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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  • Sony releases the BDP-350 Blu-ray BD Live firmware update

    Sony releases the BDP-350 Blu-ray BD Live firmware update

    Sony BDP-350 owners, I’ve got great news for you this Friday. Your Sony Blu-ray player can now play all the fancy-pants BD Live extras once you update your player’s firmware. The 56 MB firmware update can be downloaded directly via the players Ethernet port or you can download it on your computer and make an update disc. Either way you go, I’m happy for you. The BD… Read More

  • Toshiba drops a 256GB laptop SSD hard drive

    Toshiba drops a 256GB laptop SSD hard drive

    Toshiba just stepped up to the SSD plate and knocked one out of the park with its 256GB solid-state hard drive. The laptop drive is understandably small, but also quick with 128MB maximum read speed and 70MB write speed via 3Gbps SATA interface. Mass production of the drive should start sometime in the coming months and should hit the consumer market shortly after that with a yet to be… Read More

  • Palm Treo Pro now available

    Palm Treo Pro now available

    Palm fanboys can now order the Palm Treo Pro handheld directly from Palm. After months of leaks, previews, and finally an announcement, Palms latest is finally shipping. Thank goodness. The price is still ridiculously high at $549, but some of us think it might be the best Windows Mobile phone currently on the market. Oh, and Palm is even throwing in free shipping. How nice of ‘em. Read More

  • In Russia, we make faces at space-flying satellites birdies

    In Russia, we make faces at space-flying satellites birdies

    The residents of Chelyabinsk thought it would be a great idea to form a human smiley face just in time for a Google imagery satellite. It’s just too bad the smile has buckteeth. Read More

  • Solve your girl problems with DIY Smart Coasters

    Solve your girl problems with DIY Smart Coasters

    There is no way that little honey from down the hall is going to interrupt your conversation about the LHC when she spies these bad boys. All they do is display whether a drink is hot or cold with an appropriate LED, and when you tell her that you made ‘em yourself, her along with all of her little friends will be gone too. That way you can bust out your best “Are You Gonna… Read More

  • Canton ships its Sound Bar CD 90 SB

    Canton ships its Sound Bar CD 90 SB

    Sound bars aren’t anything new, but instead of going with the virtual approach, Canton’s keep’n it real. The Sound Bar CD 90 SB incorporates just the front left, center, and right speaker into the bar, allowing the owners to maintain true surround sound with dedicated rear speakers instead of slumming it with virtual surround like other sound bars. Each channel has their… Read More

  • *Rumor Alert* Live MacBook Pro pic *Rumor Alert*

    *Rumor Alert* Live MacBook Pro pic *Rumor Alert*

    All right, another day and another MacBook Pro rumor. This one comes via a French website and from what we can tell, the alleged MacBook Pro is getting some styling tips from the Air with curved corners along with Apples newer front lock. The key feature, at least according to this pic and translated text, is a touchscreen with a live, direct access to the Dock. From a design aspect, it… Read More

  • Dish Network upgrades the DTVPal DTV tuner with a Plus

    Dish Network upgrades the DTVPal DTV tuner with a Plus

    The acclaimed DTVPal has gotten a slight upgrade with a stronger digital tuner – a $10 higher price. So for $69, or $29.99 after your DTV coupon, you can tune in crystal clear digital stations with just an antenna with the DTVPal Plus. You see what they did there? They add a ‘Plus’ on the end so you know that it’s upgraded.  DTVPal via Twice Read More

  • Amazon showing new Panasonic Blu-ray players $100 under MSRP

    Amazon showing new Panasonic Blu-ray players $100 under MSRP

    Panasonic finally came clean and announced the MSRP of its upcoming Blu-ray players, the DMP-BD35 ($399) and DMP-BD55 ($499), and now Amazon is accepting pre-orders for $100 under the MSRP. No telling if this is just one of those wacky Amazon typos, ’cause if this price sticks ’round, the BD35K will be one of the cheapest Profile 2.0 Blu-ray players on the market, with the BD55… Read More

  • DIY: Hardwire your iPod or MP3 player to your car's head unit

    DIY: Hardwire your iPod or MP3 player to your car's head unit

    Peeps have been rigging up iPods to their cars for ages now. Just in case you’re just coming of driving age though, here is a nice walk-through on hard-wiring your iPod, or any PMP, to your car’s OEM head-unit. Granted, there are better ways of getting you MP3’s bump’n through your 6×9’s, but you might not have the coin for those options. This one is cheap… Read More

  • Roku opening its Netflix Player to developers

    Roku opening its Netflix Player to developers

    The Roku Netflix Player is an amazing little set-top box that streams Netflix movies, but Roku is hoping for so much more. The company has gone on record, stating that its going to open the platform for other content providers within the coming months. Does this mean we will finally see a quality Hulu or YouTube living room solution? I sure hope so, because with the Roku Netflix box $99 MSRP… Read More

  • Sony unleashes a barrage of new headphones

    Sony unleashes a barrage of new headphones

    Nice, Sony. Five new snazzy sets of headphones? We’ll take ‘em!  Details after the jump. Read More

  • CrunchDeal: Apple iPhone Dock $0.01 with $4.99 shipping

    CrunchDeal: Apple iPhone Dock $0.01 with $4.99 shipping

    Note: this dock will not work with the Apple iPhone 3G, only the original, flat-backed version. So if you happen to want another dock for your cube or gf’s house, $5 shipped isn’t a bad deal. It comes via Today’s Closeout, so just like Woot, this deal is only ’till they last or the clock strikes midnight. Read More

  • California outlaws text-messaging while driving

    California outlaws text-messaging while driving

    Drivers in the great state of California will no longer be able to TXT while driving starting this January. This includes sending, reading and writing, folks. Those found conducting the soon to be illegal action will face a $20 fine the first time and a $50 for each recurring violation.  “Banning electronic text messaging while driving will keep drivers’ hands on the wheel and… Read More

  • Dell puts the 'P' in DLP with the ultra-portable M109S projector

    Dell’s latest DLP projector is tiny. Well, not that tiny, but it’s still small enough to fit into your wanna-be a corner office bigwig briefcase. The whole package measures in at 3.64″ x 4.12″ x 1.46″ and weighs less than a pound. You aren’t going to enjoy all of Blu-ray’s HD with the M109S, but it still shoots out a 858 x 600 SVGA picture with a… Read More

  • In Russia, Windows advertisements are on the appropriate venue.

    In Russia, Windows advertisements are on the appropriate venue.

    It reads,”Windows Vista – The Digital Future Starts Here.” Where does it start? There, right there? Gross. Read More

  • Motorola intros its first WiMAX adapter – the USBw 100

    Motorola intros its first WiMAX adapter – the USBw 100

    The WiMAX rollout should be right ’round the corner and Motorola is here with the USBw 100 adapter just in time. The companies first WiMAX device is coming in three tasty flavors – 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz and 3.5 GHz – to ensure a compatible version is available for your network’s frequency range. Thanks to multiple antenna technology and some Motorola wizardry, the… Read More

  • The Mate – a stay-put mat & plate for your little one

    The Mate – a stay-put mat & plate for your little one

    Don’t have a kid? The Mate isn’t for you then chap, but you’re welcome to keep reading for some free birth control. Feeding a toddler often involves place a plate of food on-top of a large tray and praying you don’t have to get out the mop. Generally, it starts out innocently ‘nough but eventually there is corn on the wall – even if you aren’t… Read More

  • Developers, nerds, and geeks – the Android SDK 1.0 has been released

    Developers, nerds, and geeks – the Android SDK 1.0 has been released

    The first Android phone launches on October 22, and while the Android SDK has been out for a while now, Google just released version 1.0. The latest version allegedly fixes numerous bugs and adds a few things API thingies. So if you’re a developer, fed up with Apple’s iron fist over the App Store, now might be the time to switch over to Google’s laissez-faire… Read More

  • Voodoo responds to closure rumors

    Voodoo responds to closure rumors

    Late last week, a rumor broke that HP might be giving its gamer enthusiast brand, Voodoo, the boot. Turns out, that wasn’t entirely true as it sounds like Voodoo is going to be brought in under the HP umbrella similarly like Compaq. In fact, this was first announced a few months ago, proving that the Internet rumor mill is a crazy, crazy bastard.  Read More