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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  • IFA preview: iriver P20 media player

    IFA is quickly coming up and in standard trade show fashion, some gadgets leak out early. The iriver P20 first made headlines during CES ’08 and that was only a prototype. We’re hoping for some real hands-on action once the PMP launches in Germany. Thankfully, iriver has kept the 4.1-inch touchscreen and is still capable of doing the whole music, DMB TV, Flash games, and video… Read More

  • Lexar bumps capacity of JumpDrive Secure II Plus up to 16GB

    Last week, Lexar updated the tiny Firefly flash drive to 16GB and today the outfit announced the Secure II Plus line availability too. This model forgoes the diminutive size in favor of a 256-bit AES encryption and an external capacity meter. Either way you go, tiny size or government-level security, the two 16 GB options sport the same MSRP: $99.  via PR Read More

  • ABC World News, Nightline, 20/20, & Primetime going high-def

    About damn time. ABC is the last major network to make the HD jump but the network is using the Democratic National Convention to premier their nightly news in high definition. Both ABC World News, as well as Nightline, premiers tonight in 720p high definition. Following the DNC, and the Republican Convention after that, World News is going to return to the NY studio which they will, of… Read More

  • Samsung intro's 8 new HDTVs – 5 LCDs and 3 plasmas

    Just ahead of CEDIA, Samsung just announced five new LCDs and three plasmas to the global market. Specific model detail is low on availability but we do know that LED technology is going to be incorporated for a more energy efficient process. While LED backlit exactly ‘bleeding edge’ anymore, we are finally seeing the tech seep down into the general market. The sets should… Read More

  • IOGEAR busts out Wireless USB to VGA kit

    IOGEAR may win today’s award for “most innovative products announced on a single day” first with their USB Laptop KVM and now this, Wireless USB to VGA kit. The latter of those two happens to be exactly what it sounds like, as it allows users to wirelessly extend a VGA signal up to 30-feet. So far only Windows XP and Vista users need apply, but for those that do, IOGEAR… Read More

  • AMD's DTV biz gets scooped up by Broadcom

    AMD wanted to get out of the DTV market for a bit now and just found a buyer. Broadcom, maker of chips and bits inside of broadcast equipment, is paying $192.8 million in cash to acquire all of AMD’s assests for the digital television bisiness. AMD’s DTV assets include Xilleon integrated DTV processors and reference designs, NXT receiver ICs, the Theater 300 DTV processor, and a… Read More

  • Olympus SP-565 20x Ultra-Zoom digital camera

    What do you get when you throw in a 20x zoom lens into a smallish package? A peeping tom’s second best friend.  Olympus is doing just that with their new SP-565 ultra zoom point-and-shoot cam. (third new model of the day btw) The camera outfit is simply updating the venerable SP-570UZ with the same 20x zoom lens but shrinking the overall bezel size. The techs still were able to include… Read More

  • Panasonic launching four new Blu-ray recorders, including VHS-to-Blu-ray model

    Blu-ray set-top recorders, and DVD recorders for that matter, have never really caught on in the States. Most users here seem satisfied with hard-drive based recorders and don’t want to deal with a portable media. Japan AV-types scoop up these recorders though, and Panasonic is launching four new models aimed right at their home turf. We aren’t going to dive in, and run… Read More

  • Vudu: 1,000 HD titles coming along with a lifetime content warranty

    Vudu has big plans for their IP-based content delivery service. Big plans and we don’t mean that .99 cent rental thing.  “In a very short time we’ll have 1,000 HD titles,” says Donnigan. “That’s more than Blu-ray. We have some huge deals.” That’s a lot of high-def content. More than any service we can think of. But also, the company wants to… Read More

  • Concept: Tiny ultrasonic dishwasher

    Picture your flat’s sink full of nasty dishes. Ok, maybe not nasty nasty, but you know, dingy. Then all you do is fill up the sink with water and drop this little guy in. Press the indicator light to have your new roommate wash everything submerged with ultrasonic tech.  Who knows if this concept will ever make it out of CG-world and into my sink. If it helps though, I can provide… Read More

  • If you care, CNN is broadcasting the entire DNC in HD

    The boob tube has been squawking lately about some big political event next week in Denver. If you plan on tuning in, Multichannel News is reporting that CNN plans on broadcasting the entire shebang in high-def. Apparently, the outfit splurged on new cameras and related gear for the event. You would think that this gathering was important or something.  Multichannel News via TVP Read More

  • 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

    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

    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

    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'

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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