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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  • Mac Pros allegedly causing leukemia

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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 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

    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

    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

  • DIY: Convert your RPTV into a gigantic & tacky home theater

    DIY: Convert your RPTV into a gigantic & tacky home theater

    So let’s say that you have a RPTV that’s a little on the small size and you want a bigger picture. This chap outlines everything he did to extend the size of screen to a 100-inches. Word of warning though, this hack involves ripping apart your TV and constructing a frame to house the new screen. Also, you have to wonder how acruate the colors will be when there is a large gap… Read More

  • Brando intros cubical time wasters that doubles as USB flash drives

    You might tell your boss that your new crap from Brando is just a flash drive, but we all know it’s something to burn the clock. Just think, you and your buddy could get different colored 8GB ‘flash drives’ and have a cubical ninja war with their bendable limbs. Or you could dress them up with the matching 8GB USB flash drive purse and have a little Project Runway fun. Okay. Read More

  • Vudu outs a travel kit

    Vudu outs a travel kit

    Just in case you have the need to travel with your movie-streaming Vudu box, there is a travel kit now available. It includes everything you need including an extra antenna, power supply, HDMI cable, and composite cable. That way all you need to do is throw your box and remote into this $69 kit and hit the road, Jack. Read More

  • Sony drops the price of the BDP-350 Blu-ray player to $299

    Sony drops the price of the BDP-350 Blu-ray player to $299

    The title says it all. The now-BD Live capable BDP-350 Blu-ray player is finally cheaper than a PS3 at $299. So with Panasonic’s latest generation going for $299 and this one with the same price, it should make for a gloriously high definition Christmas for some this year.  Sony via Giz Read More

  • The Dell Zink PZ310 stops by the FCC

    The Dell Zink PZ310 stops by the FCC

    This rather nondescript printer was found on FCC’s website is actually a sweet Dell mobile photo printer. The PZ310 features a ink-free printing curiosity of Zink technology that pumps out photos either by USB or Bluetooth. It seems that this new Dell device is really a re-branded Polaroid PoGo mobile printer and will probably carry a similar $149 MSRP when launched. If you need… Read More

  • Digital projectors coming to more theaters thanks to deal with movie studios

    Digital projectors coming to more theaters thanks to deal with movie studios

    Digital cinemas are astounding and everyone from common folk to AV nerds can see a huge difference. The problem is that the systems are expensive – damn expensive – like a 100k a screen. Through a $1-billion financing deal signed by Universal, Paramount, Disney and Fox, the nation’s top movie-theaters are going to get JPMorgan Securities backing to install these systems on… Read More

  • Three Pioneer Blu-ray players earn DivX cert.

    Three Pioneer Blu-ray players earn DivX cert.

    DivX is making its way into more and more CE devices. Pioneer’s latest Blu-ray players couldn’t withstand the DivX invasion and the BDP-LX71, BDP-LX08 and BDP-51FD all earned the certification that states the unit can playback high-quality DivX material. These players are already shipping worldwide, so just because yours doesn’t carry the logo on the front bezel… Read More

  • WowWee launches new RS Tri-bot robot

    Just in time for Christmas commercial bonanza, WowWee unveiled the latest robot in its Robosapien line: RS Tri-bot. The little guy seems to sport Rovio-ish ‘legs’ but also an interactive talking feature that is sure to amuse your little sister – or, for our ‘grown up’ peeps, your cat. The whole thing is controlled via a tilt-sensor equipped remote that gives… Read More

  • The Dark Knight Blu-ray disc gets a release date

    The Dark Knight Blu-ray disc gets a release date

    The Dark Knight was this summer’s hottest movie – after Swing Vote that is – and the Blu-ray release finally gets a launch date. The title is slated for a day and date release of the standard DVD of December 9 and will be Warner’s first BD Live disc. There wasn’t any word on what the BD Live content will be, but the two disc set will be loaded with extras that… Read More

  • New pics of the upcoming Verizon BlackBerry Storm

    New pics of the upcoming Verizon BlackBerry Storm

    The BlackBerry Storm launch is almost here and we finally get a peek at the hardware. We can only think that these are production models and if the images are accurate, Verizon has a hot, new handheld coming real soon. That is if the touchscreen and OS work well. Read More