Matt Burns

Even With The Novel Sprout, HP Just Can’t Win

sprout By all accounts HP announced something truly innovative today. The Sprout by HP is a mind-blowing mash-up of desktop computer, 3D scanner and touchscreen. It effectively pushes the desktop medium forward more so than anything produced in recent memory. But the Sprout is from HP. Imagine if Apple had announced the Sprout. The media would be going bonkers. Word about it would be on every… Read More

Joker Lets You Instantly Stream Perfectly Legal And Legitimate Torrent Files

joker Let’s say there’s a torrent online you would like to view. After all, torrents themselves are perfectly legal. Instead of downloading the torrent, paste the link to the torrent in Joker.org and watch the content instantly. Watch out, Popcorn Time. The Joker is here. Using Joker.org to watch a torrent is stupid easy. Grab a Torrent magnet link — the more seeds the better… Read More

BlackBerry CEO Teases Upcoming QWERTY Handset

blackberry-classic BlackBerry is still rolling and today CEO John Chen announced the upcoming BlackBerry Classic, which seems to be, well, a classic BlackBerry. Details like screen size and battery life were not revealed. All you need to know is that the Classic will have a BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard. BlackBerry has never truly given up on phones with physical keyboards. Released in April of 2013, the Q10 was… Read More

Keen Home Raises $1.52M To Bring Its Smart Home Vents To Market

keenhome1 Smart thermostats are great, but they often do not regulate the temperature of individual rooms. That’s where Keen Home’s Smart Vents come into play. The company first announced their product at Disrupt NY 2013 and is today announcing $1.52M in seed funding to bring it to market. The seed round was led by RMR Capital, with participation from R/GA Ventures, Bullet Time Ventures,… Read More

Surprise! We’ve Pushed Back The Hardware Battlefield Application Deadline

robot-2015 TechCrunch is looking for the next hot hardware startup to launch on our stage in Las Vegas, but you have to apply first. The deadline is now November 15th, leaving you just over two weeks. For the second year in a row TechCrunch is holding Hardware Battlefield at CES where startups will compete for $50,000 and our newly-minted Metal Man trophy. Best yet, participating startups will get… Read More

Fitbit’s Latest Activity Trackers Feature Heart Monitoring, Smartwatch Functions

fitbit Meet Fitbit’s latest: The Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge. These activity trackers will sit atop the brand’s masthead going into 2015 and beyond. But don’t look for most of these products this holiday season. Only the $130 Charge will be available this year. The $150 Charge HR and $250 Surge hit stores in early 2015. Fitbit had a tough 2014. After launching the flagship… Read More

Fitbit’s Latest Activity Trackers Feature Heart Monitoring, Smartwatch Functions

fitbit Meet Fitbit’s latest: The Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge. These activity trackers will sit atop the brand’s masthead going into 2015 and beyond. But don’t look for most of these products this holiday season. Only the $130 Charge will be available this year. The $150 Charge HR and $250 Surge hit stores in early 2015. Fitbit had a tough 2014. After launching the flagship… Read More

Microsoft Prices Xbox One Below PS4 For The First Time

Xbox Console Starting November 2nd, the Xbox One’s starting price will be $350. That’s $50 off the current level. Thanks, PlayStation! The $50 discount is seemingly applicable to all the system-plus-game bundles. The Kinect-free Assassin’s Creed or Sunset Overdrive bundle will cost $350, with the Call of Duty: Advance Warfare running $450. Microsoft says the lower prices will be… Read More

Microsoft Prices Xbox One Below PS4 For The First Time

Xbox Console Starting November 2nd, the Xbox One’s starting price will be $350. That’s $50 off the current level. Thanks, PlayStation!
The $50 discount is seemingly applicable to all the system-plus-game bundles. The Kinect-free Assassin’s Creed or Sunset Overdrive bundle will cost $350, with the Call of Duty: Advance Warfare running $450. Read More

Hardware Battlefield Applications Close In A Week

robot-2015 Stop procrastinating and fill out your application for Hardware Battlefield. The show is set to be even better than last year with participating startups getting free exhibition space at the 2015 International CES and competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy. For the first time, TechCrunch has partnered with the CEA to be an official media partner of the tradeshow. This… Read More