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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  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket just exploded at Cape Canaveral, destroying Facebook’s Internet.org satellite

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket just exploded at Cape Canaveral, destroying Facebook’s Internet.org satellite

    Update: SpaceX has confirmed that there were no personnel injuries in the blast but the rocket and payload were destroyed. According to numerous eyewitness reports, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket just exploded during a test on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral. This rocket was set to launch on Saturday, Sept. 3 on a mission to deliver Facebook’s first satellite to orbit. This rocket was… Read More

  • BMW first to sell CarPlay as standalone service

    BMW first to sell CarPlay as standalone service

    BMW buyers will now have the option to get CarPlay installed in their new rides. But for a cost. BMW is charging $300 to add the service to new vehicles making the German auto maker the first to charge buyers for access to CarPlay. This sits as a starch difference from other manufacturers which either include CarPlay as a standard feature or bundle it in a technology package. BMW is… Read More

  • DJI wants to end shaky smartphone videos

    DJI wants to end shaky smartphone videos

    DJI hopes you’re tired of shaky and embarrassing smartphone videos. The Osmo Mobile is a handheld 3-axis stabilizer gimbal for smartphones. Just strap a phone to the top and a similar gimbal used in the company’s drones will keep the video silky smooth. The kit works similarly to the DJI Osmo except this new version lacks a built-in camera. It uses the capable camera in a… Read More

  • Garmin releases a GoPro clone

    Garmin releases a GoPro clone

    Garmin has stopped trying. Meet the company’s new action camera: A clone of a GoPro. The company that innovated in the personal navigator space just announced the second generation of its action camera and it looks exactly like a GoPro. The new Virb Ultra 30 packs the goods to record at 4k and allows the user to control its functions through voice commands. Just say “Okay… Read More

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is speaking at Disrupt SF 2016

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is speaking at Disrupt SF 2016

    I’m incredibly honored to announce Ash Carter, the sitting U.S. Secretary of Defense, will join me for a fireside chat at Disrupt SF 2016. After we chat for a few minutes he will take questions from the audience. The United States is sitting at a crossroads right now between fighting traditional battles with guns, tanks and warships and battles that will be fought online with… Read More

  • Amazon releases auto buying research tool

    Amazon releases auto buying research tool

    Shopping for a car? You might want to do your research on Amazon. The ecommerce giant just announced and released www.amazon.com/vehicles, and it’s as impressive as it is comprehensive, one of the most complete vehicle research tools I’ve seen. The service does not let shoppers purchase cars, but rather is just a comparison and research tool. Due to auto dealer rules and… Read More

  • DJI upgrades its 4k handheld gimbal camera with zoom lens, motion timelapse

    DJI upgrades its 4k handheld gimbal camera with zoom lens, motion timelapse

    DJI just announced an upgraded version of its lovely Osmo camera. Called the Osmo Plus, this model offers key features not found on the original Osmo such as zoom, motion timelapse and an improved stabilization system. Like the original, which is still available, the Osmo Plus gives shooters a stabilized camera system thanks to the 3-axle gimbal system. It’s similar to the gimbals used… Read More

  • Announcing the Disrupt SF 2016 Agenda

    Announcing the Disrupt SF 2016 Agenda

    We’re excited to announce the full agenda for TechCrunch Disrupt SF. The show runs from September 10-14 and is returning to the wonderful Pier 48 venue. General admission tickets and exhibitor packages are still available. The event spans five days where we will celebrate entrepreneurship and technology with the best of Silicon Valley appearing on the Disrupt stage. Read More

  • The highs and lows of the Cadillac CT6 Bose Panaray audio system

    The highs and lows of the Cadillac CT6 Bose Panaray audio system

    Panaray. Panaromic and array. Made by Bose, the $3,700 optional Panaray audio system puts 34 tiny speakers around the Cadillac CT6’s cabin with the goal of creating an immersive soundstage. This is more than creating a surround sound system. It’s about creating an environment of sound. And it works. Read More

  • Apple hires founder of QNX Software Systems for automotive project

    Apple hires founder of QNX Software Systems for automotive project

    Apple is adding an experienced automotive software developer to its ranks and perhaps changing the focus of its secretive automotive division. Bloomberg is reporting Apple hired former BlackBerry employee and co-founder of QNX Dan Dodge, who will work in the software team of Apple’s automotive project. Dodge brings considerable experience to Apple. The company he co-founded developed… Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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