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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  • 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

  • The Jawbone UP24 Finally Gets Android Support

    The Jawbone UP24 Finally Gets Android Support

    Finally. The Jawbone UP24 now works with Android phones. The wireless UP fitness tracker launched in late 2013 and has so far only worked with iOS devices. But not anymore. The company just released the UP 3.0 Android app, which features all but the most recently added bells and whistles found in the iOS app. Most notably, the Jawbone app now allows data collected by the UP24 to sync wirelessly… Read More

  • Element 14 Releases A $33 Sound Card For The Raspberry Pi

    Element 14 Releases A $33 Sound Card For The Raspberry Pi

    The maker of the popular Raspberry Pi just announced a little soundcard, perfect for pairing with the 'Berry Pi. The $33 card from Element 14 sits on the Pi's P5 pins and features all the inputs and outputs traditionally found on a sound card. Best of all, it's tiny and matches the form factor of the micro computer. Read More

  • Surprise! The Disrupt NY Extra Early Bird Sale Is Extended Until Wednesday

    Surprise! The Disrupt NY Extra Early Bird Sale Is Extended Until Wednesday

    Procrastination is a thing of the devil. We get that. And with that thought, our lovely events team has extended the extra early bird sale on Disrupt NY tickets. This cuts $250 off the price of the already discounted early bird price, hence the name “extra” early bird special. On Wednesday, March 13, the price of a general admission ticket jumps $250 to $1,995 and then on April 28th, a… Read More

  • Watch The Live Stream Of Edward Snowden’s SXSW Talk Here

    Watch The Live Stream Of Edward Snowden’s SXSW Talk Here

    Edward Snowden is set to give his SXSW talk at 12:00 EDT. Thanks to the Texas Tribune, the interview will also be live streamed and the video is embedded below. Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist of the American Civil Liberties Union, will interview Snowden on the impact of the NSA’s spying efforts on the technology community, and the ways in which technology can help to… Read More

  • 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