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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Activision scoops up FreeStyleGames

    Activision scoops up FreeStyleGames

    Activision reaffirmed its rock’n in the music gaming genre with the companies latest acquisition of FreeStyleGames. The UK based game maker specializes in the same field with their first release back in 2006 of B-Boy, a competitive break-dancing game. (LOL What?!?) Currently, FreeStyleGames is making downloadable Guitar Hero content and even working on expanding the games… Read More

  • How to crack open the three new iPods

    How to crack open the three new iPods

    This is kind of a tradition now: new iPods launch and some chump has to tear ‘em apart. RapidRepair happened to chronicle the whole thing and provides instructions for us common folk for when we need to repair our new iPods. 4G Nano, 2G Classic, 2G Touch. Read More

  • Dolby Pulse tries its hand at broadcast applications

    Dolby Pulse tries its hand at broadcast applications

    The latest audio solution from Dolby Labs attempts to bring the Dolby experience to broadcast, mobile, PC and online mediums through the MPEG-4 HE-AAC open-standard audio codec. The sound geeks combined the advance bit-rate efficiencies of the codec with the goodies of Dolby audio. Think of 5.1 audio sound but at a lower bit-rate that mobile and broadcast platforms could support. Pulse can… Read More

  • iTunes deleting SD copies of high-def TV shows? Not for me.

    iTunes deleting SD copies of high-def TV shows? Not for me.

    Apple forums are churning right now with reports that when a user downloads a high-def TV show via iTunes 8, either the HD version or the free, SD version deletes itself upon completion due to a duplicate name. Since the reports are everywhere, I set out to replicate the self-deletion and report back to you with screenshots, only to find that it didn’t happen. Read More

  • DIY: Netflix origami

    DIY: Netflix origami

    Rained in this weekend ’cause of Ike? How ’bout grabbing one of those Netflix envelopes laying around and fold yourself some paper. Nothing says love like a handmade heart made out of recycled paper. Read More

  • Sony ZS-S4iP – just a boring iPod or iPhone boombox

    Sony ZS-S4iP – just a boring iPod or iPhone boombox

    Oh goodie, another iPod boombox from Sony and judging by the looks, it’s headed to your local Target or Walmart. There really isn’t anything breathtakingly fresh here, CD player on top, iPod or iPhone slot on the front. The iPod sits in what appears to operate like a cassette tray, including an eject button, but we have seen players like that for years. At $179EU, roughly $140US… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: twice the XP and half off a map pack in COD4

    CrunchDeal: twice the XP and half off a map pack in COD4

    This weekend might be a good time to lay low and spend some time playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare as players will earn twice the experience and can download the Game of the Year variety map pack for 400 points instead of the standard 600. The event, which is XBOX 360 only, will start on 9/12 at 12:01 am PST and run to midnight on the 14th. PS3 owners will probably get their chance to… Read More

  • Review: DTVPal digital tuner

    Review: DTVPal digital tuner

    The February 17th, 2009 analog shutoff marks the beginning of the digital age here in America and digital tuners, such as the DTVPal, are going to become a staple in many American households. Thankfully, Congress allocated $140 million to alleviate the personal cost of these boxes, by allowing two, $40 coupons per household. This should cover most, if not all, of the retail price. The DTVPal… Read More

  • SanDisk Extreme III Compactflash card sports 32GB capacity and twice as fast speeds

    SanDisk Extreme III Compactflash card sports 32GB capacity and twice as fast speeds

    Capacity junkies and pro photographers, pay attention; everyone else can causally move on. The latest flavor in SanDisk’s long line of Extreme media cards has been boosted up to a whopping 32GB and 30MB/s read/write speed. The admission price is kind of high at $299, but if you are the type that needs a super fast 32GB CF card, that’s what you’re going to pay – at… Read More

  • Free HD NBC episodes on iTunes

    Free HD NBC episodes on iTunes

    Just in case you missed the brief announcement a couple days ago, HDTV shows are now on iTunes. Yup, and NBC is back giving away an episode of its best shows. All you need is iTunes 8. Battlestar Galactica The Office Lipstick Jungle Heroes In Plain Sight Monk Psych Life Eureka 30 Rock via TUAW Read More

  • Large Hadron Collider webcams

    Large Hadron Collider webcams

    Obviously the world didn’t end on Wednesday when the Large Hadron Collider fired its first particle beam. The geeks at the LHC aren’t going to make anything that will kill us. They even have a couple of webcams so wannabe’s like you and I can see what’s going on. So far, there are only two of ‘em but I’m sure more will come later on. Just screenshots… Read More

  • Peek hits the online marketplace shelves

    Peek hits the online marketplace shelves

    The simple Peek email-only handheld just went on sale for $99.99. The device isn’t for everyone, but if you need an extra item to carry in your pocket that does just email, this boy is for you. Keep in mind that there is a $19 unlimited connection fee paid through T-Mobile for monthly access as well. Need more info? NYT’s review is here. Read More

  • TiVo coming to Blackberrys; addiction rates set to skyrocket

    TiVo coming to Blackberrys; addiction rates set to skyrocket

    The details are slim at this point, but sometime in the near future, Blackberry owners will be able to control their TiVos while on the go.  Initially, BlackBerry smartphone users will gain the convenience of being able to discover what shows are on and schedule television recordings while away from the living room and on the go. Future collaboration between the companies will focus on… Read More

  • The Genius Sidebar is really just a big, fat iTunes money tree

    The Genius Sidebar is really just a big, fat iTunes money tree

    Ads have invaded iTunes 8 and I hate it. Suddenly, on the right side of iTunes, the Genius Sidebar now displays at least 23 one-click buy links for me to spend my hard-earned cash through. What Apple calls a friendly recommendation is more like impulsive music buying.  Read More

  • Wireless ATSC-equipped TVs coming from Epoq

    Wireless ATSC-equipped TVs coming from Epoq

    Now that the digital transition is just months away, and already happened in some parts, analog, handheld TVs are going to stop working. You know, the type of TVs you used to sneak into church overnighters and ‘hunting trips.’ Epoq is here to make sure that you can continue to see the game even if you’re in the middle of the lake ‘fishing’ with these three… Read More

  • New Britax Advocate car seat will come with built-in airbags

    New Britax Advocate car seat will come with built-in airbags

    Generally, we’re not into childcare gadgets here. It’s not that kids are cool — my kid is amazing — it’s just that there generally isn’t anything innovative or crunchy about ‘em. Then Britax announces that its next high-end car seat is going to have side-deploying air bags and it throws our world up in a tussle. What else sweet gear have we missed… Read More

  • Sprint unleashes fall phone lineup

    Sprint unleashes fall phone lineup

    It’s that time of year again. New phones! Let’s see, Sprint has unveiled seven new phones and we have already covered the exciting HTC Touch Diamond and Touch pro this morning, leaving us with a bunch of boring everyday phones. Read More

  • The Shuttle from Virgin Mobile blasts off today

    In yesterday’s press release concerning the relaunching of Helio, there was a brief mention of a new handset dubbed the Shuttle but no details were included. Today we find out that the phone is really a 3G Virgin Mobile branded slider loaded with 1.3 megapixel camera, Facebook app, stereo Bluetooth and Helio’s software suite, including Buddy Beacon. The new phone could be yours… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: HP 64-Bit Pavilion loaded with Blu-ray & 500GB for $599

    CrunchDeal: HP 64-Bit Pavilion loaded with Blu-ray & 500GB for $599

    Looking for a compact, but still loaded, HTPC? HP is offering $400 of a $999 s3500T series system (coupon code DT1158), allowing you to configure one nice system and seeing the price drop nearly in half.  Starting with the base configuration, I selected Vista Home Premium 64-bit (!), the Intel E4700 processor, 4GB of RAM, the 256MB Nvidia video card with HDMI, and the Blu-ray player. To inch… Read More

  • Everyone is drawn to the Apple Store, including a missing teacher

    Everyone is drawn to the Apple Store, including a missing teacher

    Ever notice how your Apple Store is always busy? It could be in the dead of winter, when only old people and hockey moms wander out, and the Apple Store will be hopping. Anyway, back to the story at hand, a Harlem Spanish teach went missing on August 29th but was recently spotted at the 5th Ave Apple store where she was allegedly checking her email — or buying the new iPod Nano. Hannah… Read More