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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  • New lighted Kindle folio lights up your e-books

    One of the biggest cons for the Kindle, and most e-ink devices for that matter, is the lack of backlighting. Some call it a feature but others, like me, find it annoying at best. There are numerous lighting solutions for e-book readers and Periscope has another to add to the fold. The company integrated a LED reading light into a folio complete with a notepad and pockets. Kind of handy for… Read More

  • Dual-lamp Sanyo LP-XTC50 projector announced

    The latest must-have spec in high-end projectors are dual lamps. They offer better brightness control, longer lamp life, but are somewhat hard to find. The latest from Sanyo does, however, sport the dual-lamp goodness and features the standard set of large venue projector features: 5,000 ANSI lumens, 1,100 contrast ratio, 1024 x 768 resolution, and because of the dual lamps, up to 6,000 hours… Read More

  • TEAC rolls out turntable, cassette recorder, CD recorder in retro digs

    If you happen to still have LPs laying around and have sometime to dub ’em onto a digital medium, this TEAC player might be for you. Or, if you happen to have grandparents that still enjoy their LPs and their turntable died on ’em, this TEAC player might be for your. Perhaps, you are piecing together a 1970’s-style smokers room and need an appropriate sound system to… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson gets official with the W705 Walkman phone and the MBS-900 Bluetooth speaker

    We kind of knew these two Sony Ericsson products were dropping today, and so, here are the Sony W705 Walkman phone and MBS-900 Bluetooth speaker. The quad-band W705 seems like an upgraded G705 with WiFi, YouTube access, 3.2 MP camera, and a FM radio with TrackID built-in. Plus, it has a large 2.4-inch screen along with an accelerometer for Shake Control. The whole thing is made out of a… Read More

  • Jurassic Park, ER creator Michael Crichton dies

    One of the best selling authors of our day has passed-on. Michael Crichton wrote Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, and created ER during his 66 years on this earth. He wrote under numerous pen names, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard, and was ultimately a great contributor to both the literary and film worlds. Ultimately he wrote at least 30 books, was involved with 15 movies… Read More

  • Cobra stuffs GPS into latest radar detectors

    Cobra revealed its latest radar detector lineup at SEMA ’08 and the high-end models receive the GPS treatment. Now, this isn’t GPS navigation rather speed trap notification from either Cobra’s database or the ones you program. The XRS 9960G and XRS R10G feature a small OLED screen where the notifications appear and they even display both the GPS notifications and which way… Read More

  • USB floppy thumb drive

    Concept of a USB thumb drive shaped like a floppy disc. Smile. It’s nostalgic. Nosfut via likecool via OhGizmo Read More

  • Maxell Japan releases tubular iPod speaker system

    The world is truly a better place now that Maxell launched another iPod dock. The MXSP-1100 supports all dock-equipped iPods and iPhones with a speaker output of 2×4.2 watts. Not a lot of power, but the modern look might make up for the lackluster sound; maybe. Anyway, the speaker system will come in either black iron or mahogany brown when it drops on November 25, 2008 with a price… Read More

  • Laserkerf II: A laser miter saw guide that might actually work

    Miter saw laser guides tend to be more sizzle than steak but the Laserkerf II might actually work. The beam illuminates where the blade is actually going to cut and even indicates the kerf’s width correctly. So instead of showing the user a line that’s approximately where the blade is going to cut, this $79 add-on shows exactly where the cut will be made. It’s powered by… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray player and four movies for $142

    Amazon is getting rid of the older and non-BD-Live Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray player and is throwing in four Blu-ray titles to start your collection. It sure seems like a nice deal for those looking to jump into the HD movie realm cheaply, but if you can spend a bit more coin, wait until Black Friday. You should be able to pick up a Profile 2.0 / BD-Live player for ’bout the same price sans… Read More

  • Rare vacuum tube clock up on ebay

    There is something nostalgic, nerdy, and, dare I say, classy about this vacuum tube clock. Pedestrians might think that your retro clock is powered by bluish-green LEDs, but you and your nerdy friends will know that 16-segmented tubular vacuum fluorescent displays really produce the display. The ebay auction only has 10 hours left so if you have $152 to spare, you can own… Read More

  • Nintendo sells-out DSi's first wave in Japan

    There is little doubt that Nintendo’s evolutionary DSi will be a hit and eager Japanese gamers snatched up the first round of units within a few days. Reportable, it took only two days for Nintendo to sell through 170,000 of the 200,000 available DSi’s with the remaining 30,000 held up in unclaimed pre-orders and back-up inventory. The company has prepped another 100,000 units… Read More

  • The Olympus E-30 gets a brief hands-on – existence still questioned

    The digicam gurus at dpreview.com got their hands on an Olympus E-30 DSLR and still didn’t reveal how the $1,500 prosumer cam will stand out from the crowd. Sure, it sports a new 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor, a new processing engine, and some in-camera software editing functions, but are those enough to sway potential buyers away from similar priced, but far superior, Canon 50D… Read More

  • Sony updates the PS3 firmware to 2.52

    The PS3 firmware just got a teeny-tiny bump that improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software and also fixing a bug concerning text entry via the on-screen keyboard, USB keyboard, or Bluetooth keyboard. Notice a difference yet? Read More

  • Nothing yells 'Geek' more than a Silver Surfer hanging in your living room

    There are nerds and then there is the guy that’s under the impression having a Silver Surfer hanging is socially acceptable. That being said, the 50-inch Pioneer display, Control4 system, and complete recording studio equipment is more than enough to counter the geekdom and recover the guys street cred. The Silver Surfer in question came via eBay and was previously a prop promoting… Read More

  • Sound & Vision lists the top 7 HD shows – Do you agree?

    Sound & Vision has a list of what they feel are the top high definition shows this fall. CSI: Miami Pushing Daisies The Mentalist Heros True Blood The Office Dexter While I don’t disagree with first two, Dexter (best show on TV, btw) and True Blood should be higher on the list. Plus SNL, Stargate: Atlantis, and ER all better looking than The Office. Great show, but there… Read More

  • Wal-Mart to give more shelf space to Blu-ray, takes it away from CDs

    Wal-Mart is shoving CDs out of the way of Blu-ray movie titles as CD sales drop 23% over the first weeks of the holiday shopping season. Blu-ray movies however, might just be a hot ticket item as HDTVs are the only TVs you can buy now and some folks wanna hang on to physical media in their treasured collections. Plus, everyone from tweens to Generation X 35-year olds download music, legally… Read More

  • Hulu mastermind leaving at end of '08

    The brains behind NBC’s wunderkind video site, George Kliavkoff, is leaving NBC at the end of ’08. George came to NBC over two years ago as the companies chief digital officer and laid the groundwork for Hulu’s success. Under his watch, Hulu became a digital revenue cash cow for NBC and a legitimate alternative to YouTube for content providers. The site might not post as… Read More

  • DIY: Keyboard thumbtacks

    Geek up your cube with an old keyboard and a bit of hot glue. It only takes a few minutes to construct these little thumbtacks but you will get hours of enjoyment staring at your creation rather than working. Read More

  • The NAD T 587 gets shipping date

    I first spotted this unassuming and unannounced Blu-ray player on a shelf shoved in a corner of a CEDIA ’08 booth and now the company gets official on the NAD T 587 Blu-ray player. The player’s CEDIA fact card already indicated that it supports Profile 2.0, BD-Live, 1080p24/60, Ethernet, HDMI 1.3a and has a MSRP of $1,499 so the only item we were scanning for in the press release… Read More