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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  • 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

  • HD Radio coming to Audi lineup – eventually

    HD Radio seems to be drifting along, picking up supports in a leisurely fashion with Audi being the latest manufacturer to pick up the format. The alleged next-gen radio technology should be standard on most Audi vehicles by the 2011 model year as the luxury carmaker strives to deliver the best of the best. Sirius Satellite has been standard for a while now on most Audi models but… Read More

  • Bryston intros the $500 BR2 Multifunction remote, non-audiophiles look on with astonishment

    The Bryston BR2 Multifunction remote is an audiophiles wet dream-type remote. Those type fantasize of spending 500 bones on a 1980’s Zenith TV look alike remote to control their high-end audio equipment. No word if the remote sports RF type signals or universal brand controls, but it does come with a 20-year warranty; something I wish my $500 Monster Cable AVL300 remote had when… Read More

  • Rage Wireless Guitar recalled for acid leaks

    57,000 Rage Wireless Guitars were sold to date and now the Chinese-made Guitar Hero axe is being recalled. Allegedly, if an user installs the AA batteries incorrectly, a circuit board malfunctions causing acid to leak and the world to implode. Owners are asked to return the dangerous guitars to the original place of purchase for a full refund. Maybe you can apply $40 to $60 refund to… Read More

  • The Logitech Premiere Edition Wireless Guitar Hero controller is ready to rock!

    With a wood neck, a rosewood fingerboard and metal frets, Logitech is taking Guitar Hero to an uncharted realm of douchebaggery with its Premiere Edition Wireless Guitar. The $250 wireless axe is probably one of the best feeling fake guitars ever, but that doesn’t make it right. Hopefully if you show up at your buddies house for an evening of jamming with this thing, it… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Best Buy's Insignia Blu-ray player with $100 in coupons

    Everyone loves coupons and this Best Buy house brand Blu-ray player comes with $100 worth that can be redeemed for Disney, Touchstone, and Miramax Blu-ray titles. Details are a bit sketchy and there isn’t any word about if they can be redeemed immediately or how much they are worth, but the deal might be worthwhile for families – especially with the animated classics coming out… Read More

  • Review: Casio Pathfinder PAW1500T watch

    Good luck trying to figure out all the functions if you buy this watch. Seriously. It’s almost like there is a map to the lost world of Atlantis buried deep inside this watch and you need the brain of Rodney McKay to figure it out. I have to be honest though, this Casio Pathfinder watch is sweet. Read More

  • Knight Rider poll results and a poll aboutThe Big Bang Theory wall thingie

    Okay, First things first. 74% of the poll takers aren’t fans of the new Knight Rider; not a big surprise. More importantly though, the Big Bang Theory investigation thickens as there wasn’t a clear cut answer about WTF that thing is on the apartment wall. There were two common themes from my question yesterday though: either a some sort of keyboard/piano action or an… Read More

  • One more new Apple Get a Mac ad: Bake Sale

    Apple wasn’t done the other day when it released two new Get a Mac TV spots. Suprise, suprise; this new one stabs at Vista too. Got to say Apple, it’s kind of getting old. We get it, Vista isn’t all that great. Time to move on. Read More

  • Ruby Etymotic Research HF2 iPhone headset now available

    The Etymotic Research HF2 iPhone headset isn’t exactly new, but the ruby red colored model is. The ruby version carries the same MSRP of $179 and feature the same iPhone-friendly, high quality Etymotic audio input / output. So if black is too pedestrian and red is your thang, the HF2 Ruby is available now on Amazon. Read More