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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  • Praise Jebus! Amazon shipping Panasonic BD35 and BD55 later this month

    Panasonic’s latest Blu-ray players were announced, priced and finally, finally, a shipping date has been found. According to Amazon, the BD35 is going out on October 25 and the BD55 on October 28. Next time Panasonic, can you just let us know the price and shipping info when you announce a damn product. Seriously. BD35 & BD55 via EngHD Read More

  • Run for the hills! Xbox Live is down! [Update 3]

    Got some bad news for those wanting to get in some COD4 action after work; Xbox Live is down. It just kind of stopped working and the only word comes from the Xbox 360 support site without any indication on when it will be back up. Status: Users will not be able to connect or log into Xbox LIVE. We are aware of the problem and working to resolve the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience… Read More

  • Kingston launching new DDR3 memory for the gaming crowd

    Gaming nerds that demand the latest and greatest might want to take a closer look at Kinston’s latest memory. Dubbed HyperX, the memory company claims that these are the fastest DDR3 memory units made to date with a 2GHz speed and feature CL9-9-9-27 @ 1.9 volts over the 2GB pair. These memory modules have launched in the States with a $227 MSRP and are shipping right now. Go my… Read More

  • The ultra-portable Sony VAIO TT laptop gets torn apart

    The Sony VAIO TT launched last week and we already get to see what’s inside the uber-portable laptop. Kind of amazing piece of technolgy when you think that the lappie has 4GBs of memory, a Blu-ray drive, 3G wireless, and 256MB SSD hard drive all shoved into a package less than an inch thick. At least with this pic, no one can pull the ‘pic or didn’t happen.’ Here is… Read More

  • Comment of the day: Trendy Apple edition

    Who cares if your Mac Pro might give you leukemai as Mikea pointed out that Apple can make anything hip, even death-inducing toxic Mac Pro fumes.  Mikea -19 hours ago Instead of having a mass recall, apple will just make leukemia cool. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Steve Jobs could make Lisa Frank stickers cool again.  Read More

  • Poll results: Most of you would buy an Apple-designed DVR

    The Apple DVR poll’s results have been tallied and it turns out the vast majority of you (62%) would buy an Apple DVR – as long as the price is right. Knowing Apple, its DVR wouldn’t be the cheapest on the market, but it should be one of the most innovative.  FYI, a TiVo HD DVR is $299 and the 1TB edition goes for $599. So what is the right price? Read More

  • The Nikon MX rumor gets a little more thick

    This Nikon ad apparently features a lens mount and camera grip that isn’t like any currently offered by Nikon. Could this be a the upcoming MX? Possibly, but it doesn’t match the last picture dug up. Or it could be a viral ad, photoshop’d by an agency to stir up buzz about the brand. Looks like it’s working. Read More

  • New ATI Radeon graphics cards do gaming on the cheap

    AMD’s ATI Radeon HD 4550 and 4350 graphics cards are a wet dream for gamers on a budget by delivering DirectX 10.1 graphics and an HDMI port with 7.1 channel audio while keeping the price low. The $55 HD 4550 is equipped with 512MB of DDR3 memory with a 96 GFLOPS of power. The smaller but still potent HD 4350 packs 256MB of memory for $39. ATI claims that this type of power has… Read More

  • MythBusters asking YouTube community for ideas

      There isn’t another website out there that serves up more modern day myths than YouTube and so MythBusters is reaching out to the YouTube community for their ideas. Adam and Jamie are asking that ideas are submitted either by replying to the video above or posting it in the MythBusters forum. I vote for the cell phone popcorn thing. My mom stopped using her cell phone ’cause of… Read More

  • The Life Clock is not an appropriate retirement home timepiece

    This clock has been slowed down by 61,320 percent so each minute now represents approximately a year and the face, of course, has been renumbered for the new setting. Not a good grandparent’s birthday gift. swissmiss via designboom via onoffart Read More

  • Mac Pros allegedly causing leukemia

    According to a French newspaper, Mac Pro owners have a great risk of developing leukemia. They claim that the tower’s smell is the cause and in fact, contains a few toxins, including benzene. Several forum users have noted the smell as well (anyone notice it?), and the French AppleCare acknowledged the smell issue claiming that it should only effect computers built before 2008. Apple… Read More

  • For some reason, Dell and Paramount are preloading PCs with Iron Man

    So when you are configuring your next Dell Inspiron, Studio, or XPS system, there is going to be a $20 option to have Dell preload Iron Man on your machine. Yup. Great movie but a little strange business model. Word is that Dell is trying to get more and more studios signed on to expand the selection past this one movie. If Dell is to have their way, you should be able to purchase a slew of… Read More

  • Tech stocks are on the fast train down

    The financial crisis is hitting the technology sector hard. Apple (AAPL) is down 18 percent over the last 16 months and Google slipped below $400 a share for the first time in two years. Best Buy (BBY) hit its lowest mark of $35.64 since 2005 and Circuit City (CC) just hit .77 cents a share. Want more? RIM (RIM) is tumbling, Nokia (ADR) is down to 18.43 a share verse 38 at the beginning of… Read More

  • Canon, Nikon and Olympus all send out updated DSLR firmwares

    Firmware updates for all! The Canon 50D is receiving an update for WFT-E3/E3a wireless transmitter compatibility while the Nikon D80 and D200’s update solves the dead battery syndrome. Finally, the Olympus E-520 update brightens up the AF target points in the viewfinder. Nothing major, but still worth while if you happen to own one of these cameras. via dpreivew Read More

  • Garmin drops new VHF marine radios

    You might want to consider adding these VHF radios to your economic apocalypse gear and as your going to need to communicate with your fishing buddies as you’re fleeing the Wall Street zombies. The two new models, the VHF 100 and VHF 200, both sport the classic Smokey the Bandit radio look, but are equipped with the latest radio tech. The entry level 100 model transmits via 25 watts… Read More

  • Poll: If Apple's next big thing turns out to be a DVR, will you buy it?

    There is murmuring around the Internet watercoolers that Apple’s next product announcement isn’t a new MacBook Pro, but rather some sort of DVR/Apple TV thingie. Supposedly, this product is going to have all the classic DVR ingredients with some iChat video conferencing thrown in probably powered by Apple’s DVR interface patents. The question isn’t what the next… Read More

  • Western Digital drops ShareSpace NAS into small office and geek's bedrooms

    Western Digital just announced the ShareSpace, a network-attached storage solution aimed at the home or small biz user. The 2 or 4 Terabyte NAS hooks up like every other NAS on the market through a gigabit connection and serves up your wares throughout the network. A front USB port allows users to dump other USB-based drives into the massive RAID array with just a touch of a button. Read More

  • Targus discovers Macs and puts out a whole line of accessories

    Hey Targus! Welcome to the Macintosh party. It’s nice here and full of well designed products that just work. Anyway, Targus’ new line includes two new wireless mice, a USB hub, wireless presenter, USB file transfer device, privacy screen and finally, a cool mat. The mice are up for pre-order with the 2.4GHz model going for $50 and the Bluetooth-powered for $70. The wireless… Read More

  • Mitsubishi intros commercial & educational flagship FL6900U projector

    Not all projectors are created equal and Mitsubishi’s latest projector is geared for the non-theater crowd with the high-brightness 1080p 3LCD FL6900U. This new projector can throw 4000 lumens for a bright picture in a room plagued with ambient light. It has the standard high-end fare of projector gear including RS-232 inputs, RJ-45, remote control horizontal and vertical lens shift… Read More

  • Sony launches the new all-in-one JS1 PC

    Sony is giving the all-in-one PC concept the ‘ol college try with yet another series: the JS1. The 20.1-inch widescreen LCD should show off Vista’s eye candy or a Blu-ray disc nicely, while a Core 2 Duo, 3GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive provides the backbone for the PC. Sony really wants this all-in-one to provide entertainment while chilling on your Pottery Barn-style digs… Read More