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 are open for Hardware Battlefield at CES

    Applications are open for Hardware Battlefield at CES

    We’re back. Hardware Battlefield is TechCrunch’s premier hardware startup event and is returning to the world’s largest consumer electronic show. Applications are now open until November 3 at 9pm PT. Submit your application here to compete for free demo space at CES, a $50,000 prize and the Metal Man trophy. Hardware Battlefield is part of TechCrunch’s Startup… Read More

  • Get your tickets to Hardware Alley at Disrupt London 2016 now

    Get your tickets to Hardware Alley at Disrupt London 2016 now

    Good news, hardware startups. If you’ve been waiting for the day you’d finally be able to get your hands on tickets to display in Hardware Alley at Disrupt London 2016, you’ll be happy to know that today is the day. Tickets to Hardware Alley are available here. For just £650 plus VAT, your hardware startup will get a spot in the alley for one day for as many as two people… Read More

  • Audi axed its electric supercar, per report

    Audi axed its electric supercar, per report

    The Audi R8 e-tron is dead if a report from Car and Driver is to be believed. The production version of the car was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show and apparently Audi produced fewer than 100 vehicles — which sported a $1.1 million window sticker each. When announced, the e-tron seemed like a key part of Audi’s future. Built in the same vein as the R8, the e-tron sat on top… Read More

  • Turn a DJI Phantom 4 into a search & rescue drone with the EXO 1 exoskeleton

    Turn a DJI Phantom 4 into a search & rescue drone with the EXO 1 exoskeleton

    The DJI is a fantastic all-purpose drone, but with the EXO 1 exoskeleton, it becomes a dedicated search and rescue tool. The 3D-printed add-on quickly attaches to the drone and adds a host of features key to making the drone a valuable tool for first responders. There are GoPro mounting points at various locations around the exoskeleton that can be used for cameras, lights and any number of… Read More

  • Anker reveals details about its upcoming automotive brand, Roav

    Anker reveals details about its upcoming automotive brand, Roav

    A few days ago we revealed an automotive product from Anker called Roav. At the time, it seemed the Roav was an in-vehicle heads-up display that looked a lot like the Navdy. Today, Anker reached out with additional details. Roav, when it launches in November, will be Anker’s automotive brand, with the Roav Dashtop as the flagship product. Anker tells TechCrunch the Roav Dashtop… Read More

  • The blockchain is on the rise in the fourth episode of Bitcoin and the Blockchain

    With Bitcoin facing an uncertain future, the technology behind Bitcoin — the blockchain — is poised to overtake its original application. Startups, central banks and massive financial institutions in New York, London, Shanghai and elsewhere are starting to get in on the game. This is the fourth episode in our series on Bitcoin and the Blockchain. You can watch previous episodes here. Read More

  • Bitcoin searches for itself in the third episode of Bitcoin and the Blockchain

    As Bitcoin has grown, it’s been forced to contend with a flood of traffic on the network. Developers are divided about what to do. The scalers want more transactions running through the blockchain. The decentralizers say this threatens Bitcoin’s character. Now, Bitcoin must choose what it wants to be and that’s the core of the third episode in our series on Bitcoin and… Read More

  • A Flint, MI university turned vacant land into autonomous vehicle proving grounds

    A Flint, MI university turned vacant land into autonomous vehicle proving grounds

    Kettering University unveiled this week an automotive proving grounds in a bid to lure companies and students to the Flint, MI area. The test track is on the school’s grounds, housed on land that once contained a massive General Motors’ manufacturing facility that was torn down and left abandoned. The Kettering University GM Mobility Research Center (or MRC) features outdoor lab… Read More

  • In school or a recent grad? Get cheap tickets to Disrupt London

    In school or a recent grad? Get cheap tickets to Disrupt London

    Are you an undergrad or graduate student looking to take part in the best startup conference in Europe? Student tickets to Disrupt London 2016 are still available at the deeply discounted rate of just £100 plus VAT. 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. Read More

  • Anker is launching a Navdy clone called Roav

    Anker is launching a Navdy clone called Roav

    Watch out, Navdy. Here comes Anker. The Chinese consumer electronic brand is about to release an in-vehicle heads-up display that appears to be similar in design and execution to the Navdy. The product is called Roav, and like the Navdy, the device appears to take information from a user’s phone and display it on a transparent screen positioned in front of the driver. The product images… Read More

  • Bioscience meets AI — Dr. Jackie Hunter of BenevolentAI to speak at Disrupt London

    Bioscience meets AI — Dr. Jackie Hunter of BenevolentAI to speak at Disrupt London

    Disrupt hits London December 5-6 and it is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Jackie Hunter, Board Director of BenevolentAI and CEO of BenevolentBio, will be joining us as one of our featured speakers. Dr. Jackie Hunter leads BenevolentAI, a company at the intersection of bioscience and artificial intelligence working toward the powerful union between humans, technology and bioscience using AI. Read More

  • Watch Autoblog’s conference around mobility right here

    With Cruise and Waze and Uber and Comma and Otto and Tesla and all the rest, it’s clear that the automotive world is on the edge of a dramatic cliff. Things are about to change and fast. It’s why we heavily featured mobility companies a few weeks back at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. And it’s why Aol’s Autoblog is holding their first conference around the topic, too. The event… Read More

  • This crazy mod shaves off the edges of the iPhone using gigantic saw and belt sander

    This crazy mod shaves off the edges of the iPhone using gigantic saw and belt sander

    Who says you can’t physically mod an iPhone? This video shows it’s still possible. Using an industrial saw and massive belt sander, this guy shaves off just enough of his iPhone 7’s edge to make the sides flat. And you know what? It looks rad. Removing the rounded edges gives the iPhone 7 an industrial look — good luck finding a case that fits, though. Read More

  • Anki Overdrive keeps on truck’n

    Anki Overdrive keeps on truck’n

    Anki is adding large semi-trucks to its Overdrive game. This is clearly an attempt to breathe new life into the platform. And it works. The Supertrucks as they’re called add a new type of game mode and a bit of variety to the race car game. This is the first major update to Anki’s second generation game. The company launched its first game called Drive in 2013 and followed that up… Read More

  • Sign up to volunteer at Disrupt London 2016

    Sign up to volunteer at Disrupt London 2016

    Are you interested in rolling up your sleeves and get to work helping the TechCrunch Disrupt team put on the best startup show in Europe? If so, you should definitely sign up to be a Work Exchange Volunteer at Disrupt London 2016. Applications are now open, and you can submit one here. Volunteers selected for the Work Exchange program are required to work up to 16 hours during the conference. Read More

  • Only two more days to save £400 on Disrupt London tickets

    Only two more days to save £400 on Disrupt London tickets

    We’ve given you an extra week, but your time to save £400 on Disrupt London tickets is ending soon. You have until this Friday, September 30 to secure extra early-bird tickets to Disrupt London 2016 for just £800 each, or £700 each when you buy more than one. Read More

  • Watch DJI unveil its latest drone right here

    Rumor is DJI is about to unveil a small, foldable drone and you can watch the event right here. Whatever it turns out to be, no doubt, it will draw comparisons to the just-announced GoPro Karma. Read More

  • The EFF calls on HP to remove DRM from its printers

    The EFF calls on HP to remove DRM from its printers

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation has called on HP to restore customer’s ability to use third-party ink cartridges in its Office Jet printers. It is also urging consumers to sign a petition, which as of this posts’s publication, has nearly 7,500 signatures. In an open letter to HP Inc. President and CEO, Dion Weisler, activist Cory Doctorow calls on the company to take five… Read More

  • Apple adds Sonos speakers to its stores as it focuses on wireless audio

    Apple adds Sonos speakers to its stores as it focuses on wireless audio

    Did you hear? Wireless audio is the future — at least to Apple. And to that end, Sonos, perhaps the best wireless speakers available, are now available in the Apple Store alongside speakers from B&O, Logitech, and Apple’s Beats. Apple already sells several wireless speakers but the Sonos speakers would be the first multi-room system available. The Sonos PLAY:1 and PLAY:5… Read More

  • Lenovo’s gutting of Motorola is nearly complete

    Lenovo’s gutting of Motorola is nearly complete

    My first cell phone was a Sanyo. But only because I couldn’t afford a Motorola. I wanted a StarTAC. All the cool kids had a StarTAC. My Sanyo said loud and clear I was not a cool kid. Sometime later, I spent around $650 to be one of the first people to get the RAZR. People didn’t stand in line back then, but I purchased it at the store the first day it was available. I was finally… Read More

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