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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  • 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

  • Blue Reveals Its Fresh Take On Over-The-Ear Heaphones

    Blue Reveals Its Fresh Take On Over-The-Ear Heaphones

    No one will ever mistake the Blue Mo-Fi for Beats headphones. From the design to the amplified sound, the Mo-Fi headphones serve up a new perspective on the now-ubiquitous consumer electronic. Over-the-ear headphones are enjoying a renaissance of sorts. Where a few years ago white earbuds used to be a status symbol, massive headphones are now the status quo thanks mostly to Beats Electronics. Read More

  • No One Nominated The Galaxy S5 For The Ice Bucket Challenge, Samsung

    No One Nominated The Galaxy S5 For The Ice Bucket Challenge, Samsung

    Just stop, Samsung. Stop. The Ice Bucket Challenge is designed to raise awareness for a horrible disease, not sell your phone. It doesn’t matter that you, Samsung, donated money to a UK organization fighting the same condition as the ALS Association. To degrade a worldwide movement to a phone advert is just about the worst thing possible. Read More

  • Iconoclastic Billionaire And Investor Mark Cuban To Join Us On Our Disrupt SF Stage

    Iconoclastic Billionaire And Investor Mark Cuban To Join Us On Our Disrupt SF Stage

    I’m personally excited to announce that the one and only Mark Cuban will be joining me on stage at Disrupt SF for a fireside chat. From early an dot.com success to an outspoken sports team owner to household TV personality, Mark Cuban is seemingly everywhere. His accomplishments read like a bucket list. And the man just keeps going, recently launching an ephemeral messaging app. Read More

  • Twitter Is Suspending Accounts For Sharing Beheading Images And Videos

    Twitter Is Suspending Accounts For Sharing Beheading Images And Videos

    Tweet a graphic image relating to a video allegedly showing the beheading of photojournalist James Wright Foley and risk having your account suspended. The word comes from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo who announced the company’s actions in a tweet on Wednesday morning, several hours after the shocking video appeared on YouTube and suddenly went viral. Read More

  • Swing Copters Is The Latest Game From The Creator Of Flappy Bird

    Swing Copters Is The Latest Game From The Creator Of Flappy Bird

    Take Flappy Bird, make the bird fly vertically and avoid swinging things, and you have Swing Copters, the next mobile game from Dong Nguyen. Because let’s burn more of our time on this earth with mindless games. Read More

  • The Saleen FourSixteen Is A Faster, Louder And More Slippery Tesla Model S

    The Saleen FourSixteen Is A Faster, Louder And More Slippery Tesla Model S

    The Tesla Model S is already a shockingly quick car. The electric drive train will propel the car to 60 miles per hour in just over five seconds. But that’s not fast enough for Steve Saleen, owner of Saleen Automotive, who recently said his company’s upgraded example of the Model S, called the FourSixteen, will sprint to 60 mph in the mid- to low four-second range. Because why not. Read More

  • I’ve Become The Embarrassing Parent With The Camcorder

    I’ve Become The Embarrassing Parent With The Camcorder

    Everyone had a dad, mom or uncle who was addicted to the VHS camcorder. Large and hoisted on a shoulder, it captured every birthday party and canoe trip on its massive tape. Our family’s official cameraman was Uncle Brian. Some 15 years and several rolls of duct tape later, he finally let the old machine rest and enlisted his BlackBerry to enshrine the memories. Read More

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