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 Risk And Rush Of Supporting A Crowdfunding Project

    The Risk And Rush Of Supporting A Crowdfunding Project

    Last week, a small crowdfunded project called the Healbe GoBe made news, as backers and journalists questioned the company’s claims that it could measure caloric intake using a wearable device. While the claims do sound wild at best, the company is sticking to its story — and Indiegogo is sticking by the project. Read More

  • Samsung Sues Korean Newspaper For Misleading Claims

    Samsung Sues Korean Newspaper For Misleading Claims

    Don’t get on Samsung’s bad side. The Korean consumer electronics giant is suing a Korean newspaper for publishing misleading claims and not issuing a correction following requests from Samsung. Last month ET News published claims that Samsung was having trouble producing Galaxy S5 cameras putting the device’s April 11th launch in jeopardy. Samsung states that’s not true. Read More

  • The Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Is Surprisingly Repairable

    The Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Is Surprisingly Repairable

    The original Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was a hobbled together kit. Nothing was replaceable including the band. Its successor is apparently widely different. Read More

  • We’re Looking For A Few Good Startups For Disrupt NY 2014

    We’re Looking For A Few Good Startups For Disrupt NY 2014

    Disrupt NY is almost here and we would like to extend the offer for you, some of the best startups in the world, to take part in Startup Alley, our special exhibition hall focused on bringing amazing startups together under one roof. This gets you a table at the event and the chance to show off your product to press, investors, and TC writers and editors. It’s a great way to launch… Read More

  • Netflix Is Now Streaming In 4K

    Netflix Is Now Streaming In 4K

    4K TV is here. Sort of. Netflix is now streaming the second season of House of Cards and some nature documentaries in 4K/Ultra HD format. But of course, your TV has to support the higher resolution to take advantage of the extra pixel count. Programs available for viewing in 4K will appear with the Ultra HD 4K label. Netflix confirmed to Multichannel News that the company is now streaming… Read More

  • Amazon Fire TV Replaces Chromecast Atop Amazon’s Best Sellers List

    Amazon Fire TV Replaces Chromecast Atop Amazon’s Best Sellers List

    Don’t be surprised. The Amazon Fire TV now occupies the top spot on Amazon’s Best Sellers electronics list. Google’s Chromecast streaming stick previously held the spot after displacing the Kindle shortly after its launch. Read More

  • A Satellite Startup Could Be Google’s Next Purchase

    A Satellite Startup Could Be Google’s Next Purchase

    According to a report, Google is interested in buying Skybox Imaging, a California-based startup that builds high-resolution imaging microsatellites and provides a platform to view the data. Because apparently Google needs satellites now that Facebook has drones. Read More

  • The First Episode Of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” Is Now On YouTube

    The First Episode Of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” Is Now On YouTube

    Don’t have HBO? The first episode of Mike Judge’s “Silicon Valley” is now on YouTube in what can only be an attempt by HBO to lure more people to subscribe to the premium channel. Sadly the episode seems to be not available outside of the US. That’s it. That’s the news. Now go watch the show. It’s pretty great even if Elon Musk doesn’t like it. Read More

  • Vonage CEO Marc Lefar To Step Down

    Vonage CEO Marc Lefar To Step Down

    Home VoIP pioneer Vonage is looking for a new chief after its longtime CEO announced his retirement. Marc Lefar joined Vonage in 2008 and the company today announced he will step down after his replacement is found. And this replacement has a tough act to follow. Read More

  • Livestream Comes To Google Glass

    Livestream Comes To Google Glass

    With just a voice command and a click of a button, a Google Glass wearer can launch the new Livestream app and start streaming from their face. The video streaming startup just announced the Glass app at the National Association of Broadcasters show. Glass already featured a live video streaming platform in Google Hangouts. But with Livestream, Glass just took a big step towards commercial… Read More

  • T-Mobile CEO Fires Back After Losing BlackBerry Sales Arrangement

    T-Mobile CEO Fires Back After Losing BlackBerry Sales Arrangement

    BlackBerry and T-Mobile executives should read Jordan’s #love column. Breaking up over the Internet is rough on everyone. In a letter released this evening, T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO John Legere talked about BlackBerry’s separation with the wireless carrier and reassured BlackBerry customers that their devices will continue to operate on T-Mobile’s network. Read More

  • Report Claims Google Is Exploring Offering Wireless Carrier Services

    Report Claims Google Is Exploring Offering Wireless Carrier Services

    Google is exploring launching a wireless carrier service, according to The Information. The report cites a meeting between Google and Verizon officials in which the possibility of a Google MVNO was discussed. Read More

  • Twitter Is No Longer Banned In Turkey

    Twitter Is No Longer Banned In Turkey

    After weeks of being blocked, Twitter will soon be accessible in the country following a court ruling stating that the ban was a breach of freedom of expression. It may take a couple of hours to restore the service after the TIB, the governmental administration in charge of internet regulations, lifted the ban. The status of YouTube is still in question since that service was also blocked on… Read More

  • Popcorn Time Has A New Home

    Popcorn Time Has A New Home

    After a brief stint without a home, Popcorn Time is back online at Popcorn-time.tv. I give it two weeks until the site is pulled and it pops up somewhere else. Meanwhile the installer is actively traded on torrent sites and back on GitHub, showing that a program can exists, but perhaps not thrive, without a flashy front-end website. Read More

  • After Week-Long My Cloud Outage, Western Digital Is Making A Case For Dropbox, Box

    After Week-Long My Cloud Outage, Western Digital Is Making A Case For Dropbox, Box

    Western Digital brags that the its My Cloud product and service will allow owners to “Save everything. Access anywhere”. Except when the service is down. Which it has been for almost a week. Read More

  • “If We Lose, We’re Finished,” Said Aereo Investor Barry Diller

    “If We Lose, We’re Finished,” Said Aereo Investor Barry Diller

    It’s win or go home for Aereo. “[Aereo] probably will not be able to continue,” key Aereo investor Barry Diller told Bloomberg TV about the company’s Supreme Court case. He added that there might be some salvageable material. There isn’t a plan B. Read More

  • Here’s TechCrunch’s Review Of The Original Fire TV, The FyreTV Porn Streamer

    Here’s TechCrunch’s Review Of The Original Fire TV, The FyreTV Porn Streamer

    Amazon’s Fire TV is not the first box to be a hot streamer… if you know what I mean. A Florida-based company launched the original FyreTV video streamer in 2008 and a followup product in 2009. We reviewed it and concluded that it was an impressive device even if it was just for porn. Read More

  • Popcorn Time Has Gone Dark. Again.

    Popcorn Time Has Gone Dark. Again.

    The saga continues. Popcorn Time, the so-called Netflix for pirated content, has vanished from its splashy website and GitHub home. The latest popular fork of open source project is gone, but the program is far from dead. Nothing ever totally disappears from the Internet. Popcorn Time is not an exception. The program can still be found on various websites and torrent aggregators. The latest… Read More

  • BlackBerry Breaks Up With T-Mobile

    Remember when T-Mobile ran a highly successful campaign offering a new phone to BlackBerry owners? The one where BlackBerry fanboys attacked like rabid raccoons only to have T-Mobile pick them up and Kevin Rose them down a staircase? Yeah, BlackBerry didn’t like it very much and today announced that it will not renew a sales agreement with T-Mobile when it expires at the end of April. Read More

  • Tickets Are Now Available For The Disrupt NY 14 Hackathon

    Tickets Are Now Available For The Disrupt NY 14 Hackathon

    The Disrupt NY Hackathon is a month away and the first round of tickets are available here. It’s free to register and attend our 24 hour hackathon. Designers and developers are both welcome. It’s a grand time. Space is very limited and the tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. More tickets will be released in coming weeks. As the show draws closer, the APIs… Read More