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 company wants to turn water bottles in Flint, MI into auto parts

    This company wants to turn water bottles in Flint, MI into auto parts

    The water is still toxic for many residents of Flint, MI yet one automotive supply company has plans to turn the crisis into an opportunity. An auto parts supplier today announced plans to relocate a facility from China to Flint, MI in part to turn discarded water bottles into plastic auto parts. The company plans on investing $9.68 million into the venture, which includes hiring 380… Read More

  • CrunchMatch Alpha registrations are now open for investors and startups

    CrunchMatch Alpha registrations are now open for investors and startups

    At this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016, TechCrunch introduced a new networking tool called CrunchMatch that helped 19 investors and 65 startups make a total of 88 connection meetings at Disrupt. At Disrupt SF 2016, TechCrunch is looking to take those connections to a whole new level. And to do that, we need all you investors and startup founders out there to get involved. Read More

  • Apple’s car project to be led by Bob Mansfield

    Apple’s car project to be led by Bob Mansfield

    Apple has reportedly enlisted the help of long-time Apple executive Bob Mansfield to lead its automobile project. This comes by way of the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Mansfield stepped down from the Apple executive board in 2013, yet stayed around the company to work on, what Apple called, special projects. In this role he was reporting directly to Apple CEO… Read More

  • Google Maps is gaining a Wifi-only mode

    Google Maps is gaining a Wifi-only mode

    Cellular data can be expensive and Wi-Fi is often free. Thankfully it seems Google Maps will soon work on just Wi-Fi. Google has yet to announce this option. Users are reporting the additional mode is found in the settings of Google Maps and replaces the “Offline areas” option. Once activated, Google Maps will load the majority of the data through Wi-Fi signals, though, as a… Read More

  • In school or a recent grad? Get your cheap student tickets to Disrupt SF now

    In school or a recent grad? Get your cheap student tickets to Disrupt SF now

    Are you an undergraduate or graduate student looking to attend the best startup show in San Francisco? Student tickets to Disrupt SF 2016 are still available at the deeply discounted rate of just $300. These tickets were previously only available to students currently enrolled in school, but we’re now expanding their availability to all of the recent graduates out there. If you graduated… Read More

  • Sign up to volunteer at Disrupt SF

    Sign up to volunteer at Disrupt SF

    Do you enjoy rolling up your sleeves and want to help put on the best startup show in tech? If so, you should definitely sign up to be a TechCrunch Work Exchange Volunteer at Disrupt SF 2016. TechCrunch is happy to announce that we are now accepting applications to the Work Exchange at this year’s show in San Francisco, and we hope you’ll consider joining us. Read More

  • More tickets are now available for TechCrunch’s Summer Party at August Capital

    More tickets are now available for TechCrunch’s Summer Party at August Capital

    The demand was so great that we just released a new batch of tickets for our summer part on the sunny decks of August Capital Sand Hill Rd offices. The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. Like in year’s past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit… Read More

  • Come out to TechCrunch’s Summer Party at August Capital

    Come out to TechCrunch’s Summer Party at August Capital

    The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. Like in years past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. Tickets are very limited and released on a rolling basis. It’s $85 to attend and $1000 to exhibit your startup at a demo… Read More

  • Today is the last day to save $1,200 on Disrupt SF tickets

    Today is the last day to save $1,200 on Disrupt SF tickets

    Attention, budget-conscious tech enthusiasts. Today is the last day to get Disrupt SF tickets at the deeply discounted extra-early-bird price point of $1,795 apiece — $1,200 off the full ticket price and $200 cheaper than they’ll be tomorrow. Read More

  • Fetch Robotics CEO Melonee Wise and her band of merry robots are coming to Disrupt SF

    Fetch Robotics CEO Melonee Wise and her band of merry robots are coming to Disrupt SF

    Remember Rosie from the Jetsons? That’s what Fetch Robotics is building, but instead of dealing with housekeeping and Elroy, the robots are designed for warehouses and e-commerce fulfillment centers. The company was founded in 2014 and has since raised $23 million and started shipping robots to pilot customers. The secret? Fetch Robotics didn’t build a series of robots. The… Read More

  • Elon Musk says the Model S can float well enough to be a boat

    Elon Musk says the Model S can float well enough to be a boat

    The story goes that last week, a Tesla Model S drove through a flooded tunnel in Kazakhstan. It’s not clear in the video below if the car was actually floating, but that didn’t stop Elon Musk from taking to Twitter to turn the video into a bit of Tesla marketing. We *def* don’t recommended this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time. Read More

  • The Apple TV finally has a chance to be a gaming platform

    The Apple TV finally has a chance to be a gaming platform

    Immersive games require a serious controller and the Apple TV Siri Remote is not a serious controller. Yet until recently Apple required game developers to fully support the Siri Remote for all games, which is likely one of the reasons developers haven’t fully embraced the platform. Gaming was key to the original pitch for the latest generation of the Apple TV. But so far the Apple TV… Read More

  • Don’t have an Apple TV? The iPad can also be a Home Hub for HomeKit devices

    Don’t have an Apple TV? The iPad can also be a Home Hub for HomeKit devices

    Yesterday at its annual developer’s conference Apple took the wraps off the next generation of HomeKit, its Internet of Things platform for devices such as smart locks, thermostats and internet appliances. Key among the new features highlighted during the unveiling was that the Apple TV can act as a HomeKit hub, allowing homeowners to remotely and securely access connected devices… Read More

  • Apple’s Home Puts All Of Your HomeKit Stuff In One iOS App

    Apple’s Home Puts All Of Your HomeKit Stuff In One iOS App

    Today at Apple’s WWDC 2016 conference, Apple SVP Craig Federighi announced a major update to Apple’s Internet of Things platform, HomeKit. The big news is Apple built a dedicated app to control all the devices in a person’s home. This will let homeowners use one app to control lights, view doorbell cams, open garage doors and more. This is big. Read More

  • The Apple TV gains deeper Siri integration and single sign-on option

    The Apple TV gains deeper Siri integration and single sign-on option

    Apple just announced minor updates to the operating system that powers the Apple TV. The news comes from Apple SVP Eddy Cue from the company’s developer’s conference WWDC. The future of TV is apps, Apple often says, and today’s update reinforces that mantra. Today’s news brings more apps and makes them easier to use on the Apple TV. Read More

  • Modular phones are here, like it or not

    Modular phones are here, like it or not

    Call me old fashioned, but I like my phones in one piece. But that’s not the future according to LG. Or Motorola. Or Google’s Ara team. These companies see consumers swapping widgets and gizmos on and off their phone like it’s some sort futuristic communication device. That’s crazy. I don’t like it. Get off my lawn. Lenovo just introduced the Moto Z with Moto Mods. Read More

  • Only a few days left to save $1,200 on extra early-bird tickets to Disrupt SF

    Only a few days left to save $1,200 on extra early-bird tickets to Disrupt SF

    Disrupt SF 2016 is only a few short months away, and soon thousands of innovators, investors, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts will make their way to the lovely Pier 48 for the best startup show in the Bay Area. Read More

  • Celebrate entrepreneurship at Disrupt SF 2016 with Apoorva Mehta, Emmett Shear and Sebastian Thrun

    Celebrate entrepreneurship at Disrupt SF 2016 with Apoorva Mehta, Emmett Shear and Sebastian Thrun

    Disrupt SF will roll into town this September and the speaker lineup is absolutely amazing. As the show approaches, we’ll announce the speakers and startups that will take the Disrupt stage. Tickets are currently available at an extra early bird pricing, so save some cash and buy early. To start things off, we’re excited to announce three entrepreneurs who are founded, launched… Read More

  • Tickets are now available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

    Tickets are now available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

    The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. Like in year’s past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. Tickets are very limited and released on a rolling basis. It’s $85 to attend and $1000 to exhibit your startup at a demo… Read More

  • Disrupt SF 2016 returns to Pier 48

    Disrupt SF 2016 returns to Pier 48

    Pier 48 served as the temporary home for Disrupt SF 2014 after our multi-year run at The Concourse ended when they decided to turn the Concourse into condos. After moving to the historic Pier 70 for the 2015 show, we’re thrilled to announce that Disrupt will once again take over the massive warehouse for Disrupt SF 2016. We’ll be filling Pier 48 to the brim with thousands of… Read More