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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  • California outlaws text-messaging while driving

    Drivers in the great state of California will no longer be able to TXT while driving starting this January. This includes sending, reading and writing, folks. Those found conducting the soon to be illegal action will face a $20 fine the first time and a $50 for each recurring violation.  “Banning electronic text messaging while driving will keep drivers’ hands on the wheel and… Read More

  • Dell puts the 'P' in DLP with the ultra-portable M109S projector

    Dell’s latest DLP projector is tiny. Well, not that tiny, but it’s still small enough to fit into your wanna-be a corner office bigwig briefcase. The whole package measures in at 3.64″ x 4.12″ x 1.46″ and weighs less than a pound. You aren’t going to enjoy all of Blu-ray’s HD with the M109S, but it still shoots out a 858 x 600 SVGA picture with a… Read More

  • In Russia, Windows advertisements are on the appropriate venue.

    It reads,”Windows Vista – The Digital Future Starts Here.” Where does it start? There, right there? Gross. Read More

  • Motorola intros its first WiMAX adapter – the USBw 100

    The WiMAX rollout should be right ’round the corner and Motorola is here with the USBw 100 adapter just in time. The companies first WiMAX device is coming in three tasty flavors – 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz and 3.5 GHz – to ensure a compatible version is available for your network’s frequency range. Thanks to multiple antenna technology and some Motorola wizardry, the… Read More

  • The Mate – a stay-put mat & plate for your little one

    Don’t have a kid? The Mate isn’t for you then chap, but you’re welcome to keep reading for some free birth control. Feeding a toddler often involves place a plate of food on-top of a large tray and praying you don’t have to get out the mop. Generally, it starts out innocently ‘nough but eventually there is corn on the wall – even if you aren’t… Read More

  • Developers, nerds, and geeks – the Android SDK 1.0 has been released

    The first Android phone launches on October 22, and while the Android SDK has been out for a while now, Google just released version 1.0. The latest version allegedly fixes numerous bugs and adds a few things API thingies. So if you’re a developer, fed up with Apple’s iron fist over the App Store, now might be the time to switch over to Google’s laissez-faire… Read More

  • Voodoo responds to closure rumors

    Late last week, a rumor broke that HP might be giving its gamer enthusiast brand, Voodoo, the boot. Turns out, that wasn’t entirely true as it sounds like Voodoo is going to be brought in under the HP umbrella similarly like Compaq. In fact, this was first announced a few months ago, proving that the Internet rumor mill is a crazy, crazy bastard.  Read More

  • iPhone 3G can now be purchased online but read the fine print

    Ah, how nice is it for Apple to bring back quasi-online iPhone purchasing option. When the jesusphone 3G launched, the option disappeared, forcing you to head down to your local Apple or AT&T store only to be at the mercy of their limited supply. Apple spun it saying that it was for your benefit, but here we are, praising the reborn online purchasing option. Bad news? Your iPhone… Read More

  • Imperial fortifications rusting away on the forest moon, Endor

    A long time ago, in a place far, far away there was a battle fought by an evil empire bent on total domination. This is all that is left. Read More

  • Dell releases snazzy Studio Desktop towers

    The latest in Dell’s Studio Desktop lineup sheds the trendy digs of the Studio Hybrid for a more conventional tower look. These ‘puters are aiming for the entertainment crowd with optional Blu-ray drives, TV Tuners and HDMI-outs. The choice is yours between the mini and mid-size tower as it seems they can both be configured with the same options. Prices start out at $549 and as… Read More

  • Guinness certifies Panasonic's EVOLTA as the longest lasting AA alkaline battery cell

    I’m sure when Panasonic claimed that its EVOLTA AA batteries where the longest lasting on the market, you rolled your eyes. Right? ‘Cause how many times have you heard that pitch. Now Panasonic has a fancy certificate from the Guinness World Record folks to shove in the face of all the haters proving that its AA battery is alkaline battery cell in the world. Read More

  • Commenter of the day: I hate Steve Jobs edition

    Commenting on the new Microsoft commercials, Nate proclaimed his disgust for Steve Jobs & Co. His trust fund baby mentality doesn’t help. He’s got a good point though and Jobs handicap parking job above helps Nate’s point.   Should have said in commercial: “I’m not a Mac, I’m not a PC… I am part of the 90%+ of people that realize having the ability… Read More

  • Dell now selling the monstrous M6400 Precision Mobile Workstation

      The powerhouse M6400 was announced last month and Dell is finally shipping the ‘laptop.’ This mobile workstation will put many desktop rigs to shame with a Core 2 Duo Quad Core Extreme, 16 GB of Ram, and up to 1TB of storage spread over two 500GB disks in a RAID setup. The 17-inch LED back-lit screen even features 100% of the RGB color gamut and potential buyers can configure… Read More

  • Dell going Green with the help of LEDs

    Environmentally friendly products are all the rage these days and Dell’s determined to help with LED back-lighting. Never mind that retooling production lines and importing the “green” material generally carries a higher carbon footprint than the current material, but still, it’s nice to feel like Captain Planet sometimes. Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 roundup

    We understand that your emotions were flying high yesterday with the G1 launch. So many questions that you had to have answered ’bout Google’s first foray into the mobile world and just in case you missed something, here is a rundown of our G1 coverage.  T-Mobile G1 specs leaked prior to announcement G-day: Other September 23rds in history Confirmed: Amazon MP3 on the… Read More

  • Woot-off Alert!

    In case you didn’t notice yesterday, Woot is currently in full-tilt Woot-off mode. This is the place if you need a random Bluetooth headset, vacuum, or plasma TV on the cheap. Plus, it’s a great cubical time waster as you obsessively hit refresh waiting for the current item to sell out. Read More

  • Three informative WowWee Rovio commercials

      The production Rovio launched a few days ago and RobotsRule.com just uploaded a few videos that showcase the little guy’s key features. So, if you are still unclear what the Wifi remote control webcam robot thingie does, check out the one above and the two after the jump. Read More

  • The Stanley 3-in-One LED Flashlight should be in your car right now

    If you have ever had to change a tire in the dark, you can probably imagine how handy a tripod flashlight can be. If you have ever changed a tire on a snowy night, you understand why you would want the 95-155 Stanley 3-in-1 Tripod Flashlight to lend a hand. I had too last winter, but in my “Eagle Scout always prepared duffle bag,” I had a big Maglight which is in fact, the… Read More

  • Eureka's S.A.R.A.H Twitterview'd

    You’re probably gearing up for tonight’s mid-season finally of Eureka. After all, with the exception of the lame Degree deodorant spots, the show is filled with the best gadgets ever imagined and if you’re reading Crunchgear, you like gadgets. S.A.R.A.H, the local smart house, might be the greatest of ‘em all with a direct line to Global Dynamics and the ability to… Read More

  • It's a good thing that Samsung didn't buy SanDisk – for us at least

    Have ya noticed that the price of flash memory keeps dropping? Apparently, everyone and their brother built plants to manufacture the memory and now the market is over saturated causing the prices to drop. Flash memory insiders were hoping that the SanDisk acquisition by Samsung would stimulate the industry and stabilize prices. Is that what we want as consumers? Stabilized prices? I… Read More