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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  • 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

  • Samurai Kyomoto – A guitar that only a Japanese rock star can love

    Samurai Kyomoto – A guitar that only a Japanese rock star can love

    Made out of hard maple and ebony, the only thing we have to say about this 22 fret guitar is WTF. Oh, and that purple handle is a real life Samurai sword for hardcore crowd control. You can’t buy the guitar either; it was only built for Masaki Kyomoto. Sorry. Click through for some lovely pics. ESPguitars via Monmons Gadgets Read More

  • What's going on at Dish Network?

    What's going on at Dish Network?

    Listen. We’re not in the game of financial advisory — even though we do know the game — but when Dish Network drops like an Olympic weightlifter, we take notice.  Shares of Dish Network Corp. fell sharply Wednesday after an analyst downgraded the stock due to concerns about the satellite TV operator’s weakening business. It’s worse… In the second… Read More

  • ZvBox gets unboxed

    ZvBox gets unboxed

    Lucky duck Dave Zatz recently unboxed his eval-unit ZvBox. The unimpressive looking box is really equiped with an innovative feature set. It takes a PC- or web-based content and streams it over your homes coax cables for QAM-equiped TVs to pick up. Seriously, why doesn’t more manufacturers use this technique?  We spoke briefly to Dave about the unit and he seems impressed so far. Read More

  • State of Blu-ray's union via Future Source Consulting

    State of Blu-ray's union via Future Source Consulting

    The format war is done. HD DVD lost, Blu-ray own, I was wrong and the world continued on. So where is Blu-ray now? ABI Research sayz not so good, but that was just one groups opinion and you know what they say about opinions…something about everyone’s got ‘em and they are kind of like something else…digressing.  Future Source analyzes this type of stuff, and according… Read More

  • Karl Zahn's Smart Kleat

    Karl Zahn's Smart Kleat

    File this one away in the “only if I thought of this, I could pay my baby momma.” The Smart Kleat. Kind of self explanatory but still innovative. It will be available from Charles & Marie eventually for a yet to be announced price.  via Apartment Therapy Read More

  • Improved XBOX 360 controller coming

    Improved XBOX 360 controller coming

    The gaming news keeps on rolling with word of an improved XBOX 360 controller. It seems the boys over at Microsoft have outfitted a larger rocker underneath the d-pad, thus improving control. The new controller looks the same as the current model so don’t expect anything from that department as the change is inside. Time will tell if many gamers will ditch their current controllers… Read More

  • Sony PSP-3000 announced

    Sony PSP-3000 announced

    The expected Sony PSP-3000 was just announced over in Germany. Nothing ground breaking, but a few minor, abet decent, changes. First up is newer, brighter screen that is better equipped to handle glare. There is microphone right next to the first “P” on the bottom. Also on the bottom row, right next to the volume controls, is the new PS button. (nice) Sony has also included… Read More

  • Playstation 3 keypad coming soon

    Playstation 3 keypad coming soon

    O.K. Take your hands and pretend like your using this new keypad coming from Sony. We can’t figure out if it’s going to be comfy or a just plain awkward. It look like you need to move your hands off the nubs to use it. Sony has always been on par with ergonmical controls, so we are going to trust ‘em on this one till we can fondle it ourselves. As far as the control goes… Read More

  • Circuit City pawns getting Microsoft-powered Tablet PCs

    Circuit City pawns getting Microsoft-powered Tablet PCs

    There was a time that a salesman actually needed to have enough skill, or knowledge, to sell a product — not both though. Circuit City got away from salesman way back in 2003, and now they are further enhancing their minions with some tablet PCs. EDGE, which creatively stands for Enhanced Digital Guide Experience, was created with customer in mind, but to be used by the associates on… Read More

  • Pioneer PDP-LX6090 plasma wins EISA award

    Pioneer PDP-LX6090 plasma wins EISA award

    Pioneer’s stunning PDP-LX6090 Kuro plasma was just recognized at EISA by winning “European Plasma-TV 2008-2009.” HD enthusiests have known for a while that the Kuro line of plasma TVs are top notch and now there is a blue ribbon to prove it. The blacks are, well, black and guess about the whites. Yeah, they are white. The judges agrees.  Thanks to an amazingly… Read More

  • Presenting your C&C Red Alert 3 cast

    Presenting your C&C Red Alert 3 cast

    Command and Conquer set the de-facto standard for video game cinematography long ago, and the upcoming release isn’t going to disappoint. There is a former Playmate, a UFC Heavywieght champion, and even Star Trek’s Sulu.  No word on who is going to play what charecter with the expection of Ms. McCarthy. She has been cast as the always popular, but also deadly, Tanya.  The… Read More

  • This kid is doomed

    This kid is doomed

    Here is the link for the crochet pattern for those interested. Just don’t tell us that you’re going to use it. Flickr via DaddyType Read More

  • High-def coming to Neuros OSD2.0 platform

    High-def coming to Neuros OSD2.0 platform

    We’ve featured Neuros’s wares on Crunchgear before, so we’re glad to see the DIY Linux systems mature to high definition age. Their latest box, the OSD2.0, aimed at developers is going to have the capability. Yeah, you read that correctly, as of right now it doesn’t but as soon as the functionality is available, a firmware refresh will add it. Once you throw in… Read More