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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  • Uh-oh. Adviser says Obama's an iPod guy

    Just when you thought President-Elect Obama could buck the common trend and be his own man by sporting a Zune, a close adviser states he’s an iPod fanboy. Sorry, Zune boys. It looks like your main man isn’t that big of a maverick after all. Instead, he clarified Obama’s position as an Apple fan and an owner of an iPod, which he most often uses when working out. Zune or iPod… Read More

  • The $100 Coby Netbook might not be coming after all

    A story broke the other day indicating that Coby – maker of cheap electronics – will start selling a $100 netbook in Rite Aids and Krogers within a matter of months. It was to be powered by a Chinese-built CPU and run a Linux distro. Well. Ars Technica is calling bull based on some holes in the story. Primarily, this story, or any announcement regarding a netbook… Read More

  • OpeniMac releases a quasi-Mac clones

    You would think that these Argentineans would know about Psystar’s legal ‘issues’ with Apple before they decided to release an unofficial OS X machine, but whatever. The company is selling two Mac Clones for a reasonable amount of cake. The OpeniMac is only $990 and ships with 2GB of memory, 320GB HDD, and a 256MB ATI Radeon HD Pro. The OpeniMacPRO will run ya, $1,710 but… Read More

  • Review: Stanley FatMax Utility Knives

    Short Version: One of these Stanley FatMax Utility Knifes impresses, one does not. One is solid and one is dangerous. One is useful, one is not. One will break, one should last. Read More

  • Mitsubishi outs a Blu-ray DVR destined only for Japan

    Japanese geeks get all the fun and the latest from Mitsubishi proves it. The DVR-BF2000 comes equipped with a 500GB HDD, two digital TV tuners, and a Blu-ray recorder drive. Amazing! Not only can it record two HD programs at one time (kind of normal), but can also burn recorded programs onto a Blu-ray disc. Best of all, it’s all wrapped up into a cute, soft white package that will… Read More

  • Pyranna: plastic clamshell opener and finger saver

    Plastic packaging are made by the devil. That’s a fact. There is, on average, 300,000 severed limbs caused by these plastic death traps every year. That’s a fact, too. Maybe. Anyway, the Pyranna should help cut down on ER visits by zipping through the plastic easily and safely. With Christmas coming, it might be a good time to invest in one of these. Only $9.99 on Amazon. Read More

  • Review: Stanley 3-in-1 flashlight

    Short Version: A multi-head, LED flashlight by Stanley. Clever and a great household tool. Just be careful as it isn’t Maglite tough. Read More

  • Seagate's warranty policy is poo; at least according to an online tech [Update]

    When will companies learn that if you treat people badly, it will appear all over the Internet? According to this chat transcript between a Seagate hard drive owner and an online tech, Seagate has an interesting warranty policy that states the advertised one-year warranty doesn’t start when the drive is purchased, rather when it left the factory. So if the drive sat on… Read More

  • Review: Jabra BT530 Bluetooth headset

    Short Version: Another Jabra Bluetooth headset with O.K. sound quality and range, but sports a true on/off switch. Not a soft button, but a real, honest to goodness, on/off switch. Praise jebus! Read More

  • SanDisk now fully supports OS X with the Cruzer Enterprise

    USB drives come pre-loaded with tons of security rubbish these days and if you’re a Mac user that want to utilize these options, the SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise is for you. Both the PC and Mac users can use the tools that includes a secure, encrypted storage area to hid all your little nasties protected by 256-bit AES encryption. The Cruzer Enterprise is available in 1-, 2-, 4-, and… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Monster Cable deals at the Circuit City Outlet

    No one denies that Monster Cable makes quality products, it’s just the unnecessarily high price and shady business practices that kills their street rep. From time to time Circuit City pops a few outdated Monster Cable products into their outlet store and makes them a bargain. 6-foot Monster Cable Component cables for $13.96; nice. 6-Foot Monster Cable Component cables and… Read More

  • 2,500 3D U.S. theaters by April '09

     
    3D theaters are back, baby. Estimates put the current installation base around 1,500 but some chap, Jeffery Katzenberg, predicts that there will be 2,500 by April in time for DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs Aliens. The Dreamworks CEO is certain that consumers will spend an extra $5 to don cheap, plastic glasses to experience the movie in 3D and he might be right. 3D movies bring… Read More

  • Blockbuster OnDemand might not be out of beta yet

    Dave Zatz quickly ordered-up the Blockbuster OnDemand streamer when it launched and now states that the device isn’t ready for primetime. (his words, not mine) While I won’t steal all of his thunder, the above image is popped up when he tried to play his first rental. I’ve only rented one flick, the latest Indiana Jones installment. The initial download automatically restarted… Read More

  • Wal-Mart to sell $99 4GB iPhone?


    The Wal-Mart/iP3G rumor has been swirling for months now and the latest tid-bit states that Wal-Mart will indeed sell an iPhone3G, but it’s going to be a 4GB version for $99 with a two-year agreement. Plausible? Sure. Read More

  • Coby to sell under $100 PoqetMate netbooks at Rite Aid & Kroger

    Netbooks are here. The Coby PoqetMate prove it as the sub-$100 netbooks are headed to Rite Aid Pharmacies and Kroger grocery stores. Once a product breaks free of its niche market and invades the general populous, you might as well get use to them ’cause they aren’t going anywhere. As for this Coby Netbook, the 7-inch flavor is going to ring up under $100. Specs are a… Read More

  • The Dark Knight on iTunes 2008 top download list before it's actually available

    The Dark Knight home release will not be available until next Tuesday, December 9th, but that hasn’t stopped the cash cow flick from hitting iTunes Top Downloads of 2008. No telling if the film actually earned that spot with the amount of pre-orders or if Apple placed the film there knowing that it eventually will be a top download. Either way, chances are the film is going to be… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Peek handheld for $49.99 only today

    Quick! The email one-hit-wonder Peek is only $49.99 today. Today only. You get that? For $49.99, you can pick up the Peek but the sale ends when the clock strikes twelve. Hurry. Today is the only day it’s $49.99. Oh, don’t forget about the $19.99 monthly data charge. That’s not on sale today. Read More

  • Downloadable TV and Movie section on TiVo [temporally?] not available; TiVo denies Amazon HD is coming

    TiVo owners found a placeholder button indicating a high definition Amazon HD service early this morning. The button, however, simply took users to the standard Amazon Top Downloads area instead of to HD content. Now the entire TiVo download section is not available, rather showing the image above instead of displaying services like Amazon, Web Videos, Jaman, and Disney. Furthermore, TiVo… Read More

  • Give the gift of an iPhone3G (gift card)

    Apple is making it a tad easier to gift the iPhone3G with a dedicated Gift Card. Do I really need to explain anything else? It’s a gift card that buys a iPhone3G at an Apple Store. Actually, it’s kind of a neat idea for those that want to give the Jesusphone as a gift but do not have access to the recipients AT&T account. Read More

  • Canon can make SEDs again if anyone still cares

    There was a time when SEDs were going to dominate the HDTV landscape but a lawsuit between Canon and Applied Nanotech put shelved the technology few years ago. The lawsuit was won by Canon recently and now a court has granted the company permission to resume development. It’s a little too late now though. Read More