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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  • Sony drops the price of the BDP-350 Blu-ray player to $299

    The title says it all. The now-BD Live capable BDP-350 Blu-ray player is finally cheaper than a PS3 at $299. So with Panasonic’s latest generation going for $299 and this one with the same price, it should make for a gloriously high definition Christmas for some this year.  Sony via Giz Read More

  • The Dell Zink PZ310 stops by the FCC

    This rather nondescript printer was found on FCC’s website is actually a sweet Dell mobile photo printer. The PZ310 features a ink-free printing curiosity of Zink technology that pumps out photos either by USB or Bluetooth. It seems that this new Dell device is really a re-branded Polaroid PoGo mobile printer and will probably carry a similar $149 MSRP when launched. If you need… Read More

  • Digital projectors coming to more theaters thanks to deal with movie studios

    Digital cinemas are astounding and everyone from common folk to AV nerds can see a huge difference. The problem is that the systems are expensive – damn expensive – like a 100k a screen. Through a $1-billion financing deal signed by Universal, Paramount, Disney and Fox, the nation’s top movie-theaters are going to get JPMorgan Securities backing to install these systems on… Read More

  • Three Pioneer Blu-ray players earn DivX cert.

    DivX is making its way into more and more CE devices. Pioneer’s latest Blu-ray players couldn’t withstand the DivX invasion and the BDP-LX71, BDP-LX08 and BDP-51FD all earned the certification that states the unit can playback high-quality DivX material. These players are already shipping worldwide, so just because yours doesn’t carry the logo on the front bezel… Read More

  • WowWee launches new RS Tri-bot robot

    Just in time for Christmas commercial bonanza, WowWee unveiled the latest robot in its Robosapien line: RS Tri-bot. The little guy seems to sport Rovio-ish ‘legs’ but also an interactive talking feature that is sure to amuse your little sister – or, for our ‘grown up’ peeps, your cat. The whole thing is controlled via a tilt-sensor equipped remote that gives… Read More

  • The Dark Knight Blu-ray disc gets a release date

    The Dark Knight was this summer’s hottest movie – after Swing Vote that is – and the Blu-ray release finally gets a launch date. The title is slated for a day and date release of the standard DVD of December 9 and will be Warner’s first BD Live disc. There wasn’t any word on what the BD Live content will be, but the two disc set will be loaded with extras that… Read More

  • New pics of the upcoming Verizon BlackBerry Storm

    The BlackBerry Storm launch is almost here and we finally get a peek at the hardware. We can only think that these are production models and if the images are accurate, Verizon has a hot, new handheld coming real soon. That is if the touchscreen and OS work well. Read More

  • Toshiba rolls out firmware updates for its HD DVD players – seriously

    The format war may be done and even though Blu-ray won, that doesn’t mean Toshiba is going to leave its early adopters stranded with unsupported devices and so, just released firmware 4.0 for its HD DVD players. It seems the update affects every Toshiba HD DVD player and owners will want to download this update via the built-in Ethernet port for improved disc playback, along with… Read More

  • Latest iPhone rumor: EVDO/CDMA model coming in 2009

    Apple’s quest for total handheld domination is limited by AT&T and so swirling rumors about a CDMA iPhone has to have some truth to them. It isn’t like Apple to be tied down to one distribution channel like the current iPhone, but that’s the way the cell phone biz works here in the States. According to a 9to5Mac Verizon insider, we could see a CDMA iPhone as early as… Read More

  • iRiver SPINN up for pre-order, shipping on October 3

    We’ve been waiting for the sexy iRiver SPINN for months and finally the gorgeous PMP is shipping Friday. The 8GB flavor carries a $289.99 price while the smaller, but still attractive, 4GB option is going for $249. If you wanna one of the first units, head over to iRiver’s website and place a pre-order.  [Thanks for the tip, Ron] Read More

  • Sony debuts the BWU-300S 8x Blu-ray Disc Writer

    Have a hankering to make Blu-ray discs? Sony has you covered with its new BWU-300S 8x Blu-ray Disc Writer that can encode a 25GB disc in under 15 minutes – 50GB disc takes 30 minutes. The drive isn’t exactly mainstream yet with a $400 price tag, but I can recall paying the same price for my 4x Pioneer DVD-R burner. Sony is sweet’n the deal a bit and throwing in Blu-ray… Read More

  • Griffin's Simplifi iPod dock simplifies your desk

    There is nothing that I enjoy more than gadgets that clean up my desk. Nothing, and the Griffin’s Simplifi combines an iPod/iPhone dock along with a CF, Memory Stick, SD, and xD card reader, along with two powered USB ports. Great! Love it! And I’ll spend the $69 for it! If want it too, it’s out now. Read More

  • The Carl Zeiss 2,500,000:1 Contrast Ratio powerdomeVELVET Planetarium Projector

    So you think that those 30,000:1 contrast ratio projectors announced at CEDIA ’08 were impressive; this Carl Zeiss planetarium projector puts ‘em to shame. The powerdomeVELVET employs a 4k DLP projector system that can pull of 30bit color depth with 1,000,000:1 static or 2,500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The out-of-this-world (thank you) contrast ratio comes from a breakthrough… Read More

  • Panasonic exec reveals the Lumix DMC-G1 MSRP

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Micro Four Thirds broke cover a few weeks ago, but the press release didn’t include the price. (hate that) Thankfully, a loose -lip Panasonic Suit let it slip that the G1 is going to carry a $799 MSRP here in the States. Read More

  • Neuros releases demo video showing chat room superimposed over live TV

    The Neuros set-top box is an open device allowing anyone to modify it anyway they see fit. One example is demonstrated above that I’m wondering if it’s more of an annoyance than anything else. Granted, maybe it’s the source material, ’cause a group TV chat would have been great back in Lost’s heyday. Now that the latest from Neuros is shipping, we should see… Read More

  • A Swiss man just flew over the English Channel with a jet pack

      Seriously. His name is Yves Rossy and he’s a Swiss airline pilot by day and adventurer by night. The 22-mile flight took him only 10 minutes and he had hoped to reach 125 MPH. He started by jumping out of a small, French plane and quickly flipped on the jet pack. From there he attempted to follow the route Louis Blériot took 99 years ago when he became the first man to cross… Read More

  • Sony releases the BDP-350 Blu-ray BD Live firmware update

    Sony BDP-350 owners, I’ve got great news for you this Friday. Your Sony Blu-ray player can now play all the fancy-pants BD Live extras once you update your player’s firmware. The 56 MB firmware update can be downloaded directly via the players Ethernet port or you can download it on your computer and make an update disc. Either way you go, I’m happy for you. The BD… Read More

  • Toshiba drops a 256GB laptop SSD hard drive

    Toshiba just stepped up to the SSD plate and knocked one out of the park with its 256GB solid-state hard drive. The laptop drive is understandably small, but also quick with 128MB maximum read speed and 70MB write speed via 3Gbps SATA interface. Mass production of the drive should start sometime in the coming months and should hit the consumer market shortly after that with a yet to be… Read More

  • Palm Treo Pro now available

    Palm fanboys can now order the Palm Treo Pro handheld directly from Palm. After months of leaks, previews, and finally an announcement, Palms latest is finally shipping. Thank goodness. The price is still ridiculously high at $549, but some of us think it might be the best Windows Mobile phone currently on the market. Oh, and Palm is even throwing in free shipping. How nice of ‘em. Read More

  • In Russia, we make faces at space-flying satellites birdies

    The residents of Chelyabinsk thought it would be a great idea to form a human smiley face just in time for a Google imagery satellite. It’s just too bad the smile has buckteeth. Read More