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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  • Jurassic Park, ER creator Michael Crichton dies

    One of the best selling authors of our day has passed-on. Michael Crichton wrote Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, and created ER during his 66 years on this earth. He wrote under numerous pen names, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard, and was ultimately a great contributor to both the literary and film worlds. Ultimately he wrote at least 30 books, was involved with 15 movies… Read More

  • Cobra stuffs GPS into latest radar detectors

    Cobra revealed its latest radar detector lineup at SEMA ’08 and the high-end models receive the GPS treatment. Now, this isn’t GPS navigation rather speed trap notification from either Cobra’s database or the ones you program. The XRS 9960G and XRS R10G feature a small OLED screen where the notifications appear and they even display both the GPS notifications and which way… Read More

  • USB floppy thumb drive

    Concept of a USB thumb drive shaped like a floppy disc. Smile. It’s nostalgic. Nosfut via likecool via OhGizmo Read More

  • Maxell Japan releases tubular iPod speaker system

    The world is truly a better place now that Maxell launched another iPod dock. The MXSP-1100 supports all dock-equipped iPods and iPhones with a speaker output of 2×4.2 watts. Not a lot of power, but the modern look might make up for the lackluster sound; maybe. Anyway, the speaker system will come in either black iron or mahogany brown when it drops on November 25, 2008 with a price… Read More

  • Laserkerf II: A laser miter saw guide that might actually work

    Miter saw laser guides tend to be more sizzle than steak but the Laserkerf II might actually work. The beam illuminates where the blade is actually going to cut and even indicates the kerf’s width correctly. So instead of showing the user a line that’s approximately where the blade is going to cut, this $79 add-on shows exactly where the cut will be made. It’s powered by… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray player and four movies for $142

    Amazon is getting rid of the older and non-BD-Live Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray player and is throwing in four Blu-ray titles to start your collection. It sure seems like a nice deal for those looking to jump into the HD movie realm cheaply, but if you can spend a bit more coin, wait until Black Friday. You should be able to pick up a Profile 2.0 / BD-Live player for ’bout the same price sans… Read More

  • Rare vacuum tube clock up on ebay

    There is something nostalgic, nerdy, and, dare I say, classy about this vacuum tube clock. Pedestrians might think that your retro clock is powered by bluish-green LEDs, but you and your nerdy friends will know that 16-segmented tubular vacuum fluorescent displays really produce the display. The ebay auction only has 10 hours left so if you have $152 to spare, you can own… Read More

  • Nintendo sells-out DSi's first wave in Japan

    There is little doubt that Nintendo’s evolutionary DSi will be a hit and eager Japanese gamers snatched up the first round of units within a few days. Reportable, it took only two days for Nintendo to sell through 170,000 of the 200,000 available DSi’s with the remaining 30,000 held up in unclaimed pre-orders and back-up inventory. The company has prepped another 100,000 units… Read More

  • The Olympus E-30 gets a brief hands-on – existence still questioned

    The digicam gurus at got their hands on an Olympus E-30 DSLR and still didn’t reveal how the $1,500 prosumer cam will stand out from the crowd. Sure, it sports a new 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor, a new processing engine, and some in-camera software editing functions, but are those enough to sway potential buyers away from similar priced, but far superior, Canon 50D… Read More

  • Sony updates the PS3 firmware to 2.52

    The PS3 firmware just got a teeny-tiny bump that improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software and also fixing a bug concerning text entry via the on-screen keyboard, USB keyboard, or Bluetooth keyboard. Notice a difference yet? Read More

  • Nothing yells 'Geek' more than a Silver Surfer hanging in your living room

    There are nerds and then there is the guy that’s under the impression having a Silver Surfer hanging is socially acceptable. That being said, the 50-inch Pioneer display, Control4 system, and complete recording studio equipment is more than enough to counter the geekdom and recover the guys street cred. The Silver Surfer in question came via eBay and was previously a prop promoting… Read More

  • Sound & Vision lists the top 7 HD shows – Do you agree?

    Sound & Vision has a list of what they feel are the top high definition shows this fall. CSI: Miami Pushing Daisies The Mentalist Heros True Blood The Office Dexter While I don’t disagree with first two, Dexter (best show on TV, btw) and True Blood should be higher on the list. Plus SNL, Stargate: Atlantis, and ER all better looking than The Office. Great show, but there… Read More

  • Wal-Mart to give more shelf space to Blu-ray, takes it away from CDs

    Wal-Mart is shoving CDs out of the way of Blu-ray movie titles as CD sales drop 23% over the first weeks of the holiday shopping season. Blu-ray movies however, might just be a hot ticket item as HDTVs are the only TVs you can buy now and some folks wanna hang on to physical media in their treasured collections. Plus, everyone from tweens to Generation X 35-year olds download music, legally… Read More

  • Hulu mastermind leaving at end of '08

    The brains behind NBC’s wunderkind video site, George Kliavkoff, is leaving NBC at the end of ’08. George came to NBC over two years ago as the companies chief digital officer and laid the groundwork for Hulu’s success. Under his watch, Hulu became a digital revenue cash cow for NBC and a legitimate alternative to YouTube for content providers. The site might not post as… Read More

  • DIY: Keyboard thumbtacks

    Geek up your cube with an old keyboard and a bit of hot glue. It only takes a few minutes to construct these little thumbtacks but you will get hours of enjoyment staring at your creation rather than working. Read More

  • The NAD T 587 gets shipping date

    I first spotted this unassuming and unannounced Blu-ray player on a shelf shoved in a corner of a CEDIA ’08 booth and now the company gets official on the NAD T 587 Blu-ray player. The player’s CEDIA fact card already indicated that it supports Profile 2.0, BD-Live, 1080p24/60, Ethernet, HDMI 1.3a and has a MSRP of $1,499 so the only item we were scanning for in the press release… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Free tall cup of coffee from Starbucks today

      Starbucks is giving out a free tall cup of its delightful brew today for anyone that asks for it. Originally, the coffee shop simply asked that you come in and tell the lady or gent behind the counter that you voted and then you will get a free cup but that is illegal in some states as it can be construed as a gift for voting. So now all you need to do is stroll in to your local… Read More

  • BlackBerry Bold for sale and shipping from AT&T's website

    The BlackBerry Bold has been a long time in the making but AT&T finally has the so-called “unequivocally the best piece of hardware that RIM has ever put out” up for sale at ATT dot Com. It’s yours with a two-year contract price of $299 and free shipping. Sure, it might be a 100 bones more than a iP3G but don’t you think the Bold is a bit more upscale for corner… Read More

  • Circuit City announces the 155 stores getting the axe

    Just in case you’re wondering if your local Circuit City store is going to be open this holiday season, Circuit City just announced the list of the 155 stores closing ASAP. [PDF link] These stores will be shut down quickly, with Firedog employees and Roadshop installers allegedly getting cut today and the inventory transfered to other locations. Do not expect liquidation or blow-out sales… Read More

  • Western Digital intros the WD TV HD Media Player

    Western Digital must think they have something special with the WD TV HD Media Player to enter this market so late. The WD TV HD reportable plays back up to 1080p media files off an attached USB thumb drive or USB HDD. No word on wether the supplied software supports popular HD file formats like MKV or if you must re-encode source material into an Western Digital approved codec. It might… Read More