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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  • Integra now shipping DTR-7.9 and DTR-6.9 THX receivers

    Integra now shipping DTR-7.9 and DTR-6.9 THX receivers

    The latest receivers from Intergra are now available, and wow are they spiffy. Both the DTR-7.9 and the DTR-6.9 sport the heralded THX Loudness Plus certification with the former earning the Ultra2 Plus cert. as well and the later the Select2Plus certification too. The big boy is equiped with five HDMI 1.3a – little guy gets four – and will upscale component video to 1080p through… Read More

  • TiVo: Give me Hulu.com access and I'll be yours forever

    TiVo: Give me Hulu.com access and I'll be yours forever

    I have a proposal for you TiVo. If you give me Hulu.com access, I will buy your expensive lifetime subscription plan. The implantation has to be better than the lackluster YouTube support though, along with giving full and complete access through a browsable interface too. You see TiVo, the YouTube access is great, but I really don’t want to watch babies laughing or unicorns prancing on… Read More

  • Technology progression chronicled by GM's vehicle battery packs

    Battery pack on the left belongs to the Chevy Volt and the one on the right, to the ’97 Chevy EV1. The Volt’s battery utilized lithium-ion cells to produce the same 16kWhrs as the older, and 800 lbs heavy, EV1 lead acid unit. Next up: glovebox-sized units that you can swap out like a power drill pack. Okay, I just made that up, but that be sweet. Flickr via OhGizmo Read More

  • Canon PowerShot G10 now available for pre-order

    Canon PowerShot G10 now available for pre-order

    The Canon PowerShot G10 was just announced yesterday and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. No word on when the cam will ship, but if you can’t wait to fork over $499, head on over right now. Personally, I would wait for some reviews first as I returned my Canon G9 promptly after discovering the low-light shooting was horrendous. For only a few bucks more, you forego the… Read More

  • Hitachi and Panasonic get in bed over flat-panel screens

    Hitachi and Panasonic get in bed over flat-panel screens

    The flat-panel biz tends to be like an old folks home, with everyone sleeping around. The latest hook-up is the signing of a “memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation with the goal of further promoting and strengthening the flat-panel TV and display panel for TV businesses’ by Hitachi and Panasonic. Read More

  • Lexar to produce Memory Stick Micro (M2)

    Lexar to produce Memory Stick Micro (M2)

    Soon Memory Stick Micro users will have another manufacturer option besides Sony or SanDisk with Lexar. The memory firm is going to produce the Sony proprietary flash memory drives in both 2 and 4GB capacities and will be available later this year at what we can only guess will be competitive pricing. Just thinking here, but wouldn’t it be nice to only have one or two flash… Read More

  • $269 MVBD-2510 Blu-ray player coming from Memorex

    $269 MVBD-2510 Blu-ray player coming from Memorex

    Who cares if the first Memorex Blu-ray player lacks the latest key feature? The MVBD-2510 might not be a Profile 2.0 player, and therefore not able to do BD-Live, but the MSRP is $269. At that price, can’t you see retailers slapping a sale sticker on it and selling it for even less on Black Friday or closer to Christmas? Besides, it still has all the standard Blu-ray goodies like… Read More

  • Released Sony Bravia SDK means widgets are coming

    Released Sony Bravia SDK means widgets are coming

    Who hasn’t sat in front of their HDTV thinking about wonderful little apps that could float on top of live TV all widget-like: weather, RSS feeds, webcams, sports scores, anything. Now Sony has released the SDK for its Japanese Bravia TVs with the hope that developers will create such apps. Samsung high-end LCDs have had a similar functionality but Sony is taking it to another… Read More

  • Toshiba lets loose DVR-equipped Regza LCDs

    Toshiba lets loose DVR-equipped Regza LCDs

     

    WTF is up with her smile? File these in the “Crap we can’t get here in the States” drawer. Toshiba’s latest DVR-sport’n LCDs were just announced and because of the included HDD, the stars above state we will not likely see a US counterpart. The ZH7000 series LCD ranges in size from a 42-, 46-, and 52-inch with all of them displaying 1080p at 3,000:1 contrast… Read More

  • Praise the Lord, Guitar Praise: Solid Rock  has been unboxed

    Praise the Lord, Guitar Praise: Solid Rock has been unboxed

    Well, lookie here. The wonderfully, family orientated Guitar Praise has gone through the obligatory unboxing. Nothing real surprising as the guitar apparently looks and feels like a knock-off. Even the software has a done-that feeling, but if your ‘rents don’t want you jamming Pantera’s Cowboys from Hell, Guitar Praise might be the next best thing. Read More

  • The Canon 5D Mark II was held back by the marketing department

    The Canon 5D Mark II was held back by the marketing department

    Per a Canon employee talking to Tech Digest, the engineers behind the 5D Mark II were held back by the megapixel race instead of focusing on the sensor. The chaps in marketing reportedly wanted to beat out Nikon’s latest DSLR flagship (rumors says it’s coming tomorrow 9/18 btw) and us consumers are apparently dumb, paying attention just to the mighty megapixel.  Read More

  • BlackBerry Javelin goes for $17,100 on Ebay

    BlackBerry Javelin goes for $17,100 on Ebay

    Somewhere in our crazy world, a true BlackBerry fanboy spent 17 large for a pre-release BlackBerry Javelin. Either there is something shady going on here and the shipping box is packaged with baby mink fur, or actually, someone wants the latest non-3G BlackBerry Javelin. Sure, word is the phone does have WiFi and GPS, along with a speedy 512 MHz CPU and a HVGA+ screen, but who would spend… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: $1229 for Samsung 40-inch LCD and Blu-ray player

    CrunchDeal: $1229 for Samsung 40-inch LCD and Blu-ray player

    While no one will tell you that either the Samsung BD-P1500 or 40-inch LN40A550 are top-tier products, when bought together on Amazon though, they make one hell of a deal. Best Buy’s website states they sell the TV alone for $1,399, and even Newegg lists it for $1,189. But on Amazon, you are getting the TV along with a Samsung Blu-ray player capable of being upgraded to BD-Live later on. Read More

  • Pioneer bringing LCDs to US in 2009

    Pioneer bringing LCDs to US in 2009

    For the first time ever, Pioneer is going to start selling LCD TVs here in the States starting next year. This cames after years of battling the endless plasma verse LCD war. The two sets, already on sale in Europe, are a 37- and 32-inch with the LCD panels coming from Sharp. I wouldn’t expect anything groundbreaking from the LCDs as Pioneer still probably wants to keep the focus on… Read More

  • BMW adding Google Maps to more vehicles

    BMW adding Google Maps to more vehicles

    Am I the only chump that wonders why Google isn’t in more GPS units? I have found that the Google Maps on my Blackberry works far better for general searches ’round town, than my GPS so I find the fact that BMW is adding Google Maps-powered system to the 1 and 3 Series encouraging. This means that the service is working its way down market, previously being offered only in the 5, 6… Read More

  • The Boeing Next Generation Bomber is aimed at you, Ahmadinejad

    The Boeing Next Generation Bomber is aimed at you, Ahmadinejad

    Specifics aren’t exactly flowing for Boeing’s Next Generation Bomber besides the fact that the model-shown does accurately represent the firm’s NGB bid. This aircraft might not ever make it to the sky, as Boeing needs to beat out other manufacturers for the contract though. The B-2 looking version is said not need any new technology and can be built with what’s… Read More

  • Is this the new MacBook Pro?

    Is this the new MacBook Pro?

    A German division of T-Mobile just posted this image that some are saying might be the next MacBook Pro. Sure, we already know that aluminum MacBooks have started shipping, but who in their right mind would think this picture really is the next MacBook Pro? This is clearly a rendering, and while it might closely represent what’s coming, it probably isn’t the real deal. Plus… Read More

  • Sanyo launches the EasyStreet NVM-4370

    Sanyo launches the EasyStreet NVM-4370

    Sanyo is busting out the feature-loaded EasyStreet NVM-4370 to a crowded GPS market. The $300 unit does set itself apart from the rest though with 4GB of built-in memory, rear-view camera input and seven million points of interest. Plus, it boosts standard fare of Bluetooth support, text-to-speech and a FM transmitter. So, yup, just another GPS unit, but a well priced one at that. Read More

  • Neuros shipping OSD 2.0 HD developers set-top box

    Neuros shipping OSD 2.0 HD developers set-top box

    The second generation OSD box is now available from Neuros intended for developers. The OSD 2.0 first popped up a month ago and nothing has changed since then. The DIY set-top box still encodes high-def at 720p in MPEG 4, and supports H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, and WMV. So if assembling a set-top box is on your to-do-list, you can now order the OSD2 developers kit for $249, but just don’t… Read More

  • Sony updating the 4k SXRD projectors

    Sony updating the 4k SXRD projectors

    In case you are in the market for a projector that cost more than the average, oh, Porsche, Sony has two new 4K SXRD projectors. The SRX-T110 and SRX-T105 both retain the previous generation’s 4096 x 2160 native resolution, but get a bump in lumens. The big boy T110 now spouts out 11,000 Lumens, with a contrast ratio of 2,500:1, with the T105 now at 5,500 Lumens and 2,500:1… Read More