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.

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  • 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

    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

    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

  • Large Hadron Collider picture set

    The eight billion dollar LHC didn’t destroy the world last night – that’s good – so here is a great photo set that shows off the fantastic 17-mile long collider. Read More

  • Sony displaying wireless, organic EL TV

    The future is near! Soon the days of wireless, LCD technology will be gone and the era of wireless organic EL TV will be here. Sony is showing off the prototype at the companies dealer convention along with other non-wireless, organic EL TVs. The 3mm thick TV is simply a tech demo of what’s to come with Sony withholding pertinent information, such as battery life and range. We do… Read More

  • Crysis Warhead PC lets you play Crysis cheap

    If this custom gaming rig from Tiger Direct and EA doesn’t play Crysis, someone better lose their job. The game has been out for almost a year now and the specs listed seem to indicated a good enough system, (2GB of ram…for vista?) so I can only hope that the game will run well on the tuned system. Truth be told, most modern rigs can play the game alright, just not on the… Read More

  • AMD Radeon HD 4600: performance at a low price, or so they say

      The ATI Radeon HD 4600 is out of the gate and already talking a big talk.  Allegedly the new, low price card can outperform both the HD 3650 and the 9500GT while still keeping the cost under 80 bones for the GDDR3 flavor. Plus, the HD 4600 is now one of the least expensive DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 2.x supported graphics card. The graphic-creating power comes from a 55nm… Read More

  • Microsoft unfolds the Arc Mouse

    With all of today’s Apple hysteria, this little, mobile mouse almost slipped right by. The Arc Mouse’s claim to fame is the unique shape that folds up, resulting in almost half the original size. The mobile mouse isn’t special enough to receive the BlueTrack mouse technology that Microsoft intro’d earlier today, while relaying on classic laser tracking instead. Read More

  • Apple's "Let's Rock" event now streaming online

    Just in case John Biggs’ live blogging wasn’t good enough for you, Apple is now streaming the whole event via Quicktime. You might want to jump on right away before all the Apple fanboys find the stream and bring the broadcast down to its knees. Picture looks good too, btw. Read More

  • Helio is back and powered by Virgin Mobile

    Helio always had pimp-ass mobile phones and it was kind of sad watching them slowly die, still clenching some of the best handsets in the States. Virgin Mobile picked up the struggling service provider a few months ago and today, launched the new brand. Today, Virgin Mobile USA unveiled its new branding message to highlight the acquisition: “Helio By Virgin Mobile: Plan To Have It… Read More

  • Palm Treo Pro now available for preorder

    Palm fanboys; take notes. Your $549, Windows Mobile-powered super phone is now up for preorder over at Palm.com. By the time it ships, the phone will take two or three weeks to get your grimy fingers all over the glossy finish though. So if you’re in the market for a Windows Mobile Smartphone, you might want to take Biggs opinion and preorder this boy as he thinks it’s the best in… Read More

  • Microsoft announces BlueTrack mice

    Microsoft has been teasing us for a couple of weeks now about a plan to rid its product line of laser mice, but the company picked a weird day to do so; with all the Apple announcements and such. The new mice employs some sort of blue beam magic, along with some special optics to allow better service tracking on different types of services.  Microsoft speak: The large, blue beam and… Read More

  • Shuffle gets updated color options

    Today’s Apple press event was a new, iPod party, but apparently, the cheap Shuffle didn’t get an invite. There wasn’t any news about the tiny iPod during the event, but the online Apple store reveled that the pastel color palette of old has now been replaced with four of the brighter Nano color scheme options, along with the standard silver. Pricing and storage size remains… Read More

  • Apple store back online, new iPods ready for you

    There you go kiddies. Apple has opened its floodgates for the masses. The new 120GB iPod classic, NIKE+ iPod Touch and 8GB Nano are shipping today, with the 16GB Nano’s shipping early next week and $79, two-way headphones shipping next month. Read More

  • iPod Touch receives iPhone shape and NIKE+


    iPod Touch is going up-scale with an iPhone shape, stainless steel backing and built-in NIKE+. Plus, Apple threw in a speaker and auto genius playlist, essentially making a radio station like experience. Other than that, the 3.5-inch screen, 802.11 b/g and App Store are going to remain the same. The ‘deets about the NIKE+ app is a little sketchy this early on, but at least with… Read More

  • Apple updates the iPod Classic to a minimum of 120GB; kills thick, 160GB model

    For those still interested in the Classic flavor of the iPod, there is now a 120GB storage option replacing the 80GB model. We had a feeling that this one was coming and after the Zune 120 was confirmed, we knew it to be true. The price is set at $249.99, which works out to the same as the Zune 120 and older iPod Classic 80GB model. The monstrous 160GB iPod Classic model was axed. Sorry folks. Read More

  • Apple's fourth-gen iPod Nano: new screen and 8 color options

    Just as we expected, Apple has upgraded the iPod Nano to the thinest evah, with an elongated screen, increased storage capacity, voice recorder, and nine color options. The screen will iPhone-ish rotate between landscape and portrait modes thanks to accelerometers making Cover-Flow and movie viewing more viable on the small iPod. New Genius playlists can also be created on the fly. 8GB for… Read More

  • Shure releasing new, low priced earphones

    Currently, the lowest priced Shure earphones here in the States are the SE110 at a modest $119, but that might change. Shure is releasing the E2c plugs over in Japan for 8000 yen, working out to be an even more modest $75 USD. I’m not a Shure aficionado but I do understand retail price points, and having a Shure-branded unit to compete with high-end Sony and JVC models does have a… Read More

  • Sony bows the Sony VAIO CS11

    Sony’s latest C series lappy’s feature the standard assortment of high-end mobile tech. The VAIO CS11 has an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 4GB of Ram, 320GB hard drive, 802.11a/b/g/Draft N, NVIDIA 9300M GS GPU, and a Blu-ray disc combo drive all powered by Windows Vista Home Premium. Sound like your next notebook? Might want to start swimming now ’cause it doesn’t look like… Read More