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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  • NAVIGON 5100 Max and 2090S announced and goes Radio Shack only

    Radio Shack is gaining another GPS exclusive product with two new NAVIGON units. The 5100 max sports a large 4.3-inch touchscreen, NAVIGON’s Reality View Pro, Lane Assistant Pro, and an Advanced Text-to-Speech guidance system. The 2090S is equipped with a smaller 3.5-inch screen but retains most of its big brothers features. Both units come with NAVIGON’s FreshMaps so users… Read More

  • Roku Neflix Box getting HD streaming by end of '08

    Now that a Samsung Blu-ray player, Xbox 360, and TiVo can stream Netflix, the original device by Roku is trying to make people remember that it’s still around by stating that it will be able to stream HD content by this year’s end. Some have questioned the $99 hardware’s ability to stream Netflix content but according to the companies VP of Consumer Products, it will be… Read More

  • DIY: Mega Man Costume

    Remember the Mega Man Blaster that great dad made for his son’s Halloween costume. Yeah, the entire costume is done now and up on Instructables with DIY instructions. The jump suit and helmet doesn’t look that hard to build, but the Mega Blaster isn’t something you can put together last minute – say, today. Still, it’s never to early too start planning for next… Read More

  • Circuit City gets takedown warning from the New York Stock Exchange

    Circuit City latest financial struggles come in the form of a letter sent from the NYSE. Because CC stock averaged a $1 or less closing price over the 30 days, the fund is falling short of the exchange’s requirement. The company has 10 days to specify how the company is going to remedy the situation and maintain an average trading price of $1 or higher within six months. The fund… Read More

  • Tesla Motors keeps rolling with new round of financing

    Tesla Motors has been hit hard with credit crunch of late, but the billionaire founder of Telsa and PayPal has personally guaranteed that all of the 1,200 battery-powered Tesla Roadster pre-orders will be filled.  So far, only 60 of the 1,200 cars have been delivered and the company seems to be consolidating after shutting down and laying off 90% of the Detroit, MI office. However, with… Read More

  • PSP-3000 screen issue discovered

    The PSP-3000 screen has earned both criticism and praise. It’s brighter, crisper but has interlacing issues that display horizontal lines when viewed closely. When the PSP screen is viewed extremely closely though, say under a 40x microscope, the issue’s source is apparent. The new screen has lays out the pixels horizontally, verses the old… Read More

  • Halloween CrunchDeals: The complete Addams Family DVD collection

    In case you didn’t know, today is Halloween and Amazon is celebrating the holiday with the complete Addams Family series for $26.99 shipped. You get 9 discs, a total of 1638 minutes of Addams family bliss for that price. To bad the collection isn’t available on Blu-ray though. Read More

  • French TV station implements world's first Dolby Digital Plus HD Terrestrial broadcast

    A high-def picture is nothing without high-quality audio and a French TV station is the world’s first to broadcast a Dolby Digital Plus track over a terrestrial signal. The Dolby system is ideal for limited bandwidth applications like terrestrial broadcasts, as the original Dolby Digital bitstreams are maintained and can still be decoded. The French TV station, TNT, is broadcasting… Read More

  • Marantz keeps the CD rock'n with the new M-CR502 mini audio system

    There is something sexy about the Marantz M-CR502 mini audio system. It could be the sleek, executive feel. Or that the amp outputs 25Wx4 channels or 50Wx2 channels with a THD of .10% and a frequency response of 5Hz-20kH. Or it could be that it supports CD playback even though I don’t know the last time I even held a music CD but also sports a USB port for MP3 playback. Read More

  • Nintendo to launch DSi in Japan tomorrow, in the States by summer '09

    Nintendo is looking to cash-in with early holiday sales by launching the DSi in Japan tomorrow, November 1, 2008. The tech giant still hasn’t announced a US release date but at least narrowed the launch down to the summer season. Japanese gamers can pick up their DSi tomorrow though for ¥18,900 ($192 USD). Supposable, Nintendo has shipped 200,000 gaming handhelds to Japanese markets… Read More

  • Stephen Colbert weighs in on Apple's Prop 8 support
    Apple, and a lot of you, have already voiced your thoughts on Cali’s Prop 8, and now Mr. Stephen Colbert sounds-off on the controversial subject. Read More

  • The Xbox 360 and Netflix HDCP situation explained correctly

    The Xbox 360 just gained Netflix high-def streaming capability but a small issue has arisen concerning HDCP and compatible displays. It seems that these high-def files are protected by the copy protection, but no fear, it has nothing to do with component video – and never did. You see, HDCP was devised to protect digital audio and video content that travels over digital mediums such… Read More

  • NASCAR and LittleBigPlanet team up

    Chances are the average Joe-the-NASCAR-Fan doesn’t have any idea what the hell LittleBigPlanet is but Joey Logano helped the knitting cause in the #20 Nationwide Series car last week. Those not keeping track of the Nationwide’s cup standings, Joey is now back on top of the points standing after taking 5th in last weeks race. I’m sure he credits the win to his little… Read More

  • Casio stops the lies and repairs the camera

    The case of “Casio claiming there is a fingerprint within the a camera and therefore the company will not fix it under warranty” has been resolved. The manufacturer has recanted, repaired the camera, and even gave the consumer a free 8 GB Class III SD card for his troubles. Nice to see a company acknowledged its mistakes and resolve the situation. The whole situation kind of… Read More

  • Garmin targets pilots with the 7-inch screen GPSMAP 696 aviation unit

    Garmin is surprising the aviation crowd with the GPSMAP 696. The aviation GPS unit seems to have everything pilots would want in a portable GPS unit: huge, 7-inch screen, victor airways, XM Satellite Weather, jet routes, MEA and major visual references like points of rivers, state boundaries, highways, and railroads. Generally, Garmin announces these aviation models in the summer months… Read More

  • 40-inch OLED biggest possible and not for sale, says Samsung

    Samsung is showing-off a 40-inch OLED screen and a new report indicates that the set is the biggest possible size with current production techniques. Because of this limitation, the set cannot be mass produced and therefore the 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio capable set is not going to be for sale anytime soon.  “Our low temperature poly-Si TFT mass-production line cannot make panels… Read More

  • HP's Compaq Mini 700 announced for UK market

    The HP MIni 1000 launched here in the States yesterday, and the Compaq division quietly announced a nearly identical re-branded netbook for the UK market. The Compaq MIni 700 has the same 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, along with the same HDD and SDD options, but ships with a 10.2 1,024 x 600 (16:10) display, optional HSDPA radio, and a £299 price. That price happens to be £100 less than the HPs… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Netflix requires HDCP

    HD Netflix streaming just dropped on the Xbox 360 and while the reviews have so far been stellar, a little issue just appeared in the form of copy protection. It seems in order to stream the HD videos, the Xbox 360 must be connected to a HDCP-compatible display, therefore alienating most owners using DVI-equipped screens. The situation doesn’t come as much as a surprise though now… Read More

  • Food pyramid lunch box should help American fatties

    It’s a fact that America weighs more than any other country on earth. We are fat and love our free tacos, but this pyramid lunch box should help the weight loosing cause. It, of course, is just a concept but next time you are packing your sack lunch full of fatty food, think back to this novel idea and repack accordingly.  via swissmiss Read More

  • Samsung demos 40-inch OLED screen

    That “flappy” OLED screen from this morning has a bigger, more rigid counterpart. This 40-inch OLED is the largest yet shown to the general public and sports an impressive 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio rather than previous Samsung model’s of 5,000:1. Plus, it has a 1080p resolution and probably a hefty price tag if it was going to market. Commercial production, however, is… Read More