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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  • Ex-Ford CEO Alan Mulally Joins Google’s Board Of Directors

    Ex-Ford CEO Alan Mulally Joins Google’s Board Of Directors

    That didn’t take long. Former Ford President CEO has found a new parking spot at Google after just retiring from Ford Motor Company earlier this month. Google has just announced the appointment of Alan Mulally to its Board of Directors and will serve on Google’s Audit Committee. His appointment was effective July 9, 2014. Read More

  • Of Course The FCC’s Website Is Crashing, But You Can Still Leave A Comment On Net Neutrality

    Of Course The FCC’s Website Is Crashing, But You Can Still Leave A Comment On Net Neutrality

    Today is the final day a person can comment on the FCC’s net neutrality proposal. But it’s currently not possible. That part of the FCC’s website — the part where a person can leave a comment — is dead and has been for most of the day. Clearly this Government agency, with its archaic, non-functional website, should be in charge of the future of the Internet. Read More

  • Google Is Looking For Developers For Its Modular Smartphone Project

    Google Is Looking For Developers For Its Modular Smartphone Project

    Google’s modular smartphone is inching closer to reality. The company is looking for a few good developers with stellar ideas for Project Ara. Developers have to apply to the program and Google will select a lucky few to get very early access to the modules powering the novel smartphone. Read More

  • Here Are The First Products From Fitbit’s Partnership With Tory Burch

    Here Are The First Products From Fitbit’s Partnership With Tory Burch

    Fitbit is going high-style. Back at CES, the wearable gadgets company announced a partnership with Tory Burch that would involve the noted designer releasing several accessories for the Fitbit Flex. I must say, I look good in brass. Read More

  • ScribbleLive Acquires CoveritLive, Will Still Operate Both Brands

    ScribbleLive Acquires CoveritLive, Will Still Operate Both Brands

    Once bitter rivals, ScribbleLive and CoveritLive are now family. Scribble Technologies is today announcing the acquisition of CoveritLive from Demand Media, effectively bringing two of the largest live content creation companies under one roof. The two companies have slightly different product sets, but the same aim: To empower brands and companies with tools to bring live content to their… Read More

  • MakerBot Comes To Select Home Depot Stores

    MakerBot Comes To Select Home Depot Stores

    Home Depot is redefining the term DIY now that MakerBot printers and scanners are available in some retail locations. As part of a pilot program (pdf link), the 3D printers will sold and demonstrated in 12 stores throughout California, Illinois and New York. Home Depot started selling the printers on its website three months ago. The latest generation of the Replication, the new Replicator… Read More

  • Developer Predicted LeBron’s Move To The Cavs With Website Analysis

    Developer Predicted LeBron’s Move To The Cavs With Website Analysis

    LeBron James is going home. Sports Illustrated just announced that the king will once again don a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey. The move was predictable yet few people knew for sure that he would leave Miami — except LeBron’s web developer. Yesterday, a web developer ran Firebug on LebronJames.com. The results revealed several new unpublished pages built the day prior. The pages… Read More

  • Finally, A Way To Find Movies Worth Watching On Netflix

    Finally, A Way To Find Movies Worth Watching On Netflix

    Netflix is like the candy dish at your grandmother’s house. Most of the movies are crap, but you know, buried somewhere in there, is something worth your time. A Better Queue is a site dedicated to finding the Werther’s Originals in Netflix based on Rotten Tomatoes ratings. Read More

  • Tinder’s Sean Rad To Join Us At Disrupt SF 2014

    Tinder’s Sean Rad To Join Us At Disrupt SF 2014

    Sean Rad, the co-inventor of the hottest dating game in the land, will be joining us onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 to chat about the success of Tinder and its plans for monetization. Tinder is also currently the subject of a lawsuit served by its former VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe, which we have covered here. The app in its present iteration has been around since 2012, but… Read More

  • Expect Labs Releases API For Better Voice Controls And Content Discovery

    Expect Labs Releases API For Better Voice Controls And Content Discovery

    TechCrunch Startup alumni Expect Labs has just released a turnkey solution to allow developers to add a voice interface with just a few lines of code. Called MindMeld, the API leans on the company’s extensive work with voice search and natural voice analysis. Building a recipe app and want an easy way for your users to search for potato salads? The MindMeld API can help. Read More

  • The LTE Verision Of Sony’s Ultra-Slim Xperia Z2 Tablet Hits Verizon Exclusively

    The LTE Verision Of Sony’s Ultra-Slim Xperia Z2 Tablet Hits Verizon Exclusively

    The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is one of the best Android tablets on the market. It’s incredibly thin, waterproof and the screen is stunning. And now it’s available in LTE, exclusively on Verizon for $599.99, although, for a limited time, it be discounted to $499.99 when purchased with a new two-year activation. The tablet is available for order on July 10 and will be in retail locations… Read More

  • Chinese Supercloner Xiaomi Expected To Release A Fitness Tracker

    Chinese Supercloner Xiaomi Expected To Release A Fitness Tracker

    Watch out, Fitbit. Xiaomi is firing up its photocopiers again. Xiaomi makes the best cheap gadgets available. The company started out cloning existing gadgets, but has since moved on to designing and developing its own wares. And selling them dirt cheap. The company already sells several smartphones and a streaming TV device. Now reports state that company will soon release a fitness tracker. Read More

  • BlackBerry Is One Of The Hottest Stocks Of 2014, Seriously

    BlackBerry Is One Of The Hottest Stocks Of 2014, Seriously

    Don’t look now, but BlackBerry — you know, the butt of most cell phone jokes — is mounting an impressive comeback. BlackBerry’s stock is up 50 percent on the year and one of the best performers in its sector. BlackBerry has been written off as dead countless times. The company is often viewed as a relic of a bygone era. Its CEO is a blowhard, not afraid to take spats… Read More

  • Google I/O Cardboard Demo

    Buy A Google #Cardboard Clone For $20

    Want to play around with a cardboard VR kit? Dodocase has you covered. For $19.95, the San Francisco-based manufacturer will ship you an unofficial #Cardboard kit. Some assembly is required and the NFC tag costs an additional $5. Read More

  • Apple Keeps The iPod Alive With New Models And Lower Prices

    Apple Keeps The iPod Alive With New Models And Lower Prices

    The iPod touch just got a bit cheaper. Without any fanfare, Apple just updated the iPod touch line with a new 16GB model and lower prices for the 32GB and 64GB flavors. Now, the cheapest option, the 16GB model, sports all the goodies previously only found on the higher priced options. Read More

  • All The News From Google I/O 2014

    All The News From Google I/O 2014

    Google I/O is in full swing and the company just dropped a cluster bomb of news at its annual keynote. During the two and a half hour event, Google announced major changes to Android, announced Android TV, revealed key Android Wear details and it was even interrupted twice by protesters. All of the action can be found right here. Read More

  • The First Android Wear Smartwatches Will Go On Sale Today

    The First Android Wear Smartwatches Will Go On Sale Today

    Want a mini Android display on your wrist? Both LG and Samsung’s first Android Wear smartwatches will be available for purchase starting today, June 25 — and yes, Samsung is now making an Android Wear device. Called the Samsung Gear Live, it looks a lot like its Tizen counterparts. Read More

  • Barnes & Noble Is Dumping Its Nook Business

    Barnes & Noble Is Dumping Its Nook Business

    Once a pioneer in the space, the B&N Nook has long lagged behind the Kindle, dragging down the bookseller with it. But no more. Barnes & Noble just announced that it will separate its┬áretail and NOOK Media businesses into two separate public companies. This separation is expected to be complete by the first quarter of the next calendar year. “We have determined that these… Read More

  • Google Makes Its Nest At The Center Of The Smart Home

    Google Makes Its Nest At The Center Of The Smart Home

    Using Google Now, a homeowner can soon talk to a Nest Learning Thermostat and complain about the heat. And that’s just the beginning. Google is turning the Nest Learning Thermostat into the hub of smart homes. With the just-announced “Works with Nest” certification program, gadgets to cars to universal remotes will all work with the Thermostat, providing automated actions… Read More