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.

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  • Alfred, Layer And Trello Are Returning To The Startup Battlefield Stage

    Alfred, Layer And Trello Are Returning To The Startup Battlefield Stage

    At this year’s Disrupt NY, previous finalists and winners of Startup Battlefield will once again take the stage. But not to pitch their companies. Instead Alfred, Layer and Trello will update Disrupt attendees on the status other companies. Last year Alfred won Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF. The Boston-based company attempts to manage your routine across multiple on-demand and… Read More

  • Shinola, Grado Labs, And Adafruit To Talk Making And Manufacturing At Disrupt NY

    Shinola, Grado Labs, And Adafruit To Talk Making And Manufacturing At Disrupt NY

    Manufacturing never left America. Even during the recession, good people were still building good things. Recently, though, thanks to the maker movement, small-scale manufacturing is seeing a renaissance throughout the world, something the president of Shinola, Vice President of Grado Labs, and founder of Adafruit will discuss at Disrupt NY. Each of these people have a unique vantage point on… Read More

  • Apply Now For The Austin And Seattle Meetup + Pitch-Offs

    Apply Now For The Austin And Seattle Meetup + Pitch-Offs

    TechCrunch is headed back to Austin and Seattle in late June and we’re looking for a few good startups to pitch at the event. Is that you? Apply below. In past events in both of these cities people have shown up in droves, and with that sort of love we just can’t stay away. The Austin meetup happens on June 23 and Seattle on June 25th. We can’t wait. The goal is to bring… Read More

  • Controversial After School App Relaunches With New Safety Features And Zero Tolerance For Hate

    Controversial After School App Relaunches With New Safety Features And Zero Tolerance For Hate

    After School is back and ready to try again. The mission is the same: Give teens a safe but anonymous place to talk to high school classmates. After several months of retooling the app just relaunched on the App Store and, even with the aggressive safety features in place, growth hasn’t slowed down. When After School hit the App Store in October 2014, it immediately sparked outrage as… Read More

  • Make Your Own BB-8 Droid From A Sphero

    Make Your Own BB-8 Droid From A Sphero

    Word around the outer rim is Ortobix, the company behind the Sphero robotic ball, helped create the rolltastic BB-8 Droid from the upcoming Star Wars movie. And ever since BB-8 rolled across the stage at last week’s Star Wars convention, I’ve wanted one. Well, someone with a bit more gumption than I hacked together a tiny BB-8 from a Sphero and it’s fantastic. From the… Read More

  • Smart Lock Pioneer UniKey Raises $10m And Looks Outside The Home For Growth

    Smart Lock Pioneer UniKey Raises $10m And Looks Outside The Home For Growth

    Way back in the year 2011 Phil Dumas’ company UniKey Technologies debuted its product on Shark Tank. It was a lock that used your smartphone as a key. Disruption! At the time smart locks were not really a thing yet UniKey plowed yet as the market exploded with similar products. Now, five years after its primetime debut, UniKey is announcing an oversubscribed Series A to charge forward… Read More

  • Securifi Adds Serious Home Automation To Its Almond Routers

    Securifi Adds Serious Home Automation To Its Almond Routers

    Own an Almond router? It’s about to get a dose of home automation thanks to new firmware from Securifi. The company behind the clever (and attractive) routers just announced a new set of features that will better position its product in the marketplace. These home automation features are a natural fit for Almond routers since Securifi designed the router to be showcased in a home rather… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Smartphone Stuff And Smart Home Stuff

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Smartphone Stuff And Smart Home Stuff

    It was a big week for phones and homes. John Biggs has been reviewing the new Galaxy S6 Edge from Samsung, while the HTC One M9 recently went on sale in certain markets. And speaking of things that just went on sale, Indiegogo darling Canary recently went live in retail stores like Best Buy and Verizon Wireless, as well as on Amazon. Meanwhile, August Lock raised a huge round of funding to… Read More

  • Internet Of Things Accelerator Seamless Opens Doors In Michigan

    Internet Of Things Accelerator Seamless Opens Doors In Michigan

    The West Coast of Michigan is a haven for industrial designers and is home to the world’s most iconic furniture manufacturers: Steelcase and Herman Miller. That’s because Michigan builds things. Soon there will be a new accelerator that will help young companies do just that. The accelerator program, called Seamless, targets early-stage hardware companies and gives them access… Read More

  • Sign Up To Exhibit In Startup Alley At Disrupt NY 2015

    Sign Up To Exhibit In Startup Alley At Disrupt NY 2015

    Disrupt NY 2015 is the place to be if you want your startup to get noticed. According to CrunchBase, of the 126 companies on display in Startup Alley at Disrupt NY 2014, 24 have since been funded, raising $90.9 million in Seed and Series A funding as of January 2015. And 11 of the 24 raised over $78 million within three months of Startup Alley. Read More

  • August Raises $38 Million To Expand Smart Lock Retail Availability

    August Raises $38 Million To Expand Smart Lock Retail Availability

    Smart Lock purveyor August has raised another $38 million in funding, bringing the company’s tally up to $50 million, the company’s co-founder Jason Johnson told TechCrunch. August’s Smart Lock attempts to reinvent the front door and rid the world of physical keys by relegating that duty to a smartphone. As Johnson noted, “Hardware is expensive,” however the new… Read More

  • Tesla Model X Spied On California Highway

    Tesla Model X Spied On California Highway

    Tesla’s pure electric SUV is nearing launch and there is apparently at least one cruising around California. The video above shows a slightly camouflaged Model X near Palo Alto. The SUV looks good even with all the design elements covered up. Read More

  • Fitbit Wearers Can Now Use Multiple Devices

    Fitbit Wearers Can Now Use Multiple Devices

    Fitbit just rolled out a small but significant update that gives Fitbit users the ability to use multiple devices on the same account. A person could wear a Fitbit Flex to work and then a Fitbit Surge at the gym. You know, business during the day and party at night. Read More

  • WordPress Blocked In Pakistan

    WordPress Blocked In Pakistan

    According to multiple local outlets, WordPress blogs are currently not accessible in Pakistan and pointing the blockage at the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). TechCrunch has not been able to confirm that yet. As it stands right now, WordPress.com and blogs hosted by WordPress cannot be reached. Self-hosted WordPress blogs still work. Read More

  • Dear Teacher, A Video Game Developer Is A Real Job And Should Be Celebrated

    Dear Teacher, A Video Game Developer Is A Real Job And Should Be Celebrated

    Today was career day at my son’s school. He’s seven. Like every other seven-year-old, he lives for Minecraft and wants to be a video game developer. And so today he donned his favorite Minecraft shirt and proudly went to school as his favorite video game developer, Markus Persson. But his teacher thought differently. She told him that he had to sit out the day’s… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Android Wear, Nintendo, And Microsoft Windows 10

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Android Wear, Nintendo, And Microsoft Windows 10

    Weeks keep happening with no end in sight, and so we press on with our weekly gadgets podcast. This week, TAG Heuer, Intel, and Google announced a partnership that would bring Android Wear to a TAG Heuer-designed smart watch. Meanwhile, Nintendo finally gave in to pressure and announced it would enter the world of mobile gaming, and Microsoft is making a land grab with Windows 10. We discuss… Read More

  • FAA Grants Amazon Permission To Test Drone Deliveries

    FAA Grants Amazon Permission To Test Drone Deliveries

    The FAA just released a statement indicated that Amazon now has limited permission to test and develop drones in the United States. It’s not a blank check, though. The FAA gave Amazon strict rules and regulations. Read More

  • Richard Branson Hints At A Tesla Competitor From Virgin

    Richard Branson Hints At A Tesla Competitor From Virgin

    Sir Richard Branson’s numerous companies build and sell everything from rockets to cell phones. And now the billionaire founder of Virgin Group has indicated his sights might be set on chasing Elon Musk on the ground as he already does in space. Branson recently spoke to Bloomberg where he said his racing company has “teams of people working on electric cars,” adding… Read More

  • Fix Netflix’s User Interface With God Mode

    Fix Netflix’s User Interface With God Mode

    Ever spend more time looking for something to watch on Netflix than actually watching something on Netflix? That’s because of the site’s addiction to brevity. Titles are hidden by sliding bars that requires clicking to reveal more titles. This bookmarklet fixes the issue. It’s called God Mode and I love it. Read More

  • Intel And Google Team Up With TAG Heuer To Bring Android Wear Uptown

    Intel And Google Team Up With TAG Heuer To Bring Android Wear Uptown

    Your next Android Wear watch could be a TAG Heuer. Intel and Google are today announcing a partnership with the iconic watch brand that will result in a TAG-branded Swiss watch powered by Android Wear. The announcement came at the start of Baselworld, the world-famous watch show in Basel, Switzerland where companies like TAG and Swatch are looking to retain market share. The partnership is… Read More