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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  • Stephen Colbert weighs in on Apple's Prop 8 support

    http://www.comedycentral.com/sitewide/video_player/view/default/swf.jhtml
    Apple, and a lot of you, have already voiced your thoughts on Cali’s Prop 8, and now Mr. Stephen Colbert sounds-off on the controversial subject. Read More

  • The Xbox 360 and Netflix HDCP situation explained correctly

    The Xbox 360 just gained Netflix high-def streaming capability but a small issue has arisen concerning HDCP and compatible displays. It seems that these high-def files are protected by the copy protection, but no fear, it has nothing to do with component video – and never did. You see, HDCP was devised to protect digital audio and video content that travels over digital mediums such… Read More

  • NASCAR and LittleBigPlanet team up

    Chances are the average Joe-the-NASCAR-Fan doesn’t have any idea what the hell LittleBigPlanet is but Joey Logano helped the knitting cause in the #20 Nationwide Series car last week. Those not keeping track of the Nationwide’s cup standings, Joey is now back on top of the points standing after taking 5th in last weeks race. I’m sure he credits the win to his little… Read More

  • Casio stops the lies and repairs the camera

    The case of “Casio claiming there is a fingerprint within the a camera and therefore the company will not fix it under warranty” has been resolved. The manufacturer has recanted, repaired the camera, and even gave the consumer a free 8 GB Class III SD card for his troubles. Nice to see a company acknowledged its mistakes and resolve the situation. The whole situation kind of… Read More

  • Garmin targets pilots with the 7-inch screen GPSMAP 696 aviation unit

    Garmin is surprising the aviation crowd with the GPSMAP 696. The aviation GPS unit seems to have everything pilots would want in a portable GPS unit: huge, 7-inch screen, victor airways, XM Satellite Weather, jet routes, MEA and major visual references like points of rivers, state boundaries, highways, and railroads. Generally, Garmin announces these aviation models in the summer months… Read More

  • 40-inch OLED biggest possible and not for sale, says Samsung

    Samsung is showing-off a 40-inch OLED screen and a new report indicates that the set is the biggest possible size with current production techniques. Because of this limitation, the set cannot be mass produced and therefore the 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio capable set is not going to be for sale anytime soon.  “Our low temperature poly-Si TFT mass-production line cannot make panels… Read More

  • HP's Compaq Mini 700 announced for UK market

    The HP MIni 1000 launched here in the States yesterday, and the Compaq division quietly announced a nearly identical re-branded netbook for the UK market. The Compaq MIni 700 has the same 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, along with the same HDD and SDD options, but ships with a 10.2 1,024 x 600 (16:10) display, optional HSDPA radio, and a £299 price. That price happens to be £100 less than the HPs… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Netflix requires HDCP

    HD Netflix streaming just dropped on the Xbox 360 and while the reviews have so far been stellar, a little issue just appeared in the form of copy protection. It seems in order to stream the HD videos, the Xbox 360 must be connected to a HDCP-compatible display, therefore alienating most owners using DVI-equipped screens. The situation doesn’t come as much as a surprise though now… Read More

  • Food pyramid lunch box should help American fatties

    It’s a fact that America weighs more than any other country on earth. We are fat and love our free tacos, but this pyramid lunch box should help the weight loosing cause. It, of course, is just a concept but next time you are packing your sack lunch full of fatty food, think back to this novel idea and repack accordingly.  via swissmiss Read More

  • Samsung demos 40-inch OLED screen

    That “flappy” OLED screen from this morning has a bigger, more rigid counterpart. This 40-inch OLED is the largest yet shown to the general public and sports an impressive 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio rather than previous Samsung model’s of 5,000:1. Plus, it has a 1080p resolution and probably a hefty price tag if it was going to market. Commercial production, however, is… Read More

  • Kenwood Prodino: a micro audio system for trust fund babies

    The new Prodino micro audio system from Kenwood might not look like much – might not sound like much either – but it supports up to 32GB from SD or microSD cards. Output is limited at 10Wx2 and costs an absurdly 360€ ($465 USD) price. For that price, the sound aught to be almost as good as the B&W Zeppelin and something tells me it isn’t. Read More

  • NEC develops tech for larger and more slim LCD TVs

    Next generation connectivity circuity should lead to larger and thinner LCDs – how much thinner can they get? NEC’s new process reduces the amount of wiring in between the displays driver chips and the image processing board. So for instance, a conventional 37-inch LCD currently requires 21 wires but with this new process, it would only need eight. Fewer wires result in a… Read More

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    DIY: Wooden USB flash drive

    With a lot of sanding and basic woodworking skills, you can turn your plastic thumb drive into a classy wooden drive. Let me show you how. Read More

  • LEDs might reduce wrinkles

    The high intensity light LEDs produce has been found to reduce winkles as much as Botox by a German study. Allegedly, the light removes the sub-surfaces moisture and therefore improving the skins elasticity. LED light bulbs are still kind of pricey to be used around the house, but hopefully someday, just having the bulbs installed will reduce the common housewife’s incessant need… Read More

  • Bling-up your iPhone 3G with Incase Metallic Slider cases

    Protect and cover up your iPhone 3G’s scratches with these metallic cases from Incase. They come in red, silver, gold, gun metal and copper for only $35. Not to shabby to give your Jesusphone a new look. via Cool Hunting Read More

  • AT&T and Pantech officially launch the ultra-slim Pantech Slate

    We knew the thinnest QWERTY keyboard phone was coming, but AT&T and Pantech have officially launched the Slate. The phone measures less than one centimeter deep and is equipped with standard 2006-circa specs: 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth, and multimedia functions. To be honest though, the phone is only going to be $50 after a two-year agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate so what more can you want? Read More

  • HP breaks the netbook mold with the Mini 1000 and MIE Linux netbook

    Netbooks have been slowing down over the last year and for the most part, each one is about the same thing with a different logo on the lid. HP’s offerings seem refreshing and polished even though they sport the standard netbook specs of 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 8.9-inch or 10.2-inch display, up to 2 GB of RAM, and either a 60GB HDD or 16GB SSD. The solid-state drive can be complimented… Read More

  • Duracell teams up with Dane-Elec for flash memory product line

    Duracell wants some of the tasty flash memory pie and have a complete product line coming soon with help from Dane-Elec. The Duracell product line will include Secure Digital, CompactFlash and microSD Flash Memory cards; USB Flash Drives; Flash memory Card Readers; and other Flash Memory bundles, such as an Instant Power Charger and micro SD card bundle, USB Flash Drive 3-packs or SD Card… Read More

  • Mitsubishi LaserVue HDTV now available

    Mitsubishi’s LaserVue HDTVs have been in the making for a while but the critically acclaimed high-def set is now available at select specialty retailers. You still might need a second mortgage – good luck getting approved – to foot the $6,999 MSRP, but the TV apparently produces a Pioneer Elite comparable picture at 1/3 the power consumption. Plus, you can tell your… Read More

  • A-list athletes prove Guitar Hero 4 is risky business

    Nothing makes me wanna buy Guitar Hero 4 now that I know Michael Phelps, A-Rod, Kobe, and Town Hawk find no fault in jamming on little plastic guitars. Read More