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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  • 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

  • Solve your girl problems with DIY Smart Coasters

    There is no way that little honey from down the hall is going to interrupt your conversation about the LHC when she spies these bad boys. All they do is display whether a drink is hot or cold with an appropriate LED, and when you tell her that you made ‘em yourself, her along with all of her little friends will be gone too. That way you can bust out your best “Are You Gonna… Read More

  • Canton ships its Sound Bar CD 90 SB

    Sound bars aren’t anything new, but instead of going with the virtual approach, Canton’s keep’n it real. The Sound Bar CD 90 SB incorporates just the front left, center, and right speaker into the bar, allowing the owners to maintain true surround sound with dedicated rear speakers instead of slumming it with virtual surround like other sound bars. Each channel has their… Read More

  • *Rumor Alert* Live MacBook Pro pic *Rumor Alert*

    All right, another day and another MacBook Pro rumor. This one comes via a French website and from what we can tell, the alleged MacBook Pro is getting some styling tips from the Air with curved corners along with Apples newer front lock. The key feature, at least according to this pic and translated text, is a touchscreen with a live, direct access to the Dock. From a design aspect, it… Read More

  • Dish Network upgrades the DTVPal DTV tuner with a Plus

    The acclaimed DTVPal has gotten a slight upgrade with a stronger digital tuner – a $10 higher price. So for $69, or $29.99 after your DTV coupon, you can tune in crystal clear digital stations with just an antenna with the DTVPal Plus. You see what they did there? They add a ‘Plus’ on the end so you know that it’s upgraded.  DTVPal via Twice Read More

  • Amazon showing new Panasonic Blu-ray players $100 under MSRP

    Panasonic finally came clean and announced the MSRP of its upcoming Blu-ray players, the DMP-BD35 ($399) and DMP-BD55 ($499), and now Amazon is accepting pre-orders for $100 under the MSRP. No telling if this is just one of those wacky Amazon typos, ’cause if this price sticks ’round, the BD35K will be one of the cheapest Profile 2.0 Blu-ray players on the market, with the BD55… Read More

  • DIY: Hardwire your iPod or MP3 player to your car's head unit

    Peeps have been rigging up iPods to their cars for ages now. Just in case you’re just coming of driving age though, here is a nice walk-through on hard-wiring your iPod, or any PMP, to your car’s OEM head-unit. Granted, there are better ways of getting you MP3’s bump’n through your 6×9’s, but you might not have the coin for those options. This one is cheap… Read More

  • Roku opening its Netflix Player to developers

    The Roku Netflix Player is an amazing little set-top box that streams Netflix movies, but Roku is hoping for so much more. The company has gone on record, stating that its going to open the platform for other content providers within the coming months. Does this mean we will finally see a quality Hulu or YouTube living room solution? I sure hope so, because with the Roku Netflix box $99 MSRP… Read More