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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  • Of Course There Is A Gold BlackBerry Passport

    Of Course There Is A Gold BlackBerry Passport

    Nothing screams spreadsheets and secure communication more than a gold BlackBerry Passport. We reached out to BlackBerry to confirm the authenticity and availability of the device, but have yet to hear back. Read More

  • Tesla Wants To Sell You A Used Model S

    Tesla Wants To Sell You A Used Model S

    The only thing better than a new Tesla is a cheap Tesla, and the company reportedly is set to unveil a program to address the sticker shock and it isn’t a cheaper car. It’s used cars. Certified pre-owned vehicles are big business for luxury automakers. Speaking to automotive News, Tesla vice president of communications, Simon Sproule, confirmed that the electric car maker is… Read More

  • Stream Live Video From A GoPro With Livestream’s Latest iOS App

    Stream Live Video From A GoPro With Livestream’s Latest iOS App

    Believe it or not, GoPro cameras just got a bit more functional thanks to Livestream. The company just added the ability to stream live video using its iOS app. Just think, now, thanks to Livestream, you can stream all of your hot skateboarding skillz live. It’s easy enough, too. The app is free yet Livestream charges for the most popular services. Using a GoPro’s WiFi network… Read More

  • Hardware Battlefield Is Returning To CES Where One Startup Will Win $50,000

    Hardware Battlefield Is Returning To CES Where One Startup Will Win $50,000

    Hardware Battlefield is back! For the second year in a row, TechCrunch is bringing our premiere launch competition to the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. The winning startup gets $50,000 and, more important, notoriety and access to a group of early adopters, investors and consumers who love cool new gear. The application process is now open and will close on October 30, 2014. Apply… Read More

  • Will Tesla Finally Unveil An Insane Model S Supercar?

    Will Tesla Finally Unveil An Insane Model S Supercar?

    What would happen if Tesla added a second powertrain to the Model S? If the car had two electric motors and the batteries needed to power everything properly? If the drag coefficient was improved, making the already sleek Model S even more slippery? If the chassis was tuned for improved performance and sticky tires added? Tesla would have a supercar on its hands. A person can dream, but… Read More

  • Locqus Launches To Equip Plumbers And Handymen With Technology

    Locqus Launches To Equip Plumbers And Handymen With Technology

    So you run a little plumbing company. You have a couple of plumbers. They’re good guys. You get a call for a job, and assign it to Jim who has car trouble but doesn’t phone back to the office to let you know. Now the customer is upset and her cat is still stuck in the drain pipe. When Jim finally arrives, the lady doesn’t have cash to pay Jim so she’ll mail you a check. Read More

  • ScribbleLive Closes $12M Series C, Eyes Acquisitions And International Expansion

    ScribbleLive Closes $12M Series C, Eyes Acquisitions And International Expansion

    ScribbleLive is today announcing the closing of a $12 million Series C investment led by WIN (Waterloo Innovation Network) Fund with all of the company’s existing investors also participating. The company plans to use the cash injection to open new international offices and execute strategic acquisitions. Read More

  • 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