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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Latest from Matt Burns

  • Microsoft unfolds the Arc Mouse

    With all of today’s Apple hysteria, this little, mobile mouse almost slipped right by. The Arc Mouse’s claim to fame is the unique shape that folds up, resulting in almost half the original size. The mobile mouse isn’t special enough to receive the BlueTrack mouse technology that Microsoft intro’d earlier today, while relaying on classic laser tracking instead. Expect… Read More

  • Apple's "Let's Rock" event now streaming online

    Apple's "Let's Rock" event now streaming online

    Just in case John Biggs’ live blogging wasn’t good enough for you, Apple is now streaming the whole event via Quicktime. You might want to jump on right away before all the Apple fanboys find the stream and bring the broadcast down to its knees. Picture looks good too, btw. Read More

  • Helio is back and powered by Virgin Mobile

    Helio is back and powered by Virgin Mobile

    Helio always had pimp-ass mobile phones and it was kind of sad watching them slowly die, still clenching some of the best handsets in the States. Virgin Mobile picked up the struggling service provider a few months ago and today, launched the new brand. Today, Virgin Mobile USA unveiled its new branding message to highlight the acquisition: “Helio By Virgin Mobile: Plan To Have It… Read More

  • Palm Treo Pro now available for preorder

    Palm Treo Pro now available for preorder

    Palm fanboys; take notes. Your $549, Windows Mobile-powered super phone is now up for preorder over at Palm.com. By the time it ships, the phone will take two or three weeks to get your grimy fingers all over the glossy finish though. So if you’re in the market for a Windows Mobile Smartphone, you might want to take Biggs opinion and preorder this boy as he thinks it’s the best in that… Read More

  • Microsoft announces BlueTrack mice

    Microsoft announces BlueTrack mice

    Microsoft has been teasing us for a couple of weeks now about a plan to rid its product line of laser mice, but the company picked a weird day to do so; with all the Apple announcements and such. The new mice employs some sort of blue beam magic, along with some special optics to allow better service tracking on different types of services.  Microsoft speak: The large, blue beam and specular… Read More

  • Shuffle gets updated color options

    Shuffle gets updated color options

    Today’s Apple press event was a new, iPod party, but apparently, the cheap Shuffle didn’t get an invite. There wasn’t any news about the tiny iPod during the event, but the online Apple store reveled that the pastel color palette of old has now been replaced with four of the brighter Nano color scheme options, along with the standard silver. Pricing and storage size remains the… Read More

  • Apple store back online, new iPods ready for you

    Apple store back online, new iPods ready for you

    There you go kiddies. Apple has opened its floodgates for the masses. The new 120GB iPod classic, NIKE+ iPod Touch and 8GB Nano are shipping today, with the 16GB Nano’s shipping early next week and $79, two-way headphones shipping next month. Read More

  • iPod Touch receives iPhone shape and NIKE+

    iPod Touch receives iPhone shape and NIKE+

    iPod Touch is going up-scale with an iPhone shape, stainless steel backing and built-in NIKE+. Plus, Apple threw in a speaker and auto genius playlist, essentially making a radio station like experience. Other than that, the 3.5-inch screen, 802.11 b/g and App Store are going to remain the same. The ‘deets about the NIKE+ app is a little sketchy this early on, but at least with built in… Read More

  • Apple updates the iPod Classic to a minimum of 120GB; kills thick, 160GB model

    Apple updates the iPod Classic to a minimum of 120GB; kills thick, 160GB model

    For those still interested in the Classic flavor of the iPod, there is now a 120GB storage option replacing the 80GB model. We had a feeling that this one was coming and after the Zune 120 was confirmed, we knew it to be true. The price is set at $249.99, which works out to the same as the Zune 120 and older iPod Classic 80GB model. The monstrous 160GB iPod Classic model was axed. Sorry folks. Read More

  • Apple's fourth-gen iPod Nano: new screen and 8 color options

    Apple's fourth-gen iPod Nano: new screen and 8 color options

    Just as we expected, Apple has upgraded the iPod Nano to the thinest evah, with an elongated screen, increased storage capacity, voice recorder, and nine color options. The screen will iPhone-ish rotate between landscape and portrait modes thanks to accelerometers making Cover-Flow and movie viewing more viable on the small iPod. New Genius playlists can also be created on the fly. 8GB for $149… Read More

  • Shure releasing new, low priced earphones

    Shure releasing new, low priced earphones

    Currently, the lowest priced Shure earphones here in the States are the SE110 at a modest $119, but that might change. Shure is releasing the E2c plugs over in Japan for 8000 yen, working out to be an even more modest $75 USD. I’m not a Shure aficionado but I do understand retail price points, and having a Shure-branded unit to compete with high-end Sony and JVC models does have a nice… Read More

  • Sony bows the Sony VAIO CS11

    Sony bows the Sony VAIO CS11

    Sony’s latest C series lappy’s feature the standard assortment of high-end mobile tech. The VAIO CS11 has an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 4GB of Ram, 320GB hard drive, 802.11a/b/g/Draft N, NVIDIA 9300M GS GPU, and a Blu-ray disc combo drive all powered by Windows Vista Home Premium. Sound like your next notebook? Might want to start swimming now ’cause it doesn’t look like this… Read More

  • Toshiba Dynabook SS RX2 claims the world's lightest 12.1-inch laptop title

    Toshiba Dynabook SS RX2 claims the world's lightest 12.1-inch laptop title

    Toshiba first showed off the Dynabook RX1 in June ’07 with a 64GB solid-state drive and the “lightest laptop with an optical drive” title. The latest gen, the SS RX2, retains the same claim to fame, but the lappy has been upgraded with 1.2GHz SU9300 ULV Core 2 Duo processor, 3 GB of Ram, built-in 3G wireless, all powered by a 12.5-hour battery. That’s right kiddies, a 3G… Read More

  • HTC Touch successor, the Opal, leaks out

    HTC Touch successor, the Opal, leaks out

    The innovative HTC Touch is getting a bit long in the tooth and it looks like HTC has the successor already lined up. The documents ’bout the Opal look legit enough, and if we are to believe them, the Opal appears a lot like the previous generation with same 200MHz processor, WiFi, MicroSD, Bluetooth 2.0, and a 2.8-inch 240 x 320 touchscreen. So it seems that the only upgrade is… Read More

  • Last minute Apple "Let's Rock" rumors

    Last minute Apple "Let's Rock" rumors

    With the Apple press conference mere hours away, the ‘ol rumor mill is work’n overtime. Quoting long time sources, AppleInsider claims that the iPod Shuffle is going to five color options and while the Classic is only going to be available in two. The real news is that the third-gen Nano is getting a whopping nine color palette and will… Read More

  • Samsung producing Atom-powered netbook

    Samsung producing Atom-powered netbook

    Samsung is the latest runner in the Atom-powered netbook marathon. No word on any specific details just yet, but we do know that the sub-laptop is gong to sport a 10-inch screen, three USB ports, an audio in and out along with a VGA output. Expect the lil’ guy to hit the Korean market at the end of October for a yet to be announced price. Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Wadia 170iTransport iPod dock

    CEDIA is full of iPod docks, but the only one that interested me was the Wadia 170iTransport. It comes from the same company that has been producing uber-high quality, but pricey, digital audio converters since before the last Bush administration. I spent some time with the 170iTransport and walked away fully impressed with the audio and video capabilities. Granted, the unit isn’t for… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch booth tour: Sharp, where Blu-ray Profile 1.1 and thin LCDs are kings

    CEDIAcrunch booth tour: Sharp, where Blu-ray Profile 1.1 and thin LCDs are kings

    Sharp always has one of the sleekest booths at CEDIA. Minimulistic cues abound, I wish I could pull of so much cool in my midwest pad. Anyway, Sharp is showing off their limited edition LCD, a bunch of standard LCDs, and of course, their ‘new’ Blu-ray players that Sharp hopes someone will buy.  Photo set after the jump. Enjoy. Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: eSommelier Wine Cellar Management

    I know, I know, but the eSommelier Wine Cellar system is actually really neat. The product scans a wine bottle, prints off a custom label, catalogs it, and can even provide live temperature and humidity conditions in your cellar. Software control comes from either a stationary touchscreen, or coming soon, a wireless touchpad. The whole system costs around $10k, so obviously, not everyone is… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Universal Remote's three new models

    CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Universal Remote's three new models

    Who doesn’t enjoy a high-end universal remote? After spending sometime with Universal Remote’s latest units, I can tell you that users will certainly enjoy these too. The MX-440 might retail for $249, but the solid build and a striking high-res LCD shouts quality. The big brother, MX-880, easily justifies the higher price of $499 with a bigger screen and better feel along with RF… Read More