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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • 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

  • Research in Motion to be scooped up by Microsoft?

    Pigs flying over Montana? John Biggs turning down a free watch? These are all events that might just happen before the zombie apocalypse, with the RIM event a tad more likely than the other two. Bears are tearing up tech stocks and with RIM down 45% over the last four months to $67 a share, some analysts are predicting a Microsoft takeover. One guru is even stating that he is… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: Crucial 8GB SD card for $9.99 shipped

    Note: this Newegg deal is while supplies last so when it goes live at 11:00 EST or 8:00 PST, jump on it fast. An 8GB SD card for 10 bucks is a hell of a deal, especially with free shipping. via GearDiary Read More

  • Rumor: upcoming MacBooks will be two-tone

    M’kay. Apple is launching some sort of laptop next week. We know that, but we don’t know the details. Rumers are still swirling and the latest concerns the laptop lid shown in the Apple event invitation. You see, if you take the Apple logo at the standard dimension, a little math and photoshop’n will reveal that the laptop shown is more than likely a 13.3-inch… Read More

  • Gorgeous HTC T8290 WiMax phone leaked

    Leaked photos have surfaced showing an absolutely, drop dead sexy HTC handset loaded with WiMax data capabilities. The HTC T8290 runs Windows Mobile and allegedly works on GSM + Wimax networks, with a large 800 x 480 3.8-inch screen and WiFi/Bluetooth enabled. Plus, there appears to be a front-facing camera in the top right to compliment the rear facing one. Yota’s, a Russian… Read More

  • CrunchGear: 16-Zone Creston system found on Craigslist

    A 16-zone Creston system will run you a lot of coin – or you can pick up this chump’s system on Craigslist. I wonder if he used to work for Lehmans Brothers and needs to his McMansion’s mortgage payment. I have a Crestron system currently installed in my house that I would like to sell. All components are in excellent working condition, one Amplifier has two small… Read More

  • Class up your Amazon Kindle with a bit of crocodile skin

    Kindle owners can bring a little taste of the Aussie outback to modern New York just like Mic did years ago for only 50 bucks! The STYLZ Avantgarde cases are available in two different leather stains and should fit your Amazon Kindle like a glove – or a case. There are even button cutouts along with spots on the inside for business cards and such. Honestly, the cases are kind of… Read More

  • BrickCon Flickr set

    There are people that played with LEGO bricks and then there people that still play with LEGO bricks. This Flickr pool of last weekend’s BrickCon is for the latter. Read More

  • Onkyo launches the CBX-Z20 iPod sound system

    You know what the world needs? No, not more gadget blogs; more iPod docks and Onkyo is pleased to help the cause. The CBX-Z20 AERO sound system is going to be released later this month and seems to be your standard AM/FM, CD, iPod radio. With the Onkyo nameplate though, the 50,000 yen player’s ($497 USD) sound and build quality should be above par. Read More

  • DVDO EDGE now shipping

    The latest scaler from Anchor Bay is now shipping at $799. I know, I know, the price seems a little high, but a quality scaler can improve your HDTVs picture dramatically by taking in all of your sources random resolution and presenting your the TV one, properly scaled image. Plus, the EDGE’s six HDMI inputs and four RCA-type inputs gives you some room to grow your… Read More

  • A rumor: $800 Apple laptop imminent

    The Inquisitr is quoting some unnamed source and saying Apple is ’bout to drop an $800 laptop. Yup, according to them and an alleged retail price sheet showing 12 price points starting at $800, Apple is about to break their mold and break into a whole new market of lower priced laptops. And since these price sheets aren’t printed too far in advance, we should see this laptop real… Read More

  • PS3 bundle packaging images appear

    ‘member those PS3 bundles leaked yesterday? Yeah, we found some images making the leak just a tad more official showing the two new 80GB options – along with Sony’s announcement so yeah, they are now official. The Gran Turismo 5 Prologue edition is going to carry a 39,980 yen price tag ($397USD), while the LittleBigPlanet Bundle will run a bit higher at 44,980 yen ($446USD). Read More

  • SlingCatcher now available

    Boy, the SlingCatcher has been in the works for sometime, but it’s finally shipping to eager nerds. The $299 streamer gives owners access to all their SlingBox’s without the need a computer. Plus, almost anything can be streamed off a Windows PC and eventually via Sling.com media portal. It’s a great looking device from a celebrated company, but is launching into a… Read More

  • Server SSD hard drives coming from Samsung

    Give your server a shot in the arm with a Samsung Server SSD drive. The 32 and 64GB hard drives were designed to hit lightning fast 100MB/s in reading and 80MB/s during reading speeds. No word on individual pricing, but you can pick up an HP ProLiant Blade server with these drives right now. BTW, if you do get one of these drives, how about making a similar video to this one with your new… Read More

  • More MacBrick Pro images surface

    Here we go again. Three more images that show off what appears to be a new MacBook case made by Apple’s new manufacturing process, codenamed ‘Brick‘. These are slightly different from the one that dropped yesterday, as the side speaker grills are absent. In fact, if it wasn’t for the side shot, it kind of looks like an MacBook Air case. It does make sense that Apple… Read More

  • Close-up shot of MacBook Pro 'Brick'?

    The Internet rumor mill seems to be stating that Apple’s big secret, the Brick, is really a new manufacturing process. Who knows what exactly we are looking at above, but it appears to be a MacBook Pro chassis cast out of a single piece of something – hopefully some sort of metal but it kind of looks like shinny plastic. It kind of makes sense that if the codename is… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm demo'd on video

     
    In case you didn’t notice, a new BlackBerry launched today and while we have already covered the device from top to bottom, here is a quick video that shows off the Storm. Read More

  • Panasonic produces 300 millionth TV, says it's a record

    DId you know Panasonic started make TVs 56-years ago? Since that time and under the companies vast corporate umbrella, it has produced more than 300,000,000 TVs. The company claims it’s the first manufacturer to hit that milestone and who are we to disagree. There is certainly a Panny bean counter buried deep within a cubical garden that keeps track of these items. All we know is… Read More