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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  • xkcd on DRM

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  • Bill Gates on the financial crisis

    Billy doesn’t have a pleasant outlook on the United States financial future saying at a Harvard Business School speaking event that we will experience a ‘significant recession’ and 9% unemployment sometime in the future. Higher personal and governmental debt are contributing to the U.S. economic slowdown, Gates said today in comments at Harvard Business School in Boston. Read More

  • 2008's Black Friday to have $99 GPS units and $149 Blu-ray players

    Ah, Black Friday. After working at Circuit City from 2000 to 2006, I don’t care how good the deals are, I’m sleeping in that day. This year is shaping up nicely though if the $99 GPS and $149 Blu-ray player rumors are true. Reportable, the GPS units are going to be top tier units from Garmin, TomTom, or Magellan and the Blu-ray player should be the Samsung BDP-1500. Still, I… Read More

  • Holy frak! A Cylon pumpkin kit!

    This BSG Cylon kit might be old, but who cares! It’s eff’n sweet. Just buy this $17.99 kit and bust out your Boy Scout carving skills. Best geeky pumpkin ever. Beats my Pac-man carvings from last year by a mile.  Read More

  • My tale of a pleasant experience with a Comcast rep [Update: I'm back to hating Comcast]

    I had been dreading this call all day. I was going to have to dial-up Comcast and attempt to order a couple of Cable Cards for a TiVo HD XL and I wasn’t looking forward to the ensuing conversations. To my absolute surprise though, the call went well. The billing specialist listened to my needs, recommended the right solution which happened to be two cable cards and didn’t try… Read More

  • The Big Picture gets up close and personal with the Sun

    What geek doesn’t enjoy some great high-res astronomy pics? One of the best photography blogs out there, The Big Picture, has 21 stunning Sun photos up for your enjoyment. Dial-up users be warned; click the link and run to the store ’cause these massive pics are going to take some time to load. Read More

  • T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 now available

    It seems as if the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 would never hit the market, but after leak after leak after leak after leak, the damn phone is finally available from T-Mobile for $149.99. Read More

  • LG PRADA II now official

    You already know what the PRADA II looks like, and what it’s packing, so the LG PRADA II official announcement is kind of like that Christmas morning when you peeked at all your gifts beforehand. Sorry if we killed the buzz ’bout this 7.2 Mbps HSDPA touchscreen phone, but that’s what we do. The phone is  supposedly going to launch in Europe before the end of this year… Read More

  • Xberry brings Xbox Live to your BlackBerry

    You have to imagine that at least a few Xbox Live users have a BlackBerry and this app is aimed right at ‘em. XBerry Live! seems to do about everything a Live user would want on the go, but be warned that this BlackBerry app isn’t going to make your day go by any quicker. Just think, it’s around 2 o’clock and you see all your buddies gaming away on COD4 while you have… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: Samsung BDP-1500 Blu-ray player and Blu-ray Ultimate Matrix Collection for $249

    Check it: for $249, you get the BD Live-capable BDP-1500 Blu-ray player and the Ultimate Matrix Collection Blu-ray edition for the same price as the player alone. This is one hell of a deal from Circuit City and probably signals that retailers are willing to throw almost anything to move Blu-ray players. Either go into a local Circuit City store or select both the Samsung BDP-1500 along with… Read More

  • Norwegian Teen dual-boots his iPhone into Windows Mobile [UPDATE: it's fake]

    http://videos.video-loader.com/_player/gvideoplayer.swf OMG! OMFG! Think Boot Camp for the iPhone. Jobs & Co. are not going to like this. UPDATE: It’s fake... myPhone2008 via BGR Read More

  • Best Buy earns Best National Retailer title

    Love the retailer or hate it, but Twice has deemed Best Buy as the best national retailer for the fourth time. Over the last few years, Best Buy has expanded into new markets – Magnolia Home Theater & Apple products – while keeping its core business growing. Recently the retailer picked up Napster, started renovating it’s cell phone biz with upscale digs, and is… Read More

  • Egyptian government bans all consumer GPS devices

    The Egyptian government GPS ban is locking down the country’s borders from the latest technology. This ban prohibits consumers from owning and operating GPS-capable devices without a government-issued permit which includes cars, mobile phones, notebooks, and anything else that might have GPS. The government cites security concerns and joins Syria along with North Korea as the only… Read More

  • British Technology Awards announced and you'll never guess what won

    The iPhone. Not that it matters much, but the stinking iPhone brought home 2008 Gadget of the Year, Best Mobile Technology, Most Stylish Technology and Technological Innovation of the Year from the British Technology Awards. The iPhone has been sweeping similar award lists like LOTR: Return of the King did in the 2004 Academy Awards. Apparently ‘coss the Pond, 2008 is already done and… Read More

  • Help sink Circuit City faster with this 15% off coupon

    Dar be rough waters ahead for ‘ol Circuit City and coupon code CAAXJ9DA8E will get ya 15% off a CircuitCity.com order from 10/12 to 10/18. Enjoy! via GadgetReview Read More

  • Apple has lost its mind; invites field trips to Apple Stores

    In a move that can be considered either innovative or madness, Apple has extended an invitation for K-12 students to run a muck through an Apple Store now through November 21. The Field Trip lasts an hour and lets the students create everything Macs are designed to do: websites, iPhoto albums, iMovies, ect. The Field Trips seem to be free, but you know, I’m thinking parents are… Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve 8900 hands-on video

    Research in Motion has a couple of more handsets that aren’t out just yet. CrackBerry got their hands on the upcoming Curve 2 – formally known as the Javelin. Think of the phone as a toned down Bold, notibly lacking 3G wireless and featuring a smaller bezel. Read More

  • DIY: turn an unused TiVo into a HTPC

    I love it! The hardest part about building a HTPC always seems to be finding a case that doesn’t look out of place with the other AV equipment. Even specialty built HTPC cases still don’t have the look and feel of traditional equipment; that’s where an old TiVo comes into play. This guy simply ripped out all the TiVo innards and shoved a Ubuntu XBMC computer within. He was… Read More

  • LG Wirewize to help consumers with home theater setup and it's surprisingly for free

    Setting up a home theater that can be a daunting task and that’s where LG thinks Wirewize can help. The service is suprisingly free and easy to use. Simply input your all of your AV gear and it tells you how to hook it up. I found that it doesn’t have everything in the database – like my Onkyo TX-DS797 reciever – but has the most modern equipment listed; I guess… Read More

  • Leaked Apple MacBook image roundup

    Pics have been popping up for months about Apple’s next laptop and with the event less than a week away, it’s high time that we round ‘em all up for your scrutiny. Read More