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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  • Announcing TC Sessions: Robotics, a one-day event on everything robots

    Announcing TC Sessions: Robotics, a one-day event on everything robots

    Right, so robots! TechCrunch is pleased as punch to announce our first-ever robotics event: TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics, on July 17 in Boston at MIT’s stunning Kresge Auditorium. We are also happy to announce that MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is a key sponsor. Our event is absolutely global, but there is no better place to stage the… Read More

  • Announcing TechCrunch Sessions, a new series of events focused on a single topic

    Announcing TechCrunch Sessions, a new series of events focused on a single topic

    Big news, folks! Today, TechCrunch is announcing a new series of events: Sessions. These events will dive deep on a single topic, bringing together experts in the field and those interested in the theme to discuss what matters. Obviously, this is going to be huge! These events will be single-day affairs with limited seating. Some will have intimate discussions with audience participation. Read More

  • Alleged CIA leak re-demonstrates the dangers of smart TVs

    Alleged CIA leak re-demonstrates the dangers of smart TVs

    WikiLeaks published today notes on what it alleges are a large set of CIA hacking tools. Among the dump was a tool developed by the CIA and MI5 that attempted to turn certain Samsung smart TVs into remote listening and monitoring devices. It’s called Weeping Angel. Because of Doctor Who. The exploit only targeted certain Samsung TVs, though if this tool exists, there are likely more… Read More

  • Blue Origin reveals the ‘New Glenn’ takeoff and landing sequence in new video

    Blue Origin reveals the ‘New Glenn’ takeoff and landing sequence in new video

    Blue Origin is working towards the first launch of its super heavy-lift rocket, the New Glenn. Bezos’s rocket company just released a video showing how the rocket will launch and land. Spoiler: It’s a lot like SpaceX’s Falcon 9. In the video embedded below, the rocket takes off from a pad close to a company facility and lands vertically on a large barge in a similar fashion… Read More

  • The Tivoli Audio Model One Digital has retro charm, modern failures

    The Tivoli Audio Model One Digital has retro charm, modern failures

    The Tivoli Audio Model One Digital packs modern features in a retro design. Inside the gorgeous wood box are most of the features now standard in tabletop radios: Bluetooth connectivity, access to streaming services, color display. But the $299 Model One Digital is lacking. Sure, it looks great, but suffers from a painful and dated user experience. I tried to talk to the radio, and it just… Read More

  • Last chance to sign up to display in a featured pavilion at Disrupt NY for free

    Last chance to sign up to display in a featured pavilion at Disrupt NY for free

    Putting your startup on display in the Startup Alley at Disrupt is one of the best ways to get your company in front of thousands of tech enthusiasts and industry leaders. The only thing better is getting to do it for free. We’re giving several startups out there a chance to display in one of our featured pavilions at Disrupt NY 2017 for free, but the deadline to enter is fast approaching. Read More

  • Sign up to volunteer at Disrupt NY

    Sign up to volunteer at Disrupt NY

    If you’re looking to roll up your sleeves to help put on the best startup show in the Big Apple, you should definitely sign up to be a TechCrunch Work Exchange Volunteer at Disrupt NY 2017. TechCrunch is thrilled to announce that we are now accepting applications to the Work Exchange at this year’s show in New York City, and we hope you’ll consider joining… Read More

  • Apple and Samsung are set to reignite the fanboy wars

    Apple and Samsung are set to reignite the fanboy wars

    The latest rumors put Apple and Samsung on a direct collision course. If they pan out, the next iPhone and Galaxy will look very similar with curved screens and thin bezels. But then there’s the price. One option is going up market, while the other will probably stay mainstream. Once upon a time Samsung blatantly copied Apple to the point the courts agreed and forced Samsung to pay… Read More

  • This is the Samsung Galaxy S8

    This is the Samsung Galaxy S8

    Behold. The Samsung Galaxy S8 a month before you’re supposed to see it. This image comes from professional leaker, Evan Blass, who is responsible for a good chunk of the mobile phone leaks. The image here shows a redesigned Galaxy phone. It lacks physical buttons and still has the wrap-around screen of the Galaxy S7 edge. The bezel is smaller than past models, taking up just a tiny bit… Read More

  • Apple to release $1k iPhone with curved screen and USB-C, WSJ says

    Apple to release $1k iPhone with curved screen and USB-C, WSJ says

    Apple is said to have something special planned for the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and rumors have circulated for months speculating on different features. This report by the WSJ is the most detailed yet, citing anonymous sources who state there will be a high-end version of the next iPhone that will sport exclusive hardware. According to the report, at least one new iPhone model will… Read More

  • Applications for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY are due Tuesday, Feb. 28

    Applications for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY are due Tuesday, Feb. 28

    There are now fewer than 24 hours to register for the next Startup Battlefield event. The application process takes just a few minutes. All you have to do is fill out some fields, upload a video demo and cross your fingers. Startup Battlefield is the premiere startup competition. So far 648 companies have launched on our stages, raising a combined total of $6.9 billion and 94 Battlefield… Read More

  • Samsung jumps the shark with fake news

    Samsung jumps the shark with fake news

    Samsung just released a press statement declaring its Galaxy S7 edge as winning the best smartphone award at Mobile World Congress 2017. That didn’t happen. This is what really happened, and Samsung should retract this press release as it’s misleading and disingenuous. GSMA is the trade organizing that hosts Mobile World Congress and every year they host an awards ceremony… Read More

  • Roborace unveils its fantastic driverless race car

    Roborace unveils its fantastic driverless race car

    This is the race car of the future. It’s an autonomous vehicle, built to be raced by just computers and was designed specifically with that in mind. Rather than retrofitting an existing race car chassis for use with driverless systems, the company gave its designers and engineers a blank slate and told them to build the ultimate autonomous vehicle. This is what they came up… Read More

  • This is probably the Samsung Galaxy S8

    This is probably the Samsung Galaxy S8

    Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S8 smartphone in late March, but the two videos and a couple of images embedded here appear to show working units. The videos show the phone’s refined design. The curved screen of the S7 remains as does the 3.5mm headphone port. The phone looks very similar to its predecessor though it’s missing the physical and capacitive buttons found on… Read More

  • Ford patents a head rest specifically designed to hide a travel pillow

    Ford patents a head rest specifically designed to hide a travel pillow

    Ford might have just solved a question that puzzled the automotive industry for eons: Where does one store a travel pillow in a car? On the floor? In the trunk? In an NPR tote bag in the backseat? Nope. Ford wants to store a travel pillow in the head rest, of course. This new patent filing by Ford illustrates a secret compartment built-into a vehicle’s head rest. There’s a… Read More

  • Samsung just proved it doesn’t need the world’s largest mobile conference anymore

    Samsung just proved it doesn’t need the world’s largest mobile conference anymore

    Mobile World Congress is underway in Barcelona. By most metrics it’s the largest conference in the world dedicated mostly to mobile technology and gadgets. And Samsung just punted. Mobile World Congress needs Samsung more than Samsung needs Mobile World Congress. Samsung just held its MWC press conference and what’s interesting is what wasn’t announced: The Galaxy S8. Read More

  • Motorola does the unthinkable and unveils gadget concepts

    Motorola does the unthinkable and unveils gadget concepts

    The gadget world is stale and boring now. Phones look the same. Action cameras copy GoPro, headphone companies copy Beats. Most electronic companies are overly cautious about going to far. Vaporware can kill momentum. Yet today Motorola threw its arms in the Spanish air and said fuck it. During its Mobile World Congress press event, the company basically said here are some products we might… Read More

  • LG’s new phone to launch eventually, cost money

    LG’s new phone to launch eventually, cost money

    LG just announced a new phone. It’s like the last one but slightly better looking, a bit faster, and it will be available sometime and cost money to buy it. The company took the wraps off the phone during a press conference at a trade show. There was pop music, teleprompters and a long PowerPoint presentation. At one point during the presentation, a company executive described the screen. Read More

  • BlackBerry tries again

    BlackBerry tries again

    Remember when Research in Motion’s BlackBerry smartphones set the bar? My first smartphone was a BlackBerry 7130e. I loved the phone. And then my son gave it a bath in a ginger ale. The 7130e had it all: A scroll wheel, Java apps, a keyboard and a swappable battery that would last for days. That phone came out in 2005 and I had mine until 2009. Ironically, Research in Motion started… Read More

  • Announcing the Startup Battlefield Scholarship Fund for Disrupt NY 2017

    Announcing the Startup Battlefield Scholarship Fund for Disrupt NY 2017

    After the success of the Startup Battlefield Scholarship Fund at Disrupt SF and Disrupt London, we are pleased to announce that we will once again be offering scholarships to Startup Battlefield companies at Disrupt NY 2017, taking place May 15-17. Startup Battlefield is TechCrunch Disrupt’s startup competition that takes place three times a year. Applications to participate in… Read More

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