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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  • Sign Up To Volunteer At Disrupt London 2015

    Sign Up To Volunteer At Disrupt London 2015

    Do you want to roll up your sleeves and get to work helping the TechCrunch Disrupt team put on the best startup show in Europe? If so, you should definitely sign up to be a Work Exchange Volunteer at Disrupt London 2015. We’re thrilled to announce that we have now started accepting applications for the Work Exchange program at Disrupt London. Read More

  • The Teenaged Maker Who Was Arrested For Building A Clock Is Moving To Qatar

    The Teenaged Maker Who Was Arrested For Building A Clock Is Moving To Qatar

    Ahmed Mohamed has accepted an offer from the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development where he will join the QF Young Innovators Program. The family announced the move today, some 24 hours after meeting with President Obama at a White House event. Ahmed gained Internet fame last month school officials called the police when he was arrested after bringing a homemade… Read More

  • Parrot Enables Autonomous Flight For The Bebop Drone

    Parrot Enables Autonomous Flight For The Bebop Drone

    The Parrot Bebop can now fly by itself. After purchasing Flight Mode, Bebop owners can tap out waypoints and sit back while the drone flys autonomously. The ability is enabled by purchasing the in-app upgrade called Flight Plan. It costs $20. It takes just a few presses on the mobile app to set the trajectory and flight height. It’s a drag and drop affair. Users can even tell the drone… Read More

  • LG To Supply Key Parts For Chevy’s Affordable Electric Vehicle

    LG To Supply Key Parts For Chevy’s Affordable Electric Vehicle

    GM says the Chevrolet Bolt will travel 200 miles on a single charge and will be sold at an affordable price. But GM is not going at it alone. The Detroit automaker today announced a strategic partnership with LG, which will supply many of the systems around the car’s electric drive system. In a press release today GM says this partnership is an unprecedented supplier relationship for… Read More

  • Get Your Disrupt London Hackathon Tickets Now

    Get Your Disrupt London Hackathon Tickets Now

    Attention hackers, coders and other makers. The first wave of tickets to the Hackathon at Disrupt London 2015 are now available, and you can get in on the action by getting a ticket here. Tickets to the Hackathon are completely free, and the event takes place December 5 and 6 at the awesome Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Read More

  • A $1.5M Kickstarter Project Fails, Leaving Most Backers Without Their 3D Printer

    A $1.5M Kickstarter Project Fails, Leaving Most Backers Without Their 3D Printer

    Pirate3D Inc raised nearly $1.5M on Kickstarter in 2013, promising a 3D printer that anyone can use. A total of 3,520 backers pledged money to the project including 3,389 who pledged over $300 to eventually get a printer. But as of now, 60 percent of the orders have still not been fulfilled and it seems unlikely that in the end backers will get a refund or their product. In a convoluted note… Read More

  • Apple Updates The iMac With Ultra HD Screens

    Apple Updates The iMac With Ultra HD Screens

    Apple is moving closer to using ultra high-res screens across the iMac line. The 21.5-inch version of Apple’s all-in-one is now available with a 4K screen and the a 5K screen is now standard on the larger 27-inch iMac. Today’s announcement leaves just two lower-cost 21.5-inch iMacs as the only models available with 1920×1080 screens — screens that will fail to show all… Read More

  • Netflix Just Raised The Price Of Its Most Popular Plan

    Netflix Just Raised The Price Of Its Most Popular Plan

    Surprise! Netflix just got more expensive. The service’s most popular plan now costs $9.99. Existing customers will have a grace period, but the price is effectively immediately for new subscribers in U.S., Canada and parts of Latin America. Netflix quietly raised prices for Europeans in late August. The price increase raises its Standard plan to $9.99 a month. This is the plan that… Read More

  • Littlebits Releases A Wonderful Gizmo And Gadgets Kit

    Littlebits Releases A Wonderful Gizmo And Gadgets Kit

    LittleBits are fantastic, but I’ve never been able to recommend them for kids. Most of the company’s kits are just not intuitive for novices, nor do they contain everything needed to make gadgets that will keep kids interested. Well, the NYC-based gadget just released a kit that addresses this issue and it should be perfect for budding makers. At least 12 gadgets can be made from… Read More

  • Registration Is Now Open For Country Pavilions At Disrupt London 2015

    Registration Is Now Open For Country Pavilions At Disrupt London 2015

    Disrupt London 2015 is just a few months away, and entrepreneurs, investors, and tech enthusiasts from around the world will soon be flocking to London’s Copper Box Arena for the show. Will you and your budding international startup be joining them? Read More

  • Pandora Acquires Ticketfly For $450M To Sell Concert Tickets

    Pandora Acquires Ticketfly For $450M To Sell Concert Tickets

    Pandora has a new tool in its belt to fight against Apple Music and Spotify. The music streaming just announced it will purchase Ticketfly, a Ticketmaster-type site, for $450m in cash and stock. Pandora says in a press release that Ticketfly’s service will allow Pandora listeners to better find live music events. It’s unclear at this point how deep the Ticketfly integration… Read More

  • Android Auto Has Very Limited Access To Data In GM And Ford Vehicles

    Android Auto Has Very Limited Access To Data In GM And Ford Vehicles

    GM and Ford released statements to TechCrunch indicating that in their vehicles, Android Auto has very limited access to vehicle information. This comes after claims published by Motor Trend magazine that stated Porsche opted to not include Android Auto over the data collected by Google’s in-car infotainment system. Read More

  • Google Denies Motor Trend’s Claim That Android Auto Collects Key Automotive Data

    Google Denies Motor Trend’s Claim That Android Auto Collects Key Automotive Data

    Android Auto does not phone key automotive data back home, Google says. This comes after Motor Trend stated Porsche opted to not include Android Auto in the new 991/2 as Google’s system collects and transmits back to Google information such as vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temp, engine revs. Google’s official statement: Steering this story straight – we… Read More

  • Watch The Microsoft Surface Book Unveiling Right Here

    Watch The Microsoft Surface Book Unveiling Right Here


    Microsoft just announced and unveiled a stunning convertible laptop called the Surface Book. As the video above shows, the $1,500 laptop features a detectable tablet powered by a Core i7 CPU. It’s worth noting that most PC makers currently have a device very similar to the Surface Book, but none seem to be as well designed. Read More

  • Microsoft Throws Shade On The Apple Pencil

    Microsoft Throws Shade On The Apple Pencil

    “It’s kind of funny, there’s a Pencil out there without an eraser,” said Microsoft’s Panos Panay moments ago when announcing the upgraded Surface Pro 4 stylus. Because, you know, the Apple Pencil doesn’t have an eraser and the Surface Pen does and Microsoft had to take the opportunity to make a joke. Read More

  • The Apple Watch Hermès Collection Is Now Available For Purchase

    The Apple Watch Hermès Collection Is Now Available For Purchase

    #Fashion! The Apple Watch Hermès models are now available for purchase. But not online. These options are only sold in a handful of Apple Store and Hermès retail locations. Prices start at $1,100 for the 42mm single strap option, which is available in black and brown (noir or gauvre), and a red strap (capucine) is available in the 38mm size. The iconic Hermès double strap band costs $1,250… Read More

  • The Buckham Boot Brings Crowdfunding To Your Feet

    The Buckham Boot Brings Crowdfunding To Your Feet

    It’s never been easier for craftsmen to become manufacturers thanks to crowdfunding. Fans and buyers turn into investors and backers. Heck, manufacturing never left America: it just changed from bespoke to industrial in a bid to be more profitable. And now thanks to Kickstarter a small-scale boot maker in Flint, MI has a chance. Meet the Buckham Boot. It’s a $500 handmade leather… Read More

  • Only 24 Hours Left To Apply To The Startup Battlefield At Disrupt London

    Only 24 Hours Left To Apply To The Startup Battlefield At Disrupt London

    Yes, you read that right. Only 24 hours left to apply to the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London. Time to get going. You can do it. We loved being in London so much that we’re bringing Disrupt back to welcome an all-new slate of outstanding startups, influential speakers, guests and more to the stage. It marks the second time we’ve set up shop in London and we couldn’t be… Read More

  • Early-Bird Tickets To Disrupt London Are Now Available

    Early-Bird Tickets To Disrupt London Are Now Available

    Disrupt London is fast approaching, and we’re thrilled to announce that attendee registration is now open. You can now grab your tickets here at the Early Bird rate of £800 and join investors, tech enthusiasts and the startup community from Europe and all over the world. The show runs from December 7-8 at London’s beautiful Copper Box Arena, and with all the great speakers and… Read More

  • GoPro To Help Nonprofits Bring Attention To Their Causes

    GoPro To Help Nonprofits Bring Attention To Their Causes

    Companies often throw money at social causes, but GoPro is doing something a bit different. It’s providing nonprofits with GoPro cameras, financial support, video producers and content distribution. Founder and CEO Nick Woodman announced the program today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Read More

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