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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  • Titanfall For Xbox 360 Pushed Back Again, Now Launching On April 8th

    Titanfall For Xbox 360 Pushed Back Again, Now Launching On April 8th

    Sorry, Xbox 360 owners. EA hates you. Titanfall is delayed again. According to a blog post published this morning, the mech FPS is now launching on April 8 in North America, and beginning on April 11 in Europe. Read More

  • Google’s Konami Code Easter Egg Unlocks ‘Cheat Mode’

    Google’s Konami Code Easter Egg Unlocks ‘Cheat Mode’

    The Konami Code strikes again. Go to a Google search bar and using voice, search for "Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right." And just like that, you'll have unlimited free Google searches. Of course this is tongue-in-cheek. It's just the latest hidden gem discovered within Google's tools. Read More

  • The Pandora One Subscription Service To Cost $5 A Month

    The Pandora One Subscription Service To Cost $5 A Month

    Pandora is getting a little more expensive. Starting in May, and for new subscribers, the Pandora One monthly subscription service will cost $5. Existing subscribers that remain active will keep paying $3.99 a month to listen to Pandora without any ads. Read More

  • HTC Is The Honey Badger That Don’t Care

    HTC Is The Honey Badger That Don’t Care

    The new HTC One might be the most leaked phone in history. Pics, specs, camera details release date and new features have leaked over the last few months long ahead of its March 25th debut. Even HTC itself got into the action with a series of videos. HTC clearly understands that a big reveal will have little impact on the HTC One's future. Read More

  • GOG.com To Release Games On Linux This Fall

    GOG.com To Release Games On Linux This Fall

    Some good old games are about to come to Linux. GOG.com just announced that it has been working on supporting Linux for sometime and expects to launch titles this Fall. Mint and Ubuntu will get the GOG.com treatment, says the press notice. Details are still on the light side. The company hasn’t released any specifics including the first titles to be released, but this is a big step a long… Read More

  • Lenovo To Keep Buying Companies Until It Owns Everything, Everyone

    Lenovo To Keep Buying Companies Until It Owns Everything, Everyone

    Lenovo isn’t putting away its checkbook yet. The CEO of the Chinese PC giant said on Tuesday that the company will continue to acquire companies for overall growth. This comes as the company is closing two major deals. Lenovo recently purchased Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion. The company also picked up IBM’s server business for $2.3 billion, which seems only natural… Read More

  • Popcorn Time Is Hollywood’s Worst Nightmare, And It Can’t Be Stopped

    Popcorn Time Is Hollywood’s Worst Nightmare, And It Can’t Be Stopped

    Imagine for a moment if Napster were cloned hundreds of times. If there were a NapsterStanford, a NapsterMIT, or a Napster for your high school completely independent from, yet just as powerful as, the original. Imagine what would have happened if Sean Parker had released the source code, allowing any developer to essentially copy and build upon his software. Imagine if Napster were open source. Read More

  • Popcorn Time Is Back

    Popcorn Time Is Back

    Behold the power of open-source software. After the untimely death of the original Popcorn Time, a so-called Netflix for pirated content, the project was forked several times on GitHub. And guess what? It’s back and more shady than ever before. The torrent site YTS has taken over the project, reports TorrentFreak. YTS developer Jduncanator told TorrentFreak that they are in a… Read More

  • Popcorn Time Is Dead

    Popcorn Time Is Dead

    Update: Two days after this article was published, another group of developers re-released Popcorn Time. The details are here. Hollywood won. The open source project called Popcorn Time is dead after just four days. It’s not really surprising. “Popcorn Time is shutting down today. Not because we ran out of energy, commitment, focus or allies. But because we need to move on with our… Read More

  • The Pocket Drone | Hardware Battlefield

    Pocket Drone Ends Its Crowdfunding Campaign Just Shy Of $1 Million In Pledges

    The Pocket Drone is a soaring success. Keep reading for more bad puns. The Hardware Battlefield contestant's Kickstarter campaign just ended with the company raking in over 2,000 preorders for the Pocket Drone. The campaign ended with $929,212 in pledges, becoming the most popular drone project on Kickstarter. Read More

  • Here’s Amazon’s Homely New Gaming Controller

    Here’s Amazon’s Homely New Gaming Controller

    It looks like a cross between an Xbox controller and an Onlive controller. It’s ugly. Mr. Dave Zatz recently uncovered these photos of the gaming controller for Amazon’s upcoming media streaming device. Apparently this will not ship with the upcoming set-top box but rather be sold separately and also work with Kindle Fire devices. As the pictures show, the controller is a mishmash of… Read More

  • What’s The Best Amazon Prime Alternative?

    What’s The Best Amazon Prime Alternative?

    There isn't one. Sorry, Charlie. Amazon Prime stands alone as the best deal online. No other service offers the same amount of substance: Free two-day shipping on a ton of stuff, cheap overnight shipping, and a streaming library second in content only to Netflix. Like it or not, Amazon Prime is still a great deal even after the price increase it announced this morning. Read More

  • Amazon Stock Price Pops On News Of Prime Price Increase

    Amazon Stock Price Pops On News Of Prime Price Increase

    The street likes what it hears. This morning, prior to the market opening, Amazon announced that it was raising the price of its Prime subscription membership by $20 to $99 a year. The company’s stock followed suit and opened the day at $376, trading at up 1.63% on the day. This stock price increase puts its highest level since the dramatic crash following disappointing holiday earnings. The… Read More

  • Amazon Prime To Cost $99 A Year

    Amazon Prime To Cost $99 A Year

    The day we all feared has come. Amazon has announced that the price of Prime will soon cost $99 a year. Starting in seven days, the cost for existing members to renew will increase by $20 from $79.99. Amazon Student members will pay $49. The Prime Fresh membership fee will remain unchanged at $299. Exsiting members can expect to see the new price when their membership is set to renew. Read More

  • iOS Now Alerts You When Your Kids Are Free To Spend All Your Money On Fake Cat Food

    iOS Now Alerts You When Your Kids Are Free To Spend All Your Money On Fake Cat Food

    Apple has apparently learned a lesson. After several high profile stories of children spending literal fortunes on virtual nonsense, the latest version of iOS now reminds users of Apple's policies towards in-app purchases. Read More

  • Lending Club’s Renaud Laplanche To Speak On The State Of Lending At Disrupt NY

    Lending Club’s Renaud Laplanche To Speak On The State Of Lending At Disrupt NY

    French American entrepreneur Renaud Laplanche founded Lending Club in 2007 to connect investors with borrowers and bypass banks altogether. Since then, the company has facilitated more than $3 billion in loans. Laplanche is uniquely positioned to speak to the current status of lending to individuals and startups. We’re thrilled to announce that he will be joining us for an onstage interview at… Read More

  • Apple Shortens iPhone Return Policy

    Apple Shortens iPhone Return Policy

    Consumers now have just 14 days to return an iPhone purchased from Apple. This new time frame now matches up with the rest of Apple's products. Macs, iPods and iPads have long only had a 14 day return policy. Read More

  • Popcorn Time Installer Pulled From Host For Violating Terms Of Service UPDATE: It’s Back

    Popcorn Time Installer Pulled From Host For Violating Terms Of Service UPDATE: It’s Back

    Update: The installer is back on Mega. Popcorn Time is a magical program that takes all the hassles out of torrenting a movie. It’s Hollywood’s worst nightmare. It’s essentially Netflix for pirated movies. And now it’s gone. The program’s installer was hosted by Kim Dotcom’s Mega. Not anymore. The installer was pulled from the hosting site this morning for… Read More

  • The MP3 Player Is Still Rockin’ In The Free World

    The MP3 Player Is Still Rockin’ In The Free World

    Neil Young - yes, that Neil Young - has a $400 portable music player he would like to sell you. Called the PonoPlayer, it's essentially an MP3 player for the audiophile. But it doesn't use MP3 files at all. Instead, the PonoPlayer supports FLAC audio files that contain significantly more data than their MP3 counterparts, resulting in a dramatically higher quality sound than a traditional MP3… Read More

  • Popcorn Time Is Like Netflix For Pirated Content

    Popcorn Time Is Like Netflix For Pirated Content

    Think of Popcorn Time like Netflix, just with movies worth watching. Find a title and click “Watch It Now”. That’s it. The media catalog is impressive. Everything from first run movies to classics like Hook are available to watch. Frozen, American Hustle, Gravity — even Delivery Man if you’re a touch masochistic. Captain Philips, Dallas Buyers Club, and the Bridge on… Read More