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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  • Nikon breaks the D3x's cover

    There once was a time that companies could keep upcoming products under wraps until they were announced in traditional press releases and product catalogs; remember those days? Then the Internet came around and everyone lost company loyalty with spy shots and product leaks, but maybe Nikon actually went back to the ‘ol days with the Nikon D3x. Read More

  • Pioneer announces the BDR-S03J 8x Blu-ray burner; still a while away

    In case Sony’s 8x Blu-ray recorder isn’t for you, Pioneer is soon to have its own super-fast Blu-ray PC burner. The BDR-03J can author Blu-ray media at 8x speeds, DVD-R at 16x and CD-Rs at 32x; not that you’re burning the later that much anymore. The serial-ATA optical drive is dropping in Japan sometime in January, but will hopefully hitch a ride ‘cross the Pacific… Read More

  • Don't forget about Cyber Monday!

    Black Friday gets all the press but Cyber Monday might have just as good deals this year. The Monday after Thanksgiving was dubbed Cyber Monday a few years ago retailers started offering Black Friday-ish deals following the big shopping weekend. According to Shopzila 84 percent of online retailers plan on having a promotion this year so expect some good deals from retailers like Newegg, Buy… Read More

  • Help me find a quality Apple-friendly keyboard

    Well, I’ve burned through another Apple keyboard. The last one lasted about year. Not too bad, but I’m sick of buying ’em and I have been searching for a high-quality model with no success. What I’m looking for is something with-non membrane keys that’s equipped with an Apple key and volume control. Das Keyboard would be my ideal choice but some reviews state… Read More

  • Why Microsoft should make the ZunePhone

    The Zune phone rumor is rearing its nasty Steve Ballmer head again thanks to a CNBC report talking about a device codenamed, “Pink.” Instead of simply dismissing this old rumor again, it might have some truth to it as the mobile world has changed significantly since the last time a ZunePhone rumor circulated. The iPhone is the U.S.’s best selling mobile phone of all… Read More

  • Pixel Qi developing tech for longer mobile battery life

    While the world is still waiting for the $75 laptop, the same company is working on a raising cell phone and notebook battery life to 20-40 hours. We’re not dogging Pixel Qi for trying to develop killer tech, but all it seems the start-up is good at is writing press releases at this time. As for the laptop battery life, it’s extended due to a new screen technology that reduces… Read More

  • Are you doorbusting this Black Friday?

    Most agree that this years Black Friday so-called deals kind of.. well.. suck. Sure, there are a few Blu-ray players around the $150 mark and Wal-Mart has an old Magnavox for $128. Every retailer has a $99 GPS along with a wide selection of cheap flash memory, but those are not worth sleep deprivation alone. Best Buy is trying to pawn off a 50-inch 720p plasma and Circuit City’s… Read More

  • Columbia Pictures ready to stream on Xbox 360

    Conspiracy or not, Sony-owned Columbia Pictures movies are mostly good to go from Netflix to the Xbox 360. Initially the studio claimed that licensing was to blame for the restricted access but apparently the proper papers have been pushed ’cause most Columbia flicks can now be played with the notable exceptions of Walk Hard and Bad Boys. Chances are those will be available soon. Read More

  • Runco now shipping the VW-100HD 100-inch VideoWall projection system

    Trust fund babies have another gigantic HDTV option now that Runco is shipping the VW-100HD. The rear-projection system has the look of a plasma when installed but at a dramatically lower price of $39,995 – Panasonic’s 103-inch plasma runs nearly twice that. Installation is where it gets a tad hairy though. Read More

  • Sherwood now shipping the BDP-5003 Blu-ray player

    The BDP-5003 Blu-ray player was announced back at CEDIA ’08 and the player is finally shipping. The question now is, who will buy the $299, Profile 1.1 player? Sherwood make quality AV equipment, but while Yamaha and Integra might be able to con their fanboys to bite on old technology, chances are Sherwood purchasers might look to more up-to-date offerings from Sony or Samsung. Besides… Read More

  • Verizon revises the BlackBerry Storm ship-by date

    CrackBerry addicts that didn’t get their sweaty thumbs on RIM’s first touchscreen device on launch day, should get their mobile phones a bit sooner than expected. Previously, Verizon had a ship-by date of December 15th but now the product page is showing December 8th. The large “Limited Availabilty” warning is still present but hopefully the phones will get into eager… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Vudu offers Black Friday deals on HD and HDX titles

    Vudu is getting into the Black Friday tussle with sales on their movies. There are going to be four HDX titles, six HD movies, and a bunch of standard definition movies all for $4.99 each. So if you’re looking for a reason to stay off the roads on Black Friday, pick up the appropriate beverages Wednesday and plan for a snow day with Vudu, Friday. Vudu via EngHD Read More

  • A closer look at BlockBuster's streaming set-top device

    General details about BlockBusters upcoming movie streaming box were released late last night but there wasn’t a good image of the device; we dug one up. It seems like this 2Wire-made MediaPoint box is an OEM-type product which means the final BlockBuster model might have a different name and color scheme but should maintain the same overall appearance. Other details, including UI… Read More

  • Tic Tac Toast might generate family interaction

    Is $5 cheap enough to make your child smile at the breakfast table before you shove them into this pirate and recession filled world? Sure hope so.  Archie McPhee via Gearfuse Read More

  • Apple posts Black Friday preview

    Apple is gearing up for its own Black Friday event and teasing fanboys with the above image. Curiously enough though, nowhere does it say “sale, savings, or deals” which begs the question on whether ‘ol Jobsy is going to attempt to fool soccer moms and gadget feigns Black Friday morning. Apple sales are rare ’cause generally the products do not have any problem… Read More

  • Ever wondered what a melted Jawbone headset looks like?

    Here it is. The funny thing is that this melted Jawbone headset still has more sex appeal than other non-melted Bluetooth headsets. The story goes that the headset started smoking while charging and kept smoking even when removed from the charger. The pic above is after the owner doused it with water. No word from Aliph support yet. Recall imminent? Read More

  • Verizon goes official with the Samsung Omnia SCH-i910

    Now that you know almost everything there is about the Samsung Omnia, including the WiFi, Verizon has made the Samsung touchscreen official. Honestly, there isn’t anything new here that wasn’t covered in our extensive review including the $250 price post $50 MIR and the December 8th availability. Read More

  • 'fix' USB drive with passive port cover

    The problem with USB flash drives is the damn cover. It’s impossible not to lose and the slider covers seem so janky but this design solves everything. Just look at it. Brilliant! The silicon cover naturally expands and covers the male plug when it’s not in the computer. To bad it’s just a concept so until it hits the market, I’ll stick with my wooden thumb drives. Read More

  • Nokia E75 and E72 live shots appear

    Nokia let a promo video leak (it was quickly pulled) showing off the Nokia E75 and E72 a few moons ago, and today, some pics surface showing off the QWERTY slider. We have a bit more details thanks to these pics as the phone likely sports a 2.4-inch screen and a somewhat cramped alphanumeric keypad. Still no word on pricing or release date, but that’s par for the course. Those deets… Read More

  • The Canon EOS 5D Mark II should be available today

    Today is the day that the highly anticipated Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR should hit some US consumers. However, with the $2,699 price and the niche market, your local photography store might not have one just yet as this is the first day that the camera is officially leaving the Canon distribution center.. Don’t fret, shutterbug. The camera should be rolling in shortly. Read More