Greg Kumparak

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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    Apple Just Made Another iOS 9 Beta Available To Anyone

    Just a few weeks back, Apple released iOS 9 as a public beta that anyone could download — not just those people with $99 per year developer accounts. Two weeks later, they’re back with another one. The company has just released iOS 9 Public Beta 2. So what’s new in v2? Bug fixes, mostly. Speed enhancements, too. The most significant “new” thing, though, is the… Read More

  • Google+ Photos Is Shutting Down On August 1st

    Google+ Photos Is Shutting Down On August 1st

    This one might be a bit confusing due to product naming weirdness, but here we go: Google+ Photos, the photo sharing solution built into Google’s social network Google+, is shutting down. However: Google Photos (note the lack of +) — as in the excellent, unlimited free photo host that Google launched back in May — will live on. Read More

  • Grooveshark Co-Founder Josh Greenberg Found Dead At 28

    Grooveshark Co-Founder Josh Greenberg Found Dead At 28

    Josh Greenberg, the 28-year-old co-founder and CTO of the web-based music-streaming service Grooveshark, has reportedly died of unknown causes. Read More

  • Surprise! Tesla Is Working On A New Roadster

    Surprise! Tesla Is Working On A New Roadster

    The first car Tesla ever built, the Roadster, hasn’t gotten a whole lot of love lately. They stopped building them back in 2012, after all. It looks like the Roadster is set for a revival, though. Buried deep in today’s other Tesla news was word of a brand new Roadster model. After announcing a holy-crap-that’s-fast, 0-to-60-in-2.8-seconds mode for the Model S P85D that… Read More

  • Tesla’s Model S Gets “Ludicrous” Mode, Will Do 0-60 In 2.8 Seconds

    Tesla’s Model S Gets “Ludicrous” Mode, Will Do 0-60 In 2.8 Seconds

    Tesla’s Model S P85D is well known for its wonderfully named “Insane” mode, which tunes the car to go from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds. Not insane enough for you? Now the Model S is getting a “Ludicrous” mode. Seriously. The aptly named Ludicrous mode will do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, that acceleration pins you to the seat at a 1.1 Gs. Read More

  • Homejoy Is Shutting Down At The End Of The Month

    Homejoy Is Shutting Down At The End Of The Month

    On-demand house cleaning service Homejoy is shutting down, after talks of an acquisition by its biggest competitor and a failure to raise enough money to keep things moving. Read More

  • Tesla Is Making A Mystery Announcement Tomorrow

    Tesla Is Making A Mystery Announcement Tomorrow

    We just got the official word: Tesla is announcing something tomorrow. What is that “something”? We… actually have no idea at the moment. I’d love to say “YEAH! GET HYPED! NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT WILL BE SUPER INTERESTING!” for the sake of readership — but I can’t really do that, because Tesla is keeping details super sparse. Could it be that… Read More

  • GoPro’s New Camera Gets Torn Apart, Is Basically Impossible To Open And Repair

    GoPro’s New Camera Gets Torn Apart, Is Basically Impossible To Open And Repair

    If you ran out to buy GoPro’s new cube-shaped, waterproof camera, a heads up: if it breaks, you best hope it’s under warranty. Opening it up and fixing it yourself is probably a bad idea. Why? Because even the folks at iFixit, who gut electronics all day every day, couldn’t get it open without destroying it. Read More

  • Android Might Finally Be Getting Built-In Visual Voicemail

    Android Might Finally Be Getting Built-In Visual Voicemail

    Visual voicemail has always been kind of strange on Android. For the most part, Google has left it up to carriers to provide a third-party visual voicemail app compatible with their service. Alas, most of these carrier-built apps are buggy garbage. It seems Google is finally prepping to roll out their own built-in solution with Android M. Read More

  • This Rancor Costume Takes Star Wars Cosplay To A Whole New Level

    This Rancor Costume Takes Star Wars Cosplay To A Whole New Level

    Comic Con is full of Vaders, Boba Fetts, and Storm Troopers. But how many people can say they’ve roamed the show in an ultra detailed, kind-of-terrifying Rancor costume? Just one — special effects artist Frank Ippolito. Built in just a month by Ippolito and a team of artists along with our friends over at Tested, the costume is about as intense as they get. My favorite trick of… Read More

  • Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Has Died At 55

    Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Has Died At 55

    Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo Co., Ltd, has died at the age of 55. Read More

  • Apple Finally Fixes The iPhone Keyboard’s Worst Flaw In iOS 9

    Apple Finally Fixes The iPhone Keyboard’s Worst Flaw In iOS 9

    It’s the little things in life. Like, you know, being able to tell if your keyboard is currently set to use capital letters or not. With iOS 9, Apple is finally fixing one of the platform’s strangest quirks: the keyboard will no longer appear to be all caps, all the time. If you’re an Android user, or someone who just doesn’t think about stuff like this all that much… Read More

  • This Pixar Artist’s Homemade Robot Is Adorable And I Want One

    This Pixar Artist’s Homemade Robot Is Adorable And I Want One

    You’ve seen Atlas, the robot that can walk just like a human. You’ve seen Small Dog, the quadruped bot that can scale hills and climb stairs. But have you ever seen a robot that just makes you say “aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwww”? Meet Mira — an adorable little mini-bot built by one of Pixar’s technical directors. Read More

  • Google Releases A Second Build Of Android M Just For Developers

    Google Releases A Second Build Of Android M Just For Developers

    Back at Google I/O in May, Google announced “Android M”, the latest version of its Android operating system. Almost immediately, they released a preview build for developers to tinker with. It was a bit buggy, sure — but it let developers test their apps and get to know the new OS before everyone else got their hands on it. Today, Google is taking a second swing with the… Read More

  • iOS 9 And OS X El Capitan Are Now Available To All As Public Betas

    iOS 9 And OS X El Capitan Are Now Available To All As Public Betas

    As announced at WWDC last month, Apple is making a beta of its newly updated mobile operating system, iOS 9, available to the general public for testing starting today, alongside the beta version of OS X El Capitan, its updated desktop OS. The iOS 9 beta build will allow early adopters to try out upcoming features, including new apps like News and a refreshed Notes, transit directions in… Read More

  • Want Google’s Cardboard VR Headset? OnePlus Is Giving Them Away For Free, If You Pay Shipping

    Want Google’s Cardboard VR Headset? OnePlus Is Giving Them Away For Free, If You Pay Shipping

    Since about 10 seconds after Google launched its do-it-yourself Cardboard virtual reality headset, other companies have been selling pre-made clones — and Google is totally fine with that. The catch: many of the clones cost upwards of $20-30 bucks, and that’s before shipping. Paying that much for what is essentially a piece of cardboard can feel a bit silly. Looking to capitalize… Read More

  • The Incredible 3D Printed Zoetrope

    The Incredible 3D Printed Zoetrope

    Here’s a wonderfully neat project to perhaps spark some creativity as we head into this holiday weekend: the 3D printed Zoetrope. Take the concept of a flipbook — a series of frames displayed quickly to trick your brain into seeing an animation — and make it 3D, swapping out the still images for sculptures. Toss in a spinning platter and a strobe light (with the strobe… Read More

  • Is this BlackBerry’s First Android Phone?

    Is this BlackBerry’s First Android Phone?

    For the past month or so, the general thinking around the rumor mill has been that BlackBerry is working on an Android phone. If you can’t beat’em, join’em, right? Now we’ve got a rough idea of what their first Android handset might look like. Posted by the endlessly resourceful Evan Blass (aka evleaks), the photo shows a device that appears to have curves on both halves… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Lexus Hoverboard, Anki, And Bowling Central

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Lexus Hoverboard, Anki, And Bowling Central

    Happy Friday of a long weekend, everyone! To celebrate America’s Independence Day, we’ve chosen some extra fun topics for this week’s episode of the TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast. Lexus teased out a new hoverboard this week, because the world clearly isn’t weird enough yet. Anki is preparing to ship its second-generation robotic track cars very soon. And Bowling Central… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 19: Apple Music Eve

    TC AppleCast 19: Apple Music Eve

    It’s the eve of Apple Music, which launches tomorrow, and all through the house, not a creature was withholding their content, not even a Taylor Swift. Also, Force Touch is basically a lock for iPhone 6/6 Plus S this fall, according to a new report from Bloomberg that says production on devices with the tech has begun. Apple Music arrives with iOS 8.4 at 8 AM PT tomorrow, and despite… Read More