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 →

Featured Picks from Matt Burns


Latest from Matt Burns

  • CrunchDeals: Recertified 42-inch Philips 1080p LCD

    Woot; good ‘ol Woot. The LCD might be recertified – whatever that means – but if that’s cool with you, it’s only $749. Yeah, $749 for a 42-inch, 1080p LCD. Not to shabby considering the average price of this set elsewhere is north of $1,100. Hopefully though, Black Friday will produce similar if not better LCD deals. Read More

  • Motorola AURA gets poked, prodded, and photographed

    The up-scale AURA might be Motorola’s last attempt to remain relevant in a post-RAZR mobile world and yet the dudes at Mobile Review got their grubby hands on the $2k cell phone. It sounds like they were impressed with the build quality and the round LCD, but Moto might have dropped the ball on the GUI by simply reworking a standard square LCD menu rather than, you know… Read More

  • Bloodhound SSC rocket car will try break 1000 MPH – who cares?

    Listen, I’m not questioning the kahonas of these British chaps trying to break 1000 MPH on land. Hell no, but with a $16 million dollar backing from the British Science Minister and a hybrid rocket/jet propulsion, they had better go that fast. A Eurojet EJ200 fighter jet engine should get the ‘car’ up to 300 MPH where a rocket will hopefully boost the speed over the 1k mark. Read More

  • Sulu fires back at Captain Kirk

    Entertainment Tonight caught up with George Takei and the recently married man gave his thoughts on Shatner’s recent YouTube assault. Autoplaying video after the jump… Read More

  • jill-e designs steps up and produces manly camera bags dubbed jack

    jill-e designs have been around for a while with great, but pricey, camera bags. the firm has won numerous awards but is now stepping in to the male arena with its jack lineup. three different bags make up the line starting with a rolling camera bag, followed by a messenger style, and lastly, a medium sized case. all the models are made out of rich brown colombian leather, with contrasting… Read More

  • Apple goes political with California's Prop 8

    In an attempt to stay non-partisan, here is Apple’s official statement on California’s Proposition 8 that aims to eliminate rights of same-sex couples to marry. Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex… Read More

  • It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a flying lens!

    A so-called flying lens could be the key to developing the next-gen, ultra-tiny transistors and optical drive technology. The new approach employs a metal arm with a tiny lens the literally flies above a chip’s surface which happens to be the equivalent of a 747 flying two millimeters above the ground but offers so much potential.  Professor Zhang explains an overview of the… Read More

  • ZvBox to enter the custom install market; good for them

    I was less than impressed with the ZvBox, but the concept is very solid and the company seems to be committed to the product. ZeeVee is taking the next logical step and entering the custom install market with a rack mountable version of the ZvBox with better cooling and more connectivity options. Also, an improved GUI which should be entering beta soon (thank goodness). Hopefully this… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Oprah loves the Kindle so here's 50 bucks off

    Amazon Kindle is either Oprah’s favorite gadget or Amazon sent over the largest fruit basket looking for the ultimate endorsement. Either way, by using OPRAHWINFREY as a coupon code, her glorious name nets you $50 off the e-books standard $359 price. Gosh, is there anything Oprah can’t do? Amazon via BBG & Lockergnome Update: Our lovely Doug has pointed out that this coupon… Read More

  • Garmin comes out on top of J.D. Power GPS rankings

    The J.D. Power and Associates just released the 2008 Portable Navigation Device customer satisfaction rankings with Garmin taking the top seat and TomTom following closely behind. These scores are a composite of six factors that include: ease of use, routing, system appearance, speed of system, voice direction, and navigation display screen.  Garmin ranks highest among portable… Read More

  • Nintendo DSi packaging found

    Japan is getting the Nintendo DSi on November 1st. Stores over there are understandably taking pre-orders and previewing the upcoming handheld by putting the actual packaging out on display. It’s too bad we here in the States have to wait until after the New Year for the refreshed Nintendo DSi. Read More

  • Mac Mini receiving updates and not getting kicked off the team?

    Claims of the Mac Mini’s demise might have been premature as a new source indicates that a spec bump is coming soon. Macminicolo, a Las Vagas-based Mac Mini firm, is stating that they are 100% percent sure that Amazon’s best selling desktop computer will be around to fight another day and should receive Apple’s latest standard upgrades of a Mini DisplayPort output, 4GB… Read More

  • Dell Vostro A90: a netbook for the suits

    Dell has taken the Inspiron Mini 9 netbook and dressed it up for the business types. The innards are exactly the same as the pedestrian counterpart with an Intel 1.6 Atom CPU, 8GB SSD, 1GB of RAM and a 8.9-inch screen. So far the stark black netbook is announced only for the Japanese market and carries an astonishing high price of ¥92,830 ($999 USD), and unless this netbook fad takes off… Read More

  • RIDES Mac-powered Hyundai Genesis

    It’s every Mac fanboys wet dream to embed an OS X touchscreen computer inside their ride. When RIDES does a mobile Mac workstation though, it’s more of an Apple Store on wheels with – get this – two Mac Mini’s, a MacBook Air, iPod Touch, iPhone 3G, 20-inch Cinema display, along with a bunch of car audio wares all within the surprisingly sexy Hyundai Genesis sedan. Read More

  • T-Mobile activation not required to partially use the G1

    It seems T-Mobile has taken a different stance on G1 activation than Apple did with the iPhone. Apparently, all you need to do is slip in a T-Mobile-activated SIM card and run through the phone’s setup process. Once that’s done, you can put your new SIM back in for full Android access expect for network access or apparently, keep the old one active for full network access except… Read More

  • Westinghouse and Anne Geddes team up on digital baby picture frames

    Westinghouse is teaming up with renowned baby photographer, Anne Geddes, for a set of so-called family digital picture frames. From the sounds of it, these digital frames will come preloaded with some of her photos which is just what every parent want – pics of babies cuter than their own. No word on sizes, prices or availability, but they are sure to be in stores before the… Read More

  • WTF: Life Takes Vista edition

    This Life Takes Vista site is either fanboyism to the extreme or some junior associate at Microsoft’s ad firm playing around. Whatever it turns out to be though, it’s safe to say it ain’t from Redmond as the HTML is loaded with Adobe Dreamweaver tags. Props to whoever made it ’cause some of the center photos are clever – like the one above. Still, WTF is it? Read More

  • Happy 7th Birthday, iPod

    Little did the press sitting in front of a healthy Steve Jobs know that they were witnessing history that storied day, seven years ago. It’s crazy to watch the original iPod announcement and peek back to when Apple press conferences didn’t receive a cult follow. Happy BDay, iPod; we love ya. Read More

  • Sulu snubs Captain Kirk on his wedding – or something like that

      There’s nothing like a good ‘ol fashion Treky feud. Apparently, William Shatner was under the impression that former Star Trek co-actor George Takei invited others from the Star Trek cast to his wedding, but not Captain Kirk. George had previously said though that he and his life partner did in fact send out an invitation, but Shatner didn’t send back the RSVP. Oh well… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Logitech Harmony 880 Remote for $69.99

    Disclaimer: it’s a refurb, but still a hell of a price for a great remote. Remotes like these Harmony’s are must-haves if you use multiple AV components. They consolidate everything into one, very easy to use package that’s programmed on your computer making controlling your entire AV system a breeze. It’s too bad that the 880 sends out only IR signals and not RF… Read More