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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  • New honeycomb tire takes 'run-flat' to a whole new level

    US Soldiers and Michigan drivers share one thing in common. The absolute need for better run-flat tires. Soldiers have to deal with IEDs and weapon fire where Michigan drivers have to pilot over post-Winter sinkholes. Both can be disastrous for the tires and wheels so that’s where this honeycomb tire enters. Current run-flat solutions still require some air pressure to be present… Read More

  • The Clean Mountain Can or The Mt. Everest Poop Collector

    Ever wonder where everyone, you know, goes when climbing Mt. Everest and other such peaks? Personally, I have lost sleep over it but no more. This simple looking container, dubbed the Clean Mountain Can, stores frozen poo in a portable and smell-free method. Apparently some Everest-loving climbers have been spending their free time cleaning up the mountain after decades of free-wheeling… Read More

  • Digital transition 90 days away. Are you and your family ready?

    The Digital Transition is mere months away and still, many have questions and misconceptions about the February 17, 2009 switch. It can be confusing but your family is relying on you to get it right. Follow the link for some frequently asked questions and answers. Read More

  • Tiny Bluetooth dongle easily updates your laptop

    In case your laptop was built pre-Bluetooth, this tiny dongle will bring your laptop into this era. It only costs $14.95 and supports Bluetooth v2 on XP and Vista without any drivers. While it probably doesn’t offer the range as full size dongles, it should offer enough range for in-room connectivity.  USB fever via gear diary Read More

  • Dell quietly launches Intel Core i7 XPS Desktops

    Without fanfare or press releases, Dell has launched desktops featuring Intel’s Core i7 CPU. The Studio XPS lineup gain the Core i7-920 2.66GHz or 2.93GHz and start out at a reasonable $1,499. Gamers can opt for the latest Intel CPU and the Dell name (without the Alienware premium) with the XPS 730x starting at $2,599 with the same Core i7-920. Or, spend a bit more cake with the 730x… Read More

  • INCASE launches iPhone 3G Power Slider battery pack

    Generally, 3rd party iPhone batteries add extra talk time and do little extra but the INCASE Power Slider does so much more. Not only does the case wrap the precious iPhone 3G in a protective sleeve, it also adds a mini-USB port for easy syncing and charging. Yeah, it adds some bulk but it also bumps the standby time up to 330 hours and talk time on a 3G network to 5 hours (10 hours on 2G). It… Read More

  • Dominos can now be ordered via TiVo

    Yeah, um. Okay. In what seems like the ultimate American fatty wet dream, TiVo owners can now order Dominos pizza from the comfort of their coach. Apparently it’s to much for to ask a person to reach over and grab the cordless phone. All it takes is a few clicks on the remote to navigate to the widget and from there you can order up to $100 worth of Dominos food. Ultimate TV app or a… Read More

  • Fujitsu launches 15,000 RPM, 147GB 2.5-inch HDD

    While Fujitsu certainly isn’t the first to launch a tiny 2.5-inch 15,000 RPM hard drive, it’s the first to launch one with 147GB capacity. The new line from Fujitsu come in both the aforementioned 147GB size and also a 73.5GB size. The HDD has an average seek time of 2.9ms with a buffer size of 16MB and the super fast, high capacity laptop drives should drop sometime in the… Read More

  • ASUS super-smartphone P565 launches

    ASUS’s smartphones have always impressed and the latest is no different with a monstrous 800MHz processor. The P565 has been rumored for a while but ASUS has gone official with the phone and its ready to rock Windows Mobile 6.1. Besides the 800MHz CPU, the phone is loaded with HSDPA capabilities, 2.8 VGA touchscreen, 256MB of flash memory, 802.1b/g, Bluetooth, and a microSD/SDHC slot… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Memorex Blu-ray Player on Woot

    Quick. Hurry! FAST! Woot has a hella good deal today on a Memorex Blu-ray player but it will only be available ’till the end of the day or it sells out. Best of all, you don’t have to wait in Black Friday lines to get a Blu-ray player under the $150 mark. True, this player is a Profile 1.1 player and therefore cannot do any of the fancy BD Live features but still, it’s not a… Read More

  • Amazon participating in OLPC XO giving mission

    True to its word, Amazon is throwing its global retail reach into the OLPC XO mission this Christmas season. The site is now offering buy-one, send-one to a developing nation notebook program. Or if you as a seasonal philanthropist choose, Amazon will ship one to a child of your choice. ‘Tiss the season of giving, folks. via PC World Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve 8900 simulator now available

    Jones’n for some sweet BlackBerry Curve 8900 action? I hear yah, so you might wanna check out the simulator on BlackBerry’s download site to satisfy your itch. Just don’t let your old 8300 see you’re cheating on it. It could get ugly. BlackBerry via CrackBerry Read More

  • Chief produces "World's Thinnest" tilting mount for the thin HDTVs of the world

    What’s the point of owning one of the ultra-thin TVs if it’s hung with a standard wall mount that’s two inches deep? None. There has been thin mounting solutions before but Chief has produced the thinest model with a tilting ability yet. It’s not self-powered or motorized, but it can support a flat-screen up to 100 lbs and collapses to a mere three-quarters of an… Read More

  • Matrox launches Intel Atom-powered camera

    The Intel Atom CPU isn’t just for Netbooks as Matrox’s smart camera proves. It has not only a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, but also 256MB of RAM, 1GB of flash storage and a full array of connectivity ports. This marks one of the first devices that the Atom as powered outside of the generally accepted computing market. One has to wonder when we will see more Atom-powered CE devices. Read More

  • More Samsung P3 PMP pics

    The upcoming haptic touchscreen-equipped Samsung YP-P3 broke cover the other day and a bunch of live pics show the PMP in all its glory. My first reaction was of curious wonder but now that the whole thing is revealed I could take it or leave it; probably the later of the two. But maybe it tickles your fancy though. Read More

  • GMail, news, traffic all on the iGala digital picture frames

    The latest frames from iGala utlize WiFi and Microsoft’s FrameIt service for some spiffy features. The connection associates the frame with Windows Live, Flick, and Gmail in a unique twist. No, you can’t check your email here but rather the frame can get its own email address so people can simple email that address photos to have them show up on the frame. Neat. Plus, the… Read More

  • Radio Shack doesn't understand the Xbox 360

    So yeah, this picture isn’t possible. Any Xbox 360 owner knows that you cannot sit the console on the HDD side. It won’t sit up and sometimes will produce a horrible, game ruining, scratching noise because it’s upside down! Oh, Radio Shack. When will you return to your random electronic parts origin and leave the low profit margin gaming stuff to the big… Read More

  • Netflix to go Blu-ray exclusive and discontinue HD DVD on December 15th

    The Format War is done; it has been for a while. Netflix officially stopped buying new HD DVDs back in February ’08 and starting on December 15th, the company will no longer be shipping ’em out either marking Blu-ray’s exclusive reign. Any HD DVDs remaining in subscriber’s queues will simply be replaced with standard DVDs. No word on what Netflix is doing with the soon… Read More

  • Google to release speech-to-search iPhone app

    Voice recognition has always seemed like the holy grail of technology and now Google is throwing their skills into the technology. Starting sometime today, iPhone users can download a free app that allows them to speak a destination or question and within seconds, receive an answer. The app works by recording your voice, uploading it to a Google Server via the data connection, crunching the… Read More

  • Mac Pro getting Core i7-based CPU upgrades soon?

    Lets look at the big picture here: MacWorld is in January, the Mac Pro’s are need for a CPU bump, and Intel is planning on releasing new Xeon server CPUs early next year. It sure looks good that the Mac Pro’s should receive a CPU upgrade soon but the question becomes, what CPU will Steve-O slap in the the Mac Pro?  Chances are Apple will stick with the Xeon line up and the Core… Read More