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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  • Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD Blu-ray player leaks out

    Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD Blu-ray player leaks out

    Most AV guys will tell you that, currently, the best Blu-ray player on the market is the PS3. That reign is going to come smashing down when the Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD hits the market though. Simply put: this is one bad mother. 50lbs of steel and aluminum, this Blu-ray player is the stuff some guys dream about. Well, maybe just our dreams. The BDP-09FD is the first Pioneer unit to… Read More

  • New colored Wii straps hide sweat stains better

    New colored Wii straps hide sweat stains better

    That white Wii strap getting a little grimy? Wii Bowling worked up a gross stain? Us too. These new colored straps should hide your nasty wrist sweat a bit better than the orginal. They should hit Japanese shelves in September for ¥300 ($2.75) each, or ¥1,000 ($9.15) for the whole set. Nintendo hasn’t announced US plans yet, but something tells us that these will find their way… Read More

  • Extreme concrete road barrier

    Extreme concrete road barrier

    Crazy Japanese driver training course? Nope. It’s a speed-limiting tactic over in Japan China. There isn’t much info about the two-foot tall, 100-foot long chicane but we’re intimidated just looking at the course. via Autoblog Read More

  • Paramount offers $10 rebate for Blu-ray upgrades

    Paramount offers $10 rebate for Blu-ray upgrades

    Happen to be a HD DVD earlier adopter? Sorry to hear that. Paramount and Dreamworks wants to help switch your library to the winning side and is offering up a $10 rebate. All the studios ask is that when you buy a Blu-ray title of a disk you currently own, mail in a promo certificate along with the proof of purchase from the original disc’s packaging.  That’s not all good… Read More

  • Gwen Stefani a gamer? New baby named 'Zuma'

    Gwen Stefani a gamer? New baby named 'Zuma'

    You know that crack-like addictive game Zuma? Gwen Stefani just named her new son with the same name. Hollywood babies always have life-ruining names, but could this kid have been named after a stupid game?  Next headline: Madonna adopts Egyptian girl, renames her Bejeweled. via Stuff Read More

  • DIY photography of Miroslav Tichý

    DIY photography of Miroslav Tichý

    Here’s the skinny: Czech born, Prague Academy of Arts educated and Communist opposer. Miroslav Tichý eventually took nearly 100 photos a day on his homemade cameras.  Build from scraps, such as metal plates, crown caps, rubber bands, cardboard, scotch tape, and plexi glass, his awkward yet masterful cameras display an ingenious inventiveness. Time consumed many details of his life… Read More

  • TomTom Go 940 coming soon?

    TomTom Go 940 coming soon?

    Is TomTom updating the 930 over in the U.K.? How about here in the U.S.? We don’t know the full deets’ just yet, but with a 940 LIVE product page up at HandTec, and IFA the first week of September, the stars are in our favor. According to said product page, the 940 will be similar to the 930 (pictured), just with the LIVE services added. Think HD traffic, safety alerts, gas… Read More

  • Dodge truck gets wood; still able to drive coast-to-coast

    Dodge truck gets wood; still able to drive coast-to-coast

    How about wood for a fuel? It’s renewable, plentiful, and local. The thought isn’t anything new but with the soaring price in gasoline, it’s making a come back. Just don’t call it a come back ’cause this lumberjack is going to show you what his wood-burning Dodge is made of by driving coast-to-coast. Basically the system gassifies the wood and feeds the syngas… Read More

  • Quick look: PSP-2001 vs PSP-3000

    Quick look: PSP-2001 vs PSP-3000

    When Sony announced the specs of the new PSP, there was a collective sigh accross the interwebs. “A LCD new screen. Really, Sony? All we get is a new screen.” That sigh might have been premature though. Check out one of the first pics comparing the old (top) and the new (bottom). We’re impressed. Famitsu via Kotaku Read More

  • Lexar bumps up storage on FireFly USB drives to 16GB

    Lexar bumps up storage on FireFly USB drives to 16GB

    Lexar’s smallest USB storage drives are getting a huge jump in capacity. Shipping right now, the super small storage drive now comes in a super large size of 16GB and retails for $99. What else is there to say? It’s 16GB USB storage drive for $99. Have a good day. Read More

  • PSP now on FON Wi-Fi

    PSP now on FON Wi-Fi

    PSP fanboys, take note. Starting today, your little Sony buddy can hop on any of the FON Wi-Fi spots. Details aren’t exactly clear as if full internet will be available or if it is just going to be Sony-exclusive material. As far as the service goes though, there are around 44,000 FON spots world-wide so chance are that unless you’re in the middle of the a corn field, there is… Read More

  • iceorb – 'cause your trays are so 1960

    iceorb – 'cause your trays are so 1960

    Wait, you’re still using ice cube trays? Your grandma uses ice cube trays. All those trays do is sit there, holding ice cubes, take’n up space. Time to get multitasking playboy; you need the iceorb.   Makes 21 cubes of ice on a vertical wall Stores up to 51 cubes – airtight and odor free Chills wine and other beverages in a bottle Use as a cooler to keep cold foods fresh… Read More

  • Bose intro's iPhone-friendly SoundDock Series II

    Bose intro's iPhone-friendly SoundDock Series II

    The original Bose SoundDock was the de facto standard for all other iPod docks on the market. Simply put, it rocked. The next-gen version works out all of its differences with the iPhone and now plays, and charges, nicely together. Plus, the designer folk streamlined the look a bit and added a thoughtful aux-in jack for the iPod haters. (joke, just a joke) Finally, the remote has… Read More

  • Home Theater on the fritz; AT&T's ConnecTech will fix it

    Home Theater on the fritz; AT&T's ConnecTech will fix it

    AT&T wants a some of the tasty in-home service cake currently being enjoyed by Geek Squad, Firedog, and your local nerd herds. ConnecTech’s prices start out at a reasonable $69 for basic PC/home network telephone support all the way up to $849 for large flat screen hanging along with 7 wall mounted speakers.  Let’s take a closer look and see how the service stacks up against… Read More

  • DIY Speed-Vest

    DIY Speed-Vest

    Aimed at safety, the Speed-Vest displays how bad-ass you are on a two-wheel’d steed. The numbers are displayed via electro-luminescent wire controlled by an open-source embedded ‘puter. With a little stitching and soldering, everything is attached to the vest’s back panel. The makers claim the whole thing can run up to 6 hours on a single AA battery. Want your own, build… Read More

  • Blu-ray 'Essential Holiday Collection' puts us in the Christmas spirit

    Blu-ray 'Essential Holiday Collection' puts us in the Christmas spirit

    Three of the best Christmas flicks, and Elf, are coming from Warner later this year to your Blu-ray player. The set includes, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, The Polar Express, and yes, unfortunately Elf. No word on price just yet, but does it really matter? A Christmas Story – in high definition. Come on! Plus, nothing brightens up the depressing… Read More

  • Presenting the Samsung BD-P2550 via BestBuy.com

    Presenting the Samsung BD-P2550 via BestBuy.com

    The latest and greatest in Samsung Blu-ray tech was just outed by BestBuy.com. Loaded with Blu-ray tech such as 7.1 analog output and the lovely Silicon Optix HQV video processor, the $499 BD-P2550 should strike a cord with higher-end AV nerds. Curiously, BD-Live isn’t mentioned on BestBuy.com, nor is it anywhere in the online users manual (PDF), so we can only conclude that the… Read More

  • Suunto X10 GPS watch is ready for an adventure

    Suunto X10 GPS watch is ready for an adventure

    Suunto watches are fun. This latest wrist-computer gizmo improves on the companies X9i GPS watch with even stronger GPS tech. Plus, the company throws in an altimeter, barometer, digital compass, thermometer, stopwatch and kitchen sink functions. Back to that GPS stuff though. “After converting your Suunto X10 logs with Suunto Track Exporter, you can share your adventures with anyone… Read More

  • Planar launching Viper; companies first 3-chip DLP projector

    Planar launching Viper; companies first 3-chip DLP projector

    Viper: Planar’s first 3-chip DLP HD projector. Meant for 110-inch or larger screens, equiped with 10,000:1 contrast ratio @ 2,000 lumens, powered by a 10-bit independent dual image and motion adaptive processor, all rolled into a great looking bezel. The Viper has all the standard, high-end jacks –  HDMI 1.3a and RS-232 interface – that come on high-end, custom install… Read More

  • $40 DTVPal digital converter available from Dish Network

    $40 DTVPal digital converter available from Dish Network

    Feburary 17, 2009 is right around the corner; are you ready? Digital converter boxes are hovering around the $60 mark but Dish Network with a price drop on their DTVPal from $60 down to $40. (snap!) Take the $40 TV Converter Box voucher courtesy of the U.S. Government, and you have yourself an free DTV tuner. It is as easy as that. Dish even helps you out with getting the coupon with a link… Read More