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.

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  • AT&T and Pantech officially launch the ultra-slim Pantech Slate

    We knew the thinnest QWERTY keyboard phone was coming, but AT&T and Pantech have officially launched the Slate. The phone measures less than one centimeter deep and is equipped with standard 2006-circa specs: 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth, and multimedia functions. To be honest though, the phone is only going to be $50 after a two-year agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate so what more can you want? Read More

  • HP breaks the netbook mold with the Mini 1000 and MIE Linux netbook

    Netbooks have been slowing down over the last year and for the most part, each one is about the same thing with a different logo on the lid. HP’s offerings seem refreshing and polished even though they sport the standard netbook specs of 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 8.9-inch or 10.2-inch display, up to 2 GB of RAM, and either a 60GB HDD or 16GB SSD. The solid-state drive can be complimented… Read More

  • Duracell teams up with Dane-Elec for flash memory product line

    Duracell wants some of the tasty flash memory pie and have a complete product line coming soon with help from Dane-Elec. The Duracell product line will include Secure Digital, CompactFlash and microSD Flash Memory cards; USB Flash Drives; Flash memory Card Readers; and other Flash Memory bundles, such as an Instant Power Charger and micro SD card bundle, USB Flash Drive 3-packs or SD Card… Read More

  • Mitsubishi LaserVue HDTV now available

    Mitsubishi’s LaserVue HDTVs have been in the making for a while but the critically acclaimed high-def set is now available at select specialty retailers. You still might need a second mortgage – good luck getting approved – to foot the $6,999 MSRP, but the TV apparently produces a Pioneer Elite comparable picture at 1/3 the power consumption. Plus, you can tell your… Read More

  • A-list athletes prove Guitar Hero 4 is risky business

    Nothing makes me wanna buy Guitar Hero 4 now that I know Michael Phelps, A-Rod, Kobe, and Town Hawk find no fault in jamming on little plastic guitars. Read More

  • Lenovo introduces Quick Start-powered S10e netbook for the eduction market

    Some suit in a Lenovo boardroom had a great idea that if the company slaps the letter ‘e’ onto the S10 netbook name, the world would be a better place. The S10e is therefore geared to the education crowd, touting the same exact specs of the original S10 netbook of an Intel 1.6GHz Atom processor, 4GB SSD or 160GB HDD, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 10.1 LCD display, but now comes equipped… Read More

  • HP killing MediaSmart TV and LCD TV biz

    Didja know that HP sold LCD TVs? Well, they used to at least as the models disappeared off its website a while ago and now Chris Lanier is reporting that the company is focusing on Media Center Extenders rather than the actual TV sets. Apparently Costco is going to handle the closeouts so watch out for some great deals on the decent LCDs. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Dash Express for only $200

    The Dash Express impressed us and now the traffic-intelligent GPS is only $200 on Amazon. There is still the $9.99 monthly subscription, but it’s a heck of a GPS unit for a great price. If you can get past the comically large casing, you gain a Yahoo local aware search powered by a great interface. Please note though, this deal is for today only so jump on this fast. Read More

  • Mac Mini to get NVIDIA mobo?

    The Mac Mini’s future is in question, but the latest rumor indicates that the cheapest Macintosh might get its motherboard from NVIDIA. Since the late-2008 MacBooks and MacBooks Pro sport the dedicated graphic GPUs, the rumor doesn’t seem to far off in left field. Having a Mac Mini equipped with decent graphic capabilities would give curious onlookers one more reason to jump… Read More

  • iPods, Asus EEE PCs coming to Toys 'R' Us

    Sometime in the coming weeks Toys ‘R’ Us is going to start selling iPods and, more notably, Asus EEE PC’s as the retailer is grasping for higher holiday sales. The iPods are going to be in their own little iPod boutique that is sure to be decorated in novel all white fashion. Read More

  • DIY: Batman mask out of duct tape

    A wise man once said that anything could be fixed with a roll of duct tape and 6-pack of beer. Well, I added the last part but the first thing about the duct tape is more than true. In fact, duct tape aficionados can now hone their craft by making a Batman mask mostly out of the silver tape. Just don’t wear it out in public; you will look like a douche. Read More

  • Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud OS platform announced

    Microsoft just made its first cloud OS, dubbed Azure, officially official. The system allows developers and hobbyist alike to collaborate together on a flexible and interoperable application platform. Applications created within can run from the cloud or even enhance non-cloud based applications with the hive-like features.  Azure reduces the need for up-front technology purchases, and… Read More

  • Give your BlackBerry 88xx a color trackball of your choice

    If your BlackBerry 88xx series mobile phone is getting a little stale, a Sharpie marker and a few minutes of your time is all you need to customize it to your liking. Basically, you’re going to tear the phone apart to reach the LED behind the trackball and color it with your favorite color. Even if you use a permanent marker, the color will eventually fade due to the… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Black Friday Edition

    Black Friday is right around the corner – well, like a month away – and thanks to the leaky Internet, retailer’s deals will slowly appear allowing for a bit of preplanning. We are going to track the lowest priced GPS unit, Blu-ray player, and HDTV as each one of these advertisements leak out over the coming weeks. Sears’ deals have just surfaced and it’s a… Read More

  • WTF: Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter Blu-ray edition

    When C-run movies such as Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter drops on Blu-ray, it signals that the next-gen HD format is here and we better like it. Want the movie? m’kay $12.95 on Amazon right now. Read More

  • MOTONAV GPS units dropping exclusively at RadioShack

    Motorola has quietly released its new GPS units – MOTONAV TN20 & TN30 – and the two are going to be for sale only at RadioShack. The TN20 rocks a 3.5-inch touchscreen with NAVTEQ provided maps and more than one million searchable points of interest. The big bro TN30 is equipped with all the TN20 functions, but has a larger 4.3-inch touchscreen along with Puerto Rico and… Read More

  • Best Buy to sell Jawbone headsets in two new colors

    The newish Jawbone is one of the hottest Bluetooth headsets on the market and two new color options are going to be available at Best Buy. Previously, the color palette was limited to black, silver and gold; or as Jawbone likes to call ’em: Blah Blah Black, Silver Tongue, and Goldy Lips. The new color options of Babbling Blue and Rambling Rose are going to carry the same $139.99 price… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Recertified 42-inch Philips 1080p LCD

    Woot; good ‘ol Woot. The LCD might be recertified – whatever that means – but if that’s cool with you, it’s only $749. Yeah, $749 for a 42-inch, 1080p LCD. Not to shabby considering the average price of this set elsewhere is north of $1,100. Hopefully though, Black Friday will produce similar if not better LCD deals. Read More

  • Motorola AURA gets poked, prodded, and photographed

    The up-scale AURA might be Motorola’s last attempt to remain relevant in a post-RAZR mobile world and yet the dudes at Mobile Review got their grubby hands on the $2k cell phone. It sounds like they were impressed with the build quality and the round LCD, but Moto might have dropped the ball on the GUI by simply reworking a standard square LCD menu rather than, you know… Read More

  • Bloodhound SSC rocket car will try break 1000 MPH – who cares?

    Listen, I’m not questioning the kahonas of these British chaps trying to break 1000 MPH on land. Hell no, but with a $16 million dollar backing from the British Science Minister and a hybrid rocket/jet propulsion, they had better go that fast. A Eurojet EJ200 fighter jet engine should get the ‘car’ up to 300 MPH where a rocket will hopefully boost the speed over the 1k mark. Read More