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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  • 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

  • Time on what happened to Circuit City

    We all know Circuit City is in the pooper, but Time gives a little back history for those not familiar with Circuit City’s last decade of suck. Best part? For many consumers, however, Circuit City’s most obvious failing was its customer service. In March 2007, it announced plans to lay off its highest-paid hourly employees, including salespeople, and replace them with cheaper workers. Read More

  • BRABUS manages to tune the Tesla Roadster with virtual enhancements

    BRABUS is big in the car tuning scene and generally installs some spectacular performance mods, squeezing the utmost ability out of a particular vehicle. This time around though, the BRABUS boys claimed to have produced the world’s first tuned Tesla Roadster but all they did was add a “space sound generator” that simulates the sound of a V8 engine, race car, or even a… Read More

  • Pioneer does the unthinkable and opens a 2nd retail location

    With Circuit City and CompUSA’s woes, you would think that electronic makers would shy away from opening brick and mortar stores. Not Pioneer though, oh noes, the company is opening its second US store; this time in Phoenix. The store is loaded with KURO displays, Blu-ray players, Elite speakers, and its Premier line of car electronics. Plus, previously Japanese-exclusive products are… Read More

  • Palm Treo Pro experiencing cracking

    Uh-oh, There seems to be numerous reports about bezel cracking on the Palm Treo Pro. From the pictures, it seems that cracks are hairline and around the side of the device. Chances are that if a person actually bought the $549 Palm, they would pamper it a bit and not throw it off their roof like I do with my BlackBerry. (7130e; built like a tank) Anyone else experiencing cracking? Did anyone… Read More

  • Give your iPhone a AA power boost with Panasonic's Pocket Power

    There are numerous 3rd party charging solutions for the iPhone but few are as convenient as the Panasonic Pocket Power. It only takes a few hours to recharge your Jesusphone with the help of two Evolta rechargeable AA batteries but I don’t see why you can’t supplement the batteries with standard Duracells. Sure, there are sexier traveling chargers, but for only $36.45, I dare… Read More

  • Question of the day: Are you going to buy a BlackBerry Storm

    The hottest news on the interwebs right now is the official release date and price of the BlackBerry Storm – Nov 21 @ $199, btw. It is getting nearly as much press as the iPhone and even though it’s a hot handheld, are you planning on buying the latest CrackBerry now or in the near future? {democracy:43} Read More

  • Circuit City employee report: Inventory woes

    Circuit City seems to be having big inventory issues right now. We know that the retailer is restructuring under Chapter 11 and recently received a $1 billion loan from BoA, but inventory issues are rampant according to a Circuit City employee email. This employee’s store is one of the largest in his state and that store still hasn’t received new CD and DVD releases this week. Read More

  • Universal Remote removes the PC setup with the URC Digital R50 remote

    The Universal Remote Control Digital R50 universal remote takes the best of today’s remotes and makes the setup even easier without PC setup. The remote can still do all the goodie macro themes but everything is setup on the remote without a PC or an Internet connection required. Still, if you have ever setup a universal remote on a large computer screen and found… Read More

  • Samsung P3 finally breaks cover

    Samsung YP-P3 info has been leaking out for a while now but actual pics have finally surfaced. It seems like next version is more of an evolutionary update that adds haptic feedback, along with widgets, to the touchscreen PMP. According to the French website, there is going to be 4, 8, 16, and 32GB versions that all sport Bluetooth 2.0, FM tuner, microphone, mono speaker, and aluminum casing… Read More

  • Apple rolls out big 4th gen iPod nano patch

    Owner of a 4th-gen iPod nano? You might wanna download the 1.0.3 update for your new iPod. The 53MB patch adds Apple in-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic support along with fixes for some Cover Flow issues. Specifically the iPod doesn’t distort Cover Flow when using TV out slideshow and allows you to turn it off when rotating the iPod into a landscape position. So yeah, stop… Read More

  • Sharp developing internal optical mobile phone wiring

    Sharp is not only committed to reducing power consumption in televisions, but also in mobile phones with internal optical wiring. Not only is power reduced but also the system can transmit data at 1.25Gbps. Currently the company is working to overcome so-called ‘glitches’ – instantaneous pulse signal that are generated when the clock signals are being switched, increasing… Read More

  • Touchscreen Samsung A867 Eternity leaks out

    Rumors have been swirling ’bout Samsung’s next touchscreen mobile phone and the details have emerged. While it isn’t an iPhone killer, the $99 price is rather sweet. You see, it has TV, GPS, 3MP camera, and auto-rotation for widescreen QWERTY keyboard. Overall, AT&T will not have any problem pushing the phone out of the door – unless the iPhone drops in price. Read More

  • Black Friday CrunchDeals: Sam's Club Wii for $224 and it comes with a bunch of extras UPDATED

    Sam’s Club has a hella good Black Friday doorbuster item. For only $224, the discount warehouse is selling the Wii, two bonus Wiimotes, two bonus Nunchucks, Mario Super Sluggers, and King of Clubs Mini-Golf. Yeah, I know, good deal. You get all that for $25 less than a Wii alone. It might even be good enough to forgo post-turkey sleep and wait in line with soccer moms at 2:00am to… Read More

  • Costco to sell the iPhone 3G for $149?

    A tech analyst is claiming that Costco is going to sell the Jesusphone for $149 starting in January. No other details were outlined so this statement is this will definitely be filed in the ‘Rumor’ category but even if the discount warehouse does drop the price by 50 bones, that alone would not justify cell phone end times. Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm pricing and release date revealed? Take 2.

    The BlackBerry Storm is launching soon – hopefully – but the latest intel states that the Storm will thunder into VZW stores on November 24th, 2008 rather than the previously stated 17th. Plus, there will be a mail-in rebate dropping the end price to the ever-so-important $199 price point which should draw numerous iP3G comparison.  Verizon Stores are anticipating that this… Read More

  • Birdhouse peeping tom video kit

    Boy Scouts, it’s time to upgrade your birdhouses with a little camera kit. The Handykam system comes in either a wired or wireless version and gives you a birds-eye (I’m so damn funny) view of the birdhouses action via the ceiling mount. The cam shoots at 420 resolution and even sports an infrared mode if you really care about birds that much. The system starts at $110 for the… Read More

  • Good news and bad news for Circuit City

    Circuit City has a lot to be thankful for this Thankgiving after a $1.1 billion dollar loan from Bank of America. That amount should cover operating expenses and take care of inventory concerns over the holiday season. In addition to yesterdays bankruptcy, Circuit City owes HP and Samsung, among the rest of the debt, over $2.3 billion – $119 million to HP and $117 million to… Read More

  • Circuit City liquidation fail party

    There have been reports that the Circuit City liquidation sales rely on false pretenses and incompetent liquidators. Example: this 5% off tag for what appears to be an HP 12.1 inch laptop. Nice, huh? Anyone else got some tasty pics for us? Read More

  • CrunchGear chat room fun: Greg is pimp edition

     Just so everyone knows, Greg is pimp and needs a pimp cup. Read More