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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  • 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

  • Make Almost Any Car a Connected One with Vinli

    Vinli Promises To Bring Autos Into The Smartphone Age

    With Vinli, cars are about to get apps. And not just cars made in the future. The system works with nearly any car made after 1996 and is compatible with Android and iOS devices. The company just launched on the Disrupt SF 2014 stage and announced that the Vinli device is available for pre-order. Vinli plugs into a car’s ODB II port — a data interface equipped standard on cars… Read More

  • Watch The First Day Of Disrupt SF Right Here!

    Watch The First Day Of Disrupt SF Right Here!

    This is it, kids. The first day of Disrupt. The agenda is jammed with amazing speakers and companies launching in the Startup Battlefield. Tune in all day for the complete show and, as always, you can follow along using the #tcdisrupt hashtag. Read More

  • Remember, Disrupt SF And Hackathon Is At A New Venue This Year

    Remember, Disrupt SF And Hackathon Is At A New Venue This Year

    Since the dawning of time, Disrupt SF was held at the San Francisco Design Concourse. But no more! We have a new and improved location for 2014 and consider this a friendly reminder not to go to the old location. This time the show will be held at Pier 48, just south across the 3rd Street bridge by AT&T Park. It’s easy to get to and there is a ton of parking. So remember, Pier 48 and… Read More

  • Farming Startup FarmLogs Triples Market Share In Last Six Months

    Farming Startup FarmLogs Triples Market Share In Last Six Months

    Michigan-based FarmLogs is announcing today a significant milestone in the young company’s history. In just two years since its founding, the company has seen incredible growth and now counts customers in all 50 states and over $11 billion worth of crops under its management, a number that has tripled in the last six months. FarmLogs estimates 15% of the farms within the United States… Read More

  • The Garmin Vívosmart Is Part Activity Tracker And Part Smartwatch

    The Garmin Vívosmart Is Part Activity Tracker And Part Smartwatch

    Garmin’s first foray into activity trackers was a solid try, but left a lot to be desired. The vívofit just doesn’t have a lot of features to make it stand apart from its peers. But the company’s latest activity tracker, vívosmart (say veevo-smart), does just that. The vívosmart combines good looks, activity tracking with smartphone alerts and controls — too bad… Read More

  • Watch Samsung Unveil The Latest Galaxy Note And More Right Here

    Watch Samsung Unveil The Latest Galaxy Note And More Right Here

    Samsung is widely expected to unveil the next Galaxy Note today and the event is being streamed live for your enjoyment. The festivities start at 9:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time and can be watched above. Of course we’ll be there too, serving up breaking news and hands-on reports — that is, if the new Note will fit in our hands. Get it? Because the Note is so large? Jokes! Read More

  • Garmin Integrates Foursquare Data Into Latest GPS Personal Navigators

    Garmin Integrates Foursquare Data Into Latest GPS Personal Navigators

    Fun fact: Personal navigators are still a thing. Garmin is rolling out a new series of 5-, 6-, and 7-inch GPS nüvi Advanced Series navigators and are attempting to keep the devices relevant with the inclusion of Foursquare data. The Foursquare data of businesses, stores, restaurants and other destinations is searchable within the Garmin GPS unit’s “Where to” menu… Read More

  • Toshiba’s Encore Mini Tablet Runs Windows 8.1 And Is Just $119

    Toshiba’s Encore Mini Tablet Runs Windows 8.1 And Is Just $119

    Want to jump into Windows 8.1 on the cheap? Toshiba has you covered. For just $119, you can snag the new Encore Mini, which runs Windows 8.1 on a teeny-tiny 7-inch, low-resolution screen. Inside is a quad-core Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot. The 7-inch screen is of the 16:9, 1024 x 600 variety. There are of course front- and rear-facing cameras, a micro USB… Read More

  • 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

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