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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  • Comcast Subscribers Can Now Watch “House Of Cards” Without Netflix

    Comcast Subscribers Can Now Watch “House Of Cards” Without Netflix

    With a click of a button in the Xfinity Store, Comcast subscribers will soon be able to purchase access to House of Cards — Netflix is not required. The option should hit the service soon. Only the first season of the show is currently available. Variety is reporting today that the Emmy-winning series is available through a deal Comcast struck with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The news… Read More

  • Samsung Demos The Galaxy S5 And Gear Watches With These Boring Official Videos

    Samsung Demos The Galaxy S5 And Gear Watches With These Boring Official Videos

    Get a cup of coffee. You’re going to need it. These official Samsung videos show off nearly every feature and function of the Galaxy S5 and Gear watches, but they’re rather mundane. Dull would be another word. The videos do, however, make up in info what they lack in excitement. They run through everything: From the heart rate sensor to the TV remote control to how to customize the… Read More

  • Disrupt NY’s Extra Early Bird Discount Ends Today

    Disrupt NY’s Extra Early Bird Discount Ends Today

    Time is running out to snag a Disrupt NY 2014 ticket at a significant discount. You have mere hours to purchase the ticket at a $250 discount. Tonight, at midnight Eastern time, our events team is pulling down our early-bird general admission tickets, and the price will jump from $1,795 to $1,995. It would behoove you to act quickly. Read More

  • Commercial Drones Are Now Legal, According To Federal Ruling

    Commercial Drones Are Now Legal, According To Federal Ruling

    As of right now it’s perfectly legal to operate a drone for commercial reasons. That’s according to a federal judge, in a ruling that notes the Federal Aviation Administration has not made any legally binding rules against the practice. This flies in the face of the FAA, which previously stated that drones used for commercial reasons were illegal. The ruling follows a lawsuit in which… Read More

  • HP Releases Another Cheap Android Tablet

    HP Releases Another Cheap Android Tablet

    HP has quietly announced a new tablet. Meet the HP 8. It’s a rather mundane tablet with a ho-hum screen and above par specs. It’s nothing special. But it’s cheap and cheap sells. The HP 8 employs a 7.85-inch screen with a 1,024 x 768 resolution, which as Engadget points out, is a few pixels less than what’s found in competitor’s tablets. Inside, there is a quad-core… Read More

  • Alleged Bitcoin Creator Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto Denies Involvement

    Alleged Bitcoin Creator Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto Denies Involvement

    Is this man really the father of Bitcoin? After a full day of wild speculation and anger, the LA press has finally tracked down Nakamoto and he's receiving a grilling. According to reports, Nakamoto and an AP reporter went to a sushi restaurant earlier this afternoon while the rest of the press followed along. Finally, the 64-year-old man went to the AP offices where he conducted his only… Read More

  • The Head Of Sony Computer Entertainment Steps Down

    The Head Of Sony Computer Entertainment Steps Down

    Jack Tretton has left the game. The longtime Sony executive is stepping down from his role as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America where he was essentially in charge of the state-side PlayStation division. The news comes from a late-day press release that doesn’t reveal any details about the departure. It simply states that “this is a result of a mutual agreement… Read More

  • LG To Build The Nexus 6, Says Report

    LG To Build The Nexus 6, Says Report

    Another year and another Nexus device. If one report out of Germany is believed, LG is tasked once again to produce this next-gen Nexus device. If true, this would be the third consecutive Nexus device built by LG after Google used Samsung for the Galaxy Nexus. Specific details about the upcoming phone are still missing in action but if history repeats, the phone will be based roughly off of an… Read More

  • If LG Was Trying To Make The Worst Commercial Ever, They’ve Succeeded

    If LG Was Trying To Make The Worst Commercial Ever, They’ve Succeeded

    Posted without comment. Because there is really nothing to say to justify or explain this commercial for the LG G Flex. Read More

  • Addicted To Caffeine? Jawbone’s Latest App Can Help

    Addicted To Caffeine? Jawbone’s Latest App Can Help

    Caffeine is a horrible, terrible, gosh-darn-awful part of my daily life. Two cups in the morning. I’m addicted. So are many of you. We need caffeine in our blood to function. Or at least we think we do and Jawbone’s latest smartphone app will help monitor and better understand a person’s caffeine intake. You know, science. Called UP Coffee, the free iOS app allows lets a person… Read More

  • There Is Only One Week Left To Apply For The New York City Pitch-Off

    There Is Only One Week Left To Apply For The New York City Pitch-Off

    New York City, get ready for an epic night of rapid fire pitches from your area’s best startups. But we’re still on the hunt for startups to pitch. The application is below. Apply before March 12th. On March 20, TechCrunch is holding a meetup and pitch-off in your glorious city. There will be drinks, startups and the most of New York’s roaring tech scene. All are welcome, but… Read More

  • OnLive Brings On New Executive Chairman And Launches New Cloud Gaming Features

    OnLive Brings On New Executive Chairman And Launches New Cloud Gaming Features

    OnLive is still trying to bring gaming to the cloud despite a rocky last couple of years. Today, the company announced significant new services and the appointment of a new Executive Chairman. Meet Mark Jung, the new Executive Chairman of OnLive. He is the co-founder and former CEO of IGN where he took the company public in 2000, then private in 2003 and eventually lead its sale to News Corp. in… Read More

  • T-Mobile Discovers No One Wants A BlackBerry Anymore

    T-Mobile Discovers No One Wants A BlackBerry Anymore

    T-Mobile ran a promo last month calling for BlackBerry owners to trade in their device for an iPhone 5s. Zero down. It was legitimately a good deal. But BlackBerry fanboys took the offensive and attacked. BlackBerry’s CEO followed suit and went on to call T-Mobile’s promotion “inappropriate” and an “ill-conceived marketing promotion.” Well, it looks like… Read More

  • FreedomPop Announces The Privacy Phone, A Fully-Encrypted Smartphone For $10 A Month

    FreedomPop Announces The Privacy Phone, A Fully-Encrypted Smartphone For $10 A Month

    Meet the Privacy Phone, a device that FreedomPop brags is the only smartphone and mobile service that allows for encrypted communications. Lovingly nicknamed the “Snowden Phone” by FreedomPop, It can even be purchased with Bitcoin to further protect the owner’s anonymity. Simply put, if you’re in the market for a phone to plan to help run a criminal enterprise or serially… Read More

  • There Is Only One Week Left To Apply For The Washington, DC Pitch-Off

    There Is Only One Week Left To Apply For The Washington, DC Pitch-Off

    Washington, D.C.:¬†TechCrunch is headed your way and will be hosting a massive meetup and pitch-off on March 18th. We’re looking for some of the area’s best, undiscovered startups to participate in a rapid-fire, 60-second pitch-off competition. Washington, DC-area startups have until March 11th to apply. The meetup’s general admission tickets are only $5 and grant the holder a… Read More

  • Mercedes Demos All The Functions Of CarPlay In This Convoluted 7-Minute Video

    Mercedes Demos All The Functions Of CarPlay In This Convoluted 7-Minute Video

    At the Geneva Auto Show, Mercedes revealed the all-new C Class, its first vehicle to support Apple’s in-vehicle iOS platform called CarPlay.¬†Forgive the production quality of the demo. It appears to be a compilation of b-roll and likely not intended to be used as a demo. However, it shows all the core functions of Apple’s CarPlay. It’s all here: using Siri to make phone calls… Read More

  • Overstock.com Exceeds $1M In Bitcoin Transactions In Two Months

    Overstock.com Exceeds $1M In Bitcoin Transactions In Two Months

    Surprise! People have bitcoins and want to spend them, a fact that Overstock.com quickly discovered after they started accepting bitcoin payments. “We did not expect to hit this milestone so quickly,” states Overstock.com Chairman and CEO Patrick M. Byrne. “Bitcoin customers are good customers, and we’re pleased to provide them this service.” Overstock.com started… Read More

  • Tesla Announces Ambitious European Expansion Plans

    Tesla Announces Ambitious European Expansion Plans

    Ahead of the Geneva Auto Show, Tesla has announced plans to significantly expand its footprint in Europe. And for good reason. According to the news release announcing 30 new European service centers and stores, Telsa notes that it expects the combined sales in Europe and Asia to be twice as high as sales in North America. The proposed expansion comes after a recent trip to Europe by Elon Musk who… Read More

  • RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

    RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

    Today, while reporting its 2013 forth quarter results, the RadioShack announced plans to close 1,100 of its 4,000 stores in a bid to stem loses. The parts drawer. The RC toys. The various different types of solder and breadboards. RadioShack. It is quickly dying. Read More

  • The $150 Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard Is A Keyboard For Your Living Room

    The $150 Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard Is A Keyboard For Your Living Room

    Meet the Smart Keyboard. If you've ever wanted a full size QWERTY keyboard for your TV, this is for you. It packs all the goods of a Harmony Remote into a wireless keyboard that will be rather tough to lose between the couch cushions. Read More