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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  • Popcorn Time Finally Comes To iOS

    Popcorn Time Finally Comes To iOS

    Popcorn Time, the so-called Netflix for pirates, is now on iOS. It’s never been easier to watch pirated movies and TV shows on the iPhone or Android device. Is it illegal? Not really. Shady and not exactly ethical? Sure. Not surprisingly, Apple didn’t give the official nod to this app so Popcorn Time cannot be found in the App Store. That said, it’s still easy to obtain… Read More

  • HP Plunges Downmarket With A $99 Windows Tablet, $199 Windows Notebook

    HP Plunges Downmarket With A $99 Windows Tablet, $199 Windows Notebook

    The race to the bottom is back. Reminiscent of the netbook war of yesteryear, HP just followed Toshiba’s lead with a $99 tablet along with introducing a $199 Windows notebook. Expect to see these colorful devices at a department superstore near you. HP hasn’t revealed the specs powering these Windows 8 machines. That’s by design and as we’ve said for years, the spec is… Read More

  • iCloud Is Down For Some

    iCloud Is Down For Some

    It seems Apple’s iCloud woes are not over. The service is down for some users including myself. It’s unreachable from iCloud.com and files and emails are failing to sync. Apple’s System Status page reports iCloud and the rest of Apple’s online service as operating normally when iCloud is very clearly not accessible for some. This comes weeks after hackers accessed… Read More

  • Garmin Vivosmart Review: Part Activity Tracker, Part Smartwatch, All Awesome

    Garmin Vivosmart Review: Part Activity Tracker, Part Smartwatch, All Awesome

    Meet the Garmin Vivosmart. It’s a no-nonsense combination of an activity tracker and smartwatch. And that’s why I love the Vivosmart. It’s not flashy, but rather mundane. Utilitarian. It’s purpose-built and rugged but supremely enjoyable. The Garmin Vivosmart is the best fitness-focused activity tracker yet. Read More

  • Rithmio Nabs The Cash Needed To Build A Gesture Recognition Platform

    Rithmio Nabs The Cash Needed To Build A Gesture Recognition Platform

    Rithmio hopes to build and release the first gesture recognition platform that other companies can build into their products. Co-founded by Adam Tilton and Prashant Mehta PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the company just announced that it secured $650k in seed funding to make it happen. The company previously demonstrated a user navigating a map using a wrist-based device. Read More

  • The Gigantic BlackBerry Passport Is Now Available In Canada, Coming To The US On AT&T

    The Gigantic BlackBerry Passport Is Now Available In Canada, Coming To The US On AT&T

    In case the Galaxy Note or iPhone 6 Plus are too small for you, BlackBerry today formally introduced the BlackBerry Passport. The massive device rocks a square 4.5-inch screen and a physical keyboard — it’s the size of a Canadian passport hence the name. The phone will be available in Canada first on Telus where, until October 1st it will cost $200 on a two-year contact or $750… Read More

  • WomanServants Will Let You Order Around Hot Girls For $125 Per Hour

    WomanServants Will Let You Order Around Hot Girls For $125 Per Hour

    Editor’s Note: Yesterday, we ran a story about a new startup called ManServants, which facilitates the rental of “hot men” for $125. As most of the commenters note, the service is incredibly sexist and has no place in a society striving for gender equality. To examine my thoughts towards the service I took the original post and swapped every instance of a gendered noun. Read More

  • Anki Drive Comes To Android, Drops In Price To $149.99

    Anki Drive Comes To Android, Drops In Price To $149.99

    Anki Drive, the slot-car racing game for the mobile era, is finally launching on Android and dropping in price just in time for the holiday shopping season. Sometime in October, Anki Drive shed its iOS exclusivity and will launch on Android and work with select Android phones. Available today, the Starter Kit now costs just $149.99 from Anki.com, and it will be available at Amazon, Apple… Read More

  • BlackBerry Tries Again With The Porsche Design P’9983 Smartphone

    BlackBerry Tries Again With The Porsche Design P’9983 Smartphone

    Not to be outdone by the new iPhones or Galaxy Notes, BlackBerry is shouting “me too!” with the introduction of a new smartphone. Meet the Porsche Design P’9983, a slightly re-skined and re-worked BlackBerry Q10 with a 3.1-inch touchscreen. Don’t be fooled by the swanky Porsche Design exterior. This is a Ford Fiesta with a Porsche 911 body. Inside the Porsche Design… Read More

  • Slingbox And Twitch Are Both Finally Compatible With Chromecast

    Slingbox And Twitch Are Both Finally Compatible With Chromecast

    And you never thought the day would come. Both Sling and Twitch are now able to cast their video streams to a Chromecast receiver. Best yet, it seems it was worth the wait. Both apps have been updated to provide a natural second screen experience. While the Slingapp is casting live TV, the screen on the mobile device controls playback like a traditional remote control. Likewise, when connected… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Safe $2.5 Billion Bet On Minecraft

    Microsoft’s Safe $2.5 Billion Bet On Minecraft

    Microsoft expects to break-even on its $2.5B purchase of Minecraft maker Mojang in 2015. It’s easy to say that buying Minecraft is a safe bet for Microsoft. The deal was announced this morning following a week of unsubstantiated reports and wide-eyed speculation. Most of the commentary revolves around “one-hit-wonders” like Angry Birds that eventually fall flat and take… Read More

  • Panasonic Announces An Epic Cameraphone

    Panasonic Announces An Epic Cameraphone

    Meet the Panasonic DMC-CM1 cameraphone. Inside is a massive image sensor on par with top-tier pocket cameras, yet the whole package is still rather svelte. With the DMC-CM1 Panasonic is returning to the smartphone market in an important way. Two years ago Panasonic pulled the plug on its smartphones following disappointing sales of the Eluga handsets. Quite frankly, those handsets were not… Read More

  • “It’s Just So Big”

    “It’s Just So Big”

    As soon as Apple announced the new, larger iPhones, cries went up, prompted by the sheer size of the new devices. Will it fit in the pocket of my skinny jeans? How will it sit in my small hands? Can it double as a cheeseboard? These valid questions are hard to answer without a tangible representation with which to test. Read More

  • Apple Just Uploaded A U2 Album To Your iPhone And iPad — And Seriously, WTF

    Apple Just Uploaded A U2 Album To Your iPhone And iPad — And Seriously, WTF

    Seriously. Go look. Depending on your iCloud setting, U2’s latest album might be sitting in the Music app, ready to play. Otherwise, the album is most likely still shown, available to download from iCloud from your iPhone, iPad, or iTunes app. Worse yet, it’s rather difficult to rid your phone and iTunes account of the album. Read More

  • NBA Team Owners Mark Cuban And Dan Gilbert Offer Advice To Steve Ballmer

    NBA Team Owners Mark Cuban And Dan Gilbert Offer Advice To Steve Ballmer

    This week, at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, both Mark Cuban and Dan Gilbert stopped by for on-stage interviews. In addition to giving advice on building businesses and championing Detroit, the two outspoken NBA owners had a bit of advice for Steve Ballmer, the new owner of the LA Clippers. Read More

  • The iPod Classic Is Dead

    The iPod Classic Is Dead

    My friends, I come to you with sad news. Our old friend, the iPod classic, is no more. Apple unceremoniously removed the much-beloved media player from its iPod product page, leaving just the shuffle, nano, and touch to carry the iPod standard. This was years in the making. The click wheel-enabled iPod was just no longer relevant in the day of high-capacity flash storage and streaming… Read More

  • All The News From Today’s Apple iPhone And Apple Watch Event

    All The News From Today’s Apple iPhone And Apple Watch Event

    Apple unleashed the latest iPhone and new Apple Watch today and all the pics, specs and details can be found here. Read More

  • Apple Just Won CES 2015

    Apple Just Won CES 2015

    Welp. There goes the next CES. With the Apple watch shipping “in early 2015,” Apple just sucked all the air out of the Las Vegas Convention Center, home of the Consumer Electronics Show. This is the trade show were all of the world’s largest consumer electronic companies display their latest wares. Yet every year, Apple manages to cast a looming shadow over the show with… Read More

  • Nest Finally Works With Control4, Crestron, RTI And URC Home Automation Systems

    Nest Finally Works With Control4, Crestron, RTI And URC Home Automation Systems

    Today, at CEDIA EXPO 2014, Nest made the day of every home automator installers and retailers everywhere: Nest finally works with the major players in home automation, Control4, Crestron, Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) and Universal Remote Control (URC). These are the pricey advanced home automation systems that, up until now, did not officially support the popular Nest Learning… Read More

  • Mark Cuban's Cyber Dust Shrinks Your Digital Footprint | Full Interview

    Mark Cuban Explains The Four Parts Of An Ideal Investment Pitch

    Mark Cuban sat down at TechCrunch Disrupt SF today to talk privacy and founding businesses. However, from Shark Tank to his own investment firm, Mr. Cuban, is also a prolific investor, which lead to questions about the best ways to get his investment. “I’m very transparent with my companies,” Mark said. “You should know the companies I’ve invested in, why I… Read More