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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  • Sony’s Just Released A Worthwhile Waterproof Phone

    Sony’s Just Released A Worthwhile Waterproof Phone

    Waterproof phones have been around for ages. But to be waterproof, there are little flappy covers on the ports. Like the MicroUSB card port. And these covers always break off. Always. But now there’s the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, an Android smartphone that’s waterproof without those annoying caps. The microUSB port is naked but, sadly, there is still a cover on the SD Card slot. The rest… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple Watch, Pebble Time, Moto E, And Galaxy S6 Leaks!

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple Watch, Pebble Time, Moto E, And Galaxy S6 Leaks!

    It’s been a busy week. Apple sent out invitations to its Apple Watch event on March 9, and Pebble released its next-gen watch on Kickstarter and raised more than $6 million in half a day. Meanwhile, Motorola released the Moto E smartphone, and photos of the Samsung Galaxy S6 reportedly leaked this week. Read More

  • 3D Robotics Taps Qualcomm For $50M Series C And Mobile Tech

    3D Robotics Taps Qualcomm For $50M Series C And Mobile Tech

    The race to build the best drone is on and 3D Robotics is today announcing its latest round of financing that it hopes will enable the company to keep its commanding position in the marketplace. As part of the funding, the drone upstart also found a new partner in Qualcomm. You know, the company that builds the chips and bits inside cell phones, because as CEO and co-founder Chris Anderson… Read More

  • Jawbone Blames Manufacturing Woes For UP3 Delay

    Jawbone Blames Manufacturing Woes For UP3 Delay

    Jawbone announced the third generation of its fitness tracker last November but it has yet to ship. Appropriately called the UP3, the device builds upon its two predecessors, adding heart rate monitoring to the mix. The tracker was already delayed once. Now Jawbone tells me that it is having trouble manufacturing the device. Read More

  • Porsche Will Put A Bluetooth Navigation System In Your Classic 911

    Porsche Will Put A Bluetooth Navigation System In Your Classic 911

    Classic cars are great. The look, the feel, the repair bills. But they often lack the modern safety and convenience features found on modern cars. Porsche has a solution with a radio and navigation system that blends today’s technology with the style found in its classic cars. Unless, of course, you’re driving a classic Porsche to escape modern society. The radio unit can be… Read More

  • Samsung SDI Dives Deeper Into Electric Vehicles With Battery Pack Maker Purchase

    Samsung SDI Dives Deeper Into Electric Vehicles With Battery Pack Maker Purchase

    Samsung SDI is getting more serious about EVs with the purchase of the EV battery pack division of Magna International. Under the agreement, Samsung SDI will acquire Magna Steyr including all 264 employees, production and development sites. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Magna Steyr is a Austria-based division of Canada’s Magna International, one of the largest automobile part… Read More

  • Did Pebble Just Leak Its Color Screen Smartwatch?

    Did Pebble Just Leak Its Color Screen Smartwatch?

    Is this the new Pebble? The company is set to unveil its next generation smartwatch tomorrow and the image above was just discovered on Pebble’s website. Rumors state that the next version will sport a new design and a color e-ink screen — just like the watch in this picture. Read More

  • Detroit To Finally Get Fiber-Optic Internet Thanks To Dan Gilbert

    Detroit To Finally Get Fiber-Optic Internet Thanks To Dan Gilbert

    High speed fiber optic internet is coming to downtown Detroit thanks to Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ventures. The investment group recently confirmed that construction is underway on a fiber-optic network starting in the downtown area. The network, dubbed Rocket Fiber, will serve residents and businesses and will offer internet connection 100 times faster than current services, Crain’s… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Smartwatches, Samsung LoopPay, And Bluetooth Toothbrushes

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Smartwatches, Samsung LoopPay, And Bluetooth Toothbrushes

    With the Apple Watch looming on the horizon, we simply can’t help ourselves from talking about smartwatches. This week, we focus on the Garmin Fenix 3, the LG Urbane, and of course, the upcoming Apple Watch. Meanwhile, Samsung is trying to compete in the payments space with the acquisition of LoopPay, and Oral B thinks you might want a Bluetooth-equipped toothbrush. We discuss all this… Read More

  • Announcing The First Speakers For Disrupt NY 2015: Aaron Levie, Tristan Walker And Payal Kadakia

    Announcing The First Speakers For Disrupt NY 2015: Aaron Levie, Tristan Walker And Payal Kadakia

    Disrupt NY is quickly approaching and we can’t wait. Tickets are available now at an extra early bird discount rate for just a few more days and today we’re announcing the first speakers to headline the show. Aaron Levie, Tristan Walker and Payal Kadakia are all well-known in the startup scene and we’re excited to have them at Disrupt NY. Aaron Levie rose in prominence… Read More

  • Register Now To Exhibit Your Startup At Disrupt NY Startup Alley

    Register Now To Exhibit Your Startup At Disrupt NY Startup Alley

    According to CrunchBase, of the 126 companies that exhibited in Startup Alley at Disrupt NY 2014, 24 of them have since been funded, raising $90.9 million in seed and Series A funding as of January 2015. And 11 of these companies had raised over $78 million in funding within three months of Disrupt. Considering these impressive stats, why wouldn’t you sign up to have a spot in Startup… Read More

  • Robocoin SDK Lets Any ATM Accept Cryptocurrency

    Robocoin SDK Lets Any ATM Accept Cryptocurrency

    Robocoin released its first bitcoin ATM nearly two years ago, and today the company is announcing a software pack that enables any ATM or kiosk to accept, dispense or transfer money with bitcoin. Called Coin SDK, the software pack is part of the company’s mission to bring the power of Bitcoin to the masses. Read More

  • Aol Mail Has Been Down Since Early Morning

    Aol Mail Has Been Down Since Early Morning

    Bad news, everyone. Your email address from the nineties isn’t working right now. Aol Mail has been down since early this morning. We’ve reached out to get more information, but have so far not heard back. According to Aol’s DownDetector the service has been having issues since 4:10 AM EST. Aol Mail’s twitter handle has been flooded with users complaining they… Read More

  • Indiegogo Testing Way To Refund Money If Crowdfunded Project Does Not Ship

    Indiegogo Testing Way To Refund Money If Crowdfunded Project Does Not Ship

    Indiegogo is trying to answer crowdfunding’s biggest question: How do you get your money back if the product never materializes? Called Perk Insurance, the optional coverage will allow backers to receive a full refund — minus the cost of the insurance — if the perk is not delivered within a specified period of time after the estimated delivery date. Read More

  • Announcing TechCrunch’s Blockbuster 2015 Events

    Announcing TechCrunch’s Blockbuster 2015 Events

    TechCrunch’s many events are famous (and sometimes infamous) and we want you to join us as we travel the globe to bring you insightful, fun, and valuable experiences. We have events for all comers including our meetups where you can network and see great new companies, the August Capital party where SF goes to sweat in the sun and do deals, and Disrupt where it all happens and legends… Read More

  • 13 Questions With Rob Coneybeer

    13 Questions With Rob Coneybeer

    Welcome to 13 Questions, a series aimed at bringing a human face to notable figures in the world of startups, hardware, and tech. Ever wonder how your favorite designer learned to love tech? Curious what’s on your favorite VC’s bucket list? Want to see the person behind the media hype? 13 Questions is here. Rob Coneybeer a founder and managing director of Shasta Ventures where… Read More

  • Fitbit Acknowledges Latest Devices Are Causing Rashes, Advises To “Give Your Wrist A Rest”

    Fitbit Acknowledges Latest Devices Are Causing Rashes, Advises To “Give Your Wrist A Rest”

    Fitbits are still causing rashes. Some owners of the Surge are reporting that, like the Force and Charge before it, the new smartwatch activity tracker is causing a rash. Fitbit’s solution? Take the thing off occasionally. Fitbit tells TechCrunch that a very limited percentage of users reported skin irritation and the reactions are not uncommon with jewelry or wearable devices that stay… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Friendship!

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Friendship!

    We were all physically in the same room for this podcast, which is the first time that has ever happened. That said, we covered a multitude of topics, including the new Nintendo 3DS, the potential Swatch smartwatch and the first-world problems of folks who own multiple IoT products. Read More

  • 13 Questions With Matt Rogers

    13 Questions With Matt Rogers

    Welcome to 13 Questions, a series aimed at bringing a human face to notable figures in the world of startups, hardware, and tech. Ever wonder how your favorite designer learned to love tech? Curious what’s on your favorite VC’s bucket list? Want to see the person behind the media hype? 13 Questions is here. Matt Rogers is the co-founder and VP of Engineering of Nest Labs. Read More

  • Announcing The Winners Of The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards

    Announcing The Winners Of The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards

    Today at The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards TechCrunch and VentureBeat came together to celebrate the best of technology in 2014. It was a night for the ages. The Davies Symphony Hall was packed and Silicon Valley‘s TJ Miller hosted the event. But only a few companies walked away with a Crunchies trophy. The complete list of winners follows. Read More

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