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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  • Dolby is all over IFA 2008

    From the standard fare of receivers to gaming headsets, Dolby has invaded IFA this year. Harman Kardon is going to launch the first receiver with Dolby’s touted Volume technology that ensures constant volume across all content media. Then there is the Plantronics GameCom 777 headset aimed at gamers with surround sound. PCs are getting a sound upgrade as well with Dolby Home Theater and… Read More

  • Harman Kardon breaks glass with GLA-55 speakers

    Indiana Jones or Superman prop; classy or just plain tacky? I can’t decide but I’ve to give the boys over at Harman Kardon for suck a clever name: GLA-55. ‘Cause it’s made out of glass. Get it?  Anyway, getting down to the details. Only two to three thousand are going to be made and priced at £500. Within the crystal speakers lay a 56 watt per speaker… Read More

  • DVDO EDGE upscales everything to 1080p just for you

    DVDO has a rich heritage of fine upscalers and the companies latest is hopefully isn’t different. The EDGE takes video via six HDMI 1.3a ports, two component, one composite, or S-Vid inputs and does some internal scaling wizardry, only to send the now 1080p image over two of HDMI 1.3a outputs. If you have scoffed at scalers in the past, these are the real deal my friend. I have spent… Read More

  • GalleryPlayer: 2003 to 2008

    Well, would you look at that. GalleryPlayer has shut down.  GalleryPlayer® has ceased operations as of July 30, 2008. According to the founder’s bio, the company has accually been sold, but to who we don’t know. GalleryPlayer has had its content and technology deployed and distributed to customers by many world class partners including Google, Microsoft, Comcast, Panasonic… Read More

  • Delta announces LED-lit DLP projector; AV crowd looks on curiously

    Delta Electronics took the IFA global stage and announced the companies first LED-powered DLP projector. The initial specs sound good – expect one, keep reading – 1080p, large color gamut, and 20,000 hours on the LED unit. The company didn’t announce pricing yet, but it will be at CEDIA next week so I’ll hit ‘em up with some questions then. Before I ask about… Read More

  • Panasonic launches two Blu-ray players

    Blu-ray player launches are getting kind of commonplace. Really, the only spec I am looking for right now is BD-Live and yes, both the Panasonic DMP-BD35 and BD55 are equipped with it. Of course, both players also have HDMI, proprietary video processing, and a sleek, modern design. As far as pricing, European high-fi guys can pick up the BD35 for €399 and the BD55 for €499. Chances… Read More

  • JVC launching the JVC DLA-HD350 & DLA-HD750 D-ILA projectors

    JVC just announced the companies latest D-ILA projectors slated for a European launch at IFA. These two new models will be added too, rather than, replace the current DLA-HD1 entry- and DLA-HD100 high-end models but still have the 15,000:1 contrast ratio found on the current models. Both of the new feature new motorized lens assemblies and keystone adjustments for greater control and… Read More

  • Winegard releasing a battery-powered DTV converter box

    What a novel idea; a battery-powered DTV converter box. I believe this is the first of it’s kind and I’m thankfully Winegard has developed the little bugger. With analog broadcasts going black on February 17, a lot of folks backup TVs are not going to work without a DTV box. The details are still a little grey on the converter itself, but it seems like there is going to be an… Read More

  • Comcast capping Internet downloads at 250GB starting Oct. 1

    Torrent freaks and mIRC monkeys take note. Starting on October 1st of this year, the all mighty Comcast is installing a rock-solid cap on your downloads. This 250GB limit is part of their shift towards “protocol agnostic” network management – or whatever the hell that means. Wait there is more my torrent-loving reader. There might even be an overage charge of $15 per 10GB… Read More

  • Toshiba showing its green side at IFA 2008

    Green is still a buzzword worth marketing and Toshiba is showing off its environment friendly products at this years IFA. The companies LCD power consumption is being slashed by 20% over ’06 model levels and are more of the flat panel displays are LED backlit. By 2010, Toshiba will no longer be manufacturing incandescent lamps and thus cutting CO2 emissions even more. The Portégé… Read More

  • The Sony VPL-HW10 SXRD makes an IFA appearance

      Rumors and leaks about Sony’s latest SXRD projector has been floating around AV forums for some time now so this unit might be old news to some. Even still, Sony brought the VPL-HW10 out at IFA for the whole world to see. For those not aware, this guy’s calling card is based around x.v.Colour performance for a low, but yet unannounced, price. Sony claims that there… Read More

  • Toshiba throws Cell processor in new LCD and calls it the ZF

    High-end HDTVs have featured internal upscalling tech for a while now, generally garnishing higher prices because of it, but now Toshiba is bringing the goods to the masses. The companies latest LCD lineup, called ZF, sports Tosbiba’s homegrown Cell processor and some proprietary picture enhancing tech labeled Resolution+. When the two of them combine forces, they should produce a… Read More

  • Steve Jobs: 1955 to 2008… according to Bloomberg

    Steve Jobs’ passed away yesterday…at least that’s what Bloomberg stated by running his obituary a bit prematurely. It seems that someone was updating Jobs’ lifetime achievements and accidently posted the 17-page history out on the interweb. So no, the father of all that is Apple and good is still alive and kicking.  This brings up a great thought though. The man… Read More

  • NEC launches Atom-powered touchscreen PCs

    Little Atom-equipped touchscreen PCs are dropping from more and more companies with NEC being the latest. These two models come in either 12- or 15-inch sizes and are obviously powered by Intel’s Atom processor clocking in at 1.6GHz. The units can be configured with either 512MB or 1GB of ram and comes with a sizable 80GB hard drive. Users have to deal with Vista Business Embedded via… Read More

  • Sony launches T500 Cyber-shot – HD video and more

    My goodness, there has been a lot of digital cameras launched within the last few days. Nikon, Canon and now Sony. This firm’s latest sports a 10.1 megapixel paired up with a 5x optical zoom and a 3.5-inch touchscreen, but the main selling point of the T500 has to be the HD video capture mode. This mode allows for up to 10 minutes of continuous video that should fill a 4GB memory stick. Read More

  • Sherwood dropping two Blu-ray players at CEDIA '08

    We won’t be at CEDIA until next week, but the news doesn’t slow down for us. Sherwood is the latest with the pre-show leaks and we can’t wait to peek these Blu-ray players. The BDP-6003 should have a sticker price of $499 and fully support BD Live. The $299 BDP-5003 loses the Blu-ray Profile 2.0 cert along with BD Live support, but both models sport HDMI 1.3 output and an… Read More

  • Sony BRAVIA Theater: BDV-IT1000 Blu-ray all-in-one

    It’s just a matter of time before Blu-ray all-in-one systems hit the street. Sony’s BDV-IT1000 seems like a killer system even though AV guys will scoff due to the all-in-one moniker. I believe the two HDMI inputs, wireless rear channels, 1080p24 along with Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support rounds out this system nicely. We all know… Read More

  • Samsung intro's new Wi-Fi digital photo frames

    Digital photo frames might be everyone’s favorite Christmas gift, (to give, not to receive) and Samsung is launching two new Wi-Fi-equipped models. Neither one of ‘em look terribly techno-chic so they might just bend in nicely with your Grandparent’s mid-70’s decor. The new units are loaded with features your lovely, but technology challenged, relatives… Read More

  • Disney bringing five animated classics to Blu-ray

    Disney has always been in Blu-ray’s pocket and now Mouse & Co. is bringing their 2-ton gorilla to the struggling high-def format. The media company is trying to spur consumer interest about the format with five of their classic animated films. Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Fantasia 2000 and Beauty and the Beast are now added to the queue previously… Read More

  • H-Box looks like a BSG ship more than a theater

    Designed by Hermes to look like a 1970s space landing craft, the H-Box is a mobile cinema is traveling all around Japan right now. Unfortunately I believe all that is being shown on the screen is artsy-fartsy films and not the more appropriate film: Blade Runner Blu-ray version. More info about the tour here. Read More