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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  • 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

  • Healthcare.gov Crashes On The Last Day To Enroll Before The Deadline

    Healthcare.gov Crashes On The Last Day To Enroll Before The Deadline

    Healthcare.gov is down for maintenance at the most inopportune time. Users are reporting not being able to access the U.S. government’s healthcare marketplace on the last day before the deadline. Technical problems due to scheduled maintenance is to blame. Read More

  • Neil Young’s PonoPlayer Passes $5m In Kickstarter Pledges

    Neil Young’s PonoPlayer Passes $5m In Kickstarter Pledges

    The portable music player is alive and well. Pono Music’s PonoPlayer just crossed the $5 million milestone on Kickstarter, making it the fourth most funded project in the site’s history. Twelve thousand backers have pledged enough to pre-order the device. And there is still 16 days to go on its campaign. Read More

  • Whaling Is The New Harlem Shake

    Whaling Is The New Harlem Shake

    Have you whaled yet today? It’s the new thing. Whale at the club. Whale at school. Whale in your cubical. Just don’t whale at a funeral. That would be doing it wrong. As the Vines below show, the premise is to act like a whale breaching the water behind an unsuspecting observer. Bonus Internet points are awarded for twisting in the air. Read More

  • The 11 Memes That Define Oculus Riftbook (NSFW)

    The 11 Memes That Define Oculus Riftbook (NSFW)

    Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to have a little fun. Virtual reality itself used to be a punchline. Now, Facebook and its latest purchase of Oculus Rift is the joke. But can Facebook raise and nurture Oculus Rift into the virtual reality device of the future? As the following memes show, not everyone trusts Zuckerberg and team to raise and nurture Oculus VR into the chosen one. Read More

  • Tesla Strikes Deal To Keep Dealerships In New York

    Tesla Strikes Deal To Keep Dealerships In New York

    Tesla can keep its dealerships in the state of New York. An agreement was made between the auto maker and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that will allow Tesla to keep its five direct-to-consumer retail stores as long as it doesn’t open any more. Tesla took the deal and ran to the bank. As the WSJ reports, any new dealerships Tesla wishes to open would have to abide by a… Read More

  • Elon Musk Turns To Medium And GIFs To Reveal New Model S Fire Safety Feature

    Elon Musk Turns To Medium And GIFs To Reveal New Model S Fire Safety Feature

    Is the company blog dead? Instead of posting on the Tesla blog, Elon Musk announced a significant new Model S feature on the personal blogging site Medium. Read More

  • BlackBerry Surprises With Fourth Quarter Results

    BlackBerry Surprises With Fourth Quarter Results

    BlackBerry just posted its fiscal fourth quarter results, revealing a quarterly operating loss much smaller than analysts had feared. Shares of BlackBerry are up 6.63% (NASDAQ:BBRY) in pre-market trading. However, the revenue missed expectations and the company’s cash position worsened. The company also revealed BlackBerry 10 phone sales, which were less surprising. Read More

  • Sony Just Launched The Most Boring Product In The World

    Sony Just Launched The Most Boring Product In The World

    Meet the Digital Paper, Sony’s latest e-ink slate. It’s part iPad, part e-reader, and must be made out of moon rocks. It’s $1,100 and will be available in the States this May. But you’re not going to buy it. Read More

  • Amazon Plans Free Video-Streaming Service, WSJ Reports

    Amazon Plans Free Video-Streaming Service, WSJ Reports

    All signs point to Amazon announcing its streaming device at a NYC event next week. Not a lot is known about it, but a report from the WSJ today sheds a little light on Amazon’s overall strategy, which will reportedly include free, ad-supported streaming service. According to this report, this service will not be limited to just Amazon Prime subscribers, but rather open to anyone willing… Read More

  • YouTube Latest Site To Be Blocked In Turkey

    YouTube Latest Site To Be Blocked In Turkey

    YouTube is the latest victim in Turkey’s ongoing assault on social media. This comes one week after Turkey revoked access to Twitter within its borders. A Google spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that some users in Turkey is not able to access YouTube and it is not caused by an a technical issue on its side. The company is looking into the situation. The removal of YouTube happened… Read More

  • Chromecast To Get Slingbox Support ‘Soon’

    Chromecast To Get Slingbox Support ‘Soon’

    Slingbox is coming to Chromecast and it could be the little streamer’s first killer app. According to a forum posting by a Slingbox employee, Slingbox is working on supporting Chromecast and the feature will launch “soon” according to the well-placed Dave Zatz. With support for a Slingbox, a Chromecast instantly becomes distinctly more useful. A Slingbox streams a video signal… Read More

  • Now Samsung Has Bluetooth LED Light Bulbs, Too

    Now Samsung Has Bluetooth LED Light Bulbs, Too

    Not to be outdone by LG or Philips, Samsung just introduced its own Internet-connected LED light bulb product line. Aptly called the Smart Bulb, these bulbs, available in several different styles, rock Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users to directly control the units from a smartphone or tablet. Read More

  • BlackBerry Sued An Executive Who Defected To Apple

    BlackBerry Sued An Executive Who Defected To Apple

    The story goes BlackBerry senior vice president for software Sebastian Marineau-Mes resigned from his post in late December 2013 after Apple offered him a position as vice president of Core OS. But BlackBerry wouldn’t let him go and sued for breach of contract. Marineau-Mes alleged his contract is not a valid and enforceable one. Read More

  • Jawbone Sends The Up24 Abroad

    Jawbone Sends The Up24 Abroad

    The Jawbone Up24 is no longer exclusive to the U.S. market. The wireless Jawbone fitness tracker is now available in 29 markets around our blue marble including in the UK, China and Japan. Previously, only the company’s original Up was officially available outside the U.S. Read More

  • iFixit Confirms Why The HTC One M8 Ships With A Stellar Warranty

    iFixit Confirms Why The HTC One M8 Ships With A Stellar Warranty

    John Biggs said it best yesterday: “Come For The Styling, Stay For The Warranty“. Perhaps one of the best reasons to buy the new HTC One is the screen warranty, which iFixit just confirmed by awarding the new smartphone with a 2 out of 10 on its repairability scale. Read More

  • Introducing Dots Challenges

    Dots Just Got More Addictive With Challenge Mode

    Dots, my favorite iOS game for about 2 and half weeks last May, is still going strong nearly a year after launching and is today launching a significant new feature. Challenge Mode. In the past, Dots players had to go through the hassle of taking a screenshot of their dots count or comparing scores over social media. But now, with Challenge Mode, players can face each other… Read More

  • HTC Goes “Blah Blah Blah” In The First HTC One M8 Ad

    HTC Goes “Blah Blah Blah” In The First HTC One M8 Ad

    Frankly, the only way this ad could be more effective is if it were a “let me Google that for you” link. HTC is right here. Dead right. In the first video ad for the new HTC One, Gary Oldman advises viewers to turn to the Internet to learn about the new phone. It simply doesn’t matter what Gary or Robert Downey Jr. tells viewers about the phone. It’s all marketing speak. Read More