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 N97 demo video

    I’m not too sure what I think about this one just yet – so I’ll let the above demo video and Scott’s hands on photos do most of the talking until I get a chance to prod at it myself. From what I can tell from pictures and specs alone, however, I’m a bit disappointed at the lack of a dedicated row of number keys (likely sacrificed to allow the screen tiltage). Read More

  • An In-Depth look at Nokia's hardware damage labs

    Of all the complex and expensive toys that have become standard objects in our lives, mobile handsets probably get the worst treatment. Think about it: they’re the result of many hours of engineering and design and cost hundreds of dollars to obtain, yet within days of purchase they’re generally being smashed into coin-filled pockets or carelessly tossed into cupholders. How do… Read More

  • An In-Depth look at Nokia’s hardware damage labs

    Of all the complex and expensive toys that have become standard objects in our lives, mobile handsets probably get the worst treatment. Think about it: they’re the result of many hours of engineering and design and cost hundreds of dollars to obtain, yet within days of purchase they’re generally being smashed into coin-filled pockets or carelessly tossed into cupholders. How do… Read More

  • QiGi 6 offers Windows Mobile 6.1 or Android – but not both

    Looking to dabble with Android, but the T-Mobile G1’s wonky banana-chin just doesn’t fit the bill? Well, how about a random touchscreen handset from an obscure Chinese manufacturer, instead? As an added bonus, this one actually comes in two flavors: Android, or Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro. Unfortunately it’s a one-or-the-other setup – there’s no dual booting to be… Read More

  • Verizon looks at what everyone else is selling, drops Omnia to $199

    Step one of pricing a product: look at what the competitors are getting for theirs. Now, let’s see here: AT&T has the iPhone 3G, which is blessed with the insta-hype generating Apple logo on the back, selling at $199. T-Mobile has the G1, an object of much desire to many a geek as the first Android handset to hit the market, for $179. So when Verizon was finally ready to push out… Read More

  • XOHM and Clearwire merger finalized

    Just under a month after the FCC gave them the go ahead, Sprint’s XOHM WiMax service and mobile broadband provider Clearwire are now one. There’s nothing new actually going on here – just the finalization of a deal that has been in the works for months. Miss something along the way? Here’s what’s going on: XOHM is Sprint’s WiMax service, which launched… Read More

  • Pair of BlackBerry Storm firmware updates leaked

    As if Thanksgiving left-overs and a bit of time off weren’t enough, Storm owners got a bit more to be thankful for over the weekend. After a somewhat shaky launch and a whole lot of complaints about some fairly rough bugs, RIM is set to release the first firmware update some time this week. Fortunately for those ready to throw their Storm out to sea, some folks at RIM (or Verizon… Read More

  • Zero Punctuation on Guitar Hero World Tour

    http://static.escapistmagazine.com/media/global/movies/player/FlowPlayerDark.2.2.4-tm.swf?1.1?config=%7Bembedded%3Atrue%2CplayList%3A%5B+%7B+%27url%27%3A452%2C%27linkUrl%27%3A%27http%3A%2F%2Fwww.escapistmagazine.com%2Fvideos%2Fview%2Fzero-punctuation%2F452-Guitar-Hero-World-Tour%27%2C%27linkWindow%27%3A%27_top%27%2C%27name%27%3A%27Guitar%2BHero%2BWorld%2BTour%27+%7D+%5D%2CsplashImageFile%3A%27http%3A%2F%2Fwww.escapistmagazine.com%2Fglobal%2Fcastfire%2Fsplash%2F452.jpg%27%2CshowVolumeSlider%3Atrue%2Cpid%3A%27html_test%27%2CinitialScale%3A%27fit%27%2Cloop%3Afalse%2CautoPlay%3Afalse%2CautoBuffering%3Afalse%2CusePlayOverlay%3Afalse%2CautoRewind%3Atrue%2CbufferLength%3A15%2CmenuItems%3A%5Bfalse%2Cfalse%2Cfalse%2Cfalse%2Ctrue%2Ctrue%5D%7D Spot on, as usual. Well, except for the all the bibbly-babbly about Australia residents not getting Rock Band soon enough. Everyone knows that Australia isn’t somewhere you live – it’s somewhere you fly to every few years for snorkeling and koala petting. (Man, I miss Australia.&hellip… Read More

  • The BlackBerry Storm has issues – at least six of them, in fact

    With hype comes scrutiny. Build consumer interest in a device up to that which Verizon has built the BlackBerry Storm, and you’re bound to hear the complaints. The Storm has been on the shelves for less than a week, and forums around the web are already littered with word of reproach. A list of the issues that VZW/RIM has recognized as software flaws has been passed out to Verizon… Read More

  • The BlackBerry Storm has issues – at least six of them, in fact

    With hype comes scrutiny. Build consumer interest in a device up to that which Verizon has built the BlackBerry Storm, and you’re bound to hear the complaints. The Storm has been on the shelves for less than a week, and forums around the web are already littered with word of reproach. A list of the issues that RIM has recognized as software flaws has been passed out to Verizon employees… Read More

  • Awethumb? Don't you mean .. Oh, I get it.

    Wow. Seriously. What the hell? Is there a market for this? If you don’t feel like watching the video, or you’re still not quite sure what you just watched: Awethumbs are little covers you put over your thumb to cut back the horrendous pain caused by text messaging. They also claim to make accurate texting easier, as they make your thumb’s footprint (thumbprint?) a bit smaller. Read More

  • Want to listen to some music on the AT&T Quickfire? Good luck with that.

    It’s not all that uncommon for handset manufacturers to forego the simplicity of a standard 3.5mm headset jack, instead opting for some clunky proprietary port. To take off a bit of the sting, they’ll generally include some sort of crappy-port-to-3.5mm adapter – or at the very least, they’ll stick a cheapo pair of compatible headphones in the box in hopes that no one… Read More

  • Motorola Hint QA30 launched; where's the rest?

    Overheard in the Motorola mobile development building: “Sanjay! I’ve got it! I’ve got the idea that will be our next RAZR-level success!” “.. Let’s hear it.” “Okay, spec-wise, nothing too spectacular. 2.5 inch screen, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD support, QWERTY keyboard, blah blah blah. Here’s the stunner.. you ready for this? Drum roll… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm online orders to ship earlier than expected

    After braving the cold air and riotous enviromnents of the BlackBerry Storm launch only to go home empty-handed, many Storm-hopefuls returned to try to get their new handset online. Sure, they’d have to wait a day or two for it to be shipped to them but how bad.. wait, what? They wouldn’t arrive till December 15th? Shenanigans! RING THE ALARM!! RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE. If people… Read More

  • Verizon Omnia announced, coming December 8th

    At long last, the Samsung Omnia has made its away across an ocean, through the torture labs of the FCC, and onto the delivery trucks en route to a Verizon store near you. VZW announced today that the Omnia will be hitting shelves in just under two weeks (December 8th), with orders starting now for $249.99 on a 2-year contract. If Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional is your thing, it’s a… Read More

  • White T-Mobile G1s finally start hitting the shelves

    A note for all of you budding handset manufacturers out there: if you want to release your device as quickly as possible, don’t make the case white. As far as we can tell from the T-Mobile G1, making white cases takes a whole month longer than making them in black or brown. While all three colors were announced at the same time, the white one has been unavailable since the launch of… Read More

  • HTC expects to ship a million G1s by year's end


    Revising their previous target of 600,000 HTC G1s shipped by the end of 2008, HTC CEO Peter Chou has disclosed that the company now expects to ship at least 1 million of the world’s first Android handset by year’s end. While it’s not quite as mind-boggling as the 1 million iPhone 3Gs Apple sold in just 3 days after launch, pushing one million handsets in 2 1/2 months is no… Read More

  • HTC expecting to ship 1 million G1s by the end of 2008

    Revising their previous target of 600,000 HTC G1s shipped by the end of 2008, HTC CEO Peter Chou has disclosed that the company now expects to ship at least 1 million of the world’s first Android handset by year’s end. Of course, these numbers may seem a bit low if you’re still going on the false idea that pre-orders alone reached 1.5 million, a count which blazed across… Read More

  • Opera Mini 4.2 now available for the G1 on the Android market

    Back in April, Opera released a technical preview of Opera Mini for the Android SDK. The version of the SDK it was developed for was far from the final version, so by the time the G1 was launched in October, the Opera Mini package wouldn’t even make an attempt at installing itself to the device. Love it or hate it, the G1’s built-in browser has been your only web-perusing option… Read More

  • Is this the Motorola Attila in the wild?

    It’s been a while since we last got wind of the Motorola Attila, rumored to be half of Motorola’s final all-out effort to make successful handsets post RAZR. If these leaked shots from PhoneHK turn out to be the real thing, it looks like Motorola is still crackin’ away. If things haven’t changed since the leaks back in August, the Attila will tote WCDMA 850/1900/2100… Read More