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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  • Toyota Research’s Gill Pratt is speaking at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics at MIT July 17

    Toyota Research’s Gill Pratt is speaking at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics at MIT July 17

    TechCrunch’s first ever robotics event is fast approaching, and we’re putting the final touches on an amazing programming line-up, which includes MIT’s Daniela Rus, Disney’s Martin Buehler, Amazon’s Tye Brady, ABB’s Sami Atiya, iRobot’s Colin Angle, SRI’s Manish Kothari and many more. Look for the full agenda soon, but today we’re… Read More

  • Have a robotics or machine learning startup? Pitch at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics

    Have a robotics or machine learning startup? Pitch at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics

    Have a robotic startup or project? We want you on stage at TechCrunch Session: Robotics this July 17 at MIT. We’re looking for students to demo and early stage startups to pitch. If selected, both will get free tickets and exhibit space at the event. Use this form to apply. This opportunity will put participants in front of the companies, founders and engineers driving the robotics… Read More

  • The touchscreen Amazon Echo could launch on Tuesday

    The touchscreen Amazon Echo could launch on Tuesday

    Amazon could be about to launch Echo with a touchscreen as soon as tomorrow. The word comes from the WSJ citing sources familiar with the matter. The new model would feature a 7-inch touchscreen, display answers to verbal questions and feature internet-based telephone calls. Last week several sites posted images of a device they claimed to be the upcoming Echo touchscreen speaker. The… Read More

  • Parrot positions its consumer drones for 3D modeling, mapping and agricultural uses

    Parrot positions its consumer drones for 3D modeling, mapping and agricultural uses

    Parrot today announced packages for its consumer drones aimed at small businesses. The company has long served the professional market, but this announcement repositions the Bebop and Disco drones as off-the-shelf solutions for 3D modeling, mapping and agricultural uses. After all, drones are most interesting as data capture devices and this move by Parrot reinforces their abilities outside… Read More

  • Convexum and Regulus Cyber CEOs to address drone security at TechCrunch’s Tel Aviv event

    Convexum and Regulus Cyber CEOs to address drone security at TechCrunch’s Tel Aviv event

    Israel is full of companies addressing the growing concern of drone security and we’re excited to announce the CEOs of Convexum and Regulus Cyber will speak on the topic at TechCrunch’s Tel Aviv Meetup + Pitch-off. Consumer-grade drones are increasingly becoming a security concern as their prices drop and capabilities increase. Governments and private organizations are looking for… Read More

  • Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker leaks ahead of launch

    Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker leaks ahead of launch

    Microsoft wants in on the Google Home and Amazon Echo party. This Echo-lookalike is made by Harman Kardon and it’s powered by Microsoft’s Cortana voice platform. The device apparently launches this fall and could be officially revealed later this week. Update: Microsoft and Harman Kardon have now confirmed this. The device will go on sale in the fall of 2017. Called the Invoke… Read More

  • Elon Musk reveals more details about the Model Y crossover

    Elon Musk reveals more details about the Model Y crossover

    Tesla is building a new vehicle platform for its upcoming crossover vehicle. Instead of repurposing the underpinnings of the Model 3 or Model S, Tesla is building something completely new for the Model Y. Musk said the Model Y is expected to hit assembly lines in 2020, but could be as early as 2019. And yes, with the Model Y, Tesla’s model line will look like this: S, 3, X, Y. Read More

  • Fitbit stock jumps 10% after beating in Q1 with 3 million devices sold

    Fitbit stock jumps 10% after beating in Q1 with 3 million devices sold

    Fitbit shares are up 10 percent on the news that the company beat Wall Street’s expectations. Fitbit today reported a loss of 15 cents per share rather than 18 cents per share. Reported revenue also came in above analysts expectations: $299 versus $280.8. This release shows Fitbit is keeping pace with the market and turning past customers into repeat customers. Read More

  • Here’s how to pitch or demo at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics

    Here’s how to pitch or demo at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics

    Have a robotic startup or project? We want you on stage at TechCrunch Session: Robotics this July 17 at MIT. We’re looking for students to demo and early stage startups to pitch. If selected, both will get free tickets and exhibit space at the event. Use this form to apply. This opportunity will put participants in front of the companies, founders and engineers driving the robotics… Read More

  • The $999 Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s expensive answer to Chromebooks

    The $999 Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s expensive answer to Chromebooks

    Microsoft just revealed the newest Surface model and it’s aimed directly at the education market. Called the Surface Laptop, this is the notebook Microsoft hopes schools will buy instead of a Chromebooks. But unlike other Surface models, it does not run the traditional desktop version of Windows, though. The $999 Surface Laptop runs Windows 10 S, a new streamlined operating system… Read More

  • Steve Case to talk Aol, startups and ‘the rise of the rest’ at Disrupt NY

    Steve Case to talk Aol, startups and ‘the rise of the rest’ at Disrupt NY

    Aol founder and noted venture capitalist Steve Case is coming to Disrupt NY this May, and there’s plenty to talk about. Since leaving Aol in 2005, Case has invested in startups in smaller markets, and the last few years he’s traveled the country, exploring and highlighting budding startup scenes outside of Silicon Valley. Read More

  • Call of Duty: WWII returns to the beaches of Normandy in first trailer

    Call of Duty: WWII returns to the beaches of Normandy in first trailer

    Call of Duty is going back to World War II. In the first trailer for the upcoming game, Activision highlights the different battlefields players will navigate. From storming the beaches of Normandy to fighting through hedgerows, it’s clear the game is returning to its roots. The first three Call of Duty games were set in World War II starting with the self-titled game in 2003. But ever… Read More

  • DJI could reveal a tiny drone at New York event in May

    DJI could reveal a tiny drone at New York event in May

    DJI just emailed invitations to the media for a launch event in May. It’s likely this is the event where the drone company will launch the little Spark. Smaller than the DJI Mavic Pro, the Spark looks to take DJI to a lower price point for a new drone. Leaks and early looks revealed the small drone has fixed prop arms, a two axle gimbal yet still packs collision detection and similar… Read More

  • MIXhalo to reveal new audio technology at Disrupt NY with help from Pharrell and Incubus

    MIXhalo to reveal new audio technology at Disrupt NY with help from Pharrell and Incubus

    This is going to be a lot of fun. MIXhalo was founded by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and the startup is set to reveal its first product at Disrupt NY 2017. And Mike is bringing some other famous friends to help. MIXhalo has developed a way to distribute audio to a crowd — like at a concert — in a way, they say, is even better than what the musicians hear on stage. And there… Read More

  • Investors: Here are the Startup Alley companies at Disrupt NY

    Investors: Here are the Startup Alley companies at Disrupt NY

    Listen up, investors at Disrupt NY 2017. This one’s for you. We’re thrilled to announce that you can now peruse all of the companies that will be on display in the Startup Alley at Disrupt NY 2017 on our handy Startup Alley Hub. In addition to being a fantastic resource, the site is mobile-friendly so you can easily view info on all of your favorite Alley companies right from… Read More

  • GoPro to release prosumer spherical camera in fall 2017

    GoPro to release prosumer spherical camera in fall 2017

    GoPro today announced the Fusion, a camera capable of capturing spherical video for use in VR and standard video formats through a software solution. The camera will be released this fall. GoPro has yet to name the price. If nothing else GoPro is becoming a camera company again. The Fusion shows that GoPro is going back to its core competency in creating hardware. Action cameras existed… Read More

  • Second round of Disrupt NY Hackathon tickets now available

    Second round of Disrupt NY Hackathon tickets now available

    If you’re looking to participate in the hackathon at Disrupt NY 2017, but missed out on the first round of tickets, you’re in luck! Today, we’re releasing a new batch of hackathon tickets, so everyone who has their hearts set on spending a demanding, but fun-filled weekend building something great should head on over to ticketing page and grab your free hackathon tickets… Read More

  • Just 2 days left to save $1,000 on Disrupt NY tickets

    Just 2 days left to save $1,000 on Disrupt NY tickets

    Heads up, startup guys and gals. You are seriously running out of time to get deeply discounted tickets to the hottest startup show in the Big Apple – Disrupt NY 2017. With Disrupt NY 2017 a few short weeks away, the window to purchase early bird Disrupt tickets is quickly closing. You have until the end of day tomorrow, April 21 to get tickets for just $1,995 apiece, a full $1,000… Read More

  • Here are the startups in the Disrupt NY featured pavilions

    Here are the startups in the Disrupt NY featured pavilions

    We’re gearing up for a great Disrupt NY and this year we’re pulling out all the stops. Like the pavilions we had in London and San Francisco last year, we are highlighting some of the best startups from 12 distinct categories to exhibit in New York’s Startup Alley plus they will demo their products on our Showcase Stage.
    Artificial Intelligence & Machine… Read More

  • Only 3 more days to save on Disrupt NY tickets

    Only 3 more days to save on Disrupt NY tickets

    Alright future Disrupt attendees. We gave you an extra week to save $1,000 on Disrupt NY 2017 tickets, but this week we aren’t feeling so generous. You now have just three days left to get an early-bird ticket for $1,995 before prices jump to $2,995 after Friday. Seriously, no more extensions. This is it. Get your tickets now. Disrupt NY 2017 is going to be one of our best Disrupts yet. Read More

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