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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  • Mercedes Demos All The Functions Of CarPlay In This Convoluted 7-Minute Video

    Mercedes Demos All The Functions Of CarPlay In This Convoluted 7-Minute Video

    At the Geneva Auto Show, Mercedes revealed the all-new C Class, its first vehicle to support Apple’s in-vehicle iOS platform called CarPlay. Forgive the production quality of the demo. It appears to be a compilation of b-roll and likely not intended to be used as a demo. However, it shows all the core functions of Apple’s CarPlay. It’s all here: using Siri to make phone calls… Read More

  • Overstock.com Exceeds $1M In Bitcoin Transactions In Two Months

    Overstock.com Exceeds $1M In Bitcoin Transactions In Two Months

    Surprise! People have bitcoins and want to spend them, a fact that Overstock.com quickly discovered after they started accepting bitcoin payments. “We did not expect to hit this milestone so quickly,” states Overstock.com Chairman and CEO Patrick M. Byrne. “Bitcoin customers are good customers, and we’re pleased to provide them this service.” Overstock.com started… Read More

  • Tesla Announces Ambitious European Expansion Plans

    Tesla Announces Ambitious European Expansion Plans

    Ahead of the Geneva Auto Show, Tesla has announced plans to significantly expand its footprint in Europe. And for good reason. According to the news release announcing 30 new European service centers and stores, Telsa notes that it expects the combined sales in Europe and Asia to be twice as high as sales in North America. The proposed expansion comes after a recent trip to Europe by Elon Musk who… Read More

  • RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

    RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

    Today, while reporting its 2013 forth quarter results, the RadioShack announced plans to close 1,100 of its 4,000 stores in a bid to stem loses. The parts drawer. The RC toys. The various different types of solder and breadboards. RadioShack. It is quickly dying. Read More

  • The $150 Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard Is A Keyboard For Your Living Room

    The $150 Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard Is A Keyboard For Your Living Room

    Meet the Smart Keyboard. If you've ever wanted a full size QWERTY keyboard for your TV, this is for you. It packs all the goods of a Harmony Remote into a wireless keyboard that will be rather tough to lose between the couch cushions. Read More

  • Atlanta’s PeachDish Aims To Outflank Plated, Blue Apron With Smarter Logistics And Southern Hospitality

    Atlanta’s PeachDish Aims To Outflank Plated, Blue Apron With Smarter Logistics And Southern Hospitality

    I love cooking but hate shopping. I’m not alone. It’s from that vein several startups have appeared recently. Blue Apron, Plated, and HelloFresh are all trying to solve this decidedly first world problem by shipping pricey boxes of food to your house each week. Add Atlanta-based PeachDish to the list, too. At its core, PeachDish is just like the other services: For a monthly… Read More

  • Ford Gets Diplomatic About Apple’s CarPlay And Its Microsoft Ties

    Ford Gets Diplomatic About Apple’s CarPlay And Its Microsoft Ties

    iOS in the Car is real and now called CarPlay. Along with several automakers, Apple announced the platform this morning ahead of the Geneva Auto Show where partners Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo all announced that they’d begin shipping CarPlay-enabled vehicles to drivers this week. Apple also announced a handful of automakers set to support the platform in the coming months including… Read More

  • TechCrunch Is Headed To Boston And Los Angeles

    TechCrunch Is Headed To Boston And Los Angeles

    Ready, set, here we come. In early April TechCrunch is returning to Boston and hosting our first meetup + pitch-off in the City of Angels. Tickets are just $5 and available now. Last November TechCrunch rolled into Boston where we held one of our best ever meetups. We expect nothing less than a legendary night on April 8. This also marks the first time we’ve held a meetup + pitch-off in LA. Read More

  • Don’t Expect To Use Google Maps With Apple CarPlay

    Don’t Expect To Use Google Maps With Apple CarPlay

    Hopefully iPhone owners have gotten used to Apple Maps by now because it’s likely going to be the only mapping solution available through CarPlay. Apple just released a preview page for its forthcoming iOS vehicle integration. Called CarPlay, the system brings the iPhone’s core functionally to cars. Connect an iPhone 5 or later device through a Lightning cable, and the car’s… Read More

  • If You’re Going To Watch One Video Of A 3D-Printed Clock That Writes The Time, Make It This One

    If You’re Going To Watch One Video Of A 3D-Printed Clock That Writes The Time, Make It This One

    The machines. They are learning. The Plotclock is a small, 3D-printed clock that forgoes the traditional gears and springs for servos and an Arduino microcontroller. It writes the time. And then erases it. Then writes the time again, continuing forever even though the white board will quickly descend into a smudgy mess of partially erased ink. It’s a simple device: One servo lifts the pen… Read More

  • Parrot’s Flower Power Plant Sensor Gives You A Mobile Green Thumb

    Parrot’s Flower Power Plant Sensor Gives You A Mobile Green Thumb

    So I bought a plant. I named it Stan. I’ve never really been a plant guy. But maybe Parrot’s new wireless plant monitor can help. Stan’s life depends on it. The Flower Power is a small Bluetooth-capable sensor. It runs on a AAA battery and simply sticks in the plant’s dirt. It’s cute and hardly noticeable. The device measures and tracks light intensity, air… Read More

  • Sony To Sell Former Tokyo Headquarters

    Sony To Sell Former Tokyo Headquarters

    The sell-off continues. The WSJ is reporting today that Sony is looking to sell its former headquarters in central Tokyo. This comes just weeks after the struggling consumer electronic maker sold its PC division and watched its credit rating cut to junk status by bond credit rating agency Moody’s. This is the birthplace of the Trinitron TV and Sony Walkman. Clearly nothing is safe from being… Read More

  • California Court Rules In Favor Of Using Cellphone Maps While Driving

    California Court Rules In Favor Of Using Cellphone Maps While Driving

    Good news, Californians. You can now, once again, use Google Maps on your phone while driving. That is, legally. Until this court ruling, map use was in a shady legal gray area. This comes two years after a Fresno, Calif., man was ticketed for looking at a map on his iPhone while stuck in construction. He was looking for an alternative route. As you do. The cop issued the $165 ticket under a law… Read More

  • Apple, If Samsung And Sony Can Make A Waterproof Phone, So Can You

    Apple, If Samsung And Sony Can Make A Waterproof Phone, So Can You

    Just this week Samsung revealed the Galaxy S5. It’s water-resistant. Sony also announced the Xperia Z2, the waterproof successor to the also waterproof Z1. So where’s my waterproof iPhone? The technology and demand are here. Water-resistant or waterproof, Samsung and Sony’s latest flagships are waterproof enough that a drop in the toilet will not destroy the device. That’s… Read More

  • Apply For The TechCrunch New York City Pitch-Off Now

    Apply For The TechCrunch New York City Pitch-Off Now

    For the second year in a row, TechCrunch is holding a pitch-off competition in New York City. We’re stoked and are looking for a few of the regions best undiscovered startups to pitch to a panel of judges and TechCrunch editors. Last year’s event was a blast and we’re hoping for another great show. Apply below. General admission tickets are also available for $5 and grant the… Read More

  • Best Buy To Layoff About 2,000 Managers Amid Poor Holiday Sales

    Best Buy To Layoff About 2,000 Managers Amid Poor Holiday Sales

    Uh-oh. Even though Big Blue squeaked out a profit last quarter and beat Wall Street’s expectations, the retailer is planning its biggest layoff since July 2012. About 2,000 managers will lose their job, but no store closures are planned. According to the New York Post, the exact number of cuts have not been determined yet but it could reach 2,000 managers The company announced its 2014… Read More

  • There Is Now A Samsung Store In Nearly Every Best Buy Store

    There Is Now A Samsung Store In Nearly Every Best Buy Store

    Have you been in a Best Buy recently? The stores are starting to look more like exhibition halls than a warehouse retailer. And that’s by design. Stores within stores. Nearly every Best Buy store now has space dedicated to Samsung products and about half of the stores have space for Windows products. The company details the store-within-a-store concept in its 2014 fourth-quarter results. Read More

  • Sony To Close Two-Thirds Of Its US Retail Stores

    Sony To Close Two-Thirds Of Its US Retail Stores

    Sony announced today that it is shuttering 20 of its 31 retail stores located throughout the States. The 11 remaining stores are located near major markets. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. As the company’s press release states, this move is designed to place Sony in a more competitive stance. The Sony of today is in flux. It’s offloading unprofitable divisions left… Read More

  • Fred Wilson, Niklas Zennstrom, And Secret Co-Founders David Byttow And Chrys Bader-Wechseler To Speak At Disrupt NY

    Fred Wilson, Niklas Zennstrom, And Secret Co-Founders David Byttow And Chrys Bader-Wechseler To Speak At Disrupt NY

    Disrupt NY is back. On May 5-7, the show will once again takeover The Manhattan Center in New York City. This year marks the 6th year TechCrunch has held Disrupt in New York City. And we say this every year, but this show is going to be the best yet. We’re pleased to announce that New York’s own Fred Wilson will take the Disrupt stage. The co-founder of Skype, Niklas Zennström, and… Read More

  • Apply Now For The TechCrunch Washington DC Pitch-Off

    Apply Now For The TechCrunch Washington DC Pitch-Off

    TechCrunch is rolling into DC on March 18th and hosting our first Pitch-Off in the city. We’re looking some of the area’s best undiscovered startups to pitch to a panel of judges and TechCrunch editors. Apply below. General admission tickets are also available for $5 and grant the holder a couple of beers and entrance into what will surely be a fantastic night. These events are part… Read More