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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  • Strap a parachute onto your drone with the ParaZero SafeAir

    Strap a parachute onto your drone with the ParaZero SafeAir

    Drones are expensive and crashes are inevitable. ParaZero has a solution: A parachute. With the ParaZero SafeAir product, a drone is fitted with a capsule containing a parachute that’s effective at very low altitudes and deploys in under a second. The company says the system works without user intervention so it should deploy when your drone decides to take a ride around the block… Read More

  • Want an Echo Dot? Here’s how to bypass Amazon’s restrictions and order one today

    Want an Echo Dot? Here’s how to bypass Amazon’s restrictions and order one today

    Amazon is making it difficult to pre-order the $90 Echo Dot. But there’s still a way, and it’s really easy to nab your place in line for the new mini Echo. Better hurry, though. Amazon could close this loophole at any moment. To pre-order the Echo Dot: Open the Amazon iOS shopping app Search for “Echo Dot” On the search result page, swipe right on the device to add it… Read More

  • The Sony Future Lab could be as forward-thinking as the Walkman

    The Sony Future Lab could be as forward-thinking as the Walkman

    Sony is doing something unheard of in the consumer electronic space: It’s going to show off prototypes. Can you imagine Apple or Samsung doing that? Not really, no. For several good reasons, electronic companies like to keep products under wraps until they’re completely finished and the company can unveil it with many dogs and ponies. Sony’s calling this program Future Lab… Read More

  • The SkyWall 100 bazooka captures drones with a giant net

    The SkyWall 100 bazooka captures drones with a giant net

    The SkyWall 100 is one of the latest device promising to protect the world from the impending drone takeover. It’s essentially a smart bazooka that fires a canister filled with a net at drones 100 meters away. Boom headshot. An operator targets the drone and fires a canister that contains a large net that gets tangled in the drone’s rotors. A parachute then delivers the drone back… Read More

  • Pebble just cut the price of the Time and Time Round smartwatches

    Pebble just cut the price of the Time and Time Round smartwatches

    Pebble’s latest smartwatches are now a little less cash. The Time Round is $199 and the Time is $149. At these prices, the Pebble sits more comfortable among its competition. Fitbit’s new Blaze costs $199 and Garmin’s Vivoactive is $219. At $149 rather than $199, the Pebble Time should look a bit more attractive to its target consumers. After all, the Time is a smartwatch… Read More

  • Sign up to volunteer at Disrupt NY

    Sign up to volunteer at Disrupt NY

    Do you love getting your hands dirty and want to be a part of the best startup show in tech? If so, you should definitely sign up to be a TechCrunch Work Exchange Volunteer at Disrupt NY 2016. TechCrunch is happy to announce that we are now accepting applications to the Work Exchange at this year’s show. Read More

  • This Kickstarter project promises the impossible: A cable that works with both Lightning and microUSB ports

    This Kickstarter project promises the impossible: A cable that works with both Lightning and microUSB ports

    The claim is audacious: A cable that works as a Lightning and microUSB cable. Ludicrous, right? Well, if this Kickstarter project is to be believed, that’s exactly what the LMcable can do. The cable sports a special end that works in both ports. One side of the male connector has the goods to charge Apple devices and the other side is a microUSB connector. Just plug the cable into the… Read More

  • Announcing the first batch of speakers for Disrupt NY 2016

    Announcing the first batch of speakers for Disrupt NY 2016

    This year’s Disrupt NY will take place across the river from Manhattan in Red Hook, at the Brooklyn Cruise Ship terminal. TechCrunch Disrupt, with approximately 5,000 in-person attendees, will spend four days (including our hackathon) discussing the most exciting and innovative things in the startup world. Read More

  • GoPro acquires Stupeflix and Vemory to beef up its video editing tools

    GoPro acquires Stupeflix and Vemory to beef up its video editing tools

    GoPro today announced the acquisition of two startups to address one of the company’s sore spots: Video editing. Stupeflix and Vemory are the companies behind the mobile apps Replay and Splice, respectively. GoPro tells TechCrunch the company spent $105 million on the two companies combined and that all the employees from these companies will join GoPro’s ranks but work from… Read More

  • Today Is The Last Day To Save On Disrupt NY Tickets

    Today Is The Last Day To Save On Disrupt NY Tickets

    All right all you budget-minded people out there, today is the day. It’s the final day to get tickets to Disrupt NY 2016 at the incredibly discounted price of $1,795 apiece before ticket prices increase by $200 tomorrow. If you haven’t already, get on over to our ticketing page now to get your tickets and save a few hundred bucks in the process. Read More

  • Xiaomi To Release New Mi 5 Smartphone In China, India And “Other Global Markets”

    Xiaomi To Release New Mi 5 Smartphone In China, India And “Other Global Markets”

    Xiaomi is ready to do it again. The company just introduced its latest smartphone and it looks fantastic. Xiaomi is no longer a company that looks to others for inspiration. Xiaomi is no longer an upstart, it’s a global leader — one that has high expectations and a lofty $45 billion valuation — and the new Mi 5 has the goods to be a trendsetting device. The Mi 5 is an… Read More

  • Watch Xiaomi’s MWC 2016 Press Conference Right Here

    Watch Xiaomi’s MWC 2016 Press Conference Right Here

    Xiaomi is set to unveil… something at Mobile World Congress 2016 and you can watch all the action right here. If the title of the stream is any indication, there’s a good chance that Xiaomi is taking the Mi 5 global but the Chinese giant could have other things waiting in the wings. The event is supposed to start at 9:00 CET/3:00 EDT. Read More

  • Fitbit Remains The Worldwide Leader In Wearables, But Xiaomi Is Quickly Gaining

    Fitbit Remains The Worldwide Leader In Wearables, But Xiaomi Is Quickly Gaining

    Fitbit has long been the king of wearables and an IDC report released today says James Park and Co. still wear the crown. But Xiaomi is quickly gaining power. A lot of power. Fitbit managed to ship 21 million devices in 2015, up 93.2% over 2014’s amount of 10.9 million units. That said, even by shipping nearly twice as many units, Fitbit still lost marketshare. Over the same time period… Read More

  • Reminder: Extra Early-Bird Ticket Sales For Disrupt NY End Tomorrow

    Reminder: Extra Early-Bird Ticket Sales For Disrupt NY End Tomorrow

    We’ve given you an extension, and if you’re still procrastinating on getting Disrupt New York 2016 tickets at the lowest possible price point, the time to act is now. Extra early-bird tickets are on sale now through February 24 at the deeply-discounted price of $1,795 per ticket. That’s a full $1,200 off the final retail price of $2,995, and $200 less than they’ll be if… Read More

  • Bill Gates Clarifies Statements On Apple Vs. FBI, Calls For Safeguards And Discussion

    Bill Gates Clarifies Statements On Apple Vs. FBI, Calls For Safeguards And Discussion

    Editor’s note: A previous version of this post had the headline “Bill Gates Says Apple Should Unlock The iPhone” but Gates appeared on Bloomberg after this report was published, and attempted to clarify his intentions. You can watch the whole interview here where he backpedals a bit. Bill Gates is siding with the FBI and says Apple should unlock the phone of the San… Read More

  • Registration Is Now Open For Country Pavilions At Disrupt NY 2016

    Registration Is Now Open For Country Pavilions At Disrupt NY 2016

    Disrupt NY 2016 is just a few short months away, as soon hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors and innovators will flock to the lovely Brooklyn Cruise Terminal for the best startup show in the Big Apple. Will you and your budding international startup be with them? One of our favorite parts of Disrupt over the past few years has been the inclusion of the country pavilions within Startup… Read More

  • DJI Announces Drone Repair Service Because Drones Crash And Break

    DJI Announces Drone Repair Service Because Drones Crash And Break

    It takes a special person to be able to fly a drone and not crash occasionally. DJI knows this and today is announcing a pricey repair service to fix all those broken dreams and drones. The plan is not cheap. Called DJI Care, it’s available to purchase with new or for existing drones but is limited to just the Phantom 3 Standard, Phantom 3 4K, Phantom 3 Advanced, Phantom 3 Professional… Read More

  • Encrypted Messaging App Telegram Hits 100M Monthly Active Users, 350k New Users Each Day

    Encrypted Messaging App Telegram Hits 100M Monthly Active Users, 350k New Users Each Day

    That didn’t take long. Telegram launched just two and a half years ago and is today announcing at Mobile World Congress 2016 it has 100,000,000 monthly active users. Shortly after launching, the messaging app claimed it had 100,000 users communicating on its encrypted platform and then in December 2014 there was 50 million active users, who were generating 1 billion messages daily. Now… Read More

  • HP Announces Yet Another Mobile Product That Will Fail

    HP Announces Yet Another Mobile Product That Will Fail

    HP clearly didn’t get the memo that Windows Phone is dead. Meet HP’s first flagship smartphone since the Palm Pre 3. HP calls Elite x3 a “revolutionary mobile platform” but it’s not. It’s just another also-ran from HP. Read More

  • Every Angle Of The Modular LG G5 Smartphone

    Meet the LG G5 smartphone. The company just announced this new flagship device at MWC 2016. It’s nice and feels great in the hand. But it’s claim to fame is its modular accessory system. The bottom of the phone pops off allowing the owner to dock different packs on the phone or just swap the battery. Read More

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