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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  • 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

  • CrunchDeals: Free tall cup of coffee from Starbucks today

      Starbucks is giving out a free tall cup of its delightful brew today for anyone that asks for it. Originally, the coffee shop simply asked that you come in and tell the lady or gent behind the counter that you voted and then you will get a free cup but that is illegal in some states as it can be construed as a gift for voting. So now all you need to do is stroll in to your local… Read More

  • BlackBerry Bold for sale and shipping from AT&T's website

    The BlackBerry Bold has been a long time in the making but AT&T finally has the so-called “unequivocally the best piece of hardware that RIM has ever put out” up for sale at ATT dot Com. It’s yours with a two-year contract price of $299 and free shipping. Sure, it might be a 100 bones more than a iP3G but don’t you think the Bold is a bit more upscale for corner… Read More

  • Circuit City announces the 155 stores getting the axe

    Just in case you’re wondering if your local Circuit City store is going to be open this holiday season, Circuit City just announced the list of the 155 stores closing ASAP. [PDF link] These stores will be shut down quickly, with Firedog employees and Roadshop installers allegedly getting cut today and the inventory transfered to other locations. Do not expect liquidation or blow-out sales… Read More

  • Western Digital intros the WD TV HD Media Player

    Western Digital must think they have something special with the WD TV HD Media Player to enter this market so late. The WD TV HD reportable plays back up to 1080p media files off an attached USB thumb drive or USB HDD. No word on wether the supplied software supports popular HD file formats like MKV or if you must re-encode source material into an Western Digital approved codec. It might… Read More

  • Thriller recreated with 64 a cappella tracks

     
    Just watch; you will understand as it progresses. Read More

  • NAVIGON 5100 Max and 2090S announced and goes Radio Shack only

    Radio Shack is gaining another GPS exclusive product with two new NAVIGON units. The 5100 max sports a large 4.3-inch touchscreen, NAVIGON’s Reality View Pro, Lane Assistant Pro, and an Advanced Text-to-Speech guidance system. The 2090S is equipped with a smaller 3.5-inch screen but retains most of its big brothers features. Both units come with NAVIGON’s FreshMaps so users… Read More

  • Roku Neflix Box getting HD streaming by end of '08

    Now that a Samsung Blu-ray player, Xbox 360, and TiVo can stream Netflix, the original device by Roku is trying to make people remember that it’s still around by stating that it will be able to stream HD content by this year’s end. Some have questioned the $99 hardware’s ability to stream Netflix content but according to the companies VP of Consumer Products, it will be… Read More

  • DIY: Mega Man Costume

    Remember the Mega Man Blaster that great dad made for his son’s Halloween costume. Yeah, the entire costume is done now and up on Instructables with DIY instructions. The jump suit and helmet doesn’t look that hard to build, but the Mega Blaster isn’t something you can put together last minute – say, today. Still, it’s never to early too start planning for next… Read More

  • Circuit City gets takedown warning from the New York Stock Exchange

    Circuit City latest financial struggles come in the form of a letter sent from the NYSE. Because CC stock averaged a $1 or less closing price over the 30 days, the fund is falling short of the exchange’s requirement. The company has 10 days to specify how the company is going to remedy the situation and maintain an average trading price of $1 or higher within six months. The fund… Read More

  • Tesla Motors keeps rolling with new round of financing

    Tesla Motors has been hit hard with credit crunch of late, but the billionaire founder of Telsa and PayPal has personally guaranteed that all of the 1,200 battery-powered Tesla Roadster pre-orders will be filled.  So far, only 60 of the 1,200 cars have been delivered and the company seems to be consolidating after shutting down and laying off 90% of the Detroit, MI office. However, with… Read More

  • PSP-3000 screen issue discovered

    The PSP-3000 screen has earned both criticism and praise. It’s brighter, crisper but has interlacing issues that display horizontal lines when viewed closely. When the PSP screen is viewed extremely closely though, say under a 40x microscope, the issue’s source is apparent. The new screen has lays out the pixels horizontally, verses the old… Read More

  • Halloween CrunchDeals: The complete Addams Family DVD collection

    In case you didn’t know, today is Halloween and Amazon is celebrating the holiday with the complete Addams Family series for $26.99 shipped. You get 9 discs, a total of 1638 minutes of Addams family bliss for that price. To bad the collection isn’t available on Blu-ray though. Read More

  • French TV station implements world's first Dolby Digital Plus HD Terrestrial broadcast

    A high-def picture is nothing without high-quality audio and a French TV station is the world’s first to broadcast a Dolby Digital Plus track over a terrestrial signal. The Dolby system is ideal for limited bandwidth applications like terrestrial broadcasts, as the original Dolby Digital bitstreams are maintained and can still be decoded. The French TV station, TNT, is broadcasting… Read More

  • Marantz keeps the CD rock'n with the new M-CR502 mini audio system

    There is something sexy about the Marantz M-CR502 mini audio system. It could be the sleek, executive feel. Or that the amp outputs 25Wx4 channels or 50Wx2 channels with a THD of .10% and a frequency response of 5Hz-20kH. Or it could be that it supports CD playback even though I don’t know the last time I even held a music CD but also sports a USB port for MP3 playback. Read More

  • Nintendo to launch DSi in Japan tomorrow, in the States by summer '09

    Nintendo is looking to cash-in with early holiday sales by launching the DSi in Japan tomorrow, November 1, 2008. The tech giant still hasn’t announced a US release date but at least narrowed the launch down to the summer season. Japanese gamers can pick up their DSi tomorrow though for ¥18,900 ($192 USD). Supposable, Nintendo has shipped 200,000 gaming handhelds to Japanese markets… Read More

  • Stephen Colbert weighs in on Apple's Prop 8 support

    http://www.comedycentral.com/sitewide/video_player/view/default/swf.jhtml
    Apple, and a lot of you, have already voiced your thoughts on Cali’s Prop 8, and now Mr. Stephen Colbert sounds-off on the controversial subject. Read More