Matt Burns

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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  • Dell MP3 player plans getting canned? Hopefully?

    The world has too many MP3 players – what? it does – and manufacturers need to move on rather than developing an “iPod killer” which is what Dell might be doing. According to the original rumor mill, Wall Street Journal, the MP3 player built around the entertainment software Zing is being shelved indefinitely. Maybe Dell suits came to their senses, threw in the… Read More

  • Dell says "Me too!" and unleashes the SP2309W QWXGA 23-inch LCD monitor

    Hot on the heels of Samsung’s QWXGA 2342BWX LCD monitor, Dell just made its 2048×1152 23-inch monitor available – sort-of. The SP2309W sports a quick 2ms response time and 1000:1 contrast ratio, along with the super-duper resolution, which should satisfy both gamers and corner office types. Unlike the Samsung though, Dell threw in a 2MP camera within the bezel for some… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Sony PRS-505SC Digital Book Reader $247

    Oprah might love the Amazon Kindle, but this Sony e-book is a heck of deal at $247. Dell is selling the device for $289 and then you can you use this 15% coupon (PWXNZVNDRWWX1P) to drop it down below the $250 mark. Not a bad price at all. via Gadgetreview Read More

  • R2-D2 aquarium

    Leave it to Hammacher Schlemmer to sell an R2-D2 Aquarium. It isn’t very large with only a 1.75-gallon capacity but it should still provide enough room for a Beta fish or a couple of gold fish. R2’s eye-piece even works as a periscope so you can get an up close look at your little buddies while they meander around. Too bad the $129 price knocks it out of gag gift territory so it… Read More

  • Hiranao Tsuboi of 100% digital LED watch

    Sexy, just plain sexy. Too bad it’s just a concept. Read More

  • Comcast's march to 100% digital will raise rates and alienate millions

    Comcast is slowly converting markets into 100% digital, which happens to free up bandwidth for a lot high-def stations. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some HDTV, but how they are doing it will infuriate millions – including myself – with digital set-top boxes on every TV and dramatic price increases. The transition shows the weakness of the companies coax network that relies… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Aliph Jawbone 2 Bluetooth headset

    While you don’t get the fancy new color options and you’re stuck with just black, this is one hell of a good deal for the Jawbone 2 headset from CellHut. This is the second incarnation of the Jawbone and they work great and look snazzy doing it. Yes, snazzy. $79 after this coupon code: ALIP2B.  CellHut via GadgetReview Read More

  • Nintendo DSi unceremonially torn apart and examined

    You know the drill. A hot new gadget launches and someone – most often a nerd-type – tears it apart for some circuit board pr0n. Hey, we can’t blame ’em and the next up in this age-old ritual is the Nintendo DSi. The new handheld just launched to an eager Japanese gaming crowd last week, selling over 200,000 in the first few days alone. Chances are one of those units… Read More

  • The Onion sums up OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7 sentiments

    Both Microsoft and Apple have important operating system releases dropping soon in OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7. If previous experiences have taught us anything, the tech crowd will cheer at the minor feature bumps Steve Jobs announces and grumble at anything out of Redmond. The Onion did a fine job compiling some of the expected features and comparing it between the two upcoming… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Olens Personal Projector

    So this is more of a DIY idea than a CrunchDeals, but it could still go either way. Woot has this medium-size projector up for $179 and while it doesn’t HD, it sure likes mod-friendly and has an VGA port for easy computer hook-up. It measures in at 15″ L x 7″ W x  4″ T making it an almost perfect fit for the top of a computer case. With a little cutting… Read More

  • Weekend project: Build an Iron Man helmet

    Sure, Halloween is over but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend your lonely weekend constucting an Iron Man helmet. Instructiable should give you enough info but this might not be for fiberglass or Bondo virgins. Still, you have to start somewhere and if you’re good ‘nough, you too could be rocking an Iron Man helmet just like the winner above. Read More

  • Pioneer ships the LX010BD Blu-ray HTIB to the UK

    We all knew that eventually Blu-ray would hit the home theater in a box market and while the Pioneer LX010BD isn’t the first, it seems well equipped. For £2000 ($3,137 USD) British AV snobs will be rock’n out to 5.1 audio sound out of dodecahedron compact speakers (it means 12-sided shape, playboy) that claim to produce omni-directional sound for a better surround experience. Read More

  • Frog Tool 15 function multi-tool packs MacGyver know-how

    This 15 function multi-tool from Frog Tool seems like it can do anything. Definitely something to throw in the glove-box or desk drawer for an impromptu situation. Just check out all that the stainless steel tool can do. Plus, at only $4.99, it would make a great stocking stuffer. Gatco via Toolmonger Read More

  • $25 million dollar campaign in the works for Blu-ray

    Expect an $25 mil advertising blitz for Blu-ray this holiday season themed “Tru Blu.” Trailer Park, a LA Firm, is going to make sure consumers are aware of the high-def format and hopeful – I’m thinking out loud here – will showcase more than just the pretty picture. Moms and Pops need to know that Blu-ray isn’t just a better picture but also… Read More

  • Circuit City laying off corporate employees too

    Red shirt Circuit City workers aren’t the only employees getting the pink slip as a report by the Richmond Times-Dispatch indicates that headquarter staffers will be laid-off too. The Circuit City local paper estimates that 500 – 800 people will be let go from the Richmond, VA home base and the remaining 1,000 white collared workers will be consolidated into one building. Does… Read More

  • Multi-touch for Windows 7 demo'd

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/microsoft/Multi_touch_for_Windows_7_demo_d’;
    digg_bgcolor = ‘#ff9900’;
    digg_skin = ‘compact’;
    digg_window = ‘new’; Windows 7 is getting a good amount of press, and I mean good press. It seems that people are looking forward to the next Windows incarnation and the app demo’d above shows off just what the… Read More

  • ABI Research states the obvious: Blu-ray player prices are dropping

    Well lookie there, ABI Research has confirmed what we have been reporting for a while. It seems that *gasp* Blu-ray players are dropping for the holiday season to the $150-$200 range. We have already seen players that low (Sony BDP-S300 $142 with 4 movies) and Black Friday is sure to reveal more options. The only questions is wether these prices are going to stick around after the… Read More

  • Circuit City scamming people on "liquidation" sales

    Circuit City is hurting right now and apparently that is justification for ripping people off under the umbrella of a liquidation sale. These so-called sales are within the 155 stores that are being shut down immediately, but a few reports have indicated that prices are being marked up and then receive a magic 10% off, resulting in a “sale.” In fact, these in-store prices are… Read More

  • Samsung overtakes Motorola as top US cellphone vender

    There was a time when the RAZR was king and HelloMOTO was all the rage. Sadly, Motorola hasn’t kept up with the time and is still living in that world while other venders, like Samsung, continue to innovate and produce quality handsets. Motorola’s US market share has dropped from 32.7% last year to a respectable 21.1% in ’08, while Samsung slightly overtook Moto with… Read More

  • The future of cells phones by Ericsson

    Ericsson has big plans for cell phones – big plans. Ultimately by the 2012, the company sees 100+ Mbps connection with 12-20MP cameras as you can see by the chart above. Plus, your lowly phone will be able to record HD video and sport a 1GHz CPU. So in less than four years all this is suppose to happen, Ericsson? M’kay. The megapixal camera is within reason, and even the HD video… Read More