Matt Burns

Latest from Matt Burns

  • Comcast, Stop Scamming Me So I Can Stop Scamming You

    Comcast, Stop Scamming Me So I Can Stop Scamming You

    Have you ever heard anyone excited to get Comcast service? Of course not. That’s like being excited for a hernia operation. Here’s my hernia operation: every year or so I have to do a dance with Comcast. You know, feigning the intention to quit their service. The so-called trial period on my TV and Internet package ended, causing my bill to nearly double from $90 a month to $160… Read More

  • Fire TV Stick Review: A Great Streamer For An Amazon Household

    Fire TV Stick Review: A Great Streamer For An Amazon Household

    The Fire TV Stick works. That’s about all there is to it. It streams videos from Amazon, Netflix and more. It plays simple games and streams from local network shares. But it’s not for everyone. There are better products on the market for some users. That said, the Fire TV Stick is well worth its $40 price tag. Read More

  • Technics Revived As High-Res Music Download Service

    Technics Revived As High-Res Music Download Service

    Famed turntable brand Technics plans to launch a high-resolution music download service. For what it’s worth, the service, unlike Neil Young’s high-res service Pono, will not hit the states. Starting in January, the platform will spin (get it?) 24-bit tracks to users in UK and Germany. Read More

  • Parrot BeBop Drone

    Parrot’s $500 14MP Bebop Drone To Take Flight In December

    Parrot just dropped the price of high-definition drones. The firm’s Bebop drone will hit stores next month with a starting price of $500. That’s several hundred less than DJI’s entry-level Phantom drone even though it packs the same quality camera and several novel tricks including being controllable from a smartphone or tablet.. The Bebop is a big upgrade from the cheaper… Read More

  • A Gift Guide For The Young At Heart

    A Gift Guide For The Young At Heart

    Some people never grow up. They might age, go into debt and get mortgages, but they don’t get older in spirit. And that’s great! What follows is a gift guide for a person still holding onto their inner child. They’re gifts for the young at heart and the person not afraid to let loose. Or you know, for kids. Read More

  • The Application Deadline For Hardware Battlefield Is Saturday

    The Application Deadline For Hardware Battlefield Is Saturday

    Procrastination is a bitch. But fame and fortune is on the line here. Get your application in for Hardware Battlefield by Saturday night for your chance to win $50,000, exhibition space at the International CES in Vegas and our amazing Metal Man trophy. For the first time, TechCrunch has partnered with the CEA to be an official media partner of the tradeshow. This means companies selected… Read More

  • DJI Introduces The $2,800 Inspire 1 Transforming Drone

    DJI Introduces The $2,800 Inspire 1 Transforming Drone

    DJI is the leader in drones and the company just introduced a radical new model. The Inspire 1 builds upon the success of the Phantom and integrates some of the magic found in the firm’s professional-level drones, including the ability to stream 1080p video up to a mile away. At $3,300, the Inspire 1 isn’t cheap, but it packs an unparalleled suite of technology in its arsenal. Read More

  • A Gift Guide For On-The-Go Bloggers, Students And City Dwellers

    A Gift Guide For On-The-Go Bloggers, Students And City Dwellers

    The life of a blogger can be nauseating. You’re a rolling stone and wherever you lay your laptop is your home. Your laptop bag is essentially your corner office and must contain everything needed for a day’s work. What follows is a gift guide for your favorite blogger, but can easily apply to college students, city dwellers and anyone else living out of a messenger bag.
    Brunton… Read More

  • Detroit Hustle In Silicon Valley

    Detroit Hustle In Silicon Valley

    Meet Jonathon Triest. The 32-year-old Detroit native runs Ludlow Ventures and just closed his first venture fund — $15 million. He’s a Detroiter investing directly in Silicon Valley with the sheer gumption of a Midwesterner. “We hunt startups like most startups hunt VCs,” he told me. Operating out of downtown Detroit, Triest isn’t your traditional Detroit… Read More

  • Tinder’s Sean Rad Demoted From CEO, Will Serve As President And Board Member

    Tinder’s Sean Rad Demoted From CEO, Will Serve As President And Board Member

    Tinder’s parent company just swiped left on Sean Rad, who will step down as the company’s CEO, according to a report from Forbes. He is to remain with the company and serve as president of the company and will join as a member of the board. But he’s not out yet. Tinder and parent company IAC will soon start looking for a replacement CEO for the growing startup. Rad said in… Read More

  • VoodooPC Founder And Microsoft Ventures General Manager Rahul Sood Is Leaving Microsoft To Start Another Company

    VoodooPC Founder And Microsoft Ventures General Manager Rahul Sood Is Leaving Microsoft To Start Another Company

    The Microsoft angel investor and former head of VoodooPC, Rahul Sood, today announced that he is leaving the company and his role at Microsoft Ventures to start another company, something called Unikrn — you know, unicorn. Sood details his departure on LinkedIn where he admits that he’s leaving the dream job that he created but goes on to say that “this is the kind of crazy… Read More

  • The Parrot Zik 2.0 Headphones Are Where Fantastic Sound Meets Impressive Noise Canceling Technology

    The Parrot Zik 2.0 Headphones Are Where Fantastic Sound Meets Impressive Noise Canceling Technology

    Watch out, Bose. The Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones are here and they’re aimed directly at your customers. The Zik 2.0s are comfy, efficient at noise canceling, and best of all, they look amazing. And how do they sound? Pretty damn good, actually. The Parrot Zik 2.0 are the company’s second try at headphones. The original Parrot Zik retail for $400 and are, well, rather large round… Read More

  • Even With The Novel Sprout, HP Just Can’t Win

    Even With The Novel Sprout, HP Just Can’t Win

    By all accounts HP announced something truly innovative today. The Sprout by HP is a mind-blowing mash-up of desktop computer, 3D scanner and touchscreen. It effectively pushes the desktop medium forward more so than anything produced in recent memory. But the Sprout is from HP. Imagine if Apple had announced the Sprout. The media would be going bonkers. Word about it would be on every… Read More

  • Joker Lets You Instantly Stream Perfectly Legal And Legitimate Torrent Files

    Joker Lets You Instantly Stream Perfectly Legal And Legitimate Torrent Files

    Let’s say there’s a torrent online you would like to view. After all, torrents themselves are perfectly legal. Instead of downloading the torrent, paste the link to the torrent in Joker.org and watch the content instantly. Watch out, Popcorn Time. The Joker is here. Using Joker.org to watch a torrent is stupid easy. Grab a Torrent magnet link — the more seeds the better… Read More

  • BlackBerry CEO Teases Upcoming QWERTY Handset

    BlackBerry CEO Teases Upcoming QWERTY Handset

    BlackBerry is still rolling and today CEO John Chen announced the upcoming BlackBerry Classic, which seems to be, well, a classic BlackBerry. Details like screen size and battery life were not revealed. All you need to know is that the Classic will have a BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard. BlackBerry has never truly given up on phones with physical keyboards. Released in April of 2013, the Q10 was… Read More

  • Keen Home Raises $1.52M To Bring Its Smart Home Vents To Market

    Keen Home Raises $1.52M To Bring Its Smart Home Vents To Market

    Smart thermostats are great, but they often do not regulate the temperature of individual rooms. That’s where Keen Home’s Smart Vents come into play. The company first announced their product at Disrupt NY 2013 and is today announcing $1.52M in seed funding to bring it to market. The seed round was led by RMR Capital, with participation from R/GA Ventures, Bullet Time Ventures… Read More

  • Surprise! We’ve Pushed Back The Hardware Battlefield Application Deadline

    Surprise! We’ve Pushed Back The Hardware Battlefield Application Deadline

    TechCrunch is looking for the next hot hardware startup to launch on our stage in Las Vegas, but you have to apply first. The deadline is now November 15th, leaving you just over two weeks. For the second year in a row TechCrunch is holding Hardware Battlefield at CES where startups will compete for $50,000 and our newly-minted Metal Man trophy. Best yet, participating startups will get… Read More

  • Fitbit’s Latest Activity Trackers Feature Heart Monitoring, Smartwatch Functions

    Fitbit’s Latest Activity Trackers Feature Heart Monitoring, Smartwatch Functions

    Meet Fitbit’s latest: The Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge. These activity trackers will sit atop the brand’s masthead going into 2015 and beyond. But don’t look for most of these products this holiday season. Only the $130 Charge will be available this year. The $150 Charge HR and $250 Surge hit stores in early 2015. Fitbit had a tough 2014. After launching the flagship… Read More

  • Microsoft Prices Xbox One Below PS4 For The First Time

    Microsoft Prices Xbox One Below PS4 For The First Time

    Starting November 2nd, the Xbox One’s starting price will be $350. That’s $50 off the current level. Thanks, PlayStation! The $50 discount is seemingly applicable to all the system-plus-game bundles. The Kinect-free Assassin’s Creed or Sunset Overdrive bundle will cost $350, with the Call of Duty: Advance Warfare running $450. Read More

  • Hardware Battlefield Applications Close In A Week

    Hardware Battlefield Applications Close In A Week

    Stop procrastinating and fill out your application for Hardware Battlefield. The show is set to be even better than last year with participating startups getting free exhibition space at the 2015 International CES and competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy. For the first time, TechCrunch has partnered with the CEA to be an official media partner of the tradeshow. This… Read More

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. ...