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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  • ScrollMotion partners with major publishers to turn popular books into iPhone apps

    Tired of lugging around paperbacks, but don’t feel like dropping the extra change for a standalone e-book reader when you already own an iPhone? ScrollMotion has announced that they’ve partnered with Random House, Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin, Penguin Group USA and Hachette to begin selling e-books repackaged as iPhone applications, or “books-as-apps”. Serving… Read More

  • BUGLabs launches BUGvonHippel module, 3G module coming at CES

    I’m not sure how many hardcore Java/BUG developers are lurking around these parts, but if any are out there: BUGLabs has a new toy for you. As the newest addition to the piece-it-together-and-code-your-own-devices library, the BUGvonHippel lets you connect just about anything with a wired connection to the BUGbase. Read More

  • Nokia N79 Firmware update packs a punch

    We’ve seen plenty of firmware updates hit plenty of devices in our time, but the newest N79 update puts them all to shame. Seriously – it’s fourteen pages long, by print preview’s count. Besides new versions of N-Gage and Mail for Exchange, the rest of the list is made up of bug fixes and tweaks. Now, one might be tempted to give Nokia a bit of flack for letting so… Read More

  • Android's coming on-screen keyboard demoed on video

    Be warned, folks: the video contains so much action-packed keyboarding that your face might just blow right off your head. There’s keyboarding car chases, keyboarding shoot-outs .. it’s a non-stop fiesta of fingermashing fury. Fine. It’s none of that. It is a video of the new on-screen keyboard from the work-in-progress “Cupcake” roadmap for Android, running on a G1. Read More

  • Review: Griffin Simplifi iPod/iPhone Dock with built-in Card Reader/USB Hub

    Short version: Don’t buy it at the MSRP of 70 bucks, but for around $40 bucks around the internets, it’s a great alternative to Apple’s own dock. You lose the audio line-out, but you gain an extra USB 2.0 port and a 6-in-1 card reader. Read More

  • Interview: Tracy DeMiroz, VP of Marketing at Skyfire

    I spent a few minutes earlier this week chatting with Tracy DeMiroz, the VP of Marketing for Skyfire. Skyfire is a free mobile browser for Windows Mobile and Symbian, and the only browser of the bunch to support Flash, Silverlight, and a number of other technologies generally reserved for desktop browsers. With Skyfire now open to the world and quickly approaching a 1.0 release, I figured it… Read More

  • Rumor: T-Mobile G2 coming January 26 of '09?

    If this one turns out true, it looks like T-Mobile’s followup to the G1 might be on the shelves as early as next month. Note the emphasis on “might” there – while there’s nothing red flagging it as false, we’re taking this one with the finest grain of salt we have to spare. Be it that the specs pan out, the G2 should be a pretty substantial step up from the G1. Read More

  • HTC Touch HD with US 3G Support? Not so fast.

    Earlier this morning, a wave of excitement broke out amongst HTC Touch HD hopefuls here in the US after some eagle-eye spotted 850 / 1900 MHz UMTS (AT&T’s 3G frequencies) bands in the not-for-public-consumption service manual. This, of course, went against October’s announcement that no such version was in the works, leading some to believe that HTC had silently changed… Read More

  • T-Mobile mysteriously revives the Sidekick Slide

    Did T-Mobile randomly stumble across a warehouse full of outdated Sidekicks or something? A few weeks ago, the Sidekick iD popped back up in T-Mobile’s lineup, after having been absent for months. Now the Moto-made Sidekick Slide has returned from the grave, after discontinuation back in August. What’s going on here, T-Mo? If you’re looking to snatch up a Slide during its… Read More

  • iPhone thief nailed by MobileMe contact sync

    Say what you will about MobileMe, but there’s at least one iPhone owner out there glad that he plunked down $100 bucks for it. Not only did it lead to the return of his stolen iPhone, but it left him with a tale for the e-ages. Here’s how it went down, according to TUAW: One day, a gent named Rob went to the dry cleaners, and somehow managed to walk away one whole iPhone lighter. Read More

  • iPhone thief nailed by MobileMe contact sync

    Say what you will about MobileMe, but there’s at least one iPhone owner out there glad that he plunked down $100 bucks for it. Not only did it lead to the return of his stolen iPhone, but it left him with a tale for the e-ages. Here’s how it went down, according to TUAW: One day, a gent named Rob went to the dry cleaners, and somehow managed to walk away one whole iPhone lighter. Read More

  • LG KP500 Cookie launches in Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, and the UK

    It’s been a few months since we first heard about the LG KP500 “Cookie”, but it has finally made its way onto the shelves in various parts of the world. Even after all this time, I still have a little bit of trouble calling the phone the “Cookie” without hurting a little inside. Want to see LG’s promo video, which for some reason is largely made up of some… Read More

  • LG KP500 Cookie launches in Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, and the UK

    It’s been a few months since we first heard about the LG KP500 “Cookie”, but it has finally made its way onto the shelves in various parts of the world. Even after all this time, I still have a little bit of trouble calling the phone the “Cookie” without hurting a little inside. As expected, the Cookie KP500 will set you back right around $220 USD (£99). Read More

  • "Cupcake" roadmap tells tales of video recording, stereo bluetooth and more coming to Android

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/software/Android_to_Get_Video_Recording_Stereo_Bluetooth_and_More’; Oh, Android – How do I love thee? Let me count the ways; I love that you’ve essentially eliminated the need to hypothesize what might be coming in future firmware updates as, due to your open source nature, it’s put out there for all to see. I love that.. well… Read More

  • 12seconds.tv rolls into public beta, launches iPhone application

    When we wrote about 12seconds.tv back in July of this year, we called it the “real video Twitter“. Rather than droning on for 19 hours on what they had for lunch, users of 12seconds.tv have – you guessed it – 12 seconds to get their point across on video. Later this morning, 12seconds will be making the transition from invite-only alpha to public beta, opening their… Read More

  • SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry coming on December 30th

    Just a few days shy of one full year after Sling Media announced that they’d be porting SlingPlayer Mobile to BlackBerry, things are finally coming to fruition. On December 30th, anybody and everybody with a BlackBerry (and a Slingbox) will be able to grab a copy of the beta. Read the rest of this entry » Read More

  • SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry coming on December 30th

    Just a few days shy of one full year after Sling Media announced that they’d be porting SlingPlayer Mobile to BlackBerry, things are finally coming to fruition. On December 30th, anybody and everybody with a BlackBerry (and a Slingbox) will be able to grab a copy of the beta. Officially, it’ll only support BlackBerry handsets with 3G and/or WiFi – namely, the Bold, Curve… Read More

  • Huawei Android phones coming later than previously expected

    Wuh oh – Looks like China’s Huawei Technologies might have spoken too soon when they announced that they’d have an Android-powered phone ready in the first half of 2009. According to CNET, a Huawei spokesman has confirmed “that their first Android smartphone is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2009.” Read More

  • Beejive IM for iPhone to go on sale tonight at midnight

    As the proud owners of some of the most callused thumbs you’ll ever see, we’re pretty fond of the landscape keyboard and overall stability offered up by Beejive for the iPhone. What we’re not so fond of, however, is the $16 dollar price tag. For the sake of the folks out there looking to give away copies of BeejiveIM as e-stocking stuffers (and, presumably, as an effort… Read More

  • Sprint opens their location-based platform to third party developers

    This morning, Sprint is announcing a partnership with WHERE and WaveMarket to allow third-party developers to make location-aware sites, WAP, SMS campaigns, and mobile applications for Sprint customers. Read More