Matt Burns

Matt is a Managing Editor at TechCrunch.

He started at TechCrunch as a freelance writer in 2008 and moved up the ranks to become the Managing Editor in early 2017. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, he has a special place in his heart for mobility startups and gadgets.

At TechCrunch he manages the editorial side of the company’s events including TechCrunch Disrupt, TechCrunch Sessions and the company’s various worldwide events. Previously he was a freelance writer at Engadget and EngadgetHD where he hosted podcasts until he was removed from that role after saying a swear word. He’s very sorry and promises it won’t happen again.

His passions include emails, run-on sentences and following through with action items developed during a conference call. And woodwork.

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  • DIY HDMI cables from audioquest coming soon

    HDMI cables have long been the bane of custom AV installers mainly because they previously could not be made to length. It seems that audioquest has solved the problem with a system that splits the HDMI wire into two wire groups for termination and crimping. That way, you are avoiding crimping all 19 wires at once. Most installers can crimp CAT-5’s eight wires in their sleep so doing… Read More

  • Sprint axing 8,000 employees, Philips 6,000

    Talk about a case of the Mondays. Sprint and Philips are the latest to announce layoffs with Sprint cutting 8,000 and Philips 6,000 employees. You know the drone. It’s cause we can’t borrow against our overinflated home’s equity to buy these companies latest crap anymore. We’re too busy dumping all of our cash into organic foodstuff now. The Sprint layoffs are expected… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 alpha screenshots develop

    The next incarnation of WinMob might be Microsoft’s last gasp as Apple, Blackberry, and now Palm reach for an even bigger market share with killer platforms. Microsoft does have the stuff to make a killer OS – look at the Zune – but those folks might be on their way out due to jobs cuts leaving the old farts that designed WinMob user interface a half a decade ago. These… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless Network Extender now shipping to dead spots


    Verizon’s solution for improving your wireless coverage indoors is this network extender. The $250 device works like a mini cell phone tower with a 5,000 feet range. It seems all you need to do is plug the device into a high speed connection and place it by the window for GPS reasons. That’s it. Three Verizon phones can utilize the device for a better connection voice calls… Read More

  • DIY: Ball o' sound

    Somewhere out there someone needs this 360 degree speaker. Sure, JVC and others make off the shelf solution but that’s no fun. Read More

  • Quanta to produce ultra-thin notebook

    The Apple Air had a great big target slapped onto it once Jobs unveiled it. Now Quanta is the latest to enter the niche market of ultra-thin notebooks. Previously, Quanta made their cash by manufacturing computers for others, most notably, Apple so this notebook will probably bring the goods. Read More

  • The Sectera Edge demo'd via CNN

    President Obama will hold onto his Blackberry for personal communication but anything government related that is considered classified will probably be handled on the Sectera Edge. We published some pictures of the General Dynamics device when we broke the news ’bout Obama’s Blackberry plans last week, but CNN got a short video demo explaining the devices capabilities; yes, they… Read More

  • Senate expected to make DTV Transition optional to for a while

    The Senate and President Obama are ready to pass legislation that will postpone the DTV Transistion date from Feburary 17th, 2009 to June 12th, 2009 – or so says the Internet. The new bill doesn’t provide more funds for the DTV Coupon program but will allow individual stations to determine when they will switch off their analog signal. So now, instead of having one, uniform date… Read More

  • Windows Vista SP2 delayed?

    You know what Microsoft needs to do? Write off Vista totally and compensate everyone with an upgrade to Windows 7. Forget about the impending SP2 and refocus everyone into Windows 7 development. That being said, the next update for Vista might not drop until May or June and should bring some well needed feature upgrades. It’s still craptacular Vista in the end though. Read More

  • Verizon makes the Hub official

    Rumors ’bout the Verizon Hub/One (concept pictured) have been circulating the Internet for ages now but Verizon just made it official with what seems to be a February 1st, 2009 launch date. Specific hardware details are skecty, along with pricing, however, Verizon says they will fill in the blanks shortly. It seems that the Hub is designed to replace the computer for casual info gathering. Read More

  • Android Cupcake spied, tasted

    The T-Mobile G1 has an update in the works. When the firmware will be available to owners is the main question after most of the details leaked out of the kitchen. Cupcake, as it’s been dubbed, should improve the look and the feel of the OS. The buttons should pop a bit more, there is a new transition when opening and closing apps, but most importantly is the new virtual keyboard. Read More

  • Apple's secret sauce: A simple product line

    Apple is doing something right because every other company, including Microsoft and Sony, is laying folks off but Apple is paving the halls with gold. Didja hear? Apple made $10 billion last year and their simple product line is the key. Look at it. There really aren’t that many products: One cellphone, four iPods, three notebooks, and three desktop computers. Now look at HP’s… Read More

  • The only way to sell a 1990 Lincoln Town Car: Sex [NSFW]

    What’s a girl to do when she’s moving to Amsterdam and can’t bring her Town Car with her? Sell it on eBay with help from her daddy’s digital camera and her mothers genes. What else? After all, how the hell else are you going to sell a gigantic, V8 Lincoln from the Bush Sr.’s term? We just wanna know one thing though: Can herpes survive on leather seats? More NSFW… Read More

  • Circuit City's Canadian operation to get auctioned this week

    Circuit City’s Canadian operations have been in question ever since the US locations started showing signs of death. CircuitCity.com had previously stated that the Canadian locations would operate normally but that doesn’t seem the case as all 765 stores are headed to the auction block this week. The Source, as the stores are called in Canadaland, were previously purchased from… Read More

  • Intel to halt [some] production

    Intel recently reported a 90% drop in same quarter profits and now the company is announcing the diet plan. There are plans to stop production at five factories across the globe which will affect 5,000 to 6,000 employees. This including the 200mm wafer fabrication facility in Hillsboro, Ore, btw. The Intel press release did indicate that the closure of these facilities will not impact the… Read More

  • Huawei's Android phone to be shown next month

    Huawei’s Android handset might drop during the original first half of 2009 time slot instead of the 3Q 2009 some reported. The maker will at least show it off at next months Mobile World Congress, with production hopefully starting shortly there after. *fingers crossed* We don’t have any other details including if the phone will be a touchscreen-only, keyboard-equipped, or the… Read More

  • Treo PRO now available from Sprint for $249

    Update: Sprint did not intend for this page to go up yet – it has since been pulled. Palm and Sprint might have a pickle on their hands. Now that the Palm Pre is the hottest upcoming phone of 2009, how are they going to sell the Treo PRO when the Pre is rumored to launch next month? Sprint thankfully has priced the PRO well with to a $200 price cut and a $100 MIR which brings the MSRP… Read More

  • Poll: Is Circuit City's liquidation widely known as a scam?

    It seems that everyone knows that the Circuit City liquidation is a scam in our corner of the Internet but what about Mr. Average Joe? Does he know that we haven’t heard of anyone finding a lower price at a closing Circuit City store than at Best Buy or via an online source. Maybe the deals will come after the store’s inventory is stagnate for a few weeks. After all, the head… Read More

  • South Park making the switch to HD

    Oh boy. After 12 seasons stuck in standard definition, South Park will finally be shown in glorious high-def. The new season starts on March 11th and is a long time coming. The season 13 premier hopefully sets a standard that the likes The Simpsons and Family Guy must follow. I mean, come on. It’s 2009 and those cartoons are some of the last prime time shows stuck in the past. Some… Read More

  • The Dell Adamo not coming until second half of 2009?

    The Internet was abuzz about the Dell Adamo notebook a few days ago. The Apple Macbook Air-killer was finally announced and would hopefully start shipping sometime in a couple of months. That’s not going to happen according to DigiTimes though. Read More