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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  • 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 is now less 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

  • Extra early-bird ticket deadline extended until March 3

    Extra early-bird ticket deadline extended until March 3

    Want to attend Disrupt NY 2017 but missed the early bird ticket deadline? You’re in luck! We’re giving you a few extra days to get your hands on deeply-discounted extra early-bird Disrupt tickets, so you now have until Friday, March 3 to purchase. Extra early-bird tickets will set you back just $1,795 apiece, a full $1,200 off what they’ll cost at the door. You can get… Read More

  • Today is the last day to save $1,200 on Disrupt NY Tickets

    Today is the last day to save $1,200 on Disrupt NY Tickets

    If you’re looking to attend the hottest startup show in the Big Apple, you’re going to want to act fast. Today is the final day to get extra early-bird Disrupt tickets for just $1,795 apiece, a full $1,200 off the final retail price. You can get your tickets here. Go on, we’ll wait. Still need convincing? Here’s why you are definitely going to want to be at this… Read More

  • MyKronoz reveals a full-color smartwatch with mechanical watch hands

    MyKronoz reveals a full-color smartwatch with mechanical watch hands

    This is a first. MyKronoz just introduced the ZeTime, a hybrid smartwatch with arms like those found on traditional watches. Essentially the company put a watch movement behind the touchscreen, drilled a hole, and let gears stick through. At this point, the watch is not available for purchase though the company says it will be out in September for $199. Apparently, even with the watch… Read More

  • Samsung to unveil massive Galaxy S8 handset

    Samsung to unveil massive Galaxy S8 handset

    Samsung is about to release a version of the S8 with an even bigger screen than the Note 7. According to this leaked spec page, the S8+ will have a 6.2-inch curved screen. That’s about the size of a phone book. The phone is apparently called the S8+ and is said to be a variant of the S8 — sort of like what Apple offers with the iPhone and iPhone Plus. Samsung, always the creative… Read More

  • ColorWare will paint your Apple AirPods any color

    ColorWare will paint your Apple AirPods any color

    White AirPods are fine. I guess. If you like boring. But for the rest of us, ColorWare is now offering its aftermarket painting service for Apple’s wireless earbuds and there’s a multitude of color options. The company will even paint the case for an extra few dollars. ColorWare has been around since the early 2000s. These folks know what they’re doing, offering a variety… Read More

  • The LG G6 has a hidden face, and it’s impossible to unsee

    The LG G6 has a hidden face, and it’s impossible to unsee

    Images of the LG G6 leaked today and overall it looks like a solid phone with soft lines, very little bezel and a face on the backside made up of the dual lenses and power button. It looks surprised and maybe a little shocked. LG will likely reveal all the details of the phone next week at Mobile World Congress. Read More

  • Reminder: Sign up to display in Startup Alley’s featured pavilions for free

    Reminder: Sign up to display in Startup Alley’s featured pavilions for free

    For many promising young startups, displaying in the Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the best decisions they can make. At Disrupt NY 2017, we’re giving startups the opportunity to participate in the Alley free of charge. TechCrunch rolled out our featured pavilions at Disrupt SF and Disrupt London last year, but for New York, we’re taking the concept to a whole new level. Read More

  • Clinc raises a $6.3M Series A to advance its AI for banking platform

    Clinc raises a $6.3M Series A to advance its AI for banking platform

    Clinc hopes its AI personal assistant Finie will one day reduce the complexity and barriers many consumers face when attempting to understand their finances. The company claims the voice-controlled platform serves up financial data in impactful ways with minimal effort. And now, with an infusion of cash from mostly Midwest venture funds, the company has a bit more runway to advance its… Read More

  • SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship failed to rendezvous with ISS, will try again Thursday

    SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship failed to rendezvous with ISS, will try again Thursday

    A GPS error prevented SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship from mating with the ISS early this morning. The craft was less than a mile away from the space station when the docking had to be aborted. NASA stated the Dragon craft and the ISS crew are safe. Another rendezvous will be attempted on Thursday. This is the first time SpaceX had to abort an ISS delivery mission as the company has… Read More

  • Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield applications are due in a week

    Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield applications are due in a week

    It takes about 15 minutes to fill out an application for Startup Battlefield and they’re due in a week. Stop procrastinating and submit your startup. Applications for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY are now open. We’re searching for new, up-and-coming startups to launch and compete on the  TechCrunch Disrupt NY stage. Why Apply? Your team will get to pitch for six minutes and… Read More

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