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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  • Netflix to add $1 per month surcharge for Blu-ray rentals

    Netflix is going to start charging an extra buck for unlimited Blu-ray rentals. A big deal? Not really, but starting on November 1st, subscribers will notice the extra fee on their statement if they have Blu-ray access turned on under their account settings.  Netflix’s official email statement after the break. Read More

  • G71 Quad core gaming notebook coming from Asus

    Asus is updating its G71 gaming notebook to now include the powerhouse Intel Quad 2 Extreme CPU and so we’ll keep the “Will it run Crysis?” comments to a minimum for obvious reasons. The notebook still includes the same 17-inch LCD and terabyte storage option, but now includes a NVIDA GeForce 9700M GT 512 MB graphics card and the earth-shattering QX9300 Intel Quad 2… Read More

  • Kingston joins the 32GB USB flash drive club

    Kingston’s latest USB flash drive bumps the tech company over the next flash memory speed bump. The $139 DT150 DataTraveler is just like every other flash drive out there except a massive 32GB capacity. What else is there to say? It’s a flash drive and can hold a boatload of your crap. Read More

  • How TiVo saved last night

    In case you didn’t notice, two chumps dominated every damn TV station last night and almost ruined my evening. They were spouting off during my prime TV viewing time and I didn’t feel like listening to lies after lies. So, my wife watched 90210 off of the TiVo and I worked on a couple of CrunchGear reviews. But after she was done, she handed me the remote to find something else… Read More

  • New PS3 bundles to hit Japan

    Sony is going to release a couple of new PS3 80 GB bundles according to a report leaked through Famitsu. One of the new 80 GB models will be available for the same amount of cake as the current 40 GB offering and will include Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spec III. Or, you could opt for two Dual Shock controllers and a copy of LittleBigPlanet for a few more yen. Currently, the info indicates… Read More

  • Best Buy Mobile handset roadmap discovered

    There are some sweet mobile phones coming out over the next few months and a BGR crony turned up release dates for Best Buy’s hotest upcoming phones. The info comes off of a PowerPoint slide and reveals quite a bit.   Coming October 26th: Sprint – Samsung M540 “Rant”, available in black, purple and red Sprint – HTC Touch Pro Verizon – Blitz AT&T… Read More

  • Mojo HD to be turned off forever

    Mojo, or previously known as InHD & InHD2, was one of the very first 100% high definition channels when launched back in 2003. Those were the days of a sparse HD channel lineup of Discovery HD Theater, ESPN HD, HDNet and InHD. Unfortunately, the pioneering station is going to be shut down, as its owner no longer feels it’s needed thanks to the more than a hundred national HD stations… Read More

  • Disney unleashes the lawyers on Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray

    Nobody takes the fun out of life more than lawyers and Disney’s 57-page EULA on its Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray release. The agreement must be accepted before disc access is allowed and then there is another 63-page Privacy Policy agreement screen before access to BD Live material can be accessed. The whole ordeal is a tad annoying. It’s understandable that Disney wants to protect… Read More

  • In mother Russia, fake iPhones are as empty as vodka bottles

    Curious what’s powering that inexpensive iPhone on Ebay shipping from Moscow? Hopefully, it isn’t what’s in this Russian iPhone clone. Nothing but a steel bar for weight and a little light that displays an Apple logo on the “screen.” It might impress the ladies, but what good is it if you can’t call ‘em back it? Read More

  • Samsung updates the BD-P1500 Blu-ray player to support BD Live

    Hot on the heels of Sony’s BD Live firmware updates comes Samsung’s BD-P1500 BD Live-capable firmware. All owners need to do is update the firmware via the players GUI or by downloading the update on Samsung’s website and then burning it onto a CD to enable BD Live. This update might signal a turning point in Blu-ray’s sales battle as it joins Sony’s BDP-350… Read More

  • Replacement Apple iPhone 3G power adapter now shipping

    Reports are filtering in that iPhone 3G owners are receiving their replacement USB power adapters before the Apple-announced shipping date of October 10, 2008. The updated adapter look the same expect sport a green circle on the metal prongs side to differentiate from the recalled versions. Hopefully, this version’s metal prongs will not break off in outlets, causing obvious safety… Read More

  • Lexar unveils DDR3 memory with, get this, LEDs!

    Computer components bedazzled with LEDs seem to indicate speed in the same way that stickers on the back of rice-burners do. So with that fact in mind, the Lexar Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 memories with LEDs highlighting the memories activities must be super fast. I kid, I kid as the PC3-10600 DDR3-1333MHz memory shouldn’t be sluggish by any means. The modules will be available in… Read More

  • The future is finally here, Nikon intros the Media Port PMP headsets

    Nikon, yes, Nikon, is pushing the dream of living like the Jetsons one step closer with the Media Port UP300x and UP300 PMP headsets. The two models sport a .44-inch 640×480 screen that appears to the equivalent of a 50-inch screen when folded down in place, which displays everything from video files, to music details and even a web browser thanks to the built-in WiFi connection. Users… Read More

  • Best Buy-house brand Insignia GPS units getting Google search

    Google search is finally making its way into GPS units with the latest from Insignia. The two units are going to boost built-in cell phone modems that will power the Google search and ‘cording to a Best Buy spokeswomen, there will be no fees for the first year. (Sounds like Dash) The Google access will allow owners to locate places with the power of Google and even forward route info… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: Logitech Harmony 550 Remote for $61.07 shipped

    Harmony remotes are amazing. If you have remote clutter, buy one of these and you will not be disappointed. It will rid your world of multiple remotes once and for all.  via GadgetReview Read More

  • NVIDIA showing off the next MacBook Pro?

    Yet again, we are here gazing at another MacBook Pro rumor pic. Word on the street is that NVIDIA is going to provide the next-gen GPU for the MBP and apparently, they are proud of their work. The image above is currently occupying front and center on NVIDIA’s notebook page. But calm down fanboys, there is no way that the NVIDIA suits would violate Jobs’ trust – and NDA… Read More

  • LG BD300 Blu-ray player and Netflix streamer to ship at $349?

    Well look at that. Circuit City is offering up the LD BD300 for $50 under the launch MSRP of $399. Better yet, the shipping date is only a few days away on October 10, 2008. Amazon however, still lists the unit at $399 so no word if this is the price is from LG or if it’s a Circuit City promotion. Either way, this is one hell of a deal. You get not only a Blu-ray Profile 2.0 BD Live… Read More

  • Two Panasonic HDTVs get a CableLabs tru2way stamp of approval

    Panasonic stated at CEDIA that there will be tru2way HDTVs available before Christmas and that dream just got one step closer with CableLabs’ approval. The two undisclosed HDTVs are not going to need a pesky cable box or cable card to receive everything cable has to offer including: a guide and video on demand. The tru2way technology is the holy grail for cable interaction ’cause… Read More

  • Nintendo promises a Wiite Christmas

    The Nintendo Wii is approaching its third holiday season and it might be a hottest seller yet again. The last two years, the supply wasn’t enough to meet consumer demand but Nintendo is saying this year will be different with a “significant increase” of in-store Wii’s. Still, it’s hard to say if the $249 device will be the overnight line-inducing, must have… Read More

  • Garmin announces the rugged GPSMAP 640 for real men

    The latest addition to Garmin’s vast range of GPS options is geared towards outdoors types. Think of the 600 series as a-go-anywhere, waterproof GPS unit that features both marine and automotive GPS functions by sensing the type of vehicle through the mount and then showing to the appropriate function. So when the 640 is in the car mount, it will function a lot like Garmin nüvi… Read More