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 acquires Turi, a machine learning company

    Apple acquires Turi, a machine learning company

    Word just started going around the rumormill that Apple has acquired Turi, a company that describes itself as a “machine learning platform for developers and data scientists.” We reached out to Apple for confirmation, and sure enough — we got the standard reply they give when they’re confirming an acquisition but not saying much else: “Apple buys smaller… Read More

  • Niantic acknowledges that Pokemon are way too hard to catch now, promises a fix

    Niantic acknowledges that Pokemon are way too hard to catch now, promises a fix

    About two days ago, Pokemon Go players noticed a change — and it wasn’t one they’d been hoping for. All of a sudden Pokemon were much, much harder to catch. They dodged more, hopped over your ball more often, and worse yet, if you did manage to get one inside your Pokéball, odds were seemingly higher than ever that they’d bust out and immediately run away. Even the… Read More

  • Burrow wants to bring Casper’s mattress concept to couches

    Burrow wants to bring Casper’s mattress concept to couches

    Buying a couch sucks. Not unlike when buying a mattress, most people find themselves picking one of two* options: heading to a chain couch store and haggling with someone who needs to keep the price up for the sake of commissions, or saying “screw that” and heading for IKEA. Then you’ve gotta deal with getting the thing to — and in — your house. (* or, of… Read More

  • With 10,000 smartscooters sold, Gogoro powers up a rental service with Bosch in Berlin

    With 10,000 smartscooters sold, Gogoro powers up a rental service with Bosch in Berlin

    Gogoro’s electric smartscooter is pretty snazzy… but unless you live in Taiwan, chances are you haven’t actually seen one in person. The scooters require a network of battery-swapping terminals to work as intended, so they’re shipping out one country at a time — and so far, “one country at a time” means “one country”: Taiwan. That changes… Read More

  • Here’s whats new in the latest Pokémon Go update

    Word started spreading early this morning of an update rolling out to Pokemon Go — version 0.31.0, if you’re keeping track. The update is reportedly rolling out now, but it’s only gone out to a handful of Android users thus far. I’d imagine that a comparable iOS update is right around the corner, just making its way through Apple’s approval process. Don’t… Read More

  • A glimpse inside Tesla’s super secretive Gigafactory

    A glimpse inside Tesla’s super secretive Gigafactory

    Even having grown up in California, I’m realizing I’m not built for this heat. We’re 30 minutes or so outside of Reno, but it feels like I’m on the sun. I can feel my sunscreen baking off. Why the hell did I wear black today? It’s okay; it’s worth it. I’m out here for a glimpse inside Tesla’s Gigafactory, days before its official grand opening. Read More

  • You can now control Nest’s Thermostat with your Apple Watch

    You can now control Nest’s Thermostat with your Apple Watch

    If you own both a Nest thermostat and an Apple Watch, you might’ve figured the two would’ve learned to play friendly by now. I mean, Apple Watch keeps you from having to pull your phone out of your pocket to see who’s bugging you while you’re trying to finish Stranger Things, Nest’s thermostat keeps you from having to pause Stranger Things just because you’re… Read More

  • TechShop gets a new CEO

    TechShop gets a new CEO

    If you’re into building stuff and making things and live near a major city, you might’ve heard of TechShop. Like a gym for DIY-geeks, the idea is that they buy and maintain all sorts of crazy expensive machinery — laser cutters, CNC mills, 3D printers, etc — and you pay them a monthly fee to access it. According to an email sent out to members and investors by… Read More

  • 10 quick tips for becoming a Pokémon Master

    Pokémon Go is officially the biggest mobile game of all time — at this point, you’re either playing or you’re sick of hearing about it. If you’re in that first camp, keep reading. We are only a week in and several members of the TechCrunch team are level 20 or higher. We have put a ton of mileage into the game. Hundreds of miles in fact. And here’s what we think… Read More

  • Rick and Morty is coming to virtual reality

    Rick and Morty is coming to virtual reality

    GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE! Er, wrong show. W-w-w-whoa, Morty. Rick and Morty is coming to virtual reality by way of the HTC Vive. Beyond that, there’s… not a whole lot to know, just yet, except that it’s called “Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality” and is being built by Owlchemy — the same folks who made the silly but oh-so-wonderful Job Simulator… Read More

  • Nest Cams can now try to detect if that thing moving around your house is a person

    Nest Cams can now try to detect if that thing moving around your house is a person

    “Motion in the living room!” says the notification from your Nest Cam Oh no!!!! Is someone breaking in? Is someone stealin’ your gold?! NOPE. It’s your Roomba. Or your dog. Or a bug flying past the lens. Eventually, you either move your Nest Cam to somewhere with less movement, disable notifications, or just become blind to the motion alerts. Nest is trying to address… Read More

  • Three years later, Dropcam Pros get updated to handle 1080p

    Three years later, Dropcam Pros get updated to handle 1080p

    If you own a Dropcam Pro (the last model Dropcam shipped before it was bought by Nest): surprise! It can now do 1080p recording. Previously capped at 720p, Nest had long promised that 1080p support was on the way for the Dropcam Pro. Hell, even the Dropcam Pro’s box said it supported 1080p! When Nest eventually shipped a 1080p Nest Cam, many figured the long-promised update would… Read More

  • Nest is finally making an outdoor Nest Cam and it’ll ship for $199 this fall

    Nest is finally making an outdoor Nest Cam and it’ll ship for $199 this fall

    Nest Cams (formerly known as Dropcams) are handy little things — plug it in, get it on WiFi, and boom, you’ve got a low-hassle indoor security camera. Want to put it outside? That’s a bit more complicated. The original Nest Cam isn’t very rugged, so you’re looking at dropping at least $50 on a waterproof enclosure. At long last, however, Nest is debuting an… Read More

  • 13 Ways To Be Better At Pokémon Go

    Pokemon Go is exploding. It’s a pop culture phenomenon unlike anything we’ve seen before. Think I’m crazy? If you live in anything resembling a major city, go stop by a mildly popular landmark — if you don’t see a dozen people staring at their phone and flinging Poké balls, you have your eyes shut. Already into Pokémon Go? Want to get better, faster? I’ve… Read More

  • Pokemon Go is now available in the US for iOS and Android

    Pokemon Go is now available in the US for iOS and Android

    Aaaaand there it is: Pokemon Go is available for iOS and Android in the US. Read More

  • It’s official: Android N is now Android Nougat

    It’s official: Android N is now Android Nougat

    Aaaand there it is. Android N — the next version of Android, coming later this summer — officially has a name: Android Nougat. Sorry, Android Nutella-hopefuls. Don’t like the name? Think of it this way: At least more people will know how the heck to spell “Nougat” now. Android has a history of using alphabetically ordered sweet-treat names for Android —… Read More

  • WTF
    This portable 200W “laser bazooka” is terrifying and unnecessary — and I want one

    This portable 200W “laser bazooka” is terrifying and unnecessary — and I want one

    Have you ever played with a laser pointer? Those usually cap out at around 0.005 watts. This guy built a “laser bazooka” that, at 200 watts, comes in at about 40,000 times stronger than that. While YouTuber styropyro built his bazooka out of materials torn from a bunch of broken DLP projectors and “a stack of lithium batteries,” this… isn’t something you… Read More

  • Here’s a big list of all the “Ok, Google” commands you’ve probably forgotten

    Here’s a big list of all the “Ok, Google” commands you’ve probably forgotten

    The aptly named Ok-Google.io is the big ol’ massive list of “Ok, Google” commands that Google is too proud to build right into Android. It’s gorgeous, it’s easy to navigate, and it’s pretty much guaranteed to teach you at least one trick you didn’t know Google Now could handle. Read More

  • WTF
    These guys built the ‘World’s Largest Nerf Gun’ and it shoots massive darts at 40 mph

    These guys built the ‘World’s Largest Nerf Gun’ and it shoots massive darts at 40 mph

    Bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to Nerf battles — but… well, this one wins. It’s a four foot tall recreation of the Nerf N-Strike Maverick — one of the greatest Nerf guns of all time. Oh, and it works. It shoots massive darts* at around 40 miles per hour. Read More

  • How to play Facebook Messenger’s new super addictive (and hidden!) soccer game

    How to play Facebook Messenger’s new super addictive (and hidden!) soccer game

    Remember that basketball mini game easter egg that got tucked into Facebook Messenger back in March? There’s a new one hidden in there now. This time around, it’s soccer. It’s basically a digital version of Keepie Uppie, otherwise known as “trying to keep a soccer ball up in the air until you get tired or roll your ankle or it’s time for orange… Read More

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