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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  • Starbucks addict? Make a tie fighter.

    Some people make trash and others make Star Wars papercraft like Dan Winters from WIRED. It took – holy crap – 216 stirrers, 63 drink sleeves, 37 grande cups, 12 small sample cups, ten large 96oz coffee boxes, and one tall lid to construct the tie fighter. I’m thinking he could have bought a real tie fighter with as much cake he spent on Starbucks. Really sweet… Read More

  • Funai takes on 13 television importers, including Vizio, and wins

    Funai has been in the news a lot lately with taking over Philips home theater biz and developing new LCD technology, but the companies recent lawsuit is extremely notable. Apparently the company just won its lawsuit that claims 14 companies are infringing on a Funai patent. The court has yet to decide wether these TVs all going to be banned from entering the U.S. of A. So it’s hard… Read More

  • Logitech shines where Monster Cable failed

    Remember a few weeks back when my Monster Central remote suddenly stopped working? If you didn’t, its no biggie, I still love ya. Anyway, here is a nice story about how Logitech handled a similar out of warranty issue with a Harmony remote. Instead of sending the guy packing and with the advice to buy a new remote – like Monster Cable did with me – they shipped him a… Read More

  • Philips throws in the towel on the US home theater market

    Philips is ready to turn the the nuke codes over to Funai as the company tries to reorganize in this pirate-infested world. Earlier in the year, the company turned over the rights to televisions and now is doing the same with DVD, Blu-ray, and home theater products. From here on out, the Philips name will still be present but Funai will be the brains behind the operation with the rights… Read More

  • Wal-Mart and Sam's Club to sell the iPhone 3g after Christmas

    It looks like the iPhone 3G is going to America’s favorite neighborhood store and warehouse retailer. The only thing is that Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club minions will not be pimping the Jesusphone ’till after the holidays – like December 28th. It seems that select locations will get the phone first but eventually, the phone will be rolled out till the entire 2,500 store… Read More

  • The thermometer gets a mother's touch upgrade

    Temperature-taking has came a long way from the ‘ol up-the-pooper method. This concept takes the age old hand on the forehead method to the next level but it has a natural feel to it so hopefully, it will eventually find its way on to Rite Aid shelves. Read More

  • Sony's Columbia Picture flicks not available on NXE Netflix streaming

    Well what do we have here? Now that NXE is live for everyone, it seems that Columbia Pictures movies are not available for XBox Netflix streaming. Unfortunately there is no way to tell if the movie is going to be watchable on the Xbox streaming until it’s added to the queue which can be a royal pain in the ass. Quite frankly, this is lame and childish that these Sony-owned flicks are… Read More

  • Samsung announces T220P SyncMaster LCD monitor

    It’s Samsung Monitor. It’s 22-inches. It has a HDCP DVI input. It has a 1920 x 1200 resolution. It comes out in late November. It will sell for 35,000 yen or $362 USD. Anything else? It’s just a monitor. Read More

  • LG and PRADA release the PRADA II with matching PRADA Link watch

    Info about the PRADA II mobile phone by LG has been widely available for some time now, but the two companies finally went official ’bout the handset and released a matching watch at the same time. The PRADA Link (really, that’s the best name?) is simply a Bluetooth-enabled device that displays not only the Caller ID, but also full SMS text messages in modern Dick Tracy fashion. Read More

  • ASUS 800 MHz-powered P565 demoed on video

      Asus launched the incredibly powerful P565 just the other day and here are the first videos showing off what’s under the hood. The left is a HTC Touch Diamond with a not-to-shabby 528 MHz CPU but on the right, is the new champion, rock’n the powerhouse 800 MHz processor. To bad Windows Mobile is the OS of choice, eh? One more video after the jump. Read More

  • Psystar's counterclaims against Apple to get thrown out of court

    The never ending saga of David vs Goliath just got a little tougher for the little guy. Unless Psystar strengthens its counterclaims against Apple, it will be thrown out of court. The counterclaim indicates that OS X is not reasonably interchangeable with other operating systems, such as Windows, and therefore compromises its own niche market. So unless Psystar can come up with… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Woot Off!

    Oh boy, here we go again. Another day of always checking the Woot tab to see what random gadget will clutter up my house next. Maybe this time I can snag the coveted Bag ‘ol Crap this time. After years of buying off of Woot, I have yet been able to by the $1 item. Oh well. Good luck and happy Wooting! Read More

  • Microsoft Zune prices dropping just in time for the holidays

    Microsoft introduced the third generation Zune two months ago and rolled out the 3.1 update today, but electronista has just confirmed that the Zune is dropping in price. How much you ask? The 4GB is getting the biggest drop and will end up with a new MSRP of $99 while the 8GB will now sell for $139. The large-ish 16GB flavor is dropping by $20 to $179. All these prices should go into… Read More

  • Zune 3.1 update now available

    The latest Zune update isn’t anything ground breaking but it does bring some updates to the Zune Social feature and a hand full of free games. Plus, the Zune PC software is a bit more stable after after the update. Simple jump into the PC software and click, “Check for updates.” Don’t forget, even the old Zunes can be updated to receive all the latest goodies. Read More

  • MythTV to get a fresh coat of paint with GUI updates

    MythTV is incredibly popular DVR alternative and the next update will roll-out new interface changes. The new software update gives developers dramatic more control over the GUI and should bring spectacular new effects including animations and OpenGL support. Every spot of the GUI should receive immediate updates and eventually more themes should appear utilizing the back-end. Read More

  • Commodore meanders into the Core i7 party; everyone stares at the old dude

    Okay, here’s one more Core i7 ‘puter to announce. Commodore – yup that Commodore – has just announced the Core i7’s will be available in its rigs too. No new models, but rather just a new CPU options for the build to order computers. Prices start at $3,399 for the GX model line that includes dual 1GB ATI Radeon GPUs and a high-def paint finish but can shoot up… Read More

  • Pioneer CEO says flat-panel biz to be O.K. through tough times

    Pioneer has just opened its second retail location and the companies CEO doesn’t seemed worried even with the dismal fate of Circuit City and Tweeter. According to Masao Kawabata, Pioneer products are recession tough thanks to its mid to high-end niche market of premium products. So while mainstream Best Buy-specialdisplays might be having issues, Kuro displays and such should be fine. Read More

  • The Big Bang Theory takes on Star Wars and Star Trek; apologizes

    The Big Bang Theory Season 2, Episode 8 Sheldon I’m sorry, but I’m not going to watch the Clone Wars TV series until I’ve seen the Clone Wars Movie. I prefer to let George Lucas disappoint me in the order he intend. Nice, and the Star Trek bit is refering to a couple of jabs at Star Trek Movies. But after the show, instead of showing the usual credits, the image above… Read More

  • Velocity Micro and CyberPower join the Intel Core i7 extravaganza

    With Dell, Alienware, and Gateway already party’n their cores out, Velocity Micro and CyberPower are joining the festivities too. Velocity Micro’s Edge, Raptor, ProMagix and Vector model lines are all gaining a Core i7 option starting with the Core-920 for $1,699, and continuing up to the stratosphere with the Core-940, and Core-965 Extreme. The CyberPower offering, dubbed… Read More

  • Hide a Gameboy inside a Ti-83 calculator

    Tired of playing Drug Wars or a Mario remake on your ‘ol Ti-83 calculator? Just transplant a Gameboy inside a Ti-83 carcass and no one will be the wiser. All it takes is a little cutting and soldering to mod the screen and map the keypad but after that, your Kirby game’n will be hidden from curious eyes. MarkBowers.org via MAKE Read More