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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  • Tinder’s Sean Rad To Join Us At Disrupt SF 2014

    Tinder’s Sean Rad To Join Us At Disrupt SF 2014

    Sean Rad, the co-inventor of the hottest dating game in the land, will be joining us onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 to chat about the success of Tinder and its plans for monetization. Tinder is also currently the subject of a lawsuit served by its former VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe, which we have covered here. The app in its present iteration has been around since 2012, but… Read More

  • Expect Labs Releases API For Better Voice Controls And Content Discovery

    Expect Labs Releases API For Better Voice Controls And Content Discovery

    TechCrunch Startup alumni Expect Labs has just released a turnkey solution to allow developers to add a voice interface with just a few lines of code. Called MindMeld, the API leans on the company’s extensive work with voice search and natural voice analysis. Building a recipe app and want an easy way for your users to search for potato salads? The MindMeld API can help. Read More

  • The LTE Verision Of Sony’s Ultra-Slim Xperia Z2 Tablet Hits Verizon Exclusively

    The LTE Verision Of Sony’s Ultra-Slim Xperia Z2 Tablet Hits Verizon Exclusively

    The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is one of the best Android tablets on the market. It’s incredibly thin, waterproof and the screen is stunning. And now it’s available in LTE, exclusively on Verizon for $599.99, although, for a limited time, it be discounted to $499.99 when purchased with a new two-year activation. The tablet is available for order on July 10 and will be in retail locations… Read More

  • Chinese Supercloner Xiaomi Expected To Release A Fitness Tracker

    Chinese Supercloner Xiaomi Expected To Release A Fitness Tracker

    Watch out, Fitbit. Xiaomi is firing up its photocopiers again. Xiaomi makes the best cheap gadgets available. The company started out cloning existing gadgets, but has since moved on to designing and developing its own wares. And selling them dirt cheap. The company already sells several smartphones and a streaming TV device. Now reports state that company will soon release a fitness tracker. Read More

  • BlackBerry Is One Of The Hottest Stocks Of 2014, Seriously

    BlackBerry Is One Of The Hottest Stocks Of 2014, Seriously

    Don’t look now, but BlackBerry — you know, the butt of most cell phone jokes — is mounting an impressive comeback. BlackBerry’s stock is up 50 percent on the year and one of the best performers in its sector. BlackBerry has been written off as dead countless times. The company is often viewed as a relic of a bygone era. Its CEO is a blowhard, not afraid to take spats… Read More

  • Buy A Google #Cardboard Clone For $20

    Buy A Google #Cardboard Clone For $20

    Want to play around with a cardboard VR kit? Dodocase has you covered. For $19.95, the San Francisco-based manufacturer will ship you an unofficial #Cardboard kit. Some assembly is required and the NFC tag costs an additional $5. Read More

  • Apple Keeps The iPod Alive With New Models And Lower Prices

    Apple Keeps The iPod Alive With New Models And Lower Prices

    The iPod touch just got a bit cheaper. Without any fanfare, Apple just updated the iPod touch line with a new 16GB model and lower prices for the 32GB and 64GB flavors. Now, the cheapest option, the 16GB model, sports all the goodies previously only found on the higher priced options. Read More

  • All The News From Google I/O 2014

    All The News From Google I/O 2014

    Google I/O is in full swing and the company just dropped a cluster bomb of news at its annual keynote. During the two and a half hour event, Google announced major changes to Android, announced Android TV, revealed key Android Wear details and it was even interrupted twice by protesters. All of the action can be found right here. Read More

  • The First Android Wear Smartwatches Will Go On Sale Today

    The First Android Wear Smartwatches Will Go On Sale Today

    Want a mini Android display on your wrist? Both LG and Samsung’s first Android Wear smartwatches will be available for purchase starting today, June 25 — and yes, Samsung is now making an Android Wear device. Called the Samsung Gear Live, it looks a lot like its Tizen counterparts. Read More

  • Barnes & Noble Is Dumping Its Nook Business

    Barnes & Noble Is Dumping Its Nook Business

    Once a pioneer in the space, the B&N Nook has long lagged behind the Kindle, dragging down the bookseller with it. But no more. Barnes & Noble just announced that it will separate its┬áretail and NOOK Media businesses into two separate public companies. This separation is expected to be complete by the first quarter of the next calendar year. “We have determined that these… Read More

  • Google Makes Its Nest At The Center Of The Smart Home

    Google Makes Its Nest At The Center Of The Smart Home

    Using Google Now, a homeowner can soon talk to a Nest Learning Thermostat and complain about the heat. And that’s just the beginning. Google is turning the Nest Learning Thermostat into the hub of smart homes. With the just-announced “Works with Nest” certification program, gadgets to cars to universal remotes will all work with the Thermostat, providing automated actions… Read More

  • The Next Fitbits Uncovered: Heart-Rate Sensors, GPS Info, Atmospheric Tracking, And Smartphone Notifications

    The Next Fitbits Uncovered: Heart-Rate Sensors, GPS Info, Atmospheric Tracking, And Smartphone Notifications

    The Fitbit product line is looking a little stale especially after the recall of the Fitbit Force. But that’s seemingly about to change with the addition of several upcoming, and upgraded, models including a fitness tracker with a heart rate sensor. Meet the Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge and the PurePulse. Read More

  • Amazon Announces The $199 Fire Phone, The First Smartphone With Head-Tracking Technology

    Amazon Announces The $199 Fire Phone, The First Smartphone With Head-Tracking Technology

    Meet the Fire Phone, Amazon’s first venture into smartphones. At first blush, the phone looks like any other smartphone currently on the market, but it has a secret: the ability to track a user’s head. This is done through four corner-mounted, front-facing infrared cameras and produces wild 3D effects. Jeff Bezos calls it the phone built for the Amazon Prime customer. Read More

  • The Next Generation Of Atari

    The Next Generation Of Atari

    Atari is back. Again. After the crash of Nolan Bushnell’s empire in the early ’80s, several ventures attempted to resurrect the iconic brand. Atari Interactive is the latest, emerging from chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, and is now ready to make a splash in the mobile market with a renewed focus in established verticals. Read More

  • BlackBerry Turns To Amazon To Fix BlackBerry’s App Problem

    BlackBerry Turns To Amazon To Fix BlackBerry’s App Problem

    BlackBerry has partnered with Amazon in a deal that will bring Amazon’s Android Appstore to BlackBerry devices. Why? As BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen tells the WSJ, he simply doesn’t have time, energy and money to build a proper app ecosystem, which is about right. The Amazon Appstore will be available alongside the BlackBerry 10.3 platform this fall. Read More

  • T-Mobile’s CEO Is Pissed That The Amazon Phone Will Be Exclusive To AT&T

    T-Mobile’s CEO Is Pissed That The Amazon Phone Will Be Exclusive To AT&T

    Remember how the Facebook phone was exclusive to AT&T? Remember how the price quickly dropped to $.99 cents? T-Mobile’s John Legere does and he took to Twitter today to rant about Amazon’s exclusive deal with AT&T. He makes a lot of good points mainly that exclusive phone deals are bad for consumers and the industry. Read More

  • There Will Not Be A Live Video Stream For The Amazon Phone Launch

    There Will Not Be A Live Video Stream For The Amazon Phone Launch

    Bad news, nerds. TechCrunch just received word that Amazon will not provide a live video stream of tomorrow’s launch event. Thankfully we’ll have a couple of writers on-hand to live blog the action, but you won’t be able to watch Bezos’ dog-and-pony show until after the event wraps. Read More

  • Everything We Know About Amazon’s Radical New Smartphone

    Everything We Know About Amazon’s Radical New Smartphone

    All signs point to Amazon announcing a smartphone with novel features tomorrow. TechCrunch has revealed much about the phone over the last nine months but a few questions remain. At this point, all of the phone’s features are known and about the only thing left to know is the name, price and release date. Amazon will likely reveal all those details tomorrow morning at an event in Seattle… Read More

  • Amazon’s Smartphone To Be An AT&T Exclusive, Per Report

    Amazon’s Smartphone To Be An AT&T Exclusive, Per Report

    Amazon is likely announcing its first smartphone tomorrow and all signs point to it being something special with a novel head-tracking technology. While we’ve announced most of the phone’s features over the last few months, a few questions remain including carrier support. But according to the Wall Street Journal, the phone will only be available through AT&T, extending the… Read More

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