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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  • Guinness certifies Panasonic's EVOLTA as the longest lasting AA alkaline battery cell

    Guinness certifies Panasonic's EVOLTA as the longest lasting AA alkaline battery cell

    I’m sure when Panasonic claimed that its EVOLTA AA batteries where the longest lasting on the market, you rolled your eyes. Right? ‘Cause how many times have you heard that pitch. Now Panasonic has a fancy certificate from the Guinness World Record folks to shove in the face of all the haters proving that its AA battery is alkaline battery cell in the world. Read More

  • Commenter of the day: I hate Steve Jobs edition

    Commenter of the day: I hate Steve Jobs edition

    Commenting on the new Microsoft commercials, Nate proclaimed his disgust for Steve Jobs & Co. His trust fund baby mentality doesn’t help. He’s got a good point though and Jobs handicap parking job above helps Nate’s point.   Should have said in commercial: “I’m not a Mac, I’m not a PC… I am part of the 90%+ of people that realize having the ability… Read More

  • Dell now selling the monstrous M6400 Precision Mobile Workstation

    Dell now selling the monstrous M6400 Precision Mobile Workstation

      The powerhouse M6400 was announced last month and Dell is finally shipping the ‘laptop.’ This mobile workstation will put many desktop rigs to shame with a Core 2 Duo Quad Core Extreme, 16 GB of Ram, and up to 1TB of storage spread over two 500GB disks in a RAID setup. The 17-inch LED back-lit screen even features 100% of the RGB color gamut and potential buyers can configure… Read More

  • Dell going Green with the help of LEDs

    Dell going Green with the help of LEDs

    Environmentally friendly products are all the rage these days and Dell’s determined to help with LED back-lighting. Never mind that retooling production lines and importing the “green” material generally carries a higher carbon footprint than the current material, but still, it’s nice to feel like Captain Planet sometimes. Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 roundup

    T-Mobile G1 roundup

    We understand that your emotions were flying high yesterday with the G1 launch. So many questions that you had to have answered ’bout Google’s first foray into the mobile world and just in case you missed something, here is a rundown of our G1 coverage.  T-Mobile G1 specs leaked prior to announcement G-day: Other September 23rds in history Confirmed: Amazon MP3 on the… Read More

  • Woot-off Alert!

    Woot-off Alert!

    In case you didn’t notice yesterday, Woot is currently in full-tilt Woot-off mode. This is the place if you need a random Bluetooth headset, vacuum, or plasma TV on the cheap. Plus, it’s a great cubical time waster as you obsessively hit refresh waiting for the current item to sell out. Read More

  • Three informative WowWee Rovio commercials

      The production Rovio launched a few days ago and RobotsRule.com just uploaded a few videos that showcase the little guy’s key features. So, if you are still unclear what the Wifi remote control webcam robot thingie does, check out the one above and the two after the jump. Read More

  • The Stanley 3-in-One LED Flashlight should be in your car right now

    If you have ever had to change a tire in the dark, you can probably imagine how handy a tripod flashlight can be. If you have ever changed a tire on a snowy night, you understand why you would want the 95-155 Stanley 3-in-1 Tripod Flashlight to lend a hand. I had too last winter, but in my “Eagle Scout always prepared duffle bag,” I had a big Maglight which is in fact, the… Read More

  • Eureka's S.A.R.A.H Twitterview'd

    Eureka's S.A.R.A.H Twitterview'd

    You’re probably gearing up for tonight’s mid-season finally of Eureka. After all, with the exception of the lame Degree deodorant spots, the show is filled with the best gadgets ever imagined and if you’re reading Crunchgear, you like gadgets. S.A.R.A.H, the local smart house, might be the greatest of ‘em all with a direct line to Global Dynamics and the ability to… Read More

  • It's a good thing that Samsung didn't buy SanDisk – for us at least

    It's a good thing that Samsung didn't buy SanDisk – for us at least

    Have ya noticed that the price of flash memory keeps dropping? Apparently, everyone and their brother built plants to manufacture the memory and now the market is over saturated causing the prices to drop. Flash memory insiders were hoping that the SanDisk acquisition by Samsung would stimulate the industry and stabilize prices. Is that what we want as consumers? Stabilized prices? I… Read More

  • Packard Bell enters the netbook game with the dot

    Packard Bell enters the netbook game with the dot

    Everyone’s favorite ’90s computer brand has a rock’n 8.9-inch netbook that seems to stand above the manufacturers former reputation. The Packard Bell dot and is built around a full install of Windows XP, powered by an Intel Atom and sports WiFi, along optional 3G wireless. A 6-cell battery provides power on the go for this €399 netbook. The European launch is slated… Read More

  • Canon 40D hacked to record movies

      Feeling a little out of the DSLR movie-shooting crowd? Understandable since almost every DSLR announced within the last few weeks have had the new capability, but one chap hacked his Canon 40D so he wouldn’t feel so left out. The clip embedded above shows that in fact, he is recording live off the camera, not via the TV-out; here is a clip from the camera. Granted, you… Read More

  • Bentley updates Ego laptop line – still extremely overpriced, dated technology

    Twenty thousand U.S. dollars should buy you one hell of a laptop, right? Not so with the Bentley Ego laptop though, where 20k buys you standard Best Buy special-type specs (64-bit processor & 160GB HDD) within a Bentley handcrafted case. These laptops have been around since ’03, but maybe you got yourself a new Bently and so you might want laptop constructed with the same… Read More

  • The TomTom ONE XL II gets poked and prodded by the FCC

    The TomTom ONE XL II (that’s a mouthful) launch is one step closer with the FCC stamp of approval. Details are still up in the air, but it seems this guy simply updates the previous model with Bluetooth hands-free calling. Even the available users guide doesn’t reveal any juicy details as it seems as if the guide is just repurposed from the current generation. All the docs are… Read More

  • The must-see Android video demo from Google

     
    Google just made available an in-depth look at Android that you’re going to wanna watch. Shows off the Google syncing, phone lock, and much more. It should answer most of those questions swirling ’round your head about the just-launched G1′s operating system. Update: Just added the not nearly as informative but still official HTC T-Mobile G1 tour after the break.  Read More

  • Wireless USB coming to Samsung digital cameras

    Wireless USB coming to Samsung digital cameras

    Samsung has been working with Alereon on a wireless USB solution for Samsung cameras and it seems they have something dubbed NaBee. From the sounds of the press release, it’s simply a small dongle that plugs into both the camera and computer’s USB port. That’s it. Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 gets priced & dated

    T-Mobile G1 gets priced & dated

    You can finally get your grubby mitts on your very own T-Mobile G1 Android phone for $179 with a two-year contract with data on October 22 here in the US. Existing T-Mobile customers can pre-order today in limited quantities. The U.K. will get the phone beginning in November, and will be across Europe by the first quarter of ’09. Wonder if we’ll see long Apple iPhone-ish lines? Read More

  • Sony outs the Wireless, DVD and Input BRAVIA Link modules

    Sony outs the Wireless, DVD and Input BRAVIA Link modules

    Sony is aiming to bring back simplicity to its Bravia flat-panel TVs with Link Modules. These devices hook to the back of Bravia LCDs and add different functionally to the set, but allows the owner to use the same remote and menu system. These add-ons will be priced will with the 1080i Wireless Link (DMX-WL1) going for $800, the DVD Module (DMX-DVD) for $200, and Input module (DMX-SW1) that… Read More

  • The new 32GB SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash card goes great with DSLR HD video

    The new 32GB SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash card goes great with DSLR HD video

    You are going to need a big, fast CompactFlash card now that high-def video is the norm for higher-end DSLR cameras and SanDisk has your back. The flash memory firm just announced its 32GB drive that can hold an hour and a half of 1080p HD video or a whole bunch of RAW photos. Plus, the card boosts 30 MB/s read write speeds which, the company says will transfer the whole 32GB card in under… Read More

  • Smartparts intros the gigantic SP3200WF 32-inch, WiFi-enabled digital picture frame

    Smartparts intros the gigantic SP3200WF 32-inch, WiFi-enabled digital picture frame

    Either you hate ‘em or you love ‘em, but digital picture frames in all their unnaturally LCD bright glory are here to stay. Smartparts latest is this massive 32-inch model that is sure to draw attention – and power – as your family pics are fed through a WiFi connection – or the standard flash memory ports of SD, MS, and Compact Flash. The 1366×768, 16:9… Read More