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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  • Fujitsu Lifebook U2010 gets spec'd out – GPS comes standard

    Fujitsu Lifebook U2010 gets spec'd out – GPS comes standard

    Even though we first spied the Fujitsu UMPC back in May, it seems like just yesterday that the U2010 busted out on the sub-laptop scene. Most were impressed with the little lappie until the $1300 projected price appeared. The official release just dropped from Fujitsu and scanning over the spec sheet didn’t reveal any surprises except for the GPS integration and a FM… Read More

  • NIN latest tour a spectacle of LEDs and lasers

    http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1573835&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1
    from Neil Kohler on Vimeo. Wired takes on the NIN “Lights in the Sky” tour and gives us a glimpse at the systems involved. The group has always integrated special effects into their performances, but after you read this… Read More

  • DIY: 1080p projector

    http://bitcast-a.bitgravity.com/revision3/swf/rev3_player.swf?AutoPlay=off&Buffer=10&File=http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.flv/bitcast-a.bitgravity.com/revision3/flv/systm/0068/systm–0068–projector–large.fl8.flv&ScrubMode=advanced&Thumb=http://bitcast-a.bitgravity.com/revision3/images/shows/systm/0068/systm–0068–projector–large.thumb.jpg&DefaultRatio=0.56&AutoSize=off&allowFullScreen=true&AutoPlay=off&videoId=1880&fwVideoDuration=2474&fwNumSlots=6&adSlotPosition_0=180&adSlotClass_0=OVERLAY&adSlotProfile_0=R3_overlay&adSlotPosition_1=600&adSlotClass_1=OVERLAY&adSlotProfile_1=R3_overlay&adSlotPosition_2=1020&adSlotClass_2=OVERLAY&adSlotProfile_2=R3_overlay&adSlotPosition_3=1440&adSlotClass_3=OVERLAY&adSlotProfile_3=R3_overlay&adSlotPosition_4=1890&adSlotClass_4=OVERLAY&adSlotProfile_4=R3_overlay&adSlotPosition_5=2280&adSlotClass_5=OVERLAY&adSlotProfile_5=R3_overlay&PostRoll=
    The Systm guys take on an oldie but goodie do-it-yourself project this week and complete a Lumenlab DIY Projector Kit. Workshop geeks have been making their own projectors for years, but with 1080p LCDs prices so damn low, you might want to recall those woodshop skills and build a one. While these kits do save you some scratch, the project isn’t exactly something you can build without a proper workshop&hellip… Read More

  • Sony unveils the HT-FS1 2.1 home theater speaker set

    Sony unveils the HT-FS1 2.1 home theater speaker set

    The advent of the super slim HDTVs ushered in the era of crappy, built-in speakers. Gone are the days of large cabinet TVs and decent sound, so inexpensive all-in-one speaker solutions are increasingly more popular. Sony’s latest is the HT-FS1 2.1 setup that sports three HDMI inputs and one out, allowing owners to run all the sources into the subwoofer, with just one cable ends up at TV. Read More

  • PwnageTool and QuickPwn released for 2.1 iPhone Firmware

    PwnageTool and QuickPwn released for 2.1 iPhone Firmware

    iPhone owners; if you still feel the need to Jailbreak and customize your Jesusphone in the modern AppStore era, the tools needed now work with the latest 2.1 firmware. Have fun! Oh, and there is a GUI jailbreak option now for the iPod touch so you don’t have to do it manually. Read More

  • Hacking a voting machine for fun and political profit

    This hack isn’t something that you, as a random voter, could initiate on November 4, 2008. The video will not show you how to go into the booth and hit a random pixel on the touchscreen to access a secret voter override menu. Nope, this hack requires classic social engineering along a trojan horse loaded onto the initializing PC before the Sequoia Voting kiosk hits the polling… Read More

  • Hummer dealership calls it quits; sells Smart cars instead

    Hummer dealership calls it quits; sells Smart cars instead

    Flip-flop. Hopping on the bandwagon. Smart business design. Whatever you wanna call this, we’re down with it. The Las Vegas Dan Towbin Hummer dealership is jump’n ship and has plans to start selling Smart cars along with Vespa scooters instead of the monster SUVs. The car man himself says it’s more of a business decision than anything else as peeps are dumping their… Read More

  • DIY Zip Drive hard drive enclosure and other random uses for the outdated gadget

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1732400/new_life_for_old_zip_drives.swf Ike has you rained in for the weekend and you already folded enough Netflix envelopes? Grab that IOMEGA Zip Drive at the bottom of your parts box and throw some new life into it. The video above will guide you through the steps needed to turn the unused device into a hard-drive enclosure, project case, bank, and even… Read More

  • Google News displays '02 United Airline story and causes $1 billion run

    Google News displays '02 United Airline story and causes $1 billion run

    Google News’ credibility is, ironically, in the news after the bots in charge decided that a 2002 news article about United Airlines then recent bankruptcy should belong under the “most viewed” section. Once the headline appeared, anxious investors purged over $1 billion of the companies stock, causing it to drop from around $12 a share to just under $3 before trading was… Read More

  • Sony Reader coming to Target Stores

    Sony Reader coming to Target Stores

    Just in time for the Christmas buying season, Target is going to start pimping the Sony Reader. The e-ink reader should hit stores starting September 14, and purchasers will receive a free, early download of…wait for it…The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory. Exciting, I know. Read More

  • Activision reveals complete  Guitar Hero World Tour Set List

    Activision reveals complete Guitar Hero World Tour Set List

    The latest Guitar Hero installment hits shelves in just a few weeks, but Activision has released the complete set list to get you pumped. A few spot checks of the supposed leaked list from a while back reveals some differences. For instance, the leak indicated that there were three Tool songs, Stinkfist, Lateralus, and Schism, in the game. While there is in fact three Tool songs in the… Read More

  • 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