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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • The Nest Thermostat Is Now Available Through Google Play

    The Nest Thermostat Is Now Available Through Google Play

    Google’s latest toy is available for purchase on Google Play for $249.99. Starting today, conveniently to coincide with Earth Day, Google started selling Nest Learning Thermostat on its web store. For those keeping track, this makes the Nest Learning Thermostat the only product available on both Google and Apple’s retail site. Read More

  • The Disrupt NY Early Bird Ticket Special Ends Today

    The Disrupt NY Early Bird Ticket Special Ends Today

    The price of a Disrupt general admission jumps $1,000 tonight. Procrastination is a debilitating disease, but save some serious money and grab a ticket before the early bird special ends. It’s worth it. This ticket grants the holder access to 3 days of fun in the New York sun along with the entire Disrupt conference, Startup Alley, and the epic after parties. Disrupt NY is the biggest… Read More

  • More Details Emerge About LG’s Upcoming Smartwatch

    More Details Emerge About LG’s Upcoming Smartwatch

    LG’s upcoming smartwatch will be water and dust resistant. Essentially it can be worn to the beach and it will be just fine. Or to a sprinkler party in a dusty warehouse. Either way, the watch will survive. Read More

  • Aol Mail Hacked With Spoofed Accounts Sending Spam

    Aol Mail Hacked With Spoofed Accounts Sending Spam

    It’s not just you. Aol Mail was hacked affecting an untold amount of accounts that were seemingly spoofed. The Twitter hashtag #aolhacked is filled with first-hand accounts of spam being sent from either the hacked email account or an email account spoofed to look like the original. We’ve reached out to Aol for further clarification. The company said in a statement earlier today… Read More

  • Mailbox Brings Latest Features To Its iOS App

    Mailbox Brings Latest Features To Its iOS App

    Mailbox 2.0 for iOS is here and brings a hosts of enhancements and goodies. Chief among the additions is auto-swipe, a feature that launched first on Mailbox’s new Android app. Read More

  • Sony’s Waterproof Tablet Goes On Sale In The U.S.

    Sony’s Waterproof Tablet Goes On Sale In The U.S.

    Sony’s latest Android tablet is now on sale in the U.S. Available for pre-order on Sony.com and available in Sony Stores on May 4th, the Z2 is Sony’s latest effort to shore up its crumbling brand. And an impressive one at that. The Z2 is the thinner, faster, and waterproof successor to the Z1 that hit in 2013. Darrell was impressed with the device when he spent some time with it… Read More

  • Motorola Solutions Latest To Sign Microsoft Licensing Agreement For Chrome, Android Devices

    Motorola Solutions Latest To Sign Microsoft Licensing Agreement For Chrome, Android Devices

    Microsoft continues its quest to fleece companies over use of its intellectual property in devices running platforms made by competitors. Motorola Solutions, the enterprise counterpart to the consumer-focused Motorola Mobility, has signed an agreement with Microsoft to use its IP in Chrome and Android devices. Read More

  • Who Wants A Ticket To The Disrupt NY Hackathon?

    Who Wants A Ticket To The Disrupt NY Hackathon?

    Ready. Set. Go. Our events team just released another batch of tickets to the Disrupt NY Hackathon. You can grab one below. Last year using the Foursquare and Plaid APIs, a credit card transaction tracker took home the top prize. Teams are forming now so grab a ticket while they’re still available. Read More

  • Google Launches Home Try-On Program For Glass

    Google Launches Home Try-On Program For Glass

    Interested in owning Google Glass, but not sure how it will look on your face? Google now has an in-home try-on program that lets prospective buyers try all four colors of Glass and the entire Titanium Collection in different colors, for free. Read More

  • Hack Siri To Control Spotify, A Nest, A Tesla, And Give Directions Through Google Maps

    Hack Siri To Control Spotify, A Nest, A Tesla, And Give Directions Through Google Maps

    A team of University of Pennsylvania freshmen have turned Siri into the useful companion she was always meant to be. Their creation, GoogolPlex, routes Siri commands through a proxy, allowing their system to add custom commands. Ever want Siri to play a certain Spotify song on demand? Or control a Nest Thermostat? Or unlock your Tesla? GoogolPlex can do all of that. Enabling GoogolPlex is… Read More

  • BrightContext Acquired By WealthEngine To Bring Big Data To Marketers

    BrightContext Acquired By WealthEngine To Bring Big Data To Marketers

    As BrightContext co-founder and CEO John Funge told TechCrunch in 2012, “What Twilio is to telephony, BrightContext is to real-time data streams.” It’s with that hook that WealthEngine scooped up the company to add BrightContext’s real-time analysis capabilities to its chest of marketing and fundraising tools. Read More

  • Samsung Is Keeping Its Options Open With Android Wear And Tizen

    Samsung Is Keeping Its Options Open With Android Wear And Tizen

    Samsung plans on releasing a smartphone powered by Android competitor Tizen this year. Likewise, Samsung is also working on a smartwatch that runs Android, according to a Reuters report. It’s bizarro world for Samsung. Read More

  • Google Actually Sells Out Of A Google Glass Model

    Google Actually Sells Out Of A Google Glass Model

    Apparently some people still want Google Glass. The white model sold out several hours after Google allowed anyone to purchase the product. Models of the other colors are still available — at least until Google stops selling the product tonight. For today only, Google made Glass available to anyone. This is the first time since the product’s announcement that Google has allowed… Read More

  • Amazon’s Smartphone To Feature Unique But Limited 3D Effects

    Amazon’s Smartphone To Feature Unique But Limited 3D Effects

    TechCrunch has learned that Amazon’s upcoming flagship smartphone, running a forked version of Android, will have head-tracking capabilities offering up limited 3D effects. This key feature will be reserved to just a few built-in gestures, according to a source with first-hand experience of the company’s mobile ambitions. Read More

  • 100 Tesla Model S Convertibles Are Headed To China

    100 Tesla Model S Convertibles Are Headed To China

    Hold on to your hat. The Tesla Model S is about to get more breezy thanks to a drop-top conversion by Newport Convertible Engineering. Both hard and soft top conversions are now available — they don’t come cheap, though. A soft-top conversion costs $29K and a hard-top $49K. Plus, the buyer has to supply the Tesla Model S. But, once converted, there’s no question that… Read More

  • Top Sequoia Capital Partner Roelof Botha To Take The Stage At Disrupt NY 2014

    Top Sequoia Capital Partner Roelof Botha To Take The Stage At Disrupt NY 2014

    When Sequoia Capital partner Roelof Botha talks about a company, people listen. Botha has been the mastermind behind funding rounds of several successful startups, with a specific knack for social services. He’s repeatedly found himself in the top 30 on Forbes’ annual Midas List, which ranks the top individual investors at the major venture capital firms. Which is why… Read More

  • CarPlay Is Coming To The Third-Party Stereo Market

    CarPlay Is Coming To The Third-Party Stereo Market

    iPhone fans will not have to buy a new car to get in on the CarPlay fun if a report from a Japanese business newspaper is correct. Alpine is reportedly planning on releasing an aftermarket stereo sporting CarPlay this Fall. Read More

  • Weev Is Free

    Weev Is Free

    Andrew “weev” Auernheimer is set to be released from federal prison, following a federal appeals court decision to reverse and vacate his conviction and sentence. “I’m going to prison for arithmetic,” Weev declared last March. Shortly after, he was incarcerated in the federal prison system, charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the same law… Read More

  • Staples Wants To Be The Kinkos Of 3D Printing

    Staples Wants To Be The Kinkos Of 3D Printing

    Staples is getting a jump on 3D printing and just rolled-out a 3D printing service to two of its U.S. locations in New York and Los Angeles, where consumers can walk in and have a 3D doodad printed. If this trial proves successful, the retailer says it will expand the service to more locations. Staples has partnered with 3D Systems for the trial. 3D Systems along with Shapeways has long… Read More

  • Hackers, Coders And Designers, Come To The Disrupt NY Hackathon

    Hackers, Coders And Designers, Come To The Disrupt NY Hackathon

    It’s that time of year again. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and, soon, coders will be hacking together APIs at the Disrupt NY Hackathon. We’ve just released another batch of tickets. Registration is free. Grab a ticket here or on the form below. The 24-hour event kicks off on Saturday May 3 and runs through the night until the teams take the Disrupt stage on… Read More