Matt Burns

Matt Burns
Matt is a Senior Editor at TechCrunch. Matt Burns is a family man first and attempts to be a writer second. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, only cars eclipse his love of gadgets. He previously wrote for Engadget and EngadgetHD before moving into the party house that is TechCrunch. His passions include emails, run-on sentences and following through with action items developed during a conference call. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Prepare For The Smartwatch Assault

    Prepare For The Smartwatch Assault

    Consumer electronic companies are giddy. They can’t help themselves. They have a new thing. A new gadget. A new widget to sell to you. After years of notebooks, tablets and boring slabs of metal and glass, Samsung, LG, Motorola and all the rest finally have a chance to build something different: The smartwatch. This is going to be a mess. Read More

  • Dan Gilbert To Make The Case For Detroit At Disrupt SF

    Dan Gilbert To Make The Case For Detroit At Disrupt SF

    As a life-long Michigander, I’m very pleased to announce the Midwest will be well represented at Disrupt SF 2014. Detroit’s own Dan Gilbert will join me on stage for a fireside chat where we’ll talk about his ongoing plan to revive Detroit through startups and technology. I’m sure he also has some NBA protips for Ballmer. Read More

  • Blue Reveals Its Fresh Take On Over-The-Ear Heaphones

    Blue Reveals Its Fresh Take On Over-The-Ear Heaphones

    No one will ever mistake the Blue Mo-Fi for Beats headphones. From the design to the amplified sound, the Mo-Fi headphones serve up a new perspective on the now-ubiquitous consumer electronic. Over-the-ear headphones are enjoying a renaissance of sorts. Where a few years ago white earbuds used to be a status symbol, massive headphones are now the status quo thanks mostly to Beats Electronics. Read More

  • No One Nominated The Galaxy S5 For The Ice Bucket Challenge, Samsung

    No One Nominated The Galaxy S5 For The Ice Bucket Challenge, Samsung

    Just stop, Samsung. Stop. The Ice Bucket Challenge is designed to raise awareness for a horrible disease, not sell your phone. It doesn’t matter that you, Samsung, donated money to a UK organization fighting the same condition as the ALS Association. To degrade a worldwide movement to a phone advert is just about the worst thing possible. Read More

  • Iconoclastic Billionaire And Investor Mark Cuban To Join Us On Our Disrupt SF Stage

    Iconoclastic Billionaire And Investor Mark Cuban To Join Us On Our Disrupt SF Stage

    I’m personally excited to announce that the one and only Mark Cuban will be joining me on stage at Disrupt SF for a fireside chat. From early an dot.com success to an outspoken sports team owner to household TV personality, Mark Cuban is seemingly everywhere. His accomplishments read like a bucket list. And the man just keeps going, recently launching an ephemeral messaging app. Read More

  • Twitter Is Suspending Accounts For Sharing Beheading Images And Videos

    Twitter Is Suspending Accounts For Sharing Beheading Images And Videos

    Tweet a graphic image relating to a video allegedly showing the beheading of photojournalist James Wright Foley and risk having your account suspended. The word comes from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo who announced the company’s actions in a tweet on Wednesday morning, several hours after the shocking video appeared on YouTube and suddenly went viral. Read More

  • Swing Copters Is The Latest Game From The Creator Of Flappy Bird

    Swing Copters Is The Latest Game From The Creator Of Flappy Bird

    Take Flappy Bird, make the bird fly vertically and avoid swinging things, and you have Swing Copters, the next mobile game from Dong Nguyen. Because let’s burn more of our time on this earth with mindless games. Read More

  • The Saleen FourSixteen Is A Faster, Louder And More Slippery Tesla Model S

    The Saleen FourSixteen Is A Faster, Louder And More Slippery Tesla Model S

    The Tesla Model S is already a shockingly quick car. The electric drive train will propel the car to 60 miles per hour in just over five seconds. But that’s not fast enough for Steve Saleen, owner of Saleen Automotive, who recently said his company’s upgraded example of the Model S, called the FourSixteen, will sprint to 60 mph in the mid- to low four-second range. Because why not. Read More

  • I’ve Become The Embarrassing Parent With The Camcorder

    I’ve Become The Embarrassing Parent With The Camcorder

    Everyone had a dad, mom or uncle who was addicted to the VHS camcorder. Large and hoisted on a shoulder, it captured every birthday party and canoe trip on its massive tape. Our family’s official cameraman was Uncle Brian. Some 15 years and several rolls of duct tape later, he finally let the old machine rest and enlisted his BlackBerry to enshrine the memories. Read More

  • Pure Storage’s Scott Dietzen And Sutter Hill’s Mike Speiser To Talk About Building For The Long Term At Disrupt SF

    Pure Storage’s Scott Dietzen And Sutter Hill’s Mike Speiser To Talk About Building For The Long Term At Disrupt SF

    Pure Storage is upending the enterprise storage industry by fully utilizing flash memory technology into their product. Scott Dietzen, the current CEO of Pure Storage, and Mike Speiser, managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures, are working together to grow Pure Storage into an industry leader in flash-based enterprise data storage and they’ll be joining us onstage at Disrupt SF 2014. Read More

  • Xiaomi’s One More Thing

    Xiaomi’s One More Thing

    The young electronics company Xiaomi is exploding in China and seems posed to take over the world. In the four short years since its founding, Xiaomi has become the electronics brand to watch in the most populous nation on earth. Xiaomi is the now the real deal — thanks in part to its unabashed appropriation of design cues from companies like Apple. Read More

  • Eventbrite’s Power Duo Julia And Kevin Hartz Will Speak At Disrupt SF

    Eventbrite’s Power Duo Julia And Kevin Hartz Will Speak At Disrupt SF

    We’re thrilled to announce that Eventbrite co-founders Julia and Kevin Hartz will be joining us for an on-stage interview at Disrupt SF 2014 — the tickets for which are sold by Eventbrite, natch. Julia and Kevin Hartz are married now, but they weren’t when they paired up with Renaud Visage to start the incredibly popular self-service ticketing company that lets users… Read More

  • Please Join Us For The 9th Annual August Capital Party In Silicon Valley

    Please Join Us For The 9th Annual August Capital Party In Silicon Valley

    TechCrunch’s annual summer soirée is almost here. As in years past, August Capital will host TechCrunch and hundreds of local investors, founders and developers at its sunny office on Sand Hill Road. All are welcome to the August 1 event, but space is very limited. Read More

  • Powermat Wireless Phone Charging Comes To Cadillac Vehicles

    Powermat Wireless Phone Charging Comes To Cadillac Vehicles

    Wireless inductive charging is coming to Cadillacs. Starting with the 2015 ATS and later hitting the CTS and Escalade, the vehicles can be equipped with a Powermat charging pad. Sadly, most devices with wireless charging use a competing standard and are not compatible with this system. The Powermat charging pad will be located behind the Caddy’s motorized CUE infotainment screen. Hit… Read More

  • Microsoft Is Back To Bashing Apple In Latest Advertisment

    Microsoft Is Back To Bashing Apple In Latest Advertisment

    In Microsoft’s latest TV spot, the company stacks its voice assistant against Apple’s. Spoiler: Microsoft’s wins. Read More

  • Twitch's Otherworldly Office | TC Cribs

    Twitch CEO Emmett Shear And COO Kevin Lin To Speak At Disrupt SF

    Twitch is coming to Disrupt SF in early September. The event, like everything Twitch does, will, of course, be streamed live. Twitch is a media monster. It’s at the forefront of the exploding eSports industry. Just three years old, the video streaming service is changing the way gamers interact while providing multibillion avenues for advertisers. Google is reportedly looking into… Read More

  • Uber Comes To Flint And Makes Me Very Happy

    Uber Comes To Flint And Makes Me Very Happy

    I live in a dead city outside of a larger dead city in Michigan. We’re always last to get things. But Uber is finally in Flint, Michigan. This is the best day ever. In fact Uber just launched across Michigan today in Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Read More

  • Longtime Apple Board Member Bill Campbell Retiring, BlackRock Co-Founder Susan Wagner To Replace Him

    Longtime Apple Board Member Bill Campbell Retiring, BlackRock Co-Founder Susan Wagner To Replace Him

    Bill Campbell has had a seat in Apple’s boardroom for 17 years, yet he joined the company in 1983 as vice president of Marketing. Next to Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Mike Markkula, he’s the company’s longest serving board member. Apple announced today that he will be stepping down. BlackRock co-founder Susan L Wagner will be taking his spot. Read More

  • HP Appoints CEO Meg Whitman To Chairman Of The Board

    HP Appoints CEO Meg Whitman To Chairman Of The Board

    Meg Whitman just gained a bit more power within HP. The company’s Board of Directors has appointed her to the chairman’s spot following the departure of Ralph Whitworth earlier this week. Whitman was already serving as president and CEO of HP. She came on board following a tumultuous period of always-shifting leadership within HP and immediately set out to stabilize the… Read More

  • Nokia X Android Devices Will Run Windows Phone

    Nokia X Android Devices Will Run Windows Phone

    Nokia, (you know, Microsoft’s mobile division), launched the Nokia X2, a low-cost Android handset last month. Yes, Android. This was the second device in the product line and a curious one at that. Because Android. Today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a change in direction that will bring the Nokia X line more in line with Microsoft’s strategic direction meaning… Read More