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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  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Smartphone Stuff And Smart Home Stuff

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Smartphone Stuff And Smart Home Stuff

    It was a big week for phones and homes. John Biggs has been reviewing the new Galaxy S6 Edge from Samsung, while the HTC One M9 recently went on sale in certain markets. And speaking of things that just went on sale, Indiegogo darling Canary recently went live in retail stores like Best Buy and Verizon Wireless, as well as on Amazon. Meanwhile, August Lock raised a huge round of funding to… Read More

  • Internet Of Things Accelerator Seamless Opens Doors In Michigan

    Internet Of Things Accelerator Seamless Opens Doors In Michigan

    The West Coast of Michigan is a haven for industrial designers and is home to the world’s most iconic furniture manufacturers: Steelcase and Herman Miller. That’s because Michigan builds things. Soon there will be a new accelerator that will help young companies do just that. The accelerator program, called Seamless, targets early-stage hardware companies and gives them access… Read More

  • Sign Up To Exhibit In Startup Alley At Disrupt NY 2015

    Sign Up To Exhibit In Startup Alley At Disrupt NY 2015

    Disrupt NY 2015 is the place to be if you want your startup to get noticed. According to CrunchBase, of the 126 companies on display in Startup Alley at Disrupt NY 2014, 24 have since been funded, raising $90.9 million in Seed and Series A funding as of January 2015. And 11 of the 24 raised over $78 million within three months of Startup Alley. Read More

  • August Raises $38 Million To Expand Smart Lock Retail Availability

    August Raises $38 Million To Expand Smart Lock Retail Availability

    Smart Lock purveyor August has raised another $38 million in funding, bringing the company’s tally up to $50 million, the company’s co-founder Jason Johnson told TechCrunch. August’s Smart Lock attempts to reinvent the front door and rid the world of physical keys by relegating that duty to a smartphone. As Johnson noted, “Hardware is expensive,” however the new… Read More

  • Tesla Model X Spied On California Highway

    Tesla Model X Spied On California Highway

    Tesla’s pure electric SUV is nearing launch and there is apparently at least one cruising around California. The video above shows a slightly camouflaged Model X near Palo Alto. The SUV looks good even with all the design elements covered up. Read More

  • Fitbit Wearers Can Now Use Multiple Devices

    Fitbit Wearers Can Now Use Multiple Devices

    Fitbit just rolled out a small but significant update that gives Fitbit users the ability to use multiple devices on the same account. A person could wear a Fitbit Flex to work and then a Fitbit Surge at the gym. You know, business during the day and party at night. Read More

  • WordPress Blocked In Pakistan

    WordPress Blocked In Pakistan

    According to multiple local outlets, WordPress blogs are currently not accessible in Pakistan and pointing the blockage at the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). TechCrunch has not been able to confirm that yet. As it stands right now, WordPress.com and blogs hosted by WordPress cannot be reached. Self-hosted WordPress blogs still work. Read More

  • Dear Teacher, A Video Game Developer Is A Real Job And Should Be Celebrated

    Dear Teacher, A Video Game Developer Is A Real Job And Should Be Celebrated

    Today was career day at my son’s school. He’s seven. Like every other seven-year-old, he lives for Minecraft and wants to be a video game developer. And so today he donned his favorite Minecraft shirt and proudly went to school as his favorite video game developer, Markus Persson. But his teacher thought differently. She told him that he had to sit out the day’s… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Android Wear, Nintendo, And Microsoft Windows 10

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Android Wear, Nintendo, And Microsoft Windows 10

    Weeks keep happening with no end in sight, and so we press on with our weekly gadgets podcast. This week, TAG Heuer, Intel, and Google announced a partnership that would bring Android Wear to a TAG Heuer-designed smart watch. Meanwhile, Nintendo finally gave in to pressure and announced it would enter the world of mobile gaming, and Microsoft is making a land grab with Windows 10. We discuss… Read More

  • FAA Grants Amazon Permission To Test Drone Deliveries

    FAA Grants Amazon Permission To Test Drone Deliveries

    The FAA just released a statement indicated that Amazon now has limited permission to test and develop drones in the United States. It’s not a blank check, though. The FAA gave Amazon strict rules and regulations. Read More

  • Richard Branson Hints At A Tesla Competitor From Virgin

    Richard Branson Hints At A Tesla Competitor From Virgin

    Sir Richard Branson’s numerous companies build and sell everything from rockets to cell phones. And now the billionaire founder of Virgin Group has indicated his sights might be set on chasing Elon Musk on the ground as he already does in space. Branson recently spoke to Bloomberg where he said his racing company has “teams of people working on electric cars,” adding… Read More

  • Fix Netflix’s User Interface With God Mode

    Fix Netflix’s User Interface With God Mode

    Ever spend more time looking for something to watch on Netflix than actually watching something on Netflix? That’s because of the site’s addiction to brevity. Titles are hidden by sliding bars that requires clicking to reveal more titles. This bookmarklet fixes the issue. It’s called God Mode and I love it. Read More

  • Intel And Google Team Up With TAG Heuer To Bring Android Wear Uptown

    Intel And Google Team Up With TAG Heuer To Bring Android Wear Uptown

    Your next Android Wear watch could be a TAG Heuer. Intel and Google are today announcing a partnership with the iconic watch brand that will result in a TAG-branded Swiss watch powered by Android Wear. The announcement came at the start of Baselworld, the world-famous watch show in Basel, Switzerland where companies like TAG and Swatch are looking to retain market share. The partnership is… Read More

  • Tesla Can Now Resume Car Sales In New Jersey

    Tesla Can Now Resume Car Sales In New Jersey

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie just signed a law that will allow Tesla to start selling its vehicles again to residents of the state. About a year ago, New Jersey started enforcing a law that required vehicles to be sold to consumers through dealerships. Tesla doesn’t play nicely with dealerships. It sells its vehicles directly to consumers through company-owned showrooms instead… Read More

  • The Detroit Water Project Connects Donors To Unpaid Water Bills

    The Detroit Water Project Connects Donors To Unpaid Water Bills

    Help can come from anywhere. And people in Detroit need help. In 2014 the City of Detroit was in the middle of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history and the city aggressively started turning off water to delinquent accounts in a desperate attempt to right the city’s finances. More than 33,000 consumers had their water shut off in 2014 alone. The city is still pursuing past… Read More

  • Registration Is Now Open For Country Pavilions In Disrupt NY Startup Alley

    Registration Is Now Open For Country Pavilions In Disrupt NY Startup Alley

    Disrupt NY 2015 is weeks away, and startups and investors will soon descend upon New York City’s historic Manhattan Center for the show on May 4-6. The speaker lineup is stacked and we’ve lined up amazing companies for Startup Battlefield. In past years, Startup Alley featured exhibiting companies from all over the world including the Nordics, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Ireland and… Read More

  • With Hushbook, Swipe Left To Unfollow Someone On Facebook

    With Hushbook, Swipe Left To Unfollow Someone On Facebook

    If you’re still on Facebook, you need this app. Called Hushbook, the iOS app essentially is Tinder for Facebook, but instead of finding new friends, it’s decided to find friends you no longer want to follow. It’s time for a bit of spring cleaning. If you’re anything like me, Facebook lost its novelty years ago and now your profile is an ugly mix of professional… Read More

  • Meerkat Roulette Is Chatroulette For Meerkat Because Meerkat

    Meerkat Roulette Is Chatroulette For Meerkat Because Meerkat

    With Meerkat Roulette, the Internet has hit peak Meerkat. Yet the question remains, even with services being built like this, what will Meerkat do without Twitter? Read More

  • The Tado Smart Thermostat Just Got Smarter

    The Tado Smart Thermostat Just Got Smarter

    The Tado thermostat is already a smart device, rivaling the Nest Learning Thermostat in several ways. Today the company is announcing an API and IFTTT integration, which will drastically upgrade the Tado’s capabilities. As Tado founder and CEO Christian Deilmann said in a released statement, a device’s user experience is paramount.¬†“The key differentiator between¬†a good… Read More

  • This USB Drive Can Nuke A Computer

    This USB Drive Can Nuke A Computer

    Do not ever use a random USB flash drive. There are plenty software exploits that can ruin your computer or life. And with this flash drive, it can physically destroy your computer by blasting a load of voltage to the USB controller with negative voltage. Think Wile E. Coyote and an ACME Human Cannon. BOOM! Read More

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