm firmware updates every time the code looks stable. This latest leak bumps the (unofficial) version numbers up to OS 4.7.0.106 for the BlackBerry Storm 9500 (GSM) and… Read More

  • BES 5.0 bringing Email Flagging, remote Windows file access, more

    Photo via AppScout Don’t the words “BlackBerry Enterprise Server update” just send a shiver of excitement down your spin? They do? Really? You’re kind of weird. Whether you’re awkwardly excited about BES 5.0 or not, it’s on its way – and RIM has dropped some details on whats in store for you, the end-user. Read More

  • Alcatel's LEGO(ish) phone looks like a horrible idea

    After many occasions during my childhood in which I sat down on LEGOs that I’d mindlessly jammed into my pockets during one of many amazing architecture sessions, the last thing I want is a LEGO phone. Seriously, if the brick’s little nubs don’t get you, the ridiculously sharp corners will. Alas, Alcatel is apparently crackin’ away at a LEGO-inspired phone, complete… Read More

  • App Store surpasses 20,000 iPhone Apps

    After smashing through the 10,000 app mark back in November and 15,000 as of Apple’s Q4 earnings call, it appears that the App Store has breezed on through to 20,000 apps. Apptism, an iPhone app monitoring site which updates their tally each hour, puts the current count at 20,410. Apple has yet to comment, though we’d expect an official acknowledgment of this landmark to come… Read More